It’s a misty, dreary day in London – perfect for day dreaming about warm sunshine, clear seas and picturesque views in Positano (aka my happy place) and a new favorite.
I visited Casa Buonocore in September to try their spectacular breakfast spread and tour the rooms. Styled as a “Charming Guest House,” I would describe it as a luxury bed and breakfast. After refurbishment, Nino, Sandra and Annamaria Buonocore reopened their villa in 2012 with a fresh and airy take on a classic Italian villa. I love that Positano is exploring this modern direction, exemplified also by restaurants Next2 and Casa e Bottega. This kind of design will likely continue to draw younger guests to what’s traditionally been a retreat for the wealthy, established set.
The design is a thoughtful mix of rustic touches amongst comfortable elegance. Spread over three levels, each of the six rooms has a distinct style, some drawing on cultural influences from Asia and Africa. Each also boasts at the very least, a private balcony large enough for a table and two chairs for enjoying evening aperitivo. One classic room has a larger terrace with sun chairs surrounded by lush trees and gardens like a private oasis. The largest deluxe room has a huge terrace with 360 degree views of Positano, the hills and the sea.
The breakfast spread for guests is incomparable to other B&Bs I’ve seen in town. In addition to homemade pastries, charcuterie and cheeses, I opted for a deviled egg garnished with caviar and the sweet confit cherry tomatoes. For a more traditional English or American breakfast, eggs are available cooked on request out of the villa’s state of the art kitchen. And of course, beautiful coffee prepared to order.
Casa Buonocore benefits from a superb and convenient location, just up from the main Piazza Mulini between the square and landmark Le Sirenuse Hotel. Snuggled near several shops, it’s only a short distance from the main road and you only have to climb a few stairs to reach the villa – another luxury in a town built on steep terraces. It’s then a quick walk down to the main Spiaggia Grande or to the Sita bus stop to Amalfi or Sorrento.
After seeing the guest house and all it has to offer, I expected the rates to be comparable with a 5 star hotel, but I was pleasantly surprised. Classic rooms are smaller but are fully functional and beautiful, and start at 220 Euro per night in the low season or 240 Euro per night in the high season. You’ll pay more for the deluxe room at 450 Euro per night in the high season.
As you find with most areas of the Amalfi Coast, the Buonocore family aren’t just guest house proprietors. They take pride in their villa and in welcoming you to your second home in paradise. As a result, this lovely B&B will now be one of my standbys for friends and family when visiting Positano.
Grazie, Famiglia Buonocore!
Casa Buonocore Via Cristoforo Colombo, 77 84017 Positano (Salerno) Italy +39 089 875085 www.casabuonocore.com
© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2014.