02 Oct Tenuta Gelsomineto
Area: Pineta del Gelsomineto beach, Avola, Siracusa
Main features: Al fresco dining, Barbecue, Beautiful View, By the sea, Countryside, Garden, Stylish, Swimming pool, and Terrace
Plus complimentary Welcome meal on day of arrival with wine pairing
Conveniently situated a mere 1-minute walk to the shallow crystal waters of Gelsomineto beach, 10 km from Avola and 20 km from Noto and the Nature Reserve of Cavagrande, this converted old mill with a pool boasts outstanding versatile seaside living spaces within a beautiful garden designed by Ivan Gallo.
Making the most of its seafront position, Tenuta Gelsomineto pays homage to traditional Sicilian shapes and shading, incorporating charming vistas of its surrounding landscape into a contemporary design.
On the ground floor
The main entrance to the villa gives onto a spacious reception area where the ambience is gloriously seductive, aided by open long and linear rooms of smooth, whitewashed walls, lattice-beam ceilings, cooling tiled floors. You may choose to chill by the TV area or to warm up by the open fireplace. Sliding doors open up to the elegant and pure white dining space.
The villa features an exceptionally well-appointed kitchen easily accessible from the outdoor dining area, the dining room and the living areas. It has all the necessary equipment and space to conjure gourmet meals from. You may also chose to get someone else to make them for you – either a Chef or the local help, who will also make your breakfast in the mornings, ensure your villa is cleaned regularly and can cook for you on request.
There are two rooms, one with a queen bed and one kingsize, each with its own bathroom with shower, and a guest toilet and a laundry room on this floor. A modern stairway with clean lines and glassrailings lead upstairs.
On the upper level
The master bedroom features a half moon window, an ensuite bathroom with both a bath and a shower and a walk-in wardrobe that leads on to a large terrace. This terrace has exceptional views of the grounds and the sea beyond. It is shared with a bedroom which has a Queen size bed and also has an ensuite bathroom. A further double bedroom with its bathroom with a large shower resides on this floor. Additionally, you will also find a snug TV room ideal for watching a film or reading a book in total tranquility.
From the garden a private path slopes down to the natural beauty of the Gelsomineto beach – one of the Sicily’s south east coast ‘s gems. This fabulous unspoiled beach flanked with pine trees, white sand and crystal-clear shallow waters is famous with the locals. It will be practically yours all year, but in July and August you will have to nip down early mornings and late evenings to have it to yourselves! It could be your cue to venture to nearby beaches.
This elegant pool is more of a lap pool and some children may find it too narrow and shallow to dive into. It has elegant glass railing that allow for uninterrupted views of the citrus groves and the horizon at sea. It is the perfect place to refresh your senses, take in the scents of the garden or from the sea air.
The outdoor terrace perfect for al fresco dining
The outdoor terrace is artfully arranged and furnished for you to enjoy total relaxation and sublime living al fresco; morning, noon and night. The air of the lush grounds fragranced with the scent of carob trees, jasmine, lavender and eucalyptus only add to the appeal of this place.
The landscape, perennials, organic herbs and edibles in the garden
What characterizes this villa is the exceptional quality of the landscaping around it. Soft and rigorous natural forms blend beautifully with the olive and citrus fruit groves that surround the 3-hectare property. The herb garden presents a very complete selection of aromatic fresh herbs from mint, basil to other mediteranean edibles. Here, the simple joy of popping out to pick a fresh lemon or a fruit in season to make a lemonade or to add to your gin and tonic is one of those awesome summer luxuries you have to look forwards to.
- Closest airport: Catania, 50 minutes by car
- Closest town: Cassibile, 5 minutes by car
- Siracusa: 20 minutes by car
- Noto: 20 minutes by car
- Avola: 10 minutes by car
- Maximum occupancy is for 10 persons
- Minimum stay 5 nights
- Minimum stay in August 14 nights
- 5% discount for bookings of more than 14 nights
- Maid service 6 days/week
Extra services available on request:
- Shopping service €40 plus cost of groceries
- Meal on arrival
- Cook service
- Private Chef
- Extra cleaning service €15/hour
- Personal Yoga Teacher
Security Deposit €3,000
At a Glance
- Master double, en-suite bathroom with bath, shower and walk-in closet
- Two Single rooms with queen bed and en-suite bathroom with shower
- Two double rooms with private bathrooms with showers
- Large living with TV and fireplace
- Separate dining room
- Well equipped kitchen
- Outdoor dining space by kitchen
- Outdoor BBQ with large table
- Lap pool (17m x 3m 1,50m deep) with space for sunbeds
- Spacious grounds with olive trees, a citrus grove and fruit trees
- Herb garden
- Ideal for families with children or small group
- Air-conditioning throughout
- 5 gas rings
- Washing machine
- Laundry room
- Ipod dock
- DVD Player
- Private Parking
- Private lane leading to the Beach Il Gelsomineto
- Outdoor shower and bathroom by pool
More Things to do
- Cycling tours in and around the area
- Chauffeur driven tours with or without guide
- Personal shopper
- Half a day on boat with lunch or aperitif on Enrico’s ketch
- Yacht/Sailing boat hire
- Yacht/Sailing boat tours
- Vendicari Nature Reserve with specialised guide
- Helicopter tours
- Personal Yoga teacher
- Cooking courses
- Private cook
- Private chef