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Spacious Historic Residence Overlooking the Marina, free Wi-fi

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,594 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

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.

More Details

Concetta Viviano
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian, some Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Concetta Viviano

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.

Concetta Viviano purchased this house in 2009

Why Concetta Viviano 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.

What makes this house unique

When you first enter the house you are struck by the space that surrounds you and by the comfortable sofas in the living room. Then you look out the window and you are in awe. The blue water, the mountains around the large bay and the boats in the marina!!! I could sit on the balcony with a good book and a glass of wine all day. I feel very comfortable in this house and so are the many guests that have stayed in it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hope all is well and you had a good Christmas and Holiday Season.

Just 11 months ago we were preparing to become residents of Balestrate for a month, thanks to you and Casa Balestra.

I was reviewing some pictures that we are very fond of and Dorothy and I were thinking of the wonderful time we had last March.

We cannot express how much we loved the town, the merchants, Annamarie, the petro station attendant, the restaurants, the shops, the church, the animals, both dogs and cats, Rosanna, and the smiles.

The beauty of Sicily will always be in our mind, but the people made the biggest impression.
Apr 2013
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Balestrate House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2594 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Casa Balestra guests are expected to treat the house as their own with respect and care. Part of the security deposit will be retained when necessary.
  • The house is furnished with antiques many of them heirloom and object that remind me of my roots and my family traditions.
  • We welcome long rental requests (above 3 weeks). For longer rentals please inquire the owner about the price. Utility costs will be assessed.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , bidet
    Full 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The upstairs bathroom has the view of the marina. The downstairs bathroom is off the kitchen.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , air conditioning unit
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , air conditioning
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin or one single air conditioning
  • Bedroom 1 has one queen size bed and it's on the street side and has a balcony and air conditioning unit. Bedroom 2 can have one queen size bed, or two twins or one single, it's on the water side and has a balcony overlooking the marina.. Bedroom 3 is the smaller one; it has access to the balcony overlooking the marina. It can have one queen, or two twins or one single. A portable crib is also available and can be added free of charge to any one of these rooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Free Wi-Fi available through the house.


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Spacious Historic Residence Overlooking the Marina, free Wi-fi
average rating of 4.878788 based on 36 reviews

Casa Balestra

  • 5 of 5

Well it has all been said before - but to reiterate: charming home, beautifully kept with everything one could need; beautiful views; excellent Wi-Fi; easy parking; walk to beach and restaurants; authentic Sicilian small town with lovely people- not at all "touristy"; last, but not least, very helpful and attentive hostess. Many thanks, Concetta, wish we had stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John, thank for taking the time to rate your stay at Casa Balestra. I hope you will come back and stay longer. Maybe getting away from those cold Canadian winters to spend time in balmy Sicilian winters. Thanks again for your preference. Concetta PS Rosanna was sorry not to be able to say arrivederci to you, your wife and sister.
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Lovely, comfortable home with fabulous view

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, comfortable family home in a charming Sicilian coastal town. We loved the historic architecture. The terrazza is a wonderful space, with outstanding views -- marina, sea, mountains, sunset! On-street parking in front of the house is easy.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate you taking the time to post a review. I am glad you enjoyed your vacation at Casa Balestra. A presto! Concetta
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Everything we hoped for and more!

  • 5 of 5

I came to Sicily to trace my family roots. I selected this home for the obvious reason clean and accurately reflected in the pictures. Half way between Palermo and Trapani, everything I wanted to see in western Sicily was a short drive away. I was right about the location. What I didn't know was that only 100 yards from my doorstep lay a wonderful place for breakfast, lunch or late night snack, next door to a fabulous bar/nightclub which featured live music almost every night. The house is a two short block walk from the center of Belestrate which has an ample supply of restaurants, grocery stores and all of the amenities including a wonderful welcoming population. Stefano Provenzano and his family, the owners of Rosa Dei Venti where we ate 3 times treated us like we were a part of his family. Rosanna was only a phone call away and always helpful. Thank you Concetta for sharing your home with our family. We couldn't have asked for more.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review Casa Balestra. I am glad you had a good time and I hope you and your family will come back soon. Concetta
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Charming, extremely well-quipped & Lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely house. It is extremely well-equipped, spotlessly clean and comfortable and very well located for exploring that area of Sicily. The owner and housekeeper were extremely helpful and friendly. Everything worked very well in the house including the wifi. The local town folks are very friendly and welcoming. The local food is wonderful too. Would definitely stay there again if lucky enough to get back to that part of Sicily!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Norma, thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Casa Balestra. I am glad you had a good time. I hope to be able to host you again soon! Thanks for your preference. Concetta
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A true Sicilian feel

  • 5 of 5

The best possible review is to take your own advise and we did. We stayed in Casa Balestra in 2013 for 1 month and returned for 6 weeks in April/May 2016.

We love the house, large, clean, perfectly located and charming. The Mediterranean expands out in front of you as you dine on your balcony. Can that be any better.

The town of Balestrate is welcoming and is filled with incredible people who are warm and helpful.

Great location to see Sicily, within a short, less than 1 hour drive from Eurice, Marsala , Mazara, Trapani, San Vito, Scopello, Zingaro, Segesta, Alcamo, Palermo, Monreale, and many wineries and other sites.

The Piazza in Balestrate is a location not to be missed. A beautiful church anchors the space, with good restaurants and shops nearby, but most importantly the gathering place for the town. The piazza still brings the young and the old together. the children and the pets, the strollers and the canes, the traditional dance and the modern dance and the old food and the new chefs.

If you love the true culture of Italy and Sicily and want to have a HOME for your stay, this is the location.

The owner gives wonderful support and manages the process in a first class manner.

You can trust the description of this home.

One day we hope to return one more time to see our new friends and enjoy Balestrate and Casa Balestra.

Paul and Dorothy

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ciao Paul and Dorothy, Thanks for choosing Casa Balestra one more time for your vacation. The people you met in Balestrate remember you fondly. We said hi to them on your behalf. I am happy you found the house comfortable and well kept and the town of Balestrate welcoming. Sicilian people are very open, warm and friendly. I hope you will return again in the future, and if you travel on my neck of the woods, please let me know. Arrivederci Concetta
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Romantic, Magic Casa Balestra

  • 5 of 5

WOW!! Casa Balestra exceeded all of our expectations. We arrived at the lovely family home and were met by the housekeeper who welcomed us and gave us an excellent tour of the home complete with operating instructions. Connie, the owner had delicious local pastries, cold water a bottle of local Sicilian wine waiting for us. That was a treat. The home is immaculate, spacious charming and an extremely ideal location for exploring the town of Balestra and much of western Sicily.

Each morning we had a delicious breakfast in the lovely kitchen with a wonderful sea view. We were able to purchase groceries at the excellent local markets which were all in walking distance from the house. There is a parking spot directly in front of the house!! Each day following an adventure to locals sites, we were able to enjoy an amazing sunset on the spacious terrace overlooking the sea. After watching the sunset we would walk into town and dine at some of the most amazing, delicious and unpretentious restaurants in all of Sicily. While walking to dinner in town we always felt very safe and were warmly embraced by the locals. From the house, it is a very short walk to the lovely local beach. I would highly recommend staying at this charming, romantic Casa!!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review about Casa Balestra. It will help prospective renters to make an informed decision. I appreciate your comments. Concetta
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
La Piazzetta Open for breakfast lunch and dinner
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
65 Kilometres
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sciacca
Nearest Train
500 Metres
10 min. walking distance
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Balestrate exit
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
5 min. walking distance
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Madonie mountains
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
10 min. walking distance
Car: recommended

The Vanity day Spa recently opened . It offers full Spa services.

Terme Gorga at the exit of Alcamo Ovest on E29 offers mud baths and holistic massage. See information on the house folder.

If you like fossils, the Fishermen's beach is for you. It's about 1 Km. from the house.

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Final cleaning $61.44
Refundable damage deposit $122.88

If requested, the air conditioning will cost 5 Euro per day per unit.
If your stay is longer than two weeks 15.00 Euro is charged for light cleaning and change of linens and towels. This service to be coordinated and paid directly to the housekeeper. For monthly rentals please check with owner. Rates are subject to change until rent is confirmed. Additional cleaning is available upon request and can be paid directly to the housekeeper.

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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