|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Santa Rosalia is a family villa in the country with a large pool and garden. A lush Mediterranean garden is offset by a large pool 12 x 6 metres, surrounded by olive trees. You can relax on a sunbed by the pool under a beach umbrella or enjoy the view of the pool and garden from the vine-covered pergola in front of the villa. The main door takes you into a bright and airy sitting room leading into the dining room and then the kitchen. All three rooms look onto the front garden and the pool, while doors open onto a patio behind the house. Upstairs a long corridor accesses 4 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a third bathroom downstairs. (An adjacent ground floor study with sofa bed may be rented as an optional fifth bedroom, particularly suitable for older guests.) The house is very spacious and has been recently refurbished to a high standard of comfort.
Close to the villa next door but completely secluded by a high wall and tall cypress trees, it has its own access road.
Mazara and beaches: Mazara, Italy’s major fishing port, has a charming promenade 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 rescued from the sea by a local fisherman and now housed in a dedicated museum. Away from the main squares is the kasbah, a maze of winding streets and miniscule piazzas dating from the Arab occupation of the island in the 9th and 10th centuries. Recently renovated this area is now dotted with attractive bars and restaurants open in the evening.
Beyond the town 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. Further afield is the famous white sandy beach of San Vito Lo Capo and the nature reserve of Lo Zingaro, which can be reached in just over an hour.
Sightseeing: The ancient Greek city of Selinunte by 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 open air theatre, where performances of plays and concerts are held every summer.
In 20 minutes you can reach Marsala, famous for wine, where top quality wines can be savoured at various prestigious wineries. The Punic Ship salvaged from the sea nearby is on display at the Baglio Anselmi museum. The province of Trapani has been famous for salt production since Roman times and just beyond Marsala is a lagoon where salt is still produced. The picturesque windmills that once serviced the saltpans were built during the Spanish occupation of Sicily.
Take the ferry boat to the fascinating island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony, with the Punic remains of the walls and city razed to the ground in the 4th century BC. Visit the Whitaker Museum with its star attraction of the Ragazzo di Mozia, a classical Greek marble statue of a young boy, which was found lying in the lagoon.
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 Egadi islands. Palermo, Sicily's exotic capital, and the Vale of Temples at Agrigento are easy day trips.
Mazara is a Mecca for people who like to eat - not the place to come if you are on a diet! It offers a wide range of excellent trattorias and restaurants, where you can savour the freshest seafood and fish, not to mention the delights of Sicilian traditional fare from fish couscous to melanzane alla parmigiana - aubergines baked with cheese, basil and tomato sauce In the manual you will find in the house, we recommend the very best of local restaurants, all of them dedicated to offering excellent Sicilian cuisine and at very reasonable prices. For families there are many low cost, child-friendly pizzerias on the lovely promenade beyond the city centre. They offer not only pizzas, but a very wide range of pasta, vegetable, meat, seafood and fish dishes. Those of you with a sweet tooth won't resist the pasticcerie - pastry shops - where you can buy mouth-watering delicacies, such as cassata, cannoli or almond pastries. or delicious ice cream. Remember Sicilian ice cream is the best!
I am a long term Siculophile. Married to Marcello,
a Sicilian, I have been coming here for forty years.
Marcello had already inherited the villa next door, when this villa came on the market.
We loved the grounds and the space and enhanced it with a makeover inside and a swimming pool.
I have written about our Sicilian family in my book
"Casa Nostra. A Home in Sicily" published in 2007
Caroline purchased this villa in 2008
Santa Rosalia formerly formed part of the estate next door belonging to Marcello and his brothers.
It has beautiful gardens with palms and ancient olive trees planted when Marcello was a child.
The huge gardens set well away from the road afford a unique level of privacy while the fenced pool within view of the shaded pergola make keeping an eye on the children easy.
Thank you for a lovely week at your villa !We were 2 families from Norway, 4 adults and 4 children aged from 8 to 11. The 4 bedrooms were all very nice, so were the 3 bathrooms. The whole villa was very clean and we loved the double sets of towels. The pool and the pool area were also very nice.
We spent all breakfasts under the pergola and also many dinners, nice to barbeque :-). The yellow book (house manual) with all the info you had provided was great for restaurant tips, beaches, places to go etc. We have spent the last summers in various places in Italy, from Milan and Tuscany in the north to Naples and Capri in south, and this our first visit to Sicily was great.
We would love to come back some time.
The house matched our expectation, based on the description. Very nicely decorated, and very clean and well equiped for our group, aged 65- 9 months. We all enjoyed the pool, and surrounding area. As coffee lovers we missed a well functioning coffe machine.
The owner and Nanette were very friendly and helpfull and provided good advice.on local beaches and restaurants.
We will surely recommend this place .
One unpleasant disctraction was the lack of garbage removal in the surrounding area
From the very first moment (arriving late and tired) Nannette welcomed us warmly and we were immediately struck by the spaciousness and ambience of the villa.
We were delighted by the villa's decor and we felt in a holiday mood from the very beginning.
The private pool gave us hours of endless pleasure and we loved the villa so much we rarely ventured far. There was however several trips into Mazara for dinner and a day at the beach.
There is was plenty of good quality baby equipment and cooking facilities - including 2 BBQs (which we made good use of).
We couldn't have ask for a better holiday and would highly recommend a stay there.
We have just had returned from a wonderful week staying at Villa Santa Rosalia with children aged 4 and 6. The villa was spacious, clean and tidy and set within beautiful surroundings of olive trees and vineyards. The pool was cleaned daily with easy steps access and warm enough so that the kids both really progressed well with swimming, 6yo could stand in shallow end. The owners Caroline and Marcello were interesting, friendly and welcoming and always available to help with any questions or directions and to take the kids to pick oranges from their orchard for fresh juice. The villa is well situated on the outskirts, but within 5 minutes of the historic centre of Mazara del Vallo(interesting historic centre to explore) and good places to eat. There is plenty to keep both children and parents interested and happily occupied for a week whether it be building sand castles on lovely beaches(within 10 minutes), to the incredible ancient Greek ruins of Selinunte with its breath taking views above the ocean or a boat visit to the Island of Mozia(more incredible Greek ruins) all within 45 minutes. Santa Rosalia offered the perfect place to both relax and explore and we would love to return.
Our views align with others reported on this site - spacious and stately villa, great & quiet location. There's a few things that we'd perhaps alter, but nothing that detracted from the quality of our week there. We were also lucky enough to meet and chat with owners Caroline & Marcello who were visiting from the UK. Apart from hearing various interesting and amusing bits about Sicily and its people, they dropped what they were doing and helped us out by organising a local mechanic when we had problems with our rent-a-car .... really nice people & excellent overall experience.
From our first communication with Caroline everything about our stay at Santa Rosalia was hassle free. Caroline was prompt in responding to all of our queries and went out of her way to make sure we understood everything with regard to our stay.
Our experience at Santa Rosalia was even more than we could have hoped. We were greeted by Caroline's family who kindly made us feel very welcome. We were shown around the villa and all we needed to know to make our stay comfortable was explained by Nanette and Silvio. Shortly after arrival, bedrooms sorted out, we were all relaxing around the gorgeous pool in the warm afternoon sun.
The location was superb. Secluded and quiet, surrounded by beautiful trees and aromatic gardens the villa takes on an almost magical quality.
Wonderful grocery stores nearby and Mazara del Vallo a ten minute drive away. Day trips to historical sites a convenient drive away, awesome beaches and wonderful restaurants filled our time. I have to say that the highlight of the holiday for me were the many hours spent at Santa Rosalia out at the pool, making wonderful meals from local ingredients in the beautiful kitchen and sitting around the outside dining table spending quality time with my family and friends. I will be returning soon and hope to make this a yearly family event. Many, many thanks to our hosts Caroline, Nanette and Silvio.
We arrived at Santa Rosalia in mid June. It was an easy drive from Palermo airport and easy to find Santa Rosalia, just outside of the pretty port town of Mazara del Vallo. Santa Rosalia is a haven of peace and tranquility with the only other house in sight being that of the owners next door, but completely separate and barely visible. The garden was full of flowering bushes trained into standards, fig trees dripping with figs and well as marmalade orange and lemon trees (the owners left delicious jars of marmalade for us to try). Outside the front door were two hedges of rosemary that filled your senses when you walked out and were delicious on roast potatoes. The pool is surrounded by fragrant lavender and was cleaned every morning and was lovely for swimming or sitting and reading.
The house is very comfortable, spacious and clean. We loved all the books, an eclectic collection, many about the history of Sicily and one about the history of the house and the Manzo family written by Caroline. The beds and mattresses were great and we all slept very well. We had one disabled person in our party and she was able to get around easily in the house and garden and slept in the downstairs bedroom. We had very few problems with the house, but when we did they were dealt with immediately. Our only wish was that the kitchen was had better lighting as we spent a lot of time cooking, but we loved the window from the kitchen to the outside dining area, that allowed us to pass out food and drinks.
You can get fresh bread every morning from one of the many bakeries in Mazara del Vallo and the most delicious local fruits and vegetables that are very inexpensive. Our main disappointment was in the restaurants. We are a vegetarian family and it was difficult to find veggie options at many of the restaurants, particularly since pizza was “off” at lunch time, or out of season, even at pizzerias! The owners recommendations were far more reliable than those of trip adviser!!
Mazara del Vallo is a perfect location for visiting western Sicily. This area is quieter and less touristy than other parts, but nevetheless there are incredible wonders to be visited within 90 minutes easy driving. These include the ancient temples of Selinunte, the temple quarry at Cave di Cusa that was abandoned during the building of one of the Temples because of attack by the Carthaginians, the salt pans of Trepani and ancient ruins of the Island of Pantaleo.
Villa Santa Rosalia is in the heart of the country in Western Sicily and the only noise you will hear is birdsong. 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 house is not isolated as Villa Santa Maria is next door and other neighbours are within walking distance. The nearest town, Mazara del Vallo, Italy's most famous fishing port, is only three miles away. The villa is just two miles from a small beach and five miles from the splendid Tonnarella beach. Santa Rosalia is an ideal base for visiting Selinunte, Segesta, Mozia and Erice. Access to the motorway to Palermo and its airport is 5 minutes away while the drive to the airport takes under an hour. Ryanair runs daily direct flights to Trapani (a 40 minute drive away) or Palermo and back, Easyjet flies to Palermo in summer, while Alitalia flies London Palermo and back via Rome or Milan throughout the year. British Airways now flies Heathrow to Palermo and back on Saturdays and Tuesdays
Other Activities: kitesurfing, windsurfing
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
The villa is ideal for 8 people but. 2 extra beds can be supplied for a charge of £100 each per week. Alternatively guests may rent the adjoining ground floor studio with sofa bed for 2 people for a charge of £300 per week.
Groups of more than 10 people may like to rent the ground floor of Santa Maria in addition
(property 6995), which sleeps 6.