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Villa in Taormina countryside with stunning view to the sea & the Mount Etna

Bedrooms 5
Space 6,458 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms for 9 persons , private swimming pool

The spacious sitting/dining room with its ornate fireplace and traditional furnishings lead onto the oval terrace. Pine trees surround the terrace on which there is a working stone font - the ideal setting for an evening aperitif watching the flaming Etna volcano as well as dinner on those balmy evenings. The bedrooms are all simply but comfortably and colourfully decorated with shutters leading out onto the front garden. Alternatively, when the Sicilian sun becomes too overbearing one can cool off in the large pool behind the house. Palm, avocado and olive trees around the pool provide some shade over parts of the terrace where again some stunning views to the sea and the Mount Etna can be appreciated. We believe lovers of Sicily and also those new to the many fascinations of this island will love the opportunity to stay in this traditional classic home within such easy access of so many popular destination.

Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
24 August, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family of 4 and I usually go on holiday to places with cooler climates like Wales,Ireland and Scotland to visit friends and family or Austria for holidays, but this year we decided to do something different and go to Sicily. We definitely were not disappointed, the house we stayed in was almost like a palace, with lots of elegant paintings, a big marble staircase and a terrace with one of the best views we have ever seen. The weather was perfect, much warmer than in the UK, but we never got too hot thanks to the large swimming pool we had all to ourselves! There were also some very comfortable chairs round the pool for us to sunbathe in and an umbrella for shade in case it got too hot. The maid was very kind and helpful, always leaving the house clean and tidy so that we had more time to visit the Etna and the beautiful town of Taormina. Our trip up Etna was the adventure of our lives, the children (aged 8 and 10) loved feeling the warm rocks, digging just a few cm to find snow in August and running down the volcano at the end and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Our trip to Taormina was also a great success, there were lots of Italian shops where we bought souvenirs and and cafes in which we tasted an Italian type of ice cream called a granita which we had never seen before! We also had a fantastic time at the seaside, there are so many different beach resorts that we went to a different one everyday. Our favourite was called 'Isola Bella' which means beautiful Island in Sicily. This resort is about 200m away from a lovely little island surrounded by beautiful fish. Our youngest child even found a bright red starfish! We had a spectacular stay in Sicily which we will never forget. I would strongly recommend this holiday to anybody.
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Taormina in Taormina

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6458 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 9 deck chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Villa in Taormina countryside with stunning view to the sea & the Mount Etna
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 30 reviews

A beautiful villa with the most amazing views and great swimmming pool

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of family and friends, 7 in total with 4 of the group age 15-19, staying for a week in July. There was plenty of room for us all and the villa was well equipped for what we needed. There are shops and supermarkets quite nearby, but we ate out a lot as well. We booked the cooking service, available if you book with the owner in advance, which was amazing and very tasty (lots of it!).

The owner was very helpful through the booking process and during our stay; thank you Valeria (and your mother).

The pool is big and very clean with lots of space around it. The terrace was where we ate in the evening, with the most fantastic views of Mt Etna.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Debbie We are very glad you have spent nice time in our property! Thank you for choosing our villa for your holidays in Sicily. If you decide to return to Sicily in the future we will be happy to welcome you again in our property!
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charming traditional Sicily experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. The house is very traditional which was exactly what we wanted and as described. The terrace in particular was a delightful place to sit in the evenings especially as it was very very hot during our stay. Valeria was very helpful and sorted out small problems with air conditioning etc. We booked the cook on two nights and can't recommend enough - they produced two wonderful meals - well worth it and much better than eating out which was very pricey in August for 9 of us. If I was to suggest one improvement it would be better pillows. Not sure if my family is very fussy but all found them pretty uncomfortable! Lovely location - would have liked to walk more if it hadn't been so hot. Very convenient for beaches and Taormina. Thank you for great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous villa and friendly people

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks in this gorgeous villa during the July heat. Although we spent some time visiting Etna, Taormina and the surrounding area, our favourite days were simple enjoying the beauty, peace and tranquillity of the villa. stunning

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience.

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of six adults and two children staying in this wonderful villa. A swim in the magnificent pool was the perfect way to cool down in the hot Sicilian summer. This villa was very clean, well equipped and Peppino was very generous and helpful. Thank you Valeria for everything.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Falsely advertised as a 5 bedroom

  • 2 of 5

We loved Etna and Taormina. The weather was awesome

But the house is not what you see in the pictures.

There is 1 master bedroom, all others are rooms in the basement that do not have separate entrances and are directly connected. This created a lot of awkward situations for our group, as we expected a full 5 bedroom - however people had to walk through each other's bedrooms to get out. Mattresses are very old and uncomfortable.

Bathrooms do not have shower curtains, so you basically have to shower sitting down. Both lower floor bathrooms have no windows.

The kitchen was also very old and had extremely low quality appliances (the dishwasher didn't work half of the time), utensils were super low quality - and there were no wine glasses. No wine glasses in Italy!

For the price that's being asked you simply have to expect modern appliances, modern & comfortable beds and a properly equipped kitchen.

We loved the pool and spent most of our time there, but it really limited what we were able to do.

We were very excited for this property & vacation, however can't recommend.

Valeria is a nice & responsive host (Whatsapp!) - however no english speaking host was on property to help, the Nanny for our child arrived smoking a cigarette and we would've loved to have someone there to help/explain/show us around.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Benjamin I reply to your review because what you have written is far from reality and there are points on where the exaggeration is evident. Infact there are 5 bedrooms, 4 of them are in the ground level and they have all their own entrance from the garden. The ground floor is not a basement and it is not true that in the 2 bathrooms there are no windows. It is true that there are not shower curtains but because they have the bathtub, which is very normal in Italy. The kitchen has been completely refurbished for a few years. Of course we provide wine glasses! We do not provide, by the way, tasting globlets - as you have required - since they are expensive and guests often break them and we want to avoid asking for reimbursement of damages. I believe that we provide an efficient and welcoming service, without impinging on the choices and privacy of our guests. We leave it to our kinder readers to form their own opinion on the plausibility of the more colorful allegations. I reply also because I want to advice future owners about your behaviour as guest. You have booked for 7 adults and one child. One month before your arrival you wrote to me that the children were 2 and you confirmed that you wanted 3 double bedrooms , 1 single bedroom and the two babies beds. When you arrived you told me there was an adult more. I pointed out that my property could accommodate a maximum of 9 (including children and babies). Then you told me that the babies were not 2 but 3! I would like to point out that I would have never accepted a reservation of 8 adults and 3 babies!!! Moreover although I have repeatedly emailed you to let me know what time you would have arrived to arrange your check-in, you never gave me the answer, causing a serious discomfort to my mother (82 years old) who waited for you on Sunday (holiday day ) Until 6 pm. I had to engage someone who waited until you arrived at 10.30pm. You have been given a clean and fully functional house: you have broken the dishwasher, destroyed the marble table, spoiled the black table in the dining room and returned the house in dirt never seen since renting this home with Homeaway. We were really astonished with your attitude of lack of respect for the place that hosted you and for the people who worked there. I honestly hope I will not have guests like you in my home in the future.
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A great place for a marvelous holiday

  • 5 of 5

The villa is on a hillside with a secluded garden in a private estate and surrounded by fields and terraces of oranges. The pool area is great and we spent loads of time there. The house is spacious and delightful. Decorated tastefully in a shabby chic way. The bathrooms work but are functional rather than modern and having an evening barbecue on the spacious terrace with Mt Etna as backdrop is stunning. We used the cooking service twice and had good meals. I would definitely recommend this property. We were only 6 adults, if you were 10 it would be fine but the kitchen might be a bit busy and there would be some bathroom sharing but the sitting room and dining area and terrace are huge. As is the pool area. We had a marvelous time

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anne Thank you for your careful review!! I am very happy that you and your family had nice time in my villa. I would just like to point out something very important to those who read that, since it is an ancient residence, the villa can accommodate up to 9 guests, including children and babies, even if there are 5 bedrooms. In the house there are 4 working bathrooms that can comfortably serve for that maximum number of people. For this reason we do not accept requests for groups of 10 or more people.
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
38 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Etna North
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Giardini Naxos
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Etna North
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Taormina, Giardini Naxos
Car: recommended


Taormina is one of the most sought after areas in Sicily, and it is easy to understand why. The combination of being on the beach, and at the same time within walking distance (with the help of the cable car) of the centre of Taormina suits many of our guest very well. This area of Sicily has much to offer besides Taormina and the beaches. Apart from the huge attraction of Mount Etna, try visiting some of the lesser known towns and villages on its flanks. You will be in for some pleasant surprises.


Nestled amongst bougainvillea citrus and olive plantations with outstanding views to Mount Etna, this Classic Sicilian home is an ideal base from which to explore the delights of Eastern Sicily. Only twenty minutes from Taormina with its famous amphitheatre and colourful streets and yet hidden away from the outside world, the San Martino Estate provides the opportunity for a very real Sicilian experience. Many of our guests have shown a growing interest in this island which is such a “melting pot” of cultures so we are delighted to offer this location. Having followed the long drive up the hill one finally reaches this princely family home surrounded by lush vegetation. Stepping inside one immediately notices the typically Sicilian nineteenth century furniture and objects d’art. Palm, avocado and olive trees around the pool provide some shade over parts of the terrace where again some stunning views to the sea and the Mount Etna can be appreciated. We believe lovers of Sicily and also those new to the many fascinations of this island will love the opportunity to stay in this traditional classic home within such easy access of so many popular destination.


Catania airport: 35km-22miles-40mins

Palermo airport: 290km-180miles-2hr50

Trapani airport: 370km-231miles-3hr55

Taormina centre: 20 min driving

Nearest beach: 10 min driving

Siracusa: 118km-73miles-1hr20

Mount Etna cable car: 62km-38miles-1hr10

Catania centre: 52km-32miles-45mins


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Taormina, Messina province

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer High season
30 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Mid season
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Endig Summer season
1 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
30 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
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
Damage Deposit £458.76

The prices above are referred for groups of max 9 people babies/infants included. It is not allowed in the villa to organize parties or dinners with persons differents than the guests holidaysmaker. The extra services of cooking, the use of the villa and pool are exclusively for the people indicated at the time of reservation. It is possible to organize on demand a dinner or a tea party in another structure which is very close to the villa. The swimming pool is available from mid april to mid october, other periods only on demand paying an extra. In the price is included the cleaning service: 3 hours two days weekly, excluding Saturdays and Sundays. The heating is extra 30/50 euros daily on demand

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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