(x 4 people)
Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3 | Near Selinunte and Marsala, Sicily
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
Stylish, comfortable and very contemporary, Cà Testaredda was designed expressly for Sicily’s hot summer days and cool evenings, and to match its lovely setting near the white beaches and Greek runs of Selinunte. The villa was planned and constructed by the founders of Tuscany Now, who fell in love with this part of Sicily and chose it as the site of their own holiday retreat. Surrounded by four acres of private land, including wonderful old olive trees, the house is laid out on a single level with direct access to the garden from every room through oversized French doors. High ceilings with whitewashed wooden beams contrast with walls hand-painted in Mediterranean pinks and a wonderful collection of modern Italian oils. Two loggias – one for lounging, the other, adjacent to the kitchen, for dining - are tucked under a projecting roofline, which also serves to block the sun from the bedrooms in the heat of the day. The floors are finished with a special resin-based material that has the same cooling effect as traditional tiles but is much softer on the feet. Each of the villa’s three air-conditioned bedrooms has its own ensuite bathroom, with that of the master suite opening onto a private walled garden. Finishing touches include appliances by Italian design guru Angelo Pò, furnishings by Emu and iPod docking systems in each bedroom. At the foot of the garden, an infinity-edged swimming pool is ringed with wonderfully soft cushions and luxurious sun beds.
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Ca Testaredda is also available for larger parties. For details see Ca Testaredda (x 6 people).
The villa is set on the south-western coast of Sicily, about 10 minutes’ drive from Selinunte, which not only claims some of the most beautiful Greek ruins in Italy but also a string of white beaches, a few small shops and a simple seaside restaurant, La PIneta, that has become a favourite with our guests. Castelvetrano, 3km/2 miles, is a larger town with more facilities generally. An excellent motorway runs between Castelvetrano and Palermo, 1 hour to the centre, a wonderful city for touring with some very unusual sights. There are two worthwhile detours on the way: the little solitary temple of Segesta and Monreale, for a look at its mosaic-encrusted Duomo. Along the western coast of Sicily, don’t miss the wineries of Marsala or the salt flats and windmills of Trapani, both about 1 hour. Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples lie about 100km/62 miles to the east.
On one level
Very large living room with a fireplace, flat screen TV and French doors opening to a loggia with a sitting area facing the garden and pool. Dining room with picture windows. Kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and two sets of French doors, one opening to a dining loggia with a built-in barbeque, the other to the loggia with the sitting area. Air conditioned twin bedroom with French doors opening to the garden. Air conditioned master double bedroom with a flat screen TV, a private walled garden accessed through French doors and an ensuite bathroom with a glass-walled shower facing the private garden. Air conditioned double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower and French doors opening to the garden.
A beautifully-maintained level garden studded with palm trees and the gnarled olives for which southern Italy is famous. The infinity-edged swimming pool, 12x7 m/39x22 feet, is set about 10m/35 feet from the villa, bordered on two sides by a row of big cushions and luxurious sun loungers on teak decking.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's extremely kind caretaker who lives in on the neighbouring estate with his family. He speaks a little English and fluent German; his son speaks English beautifully. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Washing machine. Two flat screen televisions, one with Harman Karman speakers, both with multi-regional DVD players. Bose iPod docking stations in all bedrooms. Fireplace. Central heating. Air-conditioning in bedrooms. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided].
Airports: Palermo, about 45 minutes. Motorway exit at Castelvetrano, 10km/6 miles along paved roads to the property's gates. Parking for five cars.
Tennis at Castelvetrano. A beautiful white sand beach is just past Selinunte, 10 minutes. A sports complex with two championship golf courses is due to open in 2009 at Sciacca, 36km/22 miles.
Kettle. Mixer. Toaster. Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board.
The infinity-edged swimming pool, 12x7 m/39x22 feet has a depth of 0.90m-1.50m/3-5 feet and the steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for Children
1 high chair. 1 cot/crib.