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The artist's study between the hills and the sea

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Panoramic mountain penthouse at 1 km from the sea.

Once in Milianni, a handful of houses in front of the Tyrrhenian Sea, winds up a hilltop that crosses the Tardara nature park and leads to our home.

Immersed among the olive trees and the chanting of the cicadas, the façade is made, made of marine stones and mosaics of artistically arranged multicolour glasses. Two carved stone dogs are guarding the entrance, the old wooden door opening onto one of the highlights of the house: a loft from the large windows that continues in the large outdoor terrace, offering exceptional views of the sea and the islands Aeolian.

The entire apartment is organized around this view, which overlook the kitchen and the bedroom.

The paintings and small works of mosaic of the owner and artist create a unique atmosphere and give the measure of a true "art de vivre".

The property is only one kilometer from the sea (15 minutes on foot) and only 15 km from the historic city of Cefalu.

Wifi connection.

Necessary machine.

Extra charges: check-in after 7p. m. : 50 euros

Extra firewood during winter time: 60 euros

More Details

Owner
Giovanni Ballistreri
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2017

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Tusa in Province of Messina

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17.00 / Check-out: 12.00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Upper floor: bathroom with tub, toilet, bidet, washbasin
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • - 1 Double Bed
    - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Upstairs: 1 double bed in the living room, one double bed in the loft, 1 sofa bed for 2 people. There is 1 baby cot available
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Disco club
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The artist's study between the hills and the sea
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews
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5

Amazingly relaxing setting with star-filled sky

  • 5 of 5

We had a peaceful and beautiful time in this lovely rural setting. Most of our time was spent on the spacious deck, looking out over the sea and breathing in the fresh air. The apartment was roomy, with all the equipment and utensils needed to enjoy our very own home-cooked pasta dinner. The host was welcoming; meeting her near "the yellow and green house" in Milianni was an experience out of an adventure story. She was also very helpful, showing us where to buy food for our stay and pointing out some places of interest. The setting itself is ideal for anyone seeking peace and quiet or even a brief respite from crowds and tourist activity. Special indeed was the star-filled sky at night, a sight usually available to us only at the planetarium!

Thanks for a peace-inducing stay.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, natural, calm, idyllic, PERFECT

  • 5 of 5

Gianni's home was the perfect place to spend a holiday. He and Emanuela were so helpful with correspondence and showing us around. We stayed 4 of us in the downstairs apartment, and loved the space, with all the artistic touches added by the owner himself! Not to mention the outstanding view: we watched the sun set every evening with a glass of prosecco and couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more.

We could choose whether to be calm and lazy in the hammock or explore the wonderful surrounding beaches and towns of Finale and Cefalu', and we even took a day-trip to Palermo without issue. The neighbours were very kind and gave us sweet lemons and fresh almonds to eat and herbs from their garden, you couldn't ask for a better experience of the natural beauty and kindness of Sicily. The outdoor kitchen was my favourite – a place to prepare the enormous seafood feasts that we'd bought from the market! The produce that we bought and cooked was unparalleled to what I've ever had before. We also ate an outstanding meal at Osteria Bacchus in Sant'Ambrogio at Gianni's recommendation.

This was probably the best holiday I've ever had. I can't recommend it enough – it will make you fall in love with Sicily if you aren't already!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

perfect location, great property!

  • 5 of 5

What I found here was far beyond my expectations. I wanted a cosy and nice place to stay in Sicily, not too far from facilities but still quiet and not overcrowded. I arrived with my boyfriend in Finale di Pollina where the Owner welcomed us and took us to the property - a stunning, perfect, clean, well maintained house in the middle of a natural park just 5 mins from town center, beaches, restaurants and everything you need. The Owner was really helpful, he explained us everything we needed to know about the house. Stunning view of the landscape, perfect balcony for an outside dinner with the sea in front of you - so far and so close at the same time. I would not recommend this place to everyone - just to those who can handle the beauty of this place!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

erholsamer Urlaubmit viel kultur

  • 4 of 5

Unser Ferienhaus war so ziemlich sowie es angeküdigt war. Alles war nicht ganz so schön wie auf den Bildern bis auf den Ausblick! Der Komforgt in der Küche und im Bad ließ etwas zu wünschen übrig. Vor allem war die Dusche unangenehm. Es agbkeinen Duschvorhangund das Wasser stank. Gianni erklärte uns zwar, dass das Wassersehr schefelhaltig ist und uns nicht schaden kann. Trotzdem hat mir eine schöne Dusche gefehlt. Auch die Kücheneinrichtung warsehr sehr einfach. Da ich gern koche,wären eine gute Pfanne und ein paaranständige Töpfe nict verkehrt. Insgesammt war es aber sehr schön auf den Terrassen zu sizen oder zu liegen. Man konnte so wählen, ob man in der Sonne oder mit Meerblick faulenzenwollte. Beides ging nicht.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Abbiamo cercato di far sentire i nostri ospiti a proprio agio,in tutti i modi possibili non abbiamo ricevuto alcuna lamentela relativa alla qualità dell'attrezzatura presente durante il soggiorno;quando ci è stato comunicato che la lavatrice non funzionava abbiamo provveduto a d acquistarne una nuova immediatamente. Riguardo l'attrezzatura in cucina,è stata pensata per soddisfare l'esecuzione di normali pranzi e cene,e non l'estro creativo di uno chef!!!!
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4

Lovely house in the mountains

  • 4 of 5

Me and my boyfriend stayed in Gianni's and Emanuela's house for one week and had a great time! Even after flight delay of ~8hours Gianni was at the house to welcome us to Sicilia and equip us with the necessary things. Both, Gianni and Emanuela were always available if we had questions or problems.

The house looks is surrounded by a lot of olive trees and is funished very quaint. The view from the balcony is amazing and looks like the pictures show.

The house is a great place to relax, laze and have a great time at Sicilia!

Thank you for your help and the relaxed stay at Sicilia!

Sandra & Peter

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie a voi per aver amato la nostra casa
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5

Schönes Haus in sommerlicher Umgebung

  • 5 of 5

Gut ausgestattetes Ferienhaus in abgeschiedener Lage.

Schöne Tage mit Blick aufs Meer verbracht.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: grazie per essere stati nostri ospiti!!!
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Palermo
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Finale di Pollina
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Cefalù
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Cefalu'
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Pollina
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Tusa
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Finale di Pollina
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Piano Battaglia
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Milianni
Car: necessary

Our house is located in the center of the Natural Park of Tardara, and so it is surrounded by nature, and close to the sea (1km) .Its location, on top of a hill, allows a look panoramic sea, the coast, the forests and the mountains around, and the Aeolian Islands. A few kilometers, ancient villages rich in architecture, art and living traditions: the country's festivals, processions, tasting of local products. Cefalu, 15 km, beautiful village from the enchanting seaside location: lively cultural place, with museums and priceless works of art. The beaches of stone, pebbles and sand overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the blue waters, facing the Aeolian Islands. The ferry to the islands you can 'take in Cefalu or Milazzo (40 km), and visiting them is really a wonderful experience, are all of volcanic origin, some volcanoes are attività.L'Etna is about 100 km of good highway, and in any case from our house each side of the island can be reached in about 2 hours on the motorway. So it will be easy to get to Syracuse, to the south; in Taormina, to the east, in Trapani, west; Agrigento with its extraordinary Greek temples, the beautiful Palermo with its treasures ......

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  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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