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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.
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
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
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
Early summer May 2 - Jun 12, 2015 7 night min stay
High season Jun 13 - Jul 24, 2015 7 night min stay
Peak season Jul 25 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
High season Aug 29 - Oct 2, 2015 7 night min stay
Late summer Oct 3 - Oct 30, 2015 7 night min stay
Low season Oct 31 - Dec 18, 2015 3 night min stay
Christmas & New Year Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2016 4 night min stay
Low season Jan 2 - Mar 25, 2016 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit£300
No additional mandatory fees
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.
There is an extra charge if central heating is used. No charge for air conditioning.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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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.