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Spacious Historic Residence Overlooking the Marina, Free Wi-Fi

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    We provide a portable bed for infants, as well as a portable high chair/booster. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

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

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

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Beach
  • 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

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Two dining areas are available: one in the kitchen and one in the dining room/living room. There is also a table with chairs on the balcony overlooking the marina. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

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

  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage:

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

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

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

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room:

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

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street:

    Always available right by the front door...moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Study Room
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

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

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Free WiFi available through the house...moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

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

  • Coffee Maker:

    Italian espresso coffee makers...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

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

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All you need is available...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

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

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

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

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    operated with natural gas with wide oven ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    One toaster, plus a toaster overn...moreless

Outside

  • 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

  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    can be rented locally...moreless

  • Boat:

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

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Can be rented through local Altomare Agency...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Stored in the garage...moreless

  • Terrace

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season
May 18 - Sep 30, 2015
3 night min stay

€700

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

Fall Season
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2015
3 night min stay

€500

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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Location

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


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, italian, some Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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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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  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Property type
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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian, some Spanish
  • Response time Within a few hours
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 03/05/2015
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