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Villa Astor

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Sorrento | Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 12

Rates: from £0 per week

Perched on the cliffs of the Sorrentine Peninsula, overlooking the characteristic bays of Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, Villa Astor is an extraordinary neo-classic residence boasting one of the ten most beautiful gardens in Italy! Surrounded by the ruins of an Ancient Imperial Villa, enhanced with Greek and Roman statues, the former home of Sir Waldorf Astor has been completely restored by the French decorator Jacques Garcia and is now available for exclusive holidays.

Stunning views may be enjoyed from the large windows, or while dining on the spacious terrace facing Mount Vesuvius and overlooking the crystal clear sea. On a lower level, accessed by an external staircase off the main terrace, find a lounge and small gym with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea side while the roof has been transformed in a wooden sundeck with uninterrupted sea views. Inside, the layout benefits from high ceilings, six luxury bedrooms, designed and executed by Jacques Garcia, each with en-suite bathrooms. These are completely covered by the most precious marble and granite, from Arabescato Orobico Rosso to Vermont Green. The master-bedroom is an experience in itself: the walls are decorated with frescoes by Philippe Laurent and reminiscent of Pompeii's red walls, the furniture was especially designed by Jacques Garcia - the velvet grand chaise longue is a true masterpiece, drapes are by Verel de Belval and vases by Meissen. There are several lounges and sitting rooms spread over the various floors, magnificently combining antique sculptures, period furniture and modern colour schemes. Even just the entrance hall, with its collection of columns and statues, busts and capitals, is awe-inspiring and breath-taking. Worthwhile mentioning is the historic office of Benedetto Croce, Italian philosopher and politician, and the library/ study with floor-to-ceiling cabinets that display Roman artefacts discovered on the estate. The spacious kitchen is well equipped and ideal for cooking anything from simple snacks to exquisite dinners. A stay here is an emotional experience that puts you in touch with the beauty of ancient art. Over 150 pieces of museum-worthy ancient art can be found in the garden and the estate. Their historic significance has been recognized by Italy's Ministry of Culture who has even put them under special protection. One must not be an expert in ancient history or 19th century literature to appreciate Villa Astor, but live and experience it. In addition to the rich historical background, the property is graced with an amazing internal pool in a natural grotto (known as the Bagno dei Frati) with direct access to the sea, that dates back to Roman times. A private swimming pool (8 x 3m) set in the idyllic two hectares garden complements the villa. Last but not least, the location combines beautiful scenery with practical appeal. Although nestled in the heart of a tranquil neighbourhood, accessed by the typical, narrow roads of the old town, it is just a five minute walk to the lively town center where one can fully enjoy the charming atmosphere of local daily life. For the more adventurous, the Sorrentine peninsula has become the hub for a variety of destinations on the Amalfi coast. Within reachable distance by car or by boat are Naples, Pompeii, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi, as well as the islands of Capri, Procida and Ischia. HISTORY Still standing within the grounds are the ruins of an ancient Roman villa built by Agrippa Postumus, the grandson of Emperor Augustus and dating back to the 1st century A.D. At the beginning of the 20th century, William Waldorf Astor, the U.S. Ambassador to Italy and one of the richest men of his time, acquired the property and designed a splendid garden at the back of the house where a 13th century convent once stood. Another notable name associated with the Villa is Benedetto Croce, a famous philosopher and political activist, whose presence temporarily turned the property into the "headquarters" of Italy's political chronicles. In the study of this unique, historical environment, enhanced with marble columns, Greek and Roman statues and many other works of art, the official declaration for the first post World War II Italian government was signed.


Ground Floor

  • Entrance hall with Roman columns and statues, access to the terrace and stunning sea views.
  • Office with desk and sea views, kept as it was used by Benedetto Croce.
  • Living room with sofas and sea views from big window-doors.
  • Room with floor-to-ceiling cabinets displaying the ceramic findings.

Lower Ground Floor

  • Fully equipped kitchen.
  • Breakfast room.
  • Dining room with marble table, Roman statues and access to the terrace overlooking the sea furnished with table and chairs for al fresco dining (can be covered).
  • Living room with original floor tiles, Roman statues and frescoed walls.
  • Music room with grand piano.
  • Marble guest bathroom.

First Floor (access this floor via a monumental staircase)

  • Bedroom with walls painted in Pompeii-inspired red, king-size bed, parquet floors, garden view, en suite bathroom (tub, separate shower and sea views from two big window doors).
  • Master bedroom with Pompeii-inspired walls, king size bed, three big windows-doors with sea views, parquet floors, en suite bathroom (tub and separate shower, two big window-doors with sea views), living room with three big window-doors and sea views, TV hidden in the mirror.

Second Floor

  • Double bedroom (brown velvet) with three windows and sea views, hidden TV, en suite bathroom (tub and separate shower, two windows with sea views).
  • Double bedroom (red velvet) with two windows and sea views, TV, en suite bathroom (tub and separate shower).
  • Two double bedrooms, slightly smaller in size than the rest of the bedrooms, both with garden view and their own en suite bathroom (shower).


  • Access the roof via stairs with nearly 360 degree views over Sorrento, Mount Vesuvius, the garden and the sea-side. The space is furnished with cushions and has a shower.


  • From the lower ground floor, next to the kitchen, descend 21 steps to a terrace with umbrella. Enter the dependence with living room furnished with sofa and incredible sea views from huge windows. There is also a small gym area with elyptical machine and some weights, TV.
  • Descend further 100 steps to enter the two indoor natural pools/ponds/basins with salt water. There is also direct sea access via a dock.
  • Settimana Santa in Sorrento

Famed throughout Italy; the first procession takes place at midnight on the Thursday preceding Good Friday, with robed and hooded penitents in white. The second procession occurs on Good Friday, when participants wear black robes and hoods.

  • Sant'Antonino (February)

The patron saint of Sorrento, Sant'Antonino, is remembered annually with processions and huge markets, as well as festive lights, fireworks, and musical events, all in his name.

  • Wine & The City (May)

In Naples you can enjoy a two-week celebration of regional wine, with free tastings and cultural events in museums, palaces, boutiques and eateries.

  • Maggio dei Monumenti (May)

In Naples, experience a month of cultural feasts, with many concerts, performances, exhibitions, tours and other events.

  • Napoli Teatro Festival (June)

Three weeks of local and international theatre and performance art.

  • Neapolis Rock Festival (July/August)

This top rock festival attracts top international acts.

  • Sorrento Festival, (between July and September)

World-class classical concerts are held in the cloisters of the Chiesa di San Francesco.

  • Pizzafest (September)

A celebration of Naples' most famous cuisine.

  • Napoli Film Festival (September - October)
  • Sagra della Salsiccia e Ceppone (December)

Hundreds of kilos of sausages are barbecued over a giant bonfire, accompanied by local wine - a must for any sausage lover!

Piazza Tasso is the main square of Sorrento which is flooded with market stalls, designer shops and restaurants. Discover the fascinating winding streets and what they have to offer by foot, or if you’re feeling a little tired from the day’s activities, you can arrange a horse and carriage. 

Take a guided sightseeing trip to Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum near Naples. Make sure to relax after a long day of sightseeing in one of the many restaurants dotted around Naples – this region serves up the country’s best pasta, pizza and coffee! 

Sorrento and the Amalfi coast are famous for their delicious Limoncello. There are numerous Limoncello shops dotted around Sorrento; we recommend to pop in and get a few free samples! You can also find many shops selling the ceramics, lacework and souvenirs that are famously produced here. 

Take the ferry from Sorrento to Capri and spend the day in Capri, which is a beautiful, small resort island with an interesting town. It has beaches where you can relax, or if you are feeling more adventurous, why not rent a kayak or boat, and explore the fascinating grottos the island has to offer. 

There is also plenty to see and do in the medieval quarter of the town.


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The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.


Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.


You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.


Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.


In general, the climate in Amalfi Coast is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.


It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.


Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.


There are some important rules of the road:

  • Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • You should always be carrying in the car your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways. Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked "biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%.There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.


  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying "Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use.
  • Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard.
  • In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.


  • The bay of Naples is undoubtedly the most spectacular bay in Italy. In ancient Roman times, the wealthy citizens of the Empire spent pleasure-filled days there as can be seen in the frescoes of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Situated on the Gulf of Naples, the Villa lies in the town of Sorrento walking distance to Marina Grande. A short drive to the Marina Piccola ferry service for trips to Naples, Capri, Ischia, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno
  • Marina Grande: 200 meters
  • Marina Piccola (port with public hydrofoils to Capri): 2km
  • City center of Sorrento (Piazza Tasso):800meters
  • Positano: 17km
  • Amalfi: 32km
  • Pompeii: 28km
  • Ravello: 39km
  • Naples airport: 53km

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Availability Information

  • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available on request. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205.


  • Air-conditioning.
  • Heating.
  • Broadband internet.
  • Cook to prepare all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Groceries are payable extra.
  • English-speaking Concierge.
  • Maid service, daily for up to 4 hours.
  • Initial supply of bed linen and towels and mid-week change.

Extra Services

  • A food deposit of EUR 10.000 is to be paid with the balance of the rental.

  • The minimum stay in high season is 7 nights although 3 nights in low season.
  • In order to secure the booking, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required.
  • The security deposit for the villa is EUR 30.000.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Gym Equipment
  • Internet Access (Broadband)
  • Music Sound System
  • Safe (In Room)
  • Sea Facing
  • Sea View
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • TV

Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

Call 01242 547 705 to speak to a specialist Enquire

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