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The host Nino was very responsive right from the booking date and even met us late evening on the day of our arrival at a fuel station just off the autostrada exit for Balestrate to guide us to the villa. He also provided useful tourist information about attractions to visit in the area and recommended some of the local facilities/shops such as butchers, bakers and restaurants etc. as well as a map of Balestrate. We had a plumbing problem one night and Nino responded immediately and sorted it out. There was plenty of indoor and outdoor furniture and an outdoor kitchen, which we didn't use as our stay was out of season. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend the villa and the host Nino wholeheartedly. The only negatives re the villa are the doors to the bedrooms and in particular the bathroom, which are of a concertina type and do not afford any real privacy and we would have expected a little more bedlinen and towels for a 3 week stay as it was quite difficult sometimes to get them dry after laundering due to the changeable weather. However, I am sure that NIno would have provided additional linen had we asked him. Also, there were only 4 TV channels in the English language (after a total re-tune!) and rather strangely we were unable to access any Italian channels! Balestrate is a typical little Sicilian working town with plenty of restaurants and bars etc. We would recommend the Ondas Azurras Pizza Restaurant to the right of the end of the communal driveway for pizza only, as that was what all the customers were eating and some of the other Italian dishes were not that great. A litre of red wine for 6 Euros was a very welcome surprise there! All in all an excellent holiday with good value accommodation, great weather for the time of year (except for a few days) and a lovely friendly host.
Five go on a Birthday Weekend...and the accommodation was ideal, as the third bedroom was on the smaller side although it did have a double bed. Getting hot water in the upstairs shower was a bit of a problem, but nothing we could not overcome.