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Dancing in the Moonlight!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 915 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Country Cottage with Pool!

Tucked on the hillside in the Valley of the Crows (Corvo) of Casteldaccia, sits Danza la Luna. With a view of hundreds of kilometers of olive trees and grapes, Danza is a bright moon beam of luxury and accommodation. Just remodeled and the personal residence of American Designer, Carlotta Davies, no expense was spared for your enjoyment, peace and serenity.

The furnishings, paintings and linens were shipped from America and features: Fully stocked kitchen including all dishes, glassware, pots, pans, flatware, seasonings, 2 espresso machines, full-sized refrigerator and much more. Fully stocked wine bar with complimentary wine upon arrival, as well as complimentary robes, slippers and daily espresso for each guest. Danza also features a washer AND dryer, iron, ironing board plus a bath tub with incredible "rain" shower head. For those who need to work, there is an Office Alcove with full Wi-Fi, high speed internet, HP color printer, TV & DVD player for movies and all office supplies.

The granite outside kitchen with gas BBQ, refrigerator and sink have been completed this season as well as new patio, lounge area, outdoor shower and Veranda. Sit, sip your favorite wine and watch the moon rise .... you might even Dance in the Moonlight!

A new beautiful swimming pool and sun lounge has just been finished!

Very private, Danza has an incredible Security System monitored with 11 cameras, remote control gates, intercom and rental includes off-site 24 hour Concierge who speaks fluent English, French, Italian and Sicilian.

We can also provide (at extra charge):

- Rental Cars

- Guided Tours throughout Sicily and Italy

- Professional Translators

- Assistance with tracing Ancestors

- Massages

- Manicures and Pedicures

DISTANCES:

Casteldaccia - 5KM (3 miles)

Bagheria - 6KM (4 miles)

Palermo - 20 KM (14 miles)

Beaches - 5 KM (3 miles)

Come and visit Danza la Luna and "Become Part of the Legend"!

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More Details

Owner
Carlotta Davies
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Carlotta Davies

With a background in Graphic Design and Marketing, Carlotta began her career in Broadcasting in California and spent years as a business consultant. Along the way her heart was clearly in the arts and design so she began refurbishing and restoring unusual properties in America. She and Jim Davies restored her maternal grandparents log cabins in Placerville, California and turned it into Shadowridge Ranch & Lodge in 1995. It won the Fodar's Award for Excellence in B&Bs plus numerous other awards and commendations. Although semi-retired, she just can't stop herself when she finds a special property that just needs some love, attention and care.

Carlotta Davies purchased this house in 2016

Why Carlotta Davies chose Casteldaccia

Carlotta's paternal family is from Casteldaccia and immigrated to America in 1905. For generations (over 1000 years) her family has been on this island. In 2000, she and her family made their first visit to Sicily to find her "roots". After a two more trips years later, in April of 2016, she rounded a bend in the beautiful countryside outside the town of Casteldaccia - and saw "it". A cute little casa with a "Vendesi" (for sale) sign and she just had a feeling about the little run down, super fixer-upper. A little voice inside her told her to buy it ... and no, she wasn't looking to buy a house in Sicily!

She called her business partner, who agreed, then months later she became the proud owner. Arriving back in August 2016, she and her team of contractors started the renovations and now it's the gorgeous Danza La Luna. Guess what? That's right ... it sits on part of her Martorana Family original land! Carlotta will tell you it was meant to be and that she is to share it with those who wish to find their roots, peace and serenity.

What makes this house unique

Coming from America where everything is work and fast paced, to be able to sit on the patio imbibing the breathtaking views and contemplating the history of what the island and people have been through - well there are no words to describe the feeling. She chose not to buy a house in "town" or on the ocean. Sicily is the "undiscovered" Italy and she felt the country cottage had it all. The scenery changes each day in the countryside at Danza - but the ocean and town are always busy. The crowds of tourists and locals at the sea are so horrific, one cannot even get to their house or rental. This is not a cheap apartment in town or near the beach with lots of people surrounding you. It is a a very private, secluded country cottage where you can actually hear the crickets chirp at night! Danza's beauty is magnificent and the unfettered serenity priceless. Plus at Danza you will find "Bob" the Fox who adopted us and has become part of our family. One of your chores at Danza is to feed Bob each night as he comes to say hello to you. He is an endangered species of Sicilian Red Foxes of which there are only 30 left on the island. Please believe me when I tell you Danza La Luna is a very special and magical spot.

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 Stars *****

Left on Sep 16, 2018 for a stay in Sep 2018



The house and views are stunning. There’s always a worry when you book somewhere online that you’ll get there and it’s not as good as the photos but in this case it exceeded our expectations. From our first contact via email with Carlotta to meeting Frances & Vinny on our arrival day everything went smoothly. Frances gave us tips of where to visit nearby and when she heard we were planning on visiting Palermo by train she WhatsApp’d me the train times. The house is very comfortable and had everything we needed for our 6 night stay and each night we were visited by Luna the cat and Bob the fox. The pool was an additional bonus for us as it was installed after we made our reservation. We enjoyed dinner on the patio each evening and made use of the BBQ on a few occasions. All in all we had a wonderful time in this beautiful house and I would not hesitate to return again if I’m ever in Sicily and to recommend it to friends and family. Thanks to Carlotta, (and Frances & Vinny) for allowing us to share the ‘Danza La Luna’ experience.
Sep 2018
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Amenities

Casteldaccia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 915 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Contemporary decorator bath with "Rain Forest" shower and full bath tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Exquisitely decorated with full amenities and artwork.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Exquisitely decorated with amenities and artwork.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Complimentary wine upon arrival. Complimentary Cafe Daily. Complimentary robes & slippers. 24 hour off-site Concierge.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

Perfect retreat...

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Danza la Luna has been truly magical! It is the perfect retreat to get away from the busyness of the world! The stillness and stunning views are absolutely breathtaking! Frances and Vinney met us after our long journey and made us feel very welcome, taking us to the house and showing us around. The house is a real gem! Comfortable, with everything you could possibility need. The pool was a wonderful treat, cooling us down at the end of the day! Frances recommended a trip to Cefalu and we weren’t disappointed! It is quite busy but definitely worth it! The walk up to Tempio di Diana was rewarded with the most fabulous views. Thank you for making our stay such a relaxing and enjoyable one.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A beautiful and serene location, perfect for unwinding!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived after a lengthy drive and were greeted by Vinny and Frances who were fantastic. They got us settled very quickly and were very helpful regarding sites to see and restaurants. The home provides all the comforts of your own home and the outdoor living area is truly beautiful. We really enjoyed the solitude and peace the area provided which is a contrast to travelling within the nearby cities. This truly was one of the most restful parts of our trip through Italy,

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa ... thank you for your kind words. As you may have noticed, Frances, Vinny and I work very hard to make sure that Danza is a magical place that will stay with you forever. Once again, we thank you. With Love, Carlotta, Frances, Vinny and Bob the Fox
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5

Fabulous house and service

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing week staying in Danza - it’s a beautifully situated and fantastically presented house, with absolutely everything you could possibly need available!! The views are amazing, the interior besifully decorated and the outside kitchen is brilliant (loved the barbecue and outdoor eating!).

Frances and bunny are also amazing, always available to help with any request!

Seriously cannot wait to return - hopefully early next year!

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Täby (suburb to Stockholm)
5

A marvellous week

  • 5 of 5

We are very greatful finding this paradise. The house, the surroundings, the furniture and equipment was the best we have ever rented. The welcome and contacts with owner and concierges was overwhelming and very useful. We strongly recommend this Place.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Inger ... ... thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are so glad that your holiday was wonderful, that you were comfortable and happy. We have worked very hard to make Danza a special spot and we are honored that you now have become "Part of the Legend of Danza La Luna"! Please come back soon. With Much Love and Appreciation, Carlotta, Frances, Vinny, Bob the Fox and Luna the Cat!
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5

It was a lovely stay. We had a wonderful time.

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and has everything we needed for a wonderful vacation time. It's clean and very comfortable. Carlotta, Frances & Vinny are very kind and if you have a question they help you with everything. We highly reccomend Danza.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Miriam and Christian! What makes a home special are the people like you. Please come back and visit - we miss you. With Love, Carlotta, Frances, Vinny, Luna and Bob the Fox
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5

Your OASIS away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We feel privileged to have been the first guest in this wonderful home.

The owner Carlotta's accommodating ways were such a treat and made our stay all the more delightful. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this amazing house firstly with the comfortable bed and amazing shower. We especially loved the cozy living room couches with the romantic dining room and the list goes on.....in general we found the house to be extremely well equipped. Even-though we visited in the month of December, we were still able to enjoy our daily cocktail or glass of wine on the outdoor patio admiring the beautiful surroundings amongst the thousands of olive trees and on occasions seeing and hearing a large group of goats and their Shepherd coming down the mountain, peaceful it is !!

We thoroughly loved this home and we hope to come back and stay a little longer next time. We started with the intention of staying 3 days and ended up staying 15 days.

The caretakers, Frances and Vinny were so accommodating and helpful in guiding us regarding restaurants, places to visit and always made themselves available to cater to our every need. Was also much appreciated to have a fully bilingual (English/Italian) person.

We couldn't have wished for a better place to stay, a real home away from home.

I would definitely recommend this home to all my friends and family.

Pierre & Dorothy

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

December 20th, 2001

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Pierre & Dorothy ... ... a home is also as good as its Guests! We, at Danza La Luna, are honored that you were pleased and hope to see you again soon. With Much Love, Carlotta
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Palermo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Brooklyn Brothers
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Casteldaccia Train Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Main Autostrad
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Cafe 113
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Casteldaccia at La Rotunda
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

House & BBQ Cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $150

VIP Returning Guests receive 10% off of nightly rate. We are delighted to have you back!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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