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Dependence Of 17th Century Villa With Private Pool - Mirto 1

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking



Mirto 1

The cottage is one of a pair set within the ancient outer stone wall of the Castello San Marco.The thick walls and 4 m. high vaulted ceilings allow cool air to circulate throughout the 100 square metres of comfortable accomodation offered.Each cottage has its own terrace and private Sicilian garden.

Bedroom 1 (20 sq.m., vaulted ceiling 4 m. high) : double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, air conditioning. Suite bathroom with bath.Baby cot

Bedroom 2 : twin beds, chest of drawers, coat rack.

Bathroom 1 (suite bathroom) : wc, bidet, bath.

Bathroom 2 : wc, bidet, shower.

Living room: large living room (20 sq.m.,vaulted ceiling 4 m. high) : double sofa bed,Satellite TV and DVD, telephone on request, air-conditioning,wi-fi internet access.

Kitchen (20 sq. m. , vaulted ceiling). Fridge, freezer, washing machine, ironing board,kettle, gas cooker with oven, microwave, dining table and chairs.

Linen and towels included.

We provide swimming-pool towels so you can travel light.

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About the property


The villa is immersed in an old Sicilian garden with olive and lemon trees, hybiscus and bouganville in the area of Bagheria-Santa Flavia where the aristocracy used to spend their holidays in magnificent Baroque villas, some of them being now open to the public, such as Villa Palagonia better known as 'mansion of monsters', visited by 18th century famous travellers ,such as Goethe and others. The Cottages are dèpendances of a XVII century fortified manor with bastions and draw bridge, Castello San Marco, and are surrounded by an historic Mediterranean garden with pistachio, pittosporum, and rosemary. Each one is independent and has its own garden and facilities (table and chairs and barbecue) .Furniture and linen have been renewed recently.The outstanding swimming pool (m.14x7 max.depth 3m.diving board)is located in a secluded garden, near a gazebo and a bouganville arch near a green,scented thicket of pink pepper trees,where you can rest in the cool if you don't want to lay in the sun. It is to share with the owners.Open from May to September, 9h- 19h.You'll find a welcome pack with pasta, olive oil,marmelade,fresh eggs from the farm.We can provide fresh eggs for your children every day.The kitchen is well equipped with tools in case you like to prepare some special meals and we'll be happy to satisfy your special requests incase of need if possible.You have a safe in the bedroom.The sea is about 3 km. far.You have the beach of Sant'Elia or la Spiaggia dei Francesi and if you prefer to find facilities the private beaches of Porto di Spagna,Fondachello,El Rhiab.You can explore the beautiful coast by boat or scouba diving.In October the mild temperature is perfect to enjoy the quiet and empty beaches and to walk in the Nature reserves.Autumn in Sicily: perfect getaway among culture and nature.Satellite TV.

Villa Mirto
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
11 March, 2018

About Villa Mirto

We live in a XVII century manor house with three children,four grandaughters and three dogs. Each of us is involved in the family activities producing grapes, cereals, olives, making wine and olive oil,although taking care of the garden is definitely our favourite.

Why Villa Mirto chose Santa Flavia

The manor has been built for an ancestor of the family and several generations have been living here, each one leaving a sign of its passage. Palermitan aristocrats used to spend their holidays in Bagheria area in splendid villas surrounded by magnificent gardens. Here you can enjoy the local perfumes, flavours, atmosphere, in one word you'll find yourself immersed in the indigenous culture. If you like relaxing in peace you can enjoy the swimming-pool and the chirping cicadas in the garden.

If you prefer laying near the seaside you can go to Sant'Elia,a nice,peaceful village and its charming little beach or to Cefalù and its large sand beaches and turquoise sea.

What makes this cottage unique

Living in an historic house and garden with all modern comforts. Possibility to choose between swimming-pool and sea activities. Many nature reserves can be visited in the surroundings. Monte Catalfano, Bosco di Ficuzza, Madonie Nature Park. Our cottages are particularly suitable for Autumn, Winter, Christmas and the New Year. The weather between November and March is often clement and sunny and the garden enjoyable even in Winter when almond trees and hibiscus are in flower and orange trees are full of 'golden apples', so were called oranges in the mythological Hesperides Garden. Anyway there is a good heating system and plenty of indoor space, just in case.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Chère Madame,toute la famille a fait,grace à vous,un exellent séjour et a appris à connaitre et a aimer votre belle région.Les enfants,ainsi que nous,vous remerciont de votre accueil chaleureux.Merci pour la belle visite de San Marco,demeure que vous semblez tant aimer.Les enfantes en guarde un très bon souvenir.Nous partons avec plain de belles choses que nous avons admirées,dans non souvenirs.Bien respectouosement.Famille Dumoulins
Apr 2009
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Booking Notes:
An advance of 1/3 is due for reservation.
The advance is not refundable.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Saturday. If you wish an other day, please, contact us. Arrival time: after 1 p.m.Please,give notice of the arrival time when booking.A charge of E. 50 is due for arrivals after 10 p.m.
Departure time: between 8am and 10am.

Notes on prices:
Deposit on arrival €300 cash. Air-conditioning and heating to be paid according to amount consumed.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Santa Flavia in Province of Palermo

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
  • The swimming-pool is open from 9 a.m.to 19 p.m.It is forbidden to leave children under 12 years of age unattended in the swimming-pool area.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1:large bedroom with double bed, bedside tables, chest of drowers,wardrobe,bathroom en-suite. Bedroom2: 2 twin beds,chest of drowers,bedside tables
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Cottages: Baby cot on request. Linen included. We provide the towels for the swimming-pool. Free Wi-Fi internet access. Air-conditioning to be paid according to the amount consumed.Heathing included. Outside: Cottages:each cottage has its own terrace and private sicilian garden about 500 mq., barbecue, table, chairs, deckchairs. The outstanding swimming pool (14 x 7m, max.depth 3m ) is located in a secluded garden of about 800sq.m near a large shaded area under the trees. It can be reached crossing the court in front of the main villa.To share with the owners.Open from May to September,9h-19h.In October-November the average temperature is 18-22 degrees.This allows to enjoy the sun on the beach that in this period is quiet and empty or to go around visiting the nice villages in the Madonie Park,the archaeological sites or walking in the Nature reserves of Monte Catalfano,Bosco di Ficuzza,lo Zingaro. In this period you can find at the fish market the Capone fish or the young Tuna fish to cook on your barbecue or Sardines to cook with pasta and if you are too busy to cook we can do it for you.


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Mirto 1
average rating of 4.285714 based on 8 reviews

Comfortable accomodation in the grounds of a beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

As a group of 6 we rented both of the dependences which are situated just outside of the villa courtyard within the walled flower gardens. They are basic but nicely furnished and comfortable with ample space outside for all of us to sit together. The pool is large and well maintained and only a short walk through the courtyard to the Fruttaria (the fruit garden). Daniela and her family provided a warm welcome and food basics on our arrival including some of their own wine which is very good. Although the Scovazzo's live in the house, the two Merto's are seperate ensuring privacy for the family and visitors alike.

It is definitely worth having a car. There are restaurants and shops within walking distance but it is worth visiting Porticello (restaurant Piscaturi for fresh seafood), Aspra (restaurant Colapisci - 'unusual' service but lovely food) and the ruins in Solunto (great views) which are all a short drive away. There are also public beaches but some are disappointing in high season (Sant'Elia could be very pretty but was covered in rubbish including broken glass). The private beaches and lidos are much better as they are not expensive and the entry fee includes loungers, umbrellas and toilet/cafe facilities. We had a nice day at Lido Del Carabiniere but you need to get there mid morning on busy days to be sure of getting a space. We also went on a morning boat trip run by Fabio from La Catetta (details can be found in the property brochure). Highly recommended. Beautiful coastline, good snorkling and Fabio was a very informative and interesting guide.

Day trips to Palermo and Cefalu are both worth the effort. Parking wasn't a problem and although the Sicilians' approach to driviing is unconventional it doesn't take long to get used to.

On our last day Daniela took us on a tour of the house and gardens including the Rock garden which we hadn't had access too before. If you like a cactus, do it.

All in all this is a great place to stay and good value for money. Our only criticism is that the air conditioning runs off of a meter. I have no objection to paying for air conditioning but we did have to enure we had a good supply of 1 euro coins at all times.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Different, but no luxury. Adequate.

  • 3 of 5

These are the ex-servants' quarters of an old, large mansion - one of two bungalow/apartments set in the grounds on the large villa. The family manages the property themselves, and are friendly and helpful enough, but perhaps could do with some training on entertainment industry skills. The 2 bedroom 'bungalow' is adequate, but is poorly fitted out. The seats in the lounge are very uncomfortable, the bed mattresses are poor quality, the kitchen cooking equipment is of the lowest quality and is absolutely minimal (we ended up buying some stuff to supplement what was there). Tap water was undrinkable, quite foul, but didn't do us any harm. Almost nothing is supplied - just towels and 1 toilet roll, so take everything you need, including kitchen cleaning equipment, soap, etc. To get in and out of the villa grounds you have to open an electronic gate and then perform a 7 point turn in a microscopic space to park your car, so be sure of your parking skills. On the plus side: good air conditioning, good refrigerator and freezer, large cool rooms, beautiful garden, outside patio (although lots of mosquitos), functional wifi, great location - only 10 minutes walk to the local train station, shops/restaurants and roughly the same to get to the motorway. If you have a car, I recommend shopping at the Ipercoop, about 20 minutes drive back towards Palermo, just off the motorway at a large shopping mall.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Great Place to Stay

  • 4 of 5

Hidden away behind high walls, set in lovely gardens, Villa Marco is amazingly atmospheric and a lovely location for a relaxing holiday or as a base for exploring the region. The owners are extremely helpful and hospitable and the cottages are well equipped, spotlessly clean and comfortable. Use of the owner's swimming pool is a real plus. Wine from their family vinyards is available and they will even organise for traditional meals to be cooked and delivered to your door. A must is the tour of the Villa itself which can be arranged on request.

Local shops are within walking distance but you really need a car to get around as most places of interest in the area are not close and we didn't see much evidence of public transport other than trains.

We did not go to the beach so can't comment on this.

Would definately recommend Villa Marco

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful garden and pool area

  • 5 of 5

part of lovely old house and use of a really lovely pool . nothing commercial or touristy about the surrounding area. Car hire recommended.trip to the port in santa flavia recommended to see the boats coming in and the fish market in the evening, We ate in a superb restaurant, fratelli piomfino in bagheria recently opened well worth a trip and some nice shops, very quiet in the local area and the locals are very friendly Daniella the owner very nice and very helpful, nothing flashy about the accommodation but very clean and does the job ,nice shady area outside the villa where you can eat and have a drink before going out, worth a trip to see the cathedral in mondreale there is also a train station nearby where you can catch a train to Palermo, driving NOT recommended here!!!

all in all we had a lovely relaxing week and would go back great for 2 families as villas are very close to each other

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family,Steve,and look foreward to meeting you again next year!
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St Albans

Real Sicily

  • 5 of 5

A chance to experience the real Sicily, staying in the grounds of a superb castello which has a place in the history of the island, and is still lived in by the descendants of the family who built it in the 16th Century. The accommodation was as described and Daniella was very helpful. Wine, fresh eggs and pasta as welcome pack.

Driving is exciting...but worth it. Recommend the house tour particularly if you have read The Leopard..

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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sicily holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying in this accommodation in Sicily. The house was very clean and all linen was provided including towels for the pool. The pool was fantastic and we used it every day. It was also great being in an enclosed area so I knew that my car was safe and my children were safe playing outside the house. The owner was very friendly and helpful and I would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks,Peter.We hope you will come back with your friends staying in the other cottage, for a perfect holyday!
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Roman ruins where you can find Agorà,theater,painted house walls,outstanding view over the sea.
Palermo Cathedral
Stazione di Palermo Centrale
A good place to begin your tour in the historic center.At walking distance from the most imp...
Pasticceria Cappello
Try the famous, original "7 veli" in the place where it was born. A divine chocolate cake .
Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore
One of the churches more request for weddings.To reach it you can enjoy a nice walk in the a...
Piazza Marina
The monumental Ficus trees take your breath away! Your children will feel like in a fairy tale.
Ristorante Lo Scudiero  
One of the best (and more expensive )restaurants in the town.
Church of the Immaculate Conception
Many weddings are celebrate here,because it is located in the heart of the market "il Capo",...
Chiesa del Gesù
Probably the most important Baroch church in Palermo, it contains important paintings and ob...
Galleria d'Arte Moderna
Here you can find two paintings from the sicilian painter Lojacono that portray Castello San...
Touring Cafe'
The biggest "arancine" in the town.
Cattedrale di Palermo
Visit the roof at night!
Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio Salinas
Metope di Selinunte and Ariete are only some of its wonders.For Archaeology lovers.
Pani Ca' Meusa Porta Carbone
Pane con la milza : very tipical.For someone maybe too tipical.
Orto Botanico
The oldest in Europe. For lovers of exotic vegetation.
Cappella Palatina
This is absolutely a Must!
The Catacombs at the Convento dei Cappuccini
Unforgettable! Not for claustrofobe people.
Duomo di Monreale
Astonishing and basic to understand sicilian art and history.
Teatro Massimo
Book a ticket for some opera,if you can.
Palazzo dei Normanni
Sicily was governed by norman kings.Discover what we have in common with Britain.
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Falcone Borsellino
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Santa Flavia
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Ustica or Aeolian Islands
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Villa Airoldi
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Santa Flavia
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Villa Torremuzza
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

It will be a full immersion in Lampedusa's atmosphere:on request we can arrange a visit to the family coaches,the old kitchen,the church, the same described in his famous novel.We suggest you to visit in Palermo Palazzo Mirto,where the family used to live until 1984,now open to the public with its outstanding furniture and collections. The cottages are located in the middle of a historical Sicilian garden with its luxurious Mediterranean and tropical vegetation and a rocky garden with cacti and succulent .Comfortably sitting in your garden ,you can enjoy the family dishes from traditional Sicilian cookery, made with fresh vegetables growing in our garden.

3Km. far is Porticello, nice fishermen village.In the port you can get the fresh fish directely from the boats coming back after fishing.

500 m. far Bagheria: Villa Palagonia,the so called Monster Villa visited by all the travellers of the Grand Tour, described by Goethe in its "Viaggio in Sicilia"

3km. far: archaeological park of Solunto.Walking up to the hill among the ruins you'll reach the roman theater and enjoy a fantastic panorama over the sea.

3 km. far: Nature Park of Monte Catalfano.Beautiful walk in the nature among heather and wild orchids.

15 km.or 10 min. by train: Palermo and its Arabo-Normanno itinerary,outstanding baroch churches and palaces and many other treasures.

40 km. Cefalù and its Norman Cathedral.

50 km. Castelbuono and the Madonie Park.The 400 years old holly wood.


3 km to the beach. You can find public access to the sea in the area of Capo Zafferano and the little village of Sant'Elia.In the private beaches you can find facilities and stall for drinks and snacks and they are clean and well kept.At Solunto Nautic Club you can find facilities and children activities (snorkeling,canoe)and scouba diving at reasonable costs.You can hire a boat to explore the wonderful coast,swim along its coves and caves,feed the fish in the protected shoal "le formiche".


Nearest airport: Palermo Falcone Borsellino. 40 min. by car. Nearest port: Palermo 25 min. by car. Use of car is recommended,though not essential:shops and pizzerias are 500 m. far and the railway station is 15 min. far. If you don't like driving, we can provide a car with a driver that will take you from the airport.


Santa Flavia and Bagheria: 500m.

Palermo: 20km. 10 min by train.

Cefalù: 45 min by car.Here you can catch a boat to the Aeolian Islands.

Madonie Park: 1h by car.

Trapani and Piazza Armerina: 1h30 by car.

Catania and Agrigento: 2h by car.

Corleone: 55km.

Segesta: 1h.

Selinunte: 90 min.

Mothya: 1h 30 min.

Further Details:

Pizzerias, Sicilian restaurants and fish restaurants can be found in the sorroundings..If you like cooking,the kitchen is spacious and well equipped. In Santa Flavia can be found shops, markets and a chemistry.In June and July the weather is fantastic,the restaurants and sites of interest not so crowded and expensive like in high season. Autumn gives you the opportunity to walk in the nature reserves all in flower, visiting charming stone villages in the Madonie Park. At home we prepare the gorgeous 'Pasticcio di maccheroni', the famous dish that was served at the table of Principe di Salina (the Leopard) and the Prince himself used to cut for the pleasure of his guests that could smell its fragrance, before tasting it. You can taste the pie in a special dinner in the dining room of the Castello,the same where Tomasi di Lampedusa used to have his meals with the family during the war. We suggest you to see the BBC programme 'Carluccio and the Leopard' available on DVD that was shot in the kitchen of our villa. Yuo can taste directly in your cottage some of the dishes from our Autumn Menu and ask daily the eggs from our hens for your children.

In the main street of Bagheria (a pedestrian street) you can still find the barber shop,the bar,the butcher and fish shops where the men used to meet and discuss and still they do. In the nice little village of Ficuzza you can visit the palace where the Bourbon kings used to live during the hunting period and start a walk in the wood or climb up on the Rocca Busambra, not far from Piana degli Albanesi,a village that is famous for the rich dresses and jewels still worn by the women during the sumptuous ceremonies in the Easter period.

In Christmas time,you can admire the outstanding family"presepio" (crib) that we prepare in the hall of the castle setting in a landscape of stones,green bushes and moss the eighteenth century shepherds all in wood and papier maché,some of them wearing silk dresses richly embroidered.