Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Santa Rosalia is a large family-friendly villa in Western Sicily close to the sea.
The huge Mediterranean garden is offset by a large salt water pool with steps leading into the shallow end and a large solarium with beach umbrellas and plenty of space to sunbathe. There is a fence around it to make it child-friendly
The garden is planted with olive trees, Seville oranges, figs, pomegranates,bougainvillea, plumbago and other mediterranean trees and shrubs
The vine covered pergola for al fresco dining looks out from below the kitchen window to the garden and swimming pool.
Inside the rooms are light and airy all with a view of the garden. There is air conditioning in the bedrooms and kitchen and mosquito netting in the sleeping quarter.
The house is has been recently refurbished to a high standard of comfort and the kitchen is extremely well equipped.
With its spacious accommodation, luxury pool and huge garden, It is an ideal place to relax.
Its location close to the sea, the town and quick access to the motorway makes it a perfect base for exploring the sights of western Sicily from the Greek temples at Selinunte and Segesta, the medieval hilltop town of Erice, the Punic island of Mozia to the busy fishing port of Mazara del Vallo, home of the famous bronze dancing satyr.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||San Vito 4 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Palermo or Trapani 110 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Sicily region
Sicily offers all that anyone could wish for on holiday. Glorious weather with more sunshine than other part of Italy, breathtaking scenery and world famous cuisine are just for starters. Nowhere in Sicily is far from the coast and there are many large and unspoilt beaches to enjoy. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular local sports.
With such a long and varied history, there is a wealth of interesting sites to visit: Greek temples and theatres dating back to the sixth century BC, Norman churches, Baroque city centres, not to mention the haunts of Inspector Montalbano.
Each town has its own patron saint and celebrates their festivals with street processions, dancing and feasting while many hold food festivals that attract visitors from all over the island, such as the "Sagra de couscous" at nearby San Vito Lo Capo.
Visitors who come in spring will enjoy the colourful carpets of wild flowers to be seen everywhere along the roadsides and in the fields while those who come late in the year will find warm sunny weather even in November.
Santa Rosalia is in the heart of the countryside, a landscape of vineyards and olive groves which stretch out as far as the eye can see to gently rolling hills in the distance. Close by is the 17th century baglio of Santa Maria ,and Mazara del Vallo, the nearest town, is three miles away. The villa is also near lovely beaches. Tonnarella, two kilometres of sandy beach, is just on the other side of town.
An excellent base for sightseeing, the villa is just a short drive away from some of the most fascinating sites in Sicily, the Greek temples of Selinunte , the temple and Greek theatre of Segesta, the medieval hilltop town of Erice and the Punic island of Mozia, the nature reserve of the "Zingaro", not to mention Palermo, the magnificent capital, which is just over an hour's drive away.
Wine lovers will love the area too. The province of Trapani, which includes Mazara, produces more wine than any other area in the whole of Italy! Since the British invented the drink of Marsala. the nearby town which gave that wine its name, has been a centre of wine production and visitors can go on tours of the wineries such as Pellegrino and Florio and taste the wide range of wines on offer. Local wine is of a very high standard and includes wine from the Grillo and Nero d'Avola grapes.
Mazara del Vallo is the most important fishing port in Italy and naturally it is famous for fish and seafood. Couscous made with local fish broth is a delicious main course exclusive to the province of Trapani. Like everywhere in Sicily, Mazara has wonderful ice cream
and pastry shops offering mouthwatering cassatas, cannoli and much, much more.
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11 Mar 2014
"A PERFECT VILLA TO RENT WITH HELPFUL,UNOBTRUSIVE, ENGLISH SPEAKING OWNERS CLOSE BY FOR ANY NEEDED HELP."
We are a family of four who live near Chicago and decided on Sicily for our summer holiday, picking up my mother from England en route.We decided on staying one week on the east side of the island,flying into Catania and one week on the west leaving from Trapani. We picked Santa Rosalia because of the photos on the website and the wonderful reviews. Our first week we rented a house through a villa company which paled in comparison to our week in Rosalia.This Villa is a perfect place to have your vacation. It has all that you need, wonderful hosts to help you if you need them and everything you might want a short drive away. I was a little tentative about booking through VRBO but once I started to liase with Caroline I felt 100% confident that it would all be as described and it was.
We had a 13,16 and 84 year old with us and found there was something for everyone both at the villa and nearby area. Mum loved sitting outside painting,my daughter loved the pool and my son the tennis court.
We found a fabulous beach about half an hour away (there are closer ones) that suited us all with snorkeling,soft sand,beach umbrellas for Granny and a wonderful restaurant and nice clean toilets for all. Mazara provided us with shops ,restaurants,history and scuba diving.
I felt we had much better value for our week here than we did when renting through an agency who only seemed interested in taking our booking. If it wasn't so far away I would go back regularly as it was such a relaxing,enjoyable week.
My recommendations: Book a meal for the day you arrive,it was wonderful and so nice to have without preparing after traveling, read Caroline's book before you go or whilst you are there,allow lots of time for Selinunte,it is majestic,bring back some ceramics from the shop in Mazara the family recommends (can't remember the name) and if you go to east side of island don't miss Cave Grande if you like hiking and nature!
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
We were fortunate to meet this family from Chicago as we happened to be staying at our other villa nearby while they were at Santa Rosalia. They may have had reservations about choosing a villa online from the other side of the Atlantic but it was very gratifying to learn that they were extremely happy with their choice.
We have done everything we can to make Santa Rosalia as family-friendly as possible, and not just for families with small children. All three generations found plenty to do from their base at our villa, from scuba diving and tennis to lazing on a nearby beach or by the pool or relaxing with a book under the the vine-covered pergola.
The joy of Santa Rosalia is its peaceful setting, far from the main road and deep in the heart of the country yet at the same time close to the town of Mazara, access to the motorway and a wide choice of sandy beaches.
Not to mention the fascinating ruins of Selinunte and Segesta, both sites less than an hour's drive away.
Occasionally this family would call with questions or a request for directions. My English-speaking sister-in-law, who looks after our guests, was always happy to oblige and also to arrange catered meals on request.
We are always happy when we see guests enjoying their stay at our villa and we look forward to having this family return one day.
6 Mar 2014
"A wonderful stay!"
We spent 3 wonderful weeks at the Villa. Despite our late arrival due to a luggage problem, we were warmly welcomed by Nanette who showed us around and had arranged a cold meal for us. We appreciated finding everything to start our stay in good conditions, as we could go shopping only the day after. We found the house even bigger than on the pictures. It's very comfortable, nothing's missing inside to our opinion. The garden is beautiful and well kept. So is the pool. Our kids had a lot of fun there. We highly recommend this villa. Many thanks to Nanette and Silvio for being so nice and helpful during our stay.
We were very happy to have this French family stay with us last year. Large families like this one appreciate the size of the house and garden providing plenty of space to wander around the grounds among the fruit and olive trees or find a quiet corner to read and relax. The pool is extremely family friendly with a large solarium and giant beach umbrella - ideal for sunbathing- and nearby shade under the olive trees.
We are very lucky to have my sister-in-law living close by as she looks after out guests so well and is always ready to give help and advice if needed.
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