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This is a frankly amazing-value holiday home perched high up above in the wooded hills near the little hamlet of Casitti Superiore, about 10-15 minutes drive up the road from the lovely hill town of Tortorici. It has three floors, with a toilet on each; four bedrooms and enough beds to accommodate a football team. There's a large dining room, a sitting room with a real fireplace, and a well-stocked kitchen, where you'll find all the usual equipment, and a few food basics like pasta and coffee: Owner Sebastiano and his charming family even left us some groceries (and beers!) to get us off to a good start. A great touch. They were really welcoming and friendly.
Outside there is a large, outside covered barbecue and eating area with a huge rustic table.
Lying as it does at the end of a longish rough track on a wooded hillside, and with no near neighbours (except a few cows and dogs), this would be an ideal place for large families or even a school group to enjoy without worrying about making a noise.
Turn left from the gate and you reach the little village of Moira in five minutes, which has a couple of bars, and in another few kilometres lies Tortorici, which has a couple of good restaurants and bars; from there it is about half an hour to the coast.
Turn right from the gate and you are 15 minutes' drive from some really scenic walking areas.
Hire a four-wheel drive if you are nervous about lumpy tracks, because the one leading down from the road to the house is about 600m of lump, with three switchbacks that you will have to negotiate with a three-point turn - but don't worry, it's perfectly safe; quite the adventure! Take plenty of films, and download all you need first if you must, as the property at the time of writing was both wi-fi and phone-signal-free - a real place for the quiet life.
Located 3kms outside Francavilla and an hour from Catania airport it is set in a lovely area close to the foot of Mount Etna. It would appear to have previously been a boutique hotel or band b with 5 bedrooms all double or can be twin, but it is now rented out as an entire villa. All the bed rooms are Ensuite and are to a very high standard with very comfortable beds and generally the finish down to the black out curtains is very luxurious. The kitchen is a fully kitted out industrial one which is great for cooking which we did a lot of . The outside area is excellent too with a very large and lovely pool and the grounds are very well kept and there is plenty of seating too. It can comfortably accommodate 10 people but we were a smaller group of 6 . The owner was very helpful if needed and suggested local activities e.g wine tasting . This villa is an excellent choice if you are looking for a bit of luxury , space and set in the countryside .