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This is such a lovely place to stay on holiday - the surroundings are beautiful and it is peaceful and relaxing. You can see Etna really clearly one way and the sea in the opposite direction, and the grounds of the accommodation are bursting with grapevines, olive and lemon trees, etc. Gabriella and her family are fantastic and made us so welcome. Her son Ricardo is great to help with any language issues. They were very accommodating, always there to help with anything, but never intrusive. Our plane was delayed on arrival and Gabriella's husband came out to look for us, as we were arriving in the dark, even though it was past midnight. They did a fantastic pizza night for everyone staying there one night, making about 15 different pizzas and cooking them in their own outdoor pizza oven, and complimenting these with their own homegrown and home produced wine - all totally delicious. It was a great way to meet the other guests and a really nice, enjoyable night. The accommodation was very clean - the only thing I would caution is to check what you have booked carefully - we didn't and so had booked a one-room (plus bathroom) 'apartment' for 4 of us, which would have been fine if we had had small children, but our girls are 18 and 21, and a separate bedroom would have been better for us - but that was our problem for not checking what we had booked properly. We loved Sicily and would definitely visit again, and we would highly recommend Gabriella and her lovely holiday homes.
The property is set in a quiet private and secure complex with very clean, and tasteful houses with immaculate gardens.
We had a 2 week family holiday (children 11 and 8) in this wonderful house. The house has an interesting layout with plenty of outdoor space. Front garden, rear garden and terrace with sea view, side garden and an upstairs balcony with a view of Etna. The bedrooms and bathroom have a fantastic unbroken view across the bay.
Slight criticism is the kitchen equipment. Scissors, a kitchen knife, slotted spoon and large pans would have been very useful. As almost all the local restaurants served only fish, it was necessary to do some self catering. Also some of the power sockets were faulty and some of the lights did not work. I don't think this is enough to distract from the lovely property. Agata is always responsive to any request.
The large pool is 20 steps away and is open from 9am - 2pm, then 4:30pm - 9pm. At times it was busy and loud with a group of young teenagers from the complex. They were however always polite and respectful. At other times we had the pool to ourselves, especially for a breakfast swim.
As Santa Tecla is not a main tourist town we left a few leaflets of local tourist attractions. It would have been helpful to have a folder containing more of these in the house.
A path leads to the sea with a wooden platform for easy access over the lava rocks. There is a second platform with a bar and sunbeds. On one occasion only during our 2 weeks this venue played very loud music until 2am.
We were lucky to be in Santa Tecla at the time of a festival so there was lively entertainment on offer in the village.
The village has fish restaurants and 2 pizzerias, one of which has a beautiful terrace over the sea. There is a bakery, butcher, Tabacci and small grocery shop within 8 mins walk and a small supermarket within 15 mins walk. Be prepared however for a lot of litter in the village, on the rocks and surrounding lanes and surrounding villages.
As the motorway is about 15 mins drive from the house it is easy to cover large distances in a day. Taormina, Catania, Etna, Syracuse, Ragusa, Noto, Pantalicca and Alcantra Gorges are easily reachable. Etnaland waterpark in Catania was great for the kids (and adults). Closer towns to visit include Santa Maria La Scala for motor boat rental, Acitrezza for lots of restaurants, lively evening and boat hire, and a picturesque castle at Acicastello.
Thanks for a lovely holiday...