Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This luxury three bedroom villa is situated in Sant'Ambrogio, near Cefalu on the northern coast of Sicily. Private swimming pool (fully renovated 2012), sundeck and spectacular panoramic sea views, this is a truly breathtaking holiday location. The mature gardens, packed with palm trees offer you a private and secluded setting for you to enjoy the warm climate of this enchanting Mediterranean isle. Sant'Ambrogio's charming authentic town centre, with its unique Sicilian charm and excellent family restaurants is only a few minutes' walk away.
For party sizes of 7-10 people Villa Mara can be combined with Casa Nonno (1146503) which is located just 200metres away. Enquire for specially discounted prices when renting both properties.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St Ambrogio 1 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Palermo (Punta Raisi) 110 km, Nearest railway: Cefalu 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
This spacious villa consists of three bedrooms, two double rooms (one of which can be converted into a twin room if required) and one twin bedroom. Two of the bedrooms have direct access onto a large terrace with uninterupted sea views. There is a large living room with panoramic views over the pool area, gardens and out to sea beyond. The kitchen is modern and well equipped and leads directly onto the large dining terrace. Individual air-conditioning units keep the villa refreshingly cool in the summer months and provide heating during the winter season.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside the villa is surrounded by mature palms and gardens planted and lovingly tended by the owners. The tastefully installed swimming pool and wooden deck provides the perfect place to soak up the Sicilian sun whilst watching the small fishing boats meander along the shoreline below.
A short walk down through the palm filled terraces brings you out onto a private rock promontory with unrivalled sea views and a bench to sit relax and take in the breathtaking views and listen to the waves gently lap against the rocks below.
The Sicily region
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, famous for its breathtaking scenery, wonderful locally produced food and its incredibly friendly people. In the east towers Etna, standing at 3,320m (10,900ft) high, it's one of the world's tallest and most active volcanoes. The beautiful Aeolian Islands are to the north and are reachable by boats which leave the small port of Cefalu daily during the summer season.
Sicily has just been voted favourite holiday island 2012 by readers of Conde Nast, scoring huge marks for its weather, food and the friendly reception from your Sicilian hosts.
Sicily is a truly year round holiday destination. If you are a beach lover then the long summer season will be ideal for you. If mountain excursions, walks or cycling trips are more your thing, then the warm sunny spring and autumn seasons will be the ideal time. Winter sports enthusiasts can ski on the slopes of both Etna and Piano Battaglia (nr Cefalu), in the winter months from December to February.
The beautiful town of Sant'Ambrogio sits just a few hundred metres from Sicily's northern coast and just a few minutes' drive from the bustling fishing port and popular tourist hotspot of Cefalu. A perfect spot to enjoy some authentic Sicilian hospitality from the family run restaurants near the small piazza. The small beach is only a few minutes' walk from the village and during high season is less crowded than the hugely popular beach in Cefalu.
Cefalu is less than an hour's drive along the coast, east of Sicily's capital Palermo. It has long been one of Sicily's most beautiful and popular resorts. Walking through the historic centre of the town you will discover charming cobbled streets lined with interesting local shops and excellent restaurants. At its heart, in the town's main square, stands the imposing Norman cathedral built in 1132 by King Roger 2nd. The huge image of Christ Pantocrator in the cathedral's apse is remarkable. Close-by, the long stretch of sandy beach is popular with both locals and tourists, and as the sun sets over the sea, the promenade comes alive for the evening passegiata. Cefalu is not just a seaside resort, but also makes a convenient base from which to explore the interior of the island. A short drive away is the Madonie National Park, with its breathtaking mountain landscapes and picturesque hill-top villages, perfect for walking and cycling, and even for skiing in the winter months.
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26 Aug 2014
"Paradise- a place not to be missed!"
We are writing this review on our last day at Villa Mara, we have loved our stay in this villa for the second time and hope to return again. On our arrival we were met by Antonio, an Italian gentleme… More
18 Aug 2014
"Stunning boundless sea view on august 14"
Breathless view of the sea and the Sant'Ambrogio coast. Even Alicudi and Filicudi islands are visible if no haze. The view changes with the sun light from the big terrace of each of the 3 levels … More
16 Aug 2014
Una perla in posizione panoramica in una piccolo paesino arroccato che conserva un'atmosfera ancora intatta rispetto al turismo di massa che invece si trova a Cefalù. La casa è bella, spaziosa … More
3 Aug 2014
"This is picture perfect"
This village is around 5-6 kms from Cefalu and was one reason why it was so perfect. (Cefalu is too noisy, too crowded, too busy and too hard to park in). Sant Ambrogio is a small village on the se… More
8 Jul 2014
"perfect villa and village"
The villa was amazing, great views brilliant pool, and Sant'Ambrogio was so friendly, in the local shop, trying produce, it felt as if you actually lived there!.We hired a car to get us from Pale… More
22 Jun 2013
"This property is a home run!"
We were delighted with our week at Villa Mara. The property is exactly as advertised: spectacular views, privacy, and comfortable accommodations. We were met on arrival by Giuseppe, the property manag… More
4 Jun 2012
"This was a perfect spot to relax and enjoy beautiful views."
We loved his house and the location was perfect. We enjoyed the peacefulness of Sant Ambrogio and the proximity to Cefalu and Castelbueno along with beautiful views from each level of the house. Giuseppe, the local property manager was wonderful and very helpful. We were tired and hungry when we arrived and finding the house stocked with food and drinks was so apprecited. The drive to the house is a bit steep but we were fine when parking in the village and walking down to the house.
26 Apr 2012
"Stunning villa in friendly village with beautiful views"
We had a superb week in Villa Mara at the very beginning of April. The villa overlooks the sea. Its views are stunning and it is set in the rocky hillside overlooking the sea. It is on 2 different levels (the top level having 2 storeys) and then beneath the level with the pool (the bottom level) the garden continues down the hill in fairly steep terraces.
We travelled with 2 children (nearly 3 and nearly 5) who are sure footed with a good ratio of adult per child (3 adults) and the garden and villa really captivated the children's and our imagination - they loved playing in it but perhaps if you had a crawler or younger child it would be less relaxing (although each level outdoors was gated so this wouldn't necessarily be a problem). For us, it was absolutely perfect. The children enjoyed picking lemons from the lemon tree whenever we needed one for drinks etc! They loved the pool and the decking next to it made it a safe area to play around. They enjoyed playing up and down the steps and making dens in different places. There were all sorts of interesting plants and many different things to look at.
We were met and helped out by Giuseppe, who was very kind and welcoming and answered all our questions. The children adored him and were very excited whenever they saw him and we also liked him a lot. The views were beautiful and everything was clean. The beds were comfortable. San Ambrogio is a friendly village with a pizzeria and very close to the much busier but also lovely town of Cefalu. The time of year we travelled to Sicily was lovely - lots of flowers in blossom and enough of a buzz around Cefalu to make it fun but not so heaving with people that we couldn't park etc. We found it warm during the day (T-shirts and shorts, fine for playing on the beach and in the sea) but needed jumpers in the evening. The pool wasn't warm because of the time of year but we used it a few times for short periods of time and it was good fun and, like everything else, beautifully maintained and clean.
I would recommend this property rental very highly.
14 Aug 2011
"A piece of paradise for rent"
We had the most relaxing, thrilling and genuine vacation experience imaginable. The house, its pool and its beautiful setting is a paradise in itself and Giuseppe took care of us in a wonderful and most hospitable way. Sant' Ambroggio's inhabitants welcomed us in every way and we felt very much as part of the village life for a week. We would return tomorrow if we could!
17 Jun 2011
"Super location in unspoilt pretty Sicilian village with great sea views"
Sant' Ambrogio is an unspoilt village built into the hillside overlooking the sea, about 6km from the bustling town of Cefalu (5-10 mins drive along the coast road). The village has a pizzeria, a bar, coffee bar and convenience store. Villa Mara occupies a prime position overlooking the Mediterranean, a lovely swimming pool and terraces. The villa itself is well appointed and equipped. It is looked after by Guiseppe who lives in the village and is always at hand if you need any assistance. He is very friendly and informative and nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in late May with our two daughters (21 and 23) and had a lovely holiday.
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