(x 6 people)
Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3 | Near Selinunte and Marsala, Sicily
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
At the heart of a vast citrus plantation, L’Agave is a contemporary, one-storey villa with bright, spacious interiors and a choice of indoor and outdoor living areas – the perfect design for Sicily’s hot summers and balmy winters. French doors and large windows open to a beautiful garden surrounded by lemon trees, where an infinity-edged pool and a row of loungers suggest long, lazy days in the sunshine. The many amenities include air-conditioned bedrooms, non-satellite television and ensuite bathrooms throughout. L’Agave lies within ten minutes’ drive of Selinunte, an ancient Greek colony overlooking the Mediterranean that is one of Sicily’s most spectacular archeological sites – and happens to be located on one of the island’s best beaches. This western portion of Sicily is less well known and less densely settled than the east but offers a wealth of touring option, from the windmills of Trapani to the baroque centre and little museum in Marsala. Palermo, Erice, Monreale and Agrigento are all about an hour’s drive away.
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On the south-western coast of Sicily, 10 minutes from Selinunte and a string of white beaches. The nearest shops are at Castelvetrano, 3km/2 miles. 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. Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples lies about 100km/62 miles to the east.
On one level
Entrance hall leading to the living/dining area with a non-working fireplace. Well equipped kitchen with French doors leading out to a loggia for al fresco dining with a built-in barbecue. A second loggia with a sitting area faces the swimming pool. Two air conditioned double bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Air conditioned twin bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower.
A lush, level lawn dotted with palm and olive trees. The swimming pool, 6 x 11m/19 x 35 feet, is set in the garden about 10m/35 feet from the villa.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's extremely kind caretaker who lives in a separate house on the next 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. Washing machine. Non-satellite TV. DVD player. CD player. Central heating. Decorative fireplace. 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 5 cars.
Tennis at Castelvetrano. A beautiful white sand beach (with a great little restaurant) 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.
Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board. Kettle. Mixer. Toaster.
The swimming pool, 6 x 11m/19 x 35 feet, has a depth from 1-1.5m/3.2-5 feet with steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for Children
1 cot/crib. 1 high chair.