Detailed villa description
Inside: accommodation at Rocca delle Tre Contrade is spread over three floors and comprises twelve spacious and supremely panoramic bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a succession of light, airy reception rooms, a professionally-equipped kitchen and a large dining room. Furnishings throughout have been chosen with quality, comfort and aesthetic appeal in mind. An elegant blend of authentic antique pieces, reclaimed furniture and original features hint at the villa’s mid-19th century noble origins. Calming colours and tasteful original art throughout are easy on the eye, while generously cushioned armchairs and sofas and king and queen-size beds ensure ample possibilities for repose and relaxation. The sumptuous bathrooms are designed for those who love to luxuriate and feature top-spec modern fittings and local marble and lava stone basins, showers and splashbacks.
Ground floor: from the impressive entrance terrace one accesses a series of living areas (five in total), connected by wide arches and topped by high vaulted ceilings. These flow around an internal stairwell to the superbly equipped kitchen and voluminous dining area, which has won an architecture award for its subtle combination of industrial design (such as polished concrete floors and glass walls) and restored original features. Moving through to the ground floor wing, one comes to two bedrooms, a double and a double-twin both with en-suite shower rooms, private balconies and access to the gardens. An internal stairway leads down to the lower ground floor and another large double-twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with French windows opening onto the garden from where one can take in views of Etna. The lower ground floor is also home to a well-equipped gym/wellness room with changing facilities, fridge, guest bathroom, shower, steam room and direct access to the gardens and pool area.
First floor: the first floor of the wing is home to two double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and double-twin with en-suite bathroom with shower and tub. On the first floor of the main house are four bedrooms: two doubles with en-suite shower rooms and access to a panoramic shared wrap-around balcony and two master suites (double-twins), each with its own luxurious en-suite bathroom with stand-alone tub and shower and access to a large shared terrace with stunning sea views.
Second floor: the second floor of the main house has two more exquisitely furnished double-twin bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms, connected by an open-air patio. These bedrooms also have bunk beds, which may be used either to accommodate 3-4 children in one room or a family wishing to have their children in the same room. In either case, the maximum occupancy remains 24 (including children). If you would like to use the bunk beds for additional guests (over the maximum occupancy of 24), an extra weekly per person fee will be payable. Please contact us for details.
Outside: the outside areas at Rocca delle Tre Contrade are abundant and offer many a panoramic terrace, a wide selection of al fresco dining areas, a large lawned garden and, via a magical set of steps that tunnel through an immense lava stone wall, the remarkable 25-metre long, L-shaped infinity pool. Suspended over the surrounding lemon groves, doing lengths in this pool is a unique experience: swim one way and you feel as if you're heading out to sea. Turn round and Mount Etna becomes your destination! A shaded area to one side of the pool hosts a table tennis table, and just below the pool is a second shaded zone, the perfect spot for an al fresco massage perhaps. Surrounding all this and the splendid International Tennis Federation-sized clay tennis court are the luscious lemon groves, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens of the extensive grounds. The views, in case you needed reminding, are bewitching, no matter where you look!
Service: the staff at Rocca delle Tre Contrade, including caretaker, housekeeper, maids and Sicilian cook, will ensure you never have to lift a finger during your stay. The maids will service your rooms on a daily basis (including Sundays and Bank Holidays) and change your linen and towels mid-week, the caretaker will ensure the correct functioning of the house and pool and the cook will be on hand to prepare delicious meals. Just let the owner or the Local Manager know a day in advance whether you will be dining at home and the staff will see to the rest. Please note that the cook's services are included in the rental price but the cost of ingredients is extra and should be paid locally on presentation of receipts.
Ecological credentials: Rocca delle Tre Contrade has a great many eco-friendly attributes, including the following:
- approx. 80% of the house's hot water supply is heated by solar panels
- approx. 30% of the house's electricity is generated by photovoltaic panels
- there is a low-impact air conditioning system
- there is LED lighting throughout (reducing electricity consumption by 80%)
- all organic waste and untreated paper and cardboard is composted
- all other waste is separated before collection for recycling
- the house's water supply is filtered and treated (reducing the need to transport mineral water and minimising plastic waste)
- glass bottles are used wherever possible, further reducing plastic waste
- all laundry is done using water (no dry cleaning) and dried in natural conditions
- the property's vegetable garden and 7-acre lemon grove supplies 0km ingredients for the kitchen