The villa and her cottages Orange, Lemon and Agave are located in Bagheria the summer residence of old aristocratic Sicilian families. In the same area you can see 7 others beautiful historical villas. Some of them are now open to the pubblic. The three Cottages have nice independent patios surrounded by a Mediterranean garden. The interior decoration is renewed but in a classical style. The popular films 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso' and 'Baharia', directed by Tornatore, have been located in a Bagheria of a hundred years ago.....
- Cottage753 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one day
- English, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 19 Jun 2018
About Property Manager
We live in northern Italy, Spain and USA but we love Sicily and once a year we come back to our roots where the family of Princes Moncada di Paternò came in 1400 from Spain as Vicekings of Sicily. We love the colors the monuments the food and the beauty of our island and we hope others will enjoy them too
Property Manager purchased this Cottage in 1745
Why Property Manager chose Bagheria
What makes this Cottage unique
the villa is right in the centre of town, so very handy for shops, cafes, restaurants, etc. Bagheria is not a tourist town, but for those that want to experience real Sicily it's an excellent place to soak up the atmosphere, go to nearby beaches where only the locals go, and also to travel around the sights in the Palermo area, and experience plenty of variety in nearby beaches, towns, churches and so on.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect location for all local facilities & a lovely, quiet setting. Size more suited to 2 people than 4 & kitchen v v small! With all good offerings around - that was not an issue for us.
Very well located for touring & some wonderful things to be seen.
The local contact - Angela- was brilliant. She made regular contact with us & really took a personal interest in ensuring that everything was ok. Her bar/restaurant recommendations were all perfect.
Enjoyable, but not for the faint-hearted.
We enjoyed our stay, although it was highly stressful at times. The apartment has two roomy bedrooms and a sizeable living room, all tastefully furnished but the kitchen space was tiny with access for one person at a time, inadequate for two let alone four people. To welcome us , we were given a bottle of wine but only one wine glass. The outdoor space is very pleasant and the grounds are extensive and interesting. The swimming pool hours are rather limited,10a.m. to 6.30p.m., although we were allowed to swim before 10, provided the pool was not being maintained. It is a good sized pool in a lovely setting.
Bagheria is a busy town within a labyrinth of very narrow streets. Driving is hazardous by any standards due to double parking, lack of signage, and scooters whizzing by haphazardly. SatNav is more of a liability than an asset. Finding the Villa was a nightmare, since we were given no directions from the management. The link we were sent was empty, and it was simply sent empty a second time when we informed Giacomo (the manager) of the problem. Fortunately, a local policeman helped out by driving there with us following in our own car. The gates of the villa are kept locked at all times, and Angela, Giacomo's assistant, had to wait outside for us to arrive to let us in. Given that we spent over an hour driving around trying to find the place, everyone was stressed out by the time we arrived.
When we finally did arrive, Angela was very kind and as helpful as possible.
One day, having locked our bedroom door from the outside, the lock failed to open. It was lunchtime, which is sacrosanct. So we had to wait until after 3pm before someone came along with a hammer and an oil-can to open it. Again very stressful.
About a week before arrival, we were told that the apartment would not be ready on time, and offered an alternative for one night. Given that we did not know where the first apartment was, finding a second one seemed to pile on the pressure. Fortunately, the first apartment, was made ready in time. But the stress of not knowing was not good.
. Hi Arthur, thank you for your review. We alway try todo our best and it will help to improve. We underline the fat the adress and Angela phone number were sent to you and Angela way on location on time waiting for you or at least a call in the case you needed help. Villa Trabia is not in hotel and no reception is in the Villa but at all times we have personel on site to check in the incoming guests. We always make sure the guests are aware of the location and all pictures are 100% no bad surprice at all. All the best Giacomo
A very nice appartement
We loved the cottage in Bagheria. It is located in the middle of Bagheria at 2 steps from the main street. However due to the fact that the cottage is part of the larger property Villa Trabia, you could not hear anything from the city center and you can simply relax. The hospitality was also a plus: Angela showed us all the main items in the apartment. We arrived on a Sunday around the closing hour of all the supermarkets. Angela immediately drove us to the nearest supermarkets until we found one which was still open.
Step back in time and relax.
The first impression of Orange Cottage was better than the website. The furnishing and fit out of the cottage was done with care, and in keeping with its surroundings. Both the outside sitting area and the pool were much bigger that suggested by the pictures. It is one of 6 or 7 self contained single story units tucked away in the corner of the grounds of a splendid Villa on substantial grounds (3-4 HA) right in the centre of Bagheria. Check out Google earth. The large green area which is easily 3-4 street blocks wide is Villa Trabia.
One limitation alluded to in another review is the size of the kitchen, but do you want to cook on holidays? Think of as a galley on a yacht, fully fitted but compact. The large fridge freezer is sufficient to hold as much food and drink as any family needs. If you must cook there is a 4 burner hob, oven and microwave.
Bagheria is a bustling, lively Sicilian town. It is not a tourist trap, this is the genuine article. Don’t expect multiple language menus. There are many good restaurants within walking distance including a Michelin starred one 5 minutes from the gate. Compared to the south of France we were pleasantly surprised at both the quality, and how reasonable the prices were. Typical meal for two Cote D’Azur €100, Sicily €60 or less! Try Trattoria Don Ciccio, or Matahari Bistrot
The owner was on hand and very helpful. The garden has a supply of tomatoes; you simply pick them and eat. Another lovely touch was the welcome pack.
The cottage is 5 minutes from the Autostrada and a trip to the Sicilia Outlet is recommended. 140 + shops, especially for men. The train to Palermo is cheap (€5 return), frequent, so do not think about driving there. I would also recommend not to blindly follow the sat-nav. Some of the streets are extremely narrow, made worse by 4 metre cars in 3 metre spaces. Better to stick with the wider streets, and let the sat nav recalculate the route until you find your way around. Did I mention driving in Sicily? Simple, don’t stop, show no fear, and keep moving. Really it is no worse than anywhere else, just go with the flow.
In conclusion, a great place to stay. Convenient to all of the beaches, Palermo, and further afield. Equally once you enter the gates, park the car; you are away from the hustle and bustle of life.
A lovely and peaceful cottage with great character
We really loved our stay here. This little house was deliciously cool and comfortable in the unexpectedly hot October weather, and we really enjoyed being able to sit out on our terrace and use the gorgeous swimming pool. The owner, Aloisa, was friendly and helpful, showed us a short cut through the garden to the supermarket and drove us to the station when we left.
Though the bedrooms and living room were spacious, the kitchen was very, very small, and the bathroom pretty tiny too - although to be fair we could see that was the case from the photos! We loved the way the house is decorated with interesting prints and artworks - it feels much more homely that way.
One of the best things about our stay was that we were able to do without hiring a car, as we could walk to the railway station for the train to Palermo, and eastwards along the coast to Cefalu, too. It's quite a trek, though, especially coming home uphill from the station after a long day of sightseeing; it's worth noting that there are no taxis available, and we saw no buses, either. Bagheria has a couple of decent places to eat, but not much else of interest. We weren't able to get to the nearby beaches easily - you'd need a car for that I think.
We would definitely come again!
An Enthralling Step Back in Time
We booked Orange Cottage as Bagheria served as a great place to explore both Palermo and Cefalu. In addition, our two teenage children could easily access the town for coffee, ice cream and a general wander. In truth, we didn't really know what to expect. Aloisa described the property as a cottage in the grounds of an old aristocratic mansion house (in the middle of a town!). Faded charm and a reminder of past glories. The cottage was simple but extremely clean and comfortable and furnished with old antiques which suited the feel of the property. Ideal for a family of four and a great outside area which was bigger than the picture on-line.The kitchen was small but everything was provided for so not a problem. The pool was great and we never really saw anybody else so had it all to ourselves. We could wander the grounds and only imagine what it was like in it's former life. Alois invited us to pick tomatoes, basil, limes and oranges from the garden and this gave a feeling that we where part of something special. Amazingly, once outside the huge main gates we were in a bustling and traditional Sicilian town. The contrast was fabulous and we all felt privileged to be living on the 'other side'. The main street was seconds away and mostly closed to vehicles. Shops, cafe's, butchers all on hand. We found a couple of excellent restaurants (Fratelli Piombino booked by Aloisa) which the children labelled' best they have been to'. Great food and service. A super coffee and cake cafe yards from the front gates.
Away from the town, Palermo was 20 minutes by train which was easy and convenient. Cefalu also great and easy to drive or train. Both a must see. So, in summary a place full of charm, and a real Sicilian experience. Aloisa, was truly helpful and quick to respond to any requests or needs. Always engaging and happy to share the history of the family house. If you fancy something delightfully different this is it. Fully recommended by the whole family.
Will, Bren, Jake and Molly
The villa will start a program of restoration beginning from the entrance. The rental will help the family in this important work.
Beaches are 10 minutes driving, but the popular Mondello beach is 40 minutes driving and Cefalù beach at 25 minutes.
The main activity in Sicily is visiting cities, villages, museum, botanical garden sea sites, archeological sites. Culture, wine and food, nature, history are the ingredients of a beautiful and interesting holiday. Palermo, Trapani, Cefalù, Solunto, Segesta and Selinunte,the Fenician Mothia Island and the salt production can be visited with a day trip from Bagheria.
Puntaraisi/Borsellino Palermo is the airport 50 minutes by car, the main Palermo port is 30 minutes by car, car with navigator is recommended. If your idea is to go to Sicily remember that the last minute flights are very expensive so please book your flight!
British Airways has 2 direct fight per week for Palermo. Don't wait to be near the holidays!
The villa is in Bagheria village. 25 minutes from the beautiful Cefalu' village, 20 minutes from Palermo, 2 hours and 30 minutes Taormina, 1 hour Trapani Erice, 3 hours Catania Etna Vulcan etc.
5 minutes walk to all the shops, supermarket, banks, restaurant etc.