Modica Bassa holiday house rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access, balcony/terrace and walking

9 reviews

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  • House
  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
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Key information

  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking. See Policies & House Rules
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

From the owner

Casa Alveston is a traditional Sicilian townhouse. Originally constructed in the 19th century and recently renovated the house offers flexible accommodation arranged over three floors for couples, or groups of friends wishing to explore this beautiful southern area of Sicily.

Located just outside the centre of Modica but with ample off-road parking the house offers the benefits of being within easy strolling distance of the restaurants and bars in the town whilst only a short drive to the beautiful surrounding countryside and further attractions of this part of Sicily.

Further details

UK to Comiso Airport flight time is approx 3 hours.

Currently RyanAir fly direct from, say, Stanstead Airport and Birmingham (via Thomas Cook).

Airfares start from £120 return per passenger including tax depending on travel dates through a few major airlines. These fairs may vary up or down depending on the season, day of the week and special offers - and you can often find one - as well as directness travel (i.e. you can fly to Comiso from Champino).

All the major car hire companies, together with their national Italian counterparts, have offices at Comiso. Similarly from Catania Fontanarossa with Hertz just outside the airport boundary.

Competition is strong and the vast majority are conveniently located in the departures area.

If you plan to hire a car it is best to organise collection from the airport as only local car hire companies operate in Modica itself and they can be relatively expensive.

Best hire your car before your journey and don't forget to check the requirements for the hire (e.g. only the card-holder can be the primary named driver, take a print out of your driving licence code with you, etc.)

There are several direct buses to Modica on most days during the summer months (from mid-June) which are supplemented further by stopping services. Only the stopping services run in the winter. Look online for the bus timetables.

It is perfectly possible to navigate around Sicily using the cheap and efficient coach services, or indeed the train, but if you want to make the most of your time on the island hiring a car is strongly recommended. So much of Sicily's beauty is to be found off the beaten track.

Minimum rental is usually a week - 3 days covers the costs of cleaning and administration. Shorter lets may be available by agreement.

Balance payment will be at the exchange rate at the time the deposit was paid.

Further details indoors

The accommodation is arranged over three floors with the ground floor being given over to the entrance hall, double bedroom and en-suite bathroom (double shower, toilet, bidet, wash handbasin). The middle floor is a spacious open-plan living area combining kitchen, dining room and lounge. There is also a separate toilet facility on this floor. The living room contains a substantial sofa that doubles up as a king-size bed - not a run-of-the-mill flop/fold out sofabed.

A further set of stairs takes you up to the private terrace that enjoys an open sunny aspect with views across Modica to the famous Guerrieri bridge, the historical centre, clock tower and the surrounding countryside. The terrace is furnished with dining table and seating for 5.

Our locally-based property managers speak Italian, English, German and French.

Further details outdoors

Whilst the house has no private parking of its own, the ample off-road parking nearby ensures that there is always somewhere to leave the car. Petty crime in the south-east, compared to other parts of the island - particularly in the west - is low, though you still need to take sensible precautions like removing your valuables/keeping them out of sight.

Local amenities include local supermarkets within two minutes walk, together with bars and a range of small shops.

It is possible to be outside of Modica and driving in the local countryside in 5 minutes.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
  • Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite


  • Suitable for children over 5
  • No pets allowed


  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Interaction with guest

Guests will be met in person by our local multi-lingual agent who will take the balance of payment, hold the refund and tell you all you need to get settled.



Cancellation policy

Full refund

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

Partial refund

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

No refund

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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Things to know


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

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No smoking at this property

Manager restrictions

Minimum stay: 2 night

About the owner

Melanie & Ian L.
Average reply time:
2 hours 26 minutes

Calendar updated:
21 Apr 2020

Years listed:

Based in:
United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English, Italian
This House has 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 4. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 07 Dec 2011. Located in Modica, it has 9 reviews with an overall rating of 4. The average weekly rate is £329.
The Owner has a response rate of 20% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 21 Apr 2020.


Very Good
9 reviews
Very Good

Una casa scomoda
Aug 2016

Per niente preparata nella gestione degli imprevisti.Già dalla prima sera il mancato funzionamento dell'autoclave ci ha lasciato senza acqua e la riparazione è stata effettuata solo… More 

Reviewed 19 Aug 2016

Boston, United Kingdom

A home from home, if that's what you want
May 2015

We've rented many holiday homes throughout Europe and have a second home ourselves so I feel qualified to comment that this is Melanie and Ian's second home in Sicily and it feels just as if… More 

Reviewed 28 May 2015

Owner's reply:
Thanks for the review and your comments. The plumbing works well enough when the apartment is in use more regularly though your comments are grounded. We are awaiting a new water meter which has to be installed by a plummer approved by the local water board. The TV was meant to have been removed and we have updated the procedures with our local custodians that ensure fresh towels are available (more to the point the used ones are removed).
Martin S

Oct 2014

We (Mum, Dad and 8 y.o. son) stayed 8 nights at the end of October. The weather was still good and we were able to make good use of the upstairs patio area. Our son slept in the master bedroom (down… More 

Reviewed 2 Nov 2014

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

casa alveston provides excellent base for exploring southern Sicily
Sep 2014

this house is spacious clean with a funky vibe, an excellent base for exploring, only 6 minutes stroll to the bars cafes etc of Modica basso. The roof terrace is good and was well used for breakfast, … More 

Reviewed 9 Oct 2014

Owner's reply:
Thank you for the lovely review Vivien. If there is anything you feel we might do to make the stay more enjoyable please do let us know.
Janice D
Warwick, United Kingdom

Lovely house and so convenient.
Jun 2014

Spent 6 nights in this property and it was so relaxing. A 10 minute stroll into the centre of Modica and always somewhere to park the car outside the house.. A very nice property with everything you c… More 

Reviewed 14 Jun 2014

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In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I retract my booking request?

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How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Melanie & Ian (the owner) a message.

If Melanie & Ian (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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