Location and Surrounding Area. Located in one of the most appreciated areas in Sicily, just a few kilometers from the coast, this exclusive three-bedroom property is ideally situated to offer complete privacy and tranquility to its guests, providing the perfect seaside retreat for the sweet idleness the Italians refer to as “dolce far niente”. The island of Sicily offers a number of wonderful places to visit on day-trips or excursions: in the northern area, you might want to include cities such as Palermo, Erice, Segesta, Marsala, Trapani and San Vito Lo Capo to your must-see. In less than one hour by car, you can reach the extraordinary city of Palermo. Having been the crossroads of civilization for millennia, Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas.
The villa is also a few kilometers from Trapani: hugging the harbor where Peter of Aragon landed in 1282 to begin the Spanish occupation of Sicily, the sickle-shaped spit of land occupied by Trapani’s old town once sat at the heart of a powerful trading network that stretched from Carthage to Venice. These days, Trapani’s small port buzzes with ferry traffic zipping to and from the remote Egadi Islands and the mysterious volcanic rock island of Pantelleria, not far from Tunisia. Trapani’s adjacent historic center, with its small but compelling maze of ancient churches and gold-stone palazzi, is a mellow place to stroll for both locals and travelers awaiting their next boat.
In less than two hours by car, you can reach the archaeological site of Segesta, once one of the most important fortified cities on the north Sicilian basin: little remains of ancient Segesta today, save its hilltop theatre and never-completed Doric temple, yet the ruins’ remarkable state of preservation and the majesty of their natural setting combine to make this one of Sicily’s enduring highlights. Occasional music concerts and cultural events held beneath the stars in the theatre on hot summer nights are nothing short of magical. Do not pass on Erice, a mesmerizing walled 12th-century village whose peculiar history, mountain charm and sensational views are only enhanced by unpredictable changes in weather that take you from brilliant sunshine to thick fog in the space of minutes.
Occupying the tip of Capo San Vito is the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo, full of beachcombers and sun worshippers in summer, and just a stone’s throw away from the property. San Vito is renowned for its crescent-shaped sandy beach, one of the prettiest in Sicily, where limpid turquoise and ultramarine waters are juxtaposed against the dramatic mountain backdrop of Monte Monaco, a popular hiking destination. If you venture up to Marsala, drive along the Salt Route and enjoy the burning sunset reflected on the lagoon of the salt mines. Known as “the city of wine”, Marsala has been producing a sweet dessert wine of the same name for more than 200 years, so do not leave the island without at least a bottle of its liquid gold.
Villa Ofride is 20 km from Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani-Birgi and from Trapani Train Station, and 62 km from Palermo Airport Falcone Borsellino. Buseto Palizzolo (where all the necessary services can be easily found) is just 3 km from the villa, Trapani is just 20 km, Erice is 20 km, San Vito Lo Capo is 27 km, Marsala is 45 km, and Segesta is 85 km.
The Property. Surrounded by nature and immersed in a landscape of outstanding beauty, Villa Ofride provides the perfect retreat for those seeking complete privacy and pure relaxation in the heart of Sicily, just a few kilometers from the sandy beaches of Cornino and Scopello. Built in the 1800s, this exclusive property has been recently restored to exceptional standards, adding the conveniences and comforts of modern living. The villa measures 250 square meters and offers three double bedrooms (two of which have an additional single bed) and three private bathrooms distributed over two floors. The spectacular views opening from the surrounding garden instantly give a sense of peace and calm, making Villa Ofride the perfect place for those who want to enjoy relaxation and tranquility under the Sicilian sun.
The property is surrounded by an exquisitely kept garden where you will find a magnificent panoramic black salt-water infinity pool (11 x 7 x 1.40 meters) and a spacious poolside area equipped with comfortable sun loungers. Offering a peaceful atmosphere, the paved area in the front garden represents the ideal place for enjoying wonderful moments of relaxation in the company of a good book and a glass of prosecco, while the spectacular view over the surrounding garden instantly gives a sense of peace and calm. The back garden boasts a generous al fresco dining area with a large table and barbecue under a gazebo where guests can intimately spend time together while enjoying traditional Italian food and the mild Sicilian climate.
From the front garden, guests can access the living room on the ground floor, furnished with comfortable sofas where they can relax while enjoying a glass of wine and choose from hundreds of international channels on the satellite flat-screen TV. On the same floor, you will also find a spacious dining room with a table that can accommodate up to ten people, and a fully-equipped professional kitchen complete with electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, cooking utensils, fridge and freezer. Flooded with light, the spacious living area on the ground floor is uniquely furnished with sofas and richly decorated with pieces of antique furniture, while the arched window overlooking the back garden creates a luminous atmosphere: as the evening falls, pick a book from the large collection available, pour a glass of wine and curl up on the couch. The ground floor also houses a laundry with washing machine, and a bathroom.
Located on the ground floor, the double bedroom “Orprys Specchio” features an additional single brass bed from the 19th century, direct access to the front garden, and en-suite bathroom with double shower. On the same floor, you will also find the double bedroom “Orprys Sicula”, which features an additional single brass bed, direct access to the back garden, and en-suite bathroom with shower. Filled with light, the spacious double bedroom “Orprys Apifera” on the first floor features a double brass bed from the 19th century, direct access to the roof terraces, and private bathroom with shower. Each bedroom also offers flat-screen TV, wardrobe, built-in safe, air conditioning and heating, and each bathroom is provided with hairdryer and toiletries. The villa boasts two exceptional roof terraces complete with sun loungers where guests are invited to enjoy the outstanding views of the surrounding area while the sun goes down.
|* Please note: the included amenities may vary according to final agreement, make sure to check your contract for complete list.|