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5 bdrs villa with pool,petting zoo,ping pong table,tree house,playgrounds.

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms Villa with playground. petting zoo, tree house,solar heated salt water pool, zip line, picnic area, peaceful country setting, fish pond,ping pong table.

We offer the best family holiday villa in Sicily,here are the reasons why:

Large well equipped Villa.

Private solar heated 6x12 meters salt water pool.

Lovely landscaped garden.

Well equipped playground for children.

Ping Pong table.

A tree house with a balcony for children 3.50x 2 meters size.

A sand pit for kids .

A zip-line to glide from tree to tree.

A 5x5 meters fish pond with Egyptian papyrus.

A picnic area with a charcoal BBQ

Tree swings for kids and toddlers.

2 Hammocks to relax in under the trees.

At the far corner of the property a petting zoo of domestic animals,chickens,ducks,geese,rabbits,tibetan goats, and much more ..kids and adults can interact with if they like.

English spoken as a first language .

Welcome to our corner of Paradise..This fine villa is set in the warm and timeless landscape of south eastern Sicily, one of the beautiful and suggestive part of the region,on the foot-hills of the enchanting town of Modica. From the Villa's private swimming pool, views extend over hills and valleys capped by the steeples of Baroque Modica is only a scant mile away. The garden, with its succulent fruit trees and the scent of jasmine, is a peaceful and picturesque setting for guests to enjoy the Sicilians way of life. Dining by the pool, where there is a barbeque (Gas & Charcoal) and furnished Gazebo, makes the perfect setting to enjoy the 'alfresco experience'. The villa's location offers total privacy to enjoy a relaxing holiday ideal for working on a total tan; and leave feeling relaxed, rested and looking forward to your next stay in Sicily. Private parking is available for up to 8 cars.The Pool is salt water, no more smell of chlorine, red eyes or dry skin. A pleasure to swim in, an acre of mature olive and carob trees where there is a tree house for kids,an outdoors picnic and BBQ area with tables and a breathtaking view located under a secular carob tree, a kids zip line to slide from tree to tree, and in the far corner a Happy Farm made of domestic animals, the kids and adults alike can interact with the animals,

Villa Modica is five minutes by car from the centre of Modica. In March 2003 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)has acknowledged that the city of Modica and its surrounding areas to be added to the world heritage list for the baroque treasures it holds in its historic buildings and architectural design unique only to this part of Sicily, in Modica was filmed the renowned Italian TV series 'Inspector Montalbano' that's been showing on BBC3, the town built between two valleys and hills is known for its Baroque architecture, has restaurants, cafés, supermarkets and shops. Modica is also called the Positano of Sicily the town of Modica was so particular until the middle of the last century that it was called the second Venice of Italy: it is situated on the valley where two torrents merge into each other and there were a lot of large and small bridges to connect the zones of the lower area.

At the villa we have a secure full size play ground of 140 sq meters for the children to enjoy with lots of toys, plus Netflix for movies and children entertainment ..On January 2012 BBC 2 broadcast a TV series Sicily Unpacked,Episode 2 was filmed right here in Modica,Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli took part of this fascinating journey through Sicily, Andrew and Giorgio explored the legacy of Spain's 500-year occupation of the island and the influence this has had on art and culture. And it's not only art that is experiencing a resurrection on the island but agriculture too: the wine, that only 20 years ago was considered only good enough for blending vats on the continent, is now one of the most fashionable in Europe and is being exported all over the world. The Villa is located on a strategic point: this part of Sicily has an abundance of art, archaeology, history, breathtaking scenery and of course wonderful food to offer. You will certainly be inspired by the brilliance and beauty of the town, by the stunning, secluded beaches, tranquil vineyards, ancient olive groves. And you can also explore Mount Etna, the greatest volcano of Europe, Catania, a splendid city lying between Etna and the Ionian Sea, Syracuse, with its temples, its Greek Theatre and Roman Amphitheatre, and its Ear of Dionysius, Ragusa, with its traces of human settlements dating from as early as the 3rd millennium BC. Or, if you prefer something really breathtaking, why not go to Agrigento and see the Valley of the Temples?Anyway, the list of wonders that are waiting for you is too long to be written here. But Villa Modica is a perfect choice even if you just decide to indulge your senses spending lazy afternoons and suntanning..

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Ilona Sempill
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
13 May, 2017

About Ilona Sempill

We love Sicily and we are here to help you in every way to ensure you have a memorable holiday from the moment you arrive. We love children and have plenty of toys and a secure playground to play in .English spoken as a first language.

Ilona Sempill purchased this villa in 1980

Why Ilona Sempill chose Ragusa

We have it all for a great family vacation, in ground solar heated salt water pool, tennis court, large playground, Happy Farm Educational Activities, its like being at a resort at a great value, the villa is strategically located just a scant mile away from the city centre of the Medieval baroque city of Modica famous for being a friendly and a feel good city,from the villa you can see the panoramic view of the city resting on the hill, it has the feel of a nativity scenery,just looking out of the front door it takes the breath away.The city is renowned for its rich culinary tradition offering an amazing variety of seasonal dishes that follow the sicilian traditions. Sweet and savoury dishes, summer and winter food are on offer for a real taste of the county. That's why we bought this villa.

What makes this villa unique

Our Villa is close to everything- EU blue flag beaches, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, winery, beautiful countryside. A beautiful 12m x 6m swimming salt water Pool and tennis court on-site for renters use only. The residences offer peace and tranquility with just a distant noise of cow bell or the church bells only a scant mile away. Wide open skies with no tall buildings or hotels to block the views. No ambient light in the evenings which allows for a truly spectacular view of the milky way at night and in the summer shooting stars can be seen from the pool's deck. Located in agricultural area-unspoilt and tranquil.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Superb value and if you like your own space, this villa has it. Enjoyed Most: Garden areas and pool - they are beautiful and huge! Unpleasant Surprises: This is a tough question as this is a beautiful villa. The master beds were a little uncomfortable. Surrounding Area: Lovely rural aspect. Tips or Restaurants: Be aware there are no taxi services in Modica after 8pm. La Torre d'Oriente is an excellent restaurant. Overall: The owner was the perfect host. He was always available but never intruded. We loved having the meal ready Saturday when we arrived along with some provisions. After a long, tiring travel period, that was wonderful and delicious! Enjoyed Most: The meticulous attention the owner gave to his property and the villa. The beautiful views. Unpleasant Surprises: Italian beds never seem to meet American standards. Surrounding Area: Modica is a truly charming town. Good shopping, good restaurants, great ambiance.
Feb 2005
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Modica in Sicily

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • 4 bathrooms plus 1 WC. Ensuite bathroom on the 5th bedroom.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 /5 Bedrooms. Notes on bedrooms: 2 bedroom with double bed. 3 bedrooms with single beds (joinable) If needed 2 extra single beds can be added at a small charge. Baby Cot & High Chair Monitor wireless radios Lots of Kids toys.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Villa Modica - Run by 100% clean, pure solar energy! 'The magnificent Sicilian sunshine not only sparks your imagination, it powers your vacation. At Villa Modica, we are committed to using green, clean pure energy from the sun. With over 340 days of sunshine a year in Modica, our solar panels provide more than enough energy to power your vacation and you can rest-assured that your stay will be carbon-neutral.' 5 bedrooms: 1 kitchen and 4.5 bathrooms. Electricity, Gas and Water are included in the price. Central Heating is not included, the villa is heated with heating oil, metered on arrival at the cost of 1,35 euros per litre. Suitable for elderly or children, the villa has only a 2 inch step to access. We have especially planned for small children and babies, particularly with regard to safety. Outside: We have a secure full play ground of 140 sq meters for children to enjoy while at the villa, lots of toys,e foot ball, we love kids! We believe that a family vacation is a very special family time and it should be a memorable fun time for all. The pool has access from three points in the garden. All access points have gates to keep young children outside of the pool area. Pool season starts April 1st till October 31st, from November 1st to March 31st the pool will be open on request with an extra charge of 250 Euros. Utility Room: Washing machines, iron and ironboard. Portable clothes drier and outdoor clothes line. Linen and bath/beach towels provided.Linen and towels are changed every saturday morning. Other: Inside,the Villa is modern comfortable with large room, Smart TV with Netflix , DVD,IPod docking station, screens on windows and 4 air A/C bdrms 5th bdrm has a ceiling fan.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


Glorious for all ages, amazing location, ace hosts

  • 5 of 5

We were a family group ranging from 73-3yrs and everyone had an incredible time. Nothing was too much trouble for Giorgio and his wonderful family. The swimming pool was kept spotless. There's a decent sized shallow end for non-swimmers to enjoy and plenty of room for the rest! Best of all for the children were the animals. Giorgio let all ages join him in the daily fun of tending to them. The house is spacious with large bedrooms and a much appreciated separate flat, with its own private entrance, that the grandparents escaped to! There are three glorious eating areas to be able to enjoy different views of the valley or be inside. There is a good supermarket less than 10mins drive and best of all, the beautiful town of Modica is only a couple of minutes away. We enjoyed running in the early mornings and the house is perfectly situated to take in the town and return on a perfect 10k loop. There is SOOOO much to see and do in the area that we feel we have only just begun. Every day was a different excursion from beautiful towns to ancient, classical sites. And THE best ice-creams in the world! But for those who did not feel like getting in the car, there was no need to go anywhere. The villa is a haven, plenty of sun beds and shady spots to read in, and soak up the stunning view of Modica. We all agreed it was our happiest holiday ever!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property and location are truly amazing but the best aspect was the sincere and friendly property owner. Giorgio went above and beyond in assisting us in all our needs from transportation to restaurants to garden vegetables. It was touching that there was a meal awaiting us upon arrival. The location is handy to grocery store, cafe, town of Modica and tourist spots. The pool and balcony areas allowed for great relaxation areas with a large group. Highly recommend this villa!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An unbelievable experience with a wonderful host.

  • 5 of 5

Very positive experience.Spacious Vila with a beautiful large pool.Close to downtown Modica.Well maintained.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely, well-equipped villa in a gorgeous setting with everything you could ask for, including fantastic hosts (Giorgio, Nina and family) who really helped us get the most out of our holiday. We arrived to Nina's amazing home-made lasagne, sausages and potatoes, as well as a keg of red wine and bottle of prosecco. Giorgio and Nina were so welcoming and there to help us whenever we needed it, whilst always respecting our privacy. They recommended and accompanied us to some excellent restaurants, helped us with supermarket shopping, ordered pizzas and recommended a local cook, who came and cooked us a traditional Italian meal for a very reasonable price. They really made our holiday special.

The villa itself had everything we needed and was extremely child friendly, with a gated playground and swimming pool (so no worries about safety) and lots of toys. It was well-situated, overlooking the lovely town of Modica and within relatively easy reach of other attractions, including gorgeous sandy beaches. It almost goes without saying that we would highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anne-Marie, thank you for having stayed at our villa, we did truly enjoyed meeting you and your family, we hope to welcome you again in the future to our corner of paradise....we love to treat our guests like family, and we try hard to always make your stay a memorable one from the moment you arrived.
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Paradise at Modica!!

  • 5 of 5

For our second time we have stayed at Villa Modica, but we now call it our home away from home. From the moment we arrived it was fantastic!!! To seeing Giorgio (owner) & his lovely family, to the comfort and beauty of his villa.

Whatever we needed, it was there! From, appliances, to linens, to food, to herbs etc... it was all there at the villa!

Thank you to Antonella, Giorgio's wonderful wife, who had welcomed us with a home cooked meal. Let's not forget the abundance of wine that dear Giorgio made available to us.

Giorgio, a friend that we have made for life! A man who devotes himself to his family, friends and guests at his villa. Always available 24/7!!!

Thank you Giorgio for introducing us to our dear friends Ken & Alena from Scotland. Spending those days with all of you was memorable!

The villa was immaculate! The grounds were spectacular! Surrounded by different types of fruit trees, wonderful herbs, inviting pool, and Luna the cat! How we looked forward to breakfast in the veranda, with gorgeous view of Modica. Whether we wanted to laze around the pool or stay in the bar-b-que section of the villa where it was well shaded, we had a fantastic time!! We absolutely adore your villa and how we are welcomed. Of course we will be back only next time our stay there will be extended to 3 weeks!!!! We can not get enough of Villa Modica and Giorgio!!! Until the next time our dear friend!! There is no one like you Giorgio!!

friends for life,

Gisella & Gaspare

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

Located in Modica – the chocolate capital of Sicily - with 4 bedrooms. 3 1/2 bathrooms, swimming pool, kitchen, gardens… Indoor dining, outdoor dining… It almost looked too good to be true.

I sent off an email inquiry and received a reply back immediately from the owner, George.

How little did I know that that simple email was going to set off a chain of events that culminated in possibly the best and most relaxing vacation we have ever had.

The villa is stunning. The grounds are beautiful. Everything is a mixture of new and old – with all of the modern conveniences.

But the real gem of Villa Modica is the owner, George – and his attention to detail and ability to read his guests and fulfill their every wish. From ricotta-making and wine tasting to some of the best seafood I have ever eaten, or directions to anywhere, George was there.

He was available and completely unobtrusive. But more than anything else, he was real and genuine and exuded warmth and friendliness. There is nothing phony or contrived about him. He is more than willing to go out of his way to make your visit unforgettable. Actually, I should rephrase that – nothing is out of his way. I’d love to have him as my neighbor.

The villa is situated a couple of kilometers from the center of town – rural without being isolated – and in a valley that shimmers with the lights above.

Everything you need is within reach – with the ultimate in privacy.

The rooms are all good sized and six of us were never im each others way. One could move off to a different section of the villa or out to the extensive grounds and enjoy the quiet and solitude – or join in a raucous game of cards in the over-sized kitchen, outdoor eating area, or in the gazebo by the pool.

The grounds are full of organic produce for the eating, from artichokes to lemons, numerous herbs, grapes, wild fennel… we had stuffed artichokes one night. Best I’ve ever had.

And best I’ve ever had can be said of so much of our stay. From the dinner that was awaiting us when we arrived – homemade lasagne, sausages, potatoes, and peppers, and more wine than we could consume – to the relaxation by the pool and listening to the quiet.

No hidden fees or costs. I can’t wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
3 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Shoulder Season
9 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
14 Oct 2017 - 30 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Stay tax £1.00 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
A security deposit of 30% is required upon booking ,the rest to be paid 60 days before departure.

Cancellation policy available by contacting owner when booking.

Changeover Day:
Saturday arrival, from 4 pm. Departure 9 am.

Notes on prices:
A weekly change of linens and towels is included in the price.

Electricity,Gas and Water are included in the price.

Central Heating is not included, the villa is heated with heating oil, metered on arrival at the cost of 1,35 euros a liter.

Minimum Stays can be arranged at time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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