La casa si trova in una bellissima campagna, a pochi minuti a piedi dalla spiaggia. Un ampio giardino e una piscina offrono relax all'aria aperta. Dal balcone si gode di una splendida vista sul mare e sulla vicina riserva naturale "Lo Zingaro". A poche centinaia di metri dal pittoresco villaggio di Scopello e dall'incantevole sito della Tonnara (antica stazione di pesca del tonno in disuso, ora località balneare), dove sono state girate alcune scene del film Ocean Twelve. È molto tranquillo, ma puoi trovare tutti i servizi, negozi, bar e ristoranti a pochi chilometri di distanza.
Villa a Scopello, Sicilia, Italia - Posizione tranquilla, a 5 minuti a piedi dalla spiaggia
Camere da letto
Mariella D'Amico - Claudio Sarro
- inglese, italiano
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Politica di Cancellazione
Rimborso del 100% se si cancella la prenotazione almeno 60 giorni prima della data di arrivo. Rimborso del 50% se si cancella la prenotazione almeno 30 giorni prima della data di arrivo.
Good location moderately equipped
We were there in October with our two kids. Between Palermo, San Vito lo Capo and Zingarro nature reserve this spot is really one of the best locations in Sicily’s north west. Basically the two stars off the maximum is due to the lower value for money and an unpleasant discussion with the owner:
The water is heated by sun collectors. Which means that when it was cloudy (happened a few times) it has been difficult for me and my wife to take a hot shower. We have been informed on this only when checking in.
The kitchen equipment is really very limited and worn down. The non sticky Teflon pots are extremely scretched. And there was also only one pot with lid. No knifes for preparing food, cheese grinder etc.
The internet connection is terrible as it constantly interrupts and, at least on apple devices, often does not reconnect automatically. While I believe the owner that in this region this is the best you can get, this will be big problem if you need to rely on a good connection (e.g. for work or kids entertainment in the evening).
Because the kids took off the anyway loose cover of the sofa the owners accused us to be also responsible for the stains underneath (claiming they have not been there before). I guaranteed that it was not the kids (who never were alone there) nor us. But the discussion, almost argument, happened twice, during our stay and afterwards (when discussing the deposit). In the end they did not charge us. Having a good insurance, the money would not have been the issue anyway but it was a very unpleasent situation.
The house itself is really spacious including the balcony with great view and the pool. The owners described everything very precisely in a folder: sights, restaurants, supermarkets etc. and of course all the do’s and donts for the apartment. Being there in October we sometimes felt a bit lonely as there were not really many people in the other houses in the neighborhood. Especially when the alarm in the neighborhood went off during two nights.
As mentioned because of the limitations in hot water, internet and kitchen equipment compared to the price we paid, I think it is not really good value for money.
I think the account is totally unfair and due to the problem of the stain and the other damage the guest did not report (he broke the freezer door handle, which he admitted).
The water temperature is usually sufficient if people do not exaggerate with the time they spend in the shower. The Internet connection is the best we can have in the area and it is usually enough unless you must upload big files. The kitchen equipment will be improved, but I don't think it is as bad as the guest said. I don't know what alarm the guest is referring to, he didn't mention it to me. The discussion happened
only once, because the sofa cover had been removed and the sofa had a bad stain which was not there before. It is unclear why the children removed the sofa cover, which was there as protection. They denied causing the stain, so I decided to let it go.
Communication with the guests was very poor, they kept sending me messages to ask for things I had explained or were written in the information leaflet (which they clearly did not consult). When the maids went into the house for cleaning they were shocked by the mess. They sent me photos showing the floor and the house surfaces covered with all sort of things, so it was hard to do the cleaning. Also the bathroom was very messy. Never again !
Great location, beautiful views from all around the villa. Extremely helpful owner, with lots of tips. Scopello is a delightful little town with restaurants and bars we had great food there, one lovely red giant prawns and tuna in La Tavernetta and a great value delicious meal in the Sicilian Street food bar in the square. Visited Erice very historic and again great food in the square, Segesta's beautiful Doric Villa and amphitheater. (Check opening times before going as it varies through out the year) Went to Palermo, bonkers driving in and around Palermo but found a multi-storey car park very reasonable parking rates, you can get the train in from Castellammare. Also went to Monreale very pretty, all these with in an hour or less of the Villa.
The beach at the bottom of the road is stoney but lovely and like most of Sicily ruggedly scenic, the added bonus of the beach bar made it an early evening destination.
There is the most amazing Deli supermarket on the road in to Scopello, the food so fresh and beautifully displayed, you can eat there and they do great gelato.
The Villa is ideally placed to reach many great places and is nicely secluded. The swimming pool is an added bonus and the outside space is so varied you can always find a spot in or out of the sun. The wild life is mesmerising and we spent a lot of time watching the birds, insects and if you sit quietly enough at dusk you can see bats as well.
We had a lovely, holiday and would recommend this villa for a great Sicilian get-away
The property was beautifully presented and in a lovely location with views of the sea.
We enjoyed the peaceful location of the villa, and its beautiful views of the sea and Zingaro nature reserve. The pool, and the and balcony along one side of the property are elevated as the villa is built on a hillside, so on all but the hottest days there was a lovely cool breeze at the poolside and on the balcony. The pool was a good size, and very welcome for cooling down, with temperatures in the high 30s. The villa was well equipped and comfortable. Mariella and Giuseppe were very welcoming hosts, and speak excellent English. They gave us lots of useful information on the surrounding area and practical tips like where to find a supermarket,and recommendations for places to eat out including gelaterias! Villa D'Amico is in a great location, a short walk from least two beaches which are great for snorkelling, and a short walk from Scopello village with its cafes and restaurants. There's lots to see and do within easy reach of Scopello too, our favourites were the beach at Guidaloca, with it's pedalo slides and ringo/jet ski rides, the Temple and amphitheatre at Segesta, the caves at Mangiapane, with a village built in to them, and the stunning hill top town of Erice, near Trapani. It was too hot to walk to the beaches in the Zingaro reserve, but we took a boat and snorkelling trip to these beaches , which left from Scopello. The towns of Gibellina and Poggioreale, devastated by an earthquake in 1968, and their memorials were also fascinating, though beware the crumbling mountain roads! Many thanks to Mariella and Giuseppe for a great holiday. We would highly recommend this property and area of Sicily.
A real gem of a find, close to everything you need but so idyllic and peaceful too. Perfect!!
A perfect little hideaway with everything you need for a relaxing holiday for four people. Cool, clean and airy with sea and mountain views, sea breezes and air conditioning. Beautiful pool and gardens and just a short walk from the beach so ideal for everyone. The walk up to Scopello and the various restaurants is quite steep but always worthwhile. Maria and her family are great hosts, with all the little hints and tips that help to make a great holiday. Thank you! ( and yes we would like to come back!)
Hot happy holiday
Excellent communication before, during & after our holiday. Clear directions from Palermo airport.
This villa benefits from a secure & well maintained pool, which was greatly appreciated in the hot weather.
The villa contains all of the facilities required for one week's holiday. Although a combi microwave is available & not a separate oven / microwave as implied on the website.
The owners are friendly & any queries were efficiently dealt with.
We visited Erice, Segesta, Selinunto, Agrigento & Palermo - the temples were amazing (Segesta & Agrigento temples - for us were the best). The botanical gardens in Palermo are well worth a visit, as relaxing & containing some spectular plants. Unfortunately Palermo palace was closed during our visit. We would certainly recomend this villa. Thank you.
Beautiful place but fear we won't be back
This is a good place for a holiday in an stunning setting. It’s an easy drive from Palermo (nb. If you are picking up a car from Palermo airport, you can walk to the car hire area, no need for shuttle) and we were sent very clear directions.
The views are incredible. It feels very private and peaceful, although we did get some loud late night music from the apartment down the hill a couple of times. The pool is beautiful and ideally situated. It is a very short drive to Scopello (albeit down a terribly bumpy road), which is a very atmospheric and beautiful village. Scopello also has an ATM.
There is lots of incredible outdoor space with terraces on two sides of the property. We ate every single meal outside for two weeks. The kitchen/living room is a smallish room so might start to feel cramped if it was not warm enough to eat every meal on the terrace (the bedrooms are perfectly spacious however). Also worth noting that there is no proper oven (although there is a microwave oven), and no DVD player, which might be of interest if you have kids. We had a couple of problems with the gas hob not lighting but the owner very promptly sent someone to fix it.
However, we will definitely not be returning to this property because we found the fixed cleaning charge, on top of which 50% again was then deducted from our deposit, to be excessive. We have stayed in countless rental properties as a family before and have never had any issues, but in this case the owner contacted us in a very abrupt manner shortly after our return to the UK informing us that she was unhappy with how we had left the apartment (because of things like some sand that had been brought in on small feet, and empty bottles which we had left lined up by the kitchen bin – there are no outside bins or recycling facilities on site). We were disappointed as we had done our best to keep the property in a good state during our two week stay, using the mop/broom that were provided, but without a vacuum cleaner it would have been difficult not to leave any sand when we were on the beach every day. Obviously the owner is understandably concerned with the maintenance of her property, but if like us you have small children, you might want to note that she expects you to leave it in a state that in our view does not take account of normal wear & tear, certainly for a 2 week stay, and you might end up paying considerably more for cleaning from your deposit on top of the basic fee.
I've had plenty of families with children in the last years and nobody has ever left the house the way you did.I never had to deduct money from the deposit to cover extra cleaning expenses before. The house was filthy. I have photos taken from the maids of dozens of bottles, grease on the kitchen surface and so on. The pool area and the easy chairs were full of mud. I understand why you signed yourself anonymous. As regards the living room being small on cold days, I'd be surprised there were cold days in Sicily from April to October. I also wonder who wants to be indoors watching videos when there's a pool, a solarium, a garden and a beach just outside, not to mention all the places of interest in the area.
Costa / Spiaggia:
Spiagge di ghiaia a 3 minuti a piedi. Uno ha un bar, servizi igienici e offre noleggio barche e canoe durante l'estate. Le spiagge sabbiose sono raggiungibili in auto (15 minuti per Castellammare e la spiaggia di Alcamo.) La bellissima spiaggia sabbiosa di San Vito Lo Capo è raggiungibile in 50 minuti di macchina. Guidaloca, a 5 minuti in auto, è una spiaggia di ciottoli con ombrelloni, lettini, servizio bar. La riserva dello Zingaro ha splendide calette con acqua cristallina. Dal porto di Castellammare ogni giorno le barche fermano presso le migliori spiagge.
Gli aeroporti di Palermo e Trapani sono a circa 30 minuti di auto dalla casa (Scopello è a metà strada tra i due). Anche se è disponibile un servizio di autobus per Scopello e Castellammare può essere raggiunta sia in treno che in autobus, è fortemente consigliabile avere un'auto in quanto la casa è lontana dalla strada principale e dalla stazione degli autobus. Inoltre le connessioni pubbliche non sono molto frequenti.
Mini golf 5 minuti in auto, riserva naturale dello Zingaro 3 minuti in auto. Sito archeologico greco di Segesta (tempio e teatro) a 30 minuti di macchina, spettacoli estivi tenuti al teatro greco. Città di montagna medievale di Erice 40 minuti di macchina. Bellissime spiagge sabbiose a Castellammare del Golfo e Alcamo, a 15 minuti di macchina. Pittoresca località balneare di San Vito Lo Capo a 40 minuti d'auto. Le saline di Trapani a 45 minuti d'auto. Sito archeologico dell'isola di Mothia a un'ora di auto. Palermo 45 minuti in auto.
Nel vicino villaggio di Scopello puoi trovare un bancomat, una stazione di pronto soccorso, un negozio di alimentari, una bancarella di frutta e verdura, un panificio, tre bar, pizzerie e ristoranti, ceramiche e negozi di vestiti, una chiesa un tabaccaio, un centro di immersioni subacquee. A due chilometri dalla casa sulla strada per Castellammare c'è un supermercato, un fruttivendolo e un giornalaio. A Castellammare puoi trovare banche, uffici postali, negozi, parrucchieri, farmacie e tutti i tipi di strutture.