04 May Villa Acacia
Area: Scordia, Catania
Main features: Al fresco dining, Countryside, Excellent Cuisine, Garden, Organic Agriculture, Personal Chef, Refined, Sauna, Stylish, Swimming pool, Tennis Court, and Terraces
Fresh appeal, sophisticated elegance and impeccable services is what to expect when sleeping in a grand-family’s well-appointed private home! Between Mount Etna and the sea, this estate lies in one of the most evocative areas on the east side of Sicily, in an area rich in woods and citrus groves. You will not want to tear yourself away from this spacious villa’s large swimming pool, tennis court and in-house chef.
Villa Acacia is in the countryside 15 minutes’ drive to Scordia in agricultural land, woods and nature reserves on Sicily’s eastern coast. Slightly inland midway between Catania and Syracuse with a 360° radius of places to visit, it emerges in the middle of a large estate of 120 hectares, most of which are dedicated to organic agriculture. This is where you can find best Sicilian red oranges.
The villa is set on two levels with 4 bedrooms on each floor of the main manor house. Furnished with fine antiques and local handicrafts, all rooms have direct access to the garden or to a private terrace.
The manor house has been refurbished fully respecting the area’s traditions whilst maximizing all modern comforts.
On the ground floor
With a private entrance from the courtyard are 2 twin/double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, one with shower and the one with bath, a double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower and a twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath.
In the garden, the old boat house houses 2 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a living room.
On the upper Garden Floor
There is a suite with separate living room, two en suite bathrooms – one with bath and one with shower, private terrace, a double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower and 2 inter-connecting double/twin bedrooms each with its en suite bathroom, one with bath and one with shower. Here, there is a kitchenette with fridge, washing machine, gas oven, dining table for up to 5 persons and a large sitting room.
On the ground floor there is a Library where you can relax with books and magazines that the owners have left for your perusal.
The magnificent gardens
Originally designed by the renowned landscape architect Don Ettore Paterno del Toscano, the gardens exude harmony and beauty all in the name of biodiversity. Pine trees, oleanders, carob trees and acacias, as well as Mediterranean aromatic shrubs like laurel, rosemary, lavender and myrtle surround the villa and provide for spectacular scented walks.
You will no doubt discover the villa the owner ‘s passion for palm trees and cactuses and with his extensive collection of species from around the world. The garden continues to evolve with the help of the English ‘garden master’ Rachel Lamb.
As you sit in the garden, surrounded by the scents and beauty of flowering plants, such as continuously blooming heirloom roses, shrubs and the ‘desert garden’ displaying a wide assortment of succulentas, tantalizing pleasures are delivered to your senses!
On the opposite side of the garden, the living area is furnished with lush sofas and an open fireplace made of lava stone – the perfect setting to relax in the autumn evenings. Here you can help yourself to a selection of table games and films to watch and to a well-stocked bar. In the spacious dining room, breakfast and dinner will be served. On the top floor there is a viewing point with a breathtaking view of Mount Etna – the perfect place to meditate or do yoga or simply for some peace and quiet.
The large swimming pool and the sauna
You may choose to play at night if the days are too hot (or too busy!!)
Meals and in-house Cook
To add to natural living, the in-house cook prepares delicacies combining oriental and Sicilian cuisine, mainly with products from the privately owned grounds like milk, cheeses, eggs, vegetables, honey. Then there are the home-made jams and marmalades, and the bread is cooked in a stone-oven! You may also buy fresh local seasonal products directly from the farm nearby.
All this and more makes an ideal holiday base for a group of friends who value privacy andindependence of a villa, but do not want to miss out on service and comfort.
- Closest airport: Catania, 1h10 minutes by car
- Closest town: Scordia, 15 minutes by car; Syracuse, 45 minutes’ drive for a bit of culture and shopping; Caltagirone with its colorful mosaics is 40 kms away. In less than an hour you can be on Mount Etna.
You may choose to explore the less well-known jewels like Palazzolo Acreide and Chiaramonte Gulfi.
- Closest beach: Pick a sunny day for lunch by the sea in one of our favorite restaurants in Brucoli.
Maximum occupancy for half the villa 10 persons
Maximum occupancy for the whole villa 26 persons
Minimum stay 7 nights
The price for half the villa refers to a reduced rate for the use of one floor only, either the upper floor or the ground floor. The villa may not be for the guests’ exclusive use as it could be shared with guests using the other half of the villa. Either way, the use of the Orangerie and all other amenities can be used and possibly shared with other guests.
The Old Boat House can be used for an additional two double bedrooms at a supplement.
The price includes:
- Cook service
- Butler service
- Daily cleaning
- Midweek change of linen
Extra services available on request:
- Transfers to/from villa
- Welcome dinner
- Shopping service
- Cooking lessons
- Extra cleaning service
- Personal Yoga Teacher
Security Deposit €2,000
At a Glance
- 10 double exclusive guest rooms each with en-suite bathrooms
- Fine Egyptian cotton linens
- Fully equipped kitchenette with dining for up to 5
- Large sitting room
- Dining room
- Living room
- 2 guest toilets
- Professional kitchen
- In-house cook
- Organic fruit and vegetable gardens
- Upper floor terrace with views to Mount Etna
- Tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Extensive gardens
- Nature and archaeologic paths where to experience the heady scents of fresh herbs
- “Castelluccio” grottos close-by
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
- Private cook
- Ping pong table
- Ceiling fans
- Washing machine
- Ceiling fans
- Open fireplace
- Satellite TV with SKY
- Ipod dock
- Caretaker on site
More Things to do
- Cycling tours in and around the area
- Guided tour of Mount Etna
- Trekking on Mount Etna
- Cooking lessons
- Personal Yoga teacher