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Luxury farm for large groups in beautiful Sicilian countryside

Sleeps28
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms11
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Charming luxury farm with large pool in Sicily perfect for large family groups

Villa Ruggero is an old olive oil farm which has been restored to a very high standard to provide accommodation for large groups of family or friends to enjoy a holiday together on the fascinting and historic island of Sicily. It's set in the typical landscape of the Sicilian country-side, at 800 meters of altitude, on the edge of the natural park of Madonie and only 30 minutes from the sea at Cefalù. The farm has a charming atmosphere and an extensive panaromic view of the surrounding landscapes, including the volcano Etna. The farm is within 3 kms of the archaeological site of Polizzi Generosa, which is an important local town and near the biggest rock salt mines of Europe.

Visitors will be impressed by the often stunning landscape of the island's interior.

The farm is laid out in a unique way.It has been owned for several generations by the same owners, who have restored the farm using ancient building techniques and materials, combined with interesting modern styles. There are 3 dry-stone walled buildings which are joined by cobbled-stone paths.

Within these buildings the accommodation is set on two floors with 11 bedrooms which include a small apartment: 3 of the rooms have balconies that face the big yard of the entrance as well as the 'italian' garden,and the others face the different landscapes of the Madonie country-side. All the rooms are en-suite.

The small apartment has 2 bathrooms and an internal stair.

One of the bedrooms is larger, with a double bed and a twin bunk or 'castello' bed, perfect for children or a small family unit.

In total there are 28 bed spaces, and baby cots are also available.

In the main building of the farm there is a large dining room with seating for up to 28 people, which also has a unique feature fireplace in the lounge area.

There is a self catering kitchen with facilities which make it easy to cook for large groups.

Outside, the unique infinity swimming pool is the main feature. At 16 metres by 5 metres, the pool is excellent for relaxation and play,and keen swimmers can improve their fitness.

A number of outdoor activities can be arranged, including guided trekking in the National Park, and there is horse riding only 3kms away.

A visit to a local farm can be arrnged to learn about cheese making and olive oil, and cooking lessons can also be arranged.

The farm is available for weddings, art courses, therapy groups, cooking or any type of group activity, as well as outdoor activities.

The owners are able to help with transport and catering for large groups, as well as general advice about this interesting and beautiful area.

More Details

Property Manager
Andrew McKean
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
40%
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

Amenities

Polizzi Generosa Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 28
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 28 people
Bathrooms:
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 11 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - shower
    Bathroom 12 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 10 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Single beds are bunks, or castello
    Bedroom 11 - 1 double
  • All bedrooms are en-suite. The small apartment has an internal stair and 2 bathrooms
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 24 garden chairs
  • 16 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes:
A chef can be hired to provide some or all meals.

Reviews

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Luxury farm for large groups in beautiful Sicilian countryside
average rating of 3.5 based on 2 reviews
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Beautiful location

  • 2 of 5

I would not recommend this place if you are going to want to have a large party with any kind of privacy. I planned my fiancé 40th birthday party here at this magnificent villa/farm house. I thought that everything was negotiated upfront. Unfortunately We had a very distasteful experience with the owner of the property. She micro managed everything that we tried to do. From not being able to use the wine glasses, which we had paid extra for it, to not been able to use the ice machine, to not having enough toilet paper or soap-- Which we were informed that she was not responsible for that? The towels that were provided felt like sandpaper. I would recommend to use the beach towels instead.

We had hired a professional chef to do all the cooking for the party, the owner made it very difficult for the chef to prepare the food as she was watching every move he and his staff did. She purposely sat in the kitchen while the Chef was preparing the food. She did not allow the person that we hired to wash the dishes to complete his job as she was worried that they would break the dishes so we had to use her person which cost us extra. When it came to turning on the lights for the pool or any outside areas we had to constantly argue with the owner as to why it was needed. This was quite alarming as we agreed upfront that any additional electricity usage would be paid for as this is part of the rental agreement.

We did manage to have our party and enjoyed the beautiful property. The only problem was that we had an uninvited guest (The owner of the property) who ate our food ,drank our wine, disrupted our guests and kept checking on us by constantly taking pictures and videotaping us while we were engaging with our guests and also when my fiancé and I performed a Tango that was intended for our guests only.

I could address other things that were not pleasant however at the end of the day we were glad that we were able to leave and enjoy the other sites that Sicily had to offer.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As owner of the property I would like to reply to the issues raised in this review as they do not exactly reflect how things developed during your stay. The property and a normal kitchen are advertised on the web (up to 28 people). We also have another kitchen, which is equipped with technical professional machinery, that we have never rented or advertised. After the booking was confirmed (for less people than the actual number of persons who showed up at the property), one of the guests asked to visit the property on 2 occasions before their arrival, together with a chef hired by them in order to organise a private party, with more than 40 people. The chef asked to rent the industrial kitchen as well as dishes/glasses/cutlery (which he personally chose and selected) and relevant machinery, affirming that he would have provided the cleaning personnel. Despite this kitchen not being normally rented we agreed an additional price. The wine glasses were not included in the list by the chef and that is why they were not originally provided. We addressed many requests, including a local music band to play during the party and accompanying the guests with our car to the hair dresser. I was present in the industrial kitchen during the evening, given that it is not the private area which is normally rented to the guests and contains several technical and expensive machinery. I offered to employ our staff because the cleaning person hired by the chef was not a professional (he was a butcher!), and he did not properly use the machinery in the kitchen, with evident risk of expensive damages. Moreover, I was called by the guests at the dance floor area to switch on the lights and help the deejay to connect his equipment. I was only present to address the guests’ needs and after I responded to their requests I immediately went back to the kitchen. I also recall the fact that it is a self-catering establishment where only the first set of toilet paper and soap is provided while during the stay guests usually buy their own, according to their needs. It is clear that the requests made by the clients went well beyond what is normally advertised and offered by us; notwithstanding that, we tried to do our best and addressed all their needs. We have never experienced this kind of issues with any guests and we are certain that if the guests had been clearer when booking the property, the whole stay would have been better arranged and no issue would have arisen.
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5

Buitengewoon domein voor grote groepen

  • 5 of 5

Buitengewoon mooi gerenoveerde hoeve in het binnenland van Sicilië. Zeer mooi afgewerkt met behoud van de authenticiteit. Het uitzicht vanuit het supergrote zwembad is uniek, een panoramisch zicht op de bruinrode bergen, tot minstens 30km verder. Het huis ligt afgelegen, waardoor je ook voldoende privacy hebt. Iedere kamer heeft eigen badkamer met douche en toilet. Wij waren daar met 6 gezinnen met kinderen, er was voldoende accommodatie om te koken, ook een grote bbq, diepvriezer, frigo, wasmachine, ijsmachine... We hadden niets tekort. Absolute aangeraden restaurants in de buurt: Feudo Tudia in Resuttano en Giardino Donna Lavia in Polizzi Generosa. Wel eerst reserveren, maar een absolute must. Dit huis is een echte aanrader voor groepen tot 24 personen.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
115 Kilometres
Palermo
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Castellana
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Termini Immerese
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Castellana
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Cefalu
Car: recommended

Sicily is a treasure trove of historic attractions. Layers of history have created a unique blend of art and architecture, from relics of ancient Greece to the Romans and laterly the Spanish. There is also the interesting influence that North African culture has left. In Sicily you can enjoy jaw dropping art and culture, the lush countryside, pretty towns and simple, delicious food.

The farm is very near the historic medieval town of Polizzi Generosa, which has many ancient buildings. The families of Sicilian Americans such as film directors Martin Scorsese and Antonia Scarpa as well as character actor Vincent Schiavelli, came from the town. Schiavelli was also a food and cookbook writer who wrote about Polizzi Generosa and his roots

Fashion designer Domenico Dolce, one half of the Dolce & Gabbana clothing company, was born in Polizzi Generosa.

Many people believe the towns of the interior of Sicily to be amongst the most attractive towns of all Italy, and Polizzi Generosa and the neighbouring town Castelanna are certainly among them.

The towns are almost at the exact centre of the island, with no other point being more than 2.5 hours drive. The historic coastal city of Cefalu is only 30 minutes drive.

A visit to Palermo, with its colourful and theatrical streets and markets, and its wonderful buildings and art treasures, is definately recommended

A great feature of the garden is that Mount Etna can be seen.

The farm is also on the edge of the Parco delle Madonie national park, with its many available activites. There is an adventure park for children and adults. It is possible to arrange for children of 6-14 years to enjoy programmes at the adventure park. For others there is horse riding locally, mountain biking, olive oil and wine tours, caving and bird watching. The owners will be happy to help arrange activities.

A cook and chambermaid can also be hired should the group prefer help with self catering. Mini bus taxi's are also available.

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Rates & Availability

Polizzi Generosa Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,029
$6,430
 
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$771
$5,143
 
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add $39 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$707
$4,628
 
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add $32 per night, per additional guest
 
High Summer
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 31 2018
6 night minimum stay
$1,029
$6,430
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$1,029
$6,430
 
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $45.06 per person per night

Price based on occupancy of up to 20 guests.

All inclusive of bed linen and towels, power up to 400 khw, and final cleaning. Extra power used will be measured and paid directly to the owner.

During colder periods the use of central heating will be measured and paid for directly to the owner.

The owner will request a 1,000 euro damages deposit on arrival, to be returned at the end of the stay

The swimming pool is open between April and the end of October.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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