What a wonderful time we had at Isla Verde- Sampieri- right in the middle of Montalbano country- with amazing see views and the derelict stone brick factory seen in so many of the episodes. This time of year was fabulous for the wild flowers, the scent of the wild sweet peas will stay with me forever. We visited all the local baroque towns, and walked the spendid beaches and rocky shores, as well as some of the nature reserves.
The villa was shabby chic- but very comfortable. As it was quite expensive, I'd take the liberty to make a few suggestions for improvements, in no specific order. The terrasse had no comfortable seating apart from old fashioned deck chairs- so 4 comfortable chairs at least are required. There was no tools for the BBQ (the butcher's in town is really high quality and cheap), no toaster, and the flat had 2 huge pans for pasta, but no smaller one for boiling eggs or making sauces + the small coffee maker was for 1 cup only- so we had to constantly take it in turn to make coffee- which was annoying- and no small glasses for local limoncello or Marsalla, etc. More hooks would be useful in bathrooms- and the second bedroom didn't have any bedside tables (the other had 2 chairs in lieu)- small things- but at that price and quality, these should be provided.
However, we just loved our stay and would love to go back again- perhaps in mid May, when flowers will still be there, but hopefully when the pool would be usable (it has no cover- and a solar panel would really help extend the season). The site has 3 villas- sharing the large grounds and pool, with lovely mature olive and other trees- each set out to give maximum privacy- but it would be absolutely ideal for 3 familes wanting to be together and yet have some independence.
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