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Luxury Sicilian Countryside Villa with Fenced Private Pool, Garden, Wi-FI & toys



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
7km From The Sea, Golden Sandy Beaches & The Famous Valley Of The Temples

We are proud to offer you Villa Gioiosa for private rental........a Stunning and Luxury 5 bedroom child- friendly villa with air-conditioning and fast wireless internet refurbished & finished to a very high standard with its own spectacular private fenced pool with hydro-massage, set amongst stunning Sicilian scenery in its own private gardens filled with fruit trees, olive groves, vineyards and palm trees for the sole enjoyment of our guest.

Completely independent being a detached villa gives you total privacy. A large panoramic veranda with great views over open countryside and stunning views of the pool, under the furbished wooden temple style Gazebo with lounge area a few paces from the outdoor Kitchen with BBQ and Pizza Oven.......provides ample "Al Fresco dining space" giving you a wonderful experience of the Sicilian way of life.

Villa Gioiosa is also superb for outdoor living as it enjoys sunshine from dawn to dusk yet also has plenty of shaded areas to relax over a glass of wine with plelnty of outside and inside space and all the best comforts and facilities to relax and enjoy a holidy in Sicily.

We offer all this, together with a fantastic swimming pool, very secluded and quiet, surrounded by extensive patio, furnished with many sun lounges and parasols to relax under the shade, an open air outside shower by the pool to give that extra comfort to our guests and an energetic hydro-massage for adults in the shallow part of the pool only 60cm deep ideal for toddlers & babies, with lots of inflatables to play with.

The pool has been designed with the safety of children in mind therefore not only the entrance to the pool is via the gate but it is also fenced & padlocked, allowing parents to relax without worrying about leaving their children unattended near the pool!

Illuminated at night provides a fantastic backdrop for veranda evening meals, or magical for a midnight swim under the stars, overlooking the beautiful nature of the countryside surroundings.

Villa Gioiosa is a child-friendly villa therefore ideal for families with children that will be well entertained throughout the whole vacation as we provide a fantastic and large SANDPIT full of swings, slide, sea-saw, little trampoline, bucket & spades, bikes, scooters, balls, rackets, football table, 8ft trampoline with security net and more inside & outside toys, the list is endless............! We also provide sky programming with all children channels including disney channels and full sky package for adults all in english! Lots of books for various ages.

We also supply many baby items free of charge, saving you packing them, making life a lot easier!

The interior of the villa is elegantly furbished & tastefully decorated to a high standard with everything guests may need at hand and provides and caters for the expectation of every traveller, whether you are holidaying as a couple....family....or friends! All rooms are equipped with powerful ceiling fans, keeping you cool even on the hottest days.

Villa Gioiosa is less than 1.5km from the town center, finding all amenities you can think of all on one long road at the entrance of town including excellent restaurants, cafe's, bars & supermarkets. Our beaches at San Leone are fantastic all year round at 10-15min drive away with wide, golden sandy beaches & lots of shallow water free from currents which makes it ideal for families. The famous " Valley of the temples" is only 10-15min drive away from the villa.

If sun, beaches, culture, excitment or tranquility you are looking for then you have found the right villa......offering both the charm of a countryside villa and the latest modern comforts, undoubtely excellent as a base-camp for a cultural and natural exploration of Sicily with the "Famous Valley Of The Temples" really close and thanks to the proximity of the highway, all parts of Sicily can be easily reached, making it a Pure Sicilian Luxury for a price you will find hard to beat........Ciao!!

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are the proud owners of Villa Gioiosa.We bought our villa has a family home and now rent out to those wishing to sample Sicily and this lovely town. My husband is Italian and I was born and brought up in England, together we have 2 lively children, of 9 & 7 years old. We have family all over Italy and Sicily, so have a good knowledge of most of Sicily. For clients choosing to stay in our property, with an extensive knowledge of the area and one of us being fluent in both English and Italian we are able to offer our clients peace of mind that if they need us for help and advice we are never far away, just 1 min away by car!

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

The children enjoyed the holiday especially the garden with all the toys & the pizza evening.Thank you!Rudd from UK.

We had a fantastic holiday!Villa was lovely,clean,comfortable & nicely decorated.If you have children,I can't recommend Villa Gioiosa enough!The sandpit was a hit.The pool was fantastic, pizza night was great.UK Essex.

I recommend this villa for a holiday.Pool & grounds are completely enclosed allowing parents to relax while children play.The play area kept them entertained & the pool was a great hit.The villa is extremely spacious and the owners were brilliant hosts!Pizza night was the icing on the cake.Villa is well equipped,didn't want to leave!UK Surrey.

Villa was absolutely fabulous.In good condition,well equipped & extremely child friendly.We just loved it.It was all that was promised & more!I recommend it warmly!Finland.
Jan 2010
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Amazing villa

  • 5 of 5

A great time spent at this villa, my family had a wonderful time. Carmelina and her husband were the perfect hosts from arrival, laying out a lovely dinner for the family, which we all enjoyed.

The villa was amazing, so much space and loads to keep the kids entertained from the pool, bikes, sandpit and electric motobikes.

This villa can only be described as the perfect place to stay for families and friends. Howerver one week was not enough :(

The villa being enclosed and the pool gated meant the kids were able to roam free without us adults worrying.

The perfect place to stay. Thank you so much for having us and we hope to be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay at this villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the villa. There was ample room for the 9 of us,( 5 adults and 4 children) and excellent facilities. The pool area and outside kitchen provided plenty of entertainment for all.

Carmelina and Salvatore were great hosts and nothing was too much trouble for them.

We enjoyed our tour of the town with Carmelina, it was very useful, especially the local winery.

We visited Cefalu', San Leone, The turkish steps, Taormina and also spent a day in the waterpark.

All great fun, didn't want to leave! Many thanks, The Magills

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place...... especially for children

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late Saturday evening with 2 tired children, Carmelina met us, showed us around the villa and had put some lovely food out for us and left us some essentials which meant that we didn't have to rush out and buy some food.

The villa is really well equipped for children, with lots of toys, a gated swimming pool and access to the essential cartoons :)

The free tour on Monday was really useful, pointing out all the essentials, the 'gluten free' shop was excellent, thanks for pointing it out.

In terms of the villa, it was really comfortable and had absolutely everything we needed, including children's crockery. The pool was wonderful especially has it had a shallow end for the kids and a deeper end, it meant we could watch the kids without having to get into the pool.

The area isn't a typical tourist place, it's a traditional Sicilian town (rather large for it to be called a town!!!), quiet and peaceful and was perfect for what we wanted, the people were very friendly, we were 2mins drive from supermarkets and other essential shops and were only 15mins drive away from the famous 'Valley of the Temples'.

Overall, a great villa particulary for families with young children.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely and peaceful villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at this villa. The vast supply of toys, together with the fantastic pool kept our 2 and 4 year old boys more than entertained.

Carmelina was the perfect host, providing a fantastic welcome lunch and kindly joining us at the hospital when our son broke his collerbone, to provide some much needed translation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic villa for children....great for adults!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic holiday....we were 5 adults, 3 children and a baby. From the first minute we arrived until our last few precious seconds, the villa fulfilled our every wish.

Carmelina and her family were outstanding hosts. Their help was priceless and really helped us to enjoy our holiday.

The kids and adults were well entertained with the fantastic pool area which is 100% safe and suited for children. Downstairs extra kitchen/dining areas were very practical and we used them everyday. Whole property was spotlessly clean and presented beautifully.

Carmelina couldn't do enough for us no matter what we requested. This really was a home from home for us and hopefully we can return again.

Thanks a mill Carmelina and family, your very grateful Irish guests.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely holiday....!

  • 5 of 5

The welcome was really good, the food, wine and hamper on arrival a very welcome treat after a very long journey.

The accomodation was clean and any issues we had were attended to very promptly. The tour of town was useful and have used the bakery since shown.

The restaurants and food were great, thank you for the recommendation and booking of.

The villa is very good for families, a safe enviroment and loved the clean pool and trampoline.

Hosts were very attentive to our needs. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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From the Owner

We love this area simply because it is really nice & peaceful,with our villa located in open countryside you can sit sipping wine under one of our panoramic veranda's or under our Gazebo & hear birds singing along, it's so relaxing, especially first thing in the morning. We love this area also because it is still relatively untouched by lots of tourism, here you will feel like you are really in Sicily! The locals are so friendly and keen to help you get around. What we like most of all is how close we are to our local beaches,10-15mins away,The famous "Valley of the Temples" - "Macalube little volcano's", great for children, "Many Castles" all 15 - 20min away."Scala dei Turchi" a white marl with wonderful waters 30mins away & much more. We are also only 1 1/2 hours from Catania airport.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

A welcome pack of provisions is provided for guests on arrival with a selection of tasty Sicilian wines free of charge by owners.


Our beaches at San Leone are fantastic all year round at just 10-15mins drive away with wide,golden sandy beaches & lots of shallow water free from currents which makes it ideal for families.

San Leone beaches also offers long relaxing walks on the parade next to the beach with a lovely habour,a variety of restaurants, pizzerias and trattorias selling fresh fish on their menus, fair ground & ice-cream parlours, becoming night bars at night.....!

2 Superb Waterparks just 30 min drive away


Airport pick-up and drop off available (price on application).

The nearest airport is Catania at 1½ hour drive away.

Palermo airport is 2 hours drive away.

Trapani airport is 2 hours drive away.

The drive from all 3 airports to our villa is very straight forward and is a comfy drive.

Car hire is recommended to make the most the delights of Sicily.


Our villa is less than 1.5km from town centre where you will find all amenities on a long road.

Closest restaurant is just 5min drive away

Valley of the Temples in Agrigento & Large shopping mall 10min drive

Water park 30 mins drive

Wide & golden beaches,with restaurants,gelateria's,parade, funfair 10min drive

Macalube with little volcanos,great for children 15min drive

Scala dei turchi a beautiful white marl cliff with beaches & restaurants 40min drive

Various nearby castles

Further Details:

Our town has a good array of shops & restaurants, specialising in local produce.It has all amenities including an outstanding collection of restaurants from family trattorias to fine dining.

There are various items at the property for use (free of charge) by toddlers babies which save you packing them when travelling which are:

cot and linen



baby bath on a stand,

changing mat with stand,

bottle steriliser,

bottle warmer,

feeding cutlery

bowls, cups,plates,



3 in 1 rocker swing(babies up to 9 months old)

On arrival to Villa Gioiosa I go through general house keeping and give you the opportunity to ask questions and advice.

Banks, Supermarkets & local shops at less than 2km way from the villa.

All rooms are fitted with large, powerful & strong ceiling fans that keep you cool in the summer months.

Villa gioiosa is great for big groups being large and spacious with 2 living rooms and two TV's!!!!1 luxury bathroom and 2 shower rooms, 5 bedrooms, a sofa bed and 2 foldable beds for children, 2 kitchens, 1 inside & 1 outside. Lots of outdoor space with shaded areas to relax

Relax TOTALLY whilst children play as the entire property is enclosed!!They will never get bored with all the toys provided and the large sandpit!!

For clients choosing to stay in our property, with an extensive knowledge of the area and one of us being fluent in both English and Italian we are able to offer our clients peace of mind that if they need us for help and advice, we are never far away, just 1 min away by car!

If you require assistance we will help as much as possible during our guests stay. Help is at hand at all times, from meeting in town & taking you straight to the villa to sorting out car hire problems or doctor visits, giving info & recomendations on restaurants, beaches, places of interest, to a free tour around our town to show you the best places to eat & shop.

Smoking is permitted only outside the villa.


Rental rates

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A refundable deposit of 250euro for damage or breakages, returned at the end of the stay, once the inventory has been checked.

Payments by paypal.

Prices include all bed linen, bath towels, electricity(normal use) & final cleaning.

Baby-toddler facilities free of charge (see facilities) if required please arrange when booking dates.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is saturday during the summer months, can be flexable during other months. Please enquire!

Property arrival from 4pm.

Departure from 9am.

Notes on prices:
Please enquire for 2015/16 rental rates and will get a very quick response!

Discount for all 2 week bookings !

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From the Owner

Villa Gioiosa is so close to all amenities you can think of, all on one long road at the entrance of town 1km from the villa. It's in a quiet serene area & close to the highway for easy access to many interesting areas of Sicily. Great for children having a large sandpit full of swings, slides, seasaw, trampoline & other various inside & outside toys. One part of pool is only 60cm deep for young children & has hydro-massage. As we are a child-friendly villa, we provide various items at the property for use(free of charge)by toddlers & babies which save you packing them when travelling which are:a cot & linen, 2 highchairs,2 toddler and 1 baby pushchair, potty,baby bath,changing mat,bottle steriliser,bottle warmer,feeding cutlery,bowls,cups,plates,walker,playpen & a 3 in 1 rocker swing! Property is entirely enclosed for the safety of children, you can leave your children unattended in the property to play around without worrying about them once the driveway gate is closed they cannot exit the property.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • town


  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Washbasin with vanity unit and large mirror & hairdryer
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, Washbasin with vanity unit, large mirror and hairdryer
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Both shower & bathroom suits are of the highest standard with modern fixtures & fittings ample storage,big mirrors & plenty hot water Bathroom1 has Wc,bath with shower, bidet, washbasin in vanity unit. Shower room 2 has: Wc, shower enclosure, washbasin in vanity unit. Shower room 3 has: Wc, shower enclosure, washbasin


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Accomodating up to 12 people (5 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms are elegantly furnished & decorated with comfy beds, soft linen & powerful ceiling fans. Room 1 & 2: both have king-size beds Room3: single bed Room4: twin beds or double Room5 single bed Sofa bed (2 people) 2 child foldable beds or cots that can be put where desired!


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The ground floor living-room is very large and tastefully decorated with powerful ceiling fans for those hot days. It is also suitable for older people and people with mobility problems as the living-room leads to the shower room, single bedroom & also leads straight to the outside area with no steps or staircase. The outside open-air Rustic kitchen is covered & perfect for "Al Fresco" dining with wooden built-in-pizza oven to make tasty pizzas, BBQ, electric oven, a fridge/freezer, all cooking utensils Our pool has been designed with the safety of children in mind. One part of the pool is only 60cm deep ideal for toddlers & babies & is also fenced, gated & padlocked, allowing parents to relax without worrying about leaving their children unattended near the pool!!! We boast a fantastic & large sandpit attached to the villa full swings, slide, sea-saw, little trampoline, bucket & spades, 8ft trampoline with security net & lots of inside & outside toys for different ages. Outside: For families with young children Villa Gioiosa is safe, flat & completely enclosed. The big garden & spacious patios provide perfect areas for relaxation & shade At the side of the villa & opposite the pool is a fantastic children's play area on a big sandpit with slides,swings....! Our private pool is fenced & gated with a 60cm shallower end for children & hydro massage for adults! It's surrounded by extensive patio made of stone. The area is furnished with sun lounges & parasols, secluded, with an outdoor shower to give extra comfort to our guests. There are 2 veranda's for dining,one overlooking the spectacular private pool,the 2nd veranda is opposite the pool & gazebo next to the well equipped outside kitchen A large Temple style Gazebo with bamboo lounge area Lots of parking space at the rear & side of the villa. The entire outside area, driveway, pool, patio & orchard has been professionally illuminated to create a relaxing ambiance during the evening. Utility Room: Features a washing machine, iron and board, drying frame and shelving. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath Towels, bed linen and final cleaning are included in the price. Beach towels available, please enquire with owner for further information. For all 2 week bookings an extra set of linen is given. Maid service is available upon request. Other: The big ground floor living room has: TV with sky package in english DVD & CD Pwerful Ceiling fan Games Lots of toys Various books for all ages also for adults. Shower room with shower enclosure, wc, sink with large mirror. Single bedroom.

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