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Semi-Detached House in Villa with Private Pool and Sea Views

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Villa in Scopello, Sicily, Italy - Peaceful Location, 5 mins Walk from the Beach

The house, just renovated, lies in a beautiful countryside, a few minute walk from the beach. A large garden and a swimming pool provide outdoor relaxation. A beautiful view of the sea and the close-by nature reserve ‘Lo Zingaro’ may be enjoyed from the balcony. A few hundred meters from the picturesque village of Scopello and the enchanting site of the Tonnara (old disused tuna-fishing station, now a bathers' resort), where some scenes from the film Ocean Twelve were shot. It is very quiet, but you can find all facilities, shops, bars and restaurants at a few kilometers distance.


Owner
maria d'amico
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
7 August, 2017

About maria d'amico

We are a family of three : my partner and I are both teachers, our daughter, Irene, is 7 and goes to primary school.

maria d'amico purchased this villa in 1980

Why maria d'amico chose Trapani province

My family has had this house since the 80s. We bought it when this was still an unknown place, enchanted by the stunning location and the quiet. We live in Berlin now, but we come here at least a few weeks every year in the summer and whenever we come it is for us a break from the noise and the stress of our daily life. We love the colours, which change according to the season, the silence, broken only by the singing of the birds and the sound of the waves from the nearby beach, the smells, a mixture of flowers from the garden and sea water. We could sit for hours just enjoying the peace and the view.

What makes this villa unique

Although located in a quiet area, away from the main road and the noise, the house is at a short distance from the village of Scopello and close to several restaurants, bars and pizza places. There is a little supermarket and a vegetable market just 5 minutes by car and the town of Castellammare, offering all kinds of facilities, shops and entertainments, is at 15 minutes' drive. The beach is at few steps from the house and the beautiful reserve Lo Zingaro at 1 km. Besides the house lies just between the sea and the mountains, offering the chance of mountain walks to the trekking lovers. If you want to cool off and rest, you can just sunbathe and enjoy the pool, but if you want to keep in touch with work and home, bring your laptop along and connect to our wi/fi network.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everybody is stunned by the location. A couple said to me at the end of their stay : we thought we would be spending our nights out, but it's so nice here we were happy to have our dinner on the terrace and just watch the view.
Aug 2008
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Scopello in Castellammare del Golfo

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • waterfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The house has a completely renovated bathroom with shower, sink, WC and bidet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 twin beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Besides a highchair, also a cot, a chamber pot and a changing board can be provided for babies and small children. Outside: There is a large solarium around the pool equipped with garden chairs, and umbrellas and overlooking the sea. The pool is private, about 7 x 5m. It is shared only if the owners are on the spot, occupying the other half of the villa. This can occur in the months of July and August. Pool heating is not necessary since up to October the water is warm. On the balcony overlooking the sea there is another table with chairs for outdoor meals, and two deckchairs. Utility Room: Ironing board and iron. Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. The property is cleaned before arrival and after departure on a weekly basis.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.6 based on 11 reviews
5

The property was beautifully presented and in a lovely location with views of the sea.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the peaceful location of the villa, and its beautiful views of the sea and Zingaro nature reserve. The pool, and the and balcony along one side of the property are elevated as the villa is built on a hillside, so on all but the hottest days there was a lovely cool breeze at the poolside and on the balcony. The pool was a good size, and very welcome for cooling down, with temperatures in the high 30s. The villa was well equipped and comfortable. Mariella and Giuseppe were very welcoming hosts, and speak excellent English. They gave us lots of useful information on the surrounding area and practical tips like where to find a supermarket,and recommendations for places to eat out including gelaterias! Villa D'Amico is in a great location, a short walk from least two beaches which are great for snorkelling, and a short walk from Scopello village with its cafes and restaurants. There's lots to see and do within easy reach of Scopello too, our favourites were the beach at Guidaloca, with it's pedalo slides and ringo/jet ski rides, the Temple and amphitheatre at Segesta, the caves at Mangiapane, with a village built in to them, and the stunning hill top town of Erice, near Trapani. It was too hot to walk to the beaches in the Zingaro reserve, but we took a boat and snorkelling trip to these beaches , which left from Scopello. The towns of Gibellina and Poggioreale, devastated by an earthquake in 1968, and their memorials were also fascinating, though beware the crumbling mountain roads! Many thanks to Mariella and Giuseppe for a great holiday. We would highly recommend this property and area of Sicily.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A real gem of a find, close to everything you need but so idyllic and peaceful too. Perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

A perfect little hideaway with everything you need for a relaxing holiday for four people. Cool, clean and airy with sea and mountain views, sea breezes and air conditioning. Beautiful pool and gardens and just a short walk from the beach so ideal for everyone. The walk up to Scopello and the various restaurants is quite steep but always worthwhile. Maria and her family are great hosts, with all the little hints and tips that help to make a great holiday. Thank you! ( and yes we would like to come back!)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3

Beautiful place but fear we won't be back

  • 3 of 5

This is a good place for a holiday in an stunning setting. It’s an easy drive from Palermo (nb. If you are picking up a car from Palermo airport, you can walk to the car hire area, no need for shuttle) and we were sent very clear directions.

The views are incredible. It feels very private and peaceful, although we did get some loud late night music from the apartment down the hill a couple of times. The pool is beautiful and ideally situated. It is a very short drive to Scopello (albeit down a terribly bumpy road), which is a very atmospheric and beautiful village. Scopello also has an ATM.

There is lots of incredible outdoor space with terraces on two sides of the property. We ate every single meal outside for two weeks. The kitchen/living room is a smallish room so might start to feel cramped if it was not warm enough to eat every meal on the terrace (the bedrooms are perfectly spacious however). Also worth noting that there is no proper oven (although there is a microwave oven), and no DVD player, which might be of interest if you have kids. We had a couple of problems with the gas hob not lighting but the owner very promptly sent someone to fix it.

However, we will definitely not be returning to this property because we found the fixed cleaning charge, on top of which 50% again was then deducted from our deposit, to be excessive. We have stayed in countless rental properties as a family before and have never had any issues, but in this case the owner contacted us in a very abrupt manner shortly after our return to the UK informing us that she was unhappy with how we had left the apartment (because of things like some sand that had been brought in on small feet, and empty bottles which we had left lined up by the kitchen bin – there are no outside bins or recycling facilities on site). We were disappointed as we had done our best to keep the property in a good state during our two week stay, using the mop/broom that were provided, but without a vacuum cleaner it would have been difficult not to leave any sand when we were on the beach every day. Obviously the owner is understandably concerned with the maintenance of her property, but if like us you have small children, you might want to note that she expects you to leave it in a state that in our view does not take account of normal wear & tear, certainly for a 2 week stay, and you might end up paying considerably more for cleaning from your deposit on top of the basic fee.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anonymous, I've had plenty of families with children in the last years and nobody has ever left the house the way you did.I never had to deduct money from the deposit to cover extra cleaning expenses before. The house was filthy. I have photos taken from the maids of dozens of bottles, grease on the kitchen surface and so on. The pool area and the easy chairs were full of mud. I understand why you signed yourself anonymous. As regards the living room being small on cold days, I'd be surprised there were cold days in Sicily from April to October. I also wonder who wants to be indoors watching videos when there's a pool, a solarium, a garden and a beach just outside, not to mention all the places of interest in the area.
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4

Hot happy holiday

  • 4 of 5

Excellent communication before, during & after our holiday. Clear directions from Palermo airport.

This villa benefits from a secure & well maintained pool, which was greatly appreciated in the hot weather.

The villa contains all of the facilities required for one week's holiday. Although a combi microwave is available & not a separate oven / microwave as implied on the website.

The owners are friendly & any queries were efficiently dealt with.

We visited Erice, Segesta, Selinunto, Agrigento & Palermo - the temples were amazing (Segesta & Agrigento temples - for us were the best). The botanical gardens in Palermo are well worth a visit, as relaxing & containing some spectular plants. Unfortunately Palermo palace was closed during our visit. We would certainly recomend this villa. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Super Scopello location

  • 4 of 5

This holiday location is beautifully quiet with superb views and as previous reviewers have said, the photos do not do it justice. The accommodation is of a good standard, the bedrooms are comfortable and there is plenty of storage. There is air con and ceiling fans in both bedrooms and a ceiling fan in the living space. The living space inside the house (a kitchen/living/dining area) is not large but it is big enough given the fabulous outside space. There is a large balcony which has a table and chairs and sun chairs and it has shade for much of the day should you need it. Just around the corner is the pool with sun loungers and parasols. The pool is not deep and it is very safe, with railings around to exclude young children straying into the space. The view is great. There are 2 beaches within 5 minutes walk, one has sun beds and a couple of small cafes, the other has no amenities and is very small but, good for a quick dip.

The owners of this property are extremely helpful before you visit and if you need help while you are there. The directions from the airport are very clear and you are greeted at the villa by the lovely gentleman who is the gardener. Scopello is a beautiful village and is probably about 30 mins walk with some really nice restaurants and bars. There is a lovely local 'super' market about 5-10 mins drive away.

We would definitely recommend this accommodation to anyone who wants a very relaxing, completely private location. It is beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Paradise found

  • 5 of 5

The holiday was a surprise birthday present for my wife and we had a blissful week in paradise. The photos do not do the location justice. The views from the balcony down to the sea or from the spacious swimming pool area are truly breathtaking.

The villa was clean and well equipped and everything was so well organised for us in advance. The owner could not have been more helpful. The walk down to the beach is a couple of minutes and Scopello is just up the road and it is a picturesque village with great restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere. It is also a great location to explore the area and the nature reserve. We could not have been happier and would recommend this to anyone looking for a stunning, secluded location - a romantic retreat to enjoy Sicily. 5 star all the way.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Palermo/Trapani
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Scopello village
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Castellammare del Golfo
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Castellammare del Golfo
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Scopello village
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Cala Mazzo di Sciacca
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Pebble beaches at 3 minutes' walk.One has a bar, toilets and offers boat and canoe rental during the summer. Sandy beaches can be reached by car (15 mins to Castellammare and Alcamo beach.) The beautiful sandy beach of San Vito Lo Capo can be reached by a 50 mins drive.Guidaloca, 5 minutes by car, is a pebble beach with umbrellas, sun beds, bar service. Lo Zingaro reserve has stunning little coves with crystal clear water. From Castellammare port daily boats stop at the best beaches.

Travel:

Palermo and Trapani airports are at about 30 minutes drive from the house (Scopello is half way between the two). Although a bus service to Scopello is available and Castellammare can be reached both by train and bus, it is strongly advisable to have a car since the house is distant from the main road and from the bus station. Besides the public connections are not very frequent.

Distances:

Mini golf 5 min drive, Lo Zingaro natural reserve 3 min drive. Greek archaeological site of Segesta (temple and theatre) 30 mins drive, summer performances held at the Greek theatre. Medieval mountain town of Erice 40 mins drive. Beautiful sandy beaches in Castellammare del Golfo and Alcamo, 15 mins drive. Picturesque beach resort of San Vito Lo Capo 40 mins drive. Trapani salt-pits 45 mins drive. Archaeological site of Mothia Island one hour drive. Palermo 45 minutes drive.

Further Details:

In the nearby village of Scopello you can find an automatic teller, a first aid station, a grocery store, a fruit and vegetable stall, a bakery, three bars, pizza places and restaurants, ceramics and clothes shops, a church a tobacconist, a scuba dive center. At two kilometres from the house on the way to Castellammare there is a supermarket, a greengrocer's and a newsagent. In Castellammare you can find banks, post offices, shops, hairdressers, pharmacies and all kind of facilities.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Scopello, Sicily

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Summer Rate
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,101
for 7 nights
£1,101
 
 
Autumn Rate
30 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£925
for 7 nights
£925
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £88.05
Damage Deposit £176.1

Booking Notes:
50% of the rent is required to complete the booking, to be sent by bank transfer; the remaining 50% is to be settled cash upon arrival. A refundable security/damage deposit of 200 is required. If you cancel there is no refund unless the unit is re-rented.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival should be not before 2 pm. Departure by 10 am. Different arrangements can be negotiated in special cases.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euro. They cover pool maintenance , gardening expenses, gas, water, linen, bathroom towels and beach/pool towels and final cleaning. Electric consumption is included up to 100 kw per week. Extras will be charged at 0.5 euros per KW. A 10% discount is offered on payments by bank transfer. A refundable security/damage deposit of 200 is required.

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