Sicily - Ispica
Villa Marilena – Ispica - Sicily
3 Bedrooms – Swimming Pool
Stylish, beach-side, modern villa with private swimming pool.
Location and Surrounding Area. Villa Marilena is only 300 m from the long, sandy, “blue flag” beach at Santa Maria Focallo, tucked down in the very southernmost point of Sicily. It's unlikely but if you get tired of lazing on the beach and gazing at the turquoise waters, there's plenty to see and do in the area.
The Cava d'Ispica is a rocky river valley less than half a kilometre wide and running from the towns of Modica to Ispica. The valley stretches 13 km through suggestive Mediterranean vegetation and is almost 100 metres deep at certain points. It is a Site of Community Importance (SCI) and contains numerous places of archaeological importance. The prehistoric necropolis of Calicantone dates from the Early/Middle Bronze Age (2200 – 1400 B.C.). There are hundreds of graves dug into the cliff faces and most of the graves are decorated with pillars, columns and ledges. The Cava d'Ispica also offers Paleo-Christian catacombs, the remains of the Sicano Castle and the Fortilitium, cave paintings from the Byzantine age in the San Nicola Cave and various monastic hermitages.
One of the hidden gems in the area is the natural canyon of Forza Grande and the Cava Grande with its natural swimming pools. This is the secret place where the locals go when the beaches are crowded in summer.
The historical Baroque town of Modica, with its views across to the coast of Africa, is less than half an hour's drive away and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This gorgeous town is famous for its exceptional cuisine and its art and folklore. Villa Marilena is also within easy driving distance of the beaches of Sampieri, San Lorenzo and Cala Moshe and also the natural oasis of Vendicari. The coastal town of Portopalo di Capo Passero and the charming, Baroque towns of Ragusa, Scicli and Noto are less than 30 km away. The larger towns of Siracusa and Catania can easily be reached via the main road and Catania international airport is 70 km away.
The Property. Villa Marilena is chic and harmonious and has been recently refurbished throughout. It is all on one level and sleeps up to six guests in two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a twin room. There is a third bathroom inside and another shower room outside. Thanks to the big glass windows, the sitting room is light and airy and has a fireplace, comfortable sofas and armchairs for relaxing with a glass of wine in the evenings. It looks out through the veranda area and on to the fun and games in the swimming pool. The kitchen area is fully equipped with all mod cons and there is a useful laundry room. During the summer months, our guests generally choose to cook in the outside kitchen which has a barbecue and pizza oven and then eat a starlit dinner out on the veranda.
The swimming pool is large, fresh and inviting and the poolside area is fully furnished with sun loungers and umbrellas. The surrounding lawns are immaculate.
- 2 Double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
- 1 Twin room
- 4 Bathrooms
- Open plan sitting room/dining area with wood burner
- Fully equipped modern kitchen area with dishwasher, microwave, oven, and coffee machine
- Laundry room with washing machine
- Air conditioning
- Free Wi-Fi throughout
- Satellite TV, DVD player and iPod docking station
- Large swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas
- Outside kitchen area with barbecue and pizza oven
- Covered outside dining area