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Enjoy a Sea View While Staying Under Cefalu's Spectacular Cliff!

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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Townhome
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

If you need cheap flights from North America or other parts of Europe to Sicily before booking, please ask me.(Yes, you can fly direct from USA to Sicily sometimes!) I have been finding bargain travel deals for my own trips to Sicily over the past ten years, and I would be happy to share my expertise with you. I might be aware of certain airports, airlines, routes, and special offers that don't pop up on the major seach engines.

Also if you are interested in a longer stay during the cooler months (Jan., Feb., early Mar., Nov., Dec.) let's talk and see if we can arrange for you to stay at this quieter time of year in Cefalu, when you can feel snug and warm inside the house while looking out at a constantly changing sea, sometimes furious and other times perfectly calm and full of fishing boats.

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 3 matching pieces of living room furniture manufactured in the 1890s in Palermo by the Dacrot factory, including, 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.

Keywords: Townhouse

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, turkish, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Catalan
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/19/2016

Property Type

  • Townhome
  • On floor 2
  • 60 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • 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

  • Games:

    Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • 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

  • Dining:

    You can request a high chair if needed....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Available for 7 euros per night....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas-powered hot-water heat available. Heating costs are included in your rent....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free unlimited internet!...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    12 euros per person per issuance, includes towels, sheets, and pillow cases....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Two sofas, two antique chairs, coffee table, and TV. Looks out onto the Mediterranean....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is free, well-lit parking at municipal harbor, about 200 m from the house....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a fixed line phone for you to receive calls from anywhere and make local calls to other local fixed line phones. Use your own cell phone or SKYPE for other calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    See linen policy....moreless

  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    small Italian-style coffee pot...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Vineyard and orchard, some vegetables....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Building Type

  • Building
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov, Dec, Jan
Nov 1 - Jan 6, 2017
7 night min stay

$275 $890
best value
Jan 7 - Jan 14, 2017
7 night min stay

$133
winter 2017
Jan 15 - Mar 18, 2017
7 night min stay

$275 $850
spring 2017
Mar 19 - May 27, 2017
7 night min stay

$480 $1,790
June-July 2017
May 28 - Jul 29, 2017
7 night min stay

$590 $2,290
August 2017
Jul 30 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$790 $2,990
Sept.-Oct. 2017
Sep 3 - Oct 28, 2017
7 night min stay

$480 $1,790
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
Oct 29 - Jan 6, 2018
7 night min stay

$285 $850
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$19
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • AC available @ $8/night $0
  • Pet Fee $22
  • linens for 2 guests/week $28
  • key delivery $28
  • cleaning $44
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. No refunds within 30 days of planned arrival. Winter heat is included in rental fee, but if you want summer air-conditioning, pay 7 euros per night cash to keyholder to get the remote control.


Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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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: 2005

About: My name is Mark Meeks. I bought this Sicilian house and came here for summers and other vacation periods when I taught high school in San Francisco. Now I've retired and enjoy spending even more time in Cefalu.

Why Cefalù, PA, Italy (town):
I fell in love with Cefalu on my first visit to the town in 2005. 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 Faro, which serves lighter fare. Before heading to the grocery store ask about the location of the Saturday open-air market up the hill, It's a great place to get quality produce, meats, fish, cheese, etc. at a low price, and you'll enjoy the majestic view!


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Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, turkish, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Catalan
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/19/2016

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Photos

  • CASA DEL FARO, view from the street.

    CASA DEL FARO, view from the street.

  • 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).

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

    Enjoy this unobstructed ocean view from the living room window!

  • 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!

  • 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 is located in the stone buildings below the lighthouse.

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

  • 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!

  • Living and dining area on first floor

    Living and dining area on first floor

  • 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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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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