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an exclusive terrace suspended between the sea and the forest

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

a nest of serenity, in the company of sea and unspoiled nature

Nestled between the sea and the forest, the villa offers an enchanting panorama that spans a gulf bordered by Cefalù promontory and Pollina promontory .

At a short distance from the small and friendly hamlet of St. Ambrogio, the property is located within the Natural Park of the Madonie, in a environment still intact, rich in Mediterranean vegetation.

Ideal for a relaxing stay in the middle of nature, in a corner of paradise suspended between the forest named 'bosco Guarnieri' and the sea .

The villa is decorated with a comfortable and a large infinity pool, facing the sea.

Surrounded by a large garden, the house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room, a relaxation area, a large roof terrace and two kitchens, one external with an outdoor barbecue and pizza oven and one internal with fridge and freezer, gas coocker, electric oven, and other conforts.

There are also all the modern comforts (satellite TV - internet connection, washing machine and dishwasher).

Enjoy the mild Sicilian climate on the lawn under the shade of the oaks, stroll through the gardens of olive trees, or in the nearby forest of cork oaks, are exclusive pleasures that will certainly delight any holiday.

More Details

Angelo Piraino
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 January, 2018

About Angelo Piraino

I am 43 years old, married and have two children.

I am an employee of the Ministry of Justice.

I live in Palermo, but whenever I can I go back to Sant'Ambrogio, to relax in touch with nature.

Angelo Piraino purchased this villa in 2007

Why Angelo Piraino chose Cefalù

A long time ago I fell in love with Sant'Ambrogio, a small hamlet of the city of Cefalu, and with much effort I first bought the land and then built the house that I decided to rent.

I decided to rent the house to get the money necessary to make it even more beautiful, further improving the garden.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Cefalù in Province of Palermo

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    - Outdoor Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • - 1 Double Bed
    - 2 Single Bed
    - 1 Single Bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital


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(9 traveller reviews)

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an exclusive terrace suspended between the sea and the forest
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

A beautiful property in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable and relaxing week staying at Mathilda's Dream. The villa is stunning and had everything we needed. Angelo provided clear instructions in advance of our visit and met us as planned to show the route to the villa. The road is steep but it is worth it for such a fabulous view and peaceful setting. On the clear days we could see the Aeolian Islands and the sunsets over La Rocca of Cefalu were beautiful. Angelo was very welcoming, providing useful information and kindly leaving us some provisions and encouraging us to pick fruit, vegetables and herbs from the garden. We found it hard to tear ourselves away from the pool, but managed trips out to the beach and restaurants in Cefalu, as well as into the Madonie mountains and to the pizzeria in the local village of Sant'Ambrogio. On the first morning of our stay we had a problem getting hot water but within a few minutes of contacting Angelo he had arranged for the maintenance man Ernesto to visit and it was sorted immediately.

We would certainly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Angelo's house for 3 nights during our honeymoon and had a fantastic time. Angelo was great at coordinating a place to meet ahead of time and was very thorough and welcoming in showing us his house. The location and views from this house cannot be beat - my wife and I kept saying to each other how surreal it was looking over the pool out into the ocean. The drive to the top of the house is not for the faint of heart but makes the experience all the more worth it as you feel like you are the only one on the mountain side. Angelo was very accommodating and responsive throughout the entire stay and handpicked roses from the garden for my wife to take with her as we left. The indoor and outdoor kitchen area / wood fire grill made enjoying the local cuisine very unique - we even cooked a pizza in the wood fire oven. The olive oil in the house was from the olive trees outside and Angelo encouraged us to pick lettuce and fruits/ vegetables that were ripe from their organic gardens. We had such a blessed time here and would recommend it to everyone!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful villa in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

Our host was gracious and helpful throughout our stay, offering suggestions for local restaurants and activities. We had a wonderful, relaxing time. The views of the Mediterranean and the beautifully maintained property were highlights of our family vacation. The owner could not have been more welcoming or kinder. We would love to return for another visit - in the warm months perhaps - to explore more of the surrounding area. Grazie mille for a perfect setting for our holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil setting with fabulous views

  • 5 of 5

Mathilda's Dream is a wonderfully situated villa with fabulous views over the village of Sant'Ambrogio and Chefalu, with the islands of Allicudi and Fillicudi on the horizon. The villa was very well equipped and comfortable with plenty of out door areas to sit and relax. The pool was well maintained by Nuccio the gardener who was an unobtrusive presence when there. The villa owner - Angelo - was helpful and available to answer any questions we had. There are two restaurants (Osteria and Pizzaeria) in the small and quaint village of Sant'Ambrogio so you do not need to go far for a meal. Chefalu is lovely in the old town area with plenty to see and do, and lots of good restaurants. We recommend parking at (free) the Marina which is about a 10 minute walk up the slight hill directly into the old town. We also recommend visiting the temple and amphitheatre at Segesta - it is a bit of drive but worth it.

Mathilda's Dream exceeded our expectations and was the tranquil escape we were looking for.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Complete tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful villa with the most stunning panoramic views. You can watch the sunrise and the sunset from the pool area. The house is modern, very clean and everything you could possibly need is there for you. The host Angelo was very welcoming and helpful. It was our first trip to Sicily and we fell in love with it, the scenery is breathtaking. Only an hour drive to Taormina and Syracuse (must see) and of course Mount Etna. The pizzeria in Sant Ambrogio does great takeaway pizzas and the beach there is much quieter than nearby Cefalu. Very sad to leave both the villa and the Island.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, peaceful, exactly as we imagined

  • 5 of 5

The villa was superb, clearly a holiday home constructed for a family and not just a holiday let. We found that we didn't want to leave the infinity pool and were very relaxed, not needing to explore away from base too much. Everything was neat and clean. Vittorio , the property manager, came to clean the pool every day, he maintained the property well and was very helpful. The listing description was very accurate, the owner charming and helpful and we would recommend it highly. Can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Palermo - Falcone e Borsellino Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Belvedere Bar di Garbo Rosario
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Cefalù Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
A20 - Palermo - Messina
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Chian'a Chiesa Restaurant - S. Ambrogio
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
S. Ambrogio Beach
Car: necessary

to reach the house you travel 500 meters in a charming country road in the woods


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Cefalù, Sicily

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 Mar 2018 - 2 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Bassa Estate 1
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Alta Estate
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Bassa estate 2
2 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £440.35
servizio di pulizia £176.14

The cleaning service doesn't include the supply of sheets and blankets.
We can provide You sheets and blankets for 25 euros pro person (just for the cleaning expenses).
The charge for the sheets and blankets includes both towels and pool towels.
If You want, You can also have linen changed midway through your stay at the same price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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