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Mary Ann & Jim

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, italian

Salina-Renovated Villa in Quaint Port City of Beautiful Island

5 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 nights

Overview

Messina province Villa Rental Photos and Description

Large Villa, 4 Bedrooms/sleeps 12, A/C, 3 Baths, Ocean views, Near beach et al.

• No add-on or booking fees—contact us directly via email/phone for fast booking!

• Beautifully restored & furnished centuries old villa

• Very large, high ceilings, bright, & airy (375 sq. m./4,000 sq. ft.)

• On two levels with 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 full baths

• A/C (individual units each room), High-speed DSL Wi-Fi internet, HDTV

• Front & Rear terraces, large roof terrace, beautiful ocean views

• Modern completely equipped kitchen (4 burner gas stove, elec. oven, microwave)

• On quiet, narrow (pedestrians only) street in Santa Marina

• Ideal Salina location--easy, few minutes’ walk to dozens & dozens of shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, bakery, butcher, grocery stores, fish market, beach, ferry to other islands, hourly A/C bus to other Salina locations, boat & scooter rental, town square with summer time music, festivities, etc.

• No Car Needed - unlike other Salina towns of Malfa, Capofaro, Pollara, Leni

• Many, many more shops,restaurants, etc.than Rinella, Lingua, Capofaro, Pollara, Leni

• Read more below . . .

Antique ceramic and terracotta tiles throughout, an authentic antique wine press on the lower level, a modern kitchen done in traditional Aeolian style, and top quality furnishings, linens and dinnerware combine to make this a memorable and comfortable vacation destination.

The 2nd level master bedroom has an antique reproduction queen size bed, an 8.5 m/28 ft. cathedral ceiling with skylight, and an attached bath with basin, bidet, toilet and tub. The largest 2nd level bedroom has a 8.5 m/28 ft. curved ceiling, an antique frame queen size bed, a twin bed, room for one or two of the available three rolling beds, entrance onto front terrace and garden view. The third 2nd level bedroom has 4.5 m/15 ft. antique painted ceiling, an antique reproduction king size bed, room for one rolling bed, and entrance onto the front terrace. The other 2nd level bathroom has a basin, toilet and shower, and garden and ocean views.

Also on the 2nd level are the large living room with antique painted ceiling, Samsung SMART HDTV with internet connectivity (local reception), all region DVD player; the large dining room (seats 12) which opens onto the rear terrace with steps leading to roof terrace; and the kitchen (double basin, gas cooktop, electric oven, microwave, complete set of kitchen ware).

The fourth bedroom is on the 1st level, opens onto the garden, has a high wooden beamed ceiling, a queen sized bed, a twin bed, and room for two rolling beds. The lower level bath has a basin, toilet and shower. Also on the first level are a very large open room with a second refrigerator and the antique wine press on one side; and a front room with a divan/twin bed. And on this level there is a large assortment of snorkels, masks, flippers, floats, beach mats, umbrella for you to use.

Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and sailing in the crystal clear blue waters of Salina, the most beautiful and green of the seven Aeolian Islands. Named by the Greeks for Aeolus, the god of the winds, the islands have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their unspoiled beauty and unique volcanic geology.

Rent a small motorboat to explore the dramatic coastline, hidden coves and secluded beaches of the island. Visit the ruins of a Bronze Age settlement; take a wine tasting tour of the island’s vineyards known worldwide for their malvasia wine. For the adventurous, hike to the 965 m/3,165 ft. summit of the extinct volcano behind Santa Marina for breathtaking views of the other islands and Sicily. Visit the five other small towns on Salina by rented motor scooter, car or enjoy the scenery while taking the efficient buses that run hourly.

A 20 minute hydrofoil ride will take you to Lipari, the largest of the islands, for more shopping, restaurants; tour the historic cathedral fortress that towers about the town, visit the world class archaeological museum there with exhibits dating from 3,000 B.C. Or take the hydrofoils to the island of Stromboli and its active volcano; there are guided evening tours of slopes of the volcano, or a take dinner cruise around the island and see the sputtering glow of the volcano.

Enjoy the sun, the natural beauty, the relaxed ambience and the exquisite cuisine of these islands. Salina’s many restaurants range from family friendly to fine dining, or you can prepare your own feast from the island’s fresh and bountiful produce, fish, meats and baked goods – buon appetito!

Keywords: Large Renovated Villa

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mary Ann & Jim (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, italian

About Mary Ann & Jim

The villa is my family's ancestral home. Twenty years ago my husband and I started restoring it, an endeavor that would not have been possible without the enthusiastic support and assistance of our extended family in Salina and the Aeolian Islands. We vacation there each year and rent the villa at other times to defray the costs of maintaining it.

Why Mary Ann & Jim chose Messina province

This is a genuine, centuries old villa of which there are only a handful remaining in Salina. While it has been updated by adding plumbing, electricity, air conditioning, internet connectivity, and modern bathrooms and kitchen, great care has been taken to preserve its original style and character. Many of the doors and windows including their hardware are original, and there are antique tiles, antique tile reproductions and locally produced terracotta tile throughout the villa. Two of the rooms have ceilings which were painted with intricate designs over a 100 years ago; there is a complete, though non-functioning, 'palmento' wine press on the lower level, again one of the few remaining in Salina; the stairs are centuries old. The furniture is a mix of antiques, antique reproductions and other, more modern Aeolian style furniture. The villa's location on a narrow, pedestrians only 'street'--and an easy walk to Santa Marina's many amenities--adds to its charm. We think you will find the villa to be a unique and enjoyable complement to the beauty of the Aeolian Islands.

Reviews

5
based on 5 traveler reviews

Salina-Renovated Villa in Quaint Port City of Beautiful Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
5

Wonderful and peaceful place in the aeolian islands

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Villa for a week in August and had a fantastic stay over there. Mary Ann - the owner - was very helpful before we rented as she provided lots of information ahead of time and helped to make the reservation totally seamless from the US. In Santa Marina, Salina her cousin Marusca welcome us, toured the house, and introduced us to the local grocery shop. Marusca speaks only Italian but she will do anything to make sure you have the best experience over there!

The Villa is perfectly located in Via Roma, a few steps away from the popular and vibrant Via Risorgimento. You will find there many shops, groceries, fresh fruits, bakery,... and many outstanding restaurants. The Villa is huge! Can accommodate 2 families easily, while still providing some intimacy. 2 terraces outdoor give a fantastic view on Lipari and Panarea islands.

Our week was very relaxing; we enjoyed several local restaurants, rented a motor boat for a day and tour the island (there are a couple of places where you can stop and enjoy a good swim). Also went on a boat excursion for a day; stopped at Panarea for a couple of hours (enjoyed the granitas...) and had dinner next to the impressive and active Stromboli.

The small rocky beach in Santa Marina offers a great place to swim all day long (bring swimming shoes though). There is also a place with shallow water for the younger kids.

The week was a little too short for us to enjoy Lipari and its fantastic museum but we'll come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paris, France
5

Very nice stay in Grand Villa Salina

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice time within Grand Villa Salina. This is a large very charming and comfortable house with huge nice bedrooms and lounge and several terraces plus a nice garden with a plum tree giving every day delicious plums.

The villa is in the right area, at a walking distance from nice stores, cafes and a beach and it was perfectly clean and already provided with some products like water, olive oil (we are in Italy!), etc which is quite rare but very nice when you arrive somewhere.

The cousin of the owner, Marusca, kindly took care of us and she is a very sweet person, as well as the owner Mary Ann. It took me the opportunity to use my Italian, which is unfortunately very poor, but we managed to understand eachother.

I will highly recommend this property to my friends if they wish to go to Eaolian Islands.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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mill Valley CA
5

Steve and Berkeley, California

  • 5 of 5

The Grand Villa is an amazing property right in a great location on Salina. Santa Maria is a great town and the Villa is right off the main street(pedestrian only) and you can walk to everything in town and to thegreat snorkeling and swimming, the ferry, etc. We loved eating outside on the balcony at nite looking out on the ocean and other islands.We really enjoyed going to the little nearby markets to shop and then cook at the Villa. There are also a lot of great restaurants you can walk to. Mary Ann, the owner, is amazing and was incredibly helpful. Her cousin met us at the ferry and took us to the Villa.

Salina is a magical island that we totally fell in love with. You can walk a few blocks from the Villa and catch ferries that go to 6 other nearby islands and Salina has a lot to see and do also. Stromboli Island has an active Volcano and we took a boat tour there and watch lava coming out of the volcano at night. We spent 8 nites in Salina and would of liked to stay a lot more. We like Salina so much that we decided to get married there next summer instead of in California.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara, CA
5

Fantastic stay in Salina, Sicily, Aeolian Islands

  • 5 of 5

A group of 7 Californians (5 adults and 2 older teenagers) stayed at the Grand Villa for 6 nights in late June 2012. We can only give high praise for the stay in a truly “grand villa” as it was everything we had hoped for and more. It was obvious they have done some recent renovations and put a lot of effort in and comfort to the villa. The space was HUGE and more than enough space to sleep over 12 without being too close to others. The owners kept the feel from the old villas but modernized it in all the right ways (e.g., AC in most rooms) for visitors to the island. We have rented quite a few places in Europe through VRBO and found this villa among the best overall. It was loaded with everyday items like a more-than-fully equipped kitchen but furniture and amenities that made it feel more like home than a rental. Also, the villa had a number of terraces with panoramic views of the island, sea, and even distant volcanic islands (Panarea, Stromboli). Each morning we could go down and have a delicious coffee/cappuccino or granites (you have to try them) as it was a very short distance to the center piazza. There is nothing quite like swimming in that cerulean water. The biggest plus was simply that it was comfortable accommodations, which helped make the stay more authentic and relaxing. There is so much to see around the islands that this was a great central point to see it all. We rented a boat on 2 separate occasions and really saw the Mediterranean up close with all its life and beauty. There aren’t many English speaking people that seem to come to Salina (especially at that time of year) but it was a grand experience to explore the island like Aeolians as we believe this group of islands should be better known as a vacation destination. Plus, there is a local representative (a charming Marusca) that can help with anything that comes up. We all agreed that we would come back and rent the Grand Villa again since it was such a positive experience and we got out of the trip exactly what we wanted – to swim in the Mediterranean, have plenty of good food (the seafood is varied and amazing), local delicious wines, and plenty of rest ‘n relaxation.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful July 2011 stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Grand Villa Salina for two weeks in July, 2011 and would strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience an Italian island largely unaffected by the rest of the world. The Villa is a classic, finely restored, Aeolian urban house. We lived mainly on the second floor where there are three quiet air-conditioned bedrooms. A living room, a completely equipped kitchen and dining room and a terrace over the garden completed the floor. Perhaps best of all was a terrace on top of all this with views of the sea and neighboring islands --- a remarkable place for moonlit dinners. (The ground floor was also excellent, complete with a large stone wine vat, but our family of four had little occasion to use its sitting rooms and auxiliary bed.)

We hesitated about committing to so much time in a small town. In fact, though the villa was excellent, we found that two weeks left us wanting more time for the other Aeolian islands (so much fun to explore), the island of Salina itself, and the web of extraordinarily warm and generous Italians and expatriates we met from introductions by the owner.

Salina exceeded our expectations. We loved the distinctive character of the five villages and the ease of taking the hourly bus on the road between them. After two weeks in Santa Marina (the villa’s location) we were still finding different places to swim, to eat, and to explore. Fish from the Pescheria down the street, combined with lemon from the villa’s trees, charcoaled on the villa’s grill and served on the terrace, would alone have been sufficient attraction. But on thinking back, we pine for pastas from two of our favorite Santa Marina restaurants.

The people hugely added to our trip. Though Italian varied for the four of us from near zero to near fluent, all of us were adopted by a range of English and English and Italian speakers, told the best restaurants and swimming places, helped in renting a boat with captain for a day’s circumnavigation of Salina, and for having drinks and even an occasional meal talking about island life.

For some people, this will not be the right place: steps in the villa may be too steep for anyone infirm; summer heat is strong; Americans are scarce; the beaches are volcanic and therefore rocky (bring river walker or other such shoes!); be prepared to be only intermittently understood if you speak only English. But for the rest of us, sign up!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Map

Nearest Barpub
75 Metres
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Nearest Beach
75 Metres
Car: not necessary

Villa is located on quiet, narrow street (pedestrians only) an easy, few minutes' walk to dozens and dozens of shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, bakery, butcher, grocery stores, fish market, beach, ferry to other islands, hourly A/C bus to other Salina locations, boat & scooter rental, town square with summer time music, festivities, etc.

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Rates & Availability

Salina Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late July - August
Jul 20 - Aug 30
6 night minimum stay
$549
 
 
Early-Mid September
Aug 31 2016 - Sep 13 2016
6 night minimum stay
$494
 
 
Mid-Late September
Sep 14 2016 - Sep 27 2016
6 night minimum stay
$467
 
 
October
Sep 28 - Oct 25
6 night minimum stay
$412
 
 
May
May 4 - May 31
6 night minimum stay
$412
 
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$412
 

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Amenities

Messina province Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - master bedroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , 28 ft. ceiling, fully tiled, renovated, all new fixtures
    Bathroom - garden and ocean views, on 2nd level - toilet , shower , wood beam ceiling, fully tiled, renovated, all new fixtures
    Bathroom on lower level - toilet , shower , 13 ft. ceiling, fully tiled, renovated, all new fixtures
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Lower level garden bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , A/C, 13 ft. wood beam ceiling, room for 2 of 3 rolling beds
    Front bedroom on 2nd level - 1 king , A/C, 15 ft. painted ceiling, room for 1 of 3 rolling beds
    Bedroom overlooking garden, on 2nd level - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , A/C, 25 ft ceiling, room for 1 of 3 rollings beds
    Master bedroom on 2nd level - 1 queen , A/C, 28 ft. ceiling, skylight, with private full bath
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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