Enjoy a Sea View While Staying Under Cefalu's Spectacular Cliff!(13 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Townhome
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Townhome, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
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.
Member since: 2007
- On floor 2
- 60 m²
- Max. occupancy 5
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- Hairdryer provided!
- piano keyboard available
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Nude Beach
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
- Monument View
- Mountain View:
- Ocean View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Air Conditioning:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Mar 19 - May 27, 2017
7 night min stay
May 28 - Jul 29, 2017
7 night min stay
Jul 30 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 3 - Oct 28, 2017
7 night min stay
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
Oct 29 - Jan 6, 2018
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- AC available @ $8/night $0
- Pet Fee $22
- linens for 2 guests/week $28
- key delivery $28
- cleaning $44
- Taxes Not included
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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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.
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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CASA DEL FARO, view from the street.
Kitchen with hand-painted ceramic tiles from Caltigirone, Sicily
master bedroom with window looking out onto Mediterranean
outdoor kitchen and terraced garden immediately outside CASA DEL FARO
Alternate entrance by western staircase
This gas grill avoids the hassle of dealing with charcoal (expensive in Sicily).
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!
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.
You'll walk along this beautiful pathway every time you enter and leave!
Junior bedroom displays puppets of medieval Sicilian warriors.
Casa del Faro is located in the stone buildings below the lighthouse.
antique living room set from 1890s Palermo
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.
Stock the wine cabinet with your favorite Sicilian wines and liqueurs!
Sunbathe at rocky beach across the street from the house, but swim carefully!
Living and dining area on first floor
Take a dip in the calm waters of the Old Harbor, 400m from the house.
This archway reveals a peak of the Old Harbor.
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
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017
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