Elegant and independent Villa with private pool and unique natural surroundings
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About Vincenzo Speciale
Hello! I am Vincenzo, an enthusiastic and reliable person who loves quality time, healthy lifestyle, travelling and enjoying life during leisure time. My villa gives me the opportunity to share experiences with new people and cultures.
Why Vincenzo Speciale chose Partinico
- FREE WI-FI High Speed Internet throughout - Weekly maid - Clean linen and towels - Private Pool & Patio areas - Private garden maintenance - Children Play Ground - Ping pong
What makes this Villa unique
- Unique position between the mountain and the sea - 10,000-Sq. Ft. of land with private swimming pool and huge pine forest
Smoking allowed in the outdoor area
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:15 (sleeps up to 15 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Amazing villa & hosts!
Vincenzo and his family were so kind and helpful they did everything possible to make our stay excellent and enjoyable. We rented this villa for a small wedding party and I can not thank them enough for helping to organize everything and make the whole experience run smoothly. This villa is a true gem and if you are coming to Sicily with a group of friends or family this is a must-see & stay place! The entire property is maintained with such love and care that you forget where you are and of course, the villa itself is a true fairytale-like castle.
Lovely property but sadly have to mention a couple of issues
There is no question that the property is wonderful, and the grounds are nothing short of spectacular.
I do have a couple of issues that I feel compelled to mention:
The listing has been updated since I booked back in February when it wasn't 100% clear that the pool might be shared. I was extremely disappointed to find this out upon our arrival as I would never have booked the villa had I known.
My opinion is that the kitchen lets the villa down. The utensils have been thrown together with whatever was available at the time. The coffee maker is actually a stovetop espresso maker which is fine if you drink espresso. To our surprise there was no garlic press just a rusty old grater. The biggest problem was the lack of ice and the inability to make any quickly. I would have expected an ice maker at a property of this calibre but all that was available was a couple of ice trays, one of which was broken. We used a few of the shallow plastic containers to make some ice but the freezer seemed to take forever to do its job. Sadly, buying ice in the supermarkets doesn’t appear to be an option and neither are ice bags. I would have also liked to have seen a juicer of some sorts. The other and final issue about the kitchen is the lack of storage. Apart from the fridge there was nowhere to store the food purchased and we ended up leaving it on full display on either the kitchen table or long shelf.
The listing has just been updated again and now mentions that “pool bath sheets” should be brought with. That did not appear yesterday when I raised the point that I had huge problem with the fact that they charged 10 Euros per pool towel per person, per week. It may sound petty but quite frankly if you are paying luxury prices (and rightly so) then I feel the least the owners can do is to provide pool towels. Over the years, I have stayed in many a villa but this was the only one that charged for towels.
FYI the listing also quite clearly states that the security deposit is 200 Euros but upon arrival we were asked for 300 Euros.
The final negative comment that I feel obliged to make is outside of the villa walls. Sadly, Partinico has absolutely nothing going for it and is a very run-down area. You almost want to pick up the villa and move it to somewhere else.
I really do not want to end this review negatively as Villa Ginevra really is something special. With a few tweaks, it would be possible to raise my mark from an 8/10 to a 9/10.
Dear Lisa, we’re sorry to hear about your experience. We’re usually known for our exceptional service and we regret that we didn’t live up to those expectations here.
However, we do have a couple of answers to the issues you encountered:
First of all, it has always been clearly stated in our listing that we offer two vacation rental options: Either we rent the whole villa (both the Amber and the Gold units) to have exclusive use of all the facilities and pool or just one UNIT property. If you go for this last option, you might share the pool area with the other guests staying in the other unit. We have been renting our villa for more than 3 years now following this format and never had any issues with anyone, as shown in all the other reviews, and we were surprised that this complain just came from you as it is clearly stated at the very top of the description. We highly recommend to read our property description carefully before adventuring in any bookings.
Regarding the kitchen, all the main utensils provided are listed on the website and anything else you were expecting (i.e. ice maker, juicer) I am afraid we have never advertised them and I wouldn't know where your expectations came from here. We are used to make ice in the freezer in Italy (which it took a little while for you because for hygienic reasons we always defrost, clean and sterilise the fridge every single time we have new guests) and we are also used to make coffee with a traditional coffee maker, that’s Italy and our culture as I am sure everyone can somehow understand it.
Regarding the deposit, you must have been confused with the Amber unit where the security deposit asked is €200, and €300 for the Gold unit. But again, all these information are clearly stated in our listing.
Lastly, for the towels, we do provide bath, hand towels and washcloth x person included in our price; it's true that pool towels aren’t included but provided at an additional cost but this is our policy that you agreed and signed upon arrival and therefore aware of it. Thanks again for your feedback and we will certainly use some bits of it to improve our service. Best of luck, Vincenzo
The villa itself is exactly as is shown on the advertisement - just beautiful! The gardens and swimming pool together with seating areas make it a perfectly relaxing holiday. The owners could not have been more helpful and welcoming. Their suggestions of places to eat and visit were excellent
This is a beautiful villa and I would second all the other excellent and comprehensive reviews. We were a three generation family group of ten renting both the units and it suited our needs perfectly. The location is ideal for exploring Western Sicily, and close to Palermo airport which was a bonus when arriving on an evening flight and not wanting a long drive (although I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the Sicilian roads and drivers!)
Luigia was a charming hostess and couldn't do enough to help. Highly recommended.
Vincenzo and his family were delightful and very helpful. Their home is gorgeous and our family enjoyed the pool, playground and gardens. The location is ideal for easy day trips to Palermo, Trapina, Erice and more. Sicily is a warm and inviting place and we look forward to future visits
Beautiful and spacious villa!
We stayed at Villa Ginevra from December 22, 2018, to January 4, 2019. Our party consisted of four adults and one teenager. It was an amazing place to vacation. The hosts, Mario and Luigia, greeted us with a beautiful gift basket, fresh fruit, and fresh mozzarella. The grounds of the Villa were clean and very well-maintained. The villa itself was perfect for our family. It is an impressive place: the kitchen is light-filled and modern; the bathrooms are clean and modern; the bedrooms are beautifully furnished.
Villa Ginevra is ideally situated for traveling around western Sicily. It is close to the highway and is approximately 25 minutes to the airport in Palermo. We took trips to the following areas: Palermo (to see a Palermo soccer match and to visit Montepellegrino); Terrasini; Castellamare; Trapani (to visit Erice).
We highly recommend you stay here. The hospitality was heart-felt and Villa Ginevra is a one-of-a-kind place to stay.
Canton, MA USA
Thanks to its strategic location, the Villa is the perfect place to visit beautiful tourist destinations of Western Sicily. The nearby towns of Castellammare del Golfo, Terrasini, Balestrate and Palermo all boast beautifully restored centres with fascinating histories and some great restaurants and beaches. There are a couple of beautiful beaches in and around, such as the “Tonnara" of Scopello, the Zingaro Natural Reserve, with idyllic coves and transparent waters. San Vito Lo Capo is one of the finest anywhere in the Med.
The villa is easily accessible from the airport Falcone Borsellino in Palermo (20 minutes drive) and Trapani (45 minutes drive).