Borgo dagala del re
About the home
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, 10km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
|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 bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / 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 .
The Catania / Dagala del Re area
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.
How to get there
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BY AIR : Catania Fontanarossa International Airport is 25 km far (45 minutes by car).
Direct flights to and from London , flying with British Airways, Meridiana, Air Malta.
You can fly to and from the other airports in UK, with changes as follows:
Catania-Manchester: change in Naples, Bergamo, Pisa, Milano Malpensa, Roma Fiumicino.
Catania- Belfast: change in Pisa, Roma Fiumicino.
Catania-Birmingham: change in Milano Malpensa, Roma Fiumicino, Pisa, Olbia, Bergamo, Forlì.
Catania -Bristol: change in Milano Malpensa, Roma Ciampino, Pisa, Olbia, Bergamo.
Catania-Coventry: change inPisa.
Catania-East Midland: change in Alghero, Bergamo, Pisa, Rimini, Roma Ciampino.
Catania-Edimburgh: change in Pisa, Milano Malpensa, Roma Fiumicino.
Catania-Glasgow: change in Pisa, Bergamo, Roma Ciampino.
Catania-Leeds: change in Pisa, Bergamo, Olbia, Roma Fiumicino.
Catania-Liverpool: change in Alghero, Bergamo, Pisa, Roma Ciampino.
Catania-Newcastle: Pisa, Roma Ciampino.
TRAVELLING FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOUSE :
Leaving the airport, take the Motorway A18 direction Messina. Exit Giarre . Follow the signs Milo and Miscarello for 2 km.
CAR HIRE COMPANIES (directly at the airport) :
Sicily by Car, Sixt, Avis, Budget, Cargorent, Easy Car, Europcar, Hertz, Auto Europa, Maggiore.
Activities near Catania
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
A winter sun break
04 Nov 2012
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... more
09 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.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|November 2012||22 Nov 12||30 Nov 12||£ 340||-||-||1 Week|
|Nov - Dec 2012||30 Nov 12||16 Dec 12||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Dec 2012||16 Dec 12||1 Jan 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|Jan-Feb - Mar 2013||1 Jan 13||1 Apr 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Apr - May 2013||1 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|June - July - Aug 2013||1 Jun 13||1 Sep 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|Sept - Oct 2013||1 Sep 13||1 Nov 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|Nov 2013||1 Nov 13||24 Nov 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Nov 2013||24 Nov 13||1 Dec 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|Dec 2013||1 Dec 13||22 Dec 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|Dec 2013||22 Dec 13||1 Jan 14||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
INCLUDED IN TARIFF: welcome pack on arrival ; use of all the equipments in the house (toys, games,bikes, books); fruit collection from trees for guests only. Products for the personal care and for house cleasing
SUBJECT TO PAYMENT: Extra house cleaning (€ 10 per hour), with English speaking maid; daily sailing trips ( on request ); mountain guides (on request).
PAYMENT: 30% with bank transfer at the time of booking. 70% on arrival. Extra € 200 will be given on arrival by guests as guarantee, and will be given back from owners on departure.Enquire now
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