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the GUARDIAN publication 10th October 2009

Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming Pool
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 0km

Casa d'Eraclea is in a quiet corner of southwest Sicily that remains largely untouched by tourism, secluded from the outside world and set against a backdrop of dramatic sea views and rugged beauty. Accessible from the main road via a flight of stone steps, the villa is perched on a hill overlooking a forest-edged sandy beach.

Outside: The real show-stopper here is the infinity pool which has the most dramatic views along the coast and across towards Africa. The garden is terraced and also has a decking area around the pool, so there are several quiet corners, scattered with sun-loungers and hammocks. The large covered terrace is perfect for relaxed 'al fresco' meals, with a long table and chairs and a barbecue.

Inside: the villa is bright and comfortable, featuring, on the ground floor, an open-plan living-room, with dining area and kitchen corner, that leads directly out on to the terrace. This floor has a double bedroom, an additional sleeping area with a single bed and a bathroom with shower. There are two further bedrooms upstairs, a double and a single, and another bathroom with shower. The landing on the first floor has been furnished with exercise equipment including a bench press, weight-lifting equipment and a treadmill.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Eraclea beach
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Palermo 150 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking

The Sicily region

Casa d'Eraclea is a quick two-minute drive to the beach at Eraclea Minoa (southwest Sicily), a lovely stretch of sand and green-blue sea that gets quite busy in July and August but can be almost deserted at other times. There are two beach clubs here, both with restaurants serving pizza and pasta. The village of Eraclea Minoa is small and undeveloped, with limited shops and 'trattorie' and home to an archaeological site that lies on the headland above the coastline.

Find time to visit the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento (30min drive) and the Greek ruins at Selinunte (30min drive), both vivid reminders of centuries of occupation, and the Scala dei Turchi, a series of shimmering white cliffs. A little further west is the resort of Sciacca (15min drive), famous for its February carnival and thermal baths, but a pleasant place to spend a morning wandering and people-watching.

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