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Charming Flat in Old Palazzo Overlooking Sea

People3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Flat / Apartment in Cefalu, Sicily, Italy - Stunning View.5 Minutes Walk to Beach

This recently restored flat is on the second floor of an ancient palazzo. Its unique location, right over the sea, looking out to the coastline on one side and to the roof tops and Cathedral from the bedroom windows, gives it its peculiar charm. You can sit in the living room or on the small terrace and let yourself be lulled by the sound of the sea and contemplate its changing colours from morning till sunset. The flat is in the old town centre, in picturesque surroundings, with shops, restaurants, wineries , monuments, all within walking distance. The street is closed to traffic most of the day. The area is lively in the summer season, quieter in low season, charming at any time. A beautiful sandy beach lays only 5 minutes away, and there is also a small cove just under the flat. Cefalù is a delightful historic town perfectly situated for visiting many tourist resorts.


Owner
Maria Carla Martino
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About Maria Carla Martino

I am a retired university teacher who has inherited this flat on the seafront in the town I was born. I let it mainly to cover the high costs of maintenance of a flat on the sea, and also to meet new people and keep me busy. I try to make my best to make people comfortable. I live in Palermo but spend the summer in Cefalù.

Why Maria Carla Martino chose Cefalu

In 2006 I inherited the flat which has been in my family for centuries, I love Cefalù which is my native town and even if I do not live there anymore, I go there regularly on week ends and in the Summer

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a week at the Martino flat in June, 2011. We found the flat as advertised: basic, clean, bright and airy with lovely high wooden ceilings and tile throughout. It is private and well insulated from bustle and noise of the old town, being accessed by three locked doors and as many flights of stairs. The two balconies are what make the flat special. From one you see the crescent of the main beach and boardwalk stretch into the distance. From the other you see a charming little harbour with its small beach and pleasure boats. The sea laps at the rocks directly below and the sky is alive with swallows all day long. On a final note, our communications with the owner regarding the booking were timely, clear and understandable and our transactions went smoothly from beginning to end. Maria Carla was a pleasure to deal with I'm happy to recommend her flat to you.

Barry Campbell

Nova Scotia, Canada
Apr 2011
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Cefalù in Palermo

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • waterfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom with bath/shower over, wc, bidet. Electric boiler. Hair dryer.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with double bed, a chest of drawers, 2 chairs, one armchair, two small carpets, a mirror, a closet for hanging clothes. Roof fan
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Second floor without lift. No pets allowed. No parking in the street, parking site not far. Hot/cold air conditioning in living room, generally sufficient for the whole flat. Roof fan in the bedroom. Easy access to restaurants, monuments, local fairs, eating places, beach Outside: Small terrace with one breakfast table and chairs or two deckchairs. Parasol Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen plus one set of towels (three different sizes) per person is included for bookings of one or two weeks. Any extra change 6 europs p.p. Ordinary final cleaning included. Other: Small landing with bookcase and mirror.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)

5

Ideal seaside apartment

  • 5 of 5

After a few days in Palermo which we love, but find nevertheless intensely urban, we wanted a relaxing week by the sea. This we certainly found here. The views of the sea are breathtaking. The curve of the bay and the hillside remind one of Greece as do the remains of the old harbour below. The swimming, just below the flat, was some of the best we have had in Sicily. The old town of Cefalu is fascinating, especially the Norman cathedral and the Mandralisca museum. The location and layout of the apartment are first class, as is the service. Strongly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Clean and characterful property, fabulous location

  • 4 of 5

An amazing location, your whole word can shrink to a 500m radius of the apartment and you'll have everything you need. Fantastic restaurants in the town, La Galleria and le Chat Noir were my favourites. Il Covo de Pirato the restaurant right next door is also excellent and they always make an effort to get you seated, its hard to spend more than 50 Euros for two people with wine (by the caraf is fine), more common is around 35 Euros.

The ice cream shop right next door is the best I've had (Yogurt flavour) and the little Deli further down has everything you could want. There is a larger Deco supermarket at 10 mins walk for a larger shop if required.

We used Mario's sun loungers most days for about 20 Euros for a pair, the sea in the bay is beautiful and clear.

Maria was most welcoming, a nice bottle of wine and homemade marmalade to greet us with and even came to our rescue when we locked ourselves out! The apartment itself is basic but has everything you need for a holiday stay as long as you don't want to do a three course meal as there is no oven; No washing machine either and the kitchen and bathroom although clean and functional are a bit dated. I loved my stay there and would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I only wish to point out for those who love baking during their holidays (?) that ialthough there is no oven in the flat, there is a microwave
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5

Amazing sea view from historical quaint flat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this flat was lovely. When you first walk in to it with Maria you can't help be swept away by the spectacular sea views. Maria explains the history of it in relation to her family and Cefalu, leaving you instantly in love and at home here.

The flat was clean and tidy, with quirky cupboards and decor that you would expect from a building from this period.

Being located on the sea front and in the middle of the "old town" makes it an ideal location.

Maria was helpful and friendly upon arrival and kept in touch before and during our stay.

There is a vast choice of restaurants and wine bars near by, with entertainment in Cefalu and local attractions close, such as climbing La Rocca.

A wonderful stay awaits anyone who books this flat. We will be back for sure!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

The best location in Cefalu

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is all about location and fantastic views. Situated in the old town, the apartment is within walking distance of everything worth seeing and doing in Cefalu. The apartment is at the seafront and we really enjoyed watching the beautiful sunset from the balcony in the evenings.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

CHARMING APARTMENT

  • 5 of 5

We loved the apartment so much the first time we had to return. Wonderful location, amazing views and the wonderful owner Maria Carla who couldn't be more helpful. Cefalu is a great town to base yourselves for exploring Sicily.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location and a charming apartment.

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderfully located apartment with glorious sea views, but also in the centre of Cefalu,, but not affected by noise. The owner Maria couldn't be more helpful and adds to the whole experience, but is also not intrusive. The apartment has lots of family history and it's worth reading the information left by Maria. This means that it's not full of modern furniture and gizmos, but it's clean, well equipped and is benefitting from being slowly, but sympathetically modernised. Locally there are great shops and restaurants. Highly recommended and we would return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 3
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£404
for 7 nights
£404
 
 
Rate 4
27 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£463
for 7 nights
£463
 
 
Rate 5
17 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£488
for 7 nights
£488
 
 
Rate 6
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£505
for 7 nights
£505
 
 
Rate 7
29 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£590
for 7 nights
£590
 
 
Rate 8
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£547
for 7 nights
£547
 
 
Rate 9
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£421
for 7 nights
£421
 
 
Rate 10
30 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£379
for 7 nights
£379
 
 
Rate 11
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£362
for 7 nights
£362
 
 
Rate 12
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£421
for 7 nights
£421
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£421
for 7 nights
£421
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £168.44

Booking Notes:
Booking is confirmed on reception of 30% of the total rent, by bank transfer or Moneygram. The rest is to be settled in cash on entering the flat together with a deposit of 200.00 to be returned at the end of the stay if there is no damage. A copy of the contract you will be asked to sign on entering, can be sent by mail on request.

Changeover Day:
Preferably let from Saturday to Saturday. Different periods can be arranged by agreement, specially in low season. Check in from 5.p.m, check out by 10 a.m. Earlier check in can be arranged if the flat is available and ready

Notes on prices:
Monthly lets are considerably less expensive than weekly ones. A discount can apply for long periods. In periods 6 and 7 an additional 50.00 euros are requested for the third bed.
cancellation policy: cancellations up to 30 days prior to the arrival date will be returned minus bank costs, cancellations made within 30 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payement

to confirm booking 30% of the total by bank transfer. Balance of rent and returnable deposit in cash on arrival

Owner'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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