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Historical country house near Taormina & the sea. Stunning view of Mt Etna

Bedrooms 5
Space 6,458 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms for 10 persons , private swimming pool

The spacious sitting/dining room with its ornate fireplace and traditional furnishings lead onto the oval terrace. Pine trees surround the terrace on which there is a working stone font - the ideal setting for an evening aperitif watching the flaming Etna volcano as well as dinner on those balmy evenings. The bedrooms are all simply but comfortably and colourfully decorated with shutters leading out onto the front garden. Alternatively, when the Sicilian sun becomes too overbearing one can cool off in the large pool behind the house. Palm, avocado and olive trees around the pool provide some shade over parts of the terrace where again some stunning views to the sea and the Mount Etna can be appreciated. We believe lovers of Sicily and also those new to the many fascinations of this island will love the opportunity to stay in this traditional classic home within such easy access of so many popular destination.

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Valeria

Valeria belongs to one of the oldest and most aristocratic families in Sicily. She is graduated in Agronomy and deal with her farm in Sicily where they produce citrus fruits (oranges and lemons), olives that they turn into extra virgin olive oil. She also takes care of the management of the maintenance of the historic home of his family.She loves to host in her house all those who arrive and can appreciate the beauty and history of the places of her beloved Sicily

Why Valeria chose Taormina

Taormina boasts a superb position, facing both the sea and Mount Etna.

A mild climate makes Taormina an ideal tourist destination even in wintertime. Just think that average temperature in December is +12-20 Celsius degrees!

The weather in spring and autumn is really pleasant (average temperature +20-25 Celsius degrees), the sea shines crystal-clear and bright, sunsets are unforgettable, and you can enjoy all this at an interesting price.

The fragrance of white orange-blossoms in spring will fill you with unique sensations only Sicily can give.

Between autumn and spring, the season of cultural events at the Greek-Roman Theatre in Taormina is quite thrilling for all drama, music and cinema fans.

July and August are most suitable for families with children

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Being a historic residence, which is still inhabited by the family to which it has always belonged, those who spend their time here have the opportunity to live a unique and dreaming experience with some touches of Sicily History!

At the same time the house has a wonderful feel and makes guests feel right at home. It is filled with antiques, paintings of ancestors, pieces from the castle in Taormina, archeological finds from the owners grandfather, marble, etc.

Location is quiet and at the same time only 15 min from taormina nicest beach and night life . Perfect for family!

Everything you need is there, the pool area is amazing, beautiful gardens, a real countryside feel to the whole thing.

The property is set in a stunning setting and provides a very private space to relax in. Its charming and original features make this a very picturesque home away from home.

The villa is vast so that the individuals of a large family or group can still find privacy, their own reading or meditating corners.

Castello SanMartino is the best choice if you are looking for a villa with pool in Taormina, a unique location for your holidays, and the best way to enjoy the wonders of Eastern Sicily.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family of 4 and I usually go on holiday to places with cooler climates like Wales,Ireland and Scotland to visit friends and family or Austria for holidays, but this year we decided to do something different and go to Sicily. We definitely were not disappointed, the house we stayed in was almost like a palace, with lots of elegant paintings, a big marble staircase and a terrace with one of the best views we have ever seen. The weather was perfect, much warmer than in the UK, but we never got too hot thanks to the large swimming pool we had all to ourselves! There were also some very comfortable chairs round the pool for us to sunbathe in and an umbrella for shade in case it got too hot. The maid was very kind and helpful, always leaving the house clean and tidy so that we had more time to visit the Etna and the beautiful town of Taormina. Our trip up Etna was the adventure of our lives, the children (aged 8 and 10) loved feeling the warm rocks, digging just a few cm to find snow in August and running down the volcano at the end and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Our trip to Taormina was also a great success, there were lots of Italian shops where we bought souvenirs and and cafes in which we tasted an Italian type of ice cream called a granita which we had never seen before! We also had a fantastic time at the seaside, there are so many different beach resorts that we went to a different one everyday. Our favourite was called 'Isola Bella' which means beautiful Island in Sicily. This resort is about 200m away from a lovely little island surrounded by beautiful fish. Our youngest child even found a bright red starfish! We had a spectacular stay in Sicily which we will never forget. I would strongly recommend this holiday to anybody.
Aug 2012
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Taormina Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6458 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , convertible twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , convertible twins
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Historical country house near Taormina & the sea. Stunning view of Mt Etna
average rating of 4.65625 based on 35 reviews

A beautiful villa with the most amazing views and great swimmming pool

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of family and friends, 7 in total with 4 of the group age 15-19, staying for a week in July. There was plenty of room for us all and the villa was well equipped for what we needed. There are shops and supermarkets quite nearby, but we ate out a lot as well. We booked the cooking service, available if you book with the owner in advance, which was amazing and very tasty (lots of it!).

The owner was very helpful through the booking process and during our stay; thank you Valeria (and your mother).

The pool is big and very clean with lots of space around it. The terrace was where we ate in the evening, with the most fantastic views of Mt Etna.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Debbie We are very glad you have spent nice time in our property! Thank you for choosing our villa for your holidays in Sicily. If you decide to return to Sicily in the future we will be happy to welcome you again in our property!
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Fabuous villa - we didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

An incredible villa and a hugely helpful host! The villa is even more amazing than it looks on the pictures! Such a beautiful setting - incredibly peaceful and near to the beach and Etna! Amazing view of Etna too. We did not tire of sitting on the many verandas admiring the view. The bedrooms and bathrooms were all of a very high standard and the living area too. Would thoroughly recommend and would love to come back every year!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Living like an Italian

  • 4 of 5

Valeria, the owner could not have been more wonderful. The property was enchanting. I was traveling with my son, 2 grandchildren and my best friend and her husband, so the layout of bedrooms was perfect. If your group was all couples it might be chalanging because the first floor bedrooms consisted of 2 private rooms and 2 rooms which had to be walked through to get to the stairs. The Commen areas were wonderful, we imagined how wonderful it would have been to grow up there. We all rallied for coffee and breakfast in the well equipped kitchen, threw open the shutters to hear birds and look at an amazing vista. We would take our breakfast on the terrace with Mount Etna views (very relaxing).

Sightseeing all day, and having one of the many incredible Italian dinners we retunied to gather in the salon for reviewing our days activities and an after dinner drink.

On request Valeria arranged a home made meal for us one evening, which was lovely, very inexpensive, and an abundance of courses. It was wonderful coming home to the smells of pasta Norma cooking, one our favorite memories. I would suggest doing this early in your trip because of the amount of food for left overs.

Both of my grandchildren were into photography, the house and property gave them an amazing canvas.

I think the only negative were the linens, the towels and sheets needed to be kicked up a notch. Saying that we were not looking for anything too Americanized so we were ok with it.

All in all we loved it! Thanks Valeria....

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property, nicest host

  • 5 of 5

The property is lovely and we really enjoyed the pool. While it is old, it is not run down. Valeria is lovely and a pleasure to deal with. She was responsive and quick to deal with minor issues. The location is wonderful and easy to get to Taormina or Catania or Siracusa or Noto. The terrazzo with views of Etna was great. Well equippedkitchen and modern reno on the bathrooms. Trapatello has all the amenities for buying food etc. Great restaurants within thirty minutes, usually fifteen. Highly recommend. Five bedrooms w large common areas.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifull secret spot

  • 4 of 5

Beautifull spot, we loved the pool and the terrace with view on the etna. the villa is big and cosy. Perfect location , quiet and et the same time only 15 min from taormina nicest beach and night life . Perfect for family . We really recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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charming traditional Sicily experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. The house is very traditional which was exactly what we wanted and as described. The terrace in particular was a delightful place to sit in the evenings especially as it was very very hot during our stay. Valeria was very helpful and sorted out small problems with air conditioning etc. We booked the cook on two nights and can't recommend enough - they produced two wonderful meals - well worth it and much better than eating out which was very pricey in August for 9 of us. If I was to suggest one improvement it would be better pillows. Not sure if my family is very fussy but all found them pretty uncomfortable! Lovely location - would have liked to walk more if it hadn't been so hot. Very convenient for beaches and Taormina. Thank you for great holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
38 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Etna North
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Giardini Naxos
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Etna North
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Taormina, Giardini Naxos
Car: recommended


Taormina is one of the most sought after areas in Sicily, and it is easy to understand why. The combination of being on the beach, and at the same time within walking distance (with the help of the cable car) of the centre of Taormina suits many of our guest very well. This area of Sicily has much to offer besides Taormina and the beaches. Apart from the huge attraction of Mount Etna, try visiting some of the lesser known towns and villages on its flanks. You will be in for some pleasant surprises.


Nestled amongst bougainvillea citrus and olive plantations with outstanding views to Mount Etna, this Classic Sicilian home is an ideal base from which to explore the delights of Eastern Sicily. Only twenty minutes from Taormina with its famous amphitheatre and colourful streets and yet hidden away from the outside world, the San Martino Estate provides the opportunity for a very real Sicilian experience. Many of our guests have shown a growing interest in this island which is such a “melting pot” of cultures so we are delighted to offer this location. Having followed the long drive up the hill one finally reaches this princely family home surrounded by lush vegetation. Stepping inside one immediately notices the typically Sicilian nineteenth century furniture and objects d’art. Palm, avocado and olive trees around the pool provide some shade over parts of the terrace where again some stunning views to the sea and the Mount Etna can be appreciated. We believe lovers of Sicily and also those new to the many fascinations of this island will love the opportunity to stay in this traditional classic home within such easy access of so many popular destination.


Catania airport: 35km-22miles-40mins

Palermo airport: 290km-180miles-2hr50

Trapani airport: 370km-231miles-3hr55

Taormina centre: 20 min driving

Nearest beach: 10 min driving

Siracusa: 118km-73miles-1hr20

Mount Etna cable car: 62km-38miles-1hr10

Catania centre: 52km-32miles-45mins


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $587.48
Final Cleaning $58.75
Pet Fee $11.75

The prices above are referred for groups of max 9 people babies/infants included, only on demand 1 extra person/babies. It is not allowed in the villa to organize parties or dinners with persons differents than the guests holidaysmaker. The extra services of cooking, the use of the villa and pool are exclusively for the people indicated at the time of reservation. It is possible to organize on demand a dinner or a tea party in another structure which is very close to the villa. The swimming pool is available from mid april to mid october, other periods only on demand paying an extra. In the price is included the cleaning service: 3 hours two days weekly, excluding Saturdays and Sundays. The heating is extra 30/50 euros daily on demand

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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