Villa degli Aranci, Sicily

Sleeps 16-18 + 8

€16,000 - €20,000 per week

Villa degli Aranci is located in an oasis of flowers, gardens and orange groves in the middle of the Sicilian countryside and yet not far from the sea.

Set in exotic landscaped gardens at the heart of a private organic orange grove, the house and adjacent Orangery are built on a gently sloping limestone hill looking across to Mount Etna, enjoying gentle breezes and wonderful views. The main house contains the 8 bedrooms and a sitting room with TV, and a small kitchen for nanny and children’s supper. All the bedrooms are individually decorated and have en suite bathrooms, ceiling fans and air conditioning.

Four bedrooms are on the ground floor and stay cool even in the heat of summer. The Olivo and The Rosmarino share a private entrance and gated foyer and face the lavishly planted courtyard, garden and orange groves. Both have bamboo ceilings. The Olivo bathroom has a bath and the Rosmarino a shower and walk-in dressing room.

The Limone and The Bougainvillea share a private entrance and gated foyer and have traditional vaulted cathedral ceilings. The Limone bathroom has a shower and The Bougainvillea a bath.

The other four bedrooms are on the upper level and a long corridor leading from the library connects these rooms. The master bedroom, The Lavanda, has a spacious bedroom, separate sitting room, furnished shady terrace and two bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bath.

The Palma and The Zagara share a small hall and both have private balconies. The Gelsomino has a beamed ceiling, a shower and wheelchair access.

The summer living and dining rooms are in the pretty air-conditioned Orangery, set in the garden by the pool. Surrounded by lush gardens and a large limestone terrace, there are plenty of sun beds and parasols for sunbathing.

The resident cook prepares the freshest of local ingredients, many grown organically on the Estate. Breakfast consists of home made honey and marmalades from the Estate, fresh breads, melon, yoghurt, Parma ham and local cheeses. Lunch is a selection of cold dishes, salads and local meats and dinner a proper Italian affair. Ali, the houseboy waits at table and generally helps out.

This is a wonderful house for family reunions or friends holidaying together. The high season starts with the fabulous orange blossom in April and ends with a warm swimming pool in October. Sicily is an island full of culture with loads to see and do and fabulous cuisine.

Price Guide 2021:

High Season:  €20,000 per week (plus The Old Boat House €3,500)
Mid Season:  €17,500 per week (plus The Old Boat House €4,000)
Low Season:  €16,000 per week (plus The Old Boat House €4,500)

Sleeps:  16-18 + 8

Upper Level:

  • Master suite, two bathrooms, private sitting room & furnished terrace
  • Double Bedroom, en suite Bathroom (wheelchair accessible)
  • 2 Twin/Double bedrooms, en suite Bathrooms 
  • Sitting room with TV
  • Kitchen (nanny/children’s supper)

Ground Floor Level:

  • 2 Twin/Double Bedrooms, en suite Bathrooms
    (These two rooms share a private entrance and shared hall)
  • 2 Twin/Double Bedrooms, en suite Bathrooms
    (These two rooms share a private entrance and shared hall)
    In every room it is possible to add a baby cot

The Old Boat House as an option (extra charge):

  • 2 double bedrooms, en suite bathrooms
  • 1 convertible living room with sofa bed (double) & 2 children’s beds
  • Shared bathroom
  • Private very large covered terrace

Included:

  • One airport welcome
  • Housekeeping staff (1 cook, 1 butler, 2 maids, pool boy) 7 hrs per day.
  • Cooking 3 times per day
  • Daily cleaning, linen changes once a week and pool towels changed twice per week

Excluded:

  • Food and beverages
  • grocery shopping service
  • extra cooking service
  • Extra and personal laundry
  • Extra Housekeeping or Waiter service
  • Infinity pool 15 x 7 metres
  • Floodlit tennis court
  • Finnish Sauna
  • Table Tennis, badminton and table soccer, electric piano
  • Roof fans in bedrooms, dining and sitting room
  • Air conditioning
  • 4 baby cots, 3 high chairs, 2 audio baby monitors
  • Hairdryers in all rooms
  • Two TV’s (Sky-TV, Sat-TV), DVD and CD player with good choice of music and films
  • WiFi
  • iPod docking station
  • Barbecue and wood oven for bread and pizza cooking
  • Airport welcome
  • Massage, bike rental, extra airport transfers, Pilates/yoga, cooking and tennis lessons, babysitting all available at extra charge
  • Catania Airport 25 mins
  • Scordia 15 mins
  • Siracusa, Taormina, Piazza Armerina and Ragusa all within 1 hour
  • Nearest village 5 miles
  • Nearest sandy beaches 15 miles east of the Estate
  • Guided trips to Mount Etna
  • 4 golf courses within 30 – 90 mins’ drive – Il Picciolo, I Monasteri, Donna Fugata and Le Saie Golf Club

 

 

Please note that the map is only a general indicator of location

What Sarah thinks:

“We stayed for a couple of nights but wish it could have been longer.  We were so well looked after in this oasis of tranquillity surrounded by palm trees and orange groves.  Huge bedrooms and bathrooms, an enormous pool and plenty of space for everyone.  We were so relaxed that we nearly missed our plane, but luckily a quick 15 minute drive and we were at the airport in time to catch our plane – another big bonus”.

Client Reviews:

“Two wonderful weeks in this beautiful villa with an amazing chef, excellent service, very good tennis and relaxing massages for all the family.  Thank you very much!!”

“We had the family vacation of a lifetime:  Great-grandmother, mother and brothers and sisters (ages 86 – 7).  We all bonded and had a wonderful time of sharing and caring.  The environment is spectacular and inspiring.  We were charmed by the hosts and the staff, the impeccable service and the cook.  We recommend it highly and plan to return.”