Country Cottage with Pool!
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About Carlotta Davies
With a background in Graphic Design and Marketing, Carlotta began her career in Broadcasting in California and spent years as a business consultant. Along the way her heart was clearly in the arts and design so she began refurbishing and restoring unusual properties in America. She and Jim Davies restored her maternal grandparents log cabins in Placerville, California and turned it into Shadowridge Ranch & Lodge in 1995. It won the Fodar's Award for Excellence in B&Bs plus numerous other awards and commendations. Although semi-retired, she just can't stop herself when she finds a special property that just needs some love, attention and care.
Carlotta Davies purchased this House in 2016
Why Carlotta Davies chose Casteldaccia
Carlotta's paternal family is from Casteldaccia and immigrated to America in 1905. For generations (over 1000 years) her family has been on this island. In 2000, she and her family made their first visit to Sicily to find her "roots". After a two more trips years later, in April of 2016, she rounded a bend in the beautiful countryside outside the town of Casteldaccia - and saw "it". A cute little casa with a "Vendesi" (for sale) sign and she just had a feeling about the little run down, super fixer-upper. A little voice inside her told her to buy it ... and no, she wasn't looking to buy a house in Sicily! She called her business partner, who agreed, then months later she became the proud owner. Arriving back in August 2016, she and her team of contractors started the renovations and now it's the gorgeous Danza La Luna. Guess what? That's right ... it sits on part of her Martorana Family original land! Carlotta will tell you it was meant to be and that she is to share it with those who wish to find their roots, peace and serenity.
What makes this House unique
Coming from America where everything is work and fast paced, to be able to sit on the patio imbibing the breathtaking views and contemplating the history of what the island and people have been through - well there are no words to describe the feeling. She chose not to buy a house in "town" or on the ocean. Sicily is the "undiscovered" Italy and she felt the country cottage had it all. The scenery changes each day in the countryside at Danza - but the ocean and town are always busy. The crowds of tourists and locals at the sea are so horrific, one cannot even get to their house or rental. This is not a cheap apartment in town or near the beach with lots of people surrounding you. It is a a very private, secluded country cottage where you can actually hear the crickets chirp at night! Danza's beauty is magnificent and the unfettered serenity priceless. Plus at Danza you will find "Bob" the Fox who adopted us and has become part of our family. One of your chores at Danza is to feed Bob each night as he comes to say hello to you. He is an endangered species of Sicilian Red Foxes of which there are only 30 left on the island. Please believe me when I tell you Danza La Luna is a very special and magical spot.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking OUTSIDE only. Many ashtray outside house.
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great fun ! Good place to relax and chill our 9 and 11 yrs olds loved the outdoor space plus the spool a little less to do for hem locally however. If you’ve a car which is essential and happy to drive there’s plenty of places to visit within an hour or so. kids ! Carlotta, Simona And Vinnie could not be more helpful and informative plus professional!! We all agreed the Sicilian people where incredibly friendly to all the family!!!😀�😀�Plus the weather was fantastically warm☀️ Great break away. Thank you.
A little bit of paradise
Wow, Danza la luna was an amazing experience.
The villa is beautiful, the location is beautiful with views of fields of olive trees, a view you could never tire of.
Inside the villa is decorated to a high standard, with comfortable sofas and beds. Kitchen has everything you need.
Thank you for our welcome bottle of wine.
The outside is spacious, many seating areas and sun loungers by the pool.
The pool is refreshing when it's very warm, we spend many happy hours in the pool.
Luna the little grey cat is adorable, so friendly and she loves tuna. She waited for me every morning for her treat.
Bob the fox visited us every evening.
Vinny came every couple of days to tend to plants.
Simona was an amazing concierge, checking in with us every few days to make sure all was well and answering any questions we had.
Carlotta you have made Danza la Luna a little bit of paradise, we loved our stay.
Home from home with lots more sunshine!
We really enjoyed our stay at Danza. When my husband and I discussed it, we agreed that it felt like you were staying in a home rather than a 'rental' property. It's in a fantastic location with the most amazing views. I loved just sitting outside and watching the goats in the fields across the valley.
Lovely house up in the hills! Beautiful view.. we had a wonderful time here.. Frances and Vinny were always there if we needed them.. Great place to go to relax! Would definitely visit again :)
Outstanding property, fantastic views, great pool!
This is a little gem and we don't know where to go from here... This holiday experience spoiled us in so many ways that we will now compare everything with Danza La Luna. Comfortable interior - especially the sofas, modern bathroom, practical and huge outdoor space with different seating options, comfortable sunloungers; lovely geckos and cute, little lizzards to watch...Pool big enough for few strokes, but just being in pool and enjoying view is enough; yes, next to a road but you are so chilled that you dont hear the few cars (1 or 2 per hour). The contact with owner was prompt, very thorough and friendly. Frances and Vinny (concierges) are the most helpful, proactive people. They contacted us before our departure to Sicily; meeting point in Casteldaccia very easy to find. Overall, we didnt see a lot of Sicily as leaving Danza La Luna was so hard!! 😎�😎�😎� Thanks for making our stay so enjoyable. Ursula and Steve September 2018
Thank you so much Ursula and Steve for your lovely words. Frances, Vinny and I work very hard to make Danza a special spot - so to hear your words makes us feel fabulous. Come back as now you are Part of the Legend of Danza! Loves, Carlotta
Our week at Danza la Luna has been truly magical! It is the perfect retreat to get away from the busyness of the world! The stillness and stunning views are absolutely breathtaking! Frances and Vinney met us after our long journey and made us feel very welcome, taking us to the house and showing us around. The house is a real gem! Comfortable, with everything you could possibility need. The pool was a wonderful treat, cooling us down at the end of the day! Frances recommended a trip to Cefalu and we weren’t disappointed! It is quite busy but definitely worth it! The walk up to Tempio di Diana was rewarded with the most fabulous views. Thank you for making our stay such a relaxing and enjoyable one.