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Seaside Living Underneath Cefalu's Spectacular Cliff !

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Casa del Faro is to the right of the lighthouse across the street from the sea!

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
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Cefalu townhome description

WELCOME TO CASA DEL FARO! This beautiful home is uniquely located directly across the street from a rocky Mediterranean beach and has a steep backyard of 80 square meters (800 square feet) leading to a 200-m (700 feet) massive cliff. It is one of several townhouses carved out of a restructured stone spaghetti factory in 2005.

The house has a total area of 60 square meters (600 square feet), evenly split between two floors. Downstairs you will enjoy a single large room with two sofas, TV and DVD player, coffee table, dining table with six chairs, and fully-equipped kitchen with hand-painted tiles from Caltigirone, along with a half-bath. Do you like antiques? Well, in Dec. 2010 we just brought in 4 matching pieces of living room furniture manufactured in the 1890s in Palermo by the Dacrot factory, including a sofa, two matching end chairs, and a marble-topped lamp table. The large living room window looks directly onto the Mediterranean, while the back-door looks out onto the famous Cliff of Cefalu. Upstairs you will also enjoy waking up to crashing surf and an unobstructed view of the Mediterranean from the master bedroom, with large double bed, armoire, and chest of drawers, decorated with nautical motifs. Enjoy the collection of lovely hand-painted, traditional Sicilian ceramics from the nearby town of Santo Stefano! There is also a junior bedroom decorated with Sicilian puppets, with two twin beds, armoire, and view of the cliff. The full bathroom has a shower, toilet, bidet, and sink.

Outside CASA DEL FARO boasts two beautiful areas for your dining enjoyment. Immediately outside the house is an outside kitchen, with gas grill, sink, and food preparation counter. Help yourself to fresh herbs you might find growing there! There is a picnic table with six chairs and umbrellas here, and it is a great place to enjoy a summer breakfast. Further up the hill in the backyard you will enjoy dining under the gazebo on the beautiful hand-crafted table of black Sicilian volcanic stone, decorated with an enamel surface painted with a fruit fantasy. From here you can look out over the top of the red-tiled roof toward the historic center of Cefalu or outward toward the Eolian islands, a volcanic archipelago most easily visible during the winter months.

Several kinds of beach experiences are available. Directly across the street from CASA DEL FARO is a stairway leading down to a rocky beach, which is a good place to sunbathe away from the madding crowds even in the summer. It is OK for swimming when the sea is calm. I personally prefer to go a half-kilometer (third of a mile) into town to the Old Port, where there is a small free public beach behind a jetty, where the water is always calm. Beyond this point lies a plethora of private beaches, where you pay to rent your chair and umbrella. The beach season lasts roughly from April through the first week of November.

Aside from good restaurants, Cefalu offers great opportunities for those who want to cook on their own. You can enjoy a cafe and wineshop in the same complex of buildings as CASA DEL FARO or you can walk 200 meters into town to satisfy most of your culinary needs.

CASA DEL FARO is a 15-minute walk from the train station, with frequent connections to Palermo. In the summer several ferries a day go from Cefalu harbor (only 200 meters from the house) to Palermo and the Eolian Islands. Parking is always available at the new harbor, but in many ways it is easier to enjoy Cefalu without a car, since the streets in the medieval quarter are quite narrow and tend to have heavy pedestrian traffic. No parking is available directly in front of the house. In town you can find many agencies happy to organize tours to Agrigento, Mount Etna, Monreale, and most other points of interest in Sicily. Don't forget to visit Cefalu's lovely twelfth-century cathedral with its famous Byzantine mosaics and the lovely Osterio Magno, with its Arab architectural influence!

PLEASE NOTE! THIS HOUSE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TROUBLE WITH CLIMBING STAIRS, but it should present no problem to someone with normal health.

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Townhome
  • 60 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Children Welcome:

            Kids will enjoy the Sicilian puppets in junior bedroom....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Cleaning surcharge of 20 euros....moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            nice big armoire and chest of drawers, pottery...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

            quiet, nice skylight window...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Available at additional cost upon request...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

            window gives good ventilation...moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet

            small washing machine...moreless

          • Hairdryer provided!

          Other Amenities

              • piano keyboard available

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                small library of novels, tourist literature...moreless

              • CD Player

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Nude Beach
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Beach View:

                There is a rocky beach across the street, and sandy beaches about 400 m to both east and west....moreless

              • Monument View
              • Mountain View:

                In back of the house stands a steep cliff with medieval fortifications...the famous 'rocca' of Cefalu....moreless

              • Ocean View:

                Enjoy an unobstructed view of the Mediterranean from the living room, the bedroom, and the upper garden! When humidity is low you can see up to five of the volcanic Eolian Islands....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountaineering
              • Parasailing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Rock Climbing
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Skiing
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

                children's high chair available with advance request...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 6 people

              General

              • Air Conditioning:

                available at 10 euros per day...moreless

              • Broadband Access:

                Available as a backup if you don't have wireless capability....moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                electric available at 10 euros per night...moreless

              • Internet:

                at not cost to you, unlimited...moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                The first issuance of linens is included in the rental price. For guests who may be staying longer and requiring re-issuance, the charge is 12 euros per set per person, payable to the keyholder....moreless

              • Living Room:

                3 couches (2 leather, 1 antique) & 2 antique armchairs, coffee table, antique table, TV...moreless

              • Parking:

                Available for free at New Port, 200 m from house....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Free parking available 24 hours per day at the New Port, 250 m from the house. Although loading/unloading is permitted on the street in front of the house, parking there is restricted to permanent residents only by city ordinance....moreless

              • Telephone:

                A fixed line phone is available for you to receive incoming calls and to make free local calls to other fixed lines in Cefalu only. Use Skype for other calls. ...moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Towels are part of the linens package...moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                small, but it does a nice job!...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Connection available at no extra charge to you through Alice Telefon Italia. It connects with almost all modems. There is also a cable available as a backup....moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker:

                traditional Italian coffee pot...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                pizza cutter, blender, citrus squeezer...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                some antique dishes! ...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                microwave, fully equipped, winewrack...moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven:

                electric, did a great job with Thanksgiving turkey!...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Big selection of wine glasses, champagne glasses, shot glasses, etc. ...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                with freezer...moreless

              • Stove:

                gas with 4 burners, pushbutton starter...moreless

              Outside

              • Boat:

                You can rent/moor boats 300 m from the house at the new port....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                2 patios: The first is right outside the house, with outdoor kitchen, table with 6 chairs & umbrella. The second is up the steps under grapevines with decorative obsidian table, 6 chairs, & seaview....moreless

              • Gazebo:

                shaded by grapevines during the warmer months, but open to the elements during the winter...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                for rent on the beach...moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                in the vineyard surrounded by fruit trees overlooking Mediterranean...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Nice collection of flowers, fruit trees, vegetables, and herbs in back yard....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Water Sports Gear:

                ask about nearby diving school...moreless

               

              Reviews

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Base Rate
              3 night min stay
              €17
              late autumn
              Nov 1 - Dec 19
              3 night min stay
              €49
              €315

              Discounts: 14 nights or more: €39 Nightly

              best value
              Jan 7 - Jan 15
              3 night min stay
              €17
              bargain value
              Jan 16 - Mar 14
              3 night min stay
              €29
              spring and early summer
              Mar 16 - Jul 31
              3 night min stay
              €85

              Discounts: 14 nights or more: €79 Nightly; 21 nights or more: €69 Nightly

              august
              Aug 1 - Aug 31
              3 night min stay
              €115

              Discounts: 14 nights or more: €99 Nightly; 21 nights or more: €89 Nightly

              early autumn
              Sep 1 - Oct 31
              3 night min stay
              €85

              Discounts: 14 nights or more: €79 Nightly; 21 nights or more: €69 Nightly


              Additional information about rental rates

              Additional Fees and Taxes:

              No charge for cooking gas, hot & cold water, basic electricity. I pay the charges for your linens if you stay at least 7 nights; otherwise 12 euros per person per issue. Key delivery 25 euros. Cleaning 40 euros w/o pet, 60 euros with pet. For short stays, AC or heat available for 10 euros per night. For longer stays heat & AC charges based on extra electricity use. Contact owner for details.


              Notes:

              Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. No refunds within 30 days of planned arrival.

              Normally 25% down to book (nonrefundable), 75% due 30 days before arrival, and set-up fees payable upon arrival in Cefalu. The first two payments can be made either by US-dollar checks at the daily exchange rate or in euros by bank transfer. Set-up fees must be paid in euros in cash only upon arrival.


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              Location

              98 Kilometres
              Nearest Airport
              Palermo
              70 Metres
              Nearest Barpub
              in same building complex
              300 Metres
              Nearest Ferry
              SEASONAL TO Palermo; Eolian Islands
              1 Kilometres
              Nearest Train
              Cefalu
              2 Kilometres
              Nearest Motorway
              Palermo/Messina
              70 Metres
              Nearest Restaurant
              La Trinacria & Faro
              150 Kilometres
              Nearest Ski
              Mount Etna
              150 Metres
              Nearest Beach
              across street

              Car: Not Necessary

              Cefalu is about 30 minutes from the ceramics town of Santo Stefano. You can also catch a boat in the warmer months out to the health spa on Vulcano island, part of the Eolian archipelago. Great 'slow food' is available at many restaurants up in the Madonnie Mountains south of Cefalu.

               

              Manager info

              Year Purchased: 2004

              About: My name is Mark Meeks. I teach high school algebra in San Francisco, California. I look forward to occupying the house full-time when I retire in a few years.

              Why Cefalu:
              I fell in love with Cefalu on my first visit to the town in 2004. At that time, Casa del Faro was being renovated after decades of neglect. It was such a unique site, right between the Mediterranean and the cliff and so close to a gorgeous historical town, that I couldn't wait to sign the contract and get my name on the property register! Owning my own Italian home has been one of the best experiences in my life, and I'm thrilled to share the house with visitors!

              The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
              Help yourself to vegetables, herbs, or fruit growing in the backyard! Right in the same complex are two wonderful places to dine: La Trinacria, which is a year-round restaurant with a delicatessen, and Bar del Faro, which serves lighter fare. Before heading to the grocery store ask about the location of the Saturday open-air market (which moves around town depending on the time of year). It's a great place to get quality produce, meats, fish, cheese, etc. at a low price.


              Contact us

              Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Catalan

               

              Photos

              • Casa del Faro is to the right of the  lighthouse across the street from the sea!

                Casa del Faro is to the right of the lighthouse across the street from the sea!

              • Living and dining area on first floor

                Living and dining area on first floor

              • Enjoy this unobstructed ocean view from the living room window!

                Enjoy this unobstructed ocean view from the living room window!

              • antique living room set from 1890s Palermo

                antique living room set from 1890s Palermo

              • Enjoy dining on this gorgeous hand-painted table while enjoying the sea view!

                Enjoy dining on this gorgeous hand-painted table while enjoying the sea view!

              • Enjoy fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruit from the garden in back of the house.

                Enjoy fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruit from the garden in back of the house.

              • Stock the wine cabinet with your favorite Sicilian wines and liqueurs!

                Stock the wine cabinet with your favorite Sicilian wines and liqueurs!

              • Sunbathe at rocky beach across the street from the house, but swim carefully!

                Sunbathe at rocky beach across the street from the house, but swim carefully!

              • Another view of the picturesque old harbor, 400 m from the house.

                Another view of the picturesque old harbor, 400 m from the house.

              • I recommend La Trinacria & Faro Restaurants,
in same complex with Casa del Faro.

                I recommend La Trinacria & Faro Restaurants, in same complex with Casa del Faro.

              • You'll walk along this beautiful pathway every time you enter and leave!

                You'll walk along this beautiful pathway every time you enter and leave!

              • Junior bedroom displays puppets of medieval Sicilian warriors.

                Junior bedroom displays puppets of medieval Sicilian warriors.

              • CASA DEL FARO, view from the street.

                CASA DEL FARO, view from the street.

              • Casa del Faro is located in the stone buildings below the lighthouse.

                Casa del Faro is located in the stone buildings below the lighthouse.

              • Kitchen with hand-painted ceramic tiles from Caltigirone, Sicily

                Kitchen with hand-painted ceramic tiles from Caltigirone, Sicily

              • master bedroom with window looking out onto Mediterranean

                master bedroom with window looking out onto Mediterranean

              • outdoor kitchen and terraced garden immediately outside CASA DEL FARO

                outdoor kitchen and terraced garden immediately outside CASA DEL FARO

              • Alternate entrance by western staircase

                Alternate entrance by western staircase

              • This gas grill avoids the hassle of dealing with charcoal (expensive in Sicily).

                This gas grill avoids the hassle of dealing with charcoal (expensive in Sicily).

              • Take a dip in the calm waters of the Old Harbor, 400m from the house.

                Take a dip in the calm waters of the Old Harbor, 400m from the house.

              • This archway reveals a peak of the Old Harbor.

                This archway reveals a peak of the Old Harbor.

              • Cefalu's cathedral (c. 1150) on the town square, lies 300 m from the house.

                Cefalu's cathedral (c. 1150) on the town square, lies 300 m from the house.

              • a rear view of neighboring houses, with Casa del Faro at 6th door from right

                a rear view of neighboring houses, with Casa del Faro at 6th door from right

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              2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
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              Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Catalan
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