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Retreat amidst prestigious vineyards with unique view on Mount Etna

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Countryhouse, new Internet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, view on the Etna, fireplace

Found on the north side of Etna, Casa Lavica is a rural house with lava stonewalls, living, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a panoramic view that stretches from the inland Sicilian landscape to the heights of the volcano’s craters. Follow a country road, prepare yourself for a peaceful and relaxing time and arrive to this black lava stone house, which color sharply contrasts the bright green of the wild Sicilian vegetation. You will be amidst antique lava flows and prestigious vineyards, such us those of Verzella & Pietramarina produced by renowned wineries like Benanti, Firriato and Terre Nere. Not far from the house a small vintage train passes three times a day around the Etna… certainly an original way of discovering the highest volcano of Europe!

Casa Lavica is a perfect gateway, shops and restaurants are at a short drive and they easily combine with day trips to the medieval villages of the Etna: Randazzo, Castiglione and Francavilla di Sicilia. No tourist traps!

The delightful gorge 'Gole d'Alcantara’, Taormina and Giardini Naxos (with sandy beaches) distance about a 30 min. drive (30 km).

Thanks to the presence of a fireplace and central heating, Casa Lavica lends itself to a cosy winter stay. Did you know that you could ski on the Etna? The closest ski-facilities are in Piano Provenzano (Linguaglossa), only 7 km away!

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About the Manager

Giulia Lattanzio / Lenneke Burghouts / Giulia Tiriticco
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

About Giulia Lattanzio / Lenneke Burghouts / Giulia Tiriticco

We have been with Homeaway since 2006, proposing houses that are able to unfold Sicily's colours and charm at best.

Houses with quality furnishing in unique locations, with incredible views or with a pool, always accurately selected in order to satisfy our main wish: to see you falling in love with Sicily just like we did.

We provide you with transparent information and true pictures. What you see is exactly what you get. We will advise you as much as we can about travel info, transfers and car rental.

Dinners in villas and other extra services can also be arranged. Finally, our prices are final rates! There are no hidden additional costs. We are flexible with your arrivals and departures and if you need a late check-in this is usually possible.

13 Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

4

Beautiful location in the countryside

  • 4 of 5

The house is certainly in a great location, right on the slopes of Mount Etna and there are some great places to visit nearby and some lovely walking in the countryside. It is a peaceful location and the land around the house is spacious and safe. The house is well-equipped. The key holder, Giuseppe, was helpful and friendly, with lots of local knowledge, which was very welcome, and he responded quickly when we had a problem.

On the negative side, during our stay there was no drinking water available from the taps in the house, only bottled water which we had to obtain from the fountain in the nearby village of Passopisciaro - this wasn't a problem for us, but should be clarified up front. As stated in the property details, there was no heating included in the rental during the second half of April - since the temperatures were down to 0C, this did mean that the property was cold, even using the 2kW fan heater occasionally and the open fire. The area around house was overgrown, not tidy as shown in the photos - it looked like it needed some attention. The electricity cut out one day when we were using the grill and the fan heater at the same time, which seemed poor. Although the property description states that there is Internet and wifi, this is incorrect and the mobile signal is patchy, making it very hard to access the network.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

a wonderful house in a wonderful environment

  • 4 of 5

unfortunately it was cold and rainy - so in the houese it was cold and wet - but with fire in the evening it was beautiful

but two day we had sunshine to walk around Etna

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A special place to relax in stunning surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful times at 'Casa Lavica', probably one of our favourite family holidays so far. In traditional Sicilian style, yet also tastefully renovated, the house has a unique, peaceful atmosphere which immediately helps you to unwind. Even on the hottest day, the thick stone walls and tiled floors offer a cool retreat and a good sleep at night. 'Casa Lavica' is well maintained and clean. We felt it was well-equipped for our needs and online description of the facilities was accurate. The owner Giuseppe is very welcoming indeed, respectful, approachable and willing to support guests with any queries. We much appreciated being able to walk on the beautiful land around the property and also enjoyed use of the bbq area. Some of our favourite days out included : exploring the mountainous areas around Mount Etna, visiting Castiglione and many other picturesque villages and towns, the coast around Taormina, going to Alcantara gorge and swimming in the river. We ate out a couple of times, but also enjoyed the taste (and reasonable price!) of local foods and Etna wines. Giuseppe treated us to lovely bread, his own honey, apricot jam, lemons, plums. We would certainly consider returning to Casa Lavica in future and would recommend to family and friends, especially to those who share our interest in Nature and being outdoors. All in all, we had a most enjoyable, memorable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

The perfect escape.

  • 4 of 5

Set in a beautiful location with beautiful views and Etna puffing up smoke to the south. A pleasant old house with good accommodation and comfortable beds. Kitchen equipment was fine for our needs. Approached by a narrow bumpy lane crossing the narrow gauge railway you certainly are well away from the madding crowd. The owner was helpful and informative and his recommendations useful. Lack of wifi may be a problem for some but this cottage is essentially an escape from the modern world.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for you reply. From now on Casa Lavica will have a new Internet connection!
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3

Lovely setting but quite rustic and remote.

  • 3 of 5

The views and surrounding areas are lovely. Regarding the property itself, there are a few suggestions and tips we would offer. First, the property is quite remote and NOT easy to find. There should be more specific markers/indicators and directions provided to the renters. Secondly, the last stretch of road is very rocky and difficult to navigate; it would be helpful to advise renters so that they can bring a suitable vehicle. Finally, while we understood the property was rustic (and had no problem with that), it would be helpful to have a few basic amenities like bath soap, clothes line, etc. Also, the description indicated that there was a washing machine but it turned out not to be the case. That said, we enjoyed our stay very much but would likely not recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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An absolutely fantastic house set in real Sicily

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a two week stay. If you want complete tranquility in the midst of real Sicilian countryside in a first class property then we have no hesitation in recommending Giuseppe's restored farmhouse.

We are a bit choosy but we could not fault this in any way - very clean, lovely furnishings in keeping with the age of the house, all necessary equipment (and no TV!) and fantastic long distance views in all directions including Etna. We were lucky with temperatures upto 30C but inside the house it was very cool due to the thick walls.

Giuseppe is rightly very proud of his house and that it is in the traditional style in a very rural area. It is surrounded by small vineyards and fields with the main road 1 mile away down little lanes so there is no noise apart from the little single coach train that passes 300 yards away 3 times a day! We saw lots of wildlife and visited some of the local villages and towns which still serve the locals and are not directed at tourists so it really is Sicily. Castiglione di Sicilia in particular is very original.

Supermarkets are not far away if the village shops in the area don't have what you want and there are various restaurants and pizzerias around the area - Giuseppe will recommend which!

As you might gather we really enjoyed our 2 weeks and may well be going back.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Catania, Fontanarossa Airport at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Giardini Naxos / Taormina at 20 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Messina at 60 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Il Picciolo, Linguaglossa at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Linguaglossa at 7 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Passopisciaro at 2 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Linguaglossa at 7 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Piano Provenzano, Linguaglossa, Etna at 7 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Giardini Naxos / Taormina at 20 Kilometres Car: necessary

Casa Lavica is located at 700 metres above the sea level, on the North side of Mount Etna where one of the best red wines of Sicily is produced. Several prestigious vineyards can be found in the surroundings of the house as well as wine resorts where you can enjoy a wine tasting. The slopes of the Etna are very fertile soils and grapes are not the only quality product of this area. You can easily find fragrant olive oil, biological honey, and by driving 30 minutes away, the famous pistachios of Bronte.

Casa Lavica is definitely an excellent base from which to explore the eastern part of Sicily.

At a short drive the villages of Etna, such as Randazzo, Castiglione and Francavilla di Sicilia, which are famous for their ancient lava flows, the architecture of their seventeenth century churches, their delicious local produce and their Norman castles. The sea, the sandy beaches of Giardini Naxos and the beautiful town of Taormina are at only 30 minutes by car.

In summer Casa Lavica is a fresh and peaceful retreat, in winter is a cosy place where to return after skiing on the Etna. The closest ski-facilities are in Piano Provenzano (Linguaglossa), but can also be found at Rifugio Sapienza (Nicolosi).

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
4-seasons rate
2 Jul 2016 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£497
for 7 nights
£497
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices include use of Internet USB key, final cleaning, linen and towels, water, electricity. Heating is not included (necessary usually between October and April). Changeover day: Saturday (preferred)
Security deposit = 150 Euro.

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Facilities

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Dining Area

Suitability

  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • diving
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 90 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Child Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • The property consists of a spacious living room with open kitchen, fireplace and wooden table, two double rooms both with own en-suite bathroom (with toilet, bidet and shower). In one of the rooms a single bed can be added.

Outside

  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 deck chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Notes:

  • Prices include Internet, final cleaning, linen and bathroom towels, water and electricity. Heating is not included, but it is only necessary usually between October and April. An original way of exploring the Etna is by train (Ferrovia Circumetnea). The closest stations where you can step in are in Passopisciaro (2 km) and Solicchiata (2km)