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Casa Dogana Vecchia, country house between Catania and Taormina

Bedrooms 1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Charming cottage sea and Etna view with living,kitchen,double room, garden,patio

A charming country house built in the late nineteenth century, surrounded by lemon trees: enchanted place where you can enjoy the breathtaking panorama suspended between the sea and the volcano.

Located in the ancient wine cellar, this warm and welcoming house, has been furnished recovering and rearranging furniture and objects typical of the country tradition.

The accommodation consists of an open space of about 70 square meters with a large living area, a well-equipped kitchenette, a mezzanine with double bed, a bathroom with shower and a dressing room.

Outside, a large patio Aeolian style overlooking the Ionian Sea, is the ideal place to spend endless hours of relaxation comforted by the scents of the nearby citrus grove and the muffled sounds of the surrounding countryside.

The owners, who live in the adjacent house, are available to support you during your stay with cooking classes, breakfast basket and jeep tours to discover the most fascinating and least known places of the island.

The property is for rent within the meaning of Italian Law n. 438/1998.

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Province of Catania Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16.00 / Check-out: 10.00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • - 1 queen
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
On request, on availability and at extra charge: cooking classes, excursions, welcome basket, breakfast basket


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Casa Dogana Vecchia, country house between Catania and Taormina
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 15 reviews

Eaten Alive by Mosquitos & A Crying Baby 24/7!!

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Review #18980798 “Casa Dogana Vecchia, country house between Catania and Taormina”

Besides Sicily being a filthy mess with garbage strewn everywhere, this 3 night stay ruined a fabulous time we had 4 nights previously @ a top rated boutique hotel in the countryside of Siracusa! The windows were covered in chicken wire! Bars on windows and doors. Our valuables felt insecure, so we took them everywhere we drove. The title says it all!! Though the road (haha) leading up to this dump had swimming pool sized holes that could swallow a car! No surface, dangerous and almost impassable! We are done with VRBO & HomeAway as property is not as described. Said it had AC and a Washer, neither!! Miserable! Though Luigi the resident caretaker (owner?) and his wife were pleasant but spoke almost no English.

When I asked Luigi are our things safe here, he replied "anything can happen here. We live close to the cities. When we go to the beach or shopping, who knows!" And he shrugged his shoulders. It was 88 degrees F in the house day and night. No washer as advertised. "Dishwasher" means "Washer" to most Italian landlords looking to rip tourists off!

I better get the damage deposit back!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Birmingham, MI

Charming Home Base in eastern Sicily

  • 5 of 5

This is the epitome of a wonderful place to stay and base your visit to eastern Sicily. Luigi and his wife have taken great care in furnishing this charming home – using all first class linens, dishes, glassware and pots and pans. Where some will use a mish mash of left over items it is clear that Luigi has taken care and thought in furnishing this home. The view of the sea and Mt. Etna is spectacular; you can pick fresh lemons from the trees right outside your patio and enjoy the quiet of the countryside while being well within driving distance of all the sights. Luigi loaned us his GPS that he had loaded with the most direct route to Mt. Etna, Tourmina and Syracuse as well at the best place to get brioche and granita.

Luigi was available to give us insight into the area and we took advantage of the offer to provide a welcome basket (we made a great pasta diner from the basket) and breakfast basket (we hardly need to buy anything else), we also drank the wine from his vineyard every night as well as his lemoncello. And if needed there is a huge grocery store within 2 km from the house. The only draw back is that it is located on a remote and unpaved road so we did not feel comfortable coming back after night. This was compensated for by eating a larger lunch and cooking dinner at “home” using the well stocked cooking utensils and dinner ware so we never felt we were at a disadvantage.

This is a wonderful part of Sicily with many historical spots to see – Mt. Etna, Piazza Armenia, Syracuse, Noto, Tourmaina are all were well worth the visit.

We appreciate Luigi’s hospitality and would unreservedly recommend this charming place in the countryside.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Durham, Durham

Wonderful country design house in rural Sicily

  • 5 of 5

This place is so wonderful that I almost don't want to write the review so it can stay our little secret! As you can see from the photographs the house has been carefully designed by the couple who live next door. The kitchen, house and bathroom already has everything you would want for a stay and is set up very well for self catering, we ate in every night we were there and had breakfast sat outside every morning which was lovely.

The hosts are warm and friendly, there when you need them but also allowing you to get on with your holiday. Thank you Luigi and Perla for being such lovely hosts.

The house is located in a semi rural location (you would need a car) but is very well located for exploring Etna and the coast. I really could not recommend this place more!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review!
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Nice house. Thanks to Luigi for his help and advice

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful view

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Lovely place to explore Sicily from

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is tastefully and uniquely decorated with a rustic charm set in a citrus Orchard. From the front you can see the sea and you have a lovely view of Mount Etna as you arrive. We were lucky to see Etna erupting (from a safe distance!)

We visited in late November so we didn't really use the gardens much, but I can imagine it would be lovely in warmer times.

Luigi and Bella were great hosts and very helpful.

The property was very clean and tidy. And we felt at home from the start.

It's a good base for visiting north east Sicily, so long as you have a car.

Definitely would recommend

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ein wirklich schönes Ferienhaus. Wir haben die Zeit dort sehr genossen.

  • 5 of 5

Ein sehr gepflegtes Ferienhaus. Der Vermieter war sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr. Muth, it was a pleasure to have you as our guests. See you next time!
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Property Manager

Novae Dimore
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018


Nearest Airport
38 Kilometres
Catania Fontanarossa
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
San Leonardello
Nearest Ferry
26 Kilometres
Catania Harbour
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Il Picciolo Golf Club - Castiglione di Sicilia
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
San Leonardello
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Linguaglossa - Etna Nord
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Praiola Vecchia (Rocky Beach)
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $245.61

Nothing is due for bed and bath linens because it is the normal outfit of the house.
Due to their small amount, the cost for water, gas and electricity are remitted.
Additional cost for heating in winter time: € 10,00 per day.

Manager'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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