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Villa in Taormina countryside with stunning view to the sea & the Mount Etna

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Taormina Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms for 9 persons , private swimming pool

The spacious sitting/dining room with its ornate fireplace and traditional furnishings lead onto the oval terrace. Pine trees surround the terrace on which there is a working stone font - the ideal setting for an evening aperitif watching the flaming Etna volcano as well as dinner on those balmy evenings. The bedrooms are all simply but comfortably and colourfully decorated with shutters leading out onto the front garden. Alternatively, when the Sicilian sun becomes too overbearing one can cool off in the large pool behind the house. Palm, avocado and olive trees around the pool provide some shade over parts of the terrace where again some stunning views to the sea and the Mount Etna can be appreciated. We believe lovers of Sicily and also those new to the many fascinations of this island will love the opportunity to stay in this traditional classic home within such easy access of so many popular destination.

  • children welcome
Valeria (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french, italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family of 4 and I usually go on holiday to places with cooler climates like Wales,Ireland and Scotland to visit friends and family or Austria for holidays, but this year we decided to do something different and go to Sicily. We definitely were not disappointed, the house we stayed in was almost like a palace, with lots of elegant paintings, a big marble staircase and a terrace with one of the best views we have ever seen. The weather was perfect, much warmer than in the UK, but we never got too hot thanks to the large swimming pool we had all to ourselves! There were also some very comfortable chairs round the pool for us to sunbathe in and an umbrella for shade in case it got too hot. The maid was very kind and helpful, always leaving the house clean and tidy so that we had more time to visit the Etna and the beautiful town of Taormina. Our trip up Etna was the adventure of our lives, the children (aged 8 and 10) loved feeling the warm rocks, digging just a few cm to find snow in August and running down the volcano at the end and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Our trip to Taormina was also a great success, there were lots of Italian shops where we bought souvenirs and and cafes in which we tasted an Italian type of ice cream called a granita which we had never seen before! We also had a fantastic time at the seaside, there are so many different beach resorts that we went to a different one everyday. Our favourite was called 'Isola Bella' which means beautiful Island in Sicily. This resort is about 200m away from a lovely little island surrounded by beautiful fish. Our youngest child even found a bright red starfish! We had a spectacular stay in Sicily which we will never forget. I would strongly recommend this holiday to anybody.
Aug 2012
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Villa in Taormina countryside with stunning view to the sea & the Mount Etna
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews

Lampedusian dream

  • 5 of 5

We were almost tempted not to write a review, simply to keep this secret to ourselves. Understated Aristocratic charm , perfect setting and stunning views.

We have stayed at many villas around the world, but this was the most hypnotic of them all.

We will definitely be back...Valeria..thank you, Victor

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rhe Villa is situated in beautiful countryside. The views from the outside terrace are incredible.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week and found Valeria very helpful, she rectified a mix up with the bedding immediately and was very professional throughout. The Villa itself is a beautiful old home full of antiques a real taste of Sicily, very comfortable living area with a fabulous terrace. Everything you need is there the pool area is amazing, beautiful gardens, a real countryside feel to the whole thing.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This property, which oozes old-world charm, has stunning views of Mt. Etna, lots of places to explore and discover antiquities, and an orange grove through which to stroll. Our group of eight spent a fabulous week enjoying the pool, the formal dining room, and the outdoor terrace, perfect for cocktails. We twice used the services of the in-house chef for excellent dinners, although, as is the Sicilian custom, there was way too much food.

Virginia and Wayne Jeronimus

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Perfect family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We love visiting the villa and this was our second trip... of hopefully many more to come. The journey through the orange groves and up the hill is magical and our view of Mt. Etna - spectacular. We were a group of 6 but the house has ample rooms to sleep more... if you want to share the tranquility and peaceful ambiance that is. We would very much recommend staying here.

See you next year x

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Helen it was a pleasure to have you and your lovely family here again this year. I wait for you andit was a pleasure to have you and your lovely family here again this year. I wait and I send you my best wishes for your projects!
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Unique Sicilian Experience

  • 5 of 5

We were a family travelling with 3 kids and another family with kids and we found that the villa was perfect for our needs. We wanted a beautiful place to spend 2 weeks with our family and the villa was gorgeous and provided the best place for us to spend some amazing time together: the pool was big enough for everybody, the gorgeous orange and olive tree orchared provided the best place for walks, one of the terraces was built for a family barbeque and the other terrace provided us with an impressive view over Mount Etna as well as a spacious place to enjoy evenings with the family. The house is beautiful, full of a rich history and really elegant. Moreover, the host is very discrete, however close enough to be there whenever we needed her. Also, she is a very pleasant person, with amazing stories, who truly provided us with an amazing experience. Overall, the villa gave us a real feel of a true Sicilian experience, something we will always remember and we already planned to come back and discover more of Sicily's treasures.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Owner's Response: Dear Diana it was with a great pleasure that I have read that you and all your nice family had good time in Sicily and in my property! My mother, my brother Gabriele and me are very pleased that you have appreciated our "sicilian " hospitality and that you are planning to come back. Many thanks from my mother for your kind flower present. Best wishes Valeria
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Lovely, but aging property

  • 3 of 5

Lovely, but aging property just behind Giardini Naxos. Needs a better system for air-conditioning one room downstairs (the wall unit was broken and a unit brought in required the window to be left ajar). Plumbing in downstairs bathrooms needs to be checked as there was little to no water pressure in either bath/shower. Was a bit surprised at check out to have a discussion over whether we should pay for outdoor chairs (very old) where the fabric tore because we simply sat in them. Plastic silverware was counted to make sure that we had not taken any. Left a bad impression in what was otherwise a nice week.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Stacey! Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry to hear that you had these difficulties and certainly will ensure that inconvenience as such is reduced to the minimum. Of course one has to remember that it is an old house (as clearly mentioned in the site) with some history and in spite of continuous refurbishing and technical fixes it will occasionally have breakdowns, that we are eager to learn about and immediately fix if we had not noticed beforehand. . As for the question of the outdoor chair and the plastic cutlery, I apologise if you felt uneasy. As you pointed out no cost was charged for the chair and counting the cutlery in front of you was in no way meant to check that you had not taken it: a misunderstanding that I will avoid in future. In this moment we have a group of 2 families that are very happy and we are all booked until October. Half of the next guests are people returning or friends of past guests. We do all our best to make our guests spend their holidays in the best way. We know that we have the high responsibility to ensure our guests the success of their vacation in terms of well-being, rest and lack of stress. … fortunately at the end you write that you spent a good week ... which is the most important thing !!
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
38 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Etna North
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Giardini Naxos
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Etna North
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Taormina, Giardini Naxos
Car: recommended


Taormina is one of the most sought after areas in Sicily, and it is easy to understand why. The combination of being on the beach, and at the same time within walking distance (with the help of the cable car) of the centre of Taormina suits many of our guest very well. This area of Sicily has much to offer besides Taormina and the beaches. Apart from the huge attraction of Mount Etna, try visiting some of the lesser known towns and villages on its flanks. You will be in for some pleasant surprises.


Nestled amongst bougainvillea citrus and olive plantations with outstanding views to Mount Etna, this Classic Sicilian home is an ideal base from which to explore the delights of Eastern Sicily. Only twenty minutes from Taormina with its famous amphitheatre and colourful streets and yet hidden away from the outside world, the San Martino Estate provides the opportunity for a very real Sicilian experience. Many of our guests have shown a growing interest in this island which is such a “melting pot” of cultures so we are delighted to offer this location. Having followed the long drive up the hill one finally reaches this princely family home surrounded by lush vegetation. Stepping inside one immediately notices the typically Sicilian nineteenth century furniture and objects d’art. Palm, avocado and olive trees around the pool provide some shade over parts of the terrace where again some stunning views to the sea and the Mount Etna can be appreciated. We believe lovers of Sicily and also those new to the many fascinations of this island will love the opportunity to stay in this traditional classic home within such easy access of so many popular destination.


Catania airport: 35km-22miles-40mins

Palermo airport: 290km-180miles-2hr50

Trapani airport: 370km-231miles-3hr55

Taormina centre: 20 min driving

Nearest beach: 10 min driving

Siracusa: 118km-73miles-1hr20

Mount Etna cable car: 62km-38miles-1hr10

Catania centre: 52km-32miles-45mins


Rates & Availability

Taormina Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer high season
Jul 31 2016 - Aug 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Summer mid season
Aug 29 2016 - Sep 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
Ending Summer season
Sep 26 2016 - Oct 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Low season
Oct 31 2016 - Dec 22 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $562

The prices above are referred for groups of max 9 people babies/infants included. It is not allowed in the villa to organize parties or dinners with persons differents than the guests holidaysmaker. The extra services of cooking, the use of the villa and pool are exclusively for the people indicated at the time of reservation. It is possible to organize on demand a dinner or a tea party in another structure which is very close to the villa. The swimming pool is available from mid april to mid october, other periods only on demand paying an extra. In the price is included the cleaning service: 3 hours two days weekly, excluding Saturdays and Sundays. The heating is extra 30/50 euros daily on demand

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Taormina Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 9 beach chairs
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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