Detailed villa description
Inside: Ortensia’s light-filled interiors are a study in cubic elegance, where tall slender windows alternate with banks of glass sliding doors, and where lofty ceilings and pure white-painted walls combine to create a welcoming, light-filled atmosphere. All of this serves as the perfect backdrop for an intriguing mix of contemporary and traditional furnishings, modern artworks, antique ornaments and Sicilian ceramics. The main entrance takes one into the ground floor, which is a cleverly designed open-plan space that flows around a central stairwell. To the left is the generously proportioned living area whose wall of floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors hint at the architect's brief: bring the views inside and provide seamless access to the outdoor areas. Continuing our loop from the living area, heading past more sliding glass doors leading to the pool area, one soon comes to the indoor dining room. From here it is but a few paces to the large, superbly equipped kitchen which looks out towards Taormina. The central staircase leads from the living area to the first floor, where there are four spacious bedrooms, three doubles and one double-twin. The two bedrooms at the front come with sea views, a shared balcony and en-suite bathrooms with shower. The two at the side also boast sea views, but have the added bonuses of walk-in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms with both shower and tub. The staircase continues from the first floor landing up to the second floor, home to a panoramic sitting room with large glass doors accessing a fully furnished wrap-around terrace offering magnificent 360-degree views of the sea, Taormina, the Ionian coastline and Mount Etna.
Outside: two sides of Ortensia are given over to manicured emerald lawns bordered by flower beds, well-trained creepers, fruit trees (including banana trees) and an organic vegetable garden. One of these areas, accessed from the kitchen and dining area, provides the ideal spot for al fresco dining with Mount Etna for company. The second, reached via large glass doors between the living and dining areas, is home to the tempting pool, in which you can swim to and fro between Etna and the deep blue sea. The two most panoramic spots, however, are the large east-facing balcony off the living area, which offers views the coastline and the sea down below, and the roof-top terrace, whose 360-degree vistas take in a vast swathe of Sicily's Ionian Riviera, the Ionian Sea, Taormina, and Mount Etna. Both are comfortably furnished for lounging in the sun, reading, sipping on an aperitif or simply chatting in good company.