SPACIOUS HISTORIC RESIDENCE OVERLOOKING THE MARINA, FREE WI-FI

Concetta Viviano Fiorito

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Concetta Viviano Fiorito

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SPACIOUS HISTORIC RESIDENCE OVERLOOKING THE MARINA, FREE WI-FI

Balestrate House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The stone arch that you see as you enter the residence shows a carved date: 1886. That is when the house was built. The downstairs used to be the granary where my grandfather kept grains, olive oil and other products from his land.

The residence has a spacious ground floor with with vaulted ceilings and stone arches; a kitchen with a separate dining area and a full bathroom with shower. A comfortable wooden staircase leads to the second floor where there are three bedrooms and another bathroom with a bath tub/shower. A balcony overlooking the marina and the Tyrrhenian Sea offers a panoramic view of the sunset over the gulf.

Here you can sunbathe in privacy, or just sip a glass of wine while watching the sun go down while the fishing boats and sailboats come and go. You don't need a car to go to the beach. Both the East and West beaches are a short walk from the residence offering golden sand. Also at short distance the old fishermen landing good for snorkeling and fossil hunting.

Further Details: You like sightseeing, archeology and hiking? Or do you prefer wine tasting and culinary art? All is available to you with short day trips from the residence. Palermo,Marsala, Scopello, the natural reserve of Lo Zingaro where you can hike, and learn about the native plants, or snorkel in the deep blue water. Visit the medieval town of Erice, or Trapani with its coral museum. Drive by the salt road with its windmills and the salt beds of Mothia. Admire Segesta and Agrigento with their Greek temples. Pay a visit to the local wineries in the area. The cuisine, influenced by cultures from North Africa, Greece, Spain (some of the cultures that dominated Sicily over the centuries) will tempt your palate. The rich varietyes of wines that accompany this cuisine are superb. Cooking classes can be arranged by request.

In need of a relaxing massage? The Marina Holiday SPAS is at walking distance. The Spa offers facials and massages and was featured on the October 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
Hope all is well and you had a good Christmas and Holiday Season.



Just 11 months ago we were preparing to become residents of Balestrate for a month, thanks to you and Casa Balestra.



I was reviewing some pictures that we are very fond of and Dorothy and I were thinking of the wonderful time we had last March.



We cannot express how much we loved the town, the merchants, Annamarie, the petro station attendant, the restaurants, the shops, the church, the animals, both dogs and cats, Rosanna, and the smiles.

The beauty of Sicily will always be in our mind, but the people made the biggest impression.
Apr 2013
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Concetta Viviano Fiorito

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I decided to name the residence CASA BALESTRA, which in Italian means crossbow, from the name of the town where it is located: Balestrate. I've lived in Virginia, USA for over 20 years. I teach Italian to adults. I've always traveled back and forth to Italy to visit my parents and take care of them. My parents left me this beautiful historic house and I plan to enjoy it when I can. I want to share CASA BALESTRA with you and hope that you will enjoy Sicily and its generous people, have a relaxing time and build beautiful memories.

Concetta Viviano Fiorito purchased this house in 2009

I inherited CASA BALESTRA from my mom. The house was built in 1886 when it was part of a larger building where my grandparents lived. It was later subdivided. My mom’s family has owned the residence for three generations. It has been restored and it is spacious and comfortable. As a kid I spent all my summers in this house, visiting grandpa. I have great memories about the time spent in this house.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 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:
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4.9
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Spacious Historic Residence Overlooking the Marina, free Wi-fi
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Balestrate Palermo
5

A PERFECT SICILIAN VACATION

  • 5 of 5
Our family of four found Casa Balestra to be beautiful, spacious and perfectly equipped to meet our every need. After busy days of sightseeing to Lo Zingaro Park, Trapani, Marsala, Agrigento, Palermo, Segesta and more, Casa Balestra provided the perfect place to spend quiet, relaxing evenings. Markets with fresh fish, bread, pasta, fruits and vegetables and cheese are a short walk from the house, and we enjoyed having the opportunity to cook at home and eat on the balcony overlooking the marina. Restaurants offering the best in Sicilian food are also found throughout the charming town of Balestrate. The afternoon “passeggiata” was fun for our entire family…

We found Casa Balestra to be perfectly managed; the housekeeper promptly greeted us upon our arrival and reviewed all we needed to know for our one-week stay. In addition, thorough written instructions/recommendations (e.g., where to buy freshly made ricotta cheese, sites to see within a day's drive!) were provided. We would definitely love to return to this lovely house!!
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you for staying at Casa Balestra and thank you for taking the time to review your stay. I hope to have you soon.

Ciao

Concetta
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Balestrate Palermo
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BEAUTIFUL SETTING IN A CHARMING HOUSE

  • 4 of 5
We spent 4 days in this beautiful house overlooking the harbor, with a balcony giving us a panoramic view of the Sicilian north shore. The house is big enough to accommodate a family of 6, located on a charming street, close to all village shops. Concetta (the owner) and Rosanna (caretaker) made our stay nice and easy. Look forward to coming back to Sicily and Balestrate!
  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at my house. It was a pleasure to accommodate your family. Please come back soon! Happy 2014.

Concetta
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Balestrate Palermo
5

POSTO BELLO, ACCOGLIENTE, SPAZIOSO E FRESCO!

  • 5 of 5
Un soggiorno fantastico in un angolo di paradiso. La casa è molto accogliente grande ed estremamente pulita. Facile da raggiungere e ben posizionata per visitare i posti più belli della zona. Per una vacanza rilassante e ricca di comfort. Federica
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Owner's Response: Cari Federica e Maurizio,
e' stato un piacere avervi a Casa Balestra. Grazie per la valutazione. Arrivederci a presto

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Balestrate Palermo
St. Louis, MO
4

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BRUTTO

  • 4 of 5
What a great trip! Casa Balestra was a gem. This was my family's first trip to Sicily and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. I wanted to give a brief review of Balestrate first. I had read some poor reviews about this town and while some of it was fair (litter is a problem, although no more than elsewhere in Europe), it is a very friendly town. I would describe it as more of a beach town than a resort area, if you understand what I mean. There are three different beaches and each one has its charms but the only one worth going to for more than a short visit is the one about half a mile west of the town. Balestrate is a short distance from Palermo, Montelepre and Trapani (where you can catch a boat to the must-see Egadi Islands).

Casa Balestra itself is just as described. We had more than enough room for our family of 5 (three teenagers) and we were very comfortable. The home was beautiful and well maintained. Rosanna, the housekeeper, met us and she was a delight (be warned--she speaks no English). Concetta, the owner, always made herself available via email, although we never needed to contact her. As some reviews mentioned, there is a train that goes right by Casa Balestra. It doesn't run at night, but did start early in the morning (around 7 or 7:30, as I recall). After a day or two, however, we hardly noticed it. We definitely would recommend Casa Balestra to anyone.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It was a pleasure to have you at Casa Balestra and I hope to have you again in the future.

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Balestrate Palermo
Niagara Region Canada
5

A GREAT HOUSE IN A GREAT LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in Casa Balestra for the month of Mar 2013. The house is even better than the pictures, totally equipped, bigger than we thought, with a view that is wonderful and the quaint commuter train running by the window. We found the town to be lovely, gracious and truly enjoyable.
Centally located with easy day trips to Marsala, Agrigento, Trapani, San Vito Lo Capo, Eurice, Palermo, Alcamo, Corleone, Camporale and many other locations. We did not have a car each day but found no problem renting one for a day or week, 3 minutes walk from the front door. True Sicily is at your front door, food, friendly folks and wine.. ( as well as beaches, nature and culture).what more could we have asked for. The owner has arranged excellent support in the town for visitors and is always available by email asap.
We were thrilled with our time here.
  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul and Dorothy,
thank you for staying at Casa Balestra and thank you for your review. I am glad you had a good time. I hope to host you in the future.

Grazie e arrivederci a presto

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Balestrate Palermo
Buffalo, NY, USA
5

A PIECE OF PARADISE !

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed at Casa Balestra for 5 magical nights. The house is set up with all the conveniences, and the view from the upstairs balcony is amazing . We ate lunch up there every day overlooking the beautiful harbor. The Casa is perfectly situated on a quiet street within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. Balastrate itself is a lovely, friendly village perfect for a vacation in Sicily.

The Casa itself is lovely ...the bed was comfortable ,the kitchen was nicely stocked ,and the internet worked very well. There was plenty of hot water...a nice thing to have in Italy ! All in all, I would highly recommend this property. We had a wonderful vacation here and would return in a heartbeat.
  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Grazie for your review. I am glad you had a good time at Casa Balestra. Please come back again!
A presto

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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Palermo
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Palermo
Nearest Train
500 Metres
10 min. walking distance
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Balestrate exit
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
10 min. walking distance
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
La Piazzetta Open for breakfast lunch and dinner
Nearest Golf
65 Miles
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sciacca
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
5 min. walking distance
Car: recommended

The Marina Holiday SPAS is at walking distance. The Spa was featured on the October 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

The Vanity day Spa recently opened with discounts for guests of Casa Balestra.

If you like fossils, the Fishermen's beach is for you. It's about 1 Km. from the house.

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Availability & Rates

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Balestrate House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Season
May 18 2014 - Sep 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
€700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Season
Jan 8 2015 - Mar 20 2015
4 night minimum stay
€400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
Oct 1 2015 - Dec 15 2015
4 night minimum stay
€450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday Season
Dec 16 2015 - Jan 6 2016
4 night minimum stay
€550
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Final cleaning €50.00
Refundable damage deposit €200.00
25% downpayment to reserve your dates. Balance paid at check in.
Notes For longer stays check with owner. Rates are subject to change until rent is confirmed.
Cancellation Policy: For cancellations more than 60 days prior to arrival, there is a fee of 30.00 Euros. For cancellations less than 60 days prior to arrival and more than 31 days prior to arrival there is a fee of one night rent. There are no refunds for cancellations less than 30 days prior to arrival.
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Amenities

Balestrate House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Beach View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Spa
General:
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Garage ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Study Room
  • Living Area
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , bidet
    Full 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The upstairs bathroom has the view of the touristic port. The downstairs bathroom is off the kitchen.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin or one single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twins or one single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , air conditioning unit
  • The yellow bedroom has one queen size bed and it's on the street side and has a balcony and has an air conditioning unit. The green bedroom can have one queen size bed, or two twins or one single, it's on the water side and has access to the balcony. The blue bedroom is the smaller one and is on the water side with access to the balcony, It can have one queen, or two twins or one single.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Radio
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Golf ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Balcony ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • museums
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • cycling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
Free Wi-Fi available through the house.
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