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Romantic Luxury Villa with Private Pool and Tennis Court Near the Sea

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Villa Santa Maria with the walled garden


Last updated: 03/12/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Ground floor with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeps 6 to 8 .

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.
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Member since: 2002

Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/12/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 300 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

  • Bedroom: 1 king, 1 baby crib

    en suite bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom: 1 king, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib

    own bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    own bathroom...moreless

  • 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

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom: toilet


  • Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • 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

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Luxury


  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


Write a review 4.9
from 38 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring season
Mar 18 - Apr 14, 2017
4 night min stay
Apr 15 - Apr 21, 2017
4 night min stay
Mid season
Apr 22 - May 5, 2017
4 night min stay
Early summer
May 6 - Jun 2, 2017
6 night min stay

High season
Jun 3 - Jul 14, 2017
7 night min stay

peak season
Jul 15 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

High season
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay

Late summer
Sep 30 - Nov 3, 2017
4 night min stay
Low season
Nov 4 - Dec 22, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $374.23
  • 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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 03/12/2017
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110 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Palermo Airport _ Falcone Borsellino
4 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Mazara del Vallo
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Mazara del Vallo
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Motorway Mazara - Palermo
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Il pescatore
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
San Vito

Car: Necessary

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.

Other Activities: kite surf and windsurfing


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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/12/2017

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  • Villa Santa Maria with the  walled garden

    Villa Santa Maria with the walled garden

  • The main gateway

    The main gateway

  • The courtyard with a well in the centre

    The courtyard with a well in the centre

  • An evening view of the pool with pergola

    An evening view of the pool with pergola

  • The swimming pool

    The swimming pool

  • The tennis court

    The tennis court

  • The yellow sitting room

    The yellow sitting room

  • The well stocked library

    The well stocked library

  • The main bedroom with en suite bathroom

    The main bedroom with en suite bathroom

  • The exotic Moroccan bathroom

    The exotic Moroccan bathroom

  • The temple of Hera at nearby Selinunte

    The temple of Hera at nearby Selinunte

  • Entrance to Santa Maria

    Entrance to Santa Maria

  • The front of Santa Maria

    The front of Santa Maria

  • The swimming pool

    The swimming pool

  • The swimming pool with the pergola

    The swimming pool with the pergola

  • The orange garden with fountain

    The orange garden with fountain

  • The sitting room with window onto the orange grove

    The sitting room with window onto the orange grove

  • The dining room with fireplace

    The dining room with fireplace

  • The kitchen with window onto the orange grove

    The kitchen with window onto the orange grove

  • The second bedroom with window onto the orange grove

    The second bedroom with window onto the orange grove

  • The Mediterranean bathroom

    The Mediterranean bathroom

  • A corner of the Moroccan bathroom

    A corner of the Moroccan bathroom

  • The Castle of Venus, Erice

    The Castle of Venus, Erice

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