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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.

More Details

Property Manager
Novae Dimore
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017


Giarre 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Casa Dogana Vecchia, country house between Catania and Taormina
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews
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: Sep 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: Jul 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: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mai 2017, sehr schönes Ambiente

  • 4 of 5

Die Besitzer waren sehr freundlich und außerordentlich hilfsbereit. Alles war liebevoll eingerichtet, besonders die Terrasse hat uns gut gefallen, mit einem herrlichen Blick.

Sehr gut funktioniert hat der Pellets-Ofen, mit dem wir am Abend und am Morgen das Haus schnell erwärmen konnten. Lebensmittelgeschäfte sind in der näheren Umgebung vorhanden,

ebenso Restaurant.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Tolles Haus für Zwei!

  • 4 of 5

Wir verbrachten eine schöne Woche im Alten Zollhaus - ein wirklich geschmackvolles und durch den hohen Raum besonderes Ambiente, dazu die schöne Terrasse (die wir Ende Februar nicht nutzten, aber im Sommer muss das sehr schön sein) und ein ausgesprochen freundlicher und hilfsbereiter Gastgeber Luigi, der bei jedem Problem innerhalb von Minuten vor Ort war (er lebt unmittelbar neben dem Haus). Küche ist zweckmäßig, wenn auch nicht übermäßig reichhaltig ausgestattet, aber für einfaches Kochen reicht es. Wir waren Ende Februar/Anfang März und fürchteten etwas die Temperaturen, aber inzwischen ist ein moderner Pelletofen installiert (nicht der kleine auf dem Bild), der das Haus recht schnell auf angenehme Temperaturen bringt. Wir mussten dafür auch keine 10€/Tag zahlen, sondern kauften die Pellets einfach vor Ort, für Luigi war das kein Problem. Einzige kleine Minuspunkte waren das häufig ausfallende Wasser (die Pumpe fiel aus, ließ sich aber ohne Probleme wieder starten) und das schwache und nicht zuverlässige WIFI). Aber das sind eigentlich nur Kleinigkeiten, insgesamt ein wirklich schönes Haus!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Thomas, It was a pleasure to have you as our guests and we hope to see you soon again! Kind regards, Luigi & Perla.
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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


Rates & Availability

Giarre Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Maggio - Luglio 2017
May 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Agosto 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
Settembre 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
Ottobre 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
Novembre - Dicembre 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
Natale - Capodanno 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $233.32

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.
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