Il Palmento dei Castagni

Sant'Alfio (Mt Etna)
Il Palmento dei Castagni - Villa in Sant'Alfio (Mt Etna)
Sleeps    8
Bedrooms  4
Bathrooms    3
41 Reviews
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Service Weekly cleaning
  • Great pool
  • Stunning views
  • Great walking
  • Close to Taormina & beaches
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 1/49 The wide panoramic terrace.  2/49 The pool is beautifully situated a short distance down the hill.  3/49 The pool has a shaded summer house for poolside dining.  4/49 There is plenty of space for everyone around the pool.  5/49 The facade on a sunny spring day!  6/49 The door to the living room and stairs to the upper terrace and the master bedroom.  7/49 The original wooden press dominates the living room.  8/49 Sliding blinds ensure the privacy of those sleeping on the mezzanine.  9/49 The twin on the mezzanine above the dining and living room.  10/49 The lovely shaded outdoor kitchen...  11/49 the upper terrace.  12/49 Enjoying lunch on the terrace.  13/49 A pizza chef is also available on request!  14/49 The master bedroom...  15/49 ...features a desk and a mezzanine floor that could sleep two children if required.  16/49 The adjacent bathroom.  17/49 The master bedroom's large shaded terrace has spectacular views.  18/49 The fantstic view from the upper terrace.  19/49 Another shot of the main terrace.  20/49 The double bedroom that shares the bathroom with the master bedroom...  21/49 ...its cosy tv room.  22/49 The double bedroom by the living room has a mezzanine level above...  23/49 ....and its own private exit on to the terrace.  24/49 This bedroom uses the bathroom with wonderful oversized shower...  25/49 ...and a sauna.  26/49 The well-equipped kitchen.  27/49 The kitchen leads to another double bedroom...  28/49 ...with a small terrace with steps leading to the garden.  29/49 The adjacent bathroom with shower.  30/49 Another shot of the vine-covered terrace.  31/49 One of the many spots to soak up the sun.  32/49 The wine cellar.  33/49 Another lovely shaded spot by the garden.  34/49 Views to the sea.  35/49 There is a shady wood next to the pool to relax after your swim.  36/49 The cool, shady chestnut wood behind the pool.  37/49 Easy picnic in the charming wood.  38/49 The extremely private pool is a short walk from the house.  39/49 The shaded gazebo by the pool.  40/49 Another shot of the lovely azure pool.  41/49 The property's vineyard and the sea in the background.  42/49 Strolling on the beach at Fondachello in April.  43/49 Spring flowers bordering the beach at Marina di Cottone.  44/49 The lava stone church in St Alfio.  45/49 Ready for a picnic on the beach of Marina di Cottone.  46/49 Piazza IX Aprile in Taormina.  47/49 The Teatro Greco in Taormina with the stunning backdrop of Mount Etna.  48/49 A fabulous view of Catania from the heights of Mount Etna.  49/49 Mount Etna has some great skiing.

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 surpassed our high expectations. It is a beautiful rural retreat and with the changing face of Etna as a backdrop and the play of light on the sea there is alway something to look at and enjoy." Stephen Dance, UK, July 2013

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About the Property

Inside: The original farmhouse and wine pressing room have been imaginatively restored to create a series of articulated living areas. The first floor of the farmhouse hosts the master bedroom, with adjacent bathroom that is effectively en-suite if the room below is unoccupied (see below). The master bedroom features a mezzanine floor (that could sleep two children if required), and a large shaded terrace with spectacular views. Downstairs is a living area on two levels. The upper level hosts a double bed, that would share the first floor bathroom if used. The lower level has a cosy tv room with sofas which leads to the kitchen and then on to another double room with adjacent bathroom and a small terrace with steps leading to the garden. From the TV room, a couple of steps lead to the vast pressing room (the "Palmento") providing a superb location for the main living and dining areas, access to the wine cellar and to a large bathroom with sauna and seamless communication with the spectacular sea view terraces. This room also features a large, private mezzanine floor with twin beds. At the end of this hall is the third double bedroom (with an irregularly shaped double bed), which uses the bathroom with wonderful oversized shower and sauna. This room also has a double bed on a mezzanine.

Confused? Il Palmento dei Castagni is no ordinary house! 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 and the double bed on the upper level of the living room. In addition, the two mezzanines in the bedrooms will be made available for a supplement if required, to host a maximum of 12 guests.

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 a couple of goals 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 wood, perfect for a stroll or just for escaping the heat of the day.


Accommodates (max) 8 Satellite TV *
Bedrooms 4 TV 
Double/Twins 4 DVD Player 
Bathrooms 3 Stereo 
... of which en suite 0 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
Cook  iPod docking station 
Pool (LxW in meters) 12x6 Phone landline 
Sauna  Outdoor kitchen 
Heating  Barbecue 
Open fireplace  Wood-burning pizza oven 
Washing machine  Table football 
Dishwasher  Private Parking 
Microwave oven  Think Sicily local support 24/7 

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

*includes Sky Movies.
**a pizza chef (a "pizzaiolo") is also available on request.
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. Also close by is the "Il Cantante" winery owned by Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall which will be pleased to welcome visitors and offer tours and tastings. There are also several other wineries in the area which produce the excellent Etna Rosso using indigenous grape varieties.

Many of the stairs in the property do not have banisters. The extra beds on the mezzanines are accessed by a ladder and would be perfect for teenagers and relatively athletic people!

The Area

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)


41 clients have rated Il Palmento dei Castagni

Judy Cashmore, Australia, 28 December 2013
"We really enjoyed our time at Il Palmento dei Castagni over Christmas and the advice that this was the best place to stay for Christmas. We very much appreciated the Christmas tree, the open fires and wood provided, and the Pannetone and the oranges and walnuts etc. Wifi and the capacity to play our music from our iPhones was great..."

Mr Brock McGinnis, Canada, 18 October 2013
"Il Palmento exceeded our expectations. A truly unique and special home in a wonderful part of Sicily. We will certainly use The Thinking Traveller again in future - whether in Sicily, Puglia, Greece or your next great destination. The best rental experience we've ever had."

Stephen Dance, United Kingdom, 13 July 2013
"Il Palmento surpassed our high expectations. It is a beautiful rural retreat and with the changing face of Etna as a backdrop and the play of light on the sea there is alway something to look at and enjoy. The Sant Alfio bakery has the best bread I have tasted in Sicilly - and the 15 minute walk there and back sets up the perfect day."

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2014 Prices

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Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
01 Jan - 03 Jan:    € 4,480
04 Jan - 04 Apr:    € 3,210
05 Apr - 23 May:    € 4,300
24 May - 27 Jun:    € 4,480
28 Jun - 18 Jul:    € 5,010
19 Jul - 29 Aug:    € 5,730
30 Aug - 12 Sep:    € 5,010
13 Sep - 26 Sep:    € 4,480
27 Sep - 31 Oct:    € 4,270
01 Nov - 19 Dec:    € 3,210
20 Dec - 31 Dec:    € 4,480

Prices include all sales taxes, electricity and gas, linen, bath towels, pool and/or beach towels, a comprehensive written guide to the villa and the local area, our award-winning service and specialist knowledge pre and post-booking, the opportunity to book our unique Think Experiences and 24/7 local support while you’re on holiday.

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