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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
47 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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 The wide panoramic terrace.  The pool is beautifully situated a short distance down the hill.  The facade on a sunny spring day!  The fantstic view from the upper terrace.  There is plenty of space for everyone around the pool.  The pool has a shaded summer house for poolside dining.  The door to the living room and stairs to the upper terrace and the master bedroom.  The original wooden press dominates the living room.  Sliding blinds ensure the privacy of those sleeping on the mezzanine.  The twin on the mezzanine above the dining and living room.  The lovely shaded outdoor kitchen.  By the upper terrace.  Enjoying lunch on the terrace.  A pizza chef is also available on request!  The master bedroom..  It features a desk and a mezzanine floor that could sleep two children if required.  The mezzanine above the master bedroom.  The adjacent bathroom.  The master bedroom's large shaded terrace has spectacular views.  Another shot of the main terrace.  The double bedroom that shares the bathroom with the master bedroom.  Its cosy tv room.  The double bedroom by the living room has a mezzanine level above.  And its own private exit on to the terrace.  This bedroom uses the bathroom with wonderful oversized shower.  And a sauna.  The well-equipped kitchen.  The kitchen leads to another double bedroom.  With a small terrace with steps leading to the garden.  The adjacent bathroom with shower.  Another lovely shaded spot by the garden.  Another shot of the vine-covered terrace.  One of the many spots to soak up the sun.  The wine cellar.  Views to the sea.  There is a shady wood next to the pool to relax after your swim.  The cool, shady chestnut wood behind the pool.  Easy picnic in the charming wood.  The extremely private pool is a short walk from the house.  The shaded gazebo by the pool.  Another shot of the lovely azure pool.  The property's vineyard and the sea in the background.  Strolling on the beach at Fondachello in April.  Spring flowers bordering the beach at Marina di Cottone.  The lava stone church in St Alfio.  Ready for a picnic on the beach of Marina di Cottone.  Piazza IX Aprile in Taormina.  The Teatro Greco in Taormina with the stunning backdrop of Mount Etna.  A fabulous view of Catania from the heights of Mount Etna.  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 exceeded our expectations. A truly unique and special home in a wonderful part of Sicily. The best rental experience we've ever had." Brock McGinnis, Canada, October 2013

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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 Microwave oven 
Bedrooms 4 Satellite TV *
Doubles 3 TV 
Twins 0 DVD Player 
Double/Twins 1 Stereo 
Bathrooms 3 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
... of which en suite 0 iPod docking station 
Cook  Phone landline 
Pizza chef  Outdoor kitchen 
Pool (LxW in metres) 12x6 Barbecue 
Sauna  Wood-burning pizza oven 
Heating  Table football 
Open fireplace  Private Parking 
Washing machine  Think Sicily local support 24/7 
Dishwasher  Walking to shops/restaurants 

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

*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.

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)

Claire Stevens, United Kingdom, 8 October 2014
"The villa is characterful and lovely and the owner very helpful. We enjoyed our time there enormously."

Christine Vachon, United States of America, 23 August 2014
"Everything was excellent."

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..."

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