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Casa La Zagara: <br>Carefully restored cottage in a picturesque mountain village

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Forza d'Agrò - Casa La Zagara

Large living room with fireplace. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. 4 persons.

Our holiday cottage «Casa La Zagara» („Orange Blossom“) consists of three storeys with just one room each. The lower floor levels to the main street while the upper floor levels to the back front with the main entrance. Enter the building by the back front door and you'll find yourself in the spacious kitchen-cum-livingroom. The kitchen is fully equipped with 4-plate-stove, oven, dishwasher and washing machine. Here you also find the cosy pellet fireplace, which heats the whole house in winter. In the warm seasons the balcony invites to breakfast while enjoying the view over the Straits of Messina and watching the village life. To the right of the main entrance door the stairs run down to the lower floors. Both storeys consist of a bedroom and a bathroom with shower, water closet and bidet. The middle floor bedroom has a matrimonial bed and a small balcony. Downstairs there is a bunk bed, suitable for (not too small) children or (not too tall) teenagers/adults, and a bedsofa.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

About Us

Maria Mazza-Teubner
Telemannstr. 5
60323 Frankfurt
Tel. +49-69-97205960
Email: zagara@ferienhaussizilien.net
VAT Reg No

Enrica Mazza-Teubner
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016
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About Enrica Mazza-Teubner

Enrica is a natural-born Italian and a lawyer in Frankfurt, Germany. However, she'd always rather been an architect, so it's no surprise that with our 'Casa La Zagara' she's already refurbished the second cottage in Forza d'Agrò with great detail and love.

Jonas is the first son out of Enrica's second husband's first marriage. Works as a neurologist in Malaga, Spain. Being forced to speak Spanish all day he's forgotten almost all his Italian but never his love with Sicily.

Sometimes also Gunther (E.'s second husband and J.'s first father) or Daniel (E.'s first and G.'s second son) will pick up the phone.


based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Casa La Zagara: <br>Carefully restored cottage in a picturesque mountain village
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

beautiful place to stay in a lovely quiet village.

  • 4 of 5

Fresh mountain air, clean and peaceful. Cold in the winter - but the stove soon warms it up. Very helpful people.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
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Beautiful cottage in a beautiful town!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Casa la Zagara in Forza d'Agro! The town is the prettiest little town, easy driving distance from Taormina but much quieter. And Casa la Zagara is a great cottage! Very spacious and comfortable, and so well-equipped! I even managed to cook a 3 course meal on New Year's Eve. Highly recommend it! And the locals were very friendly and helpful too!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
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Beautiful house, wonderful experience in small Sic

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Forza D'agro and enjoyed staying in this beautiful and very well kept cottage. If we were to plan another trip to Sicily we would not hesitate to stay at casa La Zagara. We loved the hospitality and friendliness of the people of Forza D'agro and loved experiencing the daily village life. It was nice meeting Franca and her family and enjoyed buying our daily groceries from her small market. Our 12 month daughter loved the crib (we were surprised how much she slept). The house was very clean and all amenities worked perfectly. Jonas was a pleasure to work with from the time when we planned our trip until the very end. Overall, this was an amazing vacation!!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Charming, clean with an incredible view!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing and surprising stay we’ve had at Casa La Zagara! To boot, a wave of ease has come over me; my shoulders are surely three inches lower than they were upon arrival. I’ve enjoyed the littlest things about Sicily and Forza d’Agrò the most: hanging our laundry out to dry, buying groceries from Franca, being invited by a stranger to share the fruit of his orchard, and negotiating the difficulties of translation. This has been an amazing time of joy and relaxation and discovery for the both of us. We came with mere curiosity for Sicily and leave with deep appreciation and affection for this exceptional land. Thank you so much for an introduction we will never forget...

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Casa la Zagara

  • 5 of 5

wir hatten zwei wundervolle Wochen auf Sizilien, wenn auch mit wechselhaftem Wetter. Die ersten sizilianischen Herbststürme haben uns einige bleibende eindrückliche Erlebnisse auf überschwemmten Autobahnen, Städten und Wanderwegen beschert. Forza d´Agro ist ein nettes kleines Dorf mit funktionierender Infrastruktur (kleine Lebensmittelläden, gute Restaurants. Die Zeit in ihrem gemütlichen Häuschen haben wir sehr genossen, vielen Dank dafür!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Ferien vom ersten Moment

  • 5 of 5

wir haben in dem Häuschen wunderschöne Tage mitten im prallen italienischen Leben verbracht. Besonders die Einkäufe bei Carmela und Franca haben wir sehr genossen. In dem gemütlichen Haus fühlt man sich sofort wohl. Wir kommen sicher wieder.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Catania Fontanarossa (CTA)
Nearest Barpub
in town
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Sant'Alessio Siculo / Taormina
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
in town
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Mt Etna
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Sant'Alessio Siculo
Car: recommended

Our Cottage lies inmidst the little town of Forza d’Agrò, housing its 900 inhabitants 420 metres high above the eastern Sicilian coastline on a prominent rock, 15 kms off Taormina. Looking down from the balcony on the narrow main street you may watch Carmela, friendly and helpful owner of the small alimentari on the other side sitting on the curb and cleaning her vegetables for the minestrone. Apart from the occasional motorino roaring past, the only noise you might hear is the kids and cats playing in the sunshine. The view stretches over the roofs and way down to the coastline, where one beach town strings to another, and over the Straits of Messina to the calabrese mainland coast.

Starting directly at the back front door, a footpath leads you all the way up to the ruins of a normannic-saracenian XII century fort, which is completely dilapidated and only erratically open for visitors. Inside the castle walls the locals until recently have run their cemetery, now too falling apart, so the innocent visitor should prepare to stumble over some creepy bones...

The town itself builds in a concentric manner around the castle, the inner layer consisting of predominantly derelict simple stone cottages. Meanwhile, some of the houses and palazzi of the Sicilian Baroque built around this inner layer have been refurbished in a quite impressive fashion. The outer shell consists of rather carelessly architected modern buildings which should not deceive your first impression of the place.

Forza d’Agrò’s town centre is dominated by the church of „Santissima Maria Annunziata e Assunta“, which despite its impressive architecture, is much more often visited by fans of the „Padrino“ saga, where it has short appearances in all three parts.

Perched on a hill opposite the town centre is a recently renovated XVI century Augustinian convent. To get to it, you will have to walk beyond a fine Durazzesco gate.

However, Forza’s real attractions are the spectacular views on the Mediterranean Sea, to Taormina and over to Mount Etna, and its relaxed village atmosphere, far from being spoiled by the occasional day tourist. And still, you will find everything in this place you need, two small „alimentari“ shops, a butcher, a pharmacy, even a tiny petrol station. And an amazing number of simple to excellent restaurants catering to every taste.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Forza d'Agrò, Messina province

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1 Nov 2016 - 31 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
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1 Feb 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
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Additional pricing information

Reinigungsgebühr £45
Refundable Damage Deposit £179

Reinigung (verbindlich) 50,-- EUR
Internetzugang (fakultativ) 15,-- EUR für maximal 10GB während maximal 1 Monat
Ggf. Heizung über Pelletofen, 1 Sack Pellets ca. 8,-- EUR
Aufbettung für maximal 2 zusätzliche Personen nach Absprache

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Forza d'Agrò in Sicily

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • The Blue Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Lower Floor
    The Green Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Middle Floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Middle Floor Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Lower Floor Bedroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 1 bunk bed
  • The middle bedroom has a matrimonial bed, a big closet and a chest. There's a small balcony, too. In the lower bedroom you'll find a bunk bed for not too young children or not too tall grownups, and a bedsofa that folds to a French size bed. The lower room has a side entrance to the village street which is secured by a wrought-iron gate. Being built with its back wall into the hill flank, this room is pleasantly cool in summer (and for this reason had been known - before the thorough reconstruction - as one of the best wine cellars in town).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Suitable for children and seniors with the restriction that there is an open staircase which is not secured. A porta-crib is available. For supplemental bedding exceeding 4 persons, please contact us. Internet access available via WiFi antenna; extra charges apply. Central heating fired by pellet fireplace; extra charges for pellets apply. Bedding/linen and towels available; please bring in your own beach towels though.

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