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.
Top Traveller Review
A real gem of a find, close to everything you need but so idyllic and peaceful too. Perfect!!
About the Owner
We are a family of three : my partner and I are both teachers, our daughter, Irene, is 7 and goes to primary school.
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.
4.6 based on 9 holidaymaker reviews
A real gem of a find, close to everything you need but so idyllic and peaceful too. Perfect!!
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!)
Beautiful place but fear we won't be back
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.
Hot happy holiday
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.
Super Scopello location
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.
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.
Superb location close to Scopello
The setting of the villa was fantastic the access to a local popular beach was a bonus and the views from the balcony were amazing. The various outdoor eating areas were great for family meals especially the balcony area bathed in the evening sun. The gardens and pool area were well maintained with midweek pool attendant. Eating out in Scopello was a delight in the evenings and for self catering the local supermarket sold all we needed. Car hire is essential, the condition of local roads and Sicilian drivers are quite an experience.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£179|
|cleaning and laundry||£90|
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 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.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“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.”
- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 80 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- The house has a completely renovated bathroom with shower, sink, WC and bidet.
- 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.
- Balcony ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- 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.