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Charming country house with private swimming pool, in a quiet fenced wood

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Gratteri - Villa Francesca

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6, free wifi, air cond

The property offers 8'000 m² of fenced wood on a hill on the northern coast of Sicily, a few km from Cefalù, close to Lascari. A quiet charming place.

The house is built in the typical style of the rural Sicily, simply and tastefully furnished, surrounded by trees and flowering garden; with a lovely private pool (6x12 m).

The entrance, over a terrace facing the coastline and Tyrrhenian sea, with a large marble table under the oaks branches; the full equipped kitchen area, living-dining room, full bathroom with shower/WC, bright loft with double bed and romantic window; outdoor kitchen with BBQ and dining area. A few steps to the sleeping area with a twin-beds room, bathroom with tube/WC, a double-bed room with French door leading to the large covered terrace with an other large marble table, a small area with bathroom with shower/WC, and a top terrace with panoramic view of the sea.

A short drive from the shops and restaurants of Lascari (2,5 km), the property is near a beautiful sandy beach (7,5 km), close to the spectacular centre of Cefalù (15 km), not far from Palermo (60 km): it's definitely a strategic base-camp to visit the whole Sicily: 230 km from Taormina, 160 km from Agrigento and 210 km from Syracuse.

From my guest book:

'... Your country home is so beautiful and we really relaxed. It's such a beautiful place and we really loved the different outside spaces to eat, watch the sunset, read books. We really appreciated the fact that you let strangers enjoy your home and are very grateful to you.'

The Tyrrhenian Coast of Sicily : Visit Cefalù, enjoy the other beautiful beaches of the coast between Cefalù e Capo d’Orlando. But the island is not all coastline: dip into the hinterlands to discover the ancient towns on the Madonie Mountains as Gratteri, Castelbuono, Gangi, Polizzi Generosa, le Petralie. These villages evoke the Middle Ages and the fiefdom of the ruling Ventimiglia families who presided over post-Angevin Sicily. It is an unexpected side of Sicily and there is no better place to picnic in the summer.

South Sicily: Agrigento: Containing the largest and greatest collection of ancient Greek ruins in all the world, The Valley of the Temples, outside the city of Agrigento, opening onto the Southern coast of Sicily, is one of the most memorable and evocative sights of the ancient world. The temples are stunning and the most impressive ones are those dedicated to Juno (from the mid-5th c. B.C.) and to Concord. Concord is the most magnificent of all, with 13 wind-eroded columns still standing.

East Sicily: Taormina: Famous for its mild climate, the most beautiful town in all of Sicily exists for the travellers coming from all over the world for dining, bar-hopping, shopping, and enjoying the nearby beaches.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2002
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
6 October, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had such a great time in your fabulous house. It strikes us

with how much love the place is maintained. We love everything about it, and not at the least the very well equipped kitchen. We're happy to see Toon shares our crush on Sicily too from now on.

We hope to come back soonest
Jul 2014
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based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

Charming country house with private swimming pool, in a quiet fenced wood
average rating of 4.875 based on 18 reviews

lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

Everything is already said about the villa in all the other reviews. We can only agree. It is a lovely house and a lovely place.

We were welcomed with great warmth by Francesca and Benadette. It is their family house, and they are proud of it and take really good care of the house. For us It felt like home away from home and we hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you dear guest for your five stars; actually it's definitely true, to let our guests feel like at home is always my first goal and it's really great to succeed with such a nice dutch family as yours. Happy to host you again next year. Benedetta
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Delightful retreat in the hills

  • 5 of 5

This is a totally charming family house in hilly countryside overlooking the Gulfs of Palermo and Termini Imerese and the Madonie mountains. It encapsulated quiet seclusion away from the coastal strip and yet was still very close to shops in Lascari or main transport links. It is well equipped with many thoughtful touches and was beautifully clean. We too had a warm welcome from Benedetta and Francesca and a lovely "starter pack" of fruit and wine. The owners were always available by phone should any problem crop up.

Other writers have waxed eloquently about the terraces and following the sun during the day for various meals (not easy for those of us who live in Wester Ross!) and the views night and day are truly stunning. As serious swimmers, the pool deserves special mention. It is of a size, shape and depth that unusually actually permits one to swim -( unlike the overblown paddling pools one meets elsewhere.) It was sparkling clean.

Francesca's recommendations for shops in Lascari were extremely helpful and we found the local folk friendly and helpful. We particularly enjoyed the access to the Madonie Mountains - utterly charming hill villages and plenty of trails and mountains to climb of varying difficulty.( For those unable to travel to Mount Etna, there is line of sight from the top of Pizzo Carbonara. ) The mountains are virtually yours in September and for those of us a bit slain by the heat, there is an 11 degree difference in temperature between the summits and Lascari - enjoy!

There is good access to main routes and the Valley of the Temples is unforgettable (the A 19 is closed for a large section with involved detours and we believe this situation will remain for some time.) We received good advice beforehand to always set off early for the more famous sites (including Cefalu) and this proved true.

We have been renting holiday houses in Europe for the last forty years and this house is definitely one of the most special. We would love to return (so much more to see and do) and would not hesitate to recommend it to others. We had such a happy holiday and now have the happiest memories of a super place and kind, friendly people.

The Baxters

Wester Ross

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A homely hideaway with a great pool

  • 4 of 5

A warm family house, secluded and private. Plenty of room to spread out and options to eat. Super-warm, deep pool with diving board just delightful but this along with the many steps means care with young children. Good for a host of pretty hilltop towns, Cefalu and the beach; Agrigento and the Valle di Templi quite do-able (but get up early); just a bit too much of a stretch to Etna for us. Towels not in abundance - if you like your big swim towels talk to the owner beforehand perhaps or take some with you. A warm and friendly welcome from the owner's mother showing us her family home - it felt right and we had a fabulous time.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The best holiday hide away

  • 5 of 5

This house is one of the best places we've ever been to. After a warm welcome of the owner, we ( a family of 3) had the best start of our holiday one could wish for. The house is very well maintained with, the kitchen extremely well equipped. Using the outdoor kitchen and BBQ makes cooking a feast. The villa is perfect for a quite relaxing holiday, thanks to the great pool and several terraces. It has been our 3rd time we've visited this villa and we will definitely return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Christian for giving 5 stars to my property! And for your kind words as well. Families coming back again are the best reward to my effort to make their stay in my villa a great experience. See you soon.
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Idyllic introduction to Sicily

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property nestling in private woodland with terraces here, there and everywhere so you can chase or shelter from the sun. Delightful and gracious owner, too. Oh, and a bath!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect villa for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Three generations, from age 7 to 79, enjoyed a wonderful week at this lovely house. Our flight was delayed but we were met cheerfully at gone midnight and presented on arrival with a really lovely cold supper of local pizza, meats and cheeses. We were helped through the week with recommendations for shopping and restaurants. The house was very comfortable and well equipped, with beautiful views, and good space inside and out. The children loved the pool, particularly as it had a diving board. Perfectly located in the cool and quiet of the hills yet minutes from beaches and restaurants, and the fantastic town of Cefalu. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Nichola, for your 5 stars and for your enthusiastic words about your experience with my villa. It is our family country house where we spend several weekends during the year, so we maintain it with love and care, in order to find it always read to welcome us for our short escapes from the town. I really love to share it with people from other countries, because if they choose my house among the thousands properties offered in Sicily, they are in some way similar for taste and preferences to me: they are not just paying guests, but friends worth a warm welcome in a place where they can definitely feel at home. They spend there their precious holidays, a few days in the year, I take seriously this responsibility and I really want everything to be perfect for a lovely unforgettable experience. Many of them come back in the next years, the best reward for my care. Best wishes to all of you, Benedetta
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Palermo Airport
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Cefalù train station
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
7.5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The property, in the Cefalù area, is very close to the small town of Lascari, just 2,5 Km.

Cefalù city centre is 15 Km from the property.

An impressive rock dominates this charming little North coast town, one of the most ancient Greek town in Sicily, rebuilt in the Norman period by Ruggero II. It offers one of Sicily's most magnificent Norman cathedrals known for its grand array of Byzantine-Norman mosaics completed in 1148. It offers also a wonderful long beach which attracts large numbers of travellers from all over the world. Cefalù is very close to the large protected area of the Parco delle Madonie, the Sicily's greatest national park, that offers a unique interesting landscape and the possibility to go hiking to enjoy an unusual aspect of Sicily.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Gratteri, Cefalu

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
September and October
27 Aug 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May - June
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July - August
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September - October
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £357

Final Cleaning 100 EUR
20% discount for a 4 weeks reservation.

Direct payments Bank to Bank to ensure safe transactions: in order to protect both parties, the rental rates are requested to be paid by bank transfer. All your questions are welcome: for a prompt reply, email or call or text me at +39 3337509996.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gratteri in Sicily

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Loft Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The Master bedroom, with a double bed (cm 160x190), has French door leading to the covered terrace; the Twin bedroom, with two beds (cm 80x190), has a large window facing the garden; over both these bedroms there is a storage attic area reachable by a fwe steps stair. The third bedroom is a double one (cm 160 x 190), on the loft over the living room with a romantic window facing the garden.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
The house offers together the warm charme of an old country side house and all the modern comforts. More pictures on request. As the owner family usually enjoys the house during the week ends, when it is available, as base-camp for short trips around in Sicily, it is equipped with everything a family can need and more. Several books provide a very special resource for information about the art and architecture of the area. The English-speaking owner will meet you on arrival.

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