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Spacious Historic Residence Overlooking the Marina, Free Wi-Fi

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Last updated: 07/26/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Balestrate house description

The stone arch that you see as you enter the residence shows a carved date: 1886. That is when the house was built. The downstairs used to be the granary where my grandfather kept grains, olive oil and other products from his land.
The residence has a spacious ground floor with with vaulted ceilings and stone arches; a kitchen with a separate dining area and a full bathroom with shower. A comfortable wooden staircase leads to the second floor where there are three bedrooms and another bathroom with a bath tub/shower. A balcony overlooking the marina and the Tyrrhenian Sea offers a panoramic view of the sunset over the gulf.

Here you can sunbathe in privacy, or just sip a glass of wine while watching the sun go down while the fishing boats and sailboats come and go. You don't need a car to go to the beach. Both the East and West beaches are a short walk from the residence offering golden sand. Also at short distance the old fishermen landing good for snorkeling and fossil hunting.


Further Details: You like sightseeing, archeology and hiking? Or do you prefer wine tasting and culinary art? All is available to you with short day trips from the residence. Palermo,Marsala, Scopello, the natural reserve of Lo Zingaro where you can hike, and learn about the native plants, or snorkel in the deep blue water. Visit the medieval town of Erice, or Trapani with its coral museum. Drive by the salt road with its windmills and the salt beds of Mothia. Admire Segesta and Agrigento with their Greek temples. Pay a visit to the local wineries in the area. The cuisine, influenced by cultures from North Africa, Greece, Spain (some of the cultures that dominated Sicily over the centuries) will tempt your palate. The rich varietyes of wines that accompany this cuisine are superb. Cooking classes can be arranged by request.

In need of a relaxing massage? The Marina Holiday SPAS is at walking distance. The Spa offers facials and massages and was featured on the October 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

                2 twin or one single...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

                2 twins or one single...moreless

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                air conditioning unit...moreless

              • The yellow bedroom has one queen size bed and it's on the street side and has a balcony and has an air conditioning unit. The green bedroom can have one queen size bed, or two twins or one single, it's on the water side and has access to the balcony. The blue bedroom is the smaller one and is on the water side with access to the balcony, It can have one queen, or two twins or one single....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Full 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, bidet

                ...moreless

              • Full 2: toilet, shower, bidet

                ...moreless

              • The upstairs bathroom has the view of the touristic port. The downstairs bathroom is off the kitchen....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Free Wi-Fi available through the house.

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Books of different kind for your perusal, both in Italian and English...moreless

                  • Radio
                  • Books For Adults
                  • CD Player
                  • Music Library

                  Theme

                  • Family
                  • Tourist Attractions
                  • Romantic
                  • Historic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Spa

                  Attractions

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

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Boating

                  local services and businesses

                  • Medical Services
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries

                  Location Type

                  • Beach
                  • Waterfront
                  • Beach View:

                    The East beach is visible from the balcony and it's ten minutes walking distance from the house....moreless

                  • Oceanfront:

                    Open the doors to the balcony and the Tyrrhenian sea is right there!...moreless

                  • Water View:

                    From the balcony you can look at the port, the sailboats and the fishermen coming and going. Great sunset view!...moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Golf
                  • Kayaking
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Cycling
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Swimming
                  • Sailing
                  • Fishing
                  • Hiking

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Dining:

                        Two dining areas are available: one in the kitchen and one in the dining room/living room...moreless

                      • Seating for 8 people

                      General

                      • Parking Off Street:

                        Always available right by the front door...moreless

                      • Living Room:

                        Comfortable lounging area, plus a separate office/computer area...moreless

                      • Garage:

                        Not part of the rental, but can be used to line dry clothes...moreless

                      • Wireless Internet:

                        Free WiFi available through the house...moreless

                      • Air Conditioning:

                        Available in the yellow bedroom (additional charge of €5 per day). ...moreless

                      • Washing Machine
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Heating:

                        Natural gas central heating with timer and thermostat that you can change for your own convenience...moreless

                      • Towels Provided:

                        Also beach towels are provided in summer time...moreless

                      • Parking On Street
                      • Study Room
                      • Living Area
                      • Iron & Board

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional

                          Kitchen

                          • Coffee Maker:

                            Italian espresso coffee makers...moreless

                          • Toaster:

                            One toaster, plus a toaster overn...moreless

                          • Pantry Items:

                            Pots and pans, kitchen scale, blender with attachments plus immersion blender...moreless

                          • Stove:

                            operated with natural gas with wide oven ...moreless

                          • Catering Available:

                            To be arranged ahead of time with housekeeper. Cooking classes available upon request....moreless

                          • Kitchen:

                            Complete kitchenware; natural gas stove for cooking....moreless

                          • Dishes & Utensils:

                            All you need is available...moreless

                          • Oven
                          • Stove
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Microwave
                          • Cooking Utensils:

                            All utensils available, as well as tableware. A grill is also available....moreless

                          Outside

                          • Kayak / Canoe:

                            Can be rented through local Altomare Agency...moreless

                          • Boat:

                            Can be rented through local Altomare Agency, or in Castellammare del Golfo with an without captain...moreless

                          • Outdoor Grill:

                            Stored in the garage...moreless

                          • Golf:

                            http://www.webgolf.it/courses/353/verdura-golf-club.html Verdura Golf Club, Sciacca (about 30 miles)...moreless

                          • Beach Towels
                          • Terrace
                          • Balcony:

                            One small off the yellow queen size room. One large and spreading through the length of the house on the water side. Can accommodate a cafe' table and 6 or more chairs. ...moreless

                           

                          Reviews

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Summer Season
                          May 18 - Sep 30, 2014
                          4 night min stay

                          €700

                          Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

                          Winter Season
                          Jan 8 - Mar 20, 2015
                          4 night min stay

                          €400

                          Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

                          Low Season
                          Oct 1 - Dec 15, 2015
                          4 night min stay

                          €450

                          Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

                          Holiday Season
                          Dec 16 - Jan 6, 2016
                          4 night min stay

                          €550

                          Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest


                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Final cleaning €50
                          • Refundable Damage Deposit €200
                          • Taxes Not included

                          Notes:

                          For longer stays check with owner. Rates are subject to change until rent is confirmed.

                          Cancellation Policy: For cancellations more than 60 days prior to arrival, there is a fee of 30.00 Euros. For cancellations less than 60 days prior to arrival and more than 31 days prior to arrival there is a fee of one night rent. There are no refunds for cancellations less than 30 days prior to arrival.

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                          Last updated: 07/26/2014
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                          Location

                          25 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          Palermo
                          30 Kilometres
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Palermo
                          500 Metres
                          Nearest Train
                          10 min. walking distance
                          10 Kilometres
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Balestrate exit
                          500 Metres
                          Nearest Beach
                          10 min. walking distance
                          300 Metres
                          Nearest Barpub
                          La Piazzetta Open for breakfast lunch and dinner
                          65 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sciacca
                          300 Metres
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          5 min. walking distance

                          Car: Recommended

                          The Marina Holiday SPAS is at walking distance. The Spa was featured on the October 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

                          The Vanity day Spa recently opened with discounts for guests of Casa Balestra.

                          If you like fossils, the Fishermen's beach is for you. It's about 1 Km. from the house.

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                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2009

                          About the owner: I decided to name the residence CASA BALESTRA, which in Italian means crossbow, from the name of the town where it is located: Balestrate. I've lived in Virginia, USA for over 20 years. I teach Italian to adults. I've always traveled back and forth to Italy to visit my parents and take care of them. My parents left me this beautiful historic house and I plan to enjoy it when I can. I want to share CASA BALESTRA with you and hope that you will enjoy Sicily and its generous people, have a relaxing time and build beautiful memories.

                          Why the Owner Chose Balestrate:
                          I inherited CASA BALESTRA from my mom. The house was built in 1886 when it was part of a larger building where my grandparents lived. It was later subdivided. My mom’s family has owned the residence for three generations. It has been restored and it is spacious and comfortable. As a kid I spent all my summers in this house, visiting grandpa. I have great memories about the time spent in this house.


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                          Speaks: french, italian, english, some Spanish

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                          Photos

                          • View of the marina from the balcony

                            View of the marina from the balcony

                          • View of the main entrance from the living room

                            View of the main entrance from the living room

                          • View of the living room from the stairs

                            View of the living room from the stairs

                          • Computer area with wooden staircase to bedrooms

                            Computer area with wooden staircase to bedrooms

                          • Stove and dishwasher

                            Stove and dishwasher

                          • You can have a good time sitting on the balcony overlooking the marina

                            You can have a good time sitting on the balcony overlooking the marina

                          • Red sunset from the balcony

                            Red sunset from the balcony

                          • Bedroom detail with antique furnitures

                            Bedroom detail with antique furnitures

                          • The green room shown with a queen size bed

                            The green room shown with a queen size bed

                          • Downstairs bathroom detail

                            Downstairs bathroom detail

                          • 2nd floor bathroom with tub/shower combo

                            2nd floor bathroom with tub/shower combo

                          • View of the Western beach and the Gulf of Castellamare - Scopello e San Vito

                            View of the Western beach and the Gulf of Castellamare - Scopello e San Vito

                          • Casa Balestra ceramic sign posted by the main entrance

                            Casa Balestra ceramic sign posted by the main entrance

                          • Living room

                            Living room

                          • Living room detail

                            Living room detail

                          • Kitchen and pantry

                            Kitchen and pantry

                          • Dining area off kitchen - doors to bathroom and garage

                            Dining area off kitchen - doors to bathroom and garage

                          • View from the balcony at sunset

                            View from the balcony at sunset

                          • Yellow bedroom (queen size only available)

                            Yellow bedroom (queen size only available)

                          • The green room shown with twin beds

                            The green room shown with twin beds

                          • The blue room shown with a single bed (twin or queen set up available)

                            The blue room shown with a single bed (twin or queen set up available)

                          • Downstairs bathroom w/shower

                            Downstairs bathroom w/shower

                          • 2nd floor bathroom detail

                            2nd floor bathroom detail

                          • You can buy fresh fish each day right at your doorstep

                            You can buy fresh fish each day right at your doorstep

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                          This listing was first published here in 2010.

                          Date last modified - Monday, July 07, 2014

                          €57 - €100 per night (EUR)
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                          3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

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                          Minimum stay: 4 nights
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