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Historic Luxury Villa with Private Pool and Tennis Court Near the Sea

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Villa Santa Maria with the walled garden

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Last updated: 07/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-14 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Marsala villa description

Villa Santa Maria is a historic 17th century Sicilian farmhouse with its own private swimming pool and tennis court. This unique castellated building is flanked by circular towers on each side. We rent out the beautifully decorated ground floor, which is extremely spacious and can sleep up to 8 people. Guests can relax in the pool for their exclusive use or enjoy the surrounding exotic Mediterranean garden from the shade of an ancient olive tree. The pool measures 12 x 6 metres, has steps into the shallow end and is lined with mosaic. When the temperature drops the tennis court flanked by formal gardens in front of the villa provides fun for all the family. Three acres of grounds bordered by cypress and Mediterranean pines also include olive groves and a 16th century watch tower.
The ground floor is completely private and comes with its own magical Sicilian walled citrus garden.
The accommodation is extremely spacious and includes a library and separate television room


Santa Maria: You enter Santa Maria through a beautiful driveway lined with date palms and bougainvillea. A massive door leads into a pretty courtyard with porticoes and statuary and a marble well in the centre. The whole villa is an oasis of peace and quiet, shaded by lofty palms, cypress trees and pines. The spacious ground floor, recently restored to a high standard of luxury, is completely private. the dining room with fireplace opens onto a walled garden with 100 citrus trees, a splashing fountain that attracts a wide variety of birds and a paved terrace where guests can dine under the orange and lemon trees. The private swimming pool is set in a Mediterranean garden lovingly planted by the present owners. Bougainvillea, oleander, frangipani, datura, jasmine, hibiscus and lavender are just some of the plants that flower through the summer months.
The co-owners of the property, (English speaking) who live on the top floor of the villa, are available for help and advice. The entrance to their apartment is from the main courtyard and separate from the ground floor.

If you would like to find out more about Santa Maria, you may read 'Casa Nostra, A Home in Sicily' by Caroline Seller Manzo. Published in the US by Harper Collins, it can be ordered online. Please email Caroline for further details.

Mazara del Vallo: Mazara,Italy’s major fishing port, has a charming promenade lined with palm trees and three piazzas in the historic centre graced with beautiful baroque churches and civic buildings - even the remains of a Norman castle. Don't miss the beautiful bronze statue of a dancing satyr, a masterpiece of Greek art housed in a dedicated museum.
Mazara offers a wide range of shops and excellent restaurants, where you can savour the freshest seafood and fish, not to mention the delights of Sicilian traditional fare from fish couscous to the mouth-watering delicacies of cassata and cannoli.
There is a long and beautiful coastline with both sandy beaches and rocky coves where the sea is exceptionally limpid. In July and August the beach of Tonnarella offers the facilities of bars with deckchairs and beach umbrellas to rent.
The famous nature reserve of the Zingaro is an added attraction. For more information and photos of the surroundings to the villa, do email us for our website address.

Sightseeing: The ancient Greek city of Selinunte overlooking the sea is a 30 minute drive away. After exploring the ruins go down to the nearby beach of Marinella, cool off in the sea and feast on delicious local fish at one of the seaside 'trattorie'. Half an hour in the other direction is the mysterious temple of Segesta high up on a hill overlooking the valley. Nearby is the ancient Greek theatre. In 20 minutes you can reach Marsala famous for wine, and don't miss the Punic Ship on display at the museum. Just beyond Marsala is the lagoon with its saltpans and windmills. Visit the fascinating island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony, and see the Punic remains, the museum and the beautiful Greek statue of a young boy. The medieval hilltop town of Erice with its Norman castle, site of an ancient temple of Venus, is an hour's drive from Mazara. From Trapani or Marsala you can reach the lovely Egades islands. The exotic capital, Palermo, and the Vale of Temples, Agrigento are easy day trips.

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 300 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Children Welcome
          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

          • Bedroom: 1 king, 1 baby crib

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          • Bedroom: 1 king, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib

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          • Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

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          • Two of the bedrooms are very spacious, both with views onto the orange grove and both with their own bathrooms, one ensuite. The third bedroom, which is in the oldest part of the house dating back to the 17th century, is smaller with windows placed high up. From it you can glimpse the row of date palms which line the drive. It is adjacent to the TV room and has its own exotic Moroccan bathroom. There are two extra beds and two cots available. The beds can be put either in the study or in the TV room. There is a charge of £50 per extra bed per week but we do not charge for use of the cots. The master bedroom has an additional single bed and room for a cot. The second bedroom also has room for a cot. All three bedrooms have air conditioning....moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, bidet

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          • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, bidet

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          • Bathroom: toilet

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          • Bathroom: toilet, shower

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          • All the bathrooms are beautifully decorated with tiles or mosaic. The shower room and loo ensuite to the second bedroom is built into the base of a circular tower and is decorated throughout with blue mosaic. The wash basin is inside the bedroom itself. The bathroom for the master bedroom has a large free standing bath with hand shower as well as a walk-in shower. It is decorated in green and yellow with handmade Sicilian tiles. We also provide a folding baby bath that can be placed inside the main bath tub. The third bathroom next to the TV room is the most spectacular of all. Decorated in a Moroccan theme of contrasting deep blue and dark red, it has a huge built- in mosaic bath with both a hand shower unit and an overhead shower. All the shower units have large shower heads for added comfort. We provide soap in all the bathrooms and 2 hair dryers. We even provide hair straighteners. There is a small bathroom with wc and washbasin next to the sitting room and dining room....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • There is a well stocked library of English books and DVDs, including children's books - and games. The music centre in the living room has a collection of CDs. Sky cable television is available on flat screen tv in a dedicated room, decorated with a splendid 17th century arch. The tv room also has an extra fridge and mini-kitchen. There is a beautiful tiled fireplace in the dining-room which opens onto the walled orange grove. The main kitchen is extremely well equipped and is air conditioned for those hot Sicilian nights The pool, for exclusive use of guests, is in its own garden with a gazebo and mature olive trees. It measures 12 X 6 metres, is lined in white mosaic and has steps leading to the shallow end. It is surrounded by a large sunbathing area with deck chairs and sunbeds. The newly renovated tennis court in the grounds is available for guests and rackets and balls are provided. Optional cleaning and catering services are available....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • Books For Adults
              • Books For Kids
              • Game Room
              • Games
              • Games For Kids
              • Music Library
              • Satellite / Cable
              • DVD Player
              • Audio Tape Player
              • CD Player
              • Radio
              • Stereo
              • Television

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Luxury

              Attractions

              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Winery Tours
              • Churches

              Leisure Activities

              • Horseback Riding
              • Walking
              • Bird Watching
              • Sight Seeing

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital

              Location Type

              • Near The Ocean
              • Rural

              sports and adventure activities

              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Wind-Surfing

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  Dining

                  • Dining Room
                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Seating for 8 people

                  General

                  • Activities Guide
                  • Thermos Bottle
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Safe
                  • Sunbed
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Bottled Water
                  • Firewood
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Parking
                  • Heating
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Internet
                  • Fireplace
                  • Broadband Access

                  Kitchen

                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Freezer
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Grill
                  • Stove
                  • Kitchenette
                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Blender
                  • Mini Refrigerator
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Toaster
                  • Cooking Utensils

                  Outside

                  • Tennis Court
                  • Terrace
                  • Barbecue
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Bicycles
                  • Patio
                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Small Cooler
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Outdoor Pool
                  • Private Pool
                   

                  Reviews

                  Write a review 4.8
                  from 29 traveler reviews
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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  High season
                  Aug 30 - Sep 26, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  £2,700

                  Changeover Day: Saturday

                  Late summer
                  Sep 27 - Oct 31, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  £2,400

                  Changeover Day: Saturday

                  Low season
                  Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  £300
                  £2,000

                  Changeover Day: Saturday

                  Christmas & New Year
                  Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  £350
                  £2,200

                  Changeover Day: Saturday

                  Low season
                  Jan 3 - Apr 3, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  £350
                  £2,000
                  Easter
                  Apr 4 - Apr 10, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  £350
                  £2,300
                  Mid-seasom
                  Apr 11 - May 1, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  £350
                  £2,200
                  Early summer
                  May 2 - Jun 12, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  £2,400
                  High season
                  Jun 13 - Jul 24, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  £2,700
                  Peak season
                  Jul 25 - Aug 28, 2015
                  14 night min stay

                  £2,900
                  High season
                  Aug 29 - Oct 2, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  £2,700
                  Late summer
                  Oct 3 - Oct 30, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  £2,400
                  Low season
                  Oct 31 - Dec 18, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  £300
                  £2,000

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit £300
                  • No additional mandatory fees
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Notes:

                  The villa is ideal for 6 people but 2 more people can be accommodated on extra beds in the study or television room at the cost of £100 per person, per week. We can also supply 2 cots for infants without extra charge.

                  If the central heating system is used, there is an additional charge.

                  Use of a.c units hot or cold in the bedrooms is included in the rental rates.


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                  Last updated: 07/29/2014
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                  Location

                  110 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  Palermo Airport _ Falcone Borsellino
                  5 Kilometres
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Mazara del Vallo
                  5 Kilometres
                  Nearest Train
                  Mazara del Vallo
                  2 Kilometres
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Motorway Mazara - Palermo
                  3 Kilometres
                  Nearest Beach
                  San Vito
                  4 Kilometres
                  Nearest Barpub
                  various
                  3 Kilometres
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Il pescatore

                  Car: Necessary

                  Santa Maria is in the heart of the country of western Sicily, so the only noise you will hear is birdsong, particularly the resident hoopoe bird. The landscape is one of vineyards and olive groves, which stretch out as far as the eye can see to gently rolling hills in the distance. However the villa is not isolated. There are neighbours within walking distance and the nearest town, Mazara del Vallo, is only three miles away. This country villa is also near lovely beaches such as Tonnarella and Marinella. Excellent for sightseeing, Santa maria is just a short drive away from some of the most fascinating sites in Sicily: the Greek temples of Selinunte and Segesta, the medieval hilltop town of Erice and the Punic island, Mozia, not to mention Palermo the maginifient capital of the island. Access to the motorway from Santa Maria is excellent and Palermo can be reached in just over an hour. Ryanair, Easyjet and Alitalia all run flights to Palermo or Trapani airports.

                  Other Activities: kite surf and windsurfing

                   

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                  Speaks: portuguese, italian, spanish, english

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                  Photos

                  • Villa Santa Maria with the  walled garden

                    Villa Santa Maria with the walled garden

                  • The pool and pergola

                    The pool and pergola

                  • Entrance to Santa Maria

                    Entrance to Santa Maria

                  • The tennis court

                    The tennis court

                  • The dining terrace under the orange trees

                    The dining terrace under the orange trees

                  • The courtyard with a well in the centre

                    The courtyard with a well in the centre

                  • The living room with window onto the orange grove

                    The living room with window onto the orange grove

                  • The library

                    The library

                  • The spacious kitchen with window onto the orange grove and door to the laundry

                    The spacious kitchen with window onto the orange grove and door to the laundry

                  • The spacious second bedroom with antique extra bed and view of the orange garden

                    The spacious second bedroom with antique extra bed and view of the orange garden

                  • The Moroccan bathroom with overhead shower and hand held shower

                    The Moroccan bathroom with overhead shower and hand held shower

                  • The Castle of Venus, Erice

                    The Castle of Venus, Erice

                  • The swimming pool

                    The swimming pool

                  • The pool set in a  Mediterranean garden

                    The pool set in a Mediterranean garden

                  • Side view of the villa

                    Side view of the villa

                  • The walled orange garden and dining terrace behind the villa

                    The walled orange garden and dining terrace behind the villa

                  • The fountain in the orange grove behind the villa

                    The fountain in the orange grove behind the villa

                  • The sitting area in the living room

                    The sitting area in the living room

                  • The dining room with seating for eight and Sicilian tiled fireplace

                    The dining room with seating for eight and Sicilian tiled fireplace

                  • The television room with mini-kitchen, seating for eight and DVD collection

                    The television room with mini-kitchen, seating for eight and DVD collection

                  • The huge master bedroom with window onto the orange grove and en suite bathroom

                    The huge master bedroom with window onto the orange grove and en suite bathroom

                  • One of the bathrooms with bath, walk-in shower and handmade Sicilian tiles

                    One of the bathrooms with bath, walk-in shower and handmade Sicilian tiles

                  • A corner of the Moroccan bathroom

                    A corner of the Moroccan bathroom

                  • The temple of Hera at nearby Selinunte

                    The temple of Hera at nearby Selinunte

                  £300 - £414 per night (GBP)
                  29

                  3 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

                  View calendar: Updated 07/29/14
                  Minimum stay: 3-14 nights
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