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“Perfection - a perfect friendly taste of Sicily”
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La casa con l'Etna sullo sfondo
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La casa con l'Etna sullo sfondo
La casa vista dalla piscina La piscina con la zona relax ed il bagno turco
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La casa con l'Etna sullo sfondo
La casa vista dalla piscina
La piscina con la zona relax ed il bagno turco
Comoda ed elegante la stanza 'Etna'
Molto luminosa e spaziosa la stanza 'Sea'
Bagno con vasca
Bagno con doccia
Ingresso
Lounge
Terrazza
La sala da pranzo
Il cortile d'ingresso
Alba
...e poi vedi questo tramonto...
...o quest'altro
Panorama dalla stanza Sea Wiew
Un angolo del giardino
relax
Il camino
Ingresso
La piscina di sera
Pranzo in piscina
dressing room
Dressing room
Scalone di ingresso
Plan
Maggio, fioriscono le prime rose
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Carruba, Giarre, Province of Catania, Sicily

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Trail3622...
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“Perfection - a perfect friendly taste of Sicily”
Reviewed 30 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016

It was a simply a perfect stay - from the moment we arrived and they met us at the front door till our departure we felt like we were adopted as part of their family and felt special and honoured to have stayed with them. This is so much more than a holiday rental! We had our own space but they provided welcomed advice and huge hospitality - they had the balance perfectly right to provide a perfect relaxed holiday.
We travelled as a family 2 grown up sons (19 and 21- who now select if they will join us if it looks interesting!) and my husband and I. To be honest we usually rent a self catering villa as I like to cook and young men are expensive to feed. This year I was late booking and I had thought we had rented a self contained floor of a villa but it was more a separate wing with 2 huge bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in an old family villa that had been in Giuseppe and Elvira's family for several generations. It is not self-catering but Giuseppe and Elvira offer a splendid breakfast spread - they love food and so nothing was too much trouble. My husband and I are vegetarian and the boys eat everything - they took great pleasure in sourcing local Sicily delicacies and regional specialities so we tried things that we wouldn't normally have easily found. The breakfast buffet they put on was amazing, generous with home baking and locally sourced meats, cheeses and fruit of all varieties. They are simply superb cooks (used to catering for a 1000 for weddings!).
We had the option to stay for evening meals whenever we wished - we would just tell them our plans in the morning and nothing was too much trouble. We ate on their large balcony/veranda with spectacular views of Mount Etna and the sea. They were respectful we were a family and we had our own table but by the end of the 2 weeks we enjoyed their company we asked to all sit together and had much fun over dinner!
They even opened up their kitchen and gave Scott and I a Sicily Cookery lesson - I really recommend this. We shall cherish the recipes, as each time I cook a simple tomato sauce it has been has been improved by the lesson - so their recipes are a cherished legacy. On return home become the aubergine/eggplant recipe has become Scott's signature dish - we all love it.
Each morning Giuseppe would greet us and offer suggestions to improve our planned excursions and provide a suggest ternary and coordinates of places we must see along the way - this meant we really had a much richer in depth visit to Sicily. Seeing places not necessarily in the guide books or that perhaps we may not have prioritised.
We often took up the offer of an evening meal it was reasonably priced and always delicious, they had friends over too and we got to know them too and had 2 lovely evenings out with them all at a piano concert in a church and a jazz concert in a private villa as their guests.
The villa is a magnificent shabby chic mansion with Giuseppe's relatives being many generation of artists there is much to admire on the walls and not to mention the wonderful humour of Giuseppe's own works of family portraits photo-shopped with a great talent indeed.
July/August was hot but they have a lovely clean pool in the garden to cool off in and we could use their fridge to have cold drinks by the pool. All perfect and idyllic. We all totally enjoyed our holiday and Alex and Scott also found it a special place to stay - the ultimate accolade from teenager/young men!
We have made new special friends and I would recommend their "Home Suite Home" to all but I hope it doesn't get too busy be can't return!

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Liked best: The owners hospitality
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
31 Aug 2016
Dearest Sue and Graham, we are moved to thank you for the kind words that you have written about us and our beloved home! The pleasure was mutual, it is not easy to meet people like you, with your culture and sympathy, which have pleasant conversations (and even fun for my bad English!). With Elvira we hope to meet you again and spend another beautiful days together. Good luck to your kids for their studies and a big hug to both of you!
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carciofi
Bradenton Fla
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“This was not just a place to stay...It's an experience!!!”
Reviewed 20 October 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Every year we lead a culinary tour through Sicily. However, this year the 2 of us decided to arrive in Sicily 2 days sooner to relax and prepare for our group. My companion checked many places on line until we found this one. We enjoyed our back and forth conversation which was full of warmth and humor. I am a chef and a musician and my companion always makes sure that whenever we travel there will be a place with very good food and music. We got more than we bargained for. We arrived at this magnificent villa built in the 1800’s and inhabited by the same family up until the present and were awestruck!. We were greeted by beautiful gardens redolent with the smell of citrus and bella donna and were also greeted with hugs and kisses, Sicilian style by the owners Guiseppe and Elvira. Their past interesting lives brought their present lives to where they are and doing what they love most….Making friends and cooking. They are both wonderful chefs. When I told them the style of Sicilian food I cooked, not only were they the first Sicilians that understood what it was but, they also cooked in the same style as myself. The food was not only as authentic as any food I have ever eaten in Sicily, but it was probably the best. Cooked and served with the freshest ingredients, along with pride and love. Make sure you request the lemon gelato with blood orange sauce. One of Elvira’s many specialties. The breakfast was set out in the indoor dining room with the finest of china and crystal. Elegant, yet unpretentious. Local honey, cheeses, homemade marmalades of all flavors, fresh squeezed juice, fresh breads, etc.
Every meal was a hit! We would eat dinner on the second floor terrazzo with a view of Mt. Etna with our hosts. Getting to know these people was sheer joy. I could go on and on, but let me get to the best part. As I said earlier I’m a musician and Giuseppe said he would arrange a small music jam for me. I was expecting a bunch of guys in the living room with acoustic guitars. What I got were 6-8 professional musicians, on the patio all plugged in with a guy on a soundboard with a built in audience and incredible food. What a party. I played with Italy’s most famous drummer who happened to be staying there at the time. When I looked him up on you tube I found out he really was who he said he was. What a party! What an experience! Giuseppe and Elvira deliver what they promise. Staying here was an experience I will remember fondly the rest of my life. Do you want a true Sicilian Experience? Do you want to experience the food, culture, and warmth that Sicily is famous for? If so, this is the place for you. Thank you Giuseppe and Elvira! This was not just a vacation, it was an experience

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Liked best: The new friends we made... Elvira and Giuseppe
Liked least: What was not to like?
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
21 Oct 2015
Carissimi Gaetano e April, siamo commossi per le belle parole che ci avete scritto e siamo felici di aver soddisfatto le vostre esigenze al meglio! E' stato piacevolissimo passare alcuni giorni con voi e ci auguriamo che l'anno prossimo tornerete a trovarci, anche solo per un blues!
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Paris, France
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2018 for a stay in July 2018
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