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We went for half term in October.
The villa is amazing with a large living / dining room surrounded by glass sliding doors on three sides. The fourth side is a series of four identically sized bedrooms, each leading onto the lounge / dining room. There were 2 doubles and two twin rooms, each bedroom had its own en suite bathroom with a modern shower, sink & WC, and there were connecting doors between each double bedroom and the twin room next to it. As two families with children, it was perfect for us.
The kitchen is off to the side of the villa. It is a smallish (relative to the size of the lounge) galley style kitchen, but it had all appliances required, and there was a huge and well acquainted BBQ area outside for outdoor cooking.
The swimming pool is unheated, but very large with a diving board and 3 m depth at the deeper end. It was fairly chilly in October, but not chilly enough to keep the kids (aged between 4 and 10) out of it several times a day in regular summer swimwear.
There was also an astroturf tennis court come 5-a-side football pitch (it had both goals and a tennis net) at the rear of the property, with equipment provided, which worked very well for us. The gardens are huge and a mix of lawns and stonework with two fountains(!).
There is a golden sandy beach 2 minutes from the house, which was deserted when we were there, which was perfect for swimming, with waves big enough for kids to bodyboard in, and no steep drop off. The sea was still comfortably warm in October.
The area was very quiet when we were there - the surrounding streets are all holiday villas, but very few seemed to be occupied (I am sure it is very different in August). There isn't a town to speak of within walking distance - just a small shop a few streets east which was not very well stocked. However there are several restaurants within longer walking distance along the beach front, and it is a short drive (c.10 minutes) to Pozzallo, which is a fairly large town on the seafront with plenty of shops and restaurants.
The villa is privately owned, and we were met by the owner (Donzello) on the first day to receive the keys etc. He was very friendly and helpful and his English was good. There was also a custodian who collected rubbish bags and sorted out the pool every day or so, but he did it so discreetly that we didn't actually notice him at all.
All in all we were very happy with the accommodation for the price we paid.
Looks just as good as the photos - beautifully appointed, with 4 very nice bathrooms, a fantastic pool and outdoor equipment, separate utility and BBQ area and a very well stocked kitchen. Just 5 min walk from a fantastic 8km sandy beach - perfect slope into the water safe for kids but also easy to get into for swimming and surf boarding. The owner lives next door and everyone was very helpful and easy to contact for any issues/advice etc. Pozallo is about 10 min drive away for a cheap supermarket, eating out and train station (to Syracuse etc). Perfect weather in October, still hot enough to go swimming in the sea (pool a bit cold) and get a tan - beautiful sunny blue skies every day. Bring your mossie spray! Would highly recommend it.