Borgo dagala del re
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Imagine the perfect country scene. One side facing green valleys sloping down to an intense blue sea coast, running from the stunning sandy bay of Taormina to the black rocks of Acitrezza. The other side ...the powerful strength of a never sleeping volcano, that at times rumbles but always intrigues the ones who look at it from a distance and those who trek along its paths....
Imagine you taste a great variety of fruits you've just picked from the house terrace garden, cultivated according to the ancient island tradition: orange, lemon, mandarin,grapefruit, kiwi, pear, apple, strawberry, peach, grape, chestnut, prickly pear, avocado, cherry, medlar, plum, apricot .... imagine you bask in the sun while reading in silence your favourite book, joining the smells that make our island unique ...
The house was renovated in 2011 and is well equipped with all comforts you need for a relaxing holiday in the countryside. There are single and double bedrooms with typical decòr and a sunny terrace.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fondachello 10 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Fontanarossa 25 km, Nearest railway: Giarre 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house is well equipped with all comforts you need for a relaxing holiday in the countryside. Since the house is suitable for families with children, we provide games and toys for them, according to their ages.. toys, puppets, pencils, drawing sheets... We provide also highchair and kids' bed. The kitchen is well equiped, with fridge, freezer,oven, microwave, kettle, and coffee machine "Bialetti" for the best espresso and cappuccino Italian style.
A library with books written in Italian, English, German and Spanish is provided, as well as English-Italian, German-Italian Dictionaries. All this is included in the tariff.
We will be more than happy to solve all the doubts and difficulties you have in organizing your holiday.
|Further details outdoors|
Since the weather is usually sunny, you can join the terrace at any time of the day, relaxing on the grass or reading a book, while your children play safely whit the children games provided. Ther's a kids' corner to let them play with many games according to their age. Bikes are available on request ( included in tariff).The terrace extends all around the house, one side facing the sea cost and one side facing the volcano. The view from the terrace is really stunning. Summer nights will always be fresh, restoring and relaxing, even at the hottest sicilian temperatures. The barbecue in the terrace is very big and can give you the opportunity to grill in a few minutes some fresh meat or fish, according to the Sicilian cooking tradition.The garden close to the house will offer you a lot of summer fruits, which you can pick any time of the day. You will love the typical taste the fruit has when grown under the sun and picked only when ripe.
Welcome pack is provided on arrival. Fruit can be collected from trees by guests.
English speaking representative to answer any questions
The Sicily region
Sicily is internationally renowned for its history and beauty, for the smell of lemons and oranges you can breath everywhere on the island, for the friendly hospitality of its inhabitants, for the clear blue sea coasts, for the highest volcano in Europe, and, last but not least, for the special food you can taste, for its fish and the sweets.... and for many other reasons.
History : In the past Sicily has been dominated by many Conquerors : Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Spanish. Wherever you drive in Sicily, you can see the remains of each domination.
In 30 minutes drive you can visit the Greek theatre in Taormina, a village famous all over the world for the beauty of its houses, its shops and the charming atmosphere you can breath when walking along its small and charming lanes.
In 40 minutes drive you reach Catania, one of the biggest town in the area. A walk in the town centre will be very interesting : you can see the remains of a Greek-Roman theatre, the Cathedral, Castel Ursino ( which is a fortress built around 1240 to protect the city from the sea and then used as a royal residence and as a prison), the Bellini Theater (opened in 1890), with its wrought iron in the portico and very beautiful inside, where you can admire the 4 tires and a gallery, corridors and frescoed ceilings.
One of the most attractive places to visit in Catania is Via Crociferi, a true triumph of 18th Century Baroque Style, with its opulent line of religious buildings. Very interesting will also be a visit of the Botanic Gardens, spread over a surface area of 16,000 square meters, where exotic, rare, aquatic and Sicilian plants are grown. If you visit Catania in February, you can't miss the feast of the Saint Agata, whose statue is carried for 4 days along most of the streets of the town, followed by thousands of people. However, anytime of the year you're in Catania , we recommend a stop in the typical fish market.
In 1 hour drive is Siracusa, one of the most famous town in Sicily. You can visit the Greek theatre and the Roman amphitheatre, where Greek tragedies are played according to the ancient tradition. You should also visit the isle of Ortigia, the nucleus of the old city. It's a very nice tourist place for relaxing walks along charming lanes, while visiting interesting museums and beautiful historical buildings.
If you want to go on visiting the remains of the island's Conquerors, you could drive to Agrigento ( 2 hours by car) and see the Valley of the Temples, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998. In the Valey are still sited the great temples of ancient Akragas : the temple of Hera (Juno) Lacinia, Concordia, Heracles (Hercules), Olympian Zeus (Jupiter), Castor and Pollux (Dioscuri) and Hephaistos (Vulcan).
THE SEA : In Sicily the sea is very clear and mostly clean. In the nearby of the house you have different kinds of coasts. In a short drive ( min 15 minutes, max 30min ) , you can choose among white sandy beach , small-stony beach, or rocks . If required, there's also the opportunity to rent a sailing boat for daily trips.
THE VOLCANO : Etna is the highest volcano in Europe, since it's around 3330 meters high. If you want to have a look, there are many paths you can walk along in a short time. There's also the possibility to drive up close to the main crater, only with the authorized means (daily transfers are organized on request).
FOOD : Sicilian cooking is famous for many reasons : for the smell and taste of its fruit and vegetable , grown in sunny gardens and collected only when ripe enough to be at their best ; for the fresh fish and mussels you can buy in the typical fish markets, where is not rare to find live octopus or prawn, so fresh that can be eaten uncooked ; for the ice creams lovers ,we recommend to taste the 'granita', a typical dessert which is usually eaten at breakfast, accompanied by what we call 'brioche' , a sort of sweet bread you can't resist .
Our country house is peacefully situated half-way between Volcano Etna and the eastern sea coast, 5 minutes drive from the villages of Macchia and Santa Venerina. In 20 minutes drive you can choose whether to be climbing on the volcano or swimming in the blue sea.
Very close (10 min by car) is the village of Giarre, very nice for its shops, and the village of Riposto, with its international ship port, where you can relax walking on the pier close to sailing boats and yachts, or decide to rent one of them for a daily trip.
In 15 min drive is Acireale, a small town famous for its baroque buildings and church paintings. For the ice cream lovers, there's a great variety of tastes. If you want to taste the best granita, this is the right place. The guests who visit the town in February will be amazed seeing the Carnival with its flower cars and masks.
If you love island legends, you should visit Acitrezza ( 20 min drive), a characteristic village of fishermen , where Omero placed the setting of one of the stops Ulysses made on his long journey back home to Itaca.
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27 Feb 2014
"A beautiful place to stay"
We have been so impressed with Cristina's hospitality.
On arrival, we were welcomed with a selection of extremely tasty home cooked food, that was topped off with local wine. What a start to a holiday after a day of travelling!
The house is in a fantastic elevated position with panoramic views from every angle. We have enjoyed spectacular vistas of Etna in full eruption from the terraces. Then by contrast a tranquil sunrise over the sea is as beautiful as any location.
The house is very well equipped and everything that you could need, is to hand.
Once outside, the gardens are an ideal area for children to play safely with a selection of toys that are provided.
Depending upon the season their are abundant supplies of fruit to pick from the connecting land including oranges, grapefruit, kiwi and grapes to mention just a few...
We have been so impressed with our two previous holidays in this property, that we have now booked our third visit.
We have been visiting Sicily for many years but feel that this property is the best. Highly recommended!
13 Feb 2014
"This Villa is absolutely wonderful, the best we have stayed in, anywhere."
I scoured websites and read reviews looking for the ideal Villa in Sicily.I had strict criteria, I needed 2 double rooms and a twin, I wanted sea views if possible and Volcano views were a must. I wanted to be out of town and not crushed in among other properties. I read the reviews for this Villa and they all sounded too good to be true, I swapped some emails with Cristina and she was so helpful. This villa is better than it sounds, the large terrace with views across the sea to Italy, the other terrace facing the mighty Etna, which erupted for us, the amazing BBQ area. It couldn't get better...until you get to think about the hosts, they met us just of the motorway , late at night and lead us to the villa in the dark, which was so helpful, and then they provided welcome snacks which were delightful and home made. Later in the week, we had arranged for Cristina to provide us with a full local meal, it was so memorable, I would strongly recommend it. Other highlights include picking fresh oranges and lemons every morning and making our own juice. The final word should go to Etna though, I still have some ash that fell on us in a small box by my bedside to remind me of our wonderful holiday. We will return. I cannot recommend this location and villa enough.
12 Feb 2014
"first class accomodation and owners"
I can only repeated the previous comments. The hospitallity of the hosts was outstanding.Even the mild eruptions of mnt Etna added to our enjoyment of the holiday. I would defiantly recommend this pr… More
4 Nov 2012
"Magnificent views, beautiful home, and gracious host family!"
What an amazing place! We enjoyed the views of Etna on one side, the sea on the other, and the lights of the cities below. The lovely house is surrounded by a "Garden of Eden" with an incredible variety of furits - grapes, oranges, kiwis, avacados, lemons, figs - which the owners encourage you to pick and enjoy. Equally amazing were the delectable array of Sicilian dishes prepared for us by the family and the generous welcome package of staples, all of which we enjoyed throughout our stay. We have enjoyed self-catering homes in various places around Europe, and our experiences at Borgo Degala Del Re are definitely at the top of our list! I would highly recommend this home to anyone planning a stay on the east coast of Sicily. It was one of our most memorable travel experiences!
22 Oct 2012
This is what we wrote in the guest book to Christina and her family:Thank you for our lovely stay in your home and your warm and generous hospitality. From room to room and garden to garden we could … More
9 Sep 2012
The other reviews have it covered, lovely house, great views, peace & quiet, fresh fruits from the garden, ample welcome basket and a very good host who will cook a very good Sicilian meal for you.
3 Sep 2012
"Home Away From Home"
When we arrived at Borgo dagala del we were greeted by the owners and their hospitality of fresh fruit picked right from their garden, baked goods, a "Welcome" basket as well as Internet Access upon request. The home was immaculate and we found all the comforts. We were amazed by the views of the Sea on one side of the home and Volcano Etna on the other. We enjoyed the enormous wooden table outside the home amongst the beautiful gardens and landscape where we shared many meals with our Sicilian Family as they came to visit. We would not only recommended staying here to others, we would look forward to spending another vacation in this home on a return visit to Sicily.
11 Jul 2012
"Like on a cloud, a nice little piece/peace of heaven."
As some other user's said, the place is so much nicer than the pictures can show.
The house is big (more than enough for 2 couples), was super clean, so lovely, and very nicely located: in between the Etna (which view we enjoyed every morning) and the sea (we could admire every evening, with the city's shimmering lights in the night).
And what a welcome! Thanks to Cristina and all her nice family that gave us the warmest welcome ever. That and all the food (a.o. the antipasti) awaiting us on that Sunday evening couldn't be a better start for this holiday; the more on our first day of arrival, with the shops closed.
The house is geographically well located too, as we went to visit all the east coast of the island from there. But when looking for it, this will be one of these occasions were you're so glad to have invested in a GPS.
Another huge plus: the many fruit trees all around the house, soooo tasty (like everything we ate while in Sicily, actually). We had fresh lemonade almost every day after our trips or after a nice day at the beach. Thanks again to Cristina to all her good advices.
Considering the barbecue, the terrace, the fresh fish from the markets close by, we HAD to gill on one evening; it would've been a terrible waste if we didn't.
We felt so well that we stayed outside the house, talking, enjoying the views, the cool breeze (and a Limoncello) every evening until 1am.
Really, the perfect place for stressed city people like us...
I haven't miss any opportunity to talk about it since then.
13 Jun 2012
"Great views, great location, great owner."
The property has outstanding views of the coast and of Mt. Etna. The location provides easy access to the main highways and is a good base from which to start your day trips. The home was spacious eno… More
23 Apr 2012
"Fantastic views in all directions, and great garden."
We stayed as a party of 5 adults and one 3-year old child, and had a fantastic time. The views of Etna to one side, and of the sea on the other, are even better than the pictures make it look. We picked oranges and grapefruits every day for breakfast, and had an open fire every night.
We arranged with Cristina that she would prepare a dinner for us on arrival, and also that she would do some shopping for us so we had food for the first few days. The food was all excellent, and I would highly recommend that other people arrange this.
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