Camelia farmhouse dates back to the late 18th century and has been carefully renovated by ourselves in 2006 thus providing all the home comforts of a modern house whillst keeping the traditional styleand ambiance of a Sicilian countryhouse, maintaining the original lava stonework and wood-beamed ceilings, adding high quality of fittings, traditional furniture and Caltagirone tiles in typical Sicilian style. The farmhouse is set in a large estate of citrus groves, in a very peaceful position with Europe's highest active volcano in the background and offers a warm and cosy welcome, rural peace, sensational views of Etna. A perfect location from which to visit Taormina, M. Etna's Natural Park, enjoing the nice beaches nearby. It's also possible to go walking in the estate, enjoing the Sicilian sunshine andthe peaceful setting. This lovely farmhouse is ideal for a couple, a family or a group of friends who want to sample rural Sicilian life, being close to all the sights and comforts.
- Farmhouse861 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
2 bedroom Farmhouse in MtEtna Nat.Park near Taormina, Sicily, Italy - A Rural Idyll But With Easy Access For Touring, Free Internet Wifi
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- english, french, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 13, 2018
About cinzia petucco
We are a family of four, my husband is a farmer and I look after the properties we let . We have been living in this area for 20 years and are pleased to share the peace and beauty of our countryside with other people. We try to do everything we can to make people feel at home and help them in case of need, so we are really happy when our guests say they had a great time here with us .
Why cinzia petucco chose Acireale
We love this area , where we live all year round, because it's still an unspoilt area, it's very peaceful and at the same time easy to access.We have been dreaming for a long time to restore the house of Camellia and , when we managed to do that , even if a lot of efforts, it was a dream come true. We did it with much love and you can feel it when you stay here, as some guests of ours told us.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Casa della Camelia has a special charm as it's an old house that we restored very accurately and it looks like a family house , cosy , intimate and comfortable. Everyone loved sitting under the old Camellia tree and relax in its shade enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the place. This is what a guest of ours wrote about our house :" The house of Camellia is a rare find in Sicily.It is beautifully located in a quiet secluded place among citrus groves yet it makes a perfect base for visiting the most interesting places in eastern Sicily.The house has one more thing , which is hard to find among vacation rentals in Sicily, tastefully furnished and decorated interiors, it's perfectly clean and well maintained. We found absolutely everything we needed in the kitchen and in the bathroom.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Sweet house in peaceful location
We had a lovely stay in the Casa della Camelia. The weather was fabulous, mid thirties every day - long hot nights under the vines watching the lizards scurry around and listening to Mount Etna rumbling made for a very special and memorable holiday.
We loved the ice cream places and the pistachio pastries. We found (almost) private rocks to swim from and bask in the sunshine.
Sadly we did not meet Cinzia who was away, but Nunzio answered all our queries and was very gracious.
Definitely a hidden gem!
Great property in a lovely setting.
Having had phone and email contact with the owners (Cinzia and Nuncio) we had good directions for finding the property, which was off the main road (it would be fairly necessary to have access to a car - and it took us a few days to get used to driving in and out of the gates, set in a stone wall). The three of us that stayed there for 2 weeks found the farm house and the setting delightful - the property was beautiful and very clean, decorated and maintained. The owners, who lived nearby, were very sociable and helpful, with both support and advice. Being set in lemon groves, the house was cool in the hottest parts of the days and there were lovely plants and trees all around - also good views of Mount Etna. The property was also quite handy for travelling about, both north and south, and for driving up Etna. Some of the places we visited were beautiful and interesting (however, we found the actual driving a bit nervy at times! However the motorways were good, as was the road up Etna). We ate out a number of times - Il Tocco (recommended by Cinzia) near Acireal was good - especially for vegetarians. We also ate in Taormina several times - there are lots of restaurants there, and we did not find a bad one We have no criticisms or faults about the property, and would have no hesitation in recommending it to friends or relatives.
Our stay at villa casa della camellia in Sicily
We had stayed at villa casa della camellia for two weeks back in June. We were impressed by hospitality of the owners Cinzia and her husband. We totally enjoyed our stay, especially lemon trees around the villa and the view of Etna.
casa della Camelia
Excellent for exploring the east of Sicily – use the motorway.
Good walking around Etna and Pantalica.
Good bird watching around the house and at Magnisi and Vendicari salinas.
Flowers in April were amazing throughout.
The house is in a very quiet position among lemon groves and is just a few minutes drive to a large, well stocked supermarket.
Excellent large bedrooms and dining/ living/ cooking area, well equipped, good bathroom although the hot water was rather cool.
A cool, even cold position over the winter, ideal for the summer months.
Splendid patio with excellent shade guaranteed all year from the Camelia tree. It also had good exposure to the sun until about 1500hr when the roof patio gets the sun.
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review , we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at " casa della Camelia" .We want to let you know that we have now fix the boiler so the water is warmer , we are sorry if this issue was of any inconvenience to you.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back some day !
Tranquility in the Lemon groves
Casa Camillia is a lovely little cottage situated amongst the lemon and orange groves. The accommodation is clean and well looked after with all the little things that you need. It is comfortable in a rustic way. The pictures present a realistic view of how we found the accommodation.
Cinzia and Nunzio are lovely people, they provide all the information you need to help you get there and what to see in the local area Try Nunzio's home made wine it is tremendous. Also accept their offer to explore their estate, as it is a lovely stroll through the groves with an explore of the abandoned houses.
You need a car to get there and around, but it has easy access to the main motorway which gets you anywhere on the island. The Views of Etna from the terrace are amazing especially at night when the lava is flowing.
This is a great place to relax on the terrace, explore the Sicilian antiquities or go to the beach. I would gladly return, as this is real value for money at Sicilian prices.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and also for the kind words about our property , we appreciated it a lot and are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Cinzia & Nunzio
Beautiful villa amazing holiday.
We had an amazing time here and didn't want to leave. In fact we're going to go back for our wedding anniversary. The villa is in a great setting and handy location. Inside everything is top quality, clean and very comfy.
The holiday was made even better by the owners friendship, local knowledge and the amazing homemade produce ( the wine is delicious).
We're looking forward to going back.
Special interest holidays:
"We stayed at the holiday home, the Casa Della Camelia at the end of May.The house itself, was beautiful. It is in a peaceful and quiet location, with wonderful views of the countryside as well as views of Mount Etna, and is surrounded by lemon and orange orchards. Inside the house, was clean tidy, and kept beautifully. Everything we needed was already in the house. The house has been maintained brilliantly. The owners of the house Cinzia and Nunzio, are the kindest people you could wish to meet. They are so helpful, and kind, and brought us fresh fruit from their farm as gifts, as well as home made wine. They live very near by, and were always happy to help with anything. Cinzia speaks very good English as well, which was very helpful. Everything about our stay was heavenly. There are beaches near by, and wonderful restuartants, and places to go. We are returning in March next year to stay in the house of Camelia again, and we are so looking forward to it"
Nearest beach at 4km Praiola (stones).
Fondachello beach at 7km (small pebbles).
Stazzo (Lemons Riviera) 4km (lava rocks).
Isola Bella at Taormina 25km (pebbles - natural reserve)
Giardini Naxos 20 km (sand)
Letojanni at 30km (sand).
Fontane Bianche (sand) 1 hour drive
Catania airport 35 min drive. Palermo airport 2 and a half hours drive. Car hire is essential.
Between Catania and Taormina, the farmhouse is easy to reach, being at 3 km from the motorway exit Giarre and at 1km from the main national road 114. Also Syracuse, the Barroque towns of the Noto valley, the Roman Villa of Piazza Armerina, Messina, the Eolian Islands are all comfortably reachable for a day trip.
Grocery shops at 1km in the village of Mangano.
Taormina 25 km (15 min drive).
Giarre with all kinds of shops 5km.
Acireale with all kind of shops 7km.
Big shopping center 3km.
What about a glass of our home made wine admiring M.Etna, the groves all around and the sea from the little terrace on the roof of the house?
Or reading a book in the shade of the hundred-year-old camellia tree in the peace of the country? Or sunbathing to feel the warmth of sun even in winter?
Do you fancy shopping or having dinner in a little restaurant on the coast? Within a few minutes drive in Giarre and Acireale (5 and 7km) you can find many shops,restaurants,cafes and pizzerias. However the nearest grocery shop are at 1km in the village of Mangano, and there's a shopping centre at 3km .For a bath in the blue Ionian sea, the nearest beach is at 4km (Praiola), the long beautiful peebbly beach of Fondachello is at 7 km;try a swim among lava rocks in Stazzo or santa Tecla at 4 km.Beautiful sandy beaches at one hour drive near Siracusa , fantastic beach at Isola Bella natural reserve near Taormina.Sicily offers a lot to do every time of the year, having one of the most agreeable climates of Europe, so every season has its own particular attraction. You can visit the sites of its unparalleled historical legacy;
if you love walking, discover the wonderful lanscapes and paths of Etna's Natural Park. For food and wine lovers, follow the "Road of Etna's wine" winding around the flanks of the volcano for winetasting or buy the genuine local products in a local street market .
Acireale, between Catania and Taormina, is well known for the most beautiful Carnival in Sicily, the colourful Carnival procession proceeds along the streets of the old baroque centre
Fond of music, dance, theatre? In summer don't miss Taormina-Arte festival when the Greek theatre comes to life with a season of top-flight acts, starring the best performers; discover the Gorges of Alcantara and the beautiful trails In September or October, you can still enjoy the sea without the crowds of August and the traditional grapes harvest with typical "feste" in the villages of Etna. And more...