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Karen & Diego Cacopardo

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, italian, Karen also speaks northern english

The Lemon Tree Amazing Views, Swimming Pool, Private Grounds

Bedrooms 11
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Castelmola Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 10 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 10 Baths, (Sleeps 2-28)

The Lemon Tree villa is divided into 8 self catering apartments, located on the mountain of Mastrissa, just a short drive 4km to the centre of historic Taormina and a 3km drive to the beaches of Giardini Naxos and local shops. Set within private gated grounds and surrounded by olive groves and vineyards the Lemon Tree is the perfect base for discovering the many wonders of Sicily.

With ample parking and lots of space The Lemon Tree is also home to its English/Italian speaking owners who are on hand to provide you with useful, local information, assist with excursion enquiries and are always available to ensure your holiday runs smoothly.

The Lemon Tree villa can be rented for groups up to 28 guests and individually from 2 guests. The 360 degree views are breathtaking, you can enjoy amazing scenery from every angle. The private swimming pool is set within the grounds and is always available for our guests. We also have a barbeque area, laundry area and outdoor games including table tennis, table football and darts. All of our apartments offer air conditioning, TV/Dvd, private gated parking and we offer free wi-fi internet access.

On arrival in Taormina we will meet you at a convenient location and bring you directly to the Lemon Tree, alternatively we can arrange a transfer service from Catania airport (45km). We are also able to arrange local car hire with pick up and drop off at the Lemon Tree.

The Lemon Tree is strategically placed away from the hustle and bustle of Taormina, thus allowing you to visit various locations of importance in Sicily and return to a peaceful and tranquil base in a relaxed environment.

Keywords: Private villa, holiday apartments, Country House, Self Catering, Swimming Pool, Private parking, Accommodation, Vacation Rental, Villa with pool

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karen & Diego Cacopardo (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, italian, Karen also speaks northern english

About Karen & Diego Cacopardo

My name is Karen Cacopardo, I have been in the hospitality industry for 20 years in the UK, In 2007 I married my husband Diego and we came to live in Sicily. We renovated and created The Lemon Tree and also provide a wedding planning service for couples who wish to marry in Taormina.

Why Karen & Diego Cacopardo chose Taormina & Surroundings

Prior to moving to Sicily my husband and I worked in different industries and long hours thus not having much quality time together, we now run our own business in 300 days of sunshine per year and both enjoy a healthier lifestyle and meeting people from all walks of life.

What makes this villa unique

We pride ourselves on offering a 5 star service, my husband was born in Taormina and is fluently bilingual, he has a wealth of local knowledge, information and contacts. We can oganise excursions, book restaurants, organise Sicilian cookery classes and symbolic wedding church services. We also offer a shuttle service to and from The Lemon Tree. We are generally around to make sure our guests have a fantastic holiday.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)
The Lemon Tree Amazing Views, Swimming Pool, Private Grounds
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews
oxnard ca

Great experience

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed at the Lemon Tree on our first trip to Sicily. Karen and Diego could not have been nicer. Karen met us at the train station and lead us to the property. It is located far up in the hills of Taorimina and what a breathtaking view from all points on the property . We stayed in the Simento apartment, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. It was very spacious and clean. The kitchen was well equipt. The town of Taoromina is close by with many shops and restaurants. Isobella was a lovely beach location we snorkelled there 2 days. We stayed a total of 8 nights and did not run out of things to do. We were lucky enough on one evening to see a neighbor with his herd of goats all with bells on moving from the top of the hill to the bottom, a surreal sight. We would highly recommend this location to anyone thinking of a stay in Sicily, it was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My new husband and I finished off our three week honeymoon in this lovely apartment complex. We shared a studio apartment which was comfortable, cool and had a little terrace.

The pool was lovely as was the bbq in the yard as well as ping pong and foosball table! The ride to fancy Taormina was short and the parking garage very easy and inexpensive. It was the perfect blend of relaxation and cooking at "home" vs. dressing up and driving to town! Karen was very helpful and responsive, even months in advance. Especially considering we were in a different country! All in all it was a wonderful experience, one not easily forgotten. So glad we chose The Lemon Tree!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived, Karen and Diego went out of their way to help us feel at home. Our flight was delayed, but Karen still met us at the local train station to guide us to the villa in the middle of the night. The location was perfect with its amazing views and easy access to Taormina. Karen was able to recommend to us the best places to eat and advised us on the best way to see the tourist attractions that we wanted to see. Thanks to Karen, we had the most amazing food that we would never have found had she not recommended them. The apartment itself was clean and tidy and had everything that you could need during your stay. The swimming pool was perfect for cooling down after relaxing in the sun.

Overall, we would (and have) recommend to friends that this is the ideal place to stay on a trip to Sicily.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would definitely return!

  • 4 of 5

We spent more than 2 weeks at the Lemon Tree and were very happy with our decision to stay there. Karen met us at the train station parking lot and we followed her to the Lemon Tree. The road (as previously mentioned) is in need of repair and initially quite shocking but after the first time, it's easily navigable.

The accommodations were well kept and clean. The views were spectacular. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, so we didn't use the pool. But the main reason why we enjoyed our stay so much was due to the exceptional kindness of Karen and Diego. They were more than helpful in recommending restaurants/excursions, arranging cooking lessons, paying parking ticket, and taking my husband to the doctor.

We enjoyed our stay immensely and would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lander, Wyoming USA


  • 5 of 5

Eight days at The Lemon Tree hosted by Karen and Diego--What a great way to end a three week holiday that began in Rome and ended at The Lemon Tree in Taormina, where the hospitality was outstanding, the panorama--Mount Etna, the sea, the mountains--striking and beautiful, and the accomodations excellent. We enjoyed being at The Lemon Tree so much that we spent much of our time there just "chilling out" the eight days rather than venturing out too often into the environs. Rest assured that we'll recommend The Lemon Tree to all of our friends in the USA and that we'll be back soon to experience the wonderful hospitality of Karen and Diego and the amenities of The Lemon Tree.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nous avons adoré !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une semaine en Sicile et Le Lemon Tree était notre QG pour la semaine.

L'emplacement en surplomb de Taormina donne une vue magnifique sur Castelmola, Taormina, la mer et l'Etna.

L'ambiance paisible et familiale était parfaite pour nous reposer.

Les conseils de Karen et Diego, les propriétaires, pour nos excursions en scooter et voiture étaient complètement adaptés à ce que nous recherchions; jusqu'à nous présenter une cousine pour nous apprendre à faire nos propres pasta à l'italienne ;)

Bref, une semaine de bonheur largement aidée par ce couple qui sait faire du vrai tourisme et faire profiter les gens de la région.

La situation gégographique nous a permis d'avoir une belle vision de l'Est de la SIcile en une semaine (Etna, Iles eolinennes, Syracuse, Noto, Taormina, Castelmola et road trip dans les régions avoisinantes).

On Adore !!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Catania Fontanarossa Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Messina Port
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Il Picciolo Castiglione Di Sicilia
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Giardini Train Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A18 Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
29 Kilometres
Etna North Piano Provenzana
Nearest Beach
2.5 Kilometres
Taormina and Giardini Naxos
Car: recommended

The Lemon Tree villa is located in a very tranquil area of Taormina. It is 3 miles from the centre of town and set in beautiful countryside surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. A 10 minute drive will take you to the coastline where you can enjoy one of the many beaches on offer or access the motorway and visit one of the many wonders of Sicily. Castelmola is a 5 mile journey, the recently opened arabic castle of Calatabiano is a 5 mile journey and the Alcantara Gorges are a 15 mile trip. The majestic Volcano 'Mount Etna' is not to be missed and is reachable in an hour along with the water park 'Etnaland'. If you fancy some real history and culture take the 2.5 hour journey to Agrigento and visit the UNESCO protected Valley of the Temples and Piazza Armerina where you can see without doubt some of the most preserved mosaics in the world. If you are a Godfather movie enthusiast you may even decide to drive 15 miles to Forza D' Agro and Savoca and explore these stunning medieval towns that were selected by Francis Ford Coppola to feature several scenes in the Trilogy. Sicily is making huge steps in producing award winning wines, why not visit local vineyards and sample a few of these delights. Alternatively you can just chill around the pool take in our breath-taking scenery and soak in the sun and tranquillity!


Rates & Availability

Castelmola Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak apartment for 2
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Off Peak apartment for 2
Oct 1 2016 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

The Lemon Tree villa is divided into 8 apartments ranging from studios for 2 guests, 1 bedroom for up to 4 guests and 2 bedroom for up to 6 guests. Please ask for further information

A 30% deposit is requried to confirm the booking, this can be paid via a bank transfer or PayPal. The balance is paid on arrival.

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Castelmola Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Alcantara shower room 2 - toilet , shower
    Simeto shower room 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , This is an ensuite shower room to the Simeto bedroom 2
    Simeto shower room 1 - toilet , shower , Simeto main shower room accessible via the corridor
    Alcantara shower room 1 - toilet , shower
    Salso shower room - toilet , shower
    Etnea bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Ulivo shower room - toilet , shower , bidet
    Limoncello shower room - toilet , shower , bidet
    Mandarino Shower room - toilet , shower , bidet
    Gelso shower room - toilet , shower , bidet
  • All apartments have a private shower/bath room, hairdryers are installed in each apartment.
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Simeto Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Single bed may be added
    Simeto Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Alcantara bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Alcantara bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Salso bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Salso bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Etnea - 1 king , Single bed may be added
    Ulivo - 1 king
    Limoncello - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Single bed may be added
    Mandarino - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Gelso - 1 king , Single bed may be added
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Our larger apartments have sofa beds in the living area
  • Cots may be added to all apartments
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We offer a full concierge service to all of our customers ie: restaurant booking, shuttle service, excursion booking, catering services any other requests we will endeavour to deliver.

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