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5 bdrs villa,petting zoo, solar heated salt water pool, playground,ping pong tbl

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa with Pool, playground ,petting zoo,ping pong table,zip line,picnic area,

We offer the best family holiday villa in Sicily,here are the reasons why:

Large well equipped Villa.

Private solar heated 6x12 meters salt water pool.

Lovely landscaped garden.

Well equipped playground for children.

A tree house with a balcony for children 3.50x 2 meters size.

A sand pit for kids .

A zip-line to glide from tree to tree.

A 5x5 meters fish pond with Egyptian papyrus.

A picnic area with a charcoal BBQ

Tree swings for kids and toddlers.

2 Hammocks to relax in under the trees.

Ping Pong table.

At the far corner of the property a petting zoo of domestic animals,chickens,ducks,geese,rabbits,tibetan goats, and much more ..kids and adults can interact with if they like.

English speaking as a first language .

Villa Modica is five minutes by car from the centre of Modica. In March 2003 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)has acknowledged that the city of Modica and its surrounding areas to be added to the world heritage list for the baroque treasures it holds in its historic buildings and architectural design unique only to this part of Sicily, in Modica was filmed the renowned Italian TV series 'Inspector Montalbano' that's been showing on BBC3, the town built between two valleys and hills is known for its Baroque architecture, has restaurants, cafés, supermarkets and shops. Modica is also called the Positano of Sicily the town of Modica was so particular until the middle of the last century that it was called the second Venice of Italy: it is situated on the valley where two torrents merge into each other and there were a lot of large and small bridges to connect the zones of the lower area.

General Description: At the villa we have a secure full size play ground of 140 sq meters for the children to enjoy with lots of toys, plus Netflix for movies and children entertainment ..The Villa is located on a strategic point: this part of Sicily has an abundance of art, archaeology, history, breathtaking scenery and of course wonderful food to offer. You will certainly be inspired by the brilliance and beauty of the town, by the stunning, secluded beaches, tranquil vineyards, ancient olive groves. And you can also explore Mount Etna, the greatest volcano of Europe, Catania, a splendid city lying between Etna and the Ionian Sea, Syracuse, with its temples, its Greek Theatre and Roman Amphitheatre, and its Ear of Dionysius, Ragusa, with its traces of human settlements dating from as early as the 3rd millennium BC. Or, if you prefer something really breathtaking, why not go to Agrigento and see the Valley of the Temples?Anyway, the list of wonders that are waiting for you is too long to be written here. But Villa Modica is a perfect choice even if you just decide to indulge your senses spending lazy afternoons and suntanning..

Inside the Villa: Inside, Villa Modica, is modern and comfortable. It comes with a fireplace, Smart TV with Netflix , screens on windows and 4 air conditioned bedrooms. Fifth bedroom has cooling fans.

Maid service or a cook for an original Sicilian meal can be arranged at the time of booking.

Outside the Villa: From outside,the views are breathtaking, you may hear the peal of Modica's bells from a mile away and the closer tinkling of cowbells. Already old when the Greeks found it, Modica is a vibrant city of 50,000 that's filled with mysterious feasts, great restaurants, and ancient wonders. In the summer, the beach town of Marina di Modica, 20 min away is abuzz with night life. Also within 20 min are the catacombs of Cava d'Ispica and Baroque city of Noto. Modica offers this intense taste of Baroque with its splendid views, its treasures of art, its churches, its palaces, its decorated portals risen on the ruins caused by the great earthquake of 1696 which destroyed a large part of Sicily, particularly Modica. We have especially planned for small children and babies, particularly with regard safety. All access points to the pool have gates to keep young children outside of the pool area. Salt Water Pool no red eyes or chlorine smell. Pool season starts April 1st till October 31st, from November 1st to March 31st the pool will be open on request with an extra charge of 250 Euros. Gas Weber BBQ.

For golf lovers ,only 30 minutes away there is resort that has two 18-hole championship golf and practice range with 70 stations. Golf Academy with video systems, putting and pitching green. One of the 2 fields is a Gary Player signature course and the second 18 holes, Links, was designed by Franco Piras. Golf House with terrace bar / restaurant overlooking the golf facilities with changing rooms, storage golf carts, pro-shop, etc.

Mild winter and a hot dry climate and always a light breeze in summer make it an ideal destination for the whole year offering unforgettable golfing experience.

Other Activities:

The pool has access from three points in the garden. All access points have gates to keep young children outside of the pool area.

The Happy Farm activities are based on how the land is cultivated , devoting care and attention to the animals, discover the secrets of the garden and its curious inhabitants, collect vegetables, fruits and herbs from the garden and discover the flavors of tradition; those are some of the activities that our little ones can experience being in contact with nature!

The opportunity for children to perform daily choirs on the happy farm, we aim in creating a suitable environment for children's physical and psychological needs, which allows to expand the possibility of "practical life activities" (care of the environment, of self and others). Those are activities that arise from real hands on experience and to develop knowledge of how wonders of nature work, they allow you to "absorb the surrounding environment" and to elaborate it "according to their level of experience"; to experiment and test its own skills, to take possession of themselves and learn with hands on.

This is how your child through the "activities of daily living" on the farm learns about himself/herself, and the way to be with others and nature.

"What the child learns must fascinate him/her, we must give them great things: to start with offer them the world." Maria Montessori.

Cost 10 euros per day.

hours from 8:30 am to 12:30 noon.

Must be booked at time of booking or a few weeks in advance..

More Details

Owner
Ilona Sempill
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2017

About Ilona Sempill

We love Sicily and we are here to help you in every way to ensure you have a memorable holiday from the moment you arrive. We love children and have plenty of toys and a secure playground to play in .English spoken as a first language.

Ilona Sempill purchased this villa in 1984

Why Ilona Sempill chose Ragusa

The 3 rules about real estate are location,location,location,this villa is strategically located just a scant mile away from the city centre of the Medieval baroque city of Modica famous for an extraordinary and unique product , the famous chocolate of Modica, produced with an ancient and original Aztec recipe.,from the villa you can see the panoramic view of the city resting on the hill, it has the feel of a nativity scenery,just looking out of the front door it takes the breath away.The city is renowned for its rich culinary tradition offering an amazing variety of seasonal dishes that follow the sicilian traditions. Sweet and savoury dishes, summer and winter food are on offer for a real taste of the county.Stroll around the warren of baroque and medieval streets at the base of the gorge that this city is built on to find unique family run shops and cafes. Most restaurants here are run from home style kitchens so you can be sure you are getting an authentic taste of the region. As locals often say “we are in paradiso',its just a lovely place to grow up and live..'

What makes this villa unique

The Happy Farm activities are based on how the land is cultivated , devoting care and attention to the animals, discover the secrets of the garden and its curious inhabitants, collect vegetables, fruits and herbs from the garden and discover the flavors of tradition; those are some of the activities that our little ones can experience being in contact with nature!

The opportunity for children to perform daily choirs on the happy farm, we aim in creating a suitable environment for children's physical and psychological needs, which allows to expand the possibility of "practical life activities" (care of the environment, of self and others). Those are activities that arise from real hands on experience and to develop knowledge of how wonders of nature work, they allow you to "absorb the surrounding environment" and to elaborate it "according to their level of experience"; to experiment and test its own skills, to take possession of themselves and learn with hands on.

This is how your child through the "activities of daily living" on the farm learns about himself/herself, and the way to be with others and nature.

"What the child learns must fascinate him/her, we must give them great things: to start with offer them the world." Maria Montessori

Hours: 8:30 am to 12.30 noon.

Cost 10 euros per day.

Our Villa is close to everything- EU blue flag beaches, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, winery, beautiful countryside. A beautiful 12m x 6m solar heated, salt water pool on-site for renters use only. The solar heating will bring the pool water temperature 5 degrees above normal. The villa offers peace and tranquility with just a distant noise of cow bells or the church bells only a scant mile away. Wide open skies with no tall buildings or hotels to block the views. No ambient light in the evenings which allows for a truly spectacular view of the milky way at night and in the summer shooting stars can be seen from the pool's deck. Located in a country peaceful setting.

Amenities

Modica Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Toilet located in the laundry room
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , available when renting for 5 bedrooms
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , New 4 piece bath, with WC,Bidet,Pedestal Sink & large shower
  • 1 large bathroom with shower,large tub,bidet,marble top sink, toilet, 2nd bathroom with shower, 2 pedestal sinks, bidet, toilet, 3rd bath is off the laundry room near the kitchen, 4th bathroom has shower, bidet, sink, toilet. New 5th bathroom with large shower,bidet,toilet and pedestal sink.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Cot can be added on request
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , joinable sigle beds into king size bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , joinable sigle beds into king size bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Beds are joinable into a king size bed on request.
  • Large bedrooms with large windows and nice views,2 bedrooms have king size beds,3 bedrooms have single beds that are join-able into king size beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Villa Modica - Run by 100% clean, pure solar energy! 'The magnificent Sicilian sunshine not only sparks your imagination, it powers your vacation. At Villa Modica, we are committed to using green, clean pure energy from the sun. With over 340 days of sunshine a year in Modica, our solar panels provide more than enough energy to power your vacation and you can rest-assured that your stay will be carbon-neutral.' Baby monitor wireless radios. Lots of kids toys. Baby Cots and High Chairs. Smoking is allowed outdoors.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

5 bdrs villa,petting zoo, solar heated salt water pool, playground,ping pong tbl
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
5

Glorious for all ages, amazing location, ace hosts

  • 5 of 5

We were a family group ranging from 73-3yrs and everyone had an incredible time. Nothing was too much trouble for Giorgio and his wonderful family. The swimming pool was kept spotless. There's a decent sized shallow end for non-swimmers to enjoy and plenty of room for the rest! Best of all for the children were the animals. Giorgio let all ages join him in the daily fun of tending to them. The house is spacious with large bedrooms and a much appreciated separate flat, with its own private entrance, that the grandparents escaped to! There are three glorious eating areas to be able to enjoy different views of the valley or be inside. There is a good supermarket less than 10mins drive and best of all, the beautiful town of Modica is only a couple of minutes away. We enjoyed running in the early mornings and the house is perfectly situated to take in the town and return on a perfect 10k loop. There is SOOOO much to see and do in the area that we feel we have only just begun. Every day was a different excursion from beautiful towns to ancient, classical sites. And THE best ice-creams in the world! But for those who did not feel like getting in the car, there was no need to go anywhere. The villa is a haven, plenty of sun beds and shady spots to read in, and soak up the stunning view of Modica. We all agreed it was our happiest holiday ever!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our villa ,we hope you will return one day. Modica is one if the gems of Sicily. A fantastic city in a beautiful setting and as you discovered filled with wonderful helpful people. It is the reason why purchased our villa here. We are pleased you fell in love with it too...the children were wonderful,well behaved and fun to see them having a great time feeding the animals...best wishes to the whole family.
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5

Excellent value

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying 2 weeks at Villa Modica this past Sept. '16 . It was everything it claimed to be & then some. The owner & his family were absolutely the best hosts.....both helpful & knowledgeable about all that Modica & southern Sicily have to offer. Its proximity to both Modica & Frigintini was just right. I would not hesitate to recommend this Villa to anyone looking for a quiet getaway. We plan to return again.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A wonderful well maintained property

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful experience at this beautiful villa.Large pool got plenty of use.Close to downtown Modica and other shopping places. Highly recommend it

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A delightful villa in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Modica in May 2015 and we were delighted to find that the villa exceeded all our expectations.

We generally stay in boutique type hotels and this was our first villa experience, we were not disappointed. The rooms are beautiful and many furnished in traditional style. The kitchen is large and brilliantly equipped (including a large fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine) and the pool is bigger than in many hotels where we have stayed. Children are very well catered for, with an outdoor play area and there are also some lovely outdoor eating areas.

The villa is beautifully located with lovely views over Modica which is only about two miles away. Modica is a pleasant town which comes alive at night and other towns we enjoyed visiting, like Ragusa and Scicli, were only a short drive away – as is the coast.

Georgio was incredibly helpful, although never intrusive, and nothing was too much trouble. We were welcomed on the evening of our arrival with a home cooked meal and some store cupboard and fridge provisions. The next day he guided us to the nearest supermarket and during the week was available if we had any queries or needed assistance.

All in all this is a fabulous villa (we don’t think the photographs do it justice!) ideally located to explore Southern Sicily and Georgio is a great host who speaks perfect English. We had a wonderful holiday and will certainly be going back soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mike; Thanks for taking the time to write such a glowing review. You were wonderful guests and we would happily welcome you back any time! We are always thrilled to see new visitors discover and enjoy Modica as much as we do! Best, George & Nina
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5

Our Home Away From Home!!!

  • 5 of 5

For our second time we have stayed at Villa Modica, but we now call it our home away from home. From the moment we arrived it was fantastic!!! To seeing Giorgio (owner) & his lovely family, to the comfort and beauty of his villa. Whatever we needed, it was there! From, appliances, to linens, to food, to herbs etc... it was all there at the villa! Thank you to Antonella, Giorgio's wonderful wife, who had welcomed us with a home cooked meal. Let's not forget the abundance of wine that dear Giorgio made available to us. Giorgio, a friend that we have made for life! A man who devotes himself to his family, friends and guests at his villa. Always available 24/7!!! Thank you Giorgio for introducing us to our dear friends Ken & Alena from Scotland. Spending those days with all of you was memorable! The villa was immaculate! The grounds were spectacular! Surrounded by different types of fruit trees, wonderful herbs, inviting pool, and Luna the cat! How we looked forward to breakfast in the veranda, with gorgeous view of Modica. Whether we wanted to laze around the pool or stay in the bar-b-que section of the villa where it was well shaded, we had a fantastic time!! We absolutely adore your villa and how we are welcomed. Of course we will be back only next time our stay there will be extended to 3 weeks!!!! We can not get enough of Villa Modica and Giorgio!!! Until the next time our dear friend!! There is no one like you Giorgio!! friends for life, Gisella & Gaspare

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gisella & Gaspare, many thanks for your lovely review, we love having you at our villa, you have become very special friends, you show your true love of life, your family is very special and to have you as our guests its an honor, in life family is inherited but friends we choose, we wish we could see you more often,your kids Lorenzo and Leandra are lovely kids..thanks for having left the villa immaculate, wish you a great summer ahead and see you again in the future..
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5

The most fantastic vacation - ever.

  • 5 of 5

Located in Modica – the chocolate capital of Sicily - with 4 bedrooms. 3 1/2 bathrooms, swimming pool, kitchen, gardens… Indoor dining, outdoor dining… It almost looked too good to be true.

I sent off an email inquiry and received a reply back immediately from the owner, George.

How little did I know that that simple email was going to set off a chain of events that culminated in possibly the best and most relaxing vacation we have ever had.

The villa is stunning. The grounds are beautiful. Everything is a mixture of new and old – with all of the modern conveniences.

But the real gem of Villa Modica is the owner, George – and his attention to detail and ability to read his guests and fulfill their every wish. From ricotta-making and wine tasting to some of the best seafood I have ever eaten, or directions to anywhere, George was there.

He was available and completely unobtrusive. But more than anything else, he was real and genuine and exuded warmth and friendliness. There is nothing phony or contrived about him. He is more than willing to go out of his way to make your visit unforgettable. Actually, I should rephrase that – nothing is out of his way. I’d love to have him as my neighbor.

The villa is situated a couple of kilometers from the center of town – rural without being isolated – and in a valley that shimmers with the lights above.

Everything you need is within reach – with the ultimate in privacy.

The rooms are all good sized and six of us were never im each others way. One could move off to a different section of the villa or out to the extensive grounds and enjoy the quiet and solitude – or join in a raucous game of cards in the over-sized kitchen, outdoor eating area, or in the gazebo by the pool.

The grounds are full of organic produce for the eating, from artichokes to lemons, numerous herbs, grapes, wild fennel… we had stuffed artichokes one night. Best I’ve ever had.

And best I’ve ever had can be said of so much of our stay. From the dinner that was awaiting us when we arrived – homemade lasagne, sausages, potatoes, and peppers, and more wine than we could consume – to the relaxation by the pool and listening to the quiet.

No hidden costs, no surprises. I can’t wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tim and family, we felt like we have known you for years, easy to talk to you to listen to and share the same love for good food, good company and good wine, the right combination for making friends and enjoying life..love to have you over any time…cheers.
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Comiso
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Modica
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Pozzallo
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Donnafugata golf resort
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Modica
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Ragusa-Lentini SS194 Ragusa exit
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Modica
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Mount Etna in Catania
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Marina di Modica
Car: recommended

Ryanair has direct flights from Stansted airport to Comiso airport (40 km) at very cheap rates.

Villa Modica is set in the warm and timeless landscape of south eastern Sicily, one of the beautiful and suggestive parts of the region, on the foot-hills of the enchanting town of Modica. From the Villa's private swimming pool, views extend over hills and valleys capped by the steeples of Baroque Modica a UNESCO world heritage site,just a scant mile away. The garden, with its succulent fruit trees and the scent of jasmine, is a peaceful and picturesque setting for guests to enjoy the Sicilians' way of life. Dining by the pool, where there is a barbecue and furnished gazebo. The villa's location offers total privacy to enjoy a relaxing holiday. So, if you are looking for a quiet getaway, this is the perfect choice. But, at the same time, the Villa is a strategic point: this part of Sicily has an abundance of art, archaeology, history, breathtaking scenery. Episode 2 of Sicily Unpacked BBC 2 filmed here in Modica.

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Rates & Availability

Modica Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid season 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,940
 
 
High Season 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,846
 
 
Shoulder season 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 13 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,940
 
 
Low season
Oct 14 2017 - Dec 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,035
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0
Refundable damage deposit $517.45
Stay tax $1.29 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

A weekly change of linens and towels is included in the price.

Electricity, Gas and Water are included in the price.

Central Heating is not included, the villa is heated with heating oil, metered on arrival at the cost of 1,35 euros per liter.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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