Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Segreta - The "Secret" VillaSet in the natural beauty of the National Parco di Etna, Villa Segreta is an ideal destination for your “secret” holiday. The accommodation is made up of a comfortable apartment in a 300 year old restored Sicilian Farmhouse and Vinery. Set on two floors with an open galleried bedroom upstairs, and a second bedroom and other facilities on the ground floor the holiday Villetta is ideally situated for holidays throughout the year.
Summer and Winter!A beautiful shared swimming pool is available for use from May to September, and a cosy open fire available for those looking to use it as a base for skiing on Europe’s southernmost ski runs (usually from December to February ). If you come in December, you may have an opportunity to assist in making Olive oil, in October winemaking.
Grounds and location
The grounds are made up of approximately 15 acres of Olive groves, and vineyards with fig, sweet chestnut, cherry, peach, mulberry and apricot trees and lead directly on to some beautiful walks, good for serious ramblers and for those just fancying a stroll after dinner. In fact Villa Segreta is an ideal position to allow you to explore all of Mount Etna’s beautiful countryside and experience the untamed countryside. A walk in the spring surrounded by wild crocuses and a host of other flowers is a real delight.
If your intention is to visit the cultural heritage of Sicily, then you will be centrally located to visit Taormina, Siracusa and the so-far undiscovered gem that is Baroque Catania (with some fantastic restaurants!)
There is a reasonable restaurant within walking distance and many more just a 5-10 minute drive.
There are two good double bedrooms and a cot is also available.
A gas BBQ is provided for guests (gas costs extra)
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Catania 15 km|
|Nearest Amenities||30 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania 15 km, Nearest railway: Misterbianco 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Fax machine, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Beautifully restored to a high level and furnished to a much better standard than most other Sicilian Holiday lets. Fully supplied with all the comforts of home and maintained to the best standards. 5 star luxury at a very reasonable price. Absolutely stunning location. Ideal for those looking for a holiday doing nothing by the pool, or those wishing to seek out the delights of Sicily. Knowledgeable and hospitable, but non-intrusive owners assist to provide a unique experience.
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The Sicily region
Sicily is a land of extremes and contrasts, a magnification of all things Italian.
It is also an island of enormous intensity, a concentrated distillation of history, architecture and gastronomic delights, where incandescent volcanoes light up the night skies, mountain ranges jostle for supremacy, and where the sea has sculpted a coastline of stunning variety and beauty.
With its wonderful climate, Sicily is eminently visitable all the year round and each season has its own distinctive charm.
There is always something to do, whether it be lounging on golden beaches, hiking in the mountains, visiting ancient archaeological sites, skiing on Mount Etna or shopping in Palermo’s fashionable boutiques.
Wherever you turn you will see evidence of Sicily’s 3,000 years of history as the strategic crossroads of Europe. Nowhere else have Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British, left such an enormous collective legacy. The island is a vast open-air museum, a testament to nearly every Mediterranean civilisation of the past.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and the largest region in Italy. It’s packed with things to see and places to go, so you shouldn’t expect to “do” it all in one go.
This is especially true if we include Sicily’s delightful archipelagos, the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands and the Pelagie, all supremely worth a visit.
The Ionian Riviera, running up the east coast of Sicily from the bustling lava-stone city of Catania through a series of charming fishing villages and beaches to the enchanting town of Taormina, is certainly one of Sicily’s most intriguing areas. The entire coastline is dominated by the magnificence of Mount Etna, whose presence has shaped the entire area both geologically and historically from time immemorial.
Nature, food and wine
Mount Etna is undisputed king of the area, and hiking on its slopes is an unforgettable experience at any time of year. In the winter and spring, excellent skiing is possible and the upper slopes of Europe's highest volcano are rarely without snow. The towns and villages that dot the flanks of Etna, all built in lava stone, are well worth stopping off at for a stroll or a spot of lunch in a local trattoria. North of Taormina, running up to Messina, are the Peloritani mountains, home to millennial villages, deep valleys and stunning views.
The east coast Ionian Riviera has some of Sicily's most picturesque pebbly and sandy beaches including those of Isola Bella, Mazzaro', Giardini Naxos and Letojanni (below Taormina).
The area around Mount Etna is famed for its mushrooms, sausage and blood oranges, whereas in Catania you should try the Pasta alla Norma (Giuseppe Bellini was born there), arancini (deep-fried rice balls filled with meat sauce or mozzarella and ham), ice cream and granite (originally made with snow from Mount Etna). Vineyards cover the lower fertile slopes of "A Muntagna", as the locals call their volcano, and the wine produced, using local grape varieties such as Nerello Mascalese, is generally of excellent qualtiy.
History and Monuments
Greeks first landed in Sicily at Giardini Naxos below Taormina and during the following half century colonisers from various mother cities founded settlements at Catania, Megara Hyblea, Syracuse and Gela before pushing west to Agrigento and Selinunte.
The seventeenth century provided two defining events, first in 1669 with the eruption that engulfed Catania in lava and then with the earthquake of 1693 which destroyed swathes of Catania, Syracuse and the smaller centres of Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Caltagirone and Scicli, killing around five percent of the population of Sicily in the process. The eighteenth century rebuilding of these areas is a delight for anyone who finds perfection in baroque architecture.
Catania, with its vibrant markets, restaurants and bars (and more baroque) is marvellously free of tourists. North of Catania, the traditional resort towns of Acireale, Acicastello and Acitrezza have long been a magnet for local day trips and offer arguably the best Granita to be found anywhere.
Taormina draws more visitors than any other town in Sicily, thanks to its splendid position and its Greek/Roman theatre with a unique view of Mount Etna.
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7 Jan 2014
"Not quite as we expected"
I had high hopes for this Villa after positive communication with the owners. Although I would still reccomend it as the location is amazing for exploring Mt. Etna, I have a couple of comments. Unfort… More
Thanks very much for the lovely words. Sorry you couldn't get the oven to work. It seems that you had turned the automatic timer on the oven and this is why it wasn't working. The handbook for the oven was with all the other documentation and if you had mentioned this to Benson he would have sorted this for you. Washing machine has since been replaced, but Benson did offer for you to use another in another part of the Villa so I am sorry you did not take advantage of this
14 Aug 2013
"Super Views of Etna"
A nice villa but some of the appliances were English so you need to take an adaptor, plus there was no washing machine and the tv and internet didn't work, so a quick drive to an internet café or restaurant. Most evening restaurants open here at 8pm. The pool was fantastic with views of Etna. Great location Etna, but you need a car to get round. The wine upon arrival was nice. Unfortunately we did not get to meet the owners as they were away but they did have a gentlemen looking after the property. Each morning we were greeted by three dogs and a horse! We also looked after the animals for 3 days whilst the property was unattended. Snorkelling was excellent in Aci Costello.
7 Oct 2012
"An unforgettable place"
We were thrilled to have booked Villa Segreta for a week from a Tuesday (unusual we thought, but lucky we did) at the end Of July. We travelled by train and hired a car in Catania. We arrived hot and … More
3 Sep 2012
"Stunning location, lovely accomodation, great pool with a view of Etna with very accomodating hosts"
The accomodation was classically Sicilian with a cool interior and had everything we needed, the pool was a very welcome sight especially to our 3 year old daughter who spent most of the week in it. The hosts were lovely and we felt completely at ease for the duration of our holiday.
The surrounding area was beautifully tranquil with a view of Etna gently smouldering away, stunning local beaches and plenty of historic ruins. Oh, and the food is to die for!
We shall return!
24 Jun 2012
"Unbeatable views of Etna and hosts to remember:)"
We have spent 10 great days in Villa Segreta; we were lucky that Maria & Jason (the owners) were on site as their hospitability and advice made our stay even more memorable. The whole family went a pr… More
1 Jun 2012
"A wonderful Villa in a simply stunning location"
A simply stunning little villa in a truly fantastic location. The pool area was great for relaxing and viewing Etna. The location was perfect both for exploring Etna and the beautiful cities of the East Coast. Save yourself a fortune-it is not that difficult to walk up Etna from the refuge takes about three hours going up and one hour coming down!!-we did it and we are both well over 60 . The chilled Prosecco served on our arrival was most welcome after a long drive on a very scenic route through the middle of the Island. It was different opening the front door in the morning to be greeted by two dogs and a horse! I would stay here again if visiting the area and have already recommended it to friends
3 May 2012
"Beautiful Villa with great Hosts"
We have just return from a lovely weeks stay at Villa Segreta. The villa is located approx two Miles from Belpasso and three from Nicosia, on the main road to Mount Etna. 40 Mins from Catania Airport.… More
21 Feb 2012
"The best rental experience ever"
This was the best place we ever rented. The house is clean and nicely decorated, the kitchen has everything you need (even salt and olive oil :)). February nights were cold and we used the real fire place every evening. The view to the Etna mountain from upstairs is fantastic. The villa is nicely placed between places worth visiting. Would definitely stay there again if we decide to go to Sicily.
21 Jan 2012
"Lovely setting, premium prices with cheapish undertones"
We hired over Christmas and received a warm welcome from the owners who were helpful throughout. The setting was excellent...fine views of Etna on a clear day. The cottage was itself small with just e… More
Sorry to hear that you were disappointed that you were required to pay for the extra gas and wood, above the amount we supplied complimentarily. This information was clearly listed on the website before you agreed to your booking. Clearly paying an extra €22 Euro's at the end of your holiday has marred your experience. In fact judging from other reviews by guests your experience is unusual. All guests are provided (included in the price) £44 worth of gas (about 62 Kg) and a large basket of logs. Additionally as this booking was for over 7 days we supplied an additional £22 worth of gas free of charge(£66 worth of gas). We make no mark up on the gas, it is supplied at cost.
At a cost per person for a family of four over a peak Christmas period of under £25 per night with nearly £100 of complementary extras included, Villa Segreta is highly competitive. It is not our aim to appear cheap by asking guests in a self catering accomodation to pay for extras they choose to use. We provide a guide in the accomodation explaining how best to use the heating system for maximum efficiency.
19 Jan 2012
"A fantastic find, highly recommend"
After a delayed flight and issues with the hire car we were so glad to arrive at villa segreta. We had a couple of issues finding it, due to sicilys poor sign posting, however the owners were more than willing to meet us and show us the way!
Weh we arrived at the villa, we felt so comforted, the fire was roaring, there was prosecco set out and the owners were more than willing to offer assistance. We arrived when all supermarkets had shut, however the welcome pack contained all that we needed to last us until the next day. We went to a nearby restaurant that appears to do pizzas on a Saturday, it was amazing!
The location was great for us, amazing views, close to amenities and not too far to derive to the sites we wanted to go to. The owners were great and couldn't have been better hosts. I highly recommend villa segreta to anyone who is looking to travel around Sicily,but be away from the hustle and bustle of the big towns.
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