Specialists in Southern Italy, Sicily & Sardinia
From £680 pp
An impressive palazzo, home of Principe di Belmonte, right by the sea and with extensive natural grounds. Modern perfection it is not – thank goodness! For those who appreciate the shabby chic of antiquity and an ambience of history.
Did Italians invent that decaying elegance, that shabby chic that gives a place real style? If they did, nowhere can it be more successful than at Palazzo Belmonte. The 17th century palazzo is a masterpiece of grand architecture. The Principe di Belmonte, one of a long line of nobility stretching back over 400 years, still lives in one wing of the palace and it still has that sense that you are staying in a noble gentleman’s home, rather than in a hotel.
Actually, it is not easy to create a viable hotel from an historic, listed building, for a notoriously demanding market, whilst at the same time retaining that sense of history and antiquity in a stunning architectural masterpiece such as Palazzo Belmonte. It could so easily have been ruined. Thankfully, there are people, who appreciate antiquity and shabby chic is even fashionable, so we love the fact that the Prince has stuck to his guns and done things as he sees fit, rather than as some trends demand. You will find no designer minimalism here. However, if, like us, you can appreciate all of this, then Palazzo Belmonte is definitely for you. If not, then frankly don’t choose it!
That is not to say that Palazzo Belmonte is anything less than wonderful. An imposing edifice, sitting right by the sea and within its own walled grounds, its location is spectacular. Not only that, but this is no little walled garden. Palazzo Belmonte’s grounds cover 5 acres. From the pretty flower-filled courtyard that greets you on arrival, to the terraced gardens, brimming with mature Mediterranean pines, palms, hibiscus, bougainvillea and so many other shrubs, this lush garden is a botanical paradise. More natural than manicured, it has lots of stone steps and uneven paths and you will find a secret corner, with a secret door and steps, which lead straight onto the lovely private sandy beach and its own bit of the crystal clear Cilento Coast sea. From within the protective walls you might not be able to see the sea from every corner or angle, but you can usually hear it – a background music, perfect for relaxing to. The pool is sheltered from sea breezes by hedges and walling and there is a bar nearby. Most of the dining terraces capitalise on the fabulous sea views.
Palazzo Belmonte’s rooms are so very different from one another that to describe each one is to write an encyclopaedia! They are housed in four areas of the palace and its grounds – Palazzo Belmonte itself; Eduardo’s house, which is a wing of the main palazzo reached via an archway from the main courtyard; Villa Belmonte Francesca and Villa Belmonte Sofia, named after the Prince’s two daughters and set discreetly into the grounds. Not all rooms have sea-views or terraces and those that do are sometimes through trees and shrubbery. Nothing is standard. Nothing has that perfect precision of modernity. The Prince wants to keep it like that and we agree.
On the south side of Santa Maria di Castellabate, Palazzo Belmonte is ideally placed for ambling into town for a spot of shopping, dinner or a morning coffee. Charming and picturesque Santa Maria di Castellabate has a pretty harbour and lovely beach. A small resort, but lived in all year, it is a joy to stroll around. Along the coast, is San Marco di Castellabate, with its square, and busy, working harbour. Both resorts have small shops, restaurants, pizzerie and gelaterie and can be lively in the summer, but sleepy at other times. In high season, local skippers usually run boat trips to Amalfi or Capri and there is a weekly market. Mediaeval Castellabate, with its interesting historical centre and 10th century basilica, sits on a hill. Only half an hour from Paestum, and close to the wild and densely forested mountains of The Cilento National Park, this area is perfect for exploring South Campania. The coastline, largely undiscovered by the British, has slopes of silvery-leaved olive trees and intensely green, luxuriant vegetation stretching right down to the turquoise blue, crystal Tyrrhenian Sea and some of the best long, sandy beaches in Italy.
We love The Cilento and Palazzo Belmonte’s sense of history, relaxed informality and, especially, its enviable location, right by the sea.
Palazzo Belmonte’s rooms are so very different from one another that to describe each one is to write an encyclopaedia! They are housed in four areas of the palace and its grounds – Palazzo Belmonte itself; Eduardo’s house, which is a wing of the main palazzo reached via an archway from the main courtyard; Villa Belmonte Francesca and Villa Belmonte Sofia, named after the Prince’s two daughters and set discreetly into the grounds.
Not all rooms have sea-views or terraces and those that do are sometimes through trees and shrubbery. Nothing is standard. Nothing has that perfect precision of modernity. The Prince wants to keep it like that and we agree.
HIBISCUS (price band B)
On the second floor of Palazzo Belmonte itself, an en-suite double room, with jacuzzi bath set into an open alcove and French windows to a small standing balcony with sea-view.
IRIS (price band C)
On the third floor of Eduardo’s House, an en-suite double room in the “mansarda” (in the roof, so low headroom in places), with terrace and great sea-view.
ELENA, TERESA & LIVIA (price band C)
On the first floor of Villa Belmonte Francesca, an en-suite double room, with bath and hand shower and with terrace and sea-view, over the grounds.
DOMENICA, VALENTINA & CHIARA (price band C)
On the first floor of Villa Belmonte Sofia, an en-suite double room, with bath and hand shower and with terrace and sea-view, over the grounds.
OTHER ROOMS, CONNECTING ROOMS & SUITES
Palazzo Belmonte has an array of other room types, including rooms which connect with one another, especially good for families, and luxurious suites. Please ask for details
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