Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
We are proud to offer you our villa for private rental..........a stunning & luxury 5 bedroom child-friendly villa with air-con refurbished & finished to a very high standard with it's own spectacular private & safe fenced pool with a shallower end 60cm deep for children, set amongst stunning Sicilian scenery in it's own private gardens filled with fruit trees, olive groves, vineyards & palm trees for the sole enjoyment of our guests.
Superb for outdoor living as it enjoys sunshine from dawn to dusk yet also has plenty of shaded areas to relax & read a book over a glass of wine, and the large garden & spacious patio's provide perfect areas for relaxation.
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, 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.
The interior of the villa is newly refurbished 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 with friends.
Children will be well entertained throughout the whole vacation with the large sandpit with slides, swings, sea-saw, little child trampoline and other various outside & inside toys... adults will be able to work on a total tan & relax while children play as the whole property is secure being totally enclosed and the pool is fenced and gated with a padlock.!!NEW FEATURE for our little guests, 8ft trampoline with security net, children will be amazed...!!
The beauty and charm of our villa is endless.......having the space and the privacy to do has you please, in your own pace.....or just lazying around doing nothing at all........to mingling with the Sicilians in the great restaurants, bars and cafe's.
If sun, beaches, culture, excitment and tranquility you are looking for then you have found the right villa......offering also both the charm of the countryside villa and the latest modern comforts, great as a base-camp for short trips around Sicily, making it a Pure Sicilian Luxury.......! For a great christmas stay, villa trimmed with christmas tree and outside illuminations, please view my personal website www.villagioiosavacation.com for more details!
FURTHER DETAILS OUTDOOR:
On the GROUND FLOOR there is a large comfy and airy living room with open plan dining area & lounge with sofas, coffee table, TV with sky italia package, DVD, a library that guest are welcome to use, there is a selection of children's books and various adult books from fiction to romance. Poweful ceiling fan that keeps you extremely cool during the hot days, a single bedroom and a Shower-room with washbasin, wc, shower enclosure!
On the 1ST FLOOR there is another living room with open plan dining area and lounge with sofas, coffee table, DVD,CD, Flat screen 32" widescreen TV with sky Italia package, Air-conditioning ,Powerful ceiling fan, 2 king-size bedrooms(one king-size bedroom fits a child bed and a cot ,if required). 1 Twin single bedroom & 1 single bedroom bothe overlooking the stunning pool and fruit trees! A shower- room with washbasin in vanity unit, Wc, shower enclosure and a Luxury bathroom with washbasin in vanity unit, Wc, bidet, bath tub with overhead shower.
Both shower rooms & bathroom suits are of the highest standard with modern fixtures & fittings with ample storage, large mirrors & hairdryers. All showers have good water pressure and plenty of hot water.
All rooms are equipped with powerful ceiling fans which will keep you extremely cool during the hotter days and window & door grills for the safety of children!
Fully fitted modern kitchen with integrated appliances for those wishing to dine in with Dishwasher, Microwave, Toaster, Oven,Fridge & freezer, Kettle, Coffee espresso maker, lots of pans, cutlery, various type of glasses, children cups, plates, cutlery and much more......!
An utility room with a washing machine, iron and board.
There are also various BABY & TODDLER items at the property for use(FREE OF CHARGE) which saves you packing them when travelling (please mention when booking) which are:
2 cots and linen, 2 highchairs, 2 toddler and 1 baby pushchair, potty, baby bath, changing mat with stand, bottle steriliser, bottle warmer, feeding cutlery, bowls, cups, plateswalker, playpen & 3 in 1 rocker swing!
FURTHER DETAILS OUTDOORS:
There are 2 veranda's for dining, a panoramic one overlooking the spectacular private pool and full view of the colourful orchard, ideal for "Al Fresco" dining at all times of the day, the second veranda is right opposite the pool & gazebo next to the well equipped rustic outside fitted kitchen perfect for al fresco dining with wooden built-in-pizza oven, BBQ, little oven, fridge & freezer!!
SWIMMING POOL: SWIM & TAN, relax in luxury!
Our fantastic swimming pool is very safe being fenced, gated and padlocked with one part of the pool only 60cm deep for little children with lots of inflatables to play with, allowing parents to actually relax and work on a total tan in tranquility while children play. The pool is furnished with sun lounges & parasols to relax under the shade & an open outside shower by the pool to give that extra comfort to our guests
There are large steps for access into the pool which illuminated at night provides a fantastic backdrop for veranda evening meals or magical for a night time swim! The private pool is surrounded by extensive patio and very secluded and quiet, available from April to October..
LARGE COLOURFUL GARDEN lies at the front of the villa with a vineyard, almond, olive and lots of various other fruit trees. Private illuminated driveway and gated entrance. Lots of parking space at the rear & side of the villa, you can fit 3 cars at the side of the villa and 6 cars at the back of the villa..!!
GAZEBO: Large newly refurbished Wooden Temple style Gazebo with bamboo lounge area....opposite the pool!!
Other than this property being particularly suitable for families with young children, it is also suitable for older people and people with mobility problems as the ground floor level has a living/dining room, single bedroom & 1 shower room leading straight to the outside area with no steps or staircase where you will find the garden, open kitchen, veranda, gazebo and pool. People with mobility problems can also access the 1st floor area walking up only 3 steps instead of going up the inside ground floor staircase.
FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN OUR VILLA is completely enclosed and safe boasting a fantastic children's play area on a big sandpit full of slides, swings, sea saw, little trampoline, bucket & spades and much more..... NEW FEATURE: 8ft trampoline with security net!!
Lots of indoor and outdoor toys to play with provided for different ages!!
The majority of the garden is flat & there is plenty of space for children to play ball games & croquet or just running around chasing each other.
The pool is fenced, gated, padlocked with one part of the pool only 60cm deep great for babies & toddlers, with the added bonus of a hydro-massage for adults!!
The entire outside area, driveway, pool, patio, play area & orchard has been professionally illuminated to create a relaxing ambiance during the evening.The garden is professionally maintained and planted with mature olive trees and a selection of fruit trees (apple, pear, plum, apricot, cherry, figs, grape vines etc) which guests are welcome to help themselves to.
Our villa is in the countryside offering tranquility but not isolated, it is situated in a lived in area and approached by a tarmac road with a gated entrance and an illuminated driveway!
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||San Leone Beach 8 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania - Palermo 140 km, Nearest railway: Agrigento 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Cots (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Sicily region
The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has an abundance of natural and historical treasures. The island's rich history – its periods under Greek, Arab and Norman influence – have left a unique legacy.It is loved for its climate, unspoilt beaches, bustling towns and breathtaking scenery, making it an ideal holiday destination for families and experienced travellers alike.
This beautiful island has an abundance of art, archaeology, history, breathtaking scenery and of course excellent food to offer. It is the home of Mount Etna, arguably Europe's greatest natural wonder, stunning beaches, tranquil vineyards, and ancient olive groves.
Whichever time of the year you choose to visit Sicily the weather is bound to be pleasant - Sunny hot weather awaits you in summer around 80°F to 90°F. It remains fine weather up until the end of October.
A Sicilian holiday will never leave you bored; this small island has a wealth of attractions and activities to offer. Explore Agrigento and wonder around the famous "Valley Of The Temples" known to be far better preserved than those found in Greece, allowing you to soak up the culture and atmosphere of this historical city. Explore the 10,990 feet active volcano Mount Etna, or simply relax on one of the many beaches found all along the coast of the island.
There is so much more to see in Sicily.
Villa Gioiosa is less than 2km from the town center, finding all amenities you can think of all on one long road at the entrance of the town including excellent restaurants, cafe's, bars & supermarkets, ideal from those wanting a romantic break, family reunion, large groups & for families with children.
It is easy to relax and enjoy the steady life of this rural community, a community that will give you a family style welcome whether enjoying a coffee outside one of the many bars, or a pizza in one of several pizzeria's or just mingling with the locals at the regular Friday morning massive open air produce market you must not miss!!!!!!
If you feel like a drink during the morning, afternoon or evening you will find most local bars open all day until the last customer leaves. Try our local espresso coffee, it's so tasty!!.
Its really nice & peaceful here, still relatively untouched by lots of tourism, you will feel like you are really in Sicily! The locals are so friendly and keen to help you get around and we are close to various fascinating places of interest.
With our villa located in open countryside you can sit sipping wine under one of our panoramic veranda's or under our Large Temple stlye Gazebo next to the pool & hear birds singing along, it's so relaxing, especially first thing in the morning whilst drinking coffee...!!
Still standing is the Chiaramonte medieval castle, built by Federico II Chiaramonte in the 13th century. Just off the castle you can enjoy a wonderful view, looking to the fertile valley beneath.
Town's Mother Church was built in the 1600s. Inside, there is a beautiful wooden crucifix which is dated from the 1500s. Another attractive Baroque church is the Chiesa del Rosario built in the 18th Century, with its wonderful caisson ceiling & lots of other churches.
For those who want to soak up the Sicilian sun just 15 mins away is San Leone, a resort where you will find beautiful golden sandy beaches & shallow waters ideal for families & high waters ideal for adults, all you need to do is just pick!!!
You will also find lots of restaurants and trattoria's with fresh fish on menus to choose from, gelateria's with 20 different flavoured ice-cream, children's funfare, a lovely parade next to the sea to have lovely walks on and its habour! San Leone beaches also offer various bars on the beach just a few paces from the water becoming a night bar with music & much more at night!!
Visit the famous breathtaking "VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES" in Agrigento just 10mins drive from our Villa. Our guest have always come back fascinated by the beauty of ancient history left behind still intact after so long, with its large archaeological site and acient Greek temples, including the Temple of Concord.
Visit the "MACALUBE" described as a rare geological phenomenum called "sedimentary vulcanism" in Aragona just 15mins away! They are little volcano's that spit out glay, you can get really close to them... Its a great day out for the children....!!
Visit the SCALA DEI TURCHI (turkish staircase) a beautiful white marl cliff with wonderful waters. It 's really a surreal landscape. The view is unique, it's a paradise, leaving everyone breathless for its beauty, only 30mins drive! Our clients have loved the beach great especially for children and adored having lunch at one of the restaurants on the beach a few paces from the water and your sunbeds....!! You can rent out little pedal boats and sunbeds with umbrella's...at great prices!!
CHILDRENS FUN PARK: Get wet 'n' wild in one of our many fantastic waterparks...!! Our guests always mention to us the great days out enjoying the outdoor pool complete with baby pool, diving pool, big slides, high wave pool, long and high tube slides and various size pools,music, restaurants and bars with many events!just 40min away from the villa....!
TORRE SALSA: The natural reserve that extends along an uncontaminated coast which alternates from chalk cliffs to calcareous marls, with very clear seas. 30min drive
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15 Jun 2014
"Kiddie heaven in a lovely villa"
We stayed with one other family for a week in June! There were 4 adults and 4 kids under 4...so we needed somewhere kids could have fun and we could chill!!! This villa was perfect for that! Lovely po… More
Thank you for your review, we are so pleased you and the children found our villa enjoyable, relaxing and well equipped!
We are really sorry you found the villa a little isolated and couldn't find find restaurants to your taste and times.
However we do feel that we would like to respond to the points you raised regarding this.
Our town is rather big with its 35 thousand habitants with an array of restaurants & trattoria's to choose from. Restaurants are very child friendly and open around 7:30 - 8pm for dinner, a phone call would have solved everything as I did say that i was available at all times to help as much as possible. Do bare in mind that although our town is big it is not a city!
Because our town is big I always offer my guests a free tour around our town to save guests time trying to find things, which you declined. On the tour you would have see the best restaurants, trattoria's, groceries, bakeries, winery and other variety of shops.
Really sorry you found our town not touristy but all towns in Sicily are not touristy as cities, in towns you can really feel the Sicilian way of life which my past guests have loved especially mindling with the friendly locals.
Regarding the position of the villa, its only 1.5km from town on an illuminated road to town in the colourful open-air countryside, if you found our villa isolated you may have been better off in town surrounded by other houses.
Thanks again and take care
carmelina and salvatore
8 Jun 2014
"Family friendly villa for a perfect week of relaxation"
Such a lovely week's holiday - my daughter (4) cried when we went home!
The villa is airy, spacious and easily accommodated grandparents, parents, aunt and uncle, and two kids without us feeling like we were on top of each other.
Best bits: pizza oven, fruit trees, fabulous produce from local markets, cheap local wine direct from the vineyards, rolling fields of wheat and wild flowers, ancient ruins, and the soft sandy beaches at San Leone.
Carmelina is so helpful, and even arranged a gorgeous birthday cake for one of us. She knows the best places to shop (the supermarkets are only really good for groceries rather than fresh stuff) but it was also easy to wander around town and find things for ourselves. Favara is not a tourist town though, so a few words of Italian were very useful.
We had a thoroughly relaxing week and would recommend the villa.
7 May 2014
"Lovely villa, with lots of entertainment for kids"
As a big group of people we had a lovely and comfortable stay in this big and beautiful villa. This villa has everything, it felt like a home from home. Children had a wonderful time and had plenty st… More
27 Apr 2014
"Authentic Sicilian Villa and friendly locals in Favara."
We arrived at the beautiful villa to be met and shown around by Carmelina and Salvatore. As it was late they had set out authentic Sicilian food and wine for us which was beautiful and very thoughful.… More
8 Nov 2013
"Beautiful country, amazing villa and a lovely family"
We stayed at the villa for a week, 27th oct' to 3rd nov 2013 and loved it. The villa itself was a gorgeous home from home, fitted and equipped with everything we could possibly want or need and the gated swimming pool was a definate big hit with not only the children but the adults alike.
The owners themselves were really lovely and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. They gave us the space to enjoy our holiday but were always close by should we need them.
They also left a pack of things to do and see in Sicily, which we used and found very helpful.
We visited a few of the recommended places, like the Scala dei Turchi, which was stunning, even more so at sunset, with its brilliant white staircase and amazing views.
The mud volcanoes, which were great for kids and adults, fascinating to see, watch and experience, although I would recommend wearing trainers or shoes with a good grip as it can be very muddy and slippery.
Another of our visits was to Mount Etna, herself! Standing tall and proud,she towers over the Sicilian landscape but offers many opportunities for photographs of the breath-taking views, unique souveniers and an education you don't realise you are getting. Although we did not climb to the summit, it was very chilly and so I would recommend wrapping up very warm as the higher you go the lower the temperature will get!
We had a fantastic time in Sicily and would highly recommend this villa to anyone, we look forward to returning soon!
16 Sep 2013
"Lovely Villa with a great pool and playground for kids."
"Lovely, welcoming villa with a great outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, which we used all the time. The pool was fantastic, especially loved by the kids.
Carmelina and Salvatore were amazing hosts, with the guided tour of Favara and lots of help and suggestions throughout the holiday. They were particularly brilliant when we lost our phones and wallet!
We had a wonderful holiday at the Villa and at the beaches of San Leone - thanks!
9 Jul 2013
Thank you for a truly amazing holiday. The villa is beautiful and Carmelina and Salvatore could not do enough for us. We especially liked the pizza evening and all facilities were great! Thanks again and we will definately be coming back in the future!
Kella, Rob, Millie and Charlie
27 Jun 2013
"This villa is everything you require for a family holiday & much more :)"
Lovely villa, absolutely perfect for children. Lovely and clean. It exceeds your expectations by far. We would however recommend hiring a car to get out & about (even to the supermarket). We would also recommend taking a simple Italian phrase book because not many people can speak english. You really are hanging out with the locals, it's fantastic. Not a touristy place in the slightest, which we thought was a brilliant experience. An educational one too because I now have some Italian in my vocabulary & so do the children!!!!
Carmelina and her family are fantastic hosts, nothing was ever to much trouble. We only had to pick up the phone and carmelina was available to help at all times. The outside pizza oven was a big hit with the children, the homemade pizza's tasted amazing & it was great fun for all the family!!
As a family with young children we couldn't recommend this villa enough - we didn't hear the children because they had so much to keep them occupied!!!
We would visit again.Thank you!!
Elly, Chris, Gracie & Ollie (South Wales)
You must try the ice-cream & local cake desserts. :)
2 Jun 2013
We stayed at the villa for one week. We came to Sicily to visit cousins that i had not met before. I came with my hubby, daughter, step-son, son in law to be, sister and brother in law. I have to say there is nothing negative about this villa only that it needs a pathway to the winery which is down the road lol. It is spacious, comfortable, and the pool area and outside kitchen were used the most. Its location was excellent and Carmelina and her husband Salvatore were very helpful in everyway. The villa is decorated to a high standard and every room was well kitted out. The numerous bathrooms were a welcome for 7 people who were sharing and we never felt like we under anybodies feet with the spacious rooms. The restaurants were recommended by Carmelina and they were fantastic, Buca di San Francesco was a typicla rustic Sicilian restaurant that served the most gorgeous food although the language barrier was a bit of a problem!!! The King Bar also served lovely food and i can recommend the rissotto which was very tasty. We also had a couple of nights in the villa where we got to use the pizza oven and barbecue, We also asked Carmelina if she would ring for some pizza's for us, we ordered 4 and they were massive. We ate what was left the next day. I can honetly say that we had a fantastic week all made by this beautiful villa. The town of Favara is lovely and the people are very friendly. I would certainly recommend the villa and i would definitely go back there!!!!!!!!!!!
27 May 2013
"Luxury and Fun!"
We had some communication problems due to our mobile phone provider but once we had established contact everything went well. Carmelina could not have been more welcoming and helpful and her tour of … More
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