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Il Palmento dei Castagni

Sant'Alfio (Mt Etna)
Il Palmento dei Castagni - Villa in Sant'Alfio (Mt Etna)
Sleeps    8
Bedrooms    4
Bathrooms    3
52 Reviews
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Service Weekly clean and linen change
  • Great pool
  • Stunning views
  • Great walking
  • Close to Taormina & beaches
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A stylishly restored winery oozing character and charm on the flanks of Mount Etna.

"My favourite, I think, is Il Palmento dei Castagni, a converted winery... It’s a uniquely Sicilian house built of grey lava stone, with the working of the wine press still visible in the cool, spacious interior. Best of all, though, is the walk down to the swimming pool, a little detached from the house... this one is spectacular: huge, decked, and surrounded by olive and chestnut groves. The place feels very special, ideal for an intimate break with family or friends.”Lee Marshall in Condé Nast Traveller: The New Sicily, October 2010

"Il Palmento dei Castagni is a gorgeous villa. We had a great time." Andrew Hull, UK, September 2015

Il Palmento dei Castagni in the press:
The Sunday Times, September 2015 >>


Inside: accommodation at Il Palmento dei Castagni is arranged over two interconnecting buildings, the Palmento and the farmhouse. There are two main floors and a few mezzanine levels, all of which adds to the intriguing layout. The main entrance takes one into the Palmento, the original wine press, which features lofty wood-beamed ceilings and a large fireplace. This roomy open-plan space is divided into living and dining areas above which, is a mezzanine level with twin beds. From the press room, one may also access a lovely shared bathroom with shower and sauna, and a double bedroom (with an irregularly shaped double bed). Moving back through the Palmento, and passing under the original wooden press itself, a few steps up take one into the farmhouse. Here there is a superbly cosy living area on two levels, the lower of which has vaulted ceilings, lavastone arches, sink-in sofas and a fireplace. The upper level hosts a double bed which, if used as a bedroom, shares a bathroom with the master bedroom on the first floor (of which more later). The lower section of the living area connects seamlessly with another dining area and the well-equipped kitchen with views of the gardens. A couple of steps lead down to a double bedroom with adjacent shower room and a small terrace with steps leading to the garden. Back in the living area, stairs lead from the upper level to the first floor, where there is a bathroom with tub (effectively en-suite if the upper level of the living room below is not used as a bedroom) and the spacious master bedroom, which has a mezzanine under the eaves with double bed, and access to a large shaded terrace with spectacular views and steps leading down to the gardens and main terraces.

Confused? Il Palmento dei Castagni is no ordinary house and the sleeping accommodation is very flexible! Basically although there are 3 proper double bedrooms, each with a double bed, we rent it as a "4-bedroom" house for 8 guests. For the fourth "bedroom", clients may choose between the mezzanine in the Palmento, the double bed on the upper level of the living room or the mezzanine in the master bedroom.

Outside: Il Palmento dei Castagni is set on panoramic terraced land just outside the charming town of Sant'Alfio. The house opens onto a large terrace offering plenty of shade, a panoramic dining area and lots of space to relax and take in the views. To one side is a well-equipped outdoor kitchen and pizza oven and to the other a large grassy area is great for playing games, including football, for which goalposts have been provided. The pool is beautifully situated in a sheltered area about 100m down the hill from the terrace, and has a shaded summer house for poolside dining. Next to the pool is a charming copse, perfect for a stroll or just for escaping the heat of the day.


Accommodates (max) 8 TV 
Bedrooms 4 DVD Player 
Double beds 3 Stereo 
Flexible doubles/twins 1 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
Bathrooms 3 iPod docking station 
... of which en suite 0 Phone landline 
Cook  Outdoor kitchen 
Pizza chef  Barbecue 
Pool (LxW in metres) 12x6 Wood-burning pizza oven 
Sauna  Table football 
Heating  Private Parking 
Open fireplace  Sea views 
Washing machine  Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
Dishwasher  Walking distance to shop(s) 
Microwave oven  The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
Satellite TV *

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*includes Sky Movies.

Pool open from Easter to end of October.

Think About

The village of Sant'Alfio is a brisk walk from the house, if you are an enthusiastic walker. There are several other wineries in the area which produce the excellent Etna Rosso using indigenous grape varieties.

Due to Il Palmento dei Castagni's thick stone walls and its height, which keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter, there is no air conditioning.

Please note that there is no real shallow end in Il Palmento dei Castagni's pool, whose minimum depth is 1.5m.

Most of the stairs in the property do not have banisters.

Exploring the local Area

The village of Sant'Alfio, perched on the eastern flanks of fascinating Mount Etna, is a perfect gateway to exploring not only the looming volcano but also its many interesting towns and villages. There are a great number of excellent walks in the area and many very good restaurants, including one which is 2 just minutes away by car. Coming down from the mountain there are many visits to be made: Taormina, Catania, the Alcantara Gorge and, slightly further afield, Siracusa.
On the coast around Taormina there are many beaches and lidos, while the nearby beaches of Fiumefreddo and Marina di Cottone have received several consecutive "Bandiere Blu", attesting to the cleanliness of the water and their general ecological excellence.


Catania airport: 47km-29miles-40mins
Comiso airport: 127km-78miles-1hr45mins
Palermo airport: 272km-170miles-3hr10
Trapani airport: 353km-220miles-3hr55
Beaches on the Ionian coast: approx. 25mins
Nearest shops and restaurants in Sant'Alfio: approx. 1km
Taormina: 32km-20miles -35mins
Mount Etna (La Sapienza cable car station): 29km-18miles-40mins

Il Palmento dei Castagni - Villa in Sant'Alfio (Mt Etna)

Denise Simpson, United States of America, 31 October 2015
"Il Palmento dei Castagni is a very unique property that we enjoyed immensely."

Siegfried Teuber, Germany, 17 October 2015
"Die Villa war wirklich hervorragend in allen Bereichen."

Andrew Hull, United Kingdom, 12 September 2015
"Il Palmento dei Castagni is a gorgeous villa. We had a great time."

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28 May - 24 Jun:     € 3,590 € 4,480
25 Jun - 15 Jul:     € 5,010
16 Jul - 26 Aug:     € 5,730
27 Aug - 09 Sep:     € 4,010 € 5,010
10 Sep - 23 Sep:     € 3,140 € 3,590 € 4,480
24 Sep - 04 Nov:     € 2,990 € 3,420 € 4,270
05 Nov - 16 Dec:     € 2,250 € 2,570 € 3,210
17 Dec - 06 Jan:     € 3,140 € 3,590 € 4,480
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