This staffed luxury villa is family friendly with many activities for children of all ages, as well as a sophisticated retreat for the adults only crowd. A personal resort sleeping 16 is set within its own nature park and surrounded by orange groves. Fully staffed with excellent villa cook, butler, housekeepers and caretaker. Lovely grounds include a palm tree garden with a large assortment of trees from around the world, A desert garden with an assortment of succulents, and Mediterranean and aromatic gardens, the grounds also contain mandarin and blood orange trees and there is an independent building with dressing room, sauna and shower. The tennis court sits among another olive grove and is lighted for evening games. Just 35 minutes to center of Catania, 45 minutes to Siracusa.
The ancestors of the current owners can be traced back to this land to the early 1400's and continue to grow many varieties of oranges. The vast orange groves surrounding the Villa presenti unmatched charm and ambiance. Set within its own private parkland, you feel thousands of miles from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet only 15 minutes to a village of 17,000 where you will find all types of shops, restaurants and gelato stands. Life here is a page torn from the Sicilian lifestyle. Your senses will be magnified: lush gardens, textured palm trees from around the world, the scents of orange, mandarin, clementines, lemons, mixed with lavender, rosemary and heirloom roses. Beautiful vistas of pastures, hillsides, citrus groves among the backdrop of the infamous Mount Etna whose red lava can been seen at times streaming down the mountainside.
While you can spend all your time in your private park, there are trails and walking paths outside of the villa setting. Walk among the wild flowering hills or take the oleander and pine tree walk that meanders around the countryside. Depending on the season, you will find wild asparagus, artichokes, spinach and broccoli growing freely in open pastures. You are also welcome to the abundant varieties of oranges, tangerines and mandarins that hang heavy on the trees around your villa.
While at the villa, it is possible to join in on the daily activities. Press olives, prune roses, harvest citrus fruits or pick fresh tomatoes off the vine; all educational and fun ways to experience Sicilian tradition. The owner is also happy to open doors to some of the most wonderful private historic palaces for elegant private dinner parties.
The villa estate consists of multiple buildings among well planned dessert and aromatic gardens, a tropical garden that includes a palm tree collection from around the world, pine and indian fig hedges all surrounded by red and mandarin orange groves.
THE MANOR HOUSE
All rooms are equipped with wifi, heating, air conditioning and colonial ceiling fans. All bathrooms are en suite, with traditional Sicilian ceramic and are outfitted with fine toiletries. Guests rest serenely on well appointed beds dressed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. The Manor House is on two levels, surrounding a beautiful courtyard.
Enter from the courtyard into a foyer. At each end of the foyer is a bedroom, ideal for families or private enough for two sets of friends
Twin Bedroom, ( beds can be joined ) en suite with tub looks out over garden.
King Bedroom en suite with shower and dressing room
Enter off the garden to a foyer, At each end of the foyer is a bedroom:
Twin / King Bedroom ( can be joined ) en suite with shower, vaulted ceilings, views of surrounding orange groves, rose gardens, rosemary and lavender shrubbery
Twin / King Bedroom ( can be joined ) en suite with tub. Sun rises on this side of the house, sounds of nearby water garden and scented breeze from the orange groves
Enter off the hallway into a foyer. At each end of the foyer is a bedroom
Twin / King bedroom ( can be joined) en suite with shower and private balcony overlooking the gardens
Twin / King bedroom ( can be joined) en suite with tub and shower. Private balcony stunning views of Mt. Etna and the red lava as well as the garden
Master Bedroom is a spacious two room suite, King Bedroom with separate sitting room, two bathrooms, one with tub and the other with shower. Doors from the sitting room lead out 45 square meters terrace overlooking Mt Etna and the gardens.
Queen Bedroom en suite with walk in shower, beautiful moor inspired furnithure and ceiling
Library: large sitting room with plush sofas and armchairs, floor to ceiling shelves of books in various languages. Soft lighting and garden views, it is an ideal place to stop and relax with a cup of tea or a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice while reading one of the local history books or magazines.
Take a short walk from the Manor House, through the garden to what once grew oranges now is a cozy greenhouse living and dining area. Full of sun with southern exposure, the lava fireplace makes it magical in long autumn winters. An ideal place to gather as a group or family, this spacious and comfortable living area is perfect for long conversations, reading or simply enjoying the scenery from the large greenhouse windows. Enjoy a multitude of board games, Satellite TV and Stereo with iPad/iPhone connections. A large film library of world classic films and a fully stocked bar is available for your use during your stay.
Adjacent to the living area is the large dining room where you can enjoy intimate meals or also hold an event for up to 60 guests, while still maintaining a tranquil and intimate atmosphere.
Upstairs, filled with light from the windows on all four sides, you have breathtaking views of Mount Etna and the Nebrodi Mountains, with valleys and orchards in between.
beyond the orangery is the professionally equipped kitchen where your villa cook prepares your breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week.
THE GARDENS AND PARK
The gardens are a jewel in the crown of Villa Aranceti. Painstakingly designed by a world famous Sicilian landscape architect and maintained by an English "Master Gardener" is a place of peace and tranquility, harmony with spirit and earth. Sitting in the garden, surrounded by the scents and beautify of flowering plants, such as continuously blooming heirloom roses, or enjoy the dessert, aromatic and Mediterranean gardens.
Find the shade of a palm tree near the infinity pool, or relax on sunbeds or when the sun shines its highest in July and August, find relief under the large umbrellas or the air conditioned terrace of the Orangery.
A Finnish sauna is housed in its own building set among mandarin orange trees. The dressing room and sauna can accommodate six guests. After your sauna cool off under the outside shower. The tennis court is also nestled within an orange grove. Lighting allows you to play on this synthetic grass and sand court anytime of the day or night.
On the edge of the park , behind the kitchen is Indian fig hedge - with its interesting branches it is a tree climbers nirvana! Take a walk along the pine tree lined path to the wild flowering hills just outside your private gardens.
8 Full Baths
1 Half Baths
Sauna, Tennis Court, Extra Kitchen in Main House
1 Double Bedroom en suite with shower, private entrance from Courtyard
1 Twin Bedroom (cannot be joined) en suite with tub, private entrance from Courtyard
1 Twin / King bedroom ( can be joined) en suite with shower, private entrance from Courtyard
1 Twin / King Bedroom ( can be joined) en suite with tub, private entrance from Courtyard
2 Twin / King Bedrooms Interconnecting, ideal for families, one en suite with shower and one en suite with tub
1 Double Bedroom en suite with shower
1 Master Bedroom with Queen Bed, separate living area, two en suite one with shower, one with tub< large sofa bed, private terrace 45 square meters looks out on Mt. Etnabr>
2 cots and 2 additional beds are available on request
5 Bathroom with Shower
3 Bathroom with Tub (includes either handheld or wall mount shower)
1 Half Bath
Sat TV and SKY TV, iPod docking station, Table Tennis, Table Soccer, Board Games, Books, Magazines
Villa Cook for breakfast, lunch and dinners 7 hours per day
Butler and 2 housekeepers, 7 hours per day
Mid week Bath and Pool Towel change
Tennis and Suana use
Stereo Surround System
Ceiling Fans in all bedrooms
Complimentary Greeting at Catania International Airport, assistance with your rental cars and guide you to the villa ( one arrival )
Baby Cribs and Highchairs ( 2 each )
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NEAREST AIRPORT: Catania ,
CITIES AND TOWNS: Cataniia, 35 minutes
Siracusa, Caltagirone 45 minutes by car
Taormina , Piazza Armerina, 1 hour
Mount Etna, Noto, Natural Riserve of Vindicari 1 hour 15 minutes
Ragusa, Necropolis of Pantalica, Modica 1 hour 30 minutes
SERVICES: Grocery Stores, Restaurants, Shops, 5 miles / 15 minutes by car
Golf Courses 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes