Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Located halfway between Catania and Taormina,near the village of Santa Venerina, this secluded rural retreat is immersed in an evergreen 4,5 acre lemon grove on its own hilltop overlooking the Ionian sea and Europe's biggest volcano with 360-degree stunning views. Completed in 2011, Villa la Quercia is an ideal base for relaxing in the privacy of a large infinity pool surrounded by lawns and terraced lemon groves, yet being close to all the sights and amenities of eastern Sicily and to the beach. A large, shady terrace and pleasant afternoon breezes invite al fresco living, while a hammock strung between lemon trees and swaying olive trees provide the ideal backdrop for restorative snoozes, lounging by the pool and long moonlit dinners accompanied by the sounds of the countryside. Stylish and modern comfortable interiors and a well organised open-plan indoor living area make this an ideal choice for the height of summer as well as the rest of the year, including the mild Sicilian winter, when the fireplace and central heating will add comfort and atmosphere. The three ensuite bedrooms work perfectly for families travelling together or a group of friends, while the villa at the same time is a wonderful romantic retreat for a couple. All bedrooms have separate entrances through big double doors, with sea and pool views : the master bedroom communicates with the rest of the house while the two guests rooms have only external access, please see the enclosed floor plan.
All bedrooms and bathrooms are large, light and airy with double wardrobes, high ceilings, individual air conditioning and large glass-enclosed showers. The villa is very well equipped and furnished for all-year living, with comfortable and ample dining and seating for all guests, and offers flatscreen TV, satellite TV with dual language Sky film channels (IT/EN), wifi and broadband internet (3G network), hifi and radio, iPod docking station, fridge-freezer, separate fridge for drinks, dishwasher, gas stove, electric oven, kettle, toaster, washing machine and tumble dryer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fondachello (pebbles)-Marina di Cottone(blue flag) 8 km|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania 30 km, Nearest railway: Giarre 5 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, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Sicily region
Over 2500 years at a strategic crossroads of the western world have left Sicily with an unparalleled historical legacy. Nowhere else have Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish and even British left such an indellible impression.Whether you are more attracted by Greek temples, Roman villa ,Norman cathedrals or Baroque churches , Sicily offers a range of historical sites that is not easily matched.
Besides Sicily has on of the most pleasant climates in Europe,and every season has its own attraction. The average temperature in the deep midwinter is of 10-12 °,and in sunny days it can be warm enough to walk around in a tee-shirt. In February the almond trees are in blossom.In March and April the wild flowers begin to bloom all over Sicily and on the coast the first bathers start taking to the waters(though the water is still bracing).It's well worth a trip just to experience the Easter processions , bringing together religion,folklore and tradition .All over the island , in large towns and tiny villages alike,processions weave their way through narrow streets and piazzas until they finally arrive at the local parish church or Cathedral. In May the temperatures are ideal for walking with the mountain slopes exploding in colour. In June the sea is warm but the beaches are still deserted , except at weekends when the first Sicilians start to brave the waters.The fruit trees are laden with cherries , plums, peaches , apricots. In July and especially in August the coast is crowded but the beautiful areas of the interior ( and a few "undiscovered"parts of the coast ) are however relatively unfrequented.
In September there is the grapes harvest or"vendemmia",temperatures remain very comfortable and the island retains that summer feeling , but without the crowds.Many small villages celebrate the autumn with traditional"feste". October is one of the most beautiful periods for country walking with the vines turning to red and orange in the vast vineyards on M.Etna. In November often the temperatures stay in the high twenties during the day,even if it can rain(and rain is very welcome),though the big storms that often sweep the Italian peninsula generally pass safely to the north of Sicily.The oranges and mandarini season is starting.
In December one can still have extremely agreable temperatures during the day; Christmas is an important festival here and many small towns light up the night with their traditional "living" "presepi".Sicily is famous for the magnificence of its presepi that you can see in most churches especially in Caltagirone.Another tradition is the night of the Luminari on the 24th december when large bonfires are lit to keep baby Jesus warm.
The east coast of Sicily offers a lot of things to do every time of the year ,having one of the most agreable climate of Europe .Enjoy a visit to Taormina ( 30 min drive),to lively Catania ,to majestic M.Etna with its stunning Natural Park; also beautiful Ortigia in Syracuse , the baroque towns of the Noto valley , the Eolian islands, the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina, are all comfortably reachable for a day trip.
Do you prefer relaxing by the pool or do you fancy shopping or having dinner in a little restaurant on the coast ?Within a few minutes drive in Giarre (5km) and Acireale(7km) you can find many shops of all kinds , as well as restaurants, cafes and pizzerias.Anyway the nearest shops are at just 1 km , in the village of Santa Venerina
For a bath in the blue Ionian sea , the nearest beach is Praiola with lava stones at 4 km or the long peebly beach of Fondachello (7km) .In the splendid natural reseve of Isola Bella below Taomina you can swim among fish or go for a boat trip. You love walking? Have some beautiful walks in the farmland and discover the wonderful landscapes and paths of M.Etna's Natural reserve.
For food and wine lovers:follow the Road of Etna wine that winds around the flanks of the volcano passing through old vineyards and characteristic villages and taste the genuine local products .
Do you know the gorges of the Alcantara valley ?They well worth a tour !
Golf lovers will find a eighteen holes golf course at about 35 min drive away : "Il Picciolo"offers wonderful location , great climate without the crowds and high green fees , equipment hire and a smoking volcano as a backdrop.
In summer don't miss Taormina Arte Festival when the famous greek theatre comes to life with a season of top flight acts, starring the best performers of music , dance , theatre .And more.....
ACIREALE is a thermal resort from the rich baroque Sicilian and a strategic point of the eastern Sicily , at 5 min from the sea and less than 30 min from the snow of Etna.Its name is an example of how much Greek mythology was set in Sicily. Acis (a mortal youth) loved Galatea ( a Nereid sea goddess) and their love so infuriated the cyclops Polyphemus that he killed the unfortunate Acis.Galatea , taking pity on her lover, turned him into a river running all way down from the volcano to the Ionian sea.
SANTA VENERINA and Zafferana Etnea are located in M.Etna Natural Park and a main access to the undisputed king of the area : hiking on its slopes is an unforgettable experience at any time of year.Zafferana in the October Sundays hosts a lively festival of local products and food:" Ottobrata Zafferanese"
TAORMINA is the pearl of the Ionian sea ,idyllicly perched on a rocky promontory high above the sea , with medioeval buildings , breath-taking views around every corner , a network of winding streets strewn with shops , bars and restaurants , a perfect holiday spot.The main attraction: the greek theatre with spectacular views of ever smoking Etna and the bay of Naxos down below.
Good nightlife in Taormina and Catania.
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2 Sep 2013
"Sicilian heaven on a plate"
We arrived from the Agrigento area of Sicily and found our way driving down a tiny driveway surrounded by lemon trees, plum trees and olive trees when we arrived at the house. As soon as we walked i… More
16 Apr 2013
"A lovely base to explore a beautiful country."
Villa La Quercia is a beautiful house. Clean, modern and spacious. As can be seen by the photos, it has a huge living/dining/kitchen area which is ideal for family living. The 'wall of windows… More
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