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Member since: 2002
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Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian

Romantic luxury villa with private pool and tennis court near the sea

35 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Trapani province - Santa Maria

Ground floor with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeps 6 to 8 .

Villa Santa Maria is a historic 17th century Sicilian farmhouse with its own private swimming pool and tennis court. This unique castellated building is flanked by circular towers on each side. We rent out the beautifully decorated ground floor, which is extremely spacious and can sleep up to 8 people. Guests can relax in the pool for their exclusive use or enjoy the surrounding exotic Mediterranean garden from the shade of an ancient olive tree. The pool measures 12 x 6 metres, has steps into the shallow end and is lined with mosaic. When the temperature drops the tennis court flanked by formal gardens in front of the villa provides fun for all the family. Three acres of grounds bordered by cypress and Mediterranean pines also include olive groves and a 16th century watch tower.

The ground floor is completely private and comes with its own magical Sicilian walled citrus garden.

The accommodation is extremely spacious and includes a library and separate television room

Santa Maria: You enter Santa Maria through a beautiful driveway lined with date palms and bougainvillea. A massive door leads into a pretty courtyard with porticoes and statuary and a marble well in the centre. The whole villa is an oasis of peace and quiet, shaded by lofty palms, cypress trees and pines. The spacious ground floor, recently restored to a high standard of luxury, is completely private. the dining room with fireplace opens onto a walled garden with 100 citrus trees, a splashing fountain that attracts a wide variety of birds and a paved terrace where guests can dine under the orange and lemon trees. The private swimming pool is set in a Mediterranean garden lovingly planted by the present owners. Bougainvillea, oleander, frangipani, datura, jasmine, hibiscus and lavender are just some of the plants that flower through the summer months.

The co-owners of the property, (English speaking) who live on the top floor of the villa, are available for help and advice. The entrance to their apartment is from the main courtyard and separate from the ground floor.

If you would like to find out more about Santa Maria, you may read 'Casa Nostra, A Home in Sicily' by Caroline Seller Manzo. Published in the US by Harper Collins, it can be ordered online. Please email Caroline for further details.

Mazara del Vallo: Mazara,Italy’s major fishing port, has a charming promenade lined with palm trees 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 housed in a dedicated museum.

Mazara offers a wide range of shops and excellent restaurants, where you can savour the freshest seafood and fish, not to mention the delights of Sicilian traditional fare from fish couscous to the mouth-watering delicacies of cassata and cannoli.

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.

The famous nature reserve of the Zingaro is an added attraction. For more information and photos of the surroundings to the villa, do email us for our website address.

Sightseeing: The ancient Greek city of Selinunte overlooking 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 theatre. In 20 minutes you can reach Marsala famous for wine, and don't miss the Punic Ship on display at the museum. Just beyond Marsala is the lagoon with its saltpans and windmills. Visit the fascinating island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony, and see the Punic remains, the museum and the beautiful Greek statue of a young boy. 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 Egades islands. The exotic capital, Palermo, and the Vale of Temples, Agrigento are easy day trips.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Caroline (Owner)
Member since: 2002
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Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Today we are very sorry that we have to leave this wonderful villa.

We have stayed here with our five joint children and feel like the royal family staying in their Italian castle. We really enjoyed the beautiful house and grounds with swimming pool and tennis, but above all the citrus garden, which smells so lovely especially during the evenings. We toured most of the interesting sites and towns in the west of Sicily and also made a day trip to Palermo.

We felt very welcome and enjoyed the friendliness and hospitality of Nanette, but also of Marcello and Caroline, who were staying in the other house this week. For us being away and together, the seven of us, is always very special, but the location and environment of this truly family house was the perfect setting. We hope to come back.
Apr 2013
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based on 35 holidaymaker reviews

Romantic luxury villa with private pool and tennis court near the sea
average rating of 4.857143 based on 39 reviews

Lovely Sicilian Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We returned last night from a glorious week in your wonderful villa. We all wrote our thoughts in the guest book, but I wanted to be sure that you knew just how much our two families cherished our stay. The photographs of Santa Maria on the web site are great, but the actual experience of staying there was even more magical. We had spent a wonderful but hectic week in Rome prior, and Sicily and Santa Maria were a perfect respite from city life.

We especially appreciated your thorough directions and advice in the pre-arrival documents as well as the "Villa Bible", which was indispensable. We managed to take trips to Selinunte, Eraclea Minoa (our favorite beach by far), Segesta, and Agrigento all in one week. The layout of the house suited our group so perfectly -- the common rooms truly provided boisterous family meal time and the bedrooms afforded perfect privacy. The weather turned quite hot (100 Fahrenheit most days), so the pool was a lifesaver. We are all avid cooks, and the kitchen allowed us to take advantage of the local produce and fish. And as a designer and artist, I wanted to add just how much I admired your choices of color and interior decor throughout the house. And we all had fun perusing and admiring your fantastic library!

Please thank Nanette for us, too. She was very open and helpful.



Los Angeles, California, USA

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anna and her family had come all the way from California to stay at Santa Maria, so it is very gratifying to know that our villa exceeded their expectations. I was pleased to hear that this group of guests were keen on exploring and managed to see so many of Sicily’s beautiful Greek temples and lovely beaches in one week. They even discovered a wonderful restaurant that we didn't know about and which I will certainly recommend to future guests. Many of our guests comment on the layout and colour schemes at Santa Maria. The large rooms and thick walls are typical of a traditional Sicilian farmhouse, locally known as a “baglio”. Originally the ground floor of Santa Maria was used for storage of grain. Then Marcello’s grandfather, who bought it over a hundred years ago, converted it into a family residence, opening up granary stores into living spaces. However some parts were left as storage facilities. When Marcello and I renovated the ground floor in 1999, we were determined to keep the living area as Marcello’s grandfather had designed it. We had to make some changes to the remaining storage rooms to accommodate bedrooms and bathrooms. This is where my would-be interior designer ambition came into play. It was fun painting the house in a myriad of colours, actually against the advice of my architect, brother-in-law, who would have liked to see it covered in celibate monastic white. But I think my passion for colour paid off. Well most of our guests seem to like it anyway. Yes, the rooms are large and whenever we go and stay there, I revel in the sheer space, not to mention the privacy it affords. I am someone who needs to get away and be on my own from time to time, and this is why I love being at Santa Maria. There are separate rooms for watching television, reading in the library, eating and socialising, not to mention the gardens - orange grove, swimming pool garden and the formal gardens in front of the villa. From the photographs Anna, sent me I can see that she, her friends and family are enthusiastic and accomplished cooks. The kitchen at Santa Maria is extremely well equipped so I'm sure they will have appreciated that. All in all, Santa Maria is a wonderful base from which to explore Western Sicily, but also to enjoy the company of friends, and at the same time to get away from it all, read and relax. It is just great to have a review from guests from the United States and I hope this will encourage more of you to come and visit.
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Wonderful property, great facilities & hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 6 adults, mum & dad plus 4 in their twenties.

The property is large, secluded and with lots of facilities.

It allowed outdoors activity of tennis, swimming and running, as well as lots of opportunity to relax. There was plenty of space to get some independence yet large communal areas for games and dinner. The kitchen and utility areas are large and fully stocked.

Wi-fi worked well, and there was TV but also board games and books.

Location is outside of town, so make sure you have the full address and directions.

There are very helpful owners family members on hand if you need anything.

The property is well placed for all main west coast of Sicily attractions.

A car is a requirement.

Some mosquitos.

Overall a great place for a family to relax and explore Sicily.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad that this family enjoyed the facilities and abundance of space at Santa Maria. We have always found that groups of different age ranges and interests benefit from the spaciousness of the villa giving them the opportunity to spread out. Indoors there is a library and a television room in addition to the living room while the grounds include not only a large Mediterranean garden around the swimming pool but also a walled orange grove, not to mention formal gardens flanking the tennis court. As this guest mentions, the villa is within easy driving distance of many of Sicily's most important historical sites, including Selinunte, Segesta, Mozia, Erice and Palermo.
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A gem of a property...beautiful home and grounds

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful stay in Santa Maria...

Fabulous villa, pool, tennis court and gardens. While there are family members living above we had complete privacy. The villa was presented as described and very clean and well maintained. Any problems were resolved quickly by the on site managers of the property living above. It is hard to leave the villa but great sightseeing to be had in Western Sicily ... For historical sightseeing Selinunte is a must with well preserved Greek ruins against a coastal backdrop. The north west coastline for breathtaking scenery and fabulous beaches and the national park...Castellamare was our particular favourite ancient coastal town and the nearby picturesque hamlet of Scopello with stunning views and great swimming. We would thoroughly recommend Santa Maria as the perfect relaxing retreat in an ideal spot for sightseeing.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I agree with this guest that Santa Maria is a perfect place to relax with its lovely pool, tennis court and lush gardens. Within easy reach of the motorway it is well placed for sightseeing. The magnificent Greek site of Selinunte is close by and the sea can be reached within minutes. These guests particularly enjoyed the north west coast off where they hired a boat at Castellamare and enjoyed the views of the Zingaro nature reserve from the sea. We are fortunate to have my sister-in-law on hand to welcome guests and offer any help or advice they require.
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Relaxing holiday in beautiful venue

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Santa Maria was everything that we had hoped for. It was so hot that we didn't venture out much and loved spending lazy days under the olive tree by the pool, with tennis once the temperature eased a little in the evenings.

When we did go out, there were many restaurants to choose from in nearby Mazara and we enjoyed day trips to Selinute and Erice.

The property is beautifully maintained and it was very reassuring having Nanette and Silvio on site to welcome us and to help if required.

We would happily recommend the property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very glad that this family enjoyed their stay so much. The last two weeks of July coincided with a freak heatwave this year so it was important that they found refuge at the pool with its Mediterrarnean garden and huge shady olive trees. The villa itself has thick walls and air conditioning in the bedrooms and kitchen, while there is plenty of shade in the walled orange grove. Yes, we are lucky to have my brother and sister-n-law on site ever ready to help or advise our guests if needed. I do hope this family will come back to Santa Maria again.
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Which superlative hasn't been used?

  • 5 of 5

I'm trying to think how to write a review without saying: "wonderful", "fantastic", "amazing" or "wow"! It's tricky. This place gives you all of these. - the foundation for an unforgettable holiday. It was like staying in a fabulous (oops!) hotel suite with with incredible (again!) grounds but without having any other guests around! Help is on hand should you require it but if you want to be left to please yourself then that is perfectly possible too. I can't imagine finding anything like this magical place again. Believe the reviews and the photos and stop searching.

Dunckleys, London

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that Lisa and her family enjoyed everything Santa Maria has to offer. We are always happy when guests appreciate the beauty and comfort of the villa and we make sure that everything runs smoothly for them. I do hope this family comes back again.
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Worth the Detour!

  • 5 of 5

How trite does the word "magical" seem to describe this place? Yet the Villa transported us and there seems to be no other word to describe it. We lived the dream for a week and discovered a corner of the world untouched by tourism, raw, tranquil and animated, all in one. This is a slice of Sicily where history oozes from the stones, yet quietly. The Villa is elegant, comfortable and aesthetically fabulous, with a library to dazzle (and I would need to book a few years to read even an eighth of the collection), a cook's dream kitchen along with all the best cookbooks, to boot. We relaxed indoors as well as out: the gardens are diverse: a citrus grove, tennis and pool grounds, and olive trees as well. We were fortunate to arrive during the olive pressing season and enjoyed the experience immensely. Finally, a word about our hosts: Nanette and Silvio, Caroline and Marcello: what a difference it made having you to book choice restaurants, provide insight on this or that winery, archeological site, or town to visit. Need I say more?

Shelley & Sam, Toronto, Canada

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were fortunate to be at our other villa next door when this delightful family from Canada were staying. They were very appreciative of the beauty of the villa itself and the grounds and took full advantage of the pool and tennis court. The weather was warm and balmy, even though it was late October. It was a pleasure to help them with tips for sightseeing and good restaurants, and they certainly made the most of their week at Santa Maria. We do hope to see them back at Santa Maria one day.
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Palermo Airport _ Falcone Borsellino
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Mazara del Vallo
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Mazara del Vallo
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Motorway Mazara - Palermo
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Il pescatore
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
San Vito
Car: necessary

Santa Maria is in the heart of the country of western Sicily, so the only noise you will hear is birdsong, particularly the resident hoopoe bird. 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 villa is not isolated. There are neighbours within walking distance and the nearest town, Mazara del Vallo, is only three miles away. This country villa is also near lovely beaches such as Tonnarella and Marinella. Excellent for sightseeing, Santa maria is just a short drive away from some of the most fascinating sites in Sicily: the Greek temples of Selinunte and Segesta, the medieval hilltop town of Erice and the Punic island, Mozia, not to mention Palermo the maginifient capital of the island. Access to the motorway from Santa Maria is excellent and Palermo can be reached in just over an hour. Ryanair, Easyjet and Alitalia all run flights to Palermo or Trapani airports.

Other Activities: kite surf and windsurfing


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Mazara del Vallo, Trapani province

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peak season
16 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

The villa is ideal for 6 people but 2 more people can be accommodated on extra beds in the study or television room at the cost of £100 per person, per week. We can also supply 2 cots for infants without extra charge.
There is an extra charge if central heating is used. No charge for air conditioning.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Trapani province in Sicily

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All the bathrooms are beautifully decorated with tiles or mosaic. The shower room and loo ensuite to the second bedroom is built into the base of a circular tower and is decorated throughout with blue mosaic. The wash basin is inside the bedroom itself. The bathroom for the master bedroom has a large free standing bath with hand shower as well as a walk-in shower. It is decorated in green and yellow with handmade Sicilian tiles. We also provide a folding baby bath that can be placed inside the main bath tub. The third bathroom next to the TV room is the most spectacular of all. Decorated in a Moroccan theme of contrasting deep blue and dark red, it has a huge built- in mosaic bath with both a hand shower unit and an overhead shower. All the shower units have large shower heads for added comfort. We provide soap in all the bathrooms and 2 hair dryers. We even provide hair straighteners. There is a small bathroom with wc and washbasin next to the sitting room and dining room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , en suite bathroom
    Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , own bathroom
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , own bathroom
  • Two of the bedrooms are very spacious, both with views onto the orange grove and both with their own bathrooms, one ensuite. The third bedroom, which is in the oldest part of the house dating back to the 17th century, is smaller with windows placed high up. From it you can glimpse the row of date palms which line the drive. It is adjacent to the TV room and has its own exotic Moroccan bathroom. There are two extra beds and two cots available. The beds can be put either in the study or in the TV room. There is a charge of £50 per extra bed per week but we do not charge for use of the cots. The master bedroom has an additional single bed and room for a cot. The second bedroom also has room for a cot. All three bedrooms have air conditioning.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There is a well stocked library of English books and DVDs, including children's books - and games. The music centre in the living room has a collection of CDs. Sky cable television is available on flat screen tv in a dedicated room, decorated with a splendid 17th century arch. The tv room also has an extra fridge and mini-kitchen. There is a beautiful tiled fireplace in the dining-room which opens onto the walled orange grove. The main kitchen is extremely well equipped and is air conditioned for those hot Sicilian nights The pool, for exclusive use of guests, is in its own garden with a gazebo and mature olive trees. It measures 12 X 6 metres, is lined in white mosaic and has steps leading to the shallow end. It is surrounded by a large sunbathing area with deck chairs and sunbeds. The newly renovated tennis court in the grounds is available for guests and rackets and balls are provided. Optional cleaning and catering services are available.

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