It is a lovely apartment on the sea ideal for couples looking for a special and relaxing experience among sea, sun and history.
2 room(s) , of which 1 Bedroom(s), Independent kitchen, Living room, 1 shower room, 1 separate toilet, Terrace, Balcony
Surface area : 50 m2 / 538 sqft
Date of last renovation : 2004
The Suite Under the Castle is a lovely apartment on the sea located in the old fischerman town of Acicastello (near Catania) in east Sicily, a calm little fishing-village with a historic fortress and a nice public square next to the sea. Good infrastructure for the supply of groceries, dayly needs, bars and restaurants.
The appartment: Located next to the fortress with a splended terrace immediately overviewing the bay. Just beeing there, taking a fresh breeze, listening to the relaxing sound of the seawaves, seeing both, the sun and the moon rising is a pure pleasure. Inside two spacious rooms, completely equipped kitchen, high-graded sanitary outfit. The whole appartment is affectunately decorated with various fine details. Especially the high ceilings are elaborately designed with paintings that make the interior so distinctive and precious.
Helpful information is provided by the owner not only for the stay at the appartment but also recommendation for touristic activities. Rocky sea-access and pleasant swimming-conditions. ideal for couples looking for a special and relaxing experience among sea, sun and history. The suite under the castle, a stage of emotions.
Valeria really looked after us, with advice and very kind presents during our stay.
The property was larger than we expected, and really enjoyed the balcony with its exceptional views.
Alejandro from London
Stayed Jul 2013 - Couple
We had the best couple of weeks in this charming apartment in Aci Castello - we were met by the owner at our hotel in Catania and followed her in a taxi, Valeria was charming and very thoughtful. Her apartment is much larger than we expected and especially the terrace, where we spent alot of time, both days and more so in the evening - including a couple of magical evening watching the full moon rise between the Cyclops islands and change colour as it gathered height - all whilst sipping local vino from a Etna vineyard - bought from a wine bar where the owner has bulk supplies and you take along empty water bottles and fill up @ E3 per litre - delicious and you can have a refreshing glass of proseco with the ac also cooling and nibble homemade treats at the bar - bliss on a stick.
The apartment is very comfortable and Valeria dro pped by several times with goodies including some really delicious dessert wine, when we were to leave she brought us a hug bunch of freash local oregano to take homeso that we could relive the taste of Sicily back in London - very sweet.
We deliberately wanted to live as some locals do without a car and managed to get to Taormina and Syracuse with some effort and a lot of fun, but mostly we were in the local area, enjoying life in a fishing village dating back to 350 BC +/-, seeing daily weddings in the churches and Norman castle, swimming in the crystal clear clean Med, having coffees and delicious pastries, visiting butcher and fishmonger et al. Quite a lot of reading too and listening to life on the Lido below the aprtments terrace. For really exploring, a car is a must.
We both needed to some work whilst we were away and needed intrenet connection, so paid extra for wifi, but that doesnt exist. We found an internet point, but finding a free desk and the place open was often a real challenge - we became very well known at the pastry shop opposite and learnt some Italian and they some English - fun. Always double check these important matters in advance.
We both needed to do some work whilst we were away and had booked the wifi connection as an extra, but this doesnt exist and getting to the internet point and finding it open with a free desk was another challenge
Stephen from Greenwich
Stayed Jun 2013
Excellent way to relax. Aci Castello is a lovely little village with a lovely Piazza just around the corner. The view from the balcony is wonderful.
The rooms are very large and airy and the bed is very comfortable.
The kitchen is very small and difficult to cook in. The shower is also very small. Overall we had a fabulous week in a lovely setting. We would recommend this. (The stairs are steep and dark but once you are inside the living areas are large.)
Roger from London
Stayed Oct 2012
Superb accomodation - the owner was very welcoming and kind. Highly recommended.
David from Alton
Stayed Feb 2012
Our stay at the Suite under the Castle was lovely in every respect. The accommodation was spacious, very clean, traditional, yet with good quality modern conveniences. The owner was very friendly, extremely helpful and spoke good English.
Finding a generous welcome pack of food supplies and a home cooked meal for our first evening was a very pleasant surprise indeed! We felt that the owner genuinely cared about Sicily, her property and making sure her guests had a great holiday.
We have no problem highly recommending this property.
Eugene from Roseville
Stayed Oct 2011
The apartment in Aci Castello was an excelent value. The photos on the web were accurate, though the view was even more beautiful than pictured. It was neat and tidy and the bed was comfortable. We especially enjoyed the balcony. Valeria tried to think of everything we could possible need in the week we were there. She even had food waiting for us because she knew we would be tired and hungry when we arrived. We enjoyed shopping in the local markets and cooking some of our own meals in the well-equiped kitchen. Valeria was most egar to proved for us. When weI requested an iron, she brought one by the next day along with a little gift of pastry. We would certainly reccomend this property to others and hope to return someday.
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Beautiful .. simple and sweet like the town of Aci Castello.
Truly a find and special spot in Sicily.
A MUST SEE and EAT - Check out the Restaurant /Pizzaria Ionica on the other side of the Castle Square.. GREAT PIZZA - and in the summer there is open air seating in the park across the street. FUN and loving towns people take care of you like family.
"HEMOS PASADO UNOS DIAS MUY AGRADABLES EN ESTE APARTAMENTO TAN ACOGEDOR Y PINTORESCO DISFRUTANDO DEL SOL Y DE LAS PRECIOSAS VISTAS. NUESTRA HIJA HA DISFRUTADO JUGANDO EN LA TERRAZA Y LOS DESAYUNOS HAN SIDO MEMORABLES. EL APARTAMENTO ES AMPLIO Y CONFORTABLE Y CON TODO LO NECESARIO PARA PASAR UNAS ESTUPENDAS VACACIONES. GRACIAS VALERIA POR TU ATENCIÓN Y SIMPATIA."
"Valéria nous propose là un appartement ancien refait à neuf, déco moderne, superbe avec des plafonds et une vue exceptionnels,encore plus beau sur place que sur le site internet:facile à se garer,reposant, tout est prévu et plus encore, pleins de petites attentions. Valéria est extrèmement charmante et "professionnelle", ponctuelle, précise,polyglotte explique comment profiter d'Acicastello et de son environnement, et vous accueille avec de quoi vous restaurer pendant 2 jours si vous arrivez sur le week-end sans provision.c'est tellement propre que des chaussons personnels vous attendent à l'entrée.Un petit paradis proche de tout l'est de l'île. Merci énormément Valéria!!!!""Vue splendide, appartement très confortable et bien situé. Propre et bien décoré. La propriétaire est chaleureuse, accueillante et généreuse. Beaucoup de documentation et d'information ont été fournies pour aider à faire de notre séjour, une expérience agréable."Superbe appartement où tout a été pensé et fourni jusqu'au fil dentaire! propreté irréprochable et la chambre à coucher est une vraie oasis de fraîcheur avec des plafonds aux fresques paradisiaques. Magnifique vue avec la mer à nos pieds, et propriétaires exquis et polyglottes qui allient gentillesse et art de recevoir avec plein de petites attentions et produits régionaux qui vous attendent au frais à votre arrivée. La terrasse offre des moments inoubliables le soir avec ambiance musicale au bar à quelques mètres, pas du tout gênante même pour les personnes friandes de tranquillité comme nous. Acicastello est une petite ville charmante avec son petit château où l'on a assisté spontanément à des mariages célébrés entre deux visites au musée. Tout en beauté et élégance à l'italienne. Point stratégique également pour visiter toute la sicile orientale.Unique bémol, por nous en tout cas qui rentrions tard le soir de nos ballades,la difficulté de garer la voiture car tout est pris à partir de 20h à cause de l'affluence dans les restos et bars du coin, mais cela justifie davantage le charme et l'attrait de Acicastello! Merci encore MME V. pour ce séjour inoubliable. Madame et Monsieur R. paris. France"
"This was the best apartment we have ever stayed in and the location was perfect for the quiet relaxing holiday we were looking for. Just like staying in a 4 star hotel everything had been thought of."
This is a really beautiful apartment which has been lovingly restored and is located within the historical area of Aci Castello. It is comfortable, very well furnished, and quiet. There is an attractive terrace on which one can laze in the sun, enjoy a meal, or look down on the activity on Aci Castello Beach. It is very well located, being almost next to the Castle and historical centre of the small town; also within easy walking distance of the beach, small shops, and several good restaurants. Aci Castello is a good touring base, being within easy travelling distance of Etna, Taormina, Siracusa, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, and (of course) Catania. The owner speaks English well, was very hospitable, and gave extremely helpful suggestions to help us enjoy our stay. Our only wish would have been for a longer holiday
Testimonial date 31/10/2006 from Mr. Heikki T.The house is really recommendable, extremly well equipped, marvelous view to the sea and the lady of the house doing her best to take care of her guests. In the surroundings you find all you need except internet point. (Walking distance 2,5 km) I recommend to rent a car. There is an excellent parking place just stairs down from the flat.Testimonial date 11/05/2006 from Miss Susan H.It is always difficult to make judgements on places when you only see them on the web. The apartment interested me becasue of the seaside location and the information provided was very tempting. We were not disappointed. In fact it was far better than we dared hope. This is the perfect holiday venue for two people, friends or partners. The apartment is exquisite - so beautifully decorated and with wonderful large rooms and high ceilings. There is plenty of space, and storage space. The terrace overlooking the sea has the most fantastic views and there is more than large enough for two poeople to lie on the loungers and there is a table big enough to invite friends for lunch or supper. My partner commented that there was everything in the apartment one could ask for or need. This I think is due to the thoughtful attentiveness of the delightful owners (as are the beautiful design and furnishings). At night the loudest sound was the ticking of the clock. I can imagine that in the heat of summer the apartment would be beautiful and cool. The owner met us at the autostrada exit and escorted us to the apartment, showed us where to park (or more importantly where not to) and ensured that there were all the essentials there for us (wine, cheese, fantastic olive oil, salad, fruit, bread, eggs etc.). Maps, restaurant information, and even guide books were also provided. We felt we had come to stay with out very best friends. My only word of caution is that if you were very large you might not fit through the sliding door to the shower! Definitely made for petite Italians! Aci Castello has some nice restaurants and it is a pleasant if not longish stroll to Aci Trezza where there are many more. Seafood abounds and the food in every place we tried was just fantastic. We will be back!Testimonial date 29/08/2005 from Mr. Paul R. This is a really beautiful apartment which has been lovingly restored and is located within the historical area of Aci Castello. It is comfortable, very well furnished, and quiet. There is an attractive terrace on which one can laze in the sun, enjoy a meal, or look down on the activity on Aci Castello Beach. It is very well located, being almost next to the Castle and historical centre of the small town; also within easy walking distance of the beach, small shops, and several good restaurants. Aci Castello is a good touring base, being within easy travelling distance of Etna, Taormina, Siracusa, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, and (of course) Catania. The owner speaks English well, was very hospitable, and gave extremely helpful suggestions to help us enjoy our stay. Our only wish would have been for a longer holiday