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Charming Sicilian Villa of the century 1800 with old trees park,view Etna and sea

People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Villa in Acireale, Nr. Taormina / Catania, Sicily - Peaceful Furnished Garden

This fascinating detached baronial mansion property, assures you total privacy, with its very large private garden that is a mix of Mediterranean flowers tropical and succulent plants, palms, olive, pines and lemon trees. Here you can find a big private swimming pool, with a chromium therapy shower, open from March to October, several terraces with sea view, patios and meadows, all those areas are equipped with tables, chairs and long chairs

In the garden under the shade of trees there’s also a very useful barbeque corner where you can prepare your food, then it might be difficult for you to choose where you like to consume it, if in one of the numerous terraces having a wonderful view including sea view, Taormina and Calabria, just in the grass in front of the house under the shade of trees or on the swimming pool border.

The house is provided of a very big kitchen as well very big drawing room and dining room provided of air condition and fireplace where the guests may spend friendless moment all together. The bedrooms are 5 with their related 4 bathrooms, additionally there’s still another living room at the bedrooms floor with a sofa-bed and a second fireplace where guests can drink a warm cup of tea or coffee looking at the garden.

The beaches are at about 5 KM as well Acireale with its restaurants, theaters and organized summer events. In about 20 minutes you can reach Taormina with its famous beaches restaurants and pubs.

Due to the proximity to the motorway exit, about 5 min, it can also be a very convenient place to use as base for visiting the manifold wonderful Sicilian attractions (Catania and Etna about 15 min, Siracusa, Noto, Ragusa Ibla about 40 min, Piazza Armerina about 40 min, Agrigento with its temples about 50 min).

More Details

Property Manager
Francesco
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
28 September, 2017

About Francesco

In the villa “Il giardino di Isabella” that belongs to my family from generations I've been living with my wife and three children for many years. In 1990 our sons went out from Sicily for specialization studies, and I embarked on a new activity in northern Italy, in the tourist sector. Ten years after I decided to come back and keep on my work at home. I love Sicily and I hope that many people discover its glamour, staying in my house.

Francesco purchased this villa in 1890

What makes this villa unique

The villa is sited in the middle of the east coast of the Sicily, it is a strategic point from where you can visit many interesting sites. First of all Etna volcano with possibility of guided excursions to the crater. Trekking, mountain bike tours, walking in the park of Etna, wine tasting. Taormina, the Greek theatre and the season of “Arte Festival “. Piazza Armerina and the Roman “Villa del Casale”. If you prefer a relaxing holiday with your family or friends, the peaceful of the park, the swimming pool, between the sea and the volcano, is an ideal resort for your comfort with the opportunity, on request, to enjoy at the villa, an health programme (beauty treatments, massages), typical Sicilian dinners, cooking lessons, yoga and pilates courses.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Dear Maria and Francesco,

Unfortunately our vacation has now ended but we will always have fond memories of our week at your delightful home. Thank you for your kind hospitality and assistance in finding our way around your beautiful countryside. We were enchanted with the spectacular show put on by Etna. Attached is a photo I took from our bedroom window.

Ted Ullman - San Francisco USA"
Feb 2010
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Province of Catania on Sicily

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor: one bathroom with shower First floor: 3 bathrooms with tub and shower
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5+1 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor: one twin bedroom First floor: Suite with double bedroom and a drawing room with a double sofa-bed. Two double bedrooms. One twin bedroom
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Utility Room: Laundry with: washing machine ,iron, iron board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: One set of towels and linen for person, weekly changed, swimming-pool towels are included in the price. Water, electricity, gas included in the price. Obligatory daily cleaning (5 hours for 6 days ) is not included. ( 240 euro ) Other: An elegant dining room with a huge table for 12 people with a Murano chandelier.

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Charming Sicilian Villa of the century 1800 with old trees park,view Etna and sea
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 12 reviews
5

beautiful villa and gardens

  • 5 of 5

house is as lovely as it looks, old but full of character and really good sized rooms and 4 bathrooms. Gardens are lucious and the pool large, clean and refreshing.

Rosaria is great and discrete as housemade but its a steep charge for something you may not really need. nothing in the scruffy surounding area that you can walk to which is disappointing.

we had quite a few day trips, savoca is worth it and a lovely place to swim at santa maria la scala

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A quiet and leafy paradise

  • 4 of 5

We have recently returned from a week spent at this charming villa nestled in the foothills of Mount Etna. There were 11 of us in total including 4 children ranging 22 months through to 8 years old and we all had a wonderful time. The house is charming and grand and the faded glamour lends the place a wonderful romanticism. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable and offer different views over the grounds, the sea and Etna. The stars of the show are undoubtedly the beautiful mature gardens that afford welcome shade and tranquility and frame a wonderful view down to the sea and the huge pool which the children barely left. A gardener attends early every morning to ensure everything is spick and span. The place is not packed with mod cons but did have good wifi and for us that more than sufficed. We loved it. I would recommend to anyone in search of rest and relaxation. Maria was a wonderful host, happily answering any questions and informing us about local amenities and places to visit. The cleaner was a wonderful lady and we were all pleased to greet her smiling face in the morning. Thank you Maria, Francesco and Rosalia for a very memorable holiday we hope to be back again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This villa is quite cheap for a reason. It would have been very beautiful, in the 1960's.

  • 2 of 5

The villa is dated and so not very comfortable. Also beware!! She will charge you for the cleaner and the air conditioning!! So I got a third back out of my quite large deposit, quite annoying. Also the big BBQ doesn't exist, it was destroyed by the wind apparently.....the coast here is rocky and crowded and there are not really any water sports to speak of. The cleaner is lovely and very helpful but at that price she needs to be!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The villa is exactly as it is advertised : it is a sicilian ancient family's residence with fine eighteenth century pices, valuable pictures, very appreciated by all our guest. It is located on a hill on the Etna slopes and the nearest beach are lava rocky beaches, but 15 km far there are pebble and sandy equipped beaches , turistic ports until Taormina . It is not an IKEA house in a seaside location. About the cleaning service and conditioning ,In the site , looking at the prices, it is advertised : " not included in the price : obligatory daily cleaning and conditioning according to consumption." It is not a surprise! The BBQ zone has been only displaced, they did BBQ every night.
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5

Wonderful for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just had an amazing 3 generation family holiday at the villa. Sometimes online photos give an inflated impression but we thought the property, grounds and pool were even more spectacular than advertised. Everything was spotless and Rosaria the maid did an excellent job and was most helpful. Owners Francesco and Maria were delightful and attentive and responded rapidly to any requests we made. We all spent the majority of our time at the villa, a wonderful place to relax, swim, play games and escape the busy lives that our family lead. We certainly recommend this lovely very traditional villa to anyone who wants a similar holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A Sicilian dream, pinch yourself to check its true

  • 5 of 5

As the modern remote controlled gates open the view through ancient pines of the 160 year old Sicilian Manor house takes your breath away. The house is spacious, decorated in classic style and adorned with fine antiques. The airy rooms have splendid high ceilings, air con’ and wifi to compliment the traditional tiled floors, shuttered windows and balcony views of Mount Etna to the front and Ionian Sea to the rear. The breakfast terrace overlooks mature and beautiful gardens. Loungers wait for sunworshippers beside the 10m x 6m pool, bordered by the lush greenery, palms and wild grape vines. The Barbeque area and large lawns were popular with our party of 9 which included a 5 and 7 year old & 19 month toddler. Garden lighting activates automatically at night offering safe access to the outdoor facilities and spacious private parking area. Owners Francesco & Maria graciously welcomed us with useful information about local shops, restaurants & sites of interest. Housekeeper Rosaria was a blessing too, very friendly, discreet & helpful in taking care of all washing & cleaning needs. She even found time to put a sticking plaster on the occasional young grazed knee. It felt hard to leave our island idyllic but the delights on the nearby East coast awaited us. Taormina a jewel with its Amphitheatre, ancient streets, boutiques and picturesque views at every turn also nearby towns of Acireale & Zafferina Etna are perfect for a meal out, to see a festival or to grab a granita. Catania city and airport is only half an hour away & has a cosmopolitan city centre and historic old town, Syracuse and Messina a little further along the coast are immersed in centuries of history and culture & Piazza Armerina is a pleasant hours’ drive through the interior of Sicily to see the mosaics in the Roman Villa. A travellers tip: Pack mosquito repellent to avoid unwanted visitors at those chilled out alfresco evenings and remember your villa is at the edge of rural Sicily which wakes at sunrise to the charming call of the local rooster; we named him Garibaldi, light sleepers might be advised to pack comfy silicone earplugs. Early risers don’t lose heart the local baker’s opens at dawn. Be the first in the queue for fresh croissants, “Arancini” Traditional Sicilian rice balls and delicious “Cannoli” pastries. All makes for a most memorable holiday. I felt so much at home that back in the UK, I’ll be checking my family tree for Sicilian ancestors. I wanted to stay forever.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Terrific House and Garden in great part of Sicily

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Il Giardino di Isabella at the end of August this year and had a fabulous time. There were 9 of us aged from 9 months to over 60 and the house was ideal. Francesco and his wife were very solicitous hosts and kindly even found a play pen for the baby when asked. The house and garden were even better than in the photos and the pool was huge. The location was excellent for us as most of the sights of the East coast were within an easy drive but the house was away from the tourist bustle and had great views. Strongly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Catania Airport,
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Bar Linera
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Catania Port
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Il Picciolo Golf Club - Linguaglossa
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Catania Station
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Acireale exit of Motorway Catania/Messina
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
" I 2 Compari" Santa Venerina
Nearest Ski
25 Kilometres
Mount Etna - Ski station Nicolosi
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Pozzillo rocky beachy km 7; Fondachello sandy 15
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

There are several typical coastal villages within a few minutes drive. Such as Acicastello, Acitrezza, Santa Maria la Scala. Pozzillo with its lava coast is about 8 km from the villa and the free access beaches are at about 5 km away towards Taormina.

Travel:

Catania airport is 35 km far.

We can arrange on request transfer from and to the airport

Distances:

Acireale 5 km, Catania with his beautiful baroque town center 20 km.

Taormina about 25 km, you can go to the top of Etna using the “ Mare-Neve road “ in about 30 minutes by car .

Siracusa, Piazza Armerina, Noto are easily reachable for a daily excursion.

Further Details:

Pizzerias, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, few minutes from the house.

We leave in an independent house about 100 mt from the property, so we’ll be happy to help you for anything you need during the holiday.

If you want to know other details don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Province of Catania, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
low season
10 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,602
for 7 nights
£1,602
 
 
low season
31 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,780
for 7 nights
£1,780
 
 
medium season
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,958
for 7 nights
£1,958
 
 
high season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,225
for 7 nights
£2,225
 
 
medium season
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,958
for 7 nights
£1,958
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,780
for 7 nights
£1,780
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £444.97

Booking Notes:
Tthe rates are for 6 /8 people.
Included in the price: Water, gas, electricity, bed and bath linen, pool towels, wifi.
Not included: conditioning according to consumption, obligatory daily cleaning euro 250 for the week.
included in the price: water, gas, electricity, a set of bed and bath linen for person weekly changed,pool towels,wi-fi connection.




Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Saturday. If you wish another day, please contact us.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week - based on 6-8 guests.
For 9-12 guests prices are:

From 31/03/2018 to 25/05/2018 EUR. 2.200,00
From 26/05/2018 to 29/06/2018 EUR. 2.500,00
From 30/06/2018 to 31/08/2018 EUR. 3.000,00
From 01/09/2018 to 26/10/2018 EUR. 2.500.00


Included in the price:water,gas,electricity.
Not included:obligatory daily cleaning 240 eur.
Conditioning according consumption

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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