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The House of camelia ,an old charming traditional Sicilian country house lovingly restored between M.Etna and the Ionian sea , a rural idyll amongst citrus groves

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

The House of Camelia dates back to the early 18th century and has been newly restored maintaining the original lava stonework and wood-beamed ceilings, adding high quality fittings ,traditional furniture and Caltagirone tiles in typical Sicilian style.The farmhouse is set in a large estate of citrus groves, in a very peaceful position with Europe's highest active volcano in the background and offers a warm and cosy welcome, rural peace, sensational views of Etna, being a perfect location from which visiting Taormina , M.Etna's Natural Park , enjoing the nice beaches nearby.It's also possible to go for walks on the property and the nearby countryside , enjoing the stunning and peaceful setting ,so that this lovely farmhouse is ideal for a couple , a family or a group of friends who want to sample rural Sicilian life, being close to all the sights and comforts.

All accomodation is on one floor: a vast living area with fully equipped kitchen, armchair and sofa bed, a double bedroom with wardrobe ,and a twin bedroom where you can see in a corner the lava the house was built on; all these rooms open directly on the terrace where a patio offers shade as well as the big old camelia tree the house is named after.The two bedrooms are on the right and on the left of the living; three steps lead from there to the bathroom with the shower.Garden furniture and a barbecue will let you enjoy the surrounding countryside, if you want you can buy the organic products from our estate: jam ,honey , wine, olive oil and Limoncello. Electric heaters in every room in winter, fan provided in summer

More Details

Cinzia Petucco
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

"This restored farmhouse lived up to our expectations completely. The old family farmhouse has been restored using good quality fittings and furniture in the traditional Sicilian style, all done in very good taste. Situated inside its own plot of land, the house is surrounded by lemon trees. From the roof there is a nice view of M.Etna & the surrounding lemon trees that cover the land. The house is 25 min drive from Taormina and an hour from Syracuse. It is very easy to access the motorway at Giarre. I would suggest this house would be ideal for anyone who wants to get away from it all. We very much enjoyed our peace & quiet in the evenings and our BBQs. Nuncio and Cinzia are wonderful relaxed, friendly, country people, we were genuinely sad to say goodbye. I cannot recommend staying here enough!" (Simon R.)

"We had a wonderful time and would recommend this place highly to anyone looking for a vacation in a beautiful location that is relaxing.The owners were very friendly"(S.V.Canada
Aug 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Acireale in Province of Catania

Property Type:
  • house
  • floor 0
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


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The House of camelia ,an old charming traditional Sicilian country house lovingly restored between M.Etna and the Ionian sea , a rural idyll amongst citrus groves
average rating of 4.707317 based on 44 reviews
Oklahoma City

Please - I want to live there

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I has an absolutely marvelous time at Casa della Camelia. We stayed nearly two weeks between several days in Catania and several days in Taormina. The house is very sweet and comfortable. Lemon trees are everywhere. I literally reached behind me one evening to pluck a lemon from a tree while having dinner on the terrace. The location is very good - minutes from the SS114 road and just a few minutes more to the A18 autostrada. This means that the coast and the country roads up the mountain are both within easy access. There is a local macelleria and fruit vendor nearby and a good bar for summer morning granitas with warm brioche. Sigh - I hope to return to Sicily before long. Our hosts were lovey and very responsive. A car is imperative. Driving in Sicily can be a bit daunting at first but you will quickly get the hang of it.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely review,we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at "casa della Camelia" and are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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Tranquil location

  • 4 of 5

Nice property, in a very quiet and tranquil location. Excellent view of Mount Etna from roof terrace. Owner very prompt and approachable, Clear and detailed information about the property and the area.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice place to relaxe

  • 5 of 5

We had a very good time at House of Camelia.

It is a quiet place.

The owners are very friendly and always willing to help when ever needed.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review , we are happy to hear that you had a nice time at "Casa della Camelia" and are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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family base to explore this corner of sicily

  • 4 of 5

A clean well equipped cottage right in the middle of a lemon grove. You will need a car but there is plenty to do around and good local shops and supermarkets. The highlight is a roof terrace that allows for a great view of etna. The beds were comfortable and the inside remained cool even when over 30 outside.

The hosts were very helpful, ensuring great directions for our night time arrival and they also responded quickly when we had some plumbing issues. There is also a helpful local guide provided.

sicily is a great place for a family holiday, beaches, good food and adventures such as our trip up etna. This property will provide a relaxing and convenient base with hosts that are welcoming and always on hand for advice if required.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your positive comments that we truly appreciated . We are also glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at " Casa della Camelia" and that the house met your needs and expectations. We hope your next stay is just around the corner and are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Ilkley, UK

Great base for exploring Mt Etna, Syracuse and Taormina

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying in this smart apartment located within a gated community with a shared pool (bathing hats required!). It had all that we needed for our stay. Being outside Catania meant that it was easy to explore the eastern half of Sicily by hire car without battling with the city traffic! The apartment was clean and comfortable for our week away and the owners met us and helpfully showed us to the complex and explained the necessary practicalities.

Highlights of our holiday included the wonderful mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale, the amphitheatre and theatre at Syracuse, Taormeana (including the Grak / Roman theatre), swimming in the sea nearby and climbing Etna (beware the fumes and the strong winds at 3,300m!!). Our hosts were very helpful and the written advice on where to eat and what to sea proved a great help. Our meals out were very affordable and of excellent quality with seafood and pizza the favourites.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive comments , I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our apartment met your needs . I hope your next stay is just around the corner and I 'm looking forward to welcoming you back again soon .
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Sweet house in peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in the Casa della Camelia. The weather was fabulous, mid thirties every day - long hot nights under the vines watching the lizards scurry around and listening to Mount Etna rumbling made for a very special and memorable holiday.

We loved the ice cream places and the pistachio pastries. We found (almost) private rocks to swim from and bask in the sunshine.

Sadly we did not meet Cinzia who was away, but Nunzio answered all our queries and was very gracious.

Definitely a hidden gem!

Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Situated between Acireale and Giarre , the House of camelia is very easy to reach since it's at 3 km from the motorway exit "Giarre" and at 1 km from the main national eastern road ss.114 Catania-Messina.Also Syracuse , the baroque towns of the Noto valley,the Roman Villa of Piazza Armerina, the Eolian islands are all comfortably reachable for a day trip.The owners , who live nearby in a villa with a completely separated access,will guarantee a warm welcome , help and advice and will meet you at the motorway exit to avoid any problems.Cinzia speaks a little English.

What about a glass of wine produced in our estate admiring M.Etna ,the groves all around and the sea from the little terrace on the roof of the house?

Do you fancy shopping or having dinner in a little restaurant on the coast?Within a few minutes drive in Giarre and Acireale (5 and 7 km) you can find many shops of all kinds,as well as restaurants , cafes and pizzerias.However the nearest grocery shops are at 1 km in the village of Mangano, and a big shopping centre is at 3 km .

For a bath in the blue Ionian sea , the nearest beach is at 4km (Praiola).

Sicily offers a lot to do every time of the year , having one of the most pleasant climate of Europe , so every season has its own particular attraction.You can visit the sites of its unparalleled historical legacy; if you love walking , discover the wonderful lanscapes and paths of Etna's Natural Park ; for food and wine lovers:follow the "Road of Etna's wine" winding around the flanks of the volcano or taste the genuine local products; golf lovers will find "Il Picciolo"Golf Club (18 holes) at 30 min drive: wonderful location,great climate without crowds and high green fees, equipment hire and a smoking volcano as a backdrop.Fond of music , dance , theatre?In summer don't miss Taormina-Arte festival when the greek theatre comes to life with a season of top-flight acts , starring the best performers;discover theGorges of Alcantara ; come in September or October, you can still enjoy the sea without the crowds of August and the traditional grapes harvest with typical "feste" in the villages of Etna.And more..


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Acireale, Sicily

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Ménage £44.74

il y a un supplément chauffage de Novembre jusqu'à Avril de 30€ par semaine; remise des clés par le propriétaire présent sur place
50€ pour le ménage

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