About the Homestay
Located in the heart of Sicily, on the Iblei Mountains, a few miles away from the Unesco Heritage Village, Palazzolo Acreide , our villa is a traditional Mediterranean house, nested on a top of a gorge with terraces covered by olive tree, fruits tree and wild Sicilian flowers and pants. Although few minutes drive from the main village , as soon you will step in, you will be far away with your mind from the daily routine and feeling at home in Sicily with us!
On the first floor of the house there are 3 rooms only for guests; 2 rooms with sharing bathroom "Malva and Pomelia" and 1 only with private bathroom "Calendula". On the ground floor a large living room to share with us and eventually other guest, although during summer our " salotto " is the garden. The most beautiful things of the house are the 2 hectares land all around you, that is almost like to have a private park and you can do trekking every day and find a quiet spot only for you. There are centennial olive trees, carrube trees, several fruits tree, typical Mediterranean plants and wild herbs and flowers.
Valentina offers also cooking class on learning how to recognise and cook the Sicilian wild herbs from the garden.
The entire Villa has been rebuilt on the foundations of a 1856 residence, used by monks of the diocesi of Noto, and still now it's visible a water cisterna of over 10,000 lt .
From a secondary access to the villa, through a rocky path you reach the bottom of the valley where there is an ancient well.
From the villa you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Iblei mountains and the valley.
We moved in this house , after 7 years in Cambodia ( where I also had an homestay Villa Medasia) last April 2019 and we are working hard to improve this beautiful house and make our guest feeling like at their own house.
If you also are a cats lover, we have 5 sweet cats ( 4 from Cambodia and 1 Sicilian) and a nice and quiet dog, all looking for new friends and cuddles.
The Villa is close enough to the main village Palazzolo Acreide (Unesco Heritage place and second most beautiful village in Italy for 2019) only 5 minutes drive, but distant enough to feel that you are far away of everything!
Currently June 2021 we are finally ending the work for the swimming pool and the outside areas for the guest
- Pets Indoor
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
This is a quiet street in the country side, with few residential villa and ending in downhill street with a river at the bottom. It's a really quiet area, you will feel suddenly the peace of the country side although is only 5 minutes drive from the main village Palazzolo Acreide.
Local Area Facilities
- Bus Stop
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Half Board
- Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
A non refundable deposit of the 20% is requested at the moment of the booking to be paid by PayPal or bank account.
Until the deposit is not paid the, the room is not booked yet ; I will be in touch with my guest by email after the booking to give them all the payment information.
Smoking is not allowed.
What an incredible experience. I had been traveling in Italy 1 month prior to this, and this was by far my warmest, most authentic, and enjoyable experience yet. I truly felt like one of the family. Also the home is gorgeous. Serene, tasteful, very very comfortable. Healthy breakfasts and even some cooking lessons, plus the best cats on the planet. I can’t wait to come back. It's also located within a wonderful part of Sicily - gorgeous beaches, amazing nature walks, beautiful small villages to explore... ah, I can’t say enough good things. Do yourself a favor and see for yourself!
Could not have wished for warmer hospitality or to stay with a nicer couple. The house was lovely, the local town was really interesting and local landscape stunning. And the food…local and superb. About an hour’s drive from Siracusa and several other places well worth a visit. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Valentina and Steve have a beautifully decorated villa that offers some stunning views and an abundance of peace and quiet up in the Sicilian hills, and both were incredibly helpful and kind as hosts, giving recommendations for things to eat and see in the surrounding area. A very tranquil and enjoyable escape that I look forward to coming back soon! Thanks both
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 250 $£€ for longer term bookings) and a 25% deposit using a choice of payments: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal. The deposit is collected in advance on behalf of the host to protect against no show or late cancellations (within 7 days of arrival). You then pay your host the balance due on arrival. The 25% deposit payment is made to the host 2 business days after your scheduled arrival date. This deposit payment will only be refunded if you cancel the booking at least 7 full days prior to arrival.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.