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Villa Santa Rosalia

Sardinia, Sicily & Aeolian Islands, Italy

Per week

from 1900.00 to 2400.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Caroline Manzo

Member since Jul 2014
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:11 minutes
  • Availability Updated:10 hours 23 minutes

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BFB's Overview

Tucked amongst the vineyards of Western Sicily and less than 10 minutes drive from the beach, Santa Rosalia is a gloriously pink stuccoed country villa for families to drop and flop by a lovely private pool or discover all the delicious and historic delights that make Sicily so enthralling.


The enclosed garden is a Mediterranean paradise for frazzled parents to unwind, dotted with shady palms and jacarandas, as well as orange, pomegranate and fig trees for families to plunder when the fruits are season. In the middle of it all is the safely gated, 11x6 metre pool with Roman steps into the shallow end and surrounded by smooth terracotta tiles set out with sun loungers and a parasol, while gnarly olive trees provide more welcome shade for little ones. An inflatable paddling pool, lilos and balls are provided by the owners and parents can keep an eye on older children playing in the pool from the al fresco dining terrace and the kitchen.


Santa Rosalia has been recently renovated, redecorated and furnished in a relaxed, cool and comfortable style, with eclectic pictures and ornaments picked up by owners on their travels. The large sunny living room is equipped with Sky TV, a DVD player and CD system, with a wide choice of movies and music, plus the villa has wi fi to keep digital natives happy. New appliances have been fitted in the farmhouse-style kitchen, ensuring that parents have all the essential mod cons for preparing family dinners including lots of inspiring cookery books and all-important air conditioning. The kitchen has a breakfast table for 8 and there is a separate dining room but the outdoor terrace is where most mealtimes are sure to take place, in the cool dappled shade of a grapevine pergola and with a portable barbecue for sizzling up freshly caught fish and Sicilian sausages from the local market.


Up the switchback stairs, with a safety gate across the top, all four bedrooms have pretty views over the garden, air conditioning and mosquito nets on the windows. All three bathrooms are very spacious and newly renovated, comprising one with a large tub and powerful overhead shower, and two with walk in shower units. If required, perhaps for grandparents or a nanny, the villa has a studio with a large, comfortable sofa bed and adjacent bathroom adjoining the villa on the ground floor.


Accommodation Overview

Santa Rosalia sleeps up to 8 people plus 2 babies in travel cots provided and 2 additional guests on a sofa bed in the adjoining studio. Two of the bedrooms have queen sized beds and two have twin single beds. The main bathroom has a large bath and powerful overhead shower and the villa has two other walk-in shower rooms.

Location Information

Santa Rosalia has a peaceful, countryside setting in Western Sicilian just 2 miles from the nearest beaches and the fishing port of Mazara del Vallo.


Mazara boasts an elegant promenade and pretty piazzas, a wide range of shops and excellent trattorias serving fantastic fresh caught fish and seafood among the Sicilian specialities. In the past, local fisherman also pulled out an incredible bronze statue from Ancient Greece of a dancing satyr which is now the jewel in the town’s crown and proudly displayed in a dedicated museum.


To the east of Mazara lies the long sandy beach of Tonnarella with lidos, rows of sun loungers and beach umbrellas to provide much needed shade from the midday rays. To the west, the shore is fringed with rocky coves and smaller beaches where the water is a glittering turquoise and popular for snorkelling and scuba diving.


Sicily is steeped in a turbulent history of foreign invaders and conquerors that have left a fascinating cultural and archaeological legacy to uncover all across the island. The largest Ancient Greek archaeological site in Italy, Selinunte, is just a 30 minute drive from Santa Rosalia and after exploring the temples, families will be ready for a cool dip in the beach below and welcome refreshments in the bars and restaurants in the nearby village of Marinella.


Perhaps the best legacy of all the foreign occupiers is the delicious Sicilian cuisine that’s renowned as a mouth-watering melting pot of influences from Italy, Greece, Spain, Arabia and beyond. Sicilian ice cream is accepted to be among the best in the world and the refreshing flavoured granita is a super lush slush puppy. Fantastic fresh pasta dishes come with every taste-sensation sauce under the sun and Mazara specialises in aromatic fish cous-cous. For those with a sweet tooth, Sicilian cakes and desserts are dangerously irresistible such as sticky almond pastries and the elaborately decorated cassata made with ricotta, marzipan, sponge cake and candied peel. Western Sicily is also a major wine region. There are several wineries nearby while Florio and Pellegrino in neighbouring Marsala are open for tours and tastings. Marsala, of course, is world famous for its sweet dessert wines.


Getting there: British Airways, Ryanair, Airone and Easyjet provide direct flights from the UK to Sicily. Both Trapani and Palermo are international airports and are1 hrs drive to Santa Rosalia. British airways provides flights to Catania airport, which is 3 ½ hrs drive.


Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): Mazara del Vallo 4 kms away.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Rates

5 Nov - 23 Dec 2016 : £1900 /week24 Dec - 31 Dec 2016 : £2100 /week1 Jan - 6 Jan 2017 : £2100 /week7 Jan - 17 Mar 2017 : £1900 /week18 Mar - 14 Apr 2017 : £2000 /week15 Apr - 21 Apr 2017 : £2000 /week22 Apr - 5 May 2017 : £2000 /week6 May - 16 Jun 2017 : £2150 /week17 Jun - 14 Jul 2017 : £2250 /week15 Jul - 1 Sep 2017 : £2400 /week2 Sep - 29 Sep 2017 : £2250 /week30 Sep - 3 Nov 2017 : £2050 /week5 Nov - 23 Dec 2016 : €2241.81 /week24 Dec - 31 Dec 2016 : €2477.79 /week1 Jan - 6 Jan 2017 : €2477.79 /week7 Jan - 17 Mar 2017 : €2241.81 /week18 Mar - 14 Apr 2017 : €2359.8 /week15 Apr - 21 Apr 2017 : €2359.8 /week22 Apr - 5 May 2017 : €2359.8 /week6 May - 16 Jun 2017 : €2536.785 /week17 Jun - 14 Jul 2017 : €2654.775 /week15 Jul - 1 Sep 2017 : €2831.76 /week2 Sep - 29 Sep 2017 : €2654.775 /week30 Sep - 3 Nov 2017 : €2418.795 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 8 + infants in 2 x Queen size bedrooms, 2 x twin rooms.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Trapani and Palermo are international airports which are within an hours drive from the villa.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Just two miles from the beach and fishing port of Mazara del Vallo.

Any Pool

A private 11 x 6 meter pool with steps leading into the shallow end and is surrounded by a sunbathing area equipped with sun loungers and a beach umbrella. Pool is open from May - November.

Nursery Gear (additional)

2 travel cots, 2 highchairs, 1 baby bath, 1 baby bouncer, 1 potty, stairgate at top of stairs, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery, sippy cups, and bibs. There are also night lights in the corridor and available for the bedrooms if required.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

The villa has bath toys, a lot of kids books, a few general toys and some U-rated kids DVDs.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre arrival shopping and pre arranged meals can be provided.

Outdoor Toys

Outside there are buckets and spades, 1, trike, 1 bike suitable for 4 to 5 year-old, paddling pool, lilos and balls for the swimming pool.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgate at the top of the stairs.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Large grounds with plenty of space and a fully fenced/gated pool.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WI-FI is available.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

2 x travel cots and highchairs can be provided.

Reviews

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  • A spacious well appointed and comfortable villa . The furnishings and eclectic collections displayed throughout the villa put us in the holiday mood from the start . Good quality baby equipment and safety features were found throughout the property . The private grounds were abundant in colourful shrubs and the highlight was the large pool with its terracotta tiles surrounded by rosemary honeysuckle and olive trees We were well looked after by Nanette who was on hand for advice and any extra need during our stay . We certainly were in no rush to leave .Review dated 03/07/2016

  • Santa Rosalia is an idyllic villa set in beautiful surroundings, perfect for a peaceful family holiday. We recently returned from 10 days at Santa Rosalia. Our party included myself and my husband, both early 30s, plus our 7 month old and our friends, of a similar age, with their 10 year old son, 9 year old daughter and 10 month old son. When we arrived, we were completely overwhelmed at the size of the villa and gardens and amazed to learn that we had the whole space all to ourselves. There was more than enough space for all of us and no danger of feeling cramped or living on top of each other. The villa and pool were well maintained, with the pool cleaned every day, bedsheets changed and a light clean of the villa during our stay. Nanette, who lives next door, kindly waited up very late to greet us on the night we arrived and was extremely helpful and kind throughout our stay. Caroline, the villa owner, was so helpful before our visit ...Review dated 22/06/2015

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A spacious well appointed and comfortable villa . The furnishings and eclectic collections displayed throughout the villa put us in the holiday mood from the start . Good quality baby equipment and safety features were found throughout the property . The private grounds were abundant in colourful shrubs and the highlight was the large pool with its terracotta tiles surrounded by rosemary honeysuckle and olive trees We were well looked after by Nanette who was on hand for advice and any extra need during our stay . We certainly were in no rush to leave .

Santa Rosalia is an idyllic villa set in beautiful surroundings, perfect for a peaceful family holiday. We recently returned from 10 days at Santa Rosalia. Our party included myself and my husband, both early 30s, plus our 7 month old and our friends, of a similar age, with their 10 year old son, 9 year old daughter and 10 month old son. When we arrived, we were completely overwhelmed at the size of the villa and gardens and amazed to learn that we had the whole space all to ourselves. There was more than enough space for all of us and no danger of feeling cramped or living on top of each other. The villa and pool were well maintained, with the pool cleaned every day, bedsheets changed and a light clean of the villa during our stay. Nanette, who lives next door, kindly waited up very late to greet us on the night we arrived and was extremely helpful and kind throughout our stay. Caroline, the villa owner, was so helpful before our visit. This was our first holiday with our son so I had lots of questions and she patiently answered all of them! Cots and highchairs were provided for the babies and there is a built in stair gate to stop any little escapees. We spent most of our days at the villa enjoying the pool. The main focus of our days was discussing what to have for dinner and then sourcing it u2013 in true Sicilian style! However, I know there is a lot to discover locally and on our next visit u2013 we will definitely be back! u2013 weu2019ll set about exploring a bit more. A wonderful setting for a quiet, calm and very relaxing family holiday, we are all looking forward to returning again soon!

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*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 2 guests.



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