|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
My simple house can be your low budget way to explore the beauty of Sicily, or a very affordable vacation if you just want to experience the peaceful life of a Sicilian village for a month.
The house consists of three rooms + bathroom. The downstairs room has its own entrance, so the guests can have privacy from each other if needed. Sofabed downstairs and double bed upstairs. This area of town is quiet and calm at night, so sleep won't be disturbed.
Wonderful beach nearby (Eraclea Minoa) with a great restaurant, outdoor showers, boat rentals, and a pine forest that comes right to the edge of the sand for those of us who burn almost immediately (like me).
The bathroom is on the second floor, so please look elsewhere if you have difficulty using stairs. There are some low doorways; tall people will need to watch their heads on part of the staircase and the doorway from the downstairs room. The bathroom has no sink, the kitchen is just outside the bathroom door though. The electric water heater can be very expensive, so please unplug it when you don't need it. The washing machine has it's own hot water heater so use it for showers and dish washing only. The water stays hot for several days after if you don't use it all up on a shower. Help me keep my costs low (and rates low!) by remembering to unplug it when not needed. Otherwise it perpetually keeps the whole tank at just below boiling.
Please smoke on the balcony only and don't toss butts to the street, use an ashtray. Also please don't spit from the balcony. The matress is less than a year old. Parking in front of the house is almost always available, should you drive. My house is simple, but the price reflects the simple offerings it has to provide.
I am a childrens' librarian, soon to retire in my tiny house! Until then it is available for you!
I love travel and simple living. This town is so friendly and I hope you enjoy it as much as I always do.
eve bekker purchased this house in 2006
I bought this property as a retirement home. Living in San Francisco as I do, where finding a house for under half a million dollars is near impossible, I knew I would never be able to buy here. When I saw this adorable house I knew I had to do it to give my future some options. I have not regretted the decision. Cianciana is full of warm people and Sicily is gorgeous.
Technology detox!!! Do you need a break from your digital life? Need to remember how to read a book and hear your own thoughts? Come visit! The internet should be available if you wish to pay an extra 15 EU per visit/month.
Also, my house is so inexpensive you may SAVE money going on vacation!! The food here is delicious and excellent quality. If you are patient and lazy, various trucks drive into the piazza selling different kinds of food, so you won't have to walk to the grocery store.
The property itself is very basic, but had everything we needed for a wonderful insight into Cianciana and Sicilian town life!
Communication with Eve & Franca was excellent. Franca was marvellous. She looked after us very well: going over and above and out of her way to help us whenever she could.
The upstairs bed was very large and comfortable. We didn't use the sofa bed on the lower floor.
Kitchen equipment was 'interesting'. Some heavier-duty pans and a kettle would be better for people who are doing a lot of home cooking; but we had everything we needed. We only ate out twice in the evenings during our 2-weeks stay.
We found the shopping trolley very useful. Maybe an umbrella for the unexpected downpours would be appreciated!
There were plenty of clear instructions of how to operate everything (water pump, cooker, washing machine, etc); also information on the best places to go.
We had a lovely, relaxing fortnight in Eve's house, and truly felt that it was a great place to stay to have an authentic Sicilian experience.
Le plus simple mais l'essentiel y est. Toujours bien accueilli.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£160|
On site property manager lives within yards of the house. She speaks both English and Italian and will be available to guests if they need help when they get to the property or at any time during their visit. She is very friendly and warm. It is possible to reach my house entirely by public transit, if you don't pack more luggage than you can carry. There is a bus from Palermo that takes you about 4 blocks from my door. There is a shuttle to the beach that will pick you up at the door and drive you to Eraclea Minoa and home again at the end of the day. If you rent a car and use my house as a base camp to explore from, you can park right in front of the house. The weather in Sicily means swimming into October.
Housekeeping and other potential services are entirely up to the property managers availability. She and her husband may be willing and able to provide airport pick up and delivery, assistance getting a rental car, housekeeping, or cooking (she's a great cook). These services will be negotiated between guest and manager and you will pay her directly. None of these services are included in rental price. Possible babysitting as well.
Please leave her an appropriate compensation for her time if she assists you with needs not related to using the house. Helping you make any travel plans, translate messages regarding your phone plan or travel messages from an airline, renting a car, etc, are all above and beyond what she is compensated for by the cleaning fee. She is extremely accomodating, but also has a busy life full of her own responsibilities so please acknowledge her worth if she assists you above and beyond your needs as a house guest. She can assist with booking a taxi from PMO, should you need one. The cost will be 100-150 EU for the taxi driver. It is almost two hours drive. Contact Franca ASAP if your expected arrival is delayed. You may have to book a hotel room at your Sicily arrival point if you cannot reach the house by 8 p.m..
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.