Enchanting country house in Cefalù with private pool.Stunning views of Tyrrenium sea and Rocca of Cefalù.Villa of Gelso. Cefalu ref 03
In Sicily Villa of Gelso is set 45 minutes from Palermo (65 km) and at less than 10 minutes away from Cefalù (5 km) and its magnificent beaches and architectural beauties.
The villa has at its own disposal a very nice pool (6 meters long, 4 meters large and 1,35 deep) and private parking area.The villa is in the country but has satelitte wifi working very well and cable tv with 40 programs in english for adults and children.
Nestled on the side of a hill, in the Madonie Park (Parco delle Madonie) 250 meters above sea level, the estate is surrounded by citrus and olive groves, a variegated orchard and it enjoys breathtaking views over the Rocca of Cefalù an Tyrrenium sea . The villa has at its disposal a garden of 3.000 mq and a private parking area.
The Villa consists of two rooms (each with a private entrance VERY IMPORTA THE ROOMS ARE NOT COMUNICATING) that are all furnished with a distinctive elegant simplicity, ideal for a relaxing holiday. All the rooms have private bathroom and air conditioning. The villa consist, also, of a living room with kitchen corner. The villas has a gazebo where to eat outside with barbecue . Looking forward seeing you at villa of Gelsi, we hope in any case that you will enjoy relaxing holidays in Sicily.
Cefalù is set on the northern coast, 75 kilometres east of Palermo, from which it is about forty-five minutes by car, a bit longer by train. Cefalù is a picturesque medieval fishing village that enjoys a splendid position between the sea and a rocky promontory (Rocca of Cefalù). Cefalu is the second most visited area in Sicily, second only to Taormina. So it is a very touristic place full of very nice restaurants, pubs, shops of all kind and in the summer it is one of the most attractive area of whole Sicily for night life.
Cefalù is a built on the site of an ancient Sican an Greek settlement. The town saw its maximum development under the Norman king Roger II, The town nowadays is divided in two parts an old part that is mainly for pedestrians and has many nice little boutiques, shops and restaurants, and a new modern part.
The old town centre is dominated by the cathedral. Imposing and attractive, the cathedral is a synthesis of several cultures. It was built by Norman architects and Arabic craftsmen, conditioned by Byzantine models. The interior is dominated by the solemn rhythm of the colonnade and by the image of Christ Pantocrator : a breathtaking mosaic dating back to 1138 on a gold background dominating the apse, above the Madonna, archangels and Apostles.
Mandralisca Museum is also surely worth seeing. Mandralisca, next to the cathedral square, is famous for its library, containing about 6,000 antique volumes, for its numismatic collection and especially for the paint “Portrait of an Unknown Man” by Antonello da Messina, one of the most famous painters of the European fifteenth century. A Saracen wash-house, the Lavatoio is another sight worth seeing, as is the medieval Osterio Magno, the remaining part of a large 13th-century palace. In any case, the whole old town is worth visiting to admire the picturesque and charming alleys and medieval buildings.
Around Cefalù, places of interest include the Sanctuary of Gibilmanna - a hillside pilgrimage destination-, the ruins of Greek Himera, the Natural Park of Madonie mountains and Castelbuono - a mountain medieval town about 25 kilometres from Cefalù famous for the castle once owned by the Ventimiglia family, feudal lords of several towns in the area-.
Finally, Cefalù is famous as touristic site also for its magnificent white sandy beaches. The main sandy beach is in front of Cefalù and it’s called “lungomare”. There, it’s possible to find many different lidos that offer sun beds and umbrellas, as well as public beaches where you can stay for free. Lungomare is mainly a tourist beach and is very safe and strongly recommended for families with children..
One twin bedrooms can be transformed in double bed room. In 2 of the double bedrooms is possible to inser t an extra bed. In one of the double twin room is possible to insert 2 extra single beds.So villa can give accomodation to 14 people maximun.
Thank you so much! We had the most fabulous holiday! It is exactly what we needed. Remote, private and peaceful and the air was so clean! The owner of the villa was SUPERB. He was there to greet us and was so very friendly and helpful. On the one or two occasions we needed assistance, the owner was on it, problem sorted. The villa was basic, but thats what we wanted. The grounds are gorgeous, fruit trees and enough space for the children to play outside. The pool was amazing and was kept very clean and the bin was emptied daily. We loved our holiday and would love to come back next year! THANKYOU!!
Janet from Oxford
Stayed Apr 2011
We had a lovely holiday in Sicily. We were met by the owner, Sr Bazan, who explained that VIlla of Lemons was in need of further work t o get it ready for the season, but he placed us in an alternative property very nearby. This was an excllent villa: nice location, well-equipped, with good views and a pool.
Sr Bazan was very welcoming - he was apologietic that the pool wasnt up to his expectations( though we were more than happy with it) and sobought us a special cake in compensation whiih we thoroughly enjoyed !
I wouldnt hesitate to reccommend this villa
Paul from York
Stayed Sep 2010
Lovely location, very peaceful. Extremely welcoming and helpful owner.
Sarah from London
The property was excellent, beautifully located and serene. The owner was helpful and friendly though we didnt need much as it was all easy and well set up.
Michael from London
Just returned from 10 days at this villa. Located 5 KMs away from Cefalu in the mountains and very scheduled. We were met by the owner, shown the villa and after that let to our own devices which was fine.
If you want a relaxed villa holiday louging around the pool and cooking your own food then this is the place.
The only minor complaints are the Italian neighbours can be bit loud sometimes and the conservatoryis not longer a "conservatory".