About the property
- Villa4305 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
4 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with large pool and huge garden sleeps 8/10.
Santa Rosalia is a family villa in the country with a large pool and garden. A lush Mediterranean garden is offset by a large pool 12 x 6 metres, surrounded by olive trees. You can relax on a sunbed by the pool under a beach umbrella or enjoy the view of the pool and garden from the vine-covered pergola in front of the villa. The main door takes you into a bright and airy sitting room leading into the dining room and then the kitchen. All three rooms look onto the front garden and the pool, while doors open onto a patio behind the house. Upstairs a long corridor accesses 4 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a third bathroom downstairs. (An adjacent ground floor study with sofa bed may be rented as an optional fifth bedroom, particularly suitable for older guests.) The house is very spacious and has been recently refurbished to a high standard of comfort.
Close to the villa next door but completely secluded by a high wall and tall cypress trees, it has its own access road.
Mazara and beaches: Mazara, Italy’s major fishing port, has a charming promenade 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 rescued from the sea by a local fisherman and now housed in a dedicated museum. Away from the main squares is the kasbah, a maze of winding streets and miniscule piazzas dating from the Arab occupation of the island in the 9th and 10th centuries. Recently renovated this area is now dotted with attractive bars and restaurants open in the evening.
Beyond the town 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. Further afield is the famous white sandy beach of San Vito Lo Capo and the nature reserve of Lo Zingaro, which can be reached in just over an hour.
Sightseeing: The ancient Greek city of Selinunte by 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 open air theatre, where performances of plays and concerts are held every summer.
In 20 minutes you can reach Marsala, famous for wine, where top quality wines can be savoured at various prestigious wineries. The Punic Ship salvaged from the sea nearby is on display at the Baglio Anselmi museum. The province of Trapani has been famous for salt production since Roman times and just beyond Marsala is a lagoon where salt is still produced. The picturesque windmills that once serviced the saltpans were built during the Spanish occupation of Sicily.
Take the ferry boat to the fascinating island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony, with the Punic remains of the walls and city razed to the ground in the 4th century BC. Visit the Whitaker Museum with its star attraction of the Ragazzo di Mozia, a classical Greek marble statue of a young boy, which was found lying in the lagoon.
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 Egadi islands. Palermo, Sicily's exotic capital, and the Vale of Temples at Agrigento are easy day trips.
Mazara is a Mecca for people who like to eat - not the place to come if you are on a diet! It offers a wide range of excellent trattorias and restaurants, where you can savour the freshest seafood and fish, not to mention the delights of Sicilian traditional fare from fish couscous to melanzane alla parmigiana - aubergines baked with cheese, basil and tomato sauce In the manual you will find in the house, we recommend the very best of local restaurants, all of them dedicated to offering excellent Sicilian cuisine and at very reasonable prices. For families there are many low cost, child-friendly pizzerias on the lovely promenade beyond the city centre. They offer not only pizzas, but a very wide range of pasta, vegetable, meat, seafood and fish dishes. Those of you with a sweet tooth won't resist the pasticcerie - pastry shops - where you can buy mouth-watering delicacies, such as cassata, cannoli or almond pastries. or delicious ice cream. Remember Sicilian ice cream is the best!
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- May 18, 2018
I am a long term Siculophile. Married to Marcello, a Sicilian, I have been coming here for forty years. Marcello had already inherited the villa next door, when this villa came on the market. We loved the grounds and the space and enhanced it with a makeover inside and a swimming pool. I have written about our Sicilian family in my book "Casa Nostra. A Home in Sicily" published in 2007. Since then we have been living in London but we come to this villa every year with our two daughters and their small sons.
Caroline purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Caroline chose Mazara del Vallo
Santa Rosalia formerly formed part of the estate next door belonging to Marcello and his brothers. It has beautiful gardens with palms and ancient olive trees planted when Marcello was a child. Every year there is an olive harvest at this villa and the villa next door, Santa Maria. Guests of Santa Rosalia may sample our extra virgin olive oil which is so good that it deserves a category all of its own.
What makes this Villa unique
The huge gardens set well away from the road afford a unique level of privacy while the fenced pool within view of the shaded pergola make keeping an eye on the children easy. There is so much space in the gardens that children are ever occupied, picking fruit, playing in the sand pit or chasing lizards! Grownups can socialise under the vine covered pergola or retire to a bench in the shade of an ancient olive tree. The pool is surrounded by lavender bushes and olive trees and with its extensive shallow end is very child-friendly. We also keep all sorts of inflatable toys and waterbeds with children in mind. In side the house the large open plan living room has plenty of seating and a wide range of book for both adults and children.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Enjoyable week for all of us in casa Rosalia
The house matched our expectation, based on the description. Very nicely decorated, and very clean and well equiped for our group, aged 65- 9 months. We all enjoyed the pool, and surrounding area. As coffee lovers we missed a well functioning coffe machine.
The owner and Nanette were very friendly and helpfull and provided good advice.on local beaches and restaurants.
We will surely recommend this place .
One unpleasant disctraction was the lack of garbage removal in the surrounding area
I'm glad that this three generation family from Denmark enjoyed staying at Santa Rosalia.
As they say the villa is very well equipped. We have recently installed a state of the art barbecue and will replace the filter coffee machine as a result of this review.
Unfortunately this family's stay coincided with a local garbage strike, something that is beyond our control. However uncollected rubbish at the deposit points is certainly not the norm and the situation is now back to normal.
Our fantastic week at Santa Rosalia
From the very first moment (arriving late and tired) Nannette welcomed us warmly and we were immediately struck by the spaciousness and ambience of the villa.
We were delighted by the villa's decor and we felt in a holiday mood from the very beginning.
The private pool gave us hours of endless pleasure and we loved the villa so much we rarely ventured far. There was however several trips into Mazara for dinner and a day at the beach.
There is was plenty of good quality baby equipment and cooking facilities - including 2 BBQs (which we made good use of).
We couldn't have ask for a better holiday and would highly recommend a stay there.
I am so glad this family enjoyed the villa and its grounds. The villa is very spacious and the garden is huge. In fact guests often tell us that the photographs do not reflect the actual size of the spaces available.
We have furnished the villa with children in mind and made sure that everything including the pool is child-friendly.
We would be very happy if this family came back to Santa Rosalia again.
Adults and children relax in amazing this setting
We have just had returned from a wonderful week staying at Villa Santa Rosalia with children aged 4 and 6. The villa was spacious, clean and tidy and set within beautiful surroundings of olive trees and vineyards. The pool was cleaned daily with easy steps access and warm enough so that the kids both really progressed well with swimming, 6yo could stand in shallow end. The owners Caroline and Marcello were interesting, friendly and welcoming and always available to help with any questions or directions and to take the kids to pick oranges from their orchard for fresh juice. The villa is well situated on the outskirts, but within 5 minutes of the historic centre of Mazara del Vallo(interesting historic centre to explore) and good places to eat. There is plenty to keep both children and parents interested and happily occupied for a week whether it be building sand castles on lovely beaches(within 10 minutes), to the incredible ancient Greek ruins of Selinunte with its breath taking views above the ocean or a boat visit to the Island of Mozia(more incredible Greek ruins) all within 45 minutes. Santa Rosalia offered the perfect place to both relax and explore and we would love to return.
We happened to be at our next door villa, Santa Maria, when this family arrived.
Having grandchildren of roughly the same age as their children, we had an idea of what is important for parents of little kids. We have made sure that Santa Rosalia is totally child-friendly and enjoyable for parents too. We are well placed for visits to important architectural sites, such as Selinunte, Segesta and Mozia, which are all within an hour's drive.. But for those who wish to stay closer to home Mazara is also very interesting with its baroque piazzas and the museum with the world famous bronze satyr - not to mention many excellent places to eat. The lovely long sandy beach at Tonnarella is just 10 minutes away, extremely family -friendly - sun beds, parasols, bars, and most important shallow waters, ideal for little ones to splash about.
We loved getting to know this family and do hope they will come back.
Another glowing endorsement
Our views align with others reported on this site - spacious and stately villa, great & quiet location. There's a few things that we'd perhaps alter, but nothing that detracted from the quality of our week there. We were also lucky enough to meet and chat with owners Caroline & Marcello who were visiting from the UK. Apart from hearing various interesting and amusing bits about Sicily and its people, they dropped what they were doing and helped us out by organising a local mechanic when we had problems with our rent-a-car .... really nice people & excellent overall experience.
We were delighted to meet this charming group of guests from Australia and very glad to know that they were comfortable at Santa Rosalia and appreciated the spacious grounds and swimming pool.
Fortunately we were next door when one of their rented cars played up and were able to sort out the problem quickly. Even if we had not been there, my sister-n-law who lives at the villa next door, would have been able to help them. This is one of the advantages for guests at the villa - the presence of English speaking family to help or advise if needed.
Wonderful stay at Villa Santa Rosalia.
From our first communication with Caroline everything about our stay at Santa Rosalia was hassle free. Caroline was prompt in responding to all of our queries and went out of her way to make sure we understood everything with regard to our stay.
Our experience at Santa Rosalia was even more than we could have hoped. We were greeted by Caroline's family who kindly made us feel very welcome. We were shown around the villa and all we needed to know to make our stay comfortable was explained by Nanette and Silvio. Shortly after arrival, bedrooms sorted out, we were all relaxing around the gorgeous pool in the warm afternoon sun.
The location was superb. Secluded and quiet, surrounded by beautiful trees and aromatic gardens the villa takes on an almost magical quality.
Wonderful grocery stores nearby and Mazara del Vallo a ten minute drive away. Day trips to historical sites a convenient drive away, awesome beaches and wonderful restaurants filled our time. I have to say that the highlight of the holiday for me were the many hours spent at Santa Rosalia out at the pool, making wonderful meals from local ingredients in the beautiful kitchen and sitting around the outside dining table spending quality time with my family and friends. I will be returning soon and hope to make this a yearly family event. Many, many thanks to our hosts Caroline, Nanette and Silvio.
Simon and his group of family and friends were looking for a place to relax away from a very busy schedule over the summer. September is the perfect time of year to come to Sicily and I think they found the calm they were looking for at Santa Rosalia.
The garden is particularly attractive especially the area around the pool where guests can relax under the olive trees and enjoy the scents of the surrounding jasmine and lavender.
We are fortunate to be in such an advantageous position, proximity to beaches, famous archaeological sites and with easy access to the motorway.
Another great advantage is the presence of Silvio and Nanette, who are always available to help guests with anything they need.
I hope this family will return one day.
Scent, blooms and bliss in Western Sicily
We arrived at Santa Rosalia in mid June. It was an easy drive from Palermo airport and easy to find Santa Rosalia, just outside of the pretty port town of Mazara del Vallo. Santa Rosalia is a haven of peace and tranquility with the only other house in sight being that of the owners next door, but completely separate and barely visible. The garden was full of flowering bushes trained into standards, fig trees dripping with figs and well as marmalade orange and lemon trees (the owners left delicious jars of marmalade for us to try). Outside the front door were two hedges of rosemary that filled your senses when you walked out and were delicious on roast potatoes. The pool is surrounded by fragrant lavender and was cleaned every morning and was lovely for swimming or sitting and reading.
The house is very comfortable, spacious and clean. We loved all the books, an eclectic collection, many about the history of Sicily and one about the history of the house and the Manzo family written by Caroline. The beds and mattresses were great and we all slept very well. We had one disabled person in our party and she was able to get around easily in the house and garden and slept in the downstairs bedroom. We had very few problems with the house, but when we did they were dealt with immediately. Our only wish was that the kitchen was had better lighting as we spent a lot of time cooking, but we loved the window from the kitchen to the outside dining area, that allowed us to pass out food and drinks.
You can get fresh bread every morning from one of the many bakeries in Mazara del Vallo and the most delicious local fruits and vegetables that are very inexpensive. Our main disappointment was in the restaurants. We are a vegetarian family and it was difficult to find veggie options at many of the restaurants, particularly since pizza was “off” at lunch time, or out of season, even at pizzerias! The owners recommendations were far more reliable than those of trip adviser!!
Mazara del Vallo is a perfect location for visiting western Sicily. This area is quieter and less touristy than other parts, but nevetheless there are incredible wonders to be visited within 90 minutes easy driving. These include the ancient temples of Selinunte, the temple quarry at Cave di Cusa that was abandoned during the building of one of the Temples because of attack by the Carthaginians, the salt pans of Trepani and ancient ruins of the Island of Pantaleo.
We are delighted that Malcolm and Cliona have enjoyed staying at Santa Rosalia. We agree that it is an oasis of tranquillity, set in luscious gardens and well away from the main road.
The well established garden has figs and pomegranates with rosemary and mint planted close to the kitchen door.
We have an excellent team of cleaners and a seriously good gardener, all of whom make sure that the house and pool are always immaculate.
Best of all, we have the advantage of having my sister-in-law, Nanette, who lives next door at Santa Maria and is always available for emergencies, tips and advice.
I take Malcolm's point about the needs of vegetarians. Actually Sicilian cuisine offers a huge range of vegetarian dishes. I suspect that the restaurants Malcolm went to didn't fully explain what was on offer.
This may have been a language problem. I will now contact the recommended restaurants to get a list of vegetarian options which I will include in the handbook.
Yes, the kitchen is a bit dark so that you normally need to have the lights on.
But it is spacious, air conditioned and very well equipped. It has the wide window opening onto the dining terrace making it easy to pass plates etc. backwards and forwards.
The villa is certainly in an ideal position to explore the wonders of Western Sicily and this group certainly took advantage of this, taking in not only the temples of Selinunte and Segesta but also the lesser known Cave di Cusa, the limestone quarry that was the source for the temples of Selinunte.
Well done Malcolm for identifying Punic Mozia with the island known in medieval times as San Pantaleo.
We don't often have the pleasure of guests coming from the USA.
I do hope that this family will come back again.
Villa Santa Rosalia is in the heart of the country in Western Sicily and the only noise you will hear is birdsong. 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 house is not isolated as Villa Santa Maria is next door and other neighbours are within walking distance. The nearest town, Mazara del Vallo, Italy's most famous fishing port, is only three miles away. The villa is just two miles from a small beach and five miles from the splendid Tonnarella beach. Santa Rosalia is an ideal base for visiting Selinunte, Segesta, Mozia and Erice. Access to the motorway to Palermo and its airport is 5 minutes away while the drive to the airport takes under an hour. Ryanair runs daily direct flights to Trapani (a 40 minute drive away) or Palermo and back, Easyjet flies to Palermo in summer, while Alitalia flies London Palermo and back via Rome or Milan throughout the year. British Airways now flies Heathrow to Palermo and back on Saturdays and Tuesdays
Other Activities: kitesurfing, windsurfing
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The villa is ideal for 8 people but. 2 extra beds can be supplied for a charge of £100 each per week. Alternatively guests may rent the adjoining ground floor studio with sofa bed for 2 people for a charge of £300 per week. Groups of more than 10 people may like to rent the ground floor of Santa Maria in addition (property 6995), which sleeps 6.