Spacious & Comfortable With Dramatic Panoramic Views.
- english, italian
About Paul Mahoney
We, David and Paul, both come from artistic backgrounds. Paul was a potter in Mid-Coast Maine and David a decorative painter, created murals and hand painted furniture working throughout the United States and Tuscany. We moved to Sicily in search of something unspoiled and authentic. What we found was an amazing island steeped in history, a food culture that honors a tradition of eating fresh and in season foods, and a life style that puts 'LIVING WELL' in front of everything else (with the exception of 'La Famiglia' of course), No one loves 'family' more than the Sicilians. A Sicilian friend once warned me 'You better be careful, if you are liked the Sicilians will drag you into their family!'
Paul Mahoney purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Paul Mahoney chose Caccamo
This is a house for artists, romantics, gardeners and swimmers. Really anyone who searches for natural beauty, a place to decompress, to breath, to be rejuvenated. Casa Pergola is perfect for anyone who wants to reconnect with loved ones. For those seeking an authentic urban experience Palermo "Italy's City of Culture for 2018" is just 30 minutes away. Your time here will be unspoiled and as private as you wish.
What makes this Villa unique
The house is wonderfully private. Even when the house is full there are always little private spaces to go to when you need to recharge, whether it be the hammock, shaded garden courtyard or dramatic roof terrace. When our guests do have to return home they do so with some reluctance, for many of them Casa Pergola was a slice of heaven that is hard to leave behind.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Adult supervision is mandatory for young children
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Heaven on earth
Our annual girls trip became so much more special when we arrived at the restored Olive Mill. The accommodations were beautiful, the location was stunning and our host Paul was second to none. This retreat is a true hideaway.
Fantastic escape to the Sicilian countryside
As previous reviews mentioned, the house is beautiful with incredible views and lots of space to hangout outside and read, swim, bbq, and relax. The house is decorated beautifully while maintaining a rustic charm. The pool is fantastic and even in the beginning of October was 30 degrees warm. Paul is an incredibly welcoming host and ensures you don’t want for anything at all. As other reviews have mentioned, having Bruno cook for you at least one night is highly recommended - his food is delicious!
Believe the notes about getting a proper car for the drive to the house - we were grateful for having a Jeep.
Highly recommend renting this property and we hope to return someday in the future!
David and Paul were incredible hosts and could not have made us more welcome. The villa was simply beautiful, commanding stunning views across the lakes and mountains. A great place to get away from things!
Excellent rural retreat
Loved the house and the amazing hospitality of the owners - nothing was too much for them. In an amazingly tranquil and beautiful spot. It's a beautiful house lovingly and careful restored - you will not be disappointed. Great pool. Highly recommend using the chef for at least one or two meals - far better than eating out. You won't find better views on the Island.....:)
Just the best place ever
We rented this home for my parents’ 70th birthday trip and it exceeded all of our expectations. Paul and David are such talented designers, landscape artists and hosts- so much care has gone into every detail of the property. While we made several trips into Palermo, Cefalù and Castlebuono, our favorite moments of the trip were spent simply enjoying the view, swimming in the pool or playing games in one of the lovely shaded patio areas. I hope we can return some day!
It's difficult to know how to add to what so many reviewers have said before, except to say once again, this experience is pure magic. Paul and David are outstanding hosts. They are gracious, responsive, informative, fun and just all around great guys. We totally enjoyed the time we got to spend with them. With their formidable talents they have transformed an old mill into a remarkable retreat in a breathtaking setting. The house is very comfortable and the garden areas and pool are so beautifully done with multiple seating areas that afford the perfect option for any situation. You can spend hours just wandering the length of the terrace and pool, each time discovering new plants, flowers and pottery. It really is one of the most exquisitely done private gardens I have seen in my travels.
To complete this once in a lifetime experience, you MUST invite Bruno and Giovanni to prepare dinner (or breakfast) for you. This can be arranged through your hosts, Paul and David. As you sit peacefully on the terrace or in front of the fire, they will create an amazing private dining experience for you. Bruno's food is out of this world and Giovanni's artistic table presentation is absolutely lovely, complete with gorgeous flower arrangements he creates each time he comes (and by the way, leaves for you to enjoy). And in addition to all of this, they are just two of the sweetest, kindest gentlemen you would ever want to meet. It really is a once in a lifetime experience that you will likely want to enjoy several times before you leave.
The only other thing I would add is if you can specifically request a rental car with some decent ground clearance, you should do so. You will be much more comfortable traveling on the unpaved road to the house. Actually, there are many paved roads in Sicily on which you will be more comfortable as well with a vehicle somewhat off the ground. But don't let this in any way deter you from enjoying this outstanding experience. It really is magical.
Our house 'Casa Pergola' is located in a tranquil rural area yet close to the autostrada, the beaches, Palermo historic center (30 minutes), mountains, and gorgeous seaside villages like Cefalù. (30 min).
The house sits on 4 acres of land and is very private with many places to relax, beautiful pool house, roof terrace, wisteria covered pergola terrace, spacious pool area, even a hammock! The rooms are also very comfortable and airy. The kitchen with new convection 5 burner stove/oven, dishwasher, dining and living room (with large fireplace) is relaxing and beautiful with room for everyone. You will not be disappointed!