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

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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).

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Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santa Venerina in Sicily

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • 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
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • 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
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


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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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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07 July 2014

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday at this fantastic villa and it was a very memorable time.i must thank Maria & Francesco for all their help and hospitality.They have a lovely home filled with charm and elegance,we were a party of 12 ages ranging from 6-70 and everyone could not fault it.the housemaid Rosesrra,who was fantastic so helpful and friendly,we booked her to cook a traditional Italian meal and the food was lovely.The grounds and swimming pool were kept beautifully and a pleasure to wander around. good luck for the future

Debbie and family

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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simply wonderful

  • 5 of 5

This review is very long overdue but I wanted to show the description of this villa to a friend and I thought I really owed Francesco and Maria one for a wonderful vacation we had with friends and young children. It is a charming old villa in an incredibly beautiful and large garden, with views of the Etna on one side, and the sea and Taormina on the other. It was an experience of a lifetime to be watching an erupting Etna at night from the back terrace. Francesco and Maria are very kind and helpful and the maid service is really handy when you have a large party to clean up after.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
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Lovely villa, very friendly service

  • 5 of 5

With our family of 6 adults and 6 children, age 0-13 we had a lovely stay in the villa of Fransesco and Maria. The villa has classic charm, large beautiful gardens with several terraces and a great pool. The pool is in a bit secluded area (though not completely fenced) which made the garden suitable to play in for the children. Its classic charm includes basic bathroom facilities but everything was very clean. The mandatory daily housekeeping by Rosaria is worth every penny and on request she made us a lovely dinner one evening. Maria would come in for tips on trips in the region. The owners are proud of their since long family villa, and rightly so.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Villa with a beautiful garden

  • 5 of 5

"We were a large family group with ages ranging from 18 - 67. The villa is very comfortable with air conditioning in the bedrooms. There is a wonderful house keeper who cleans and washes the guests clothes Monday - Friday. She will also cook a traditional meal, which we had one evening and it was delicious.

The villa garden is large and very beautiful with a large swimming pool.

The owners are friendly and helpful. We did a lot of travelling around and Syracuse, Piazza Armerina and Taormina are easy to reach but we also got out to Agrigento and Ragussa and many other places in a day but with an early start. The roads are good. The owners also found us a very good guide for an Etna trip."

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
high season
18 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season
10 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £421.1

Booking Notes:
Tthe rates are for 6 /8 people.
For 9 /12 people the prices are plus 10 %. 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. not included: conditioning according to consumption, obligatory daily cleaning 250 euro a week.

The balance is to be paid on arrival. A refundable deposit of 500 euros is due on arrival.

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 pricfes are:

From 06/04/2013 to 25/ 05/ 2013 EUR: 2000, 00
From25/05/2013 to 29/06/2013 EUR. 2.200, 00
From29/06/2013 to 27/07/2013 EUR. 3.000, 00
From 27/07/2013 to 31/08/2013 EUR. 3.500, 00
From 31/08/2013 to 02/11/2013 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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