The perfect Sicilian holiday
With its circular towers, thick walls and high ceilings, Villa Santa Maria combines the fascination of a historical building with the comforts of luxury living. Down a palm tree-lined driveway is the turreted entrance of the villa. Past the family chapel and through a pretty pink courtyard complete with a marble well and statues is a door leading to the huge canary-yellow living room. Beside the dining area, you'll see a magnificent baroque-style fireplace with hand-made Sicilian tiles. The spacious kitchen next door carries on the Sicilian theme with its blue and white rustic tiles and terracotta floor. Past the book-filled library are three large and distinctively-styled bedrooms, each with their own elegant bathrooms.
Stepping out into the orange grove, the terrace is bordered by citrus trees and lit at night by Moroccan lanterns. Framed by tall palm trees, the pool area has sun beds and a chill-out zone underneath the shade of an ancient olive tree. From here you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Mediterranean garden with its vine-covered pergola, as well as the olive grove (we harvest the fruit every October to make our own olive oil). Steps away is the private tennis court. The oldest part of the property is a 16th century watchtower bearing the name of the architect and the date 1584.
Tennis racquets & balls
Cot & high chair on request
Sofa-bed in library on request
28 Sept 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 £2,700
02 Nov 2019 - 10 April 2020 £2,400
11 April 2020 - 17 April 2020 £2,800
18 April 2020 - 01 May 2020 £2,600
02 May 2020 - 10 July 2020 £3,000
11 July 2020 - 28 August 2020 £3,300
29 August 2020 - 25 Sept 2020 £3,000
26 Sept 2020 - 30 Oct 2020 £2,800
31 Oct 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 £2,400
Rates are for up to six people. Two extra people can be accommodated for £100 p/ person per week. Central heating not included in Santa Maria rental rates.
About The Property
Enter through a beautiful driveway lined with date palms and bougainvillea to find a historical, castellated villa surrounded by olive groves and Mediterranean gardens.
An antique door leads into a pretty courtyard with porticoes, statuary and a marble well.
Inside the ground floor of the villa
Recently restored to a high standard of luxury, all the rooms are very spacious with great attention paid to the decoration.
The living area
The sitting room is very large with two separate seating areas. There is a music centre and a collection of CDs. The separate library has a vast collection of books, including children’s books.
The dining room seats eight. It has a beautiful tiled fireplace and French windows opening onto the orange grove. A separate television room has a flat screen TV with access to Sky, a DVD player and a wide selection of DVDs.
The kitchen is extremely well equipped. It has marble worktops, large gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, a wide range of kitchen utensils and electrical equipment and air conditioning. Washing and ironing can be done in the separate laundry.
There are three large individually-styled bedrooms, two with king size beds and the third with twin beds that can be joined to form a king size bed. All three bedrooms have air conditioning and their own bathrooms, two of which are en suite. There is also a sofa bed in the study and two more extra beds are available. The dreamy blue Master Bedroom looks out onto the orangery, as does the Guest Room, which features an antique 4-poster bed and white beam ceiling. The third bedroom, our Moroccan Suite, features a kitchenette and blue-tiled en-suite bathroom and can be rented separately as a studio flat during the low season from November to March.
The walled garden
French windows from the dining room and from the study open onto a walled garden with 100 citrus trees and a splashing fountain that attracts a wide variety of birds. The dining terrace is shaded by orange and lemon trees and lit at night by overhead lanterns. Seating is for eight and a portable barbecue is provided.
The swimming pool
In a separate Mediterranean garden set behind the villa, with its vine-covered gazebo, exotic flowering plants and mature shady olive trees, this is the perfect place to relax. The pool measures 12 by 6 metres and is lined with white mosaic tiles. There is a large area for sunbathing, with beach chairs and sun beds. A huge olive tree provides an extra shady seating area.
The tennis court
The tennis court is in front of the villa next to the formal gardens. Sicilian winters are short and it is warm and dry enough to play tennis almost all the year round. We provide racquets and tennis balls.
The co-owners, (English speaking) who live on the top floor of the villa, are available for help and advice.
"We found the perfect holiday place."
“Our family of six loved our stay at Santa Maria. We found the perfect holiday place with the beautiful house, wonderful pool and beautiful gardens. We were so sorry to leave."
— Amanda P. // USA
"Santa Maria is a paradise..."
“Many thanks for all the information provided. I enjoyed reading Casa Nostra about Santa Maria and the family history. Santa Maria is a paradise and Nanette maintains an amazingly high standard of care and hospitality. We will never forget our holiday here, a place of peace and tranquillity. Mazara, Selinunte and the Cave di Cusa were amazing.
— Colin P. // N. Ireland
"Everyone was happy!"
“There are not so many holiday homes that are so beautiful, peaceful and easy to run as Santa Maria and we have enjoyed our week immensely here For a mixed age group from 3 to 70 it was just right, what with the garden, the tennis court, the lovely pool and the games in the library - everyone was happy! Congratulations on the transformation of the ground floor, and on your book Caroline, which I really enjoyed. Thank you. I would really love to come again."
— Ann D. // Ireland.