SEASIDE TOWNHOUSE AND GARDEN UNDER CEFALU'S SPECTACULAR CLIFF

From
€17
Enter dates to see total
Email Manager Email

Mark Meeks

Speaks english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Catalan
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

SEASIDE TOWNHOUSE AND GARDEN UNDER CEFALU'S SPECTACULAR CLIFF

Lascari Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Townhome, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

WELCOME TO CASA DEL FARO! This beautiful home is uniquely located directly across the street from a rocky Mediterranean beach and has a steep backyard of 80 square meters (800 square feet) leading to a 200-m (700 feet) massive cliff. It is one of several townhouses carved out of a restructured stone spaghetti factory in 2005.

The house has a total area of 60 square meters (600 square feet), evenly split between two floors. Downstairs you will enjoy a single large room with two sofas, TV and DVD player, coffee table, dining table with six chairs, and fully-equipped kitchen with hand-painted tiles from Caltigirone, along with a half-bath. Do you like antiques? Well, in Dec. 2010 we just brought in 4 matching pieces of living room furniture manufactured in the 1890s in Palermo by the Dacrot factory, including a sofa, two matching end chairs, and a marble-topped lamp table. The large living room window looks directly onto the Mediterranean, while the back-door looks out onto the famous Cliff of Cefalu. Upstairs you will also enjoy waking up to crashing surf and an unobstructed view of the Mediterranean from the master bedroom, with large double bed, armoire, and chest of drawers, decorated with nautical motifs. Enjoy the collection of lovely hand-painted, traditional Sicilian ceramics from the nearby town of Santo Stefano! There is also a junior bedroom decorated with Sicilian puppets, with two twin beds, armoire, and view of the cliff. The full bathroom has a shower, toilet, bidet, and sink.

Outside CASA DEL FARO boasts two beautiful areas for your dining enjoyment. Immediately outside the house is an outside kitchen, with gas grill, sink, and food preparation counter. Help yourself to fresh herbs you might find growing there! There is a picnic table with six chairs and umbrellas here, and it is a great place to enjoy a summer breakfast. Further up the hill in the backyard you will enjoy dining under the gazebo on the beautiful hand-crafted table of black Sicilian volcanic stone, decorated with an enamel surface painted with a fruit fantasy. From here you can look out over the top of the red-tiled roof toward the historic center of Cefalu or outward toward the Eolian islands, a volcanic archipelago most easily visible during the winter months.

Several kinds of beach experiences are available. Directly across the street from CASA DEL FARO is a stairway leading down to a rocky beach, which is a good place to sunbathe away from the madding crowds even in the summer. It is OK for swimming when the sea is calm. I personally prefer to go a half-kilometer (third of a mile) into town to the Old Port, where there is a small free public beach behind a jetty, where the water is always calm. Beyond this point lies a plethora of private beaches, where you pay to rent your chair and umbrella. The beach season lasts roughly from April through the first week of November.

Aside from good restaurants, Cefalu offers great opportunities for those who want to cook on their own. You can enjoy a cafe and wineshop in the same complex of buildings as CASA DEL FARO or you can walk 200 meters into town to satisfy most of your culinary needs.

CASA DEL FARO is a 15-minute walk from the train station, with frequent connections to Palermo. In the summer several ferries a day go from Cefalu harbor (only 200 meters from the house) to Palermo and the Eolian Islands. Parking is always available at the new harbor, but in many ways it is easier to enjoy Cefalu without a car, since the streets in the medieval quarter are quite narrow and tend to have heavy pedestrian traffic. No parking is available directly in front of the house. In town you can find many agencies happy to organize tours to Agrigento, Mount Etna, Monreale, and most other points of interest in Sicily. Don't forget to visit Cefalu's lovely twelfth-century cathedral with its famous Byzantine mosaics and the lovely Osterio Magno, with its Arab architectural influence!

PLEASE NOTE! THIS HOUSE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TROUBLE WITH CLIMBING STAIRS, but it should present no problem to someone with normal health.

Keywords: Townhouse

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • alternative lifestyle

Mark Meeks

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2007
Speaks english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Catalan
Enter your email address to view the phone number

My name is Mark Meeks. I teach high school algebra in San Francisco, California. I look forward to occupying the house full-time when I retire in a few years.

Mark Meeks purchased this townhome in 2004

I fell in love with Cefalu on my first visit to the town in 2004. At that time, Casa del Faro was being renovated after decades of neglect. It was such a unique site, right between the Mediterranean and the cliff and so close to a gorgeous historical town, that I couldn't wait to sign the contract and get my name on the property register! Owning my own Italian home has been one of the best experiences in my life, and I'm thrilled to share the house with visitors!

Help yourself to vegetables, herbs, or fruit growing in the backyard! Right in the same complex are two wonderful places to dine: La Trinacria, which is a year-round restaurant with a delicatessen, and Bar del Faro, which serves lighter fare. Before heading to the grocery store ask about the location of the Saturday open-air market (which moves around town depending on the time of year). It's a great place to get quality produce, meats, fish, cheese, etc. at a low price.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

Property Reviews

Seaside Townhouse and Garden Under Cefalu's Spectacular Cliff
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews
business
Seaside Townhouse and Garden Under Cefalu's Spectacular Cliff
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p115300vbi
+1 510-501-9941
Lascari Palermo
Monument, CO. USA
5

wonderful Thanksgiving in Cefalu

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
My husband and I celebrated Thanksgiving at the townhome. This was our first time in Sicily and we truly enjoyed our week in Cefalu. The kitchen is very clean and well equiped - we were able to fix meals there with no problems, including Thanksgiving with the traditional turkey, potatoes, dressing and home made pumpkin pie. Having the restaurant, Bar del Faro, so close was quite convenient for those times we didn't want to cook. The townhome accurately met the description, the location, and the posted photos, no surprises there. We would recommend staying here to family and friends, especially if we could come along for a second visit here with them.

The Capella Normana and the church at Monreale were spectacular- have never seen such beautiful mosaics in such abundance. Would recommend both along with the cathedral in Cefalu altough its mosaics are not as impressive. The market in Palermo was also interesting to see. We took the bus to Castelbuono 1 day and enjoyed the trip up and back winding through the mountains and wandering around the town. The bus left from the train station. The trains to and from Palermo were reliable both times and we only had a 10 minute delay one of the mornings.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Seaside Townhouse and Garden Under Cefalu's Spectacular Cliff
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p115300vbi
+1 510-501-9941
Lascari Palermo
Atascadero, California
5

Perfect Location in Gorgeous Cefalu

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
My husband & I enjoyed a very nice stay at this townhouse. The accommodation was very clean & provided us with everything we needed. There are two floors to the rental with a narrow stairwell to consider if you have young children or have difficulty with stairs. Also, there is a street that runs along the front of the building and you do hear the cars & scooters in the mornings & early evenings. I am a light sleeper but used earplugs & I slept well. The walk into the main town is not far at all & provides you with beautiful views of the sea. We were able to park our car for free at the recommended nearby harbor and never had a problem. Cefalu really is a beautiful city, and the townhouse is well located to explore Cefalu & the nearby towns. I would readily recommend this townhouse.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Seaside Townhouse and Garden Under Cefalu's Spectacular Cliff
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p115300vbi
+1 510-501-9941
Lascari Palermo
Bellevue, WA
4

A Warm Trinacria Welcome!

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
Casa del Faro is located in a pretty spot & a quick walk into the heart of Cefalu. The US based owner was very responsive to all questions & we knew he was readily available via email. It's great having internet access in the apartment.

Our group of 4 was in the apartment for a week. The first night we ate downstairs at "La Trinacria" (which is the name of Sicily's 3-legged symbol), owned by Salvatore. By the end of the evening, we had met his buddies, and he has taken us under his wing, as if we were part of an extended family. We ended up having several more meals there, and at least cappuccino, if nothing else. Salvatore and his family are delightful people. We also very much enjoyed his friend, Nicola's restaurant, "Kentia", an easy walk. "Le Chat Noir" had a pasta dish, which was one of the best we had during our three weeks in Italy. Mussels were excellent everywhere.

Since we had a car, we were able to take side trips. Our longest day trip was to Agrigento, to the Valley of the Temples. Definitely worth it, however, we would recommend staying a few days on the east/south side of Sicily and doing those sights from a home base on that end, rather than making the drive from Cefalu. The roads are windy, and it's a long day. Don't plan on finding lunch in the small villages along the way; everything closes up during "siesta".

Taking the train to Palermo for the day was hassle-free. Buy a good, detailed map of Palermo when you get off, at the train station. You will be glad you paid the 5 Euro. The small maps in tourist books are not adequate, if you are adventurous. Palermo was not "scary", as it is portrayed by some. It's chaotic, busy, fast-paced, interesting. We are experienced travelers so we were fine with it. You have to be good at dodging Vespas and cars. Sometimes you have a sidewalk, and then you don't. Be sure to visit the outdoor market -- a feast for the senses! The catacombs are bizarrely fascinating.

Take the car into the hills & visit Sant' Gibilmana & Castelbuono. A matter of taste, but we found the ceramic shop in Cefalu (on Corso Ruggero) to have finer quality than the ceramic factories in S. Stefano.

We'd planned to some prepare meals in the apartment; this wasn't as practical as we had hoped. The kitchen is tiny. One shower & the smaller second bedroom make it "tight" for 4 adults. It's fine, just know it's not spacious. We'd recommend it to friends who are in good physical shape, & who enjoy a "local" feel.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Seaside Townhouse and Garden Under Cefalu's Spectacular Cliff
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p115300vbi
+1 510-501-9941
Lascari Palermo
Colorado
4

Under the Rock

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: May 21, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
We recently stayed at this apartment for 4 nights. The listing description was accurate and it is a great location (within easy walking distance to town) and the photos do reflect the actual place. It was clean and well equipped and the owner was very thorough with directions, instructions etc. The only improvement we would recommend is to have more counter space, perhaps by putting the microwave under a cabinet. We ate at;one of the restaurants below (the one run by the store below) and it was excellent. The store has just about everything you would need. I would definitely recommend this property. Thanks Mark.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Seaside Townhouse and Garden Under Cefalu's Spectacular Cliff
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p115300vbi
+1 510-501-9941
Lascari Palermo
Victoria, BC
5

Very nice place in an amazing little town!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
We stayed for two weeks in Mark's Cefalu townhouse and were very impressed. The town was full of surprises and the hike up "La Rocca" was amazing. The apartment was close to town but allowed some separation that we appreciated. There were two great restaurants below us (one with a great deli) as an added bonus. We can see why Mark wants to live full time in this place! Check out the Saturday market as it's a blast (currently located on the south side of La Rocca).
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
Email Manager Email

Map

Nearest Airport
98 Kilometres
Palermo
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
SEASONAL TO Palermo; Eolian Islands
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Cefalu
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Palermo/Messina
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
across street
Nearest Barpub
70 Metres
in same building complex
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Mount Etna
Nearest Restaurant
70 Metres
La Trinacria & Faro
Car: not necessary

Cefalu is about 30 minutes from the ceramics town of Santo Stefano. You can also catch a boat in the warmer months out to the health spa on Vulcano island, part of the Eolian archipelago. Great 'slow food' is available at many restaurants up in the Madonnie Mountains south of Cefalu.

Email Manager Email

Photos

Email Manager Email

Availability & Rates

This listing does not have a published calendar. Please contact the manager for availability.

Lascari Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
EUR
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Base Rate
€17
3 nights
 
 
spring and early summer
Mar 16 - Jul 31
€85
3 nights
 
Discounts: 14 nights or more: €79 Nightly; 21 nights or more: €69 Nightly
 
august
Aug 1 - Aug 31
€115
3 nights
 
Discounts: 14 nights or more: €99 Nightly; 21 nights or more: €89 Nightly
 
early autumn
Sep 1 - Oct 31
€85
3 nights
 
Discounts: 14 nights or more: €79 Nightly; 21 nights or more: €69 Nightly
 
late autumn
Nov 1 - Dec 19
€49
€315
3 nights
 
Discounts: 14 nights or more: €39 Nightly
 
best value
Jan 7 - Jan 15
€17
3 nights
 
 
bargain value
Jan 16 - Mar 14
€29
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees And Taxes No charge for cooking gas, hot & cold water, basic electricity. I pay the charges for your linens if you stay at least 7 nights; otherwise 12 euros per person per issue. Key delivery 25 euros. Cleaning 40 euros w/o pet, 60 euros with pet. For short stays, AC or heat available for 10 euros per night. For longer stays heat & AC charges based on extra electricity use. Contact owner for details.
Normally 25% down to book (nonrefundable), 75% due 30 days before arrival, and set-up fees payable upon arrival in Cefalu. The first two payments can be made either by US-dollar checks at the daily exchange rate or in euros by bank transfer. Set-up fees must be paid in euros in cash only upon arrival.
Notes Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. No refunds within 30 days of planned arrival.
Email Manager Email

Amenities

Lascari Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , window gives good ventilation
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , small washing machine
  • Hairdryer provided!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , nice big armoire and chest of drawers, pottery
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , quiet, nice skylight window
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Available at additional cost upon request
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered ...
  • alternative lifestyle
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • skiing
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • pier fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • deepsea fishing
Notes:
piano keyboard available
Email Manager Email

Other Vacation Properties

$202 - $301 per night
1 - 5 night minimum stay
  • 2 BR,
  • 1 BA,
  • Sleeps 5
$829 - $1,521 per week
5 - 7 night minimum stay
  • 2 BR,
  • 2 BA,
  • Sleeps 4
$212 - $344 per night
1 - 5 night minimum stay
  • 2 BR,
  • 1 BA,
  • Sleeps 6