|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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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.
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.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.
We live in a XVII century manor house with three children 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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..
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.