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Villa in peaceful location. Private pool. Breathtaking views of sea and Mt Etna

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 3,013 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Detached Villa. Sleeps 8+2. Family-friendly. Sea views. Air con. Free Wi-Fi.

'A magical retreat' as featured in The Telegraph (UK) 23.03.2013 - see our website for details and special offers!

Welcome to your exclusive retreat in Sicily… Set 'away from it all' on a fabulous hill top position overlooking the sparkling Ionian Sea in the Mediterranean, the villa boasts breathtaking and unrivalled views stretching across from Mount Etna to the surrounding area of Taormina on the east coast of Sicily.

The villa is a traditionally built stone detached property, with air conditioning and its own private 'infinity edge' swimming pool and garden. Completely independent, the villa assures you total privacy. A large panoramic terrace and shaded patio, with a barbecue and built-in pizza oven, offer ample ‘al fresco' dining space from which, at near 500 meters altitude, you will truly feel on top of the world.

Inside, furnished and equipped to a high standard, the villa provides and caters for the expectations of the discerning modern traveller, whether you are holidaying as a couple, family or with friends. The villa can accommodate up to 8 people (inc 6 adults max) + 2 infants.

The charm and attraction of the villa do not end there, from having the space and privacy to do whatever you please, at your own pace… or nothing at all, to visiting the area of Taormina, Castelmola and Giardini-Naxos, and local beaches all within a 20-30 minute drive. For sightseeing, Mount Etna, the Alcantara Gorge, the Aeolian islands including Stromboli, the villa provides an excellent and comfortable base in a rural and quiet location.

Whether it is tranquillity, culture, sun, beaches, sightseeing or living 'la dolce vita' you are looking for, we await you... a presto!

Dan and Katharine

More Details

Owner
Dan and Katharine
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 November, 2017

About Dan and Katharine

Hi there! We're Dan and Katharine and we live in Nottingham, England with our 3 young children. We both work full time in IT and telecommunications respectively and so we try to 'escape' to Sicily whenever we can, to spend quality time there with our children and friends or other family members.

Dan and Katharine purchased this villa in 2006

Why Dan and Katharine chose Castelmola

We first visited Sicily in 2001 and instantly fell in love with the area: the elegance and chic of Taormina, the bustling bars, restaurants and beaches of Giardini-Naxos, the beautiful and much quieter village of Castelmola, and of course Mount Etna: she never ceases to surprise us! The local culture, history, food and climate obviously played a big part and we found the local people incredibly friendly and welcoming. The area is also easily accessible with Catania airport less than an hour's drive away.

What makes this villa unique

We viewed many properties in the area before finding this villa and it really was a matter of “love at first sight”. We still remember that moment in November 2005, standing on the terrace mesmerized by the view out to the sea across to Etna and thinking to ourselves: this is the one! We've made many improvements since both on the inside and the outside of the villa and had a swimming pool built in 2008 but to this day it still remains the breathtaking views, the blissful tranquility of the location and intense feeling of spaciousness that makes our holiday home so special to us, as it does to our many regular guests from all around the world!

Location

Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Catania (about 60 mins)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Giardini-Naxos (about 20-30 mins)
Nearest Ferry
47 Miles
Messina (about 60 mins)
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Castiglione di Sicilia (about 45 mins)
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Taormina-Giardini (about 20 mins)
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
A18
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Giardini-Naxos (about 20-30 mins)
Nearest Ski
33 Miles
Mount Etna (about 60 mins)
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Giardini-Naxos (about 20-30 mins)
Car: necessary

All within a 30-40 min. drive from the villa, are the towns of Taormina, Giardini Naxos and the small village of Castelmola. The power and romance of Mount Etna, at 3.329m (10,903ft) the tallest active volcano in Europe and undoubtedly the dominating feature of eastern Sicily, have attracted the attention of travellers, artists, poets and philosophers for centuries. Going to Sicily without seeing Etna would be absurd and the villa offers the best seats!

Sicily is surrounded by many islands all very different from one another. The closest group of islands to visit from the villa are the Aeolian Islands to the North and these are also the most sublime...

Sicily's stunning range of scenery combined with its Mediterranean climate make it the ideal walking, cycling and golfing destination... and in winter you can ski at the top of Mt Etna too! All these activities are within relatively easy reach from the villa.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Castelmola in Province of Messina

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3013 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Check in is before 11:00PM
  • Please read our Essential Information guide (on our website) before booking. This will help confirm our holiday villa meets your requirements.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Double washbasin
    Wet room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Double/Twin - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Double - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Mezzanine 2 (split level) - 1 Single Bed , Accessed from ladders in bedroom 3 (Floor mattress)
    Mezzanine 1 (split level) - 1 Single Bed , Accessed from ladders in bedroom 2 (floor mattress)
  • IMPORTANT: there are 3 independent double bedrooms; 2 of those bedrooms have a split level mezzanine with an additional single bed (floor mattresses). The mezzanines are ideally suitable for persons between the ages 6-16 (access is via ladders). Additionally 2x infant cots are available free of charge. All bedrooms have air conditioning and sea view.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Porch Furniture
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Baby/toddler facilities include (at no extra cost): cots x2, cot linen, high-chairs x2, potty, change mat, bottle-steriliser, rocker chair, stair-gate, feeding cutlery, bowls, plates and cups.

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Villa in peaceful location. Private pool. Breathtaking views of sea and Mt Etna
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5

Unbelievable Views

  • 5 of 5

No words can truly describe this place. Plenty of opportunities for making memorable memories. The pool was clean and relaxing. Being able to look out at the water and hear the pool gave it a tranquil touch. Fruit trees and Nuts even a banana tree. The beds were extremely comfortable. Would I stay here again.... I did not wanna leave... Absolutely one of a kind. The owners were always reachable and very professional.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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5

Simply Stunning

  • 5 of 5

Our family's wanderlust means we never revisit a holiday location - we will however be making an exception with this gorgeous villa, and it's most beautiful, stunning views.

The villa's elevated mountainside location provides stunning panoramic views. Cooling off in the swimming pool you admire the imposing Mount Etna, the coastal, village dotted, plain below and then out to the Mediterranean Sea. Glance over your shoulder and there are a few super-yachts anchored near Giardini-Naxos and the historic Taormina.

The villa itself (pretty and blended well into the environment) was very clean, comfortable and had more than enough space for our 4 adults and 3 teenagers. There was certainly nothing we were in need of and air conditioned bedrooms meant a cool night's sleep for all. Although we weren't about to use them in the heat of Summer, there is a wood burning fireplace, plus terrace pizza oven and BBQ (presumably for the cooler late Autumn/Winter guests). The graduated depth swimming pool was lovely - clean and checked every other day by an unobtrusive pool cleaner - and a small shaded grass/garden area beyond was a relaxing venue for evening sundowners. Excluding terracing, the villa is on a relatively small mountainside site but somehow it never felt as such.

The English owners were incredibly helpful, even checking up with us on day 2 of our holiday to make sure everything was o.k.

Any negatives..? The mobile 3G/4G wi-fi is patchy, so streaming internet content was not an option (but why waste life when you have those views!) however it was sufficient for emails and other quick browsing even if it took several connection attempts. The drive up the mountain to the villa is, as one might expect, winding and the owners say might not be for the very nervous driver. However, the owners organise a local, driving in front, to guide you on arrival, and frankly, if you are able to hold your nerve driving amongst the southern Italians this should be no real issue. The views are certainly worth the drive up.

Lovely & peaceful, within driving distance to many activities, and a gorgeous panorama - we will be back. Thank you for a wonderful holiday location.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A Sicilian delight

  • 5 of 5

It was our first trip to Sicily as a family. We arrived after sundown and were glad of the meet and greet service to take us up the hill to the villa. I won't lie, the first time driving up the winding road in the dark was scary. However as the week wore on and we were up and down each day we got used to it. We awoke to discover the most amazing view of both Etna, the sea, Castelmola, Taormina and Giardini Naxos. Truly spectacular. The temperatures were in the high 30s the entire week and the fabulous pool really came into its own to keep us cool and we really appreciated the air con in the bedrooms guaranteeing comfortable sleeping. The villa is extremely well appointed, the kitchen having every utensil and facilities necessary to eat in. We used the BBQ and made our own pizzas (from scratch!) which was great great fun. There's a very informative user guide with info on everything you might have a query on and a great DVD library if you want to watch a movie before bed. Wifi was an added bonus but is possibly not as fast as you may have at home. This wasn't an issue for us...relaxing, swimming, eating and drinking with THAT VIEW was what we enjoyed. The only downside was that you definitely cannot walk down the hill into town. A car is therefore essential, but it's a great base from which to tour eastern Sicily. Taormina is fantastically picturesque (we did a three hour segway tour), we discovered all the main highlights and even managed to watch a Sicilian wedding in the Duomo! Great local produce in Giardini Naxos. We had a truly memorable holiday at Villa Etna Mare, thank you Dan and Katherine.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property with amazing views.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property that lived up to all our expectations and more. Great location with spectacular views, we would thoroughly recommend it as a place to unwind and sample the best of Italian culture. Dan and Katherine's attention to every detail from arranging a welcoming meet and greet service to a thorough helpful household manual was much appreciated. We definitely hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great views, comfortable villa

  • 4 of 5

Sometimes heart stopping drive up to the villa but lovely surprise once you get up there. So peaceful.

Very nice villa with everything you need. We didn't venture out at night, but cooked meals and had movie nights.

It was quite cold, but Dan kept in touch and we felt it was ok to get some heating on.

Too cold in April to use the pool but we did sunbathe when the sun came out. Quite nice being above clouds at times. Great views all around. Can see the cruise ships in the harbour.

Had a relaxing time and nice to have peace and quiet.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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An absolute gem!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week away staying at Villa Etna Mare. The villa is well located for absolutely fabulous views across Etna and beyond.

The drive up the mountain on the first day was a little scary but we were soon used to the roads and our little Vauxhall Corsa did excellently!!!

We visited with my two children, my partner and my partners mother. my children loved it, they enjoyed the swimming pool (although being mid-April it was a bit chilly!) and loved exploring the villa and gardens.

My mother in law thoroughly enjoyed her first trip abroad!

On arrival, we were greeted with a lovey bottle of Prosecco. Alessio, our guide up the mountain, was very pleasant and cheery. Dan and Katherine were excellent hosts and were very helpful. It was a nice touch for them to text and ask how our first day was.

We shall definitely be staying again some time in the future!

I would thoroughly recommend Villa Etna Mare to anyone wishing to stay in Sicily. There is plenty to do within a 25 minute drive. The locals were lovely and extremely helpful (despite my poor attempt at Italian!!)

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Castelmola, Messina province

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season
11 Nov 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£750
for 5 nights
From
£150
£750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
Early spring
31 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Spring
28 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
30 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,000
for 7 nights
£2,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Summer
7 Jul 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
22 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
October
6 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
3 Nov 2018 - 29 Mar 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£3,000
for 5 nights
From
£600
£3,000
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

PLEASE contact us before making an online booking for non-Saturday to Saturday rentals.

Prices are all inclusive, no extra charges. Weekly maid service (including final cleaning), linen, baby facilities, all taxes & service charges, gas, electricity, satellite TV, wifi (up to 9Gb per week), water and air-con/heating are included in the rental price.

We will be delighted to look into any additional services you require, e.g. arrival food provision, cook, daily cleaning, baby-sitters and excursions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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