Our estate is situated in a rural and very peaceful idyll of about 50.000 square meters in the middle of a grove of olive-trees. Our oldest olive tree has about 2000 years!!
Our holiday domicile is situated at the bottom of SAN CALOGERO mountain, which is very famous all over the world due to its natural vapour bath grottoes, good for rheumatism and neuralgia therapy. Our estate is about 4 km from the town centre of Sciacca and also from the sea, situated in a rural and very peaceful idyll of about 50.000 square meters in the middle of a grove of olive-trees (the oldest olive tree is about 2000 years old!). In our large villa, we live in the ground floor: my husband Massimo, Sicilian (a very simpatico one), our son David, 1/3 German + 2/3 Sicilian (thats what he says) and last but non least me, Doris, German (who is living here in Sicily for more than 20 years). Part of our family are also our lovely dogs Camilla and Theo, our cats Chip & Chop and our chickens ;-).
The four, nice and cosy apartments are situated on the first floor (mansard).
All units are fully equipped with TV, Hi-Fi, fridge, toaster, heating, air condition, standing fans, linen and towels weekly change, our Olive Oil extra vergine during your stay, garden furniture (sunshade, chairs, table, storm lantern, candels), clotheshorse etc.
All our guests can use the washing machine, the iron and ironing board, and our internet to check or send emails. Happy to announce that our apartments have Wifi, so bring your own laptop and surf the internet at top-speed.
The CASA is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday, if you love the uncontaminated nature and if you dont want to miss the closeness of the sea. You will have a most impressive panoramic view. We are looking forward to our guests who prefer to live individually and to enjoy nevertheless a certain comfort.
The apartment PAPERA
Ap. PAPERA: (35 sq.mt.) - 2 persons
One master bedroom, fully equipped kitchenette/livingarea with settee, bathroom with shower, private balcony (8 sq.mt.) - North facing....you have the sun in the afternoon!!
SCIACCA (ca.40.000 inhabitants) is situated in the middle of the ancient Greek temples itinerary, on the famous archeological road between Selinunte and Agrigento. Its one of the oldest towns in the island. Sciacca is noted mostly for its Thermal Spa complex, its beautiful beaches, and its numerous artisan shops which specialize in ceramic ware.
Within few minutes drive you will find restaurants, pubs, banks, supermarkets, post office, hairdressers, cinemas, museum, churches and other visitor attractions. Within ten-minutes drive you will reach the finest beaches (rocks or sand, as you like).
There is an abundance of good, reasonably priced eating establishments in the area. These include pizzerias and restaurants. Anything from the plain and reasonably priced, to the more sophisticated palate are catered for.
From Sciacca you can easily reach the most important sightseeing of Sicily in approximately 1 hour drive:
Palermo - 90 km Selinunte - 30 km Segesta - 75 km Eraclea Minoa - 25 km Agrigento/Greek temples valley - 55 km Monreale and Erice - 75 km Piazza Armerina with its antique Roman villa and mosaics - 140 km
We visited Sciacca in the third week of Octobre. The apartment Papera we choose (picture with sunny balcony) was a bit dark in this period with no morningsun at the terrace during breakfast. We did not like the big white light inside, but a lot of candles made it cosier. When we saw another apartment at the southside of the same house we decided to definitely go back once, because the estate with all the olive trees and the peaceful atmosphere and the easy acces to reach all the touristattractions in the neighbourhood is superb! The olive oil was the best!
My husband and I had a wonderfully stay at Fontana Calda. We rented PAPERA. It was a perfect size for the two of us. The view from the balcony of the Olive grove was wonderful. Doris was an excellent host. She stocked the fridge with some basics before we arrived and gave us great information about the area. We are already talking about going back. Sciacca was a very nice town as well and close to many wonderful sites of Sicily.
We had a really comfortable stay thanks to Doris thinking of absolutely everything you could want/need on holiday. I would recommend the location too as it is peaceful with lovely views, but with easy access to the town of Sciacca.
This is a very nice villa with everything there you need to have a nice vacation. The only thing that was very annoying was the very loud music and entertainment every night , the noise coming out of town! It destroys the silence and the beauty of the peacefull neighbourhood... I felt very sorry for this, because the villa does not deserve this!
Maybe this wil be the fact only in july and august, I dont know.
Absolutely wonderful area close to the sea and historical Temples. Quiet and pleasant atmosphere with Doris (Landlady) and her delicious homemade Lasagnes!
We definitely recommend this location! Doris, next time that we are in Sicily we visit you!
Thank you again for everything! That was such a great time!
Linda from London
The apartment was in excellent condition, nice balcony, lovely quiet location, very clean and much care had been taken to think of things that guests may need or want to borrow such as picnic bags/candles/leaflets about places of interest. Doris, the owner who lives on site, was very helpful and answered questions we had about the area. A car is needed in this area as the apartment is located slightly out of the town/away from the beach but only 5-10 mins away by car.
8 other reviews
Unser Aufenthalt in der Fontana Calda war von der ersten Minute an wunderbar. Obwohl wir erst sehr spät in der Nacht ankamen, wurden wir herzlichst von Doris begrüßt. Nicht nur hatte sie einen Stadtplan mit den wichtigsten Tipps vorbereitet, wo man gut essen gehen, parken und einkaufen kann, sondern auch den Kühlschrank mit den wichtigsten Dingen für die ersten Stunden versehen. Unser Appartement war sehr liebevoll und durchdacht eingerichtet, die Küche war hervorragend ausgestattet. Der Blick von unserer Terasse auf den Olivenhain war grandios. Wer Erhohlung und Ruhe sucht ist hier richtig. Doris stand immer für die Beantwortung von Fragen zur Verfügung, war aber niemals aufdringlich.Unseren Freunden und Kollegen haben wir Fontana Calda schon empfohlen, an dieser Stelle möchten wir das auch tun.Steffi & Markus
Schon auf der Internet Seite fand ich die Lage, die Einrichtung der Appartments und die Beschreibung, was beinhaltet ist, sehr ansprechend. Ruhige Lage und grosse Sonnenterasse und vollausgestattete App. war genau das, was ich suchte. Bei Ankunft war ich nochmal angenehm überrascht, wie schön das Appartment in natura war - nämlich mit sehr viel Liebe im Detail eingerichtet. In der Küche alles vorhanden bis zu den Lebensmittel Basics. Gute Betten/Matrazen , Wohnzimmer mit gemütlichem Sofa, TV sogar mit dt. Programm, Terasse mit Sonnenliege, Tisch, Stühlene, Schirm .....also nicht diese billigen, einfachen, wackeligen, z.T. kaputten Einrichtungsgegenstände, die man von manchen Ferienwohnungen so kennt! Hier funktionierte alles.Ausserdem sehr netter, hilfsbereiter, freundlicher Service durch durch die Besitzer. Idealerweise sollte man aber ein Auto oder eine Vespa dabei haben, da die Anlage 4 km vom Zentrum entfernt ist und die Strände ebenfalls nicht zu Fuss erreichbar.
We found the Fontana Calda through one of the gay-friendly websites, looking for an inn near beaches (like Capo San Marco) and antiquities (like Agrigento). We are SO glad we found Doris and her lovely estate nestled in a picturesque olive grove. Sciacca is a charming town worth visiting for a slice of Sicily...not too big...not too small. This is a substantial fishing community with many good restaurants specializing in fish dishes. Doris was wonderful recommending us to nearby restaurants that we really enjoyed. She provided us with directions and made reservations for us when needed. She patiently drew out detailed directions to some of the beaches for us as we were constantly getting lost; and provided us with beach towels. The house was really splendid. She has four rental apartments with everything you can want. We did laundry twice...part of the Sicilian experience after all is to hang dry your laundry. She gave us a complimentary bottle of local wine and equiped the kitchen with OJ, water and coffee. We had a wonderful week in Sciacca thanks to Doris and Fontana Calda.
We stayed at Fontana Calda for a week in August 2007.We enjoyed our stay immensely and found our hosts friendly and extremely helpful in providing tips and information on the best places to visit in the area.The immediate surroundings on the farm are peaceful and very relaxing - the farm has some of the oldest trees in the whole of ItalyOur apartment was clean and spacious with plenty of room for all our family comprising 2 adults and 3 boys. It was fully equipped with satellite TV etc and very comfortable. It was possible to borrow an umbrella and chairs for the beach.The area is ideally located for visting unspoilt beaches, nature reserves, and the Greek ruins of Selinute and nearby Agrigento. Sciacca also has good restaurants and like all those of Sicily these cater excellently for children.
Fontana Calda is about 5 minutes drive from the fishing port of Sciacca. We returned here for the second time to enjoy the peace and quiet at this property. The apartments have everything to make your stay comfortable and no hidden extras in the price! Our patio was gloriously sunny with choices of chairs/loungers . ...........and if you can draw yourself away, there is plenty to do in the surrounding area, but if not, just sit back and relax.J&A Reynolds Oct 2007
My wife and I stayed a week at Fontana Calda and had a wonderful experience. Doris, the proprietor, was very pleasant (fluent in German, English, and Italian) and the accommodation was excellent and centered in a olive orchard close to Sicily's south coast. Fontana Calda has, in addition to olives, many orange and lemon trees. We had fresh squeezed orange juice many mornings --- outstanding! The room was bright and clean with a fully equipped kitchen with a wonderful deck that overlooked the olive orchard. The town of Sciacca is one of the most pleasant in Sicily. Fontana Calda is about 2-3 km from the city center and also has free wireless Internet access. We would go back in a heartbeat; next time, however, we will stay longer.Tom CarrollMinneapolis
We enjoyed our two week stay at Localita Fontanacalda enormously. Ourapartment was spotlessly clean on arrival, and the welcome hamper wasgenerous and much appreciated. The details given on the internet areaccurate - and not exaggerated at all. Doris Ackermann was extremely helpfulwith all our queries and requests. The rural, peaceful setting with easyaccess to splendid ancient and medieval sites as well as to attractivebeaches was just right for us. We hope to return before long. We canthoroughly recommend Fontanacalda!Graham Stanton, Cambridge, UK
Hi , just a word to say thanks for renting your apartment to us , we got home ok - tired and cold !! We really enjoyed staying and hope to return again next year , and i just found one of your plug adapters attached to my cell phone charger that i took out the fan plug - oops sorry ok . Bye and see you again ......Dear Doris, just to say a big THANK YOU for making our short stay with you so wonderful, we enjoyed it so very much and the appartment was superb. The area round Sciacca we thought was excellent, it has not been taken over by tourists/commercialism and will recommend your appartments to friends. Hope the Olive tree continues to thrive - regards and best wishes to you, your husband, your son, the 2 cats and the dogs. thanks again .....
All units are furnished with heating and air conditioning.
The price includes: Rental of the accommodation, water, gas, bed sheets, towels, blankets, iron and board, parking, washing machine etc..
Also, an excellent calibre of housekeeping (including linen, towels and blankets) is provided.