Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The View, Sicily sits 600 metres above sea level and is ideally located between Mount Etna and the Ionian coast. Set within an acre of peaceful countryside on the outskirts of Presa, with plenty of outdoor space you can relax and enjoy the views of Taormina, Castelmola, the Ionian coastline and the southernmost tip of the Italian mainland. Born in the UK but with Sicilian parentage, I get to live the best of both worlds! Sicily is a magical island, one that feeds all of your senses and is definitely good for the soul! Whether you want to de stress, explore, get married here or just eat the great food, experience the culture and sunshine that Sicily has to offer then, per favore get in touch!
The View, Sicily is a combination of the traditional and the new. My father bought it as a stone cottage which he then converted into a four double bedroom, three bathroom self contained villa surrounded by vineyards, fruit trees and a variety of plants. Whether you are travelling on your own or as a couple or family you will find this as an ideal base to enjoy the passion for life, good food, culture and sunshine that Sicily has to offer.
The View, Sicily is on two levels. A ground floor entrance leads into a large open plan kitchen, dining and living room area. Two double bedrooms are on the ground floor, one has an ensuite bathroom. There is an additional bathroom on the ground floor. The staircase to the first floor leads to two double bedrooms, one bathroom and a study. There are terraces on both the ground and first floors where you can sit, relax and enjoy the breathtaking views.
The interior decor is simple yet tasteful with emphasis on local handmade and traditional products such as ceramic tiles, chestnut wood beams and ceramics from Caltagirone. There is a stone built cantina outside used to store wine and olive oil which has its own olive tree growing inside it. Solar panels on the roof provide hot water. There is a pizza oven, outdoor barbecue and seating area so you can enjoy alfresco dining.
***Sicily for the Soul*** yoga retreat starts in 2014. Please contact me for more details.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marina di Cotone, Fiumefreddo 9 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania Fontanarossa airport 58.3 km, Nearest railway: Fiumefreddo train station 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Sicily region
Sicily is a beautiful island, rich in history, art, cultural and gastronomical heritage. It is a place of contrasts and extremes that hit all of your senses as soon as you arrive, from the blue seas to its most prominent landmark Mount Etna, which at 3,320 m (10,890 ft) is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.
The wonderful warm climate makes Sicily a perfect destination from March through to November. Winter months can be variable but there are usually plenty of warm sunny days to enjoy. In the higher parts of Sicily in particular on Mount Etna, the winter months can bring heavy snowfall which is good news for ski lovers.
Sicily is the largest island and one of the most densely populated in the Mediterranean. Together with the surrounding smaller islands Ustica, the Aegadian islands, the Aeolian islands (comprising two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano), Pantelleria and the Pelagie islands, Sicily is an autonomous region of Italy. Sicily is strategically placed between North Africa and mainland Italy from which it is separated by the Strait of Messina. The capital of Sicily is Palermo.
The famous German writer, artist and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote that "To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything." There is so much to see and do here that it is a good idea to divide the island into areas you wish to visit as it is impossible to do it all in one go.
The View, Sicily sits between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea on the East coast of Sicily. It is ideally located so you can enjoy visiting award winning vineyards in the Etna National Park area, the breathtakingly romantic hilltop towns of Taormina and Castelmola, the stunning beaches of Isola Bella, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni and Marina di Cotone, the icy cold waters of the Alcantara Gorge, the views of Etna Park from the old fashioned train journey La Ferrovia Circumetnea, the traditional seaside towns of Acicastello, Acitrezza and Acireale as well as the vibrant and baroque city of Catania are all within less than an hour`s drive from the property.
For golf lovers Il Picciolo Golf Club is approximately 10km (6.2 miles) by car. Horse riding, excursions, bike hire, cookery lessons, trekking, boat trips, tennis courts and diving are all available locally. Should you wish to visit other areas of the island, the A18 Catania - Messina motorway is approximately 11km by car from the property.
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27 Feb 2014
"Blissful relaxation & an authentic Sicilian experience"
My husband and I have just come back from a blissful week long break at The View. We wanted a relaxing week of winter sunshine, walking and authentic Sicilian food and that is exactly what we got. The… More
I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay here and I look forward to your next visit!
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