When Fellini coined the phrase “la dolce vita,” he might have had Villa Chandon in mind. This breathtaking villa sits in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, a mere 50 steps from the fishing hamlet of Conca, a true “pieds dans l’eau” where you can practically touch the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the comfort of your bed.
Once a working rope factory, the villa became a private residence, purchased by the Chandon family (of champagne fame) and turned into their summer home. Renowned Spanish architect Julio la Fuente oversaw restorations, envisioning the unification of the factory building with an adjacent stone house, once belonging to Coco Chanel. Today, you can experience the pedigreed setting for yourself, and live like royalty on Italy’s most coveted coastline.
In accordance with Mediterranean tradition white reigns throughout, interrupted every now and then by hand painted ceramic tiles from Vietri and natural rock walls. The 400 square metre palatial residence includes eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, each carved directly into the rock face, with breathtaking sea views. One of the suites was designed and still features hand painted tiles by Coco Chanel.
The villa sits in the picturesque fishing village of Conca dei Marini, the preferred resort town of some of history’s most prolific writers, artists, and chiefs of state. Princess Margaret, Jacqueline Kennedy, Henry Kissenger, Sophia Loren, and of course, Moet & Chandon all vacationed here. There are stories, in fact, of Jackie Kennedy driving to Conca dei Marini in a Fiat 500 Convertible gifted to her by Gianni Agnelli himself. Today, the town continues to offer endless charm, with many natural wonders, beautiful churches, vibrant piazzas, and a colourful harbour lined with fishing boats.
Villa Chandon Information
- Location & Getting There:
Villa Chandon sits in the charming fishing village of Conca dei Marini, in the heart of the Amalfi Coast. The villa is a mere 50 steps from the hamlet and the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Naples International Airport can be reached in 90 minutes by car.
When the Chandon family purchased the original rope factory and enlisted the help of renowned Spanish architect Julio la Fuente to oversee restorations, they made one request: the property had to satisfy their love for outdoor living and, more importantly, highlight the breathtaking sea views from every room in the house. La Fuente combined the lofty factory with an adjacent stone house (once belonging to Coco Chanel) to create a luxurious haven of privacy and respite.
White reigns supreme, interrupted only by hand painted ceramic tiles from Vietri and natural rock walls. Deep blue accents honour the town’s nautical roots and prime location next to the sea. The 400 square metre palatial residence includes eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, each carved directly into the rock face, with breathtaking views. Two private staircases lead to the water, and to a solarium where you can enjoy an aperitivo under the brilliant blue sky. One of the suites was designed and still features hand painted tiles by Coco Chanel. If it’s style you’re after, without any pretense, Villa Chandon is the perfect spot.
When you tire of spending your days lounging on the grand terrace, sipping Aperol in the solarium, or simply admiring the unobstructed sea views from practically every room in the house, you can venture a few steps off the property to enjoy all the charm of Conca dei Marini.
Explore the majestic churches and vibrant piazzas of the charming fishing village. Breathe in the scent of lemons that grow on terraces throughout the town. Venture to the Emerald Grotto, a karst cave discovered in 1932, taking its name from the surreal emerald colours of the sea. Or simply stop in at one of the many cafés and start a conversation with a local, who will be only too happy to regale you with tales of Amalfi’s rich history.
Villa Chandon welcomes families and young guests.