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Romantic luxury villa with private pool and tennis court near the sea

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
villa
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
3
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

Description

Mazara del Vallo Villa Rental Photos and Description

Ground floor with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeps 6 to 8 .

Villa Santa Maria is a historic 17th century Sicilian farmhouse with its own private swimming pool and tennis court. This unique castellated building is flanked by circular towers on each side. We rent out the beautifully decorated ground floor, which is extremely spacious and can sleep up to 8 people. Guests can relax in the pool for their exclusive use or enjoy the surrounding exotic Mediterranean garden from the shade of an ancient olive tree. The pool measures 12 x 6 metres, has steps into the shallow end and is lined with mosaic. When the temperature drops the tennis court flanked by formal gardens in front of the villa provides fun for all the family. Three acres of grounds bordered by cypress and Mediterranean pines also include olive groves and a 16th century watch tower.

The ground floor is completely private and comes with its own magical Sicilian walled citrus garden.

The accommodation is extremely spacious and includes a library and separate television room

Santa Maria: You enter Santa Maria through a beautiful driveway lined with date palms and bougainvillea. A massive door leads into a pretty courtyard with porticoes and statuary and a marble well in the centre. The whole villa is an oasis of peace and quiet, shaded by lofty palms, cypress trees and pines. The spacious ground floor, recently restored to a high standard of luxury, is completely private. the dining room with fireplace opens onto a walled garden with 100 citrus trees, a splashing fountain that attracts a wide variety of birds and a paved terrace where guests can dine under the orange and lemon trees. The private swimming pool is set in a Mediterranean garden lovingly planted by the present owners. Bougainvillea, oleander, frangipani, datura, jasmine, hibiscus and lavender are just some of the plants that flower through the summer months.

The co-owners of the property, (English speaking) who live on the top floor of the villa, are available for help and advice. The entrance to their apartment is from the main courtyard and separate from the ground floor.

If you would like to find out more about Santa Maria, you may read 'Casa Nostra, A Home in Sicily' by Caroline Seller Manzo. Published in the US by Harper Collins, it can be ordered online. Please email Caroline for further details.

Mazara del Vallo: Mazara,Italy’s major fishing port, has a charming promenade lined with palm trees and three piazzas in the historic centre graced with beautiful baroque churches and civic buildings - even the remains of a Norman castle. Don't miss the beautiful bronze statue of a dancing satyr, a masterpiece of Greek art housed in a dedicated museum.

Mazara offers a wide range of shops and excellent restaurants, where you can savour the freshest seafood and fish, not to mention the delights of Sicilian traditional fare from fish couscous to the mouth-watering delicacies of cassata and cannoli.

There is a long and beautiful coastline with both sandy beaches and rocky coves where the sea is exceptionally limpid. In July and August the beach of Tonnarella offers the facilities of bars with deckchairs and beach umbrellas to rent.

The famous nature reserve of the Zingaro is an added attraction. For more information and photos of the surroundings to the villa, do email us for our website address.

Sightseeing: The ancient Greek city of Selinunte overlooking the sea is a 30 minute drive away. After exploring the ruins go down to the nearby beach of Marinella, cool off in the sea and feast on delicious local fish at one of the seaside 'trattorie'. Half an hour in the other direction is the mysterious temple of Segesta high up on a hill overlooking the valley. Nearby is the ancient Greek theatre. In 20 minutes you can reach Marsala famous for wine, and don't miss the Punic Ship on display at the museum. Just beyond Marsala is the lagoon with its saltpans and windmills. Visit the fascinating island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony, and see the Punic remains, the museum and the beautiful Greek statue of a young boy. The medieval hilltop town of Erice with its Norman castle, site of an ancient temple of Venus, is an hour's drive from Mazara. From Trapani or Marsala you can reach the lovely Egades islands. The exotic capital, Palermo, and the Vale of Temples, Agrigento are easy day trips.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Owner
Caroline
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
November 29, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Today we are very sorry that we have to leave this wonderful villa.

We have stayed here with our five joint children and feel like the royal family staying in their Italian castle. We really enjoyed the beautiful house and grounds with swimming pool and tennis, but above all the citrus garden, which smells so lovely especially during the evenings. We toured most of the interesting sites and towns in the west of Sicily and also made a day trip to Palermo.

We felt very welcome and enjoyed the friendliness and hospitality of Nanette, but also of Marcello and Caroline, who were staying in the other house this week. For us being away and together, the seven of us, is always very special, but the location and environment of this truly family house was the perfect setting. We hope to come back.
Apr 2013
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Romantic luxury villa with private pool and tennis court near the sea
average rating of 4.868421 based on 42 reviews
5

Stunning Santa Maria

  • 5 of 5

Our experience at Santa Maria was breathtaking.

Upon arrival we were in awe of the impressive stone building, we passed through the beautiful courtyard and into the Santa Maria villa itself - which was absolutely stunning in every way possible.

Nanette, our host was on hand to welcome us to the villa, she was most helpful throughout our stay.

We spent our days in the Italian sunshine lounging by the superb pool, surrounded by the heavenly gardens. We sampled the local delights; eating scrumptious gelato in the town and visited the neighbours (The Gazzerosse Vineyard).

Our time at Santa Maria was absolutely perfect - a dream come true.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I agree that the entrance to Santa Maria with its castellation and circular towers is quite daunting, built as it was to resist attacks from marauding brigands However the villa itself is extremely comfortable as all our guests will find. The weather has been wonderful in August this year, hot but not too hot and the gardens around the swimming pool are looking glorious. I am very glad that this family appreciated the villa, pool and gardens so much. They did well to take advantage of one of the many local vineyards and frequent the ice cream parlours in Mazara. For those who have yet to visit, i should say that the wine from this region is outstanding, especially that made from the white Grillo grape, while the ice cream is simply the very best. After all it was the Sicilians who invented ice cream in the first place! I do hope this family returns to Santa Maria one day.
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A very special place to rent for a holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We all loved staying in Santa Maria - the accommodation is part of a very special family house - completely private with sole use of a fabulous swimming pool and lovely tennis court (once the sun has gone down!). We saw some of the sites of Western Sicily including Selinunte, Segesta, Sciacca & Marsala, along with the odd very lovely restaurant - but on the whole we so enjoyed the return to Santa Maria and its peaceful surroundings - so beautiful and constantly gave us the feeling of getting away from it all. I hope one day we will return.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad this family enjoyed their two week stay at Santa Maria. The gardens around he swimming pool are now mature and at their very best in summer with hibiscus, oleander and frangipane all in flower. The tennis court is always a hit with families like this one with teenagers and younger. And of course there is so much to see in our corner of Sicily and this family clearly did some exploring. We hope they will come back to Santa Maria agin one day.
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5

Wonderful week in a glorious Scicilian villa

  • 5 of 5

The villa was perfect for us , a family of seven - 3 young adults and partners and the older parents.The villa was beautiful , spacious airy rooms which kept cool in the heat of the day. We spent our rest days at home ( after very active ones seeing the amazing sights ).Long breakfasts in the garden with refreshing lemon juice made with lemons from the garden . Keeping cool in the pool and sitting under the trees beside it. In the evening when it was cool enough , there were tennis matches. The gardens, villa, pool were all lovingly looked after and very beautiful. The kitchen was very well equipped which meant we could have some amazing food at home. We were very welcomed by the owner's sister in law who lives on the top floor of the castle. She was always on hand to help. We had a fantastic week and this amazing place is highly recommended by all of us.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that this family enjoyed their stay at Santa Maria. They are right - there are so many splendid sights to see in the neighbourhood from the baroque centre of Mazara itself to the Greek temples of Segesta and Selinunte. They made the most of their time here with sightseeing in the morning, relaxing by the pool in the afternoon and tennis matches early evening. The gardens are looking particularly good this year as we made a special effort in preparation for a family wedding in June. We pride ourselves on a well equipped kitchen as we are enthusiastic cooks ourselves. We also love to barbecue and have now provided two barbecues for the villa. I do hope this family will come back to Santa Maria one day.
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Wonderful property, great facilities & hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 6 adults, mum & dad plus 4 in their twenties.

The property is large, secluded and with lots of facilities.

It allowed outdoors activity of tennis, swimming and running, as well as lots of opportunity to relax. There was plenty of space to get some independence yet large communal areas for games and dinner. The kitchen and utility areas are large and fully stocked.

Wi-fi worked well, and there was TV but also board games and books.

Location is outside of town, so make sure you have the full address and directions.

There are very helpful owners family members on hand if you need anything.

The property is well placed for all main west coast of Sicily attractions.

A car is a requirement.

Some mosquitos.

Overall a great place for a family to relax and explore Sicily.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad that this family enjoyed the facilities and abundance of space at Santa Maria. We have always found that groups of different age ranges and interests benefit from the spaciousness of the villa giving them the opportunity to spread out. Indoors there is a library and a television room in addition to the living room while the grounds include not only a large Mediterranean garden around the swimming pool but also a walled orange grove, not to mention formal gardens flanking the tennis court. As this guest mentions, the villa is within easy driving distance of many of Sicily's most important historical sites, including Selinunte, Segesta, Mozia, Erice and Palermo.
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A gem of a property...beautiful home and grounds

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful stay in Santa Maria...

Fabulous villa, pool, tennis court and gardens. While there are family members living above we had complete privacy. The villa was presented as described and very clean and well maintained. Any problems were resolved quickly by the on site managers of the property living above. It is hard to leave the villa but great sightseeing to be had in Western Sicily ... For historical sightseeing Selinunte is a must with well preserved Greek ruins against a coastal backdrop. The north west coastline for breathtaking scenery and fabulous beaches and the national park...Castellamare was our particular favourite ancient coastal town and the nearby picturesque hamlet of Scopello with stunning views and great swimming. We would thoroughly recommend Santa Maria as the perfect relaxing retreat in an ideal spot for sightseeing.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I agree with this guest that Santa Maria is a perfect place to relax with its lovely pool, tennis court and lush gardens. Within easy reach of the motorway it is well placed for sightseeing. The magnificent Greek site of Selinunte is close by and the sea can be reached within minutes. These guests particularly enjoyed the north west coast off where they hired a boat at Castellamare and enjoyed the views of the Zingaro nature reserve from the sea. We are fortunate to have my sister-in-law on hand to welcome guests and offer any help or advice they require.
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Relaxing holiday in beautiful venue

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Santa Maria was everything that we had hoped for. It was so hot that we didn't venture out much and loved spending lazy days under the olive tree by the pool, with tennis once the temperature eased a little in the evenings.

When we did go out, there were many restaurants to choose from in nearby Mazara and we enjoyed day trips to Selinute and Erice.

The property is beautifully maintained and it was very reassuring having Nanette and Silvio on site to welcome us and to help if required.

We would happily recommend the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very glad that this family enjoyed their stay so much. The last two weeks of July coincided with a freak heatwave this year so it was important that they found refuge at the pool with its Mediterrarnean garden and huge shady olive trees. The villa itself has thick walls and air conditioning in the bedrooms and kitchen, while there is plenty of shade in the walled orange grove. Yes, we are lucky to have my brother and sister-n-law on site ever ready to help or advise our guests if needed. I do hope this family will come back to Santa Maria again.
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Map

Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Palermo Airport _ Falcone Borsellino
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
various
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Mazara del Vallo
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Mazara del Vallo
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Motorway Mazara - Palermo
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Il pescatore
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
San Vito
Car: necessary

Santa Maria is in the heart of the country of western Sicily, so the only noise you will hear is birdsong, particularly the resident hoopoe bird. The landscape is one of vineyards and olive groves, which stretch out as far as the eye can see to gently rolling hills in the distance. However the villa is not isolated. There are neighbours within walking distance and the nearest town, Mazara del Vallo, is only three miles away. This country villa is also near lovely beaches such as Tonnarella and Marinella. Excellent for sightseeing, Santa maria is just a short drive away from some of the most fascinating sites in Sicily: the Greek temples of Selinunte and Segesta, the medieval hilltop town of Erice and the Punic island, Mozia, not to mention Palermo the maginifient capital of the island. Access to the motorway from Santa Maria is excellent and Palermo can be reached in just over an hour. Ryanair, Easyjet and Alitalia all run flights to Palermo or Trapani airports.

Other Activities: kite surf and windsurfing

Rates & Availability

Mazara del Vallo Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low season
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
$381
$2,537
 
 
Christmas & New Year
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
$444
$2,918
 
 
Low season
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
$381
$2,537
 
 
Spring season
Mar 18 2017 - Apr 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
$431
$2,791
 
 
Easter
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
$444
$2,918
 
 
Mid season
Apr 22 2017 - May 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
$431
$2,791
 
 
Early summer
May 6 2017 - Jun 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
$3,045
 
 
High season
Jun 3 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,425
 
 
peak season
Jul 15 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,806
 
 
High season
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,425
 
 
Late summer
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
$482
$3,045
 
 
Low season
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$381
$2,537
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$2,537
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $381

The villa is ideal for 6 people but 2 more people can be accommodated on extra beds in the study or television room at the cost of £100 per person, per week. We can also supply 2 cots for infants without extra charge.
There is an extra charge if central heating is used. No charge for air conditioning.

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Amenities

Mazara del Vallo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • All the bathrooms are beautifully decorated with tiles or mosaic. The shower room and loo ensuite to the second bedroom is built into the base of a circular tower and is decorated throughout with blue mosaic. The wash basin is inside the bedroom itself. The bathroom for the master bedroom has a large free standing bath with hand shower as well as a walk-in shower. It is decorated in green and yellow with handmade Sicilian tiles. We also provide a folding baby bath that can be placed inside the main bath tub. The third bathroom next to the TV room is the most spectacular of all. Decorated in a Moroccan theme of contrasting deep blue and dark red, it has a huge built- in mosaic bath with both a hand shower unit and an overhead shower. All the shower units have large shower heads for added comfort. We provide soap in all the bathrooms and 2 hair dryers. We even provide hair straighteners. There is a small bathroom with wc and washbasin next to the sitting room and dining room.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 king , 1 baby crib , en suite bathroom
    Bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , own bathroom
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , own bathroom
  • Two of the bedrooms are very spacious, both with views onto the orange grove and both with their own bathrooms, one ensuite. The third bedroom, which is in the oldest part of the house dating back to the 17th century, is smaller with windows placed high up. From it you can glimpse the row of date palms which line the drive. It is adjacent to the TV room and has its own exotic Moroccan bathroom. There are two extra beds and two cots available. The beds can be put either in the study or in the TV room. There is a charge of £50 per extra bed per week but we do not charge for use of the cots. The master bedroom has an additional single bed and room for a cot. The second bedroom also has room for a cot. All three bedrooms have air conditioning.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There is a well stocked library of English books and DVDs, including children's books - and games. The music centre in the living room has a collection of CDs. Sky cable television is available on flat screen tv in a dedicated room, decorated with a splendid 17th century arch. The tv room also has an extra fridge and mini-kitchen. There is a beautiful tiled fireplace in the dining-room which opens onto the walled orange grove. The main kitchen is extremely well equipped and is air conditioned for those hot Sicilian nights The pool, for exclusive use of guests, is in its own garden with a gazebo and mature olive trees. It measures 12 X 6 metres, is lined in white mosaic and has steps leading to the shallow end. It is surrounded by a large sunbathing area with deck chairs and sunbeds. The newly renovated tennis court in the grounds is available for guests and rackets and balls are provided. Optional cleaning and catering services are available.

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