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HISTORIC LUXURY VILLA WITH PRIVATE POOL AND TENNIS COURT NEAR THE SEA

Caroline

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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HISTORIC LUXURY VILLA WITH PRIVATE POOL AND TENNIS COURT NEAR THE SEA

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Mazara del Vallo - Santa Maria

Ground floor with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeps 6 to 8 .

Villa Santa Maria is a historic 17th century Sicilian farmhouse with its own private swimming pool and tennis court. This unique castellated building is flanked by circular towers on each side. We rent out the beautifully decorated ground floor, which is extremely spacious and can sleep up to 8 people. Guests can relax in the pool for their exclusive use or enjoy the surrounding exotic Mediterranean garden from the shade of an ancient olive tree. The pool measures 12 x 6 metres, has steps into the shallow end and is lined with mosaic. When the temperature drops the tennis court flanked by formal gardens in front of the villa provides fun for all the family. Three acres of grounds bordered by cypress and Mediterranean pines also include olive groves and a 16th century watch tower.

The ground floor is completely private and comes with its own magical Sicilian walled citrus garden.

The accommodation is extremely spacious and includes a library and separate television room

Santa Maria: You enter Santa Maria through a beautiful driveway lined with date palms and bougainvillea. A massive door leads into a pretty courtyard with porticoes and statuary and a marble well in the centre. The whole villa is an oasis of peace and quiet, shaded by lofty palms, cypress trees and pines. The spacious ground floor, recently restored to a high standard of luxury, is completely private. the dining room with fireplace opens onto a walled garden with 100 citrus trees, a splashing fountain that attracts a wide variety of birds and a paved terrace where guests can dine under the orange and lemon trees. The private swimming pool is set in a Mediterranean garden lovingly planted by the present owners. Bougainvillea, oleander, frangipani, datura, jasmine, hibiscus and lavender are just some of the plants that flower through the summer months.

The co-owners of the property, (English speaking) who live on the top floor of the villa, are available for help and advice. The entrance to their apartment is from the main courtyard and separate from the ground floor.

If you would like to find out more about Santa Maria, you may read 'Casa Nostra, A Home in Sicily' by Caroline Seller Manzo. Published in the US by Harper Collins, it can be ordered online. Please email Caroline for further details.

Mazara del Vallo: Mazara,Italy’s major fishing port, has a charming promenade lined with palm trees and three piazzas in the historic centre graced with beautiful baroque churches and civic buildings - even the remains of a Norman castle. Don't miss the beautiful bronze statue of a dancing satyr, a masterpiece of Greek art housed in a dedicated museum.

Mazara offers a wide range of shops and excellent restaurants, where you can savour the freshest seafood and fish, not to mention the delights of Sicilian traditional fare from fish couscous to the mouth-watering delicacies of cassata and cannoli.

There is a long and beautiful coastline with both sandy beaches and rocky coves where the sea is exceptionally limpid. In July and August the beach of Tonnarella offers the facilities of bars with deckchairs and beach umbrellas to rent.

The famous nature reserve of the Zingaro is an added attraction. For more information and photos of the surroundings to the villa, do email us for our website address.

Sightseeing: The ancient Greek city of Selinunte overlooking the sea is a 30 minute drive away. After exploring the ruins go down to the nearby beach of Marinella, cool off in the sea and feast on delicious local fish at one of the seaside 'trattorie'. Half an hour in the other direction is the mysterious temple of Segesta high up on a hill overlooking the valley. Nearby is the ancient Greek theatre. In 20 minutes you can reach Marsala famous for wine, and don't miss the Punic Ship on display at the museum. Just beyond Marsala is the lagoon with its saltpans and windmills. Visit the fascinating island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony, and see the Punic remains, the museum and the beautiful Greek statue of a young boy. The medieval hilltop town of Erice with its Norman castle, site of an ancient temple of Venus, is an hour's drive from Mazara. From Trapani or Marsala you can reach the lovely Egades islands. The exotic capital, Palermo, and the Vale of Temples, Agrigento are easy day trips.

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Details for holiday villa Villa Santa Maria, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Santa Maria is a 17th century fortified Sicilian farmhouse with high walls, castellation and towers to keep out brigands. Surrounded by vineyards, this romantic castle-like villa has 3 acres of gardens with an abundance of Mediterranean plants - olive trees, pines, cypress trees, bougainvillea, jasmine and date palms. Cool off around the stunning pool for the exclusive use of guests, set in its own exotic garden with a gazebo. The hard tennis court in the grounds will provide fun for the whole family when the temperature drops. We let the ground floor, which is very spacious and beautifully decorated. The co-owners and caretakers live on the upper floor. With independent access through the courtyard, the ground floor is completely private and has its own magical walled garden. Close to sandy beaches and just two miles from the fishing port of Mazara del Vallo, the villa is within easy reach of major attractions from the medieval town of Erice to the temples of Segesta and Selinunte.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Caroline (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2002
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Calendar last updated:
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Today we are very sorry that we have to leave this wonderful villa.

We have stayed here with our five joint children and feel like the royal family staying in their Italian castle. We really enjoyed the beautiful house and grounds with swimming pool and tennis, but above all the citrus garden, which smells so lovely especially during the evenings. We toured most of the interesting sites and towns in the west of Sicily and also made a day trip to Palermo.

We felt very welcome and enjoyed the friendliness and hospitality of Nanette, but also of Marcello and Caroline, who were staying in the other house this week. For us being away and together, the seven of us, is always very special, but the location and environment of this truly family house was the perfect setting. We hope to come back.
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Reviews

4.8
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Historic luxury villa with private pool and tennis court near the sea
average rating of 4.83871 based on 35 reviews
5

Lovely Sicilian Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We returned last night from a glorious week in your wonderful villa. We all wrote our thoughts in the guest book, but I wanted to be sure that you knew just how much our two families cherished our stay. The photographs of Santa Maria on the web site are great, but the actual experience of staying there was even more magical. We had spent a wonderful but hectic week in Rome prior, and Sicily and Santa Maria were a perfect respite from city life.

We especially appreciated your thorough directions and advice in the pre-arrival documents as well as the "Villa Bible", which was indispensable. We managed to take trips to Selinunte, Eraclea Minoa (our favorite beach by far), Segesta, and Agrigento all in one week. The layout of the house suited our group so perfectly -- the common rooms truly provided boisterous family meal time and the bedrooms afforded perfect privacy. The weather turned quite hot (100 Fahrenheit most days), so the pool was a lifesaver. We are all avid cooks, and the kitchen allowed us to take advantage of the local produce and fish. And as a designer and artist, I wanted to add just how much I admired your choices of color and interior decor throughout the house. And we all had fun perusing and admiring your fantastic library!

Please thank Nanette for us, too. She was very open and helpful.

Signed,

Anna

Los Angeles, California, USA

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Worth the Detour!

  • 5 of 5

How trite does the word "magical" seem to describe this place? Yet the Villa transported us and there seems to be no other word to describe it. We lived the dream for a week and discovered a corner of the world untouched by tourism, raw, tranquil and animated, all in one. This is a slice of Sicily where history oozes from the stones, yet quietly. The Villa is elegant, comfortable and aesthetically fabulous, with a library to dazzle (and I would need to book a few years to read even an eighth of the collection), a cook's dream kitchen along with all the best cookbooks, to boot. We relaxed indoors as well as out: the gardens are diverse: a citrus grove, tennis and pool grounds, and olive trees as well. We were fortunate to arrive during the olive pressing season and enjoyed the experience immensely. Finally, a word about our hosts: Nanette and Silvio, Caroline and Marcello: what a difference it made having you to book choice restaurants, provide insight on this or that winery, archeological site, or town to visit. Need I say more?

Shelley & Sam, Toronto, Canada

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Magnificent Villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a memorable vacation for a week staying at Villa Santa Maria. The accommodations exceeded our expectations. The Manzo family was extremely warm and helpful. They assisted us with local reservations and recommendations of places to visit in Sicily. The facilities were magnificent and we used the pool and tennis courts. If anyone is planning a trip to Sicily, this Villa in this special town is a must!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Magical old castle set in a stunning garden.

  • 5 of 5

As you enter the castle courtyard the scent of jasmine transports the senses to a world of calm. The house is beautifully decorated and well appointed.The stunning Mediterranean garden and pool area allow for true relaxation. The nearby town of Mazzara full of charm and great restaurants plus the incredible local historical sites make Santa Maria a perfect holiday haven. .

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Calm, Secluded and Magical

  • 5 of 5

After two weeks, Santa Maria had cast a spell on us and we didn't want to leave.

If you're looking for peace and quiet this is has it. The villa and gardens are set a long way back from the quiet country road; it was an event if we faintly heard a couple of cars pass during the afternoon. Yet it is also convenient; minutes to the motorway from Palermo (also largely deserted) and even nearer to the supermarket.

Santa Maria itself lives up to the description and photographs; it feels more like you've walked in to a film set than a holiday home. The accommodation is beautifully decorated and history seeps out of the walls. It so spacious that walking from one end of the ground floor to the other qualifies as your daily work-out!

The kitchen was well equipped and the air conditioning was essential during August (blue skies, 30-35C every day and mid 20's C at night). The wireless Internet also kept up with the demands of the four of us (our kids consider it a human right of course); 7MB ADSL with a WIFI router is better than many places back in the UK.

Nanette and Silvio live on the floor above and couldn't have been more kind, helpful and unobtrusive.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped and well kept. The pool is large enough to hold a small sailing regatta and surrounded by a luxurious green lawn; a remarkable feat which stood out in contrast to the brown olive groves glimpsed through the trees. Add to that the walled citrus grove, the courtyard and the tennis court and it became a struggle to find a reason to venture beyond the gates.

Mazara is well off the tourist trail; whilst the outskirts are slightly unpromising the historic centre has many interesting squares and facades. San Salvatore is everything you could want in a baroque cathedral and well worth a visit.

The seafront promenade comes alive in summer evenings after about 8:00pm with plenty of places to eat and drink, but it never felt crowded or overrun with tourists. Also, Granitola is a 15 minute drive down the coast and a lovely place to sit drinking coffee and overlooking a small rocky cove and the azure sea beyond.

We took trips out to Selinunte, Erice and Mozia - all fascinating places, again not overrun with tourists and giving us a nice slice through the history of Sicily. We're not early risers, but each is near enough that you can easily get there and back before the afternoon heat really kicks in.

I hope we are able to visit Santa Maria again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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4

Wonderful location for a holiday

  • 4 of 5

We loved this fantastic historic house with its very tasteful furnishings and equipment. Delightful and spacious grounds including the best ever swimming pool and a perfectly situated tennis court with shade throughout much of the day.

Although clearly old, the house was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The outside eating area was charming under the orange trees and freshly picked lemons were an exotic treat! Some direct help/ advice in combatting the relentless mosquitoes might have been a useful addition.

The owners were immensely helpful and accommodating, especially when the water supply was lost for the best part of half a day (hence only 4*)!

The area is fascinating. Selinunte and Cava de Cusa are must see's and Favignana in the Egadie Islands, where we hired scooters and snorkelled, a really fun day out. Mazara is a great place to find terrific and good value food.

Cycling the local lanes is a good option and some suggestions on places to go on bikes would have been useful (avoiding the mad Italian driving!

Would definitely go there again and recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Palermo Airport _ Falcone Borsellino
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
various
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Mazara del Vallo
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Mazara del Vallo
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Motorway Mazara - Palermo
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Il pescatore
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
San Vito
Car: necessary

Santa Maria is in the heart of the country of western Sicily, so the only noise you will hear is birdsong, particularly the resident hoopoe bird. The landscape is one of vineyards and olive groves, which stretch out as far as the eye can see to gently rolling hills in the distance. However the villa is not isolated. There are neighbours within walking distance and the nearest town, Mazara del Vallo, is only three miles away. This country villa is also near lovely beaches such as Tonnarella and Marinella. Excellent for sightseeing, Santa maria is just a short drive away from some of the most fascinating sites in Sicily: the Greek temples of Selinunte and Segesta, the medieval hilltop town of Erice and the Punic island, Mozia, not to mention Palermo the maginifient capital of the island. Access to the motorway from Santa Maria is excellent and Palermo can be reached in just over an hour. Ryanair, Easyjet and Alitalia all run flights to Palermo or Trapani airports.

Other Activities: kite surf and windsurfing

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Prices for this holiday villa in Mazara del Vallo, Trapani province

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Low season
3 Jan 2015 - 3 Apr 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,050
for 3 nights
From
£350
£2,000
 
 
Easter
4 Apr 2015 - 10 Apr 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,050
for 3 nights
From
£350
£2,300
 
 
Mid-seasom
11 Apr 2015 - 1 May 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,050
for 3 nights
From
£350
£2,200
 
 
Early summer
2 May 2015 - 12 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
High season
13 Jun 2015 - 24 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,700
for 7 nights
£2,700
 
 
Peak season
25 Jul 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
£3,000
for 7 nights
£3,000
 
 
High season
29 Aug 2015 - 2 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,700
for 7 nights
£2,700
 
 
Late summer
3 Oct 2015 - 30 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
Low season
31 Oct 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
£2,000
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Notes The villa is ideal for 6 people but 2 more people can be accommodated on extra beds in the study or television room at the cost of £100 per person, per week. We can also supply 2 cots for infants without extra charge.
There is an extra charge if central heating is used. No charge for air conditioning.
Minimum stay 14 nights from 08/08/15 to 22/08/15
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mazara del Vallo in Trapani province

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All the bathrooms are beautifully decorated with tiles or mosaic. The shower room and loo ensuite to the second bedroom is built into the base of a circular tower and is decorated throughout with blue mosaic. The wash basin is inside the bedroom itself. The bathroom for the master bedroom has a large free standing bath with hand shower as well as a walk-in shower. It is decorated in green and yellow with handmade Sicilian tiles. We also provide a folding baby bath that can be placed inside the main bath tub. The third bathroom next to the TV room is the most spectacular of all. Decorated in a Moroccan theme of contrasting deep blue and dark red, it has a huge built- in mosaic bath with both a hand shower unit and an overhead shower. All the shower units have large shower heads for added comfort. We provide soap in all the bathrooms and 2 hair dryers. We even provide hair straighteners. There is a small bathroom with wc and washbasin next to the sitting room and dining room.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , en suite bathroom
    Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , own bathroom
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , own bathroom
  • Two of the bedrooms are very spacious, both with views onto the orange grove and both with their own bathrooms, one ensuite. The third bedroom, which is in the oldest part of the house dating back to the 17th century, is smaller with windows placed high up. From it you can glimpse the row of date palms which line the drive. It is adjacent to the TV room and has its own exotic Moroccan bathroom. There are two extra beds and two cots available. The beds can be put either in the study or in the TV room. There is a charge of £50 per extra bed per week but we do not charge for use of the cots. The master bedroom has an additional single bed and room for a cot. The second bedroom also has room for a cot. All three bedrooms have air conditioning.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There is a well stocked library of English books and DVDs, including children's books - and games. The music centre in the living room has a collection of CDs. Sky cable television is available on flat screen tv in a dedicated room, decorated with a splendid 17th century arch. The tv room also has an extra fridge and mini-kitchen. There is a beautiful tiled fireplace in the dining-room which opens onto the walled orange grove. The main kitchen is extremely well equipped and is air conditioned for those hot Sicilian nights The pool, for exclusive use of guests, is in its own garden with a gazebo and mature olive trees. It measures 12 X 6 metres, is lined in white mosaic and has steps leading to the shallow end. It is surrounded by a large sunbathing area with deck chairs and sunbeds. The newly renovated tennis court in the grounds is available for guests and rackets and balls are provided. Optional cleaning and catering services are available.
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