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Andrew McKean

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Italian

Luxury villa with Wi-Fi near beach and restaurants. Free cooking class

4 Reviews
People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Palermo - Villa Bragone, near Cefalu

3 bedroom Villa Bragone, a historical restored villa near the beach. Sleeps 6

Villa Bragone is a well appointed traditional house close to the beach.There is a peaceful garden and patio at the villa, located in a quiet olive grove.

There are excellent restaurants nearby, one only 10 minutes walk, the others 20 minutes.

The owner is also offering free cooking classes to her guests and is also able to organise a wine and food tasting in the months of April and May.

An excellent complimentary welcome pack is also made available to guests on their arrival.

Located in the area of Termini Imerese, a seaside spa town with the magnificent backdrop of Monte Calogero. Famous for its waters, the town flourished in Roman times. The ancient Greek ruins of Himera are within this attractive city.

The interesting village of Trabia, with its markets, bars and shops is only 10 minutes walk from the house.

The famous dynamic city of Palermo is easily reached by car or train in twenty minutes.It is not essential to have a car when staying at Villa Bragione, as there is a train station only 10 minutes walk from the house with many trains per day to Palermo and Cefalu.

One of the most attractive things about Sicily is the weather, with average temperatures of around 20C in March and October, and up to 30C in August.

Near Cefalu and Palermo, Villa Bragone is in a central perfect location to discover the Island all around. Cefalu is easily reached and the ancient bustling capital Palermo is a great experience to visit, only 20 minutes by train or car.

The local town of Termini Immerese has fine shops and the attractive historical area of Belvedere, loved by locals who use the promenade each night for refreshments and ice cream.

The house is very near to the interesting village of Trabia, with its markets,shops and bars.

Sicily is a treasure trove of historic attractions. There are famous Greek relics nearby at Himera, and also nearby is the fine medieval town of Cacamo with its fascinating castle.

It's also not far to the famous resort of Cefalu, and you can walk to the little resort of San Nicola l'Arena.

The interior of the island is beautiful, very green much of the year round. The towns are quiet and very attractive, with many outdoor activities available.

In the middle of a large olive grove which produces fantastic olive oil, at about 150 m from the sea, the house has a large bright living-room which opens to a dining area and study, a well-equipped kitchen, a double-room with French doors to an inner stone courtyard, two other bedrooms (one double and one single) and two bathrooms with shower and bath.

There is a shaded terrace in the peaceful garden to eat and grill outside as well as a car park. You can go on foot to the beach and swim peacefully in a small bay and in the evening you can easily get to some good restaurants nearby to taste the local cuisine.The nearest, excellent and low cost restaurant is 500 m walk. There is also a little pizzeria at the beach, 150 metres walk.

What also draws people to Sicily is the summer type weather, which arguably stretches from Spring in late February to Autumn in early November, perfect for an out of season break. At the coast summer temperatures seldom go higher than 30C. Sea temperatures are still high in November, delicious for swimming.

The following reviews of the villa are from Tripadvisor

“Wonderful location”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We were warmly met by Maria at the train station and after a tour of Termini she took us to the villa, and was a huge help to us throughout our stay: nothing was too much trouble. She arranged taxis for us, found us a local car hire and even helped with our trip to Etna. Her kindness knew no bounds and she gave us a real taste of Sicilian hospitality.

The house is ideal and the garden absolutely splendid. We enjoyed eating outside - but beware of the mosquitoes! They bite! The local restaurants were a treat and the local food wonderful.

“Home away from home”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This was a Father and Daughter trip to Sicily in search of our Ancestors. Villa Bragone pictures and reviews helped choose the best home for a three week stay. My father 86 yrs old and his first trip out of the United States. Our stay at Villa Bragone allowed us to explore the area and live within the customs of Termini Imerese. The weather was similar to ours with a touch more wind. The warmth of the home and the proprietors made exceptional difference : assistance with food locations,travel,research,and entertainment. It was the best experience for us to see Sicily's beauty and culture. Villa Bragone is truly home away from home. We shall return .........

“The best place to sample the true Italy!”

4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

2 people found this review helpful

We stayed at the Villa Bragione from 9 June to 23 June. Our arrival in Sicily was in the late evening and the road from the airport took some time, in spite of this, hostess Maria greeted us warmly, and prepared a snack and ordered a pizza at home. Two weeks passed quickly, because everything was wonderful. Old house, and so it is very cool, even in the hottest heat. Sea in the five-minute walk. The villa has everything you need for a comfortable stay. If you want to travel around the island, you'll need a car. The nearest shop is 7-10 minutes away. Nearby is a very pleasant restaurant.

“An Italian Holiday the Sicilian Way”

4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Sicily is stunning and we was overwhelmed by the breathtaking scenery combining rugged outcrops, grass-covered mountains, fertile plains and beautiful beaches. The people are incredibly welcoming too, in a unusually genuine and straightforward way. We barely scratched the surface of this magnificent island as we were travelling with a baby and a 2 year old but we will definitely come back for more. The property we stayed at was located in a good area for sightseeing and was near to two nice beaches (one rocky, one a lovely baby-friendly one with golden sand). We were very warmly welcomed by the family who own the property (they live in the flat above the rented one) who treated us daily to local insights, olive oil from the garden and even traditional Sicilian delicacies. We felt like part of the family! Children are greatly appreciated here and are included in most aspects of daily life. There was a gorgeous park in Termini with stunning sea views and lots of ice cream shops for after. Our kids were given free biscuits or treats in almost every shop they entered. We have great memories of the island and will definitely return.

“Fantastic holiday”

Reviewed October 3, 2012

Have recently returned from a week staying in the villa Bragone in Trabia. The villa is beautiful, decorated tastefully with traditional Sicilian furniture, and enjoying stunning views of the coast. It is conveniently located to explore much of northern Sicily, and only half an hour from Palermo.

The local beach just down the road from the villa was perfect for our family, and often we were the only people using it. We enjoyed staying in a typical small Sicilian town like Trabia without hoards of tourists and were able to get by without any great language skills!

We decided not to rent a car and were able to use the train network with relative ease. The fares were cheap and the nearest station is only a 10 minute walk from the villa. I would suggest a car however if you're not a fan of walking slopes! The villa is situated on a very short, but also steep hill!

Maria (owner) & family live next door and were always willing to offer advice and help if needed. They are all very friendly and approachable. Only minor gripes were the size of the showers and beds, but massively outweighed by quality & location of villa. Overall very positive and would recommend.

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Andrew McKean (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Italian

About Andrew McKean

The villa is owned by Maria Ciofalo. Maria is a linguist, historian, teacher and mother of 4 girls. Maria is also a former tour guide, who would be very helpful to you during your stay.

 

The family also own another house nearby, Villa Ginestra, set above the beach, which can be seen at www.homeaway.co.uk/p1931320

Guestbook comments from the manager

5 out of 5

Have recently returned from a week staying in the villa Bragone in Trabia. The villa is beautiful, decorated tastefully with traditional Sicilian furniture, and enjoying stunning views of the coast. It is conveniently located to explore much of northern Sicily, and only half an hour from Palermo.



The local beach just down the road from the villa was perfect for our family, and often we were the only people using it. We enjoyed staying in a typical small Sicilian town like Trabia without hoards of tourists and were able to get by without any great language skills!



We decided not to rent a car and were able to use the train network with relative ease. The fares were cheap and the nearest station is only a 10 minute walk from the villa. I would suggest a car however if you're not a fan of walking slopes! The villa is situated on a very short, but also steep hill!



Maria (owner) & family live next door and were always willing to offer advice and help if needed. They are all very friendly and approachable. Only minor gripes were the size of the showers and beds, but massively outweighed by quality & location of villa. Overall very positive and would recommend.
Sep 2012
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Reviews

4.5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

Luxury villa with Wi-Fi near beach and restaurants. Free cooking class
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews
Ottawa , Ontario, Canada
5

Beautiful villa with great location !

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the beautiful Villa Bragone for 8 weeks (from mid-January to early March 2016). It has everything you wish for: well appointed kitchen, bedrooms & bathrooms in a very attractive decor . Maria was a delight: she gave us good travel and restaurant tips and went above our expectations in arranging a cooking class at the Villa for us and my visiting sister and husband ! It was one of the many highlights of our trip . We rented a car at the airport on our arrival to explore the many attractions of Sicily (Cefalu, Cacamo, Syracusa, Agrigento , etc.) and never regretted it, although we took a train to visit Palermo, as recommended. The Villa is nicely located and became a great springboard for exploring the surrounding cities. We were there also at the time of Carnavale in Termini Imerese (in February) . What a nice show of costumes and floats ! And thanks to Maria and her welcoming family, we had a superb view of it all . All in all, we had a wonderful time discovering the beauties of Sicily and we are very grateful for the warm welcoming of Maria and her gentleman husband, Aldo. As for timing, we love our time at the villa, particularly the months of February and March (as January was a bit cool for our liking). Sicily has so much to offer (history, landscapes, beaches, gastronomy, wine ) and the Villa is a great base to discover it all.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Attractive, well appointed villa

  • 5 of 5

We chose the property because we didn't want to hire a car and we could get there from the airport using public transport. The description was very attractive and the villa lived up to our expectations. It was spacious and well appointed and the garden and patio were lovely.

The station a ten minute walk away meant we could easily get to Palermo and Termini and with a change at Termini also to Cefalu.Trabia centre was a 5 minute walk away, where the choice of shops for buying food was good, and there was a market on Mondays. The locals are very friendly and greeted us every time we passed.

Maria is incredibly welcoming and helpful. She pointed out the best shops for meat and fish. As we had no car, lifts were offered, into Termini for example. We sampled the families olives and pomegranates.

The choice of eating out in the evening in Trabia is limited but fortunately the local taverna up the lane from the villa proved to be very good and very friendly. With a car, obviously Termini offers a wider choice.

We wanted a quiet retreat to read and write and not particularly to do the tourist thing.We found the perfect space.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your excellent 5 star review. We are delighted that you found the villa and the area around suited your needs. This is s special place in our view, beautiful surroundings, lovely garden and very tasteful and comfortable accomodation. We know all our hosts/owners personally and know that they all provide an excellent friendly and helpful service, as you found with Maria and her family. The quality of your stay is as much to do with the owners as the the high standard of the property. We met Maria in Tuscany this week and she mentioned what a pleasure it was to have you to stay. We also appreciate the time you have taken to write about transport links, shopping etc as this is very useful information for future guests. We hope to welcome you back to Sicily in future.
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Lovely house!

  • 5 of 5

we had a fantastic week there, from the house we could see the beautiful view of Sicily. We felt such as in our sweet home. The owners took care of us.

If it is possible we will come back there again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Villa was comfortable

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Villa, Maria the owner was very helpful and had plenty of recommendations and information about points of interest to visit while we were there. We did not have a car so it was a 15 minute walk to the train station, up and down hills, and along side of a main road. Probably if small children will be staying there you would definitely need a car.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Palermo
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Trabia
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Trabia
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Bragione
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Trabia
Car: not necessary

Sicily is a treasure trove of historic attractions. Layers of history have created a unique blend of art and architecture, from relics of ancient Greece to the Romans and laterly the Spanish. There is also the interesting influence that North African culture has left. In Sicily you can enjoy jaw dropping art and culture, the lush countryside, pretty towns and simple, delicious food.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Termini Imerese, Palermo

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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High
1 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
5 night minimum stay
£845
for 5 nights
From
£169
£1,095
 
 
Rate 5
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
5 night minimum stay
£695
for 5 nights
From
£139
£895
 
 
Rate 4
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
£595
for 5 nights
From
£119
£795
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£545
for 5 nights
From
£109
£695
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

20% discount on all rentals of more than 3 weeks during summer.
FREE WI-FI
Flexible entry dates.
Final cleaning included.
Bed-linen and towels provided.
The Sicilian owner speaks fluent English, German and French

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Palermo in Sicily

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • The master bedroom opens to the internal courtyard.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming

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