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A Romantic Monastery-Turned-Vacation Rental on the Amalfi Coast

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A Romantic Monastery-Turned-Vacation Rental on the Amalfi Coast

April 15, 2019

If you’re counting the days til summer, may we recommend following the Perfect Hideaway on Instagram? It will come in handy for the next few weeks while you await the return of warm weather—particularly if you live in a region still recovering from a season of nor’easters, “bomb cyclones,” and generally dark and foul weather.

Photographer and self-described “professional traveler” Melissa Daly started the Perfect Hideaway as a personal blog for family and friends. As the site’s popularity increased, it grew into a tightly edited collection of vacation rentals and small, design-oriented hotels. “It’s really about those hidden gems and design properties with a beautiful story,” says Melissa. “I feel the definition of luxury has changed. Luxury is more about the overall experience—local organic breakfast, seeing the stars at night—not necessarily about the size of the flat-screen TV.” (N.B.: We couldn’t agree more.)

What sets her website apart from other curated travel sites is the photography. Melissa doesn’t rely on stock photos from hotels or rental hosts. “We scout great rental properties, then send photographers to capture the interiors,” she says. The images she selects feel more like lifestyle shots; they’re design-focused but intimate and warm—and they make us want to book our next vacation right now.

At the top of our list? This rental, on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, that’s so photogenic, you may end up booking it before you finish reading this post. (Here’s the listing if you want to cut to the chase.)

Photography by Carley Rudd, courtesy of The Perfect Hideaway.

dubbed &#8\2\20;trotula charming house,&#8\2\2\1; the rental is in the 9
Above: Dubbed “Trotula Charming House,” the rental is in the center of the Old Town in Salerno on the Amalfi Coast. The building was built for the order of Benedictine Olivetan monks. “It received a lavish update in the 1600s when it was converted into a palazzo, replete with ornate seventeenth-century frescoes,” says Melissa.
the apartment is up 34 steps, on the second floor, and has postcard perfect vie 10
Above: The apartment is up 34 steps, on the second floor, and has postcard-perfect views of the Gulf of Salerno.
the owner&#8\2\17;s daughter, olimpia stacchi, is co founder of architects  11
Above: The owner’s daughter, Olimpia Stacchi, is co-founder of Architects at Work; she and her brother Giulio worked together to return the space to its former grandeur. Murals were uncovered during the restoration.
a closeup of the charm filled kitchenette, outfitted with just the essentials. 12
Above: A closeup of the charm-filled kitchenette, outfitted with just the essentials.
on either side of the kitchen/living area is a bedroom. both bedrooms have view 13
Above: On either side of the kitchen/living area is a bedroom. Both bedrooms have views of rooftops and the ocean just beyond them. The rental sleeps six.
the siblings wisely opted for characterful patina over shiny and new, choosing  14
Above: The siblings wisely opted for characterful patina over shiny and new, choosing to keep the building’s 18th-century plaster walls. They even broke through a false ceiling to expose age-old timber beams.
contemporary furniture, much of it handmade, is a pleasing contrast and complem 15
Above: Contemporary furniture, much of it handmade, is a pleasing contrast and complement to the aged walls.
the peach and blue palette extends to the other bedroom as well. 16
Above: The peach and blue palette extends to the other bedroom as well.
the tyrrhenian sea in all its glory. 17
Above: The Tyrrhenian Sea in all its glory.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 24, 2018.

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