Holiday in Taormina,Sicily, Italy
Le case del Principe (literally the Prince’s houses) consist of five cottages, previously small farm buildings belonging to the estate named Pietraperciata. They have been completely refurbished and equipped with every possible convenience. They are strategically located for whoever wishes to visit this particular area of Eastern Sicily.
The estate is situated in the centre of an extensive cultivation of citrus fruit and olive groves, only few minutes from the sea (Isola Bella, Mazzarò, Giardini Naxos and Taormina).
The proprietor of the estate, Prince Gabriele Alliata di Villafranca, has taken great pains to preserve the place's historical integrity during the restoration work and refurbishing of the old farm buildings. Meanwhile, the view on Mount Etna and the vicinity of the sea contribute to making 'Le case del Principe' an enchanted place.
Each cottage has its own individual patio with cane covering and creepers to have meals, read and meditate, equipped with outdoor seats and table. The peace and quiet of the estate grounds encourages you to relax completely and enjoy the balmy warmth of the Sicilian climate in close contact with nature.
A spectacular pool with mediterranean gazebo, solarium and flower garden ( the whole exclusive area is covering 5000 square metres) is available for guests in the lemongrove 30 metres distant from the cottages.
Each cottage is furnished in a uniquely individual manner and has been given a name that reflects a feature of Sicilian symbolism:
Lunasole, Zeus, Leone, Trinacria and Polyphemus.
All cottages look onto the garden and lemongrove and the privacy is assured by a barrer of oleanders and bamboo canes between one cottage and the next.
There are three 50 sq.m. cottages and two larger cottages, one of about 100 sq.m. and the other of about 75 sq.m.
THE 100 SQ.M. COTTAGE IS NAMED LUNASOLE AND CAN ACCOMMODATE MAX 4 ADULTS AND 4 CHILDREN
It consists of :
2 double bedrooms with their own bath with shower, a sitting room with a small mezzanine with 2 beds for children 5/16, a kitchen-dining room (new !) with a small mezzanine with 2 beds for children 5/16, an exclusive patio with cane covering and creepers (9x9m.), an exclusive garden (9x9m.).
THE 75 SQ.M. COTTAGE IS NAMED POLYPHEMUS AND CAN ACCOMMODATE MAX 4 ADULTS AND 2 CHILDREN.
It consists of :
2 double bedrooms with their own bath with shower, a sitting room with a small mezzanine with 2 beds for children 5/16, a kitchen corner, an exclusive patio with cane covering and creepers (9x9m.), an exclusive garden (9x9m.).
THE 50 SQ.M. COTTAGES ARE NAMED ZEUS, LEONE AND TRINACRIA AND CAN ACCOMMODATE MAX 2 ADULTS AND 2 CHILDREN EACH ONE.
Each one consists of :
1 double bedroom, a bath with shower, a sitting room with a small mezzanine with 2 beds for children 5/16, a kitchen corner, an exclusive patio with cane covering and creepers (5x5m.), an exclusive garden (5x5m.).
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning units that can be individually regulated and provide both hot or cold air.
Each cottage is equipped with its own cooking area, with working surfaces in marble, built in units and cupboards with cutlery for four people.
Extra bamboo armchairs and garden tables are available. The furnishings are all of the most excellent quality and are mainly of Sicilian-Mediterranean inspiration, both the furniture itself, which is of 19th century Sicilian origin, and the tiling, which was made in Santo Stefano di Camastra, the original capital of Sicilian ceramics.
The floors are done in old terra cotta tiles and the roofing with Sicilian bamboo canes, as were the old farmhouses in the past
The cluster of cottages is surrounded by the green of the citrus fruit, olive groves and vineyards of the property that has belonged to generation after generation of the Alliata di Villafranca Princes (which is one of the most illustrious families of the Sicilian aristocracy.
A spectacular pool with Mediterranean gazebo, solarium and flower garden (the whole exclusive area is covering 5.000 sq. metres) is available for guests in the lemongrove 30 metres distant from the cottages.
The sea is a mere 2 kilometres away from the estate and a list of the nearby beaches will be supplied to guests. Meanwhile, the estate grounds are also ideal for country walks, as it extents over acres and acres of land.