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reading 'On the Mediterranean shores'
listening to the fishermen talk during their work
the pool
wide room with confortable chairs and sofa near the pool
bbq and a comfortable table for six persons
outdoor kitchen beside the pool
a gate rule out the pool area to keep children safe
front door garden overlooking the Mediterranean
large table outside near the kitchen
tennis table
dining room with sea wew
kitchen and dining room
inside kitchen
kitchen and dining room
bathroom 1
shower bath room 1
duoble bedroom
main bed room
bed room with two single bed
bath room 2
The belvedere in S.Ambrogio
colors of Sicily
a street in the village
the old village S.Ambrogio
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Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Cefalu, Province of Palermo, Sicily

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SarahsSun
Portland, OR
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Amazing!!”
Reviewed December 1, 2014 for a stay in October 2013
2
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Great location, great hosts. We lucked out with amazing weather in October. Host host was friendly and so helpful. The two kitchens and quiet was just what we needed. The location was centralized... everything on the island was less then a two hour drive. Make the drive to the white sand beaches... amazing!

My only complaint was the town. The posting said two restaurants however in October not a single one was open for the entire week we were there. The bar was open however they had no food options. Lesson learned, hit the grocery store on your way in. Not wise to head to the bar only to realize you have to drive to food. You do need a car for this property however parking was easy. Stefano met us in town when we arrived and made life easy.

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RedAtHome
U.K.
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous place to stay.”
Reviewed June 30, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Stayed for a week in June. The pictures are very accurate. A very nice set up overlooking the sea with fabulous outdoor areas including a full outdoor kitchen and large BBQ. Meticulously cared for throughout. Although being the basement of the owners house, it has been set up so privacy is not a problem. Access is from steps and typical Italian steep cobbled streets but this just adds to the charm. The village itself is adorable with a lovely Pizzeria and bar on the Piazza and a fabulous newly opened restaurant Osteria style nearby. Cefalu is only a short cab away too. If you don't mind hills and don't want to be surrounded by tourists it's unbeatable.

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KCrC2011
Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
340 reviews
129 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Fantastic Apartment and Marvellous View”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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We stayed for 6 nights in January and we really enjoyed our stay here. The view from the apartment is magnificent!! The apartment is very nicely furnished and has everything you need. Stefano met us in the village and guided us to the apartment and fully explained all things we needed to know. We were here in winter but there is a pool, full outdoor kitchen as well as the indoor kitchen, lovely barbecue. There are certainly a lot of stairs down to the apartment and you need to be aware of these if you have mobility issues. You probably do need a small car if you stay here, which we had, and it was a great base to explore this side of Sicily. The lanes was narrow so a small car is best. We did day trips to Agrigento and Erice from here and it was easy and made a great place to come back to at night.

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Liked best: Location and set out of the apartment
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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etaetaeta
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A great spot in Sicily!!!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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people found this review helpful

I stayed here with friends for a long weekend holiday in Sicily. It was perfect! There were 5 of us - the apartment was very comfortable and clean! It was obvious that this place was well-maintained. Stefano and his wife were very gracious hosts, feeding us when we arrived to find all restaurants/shops closed... they arranged airport transfers, etc. Fantastic, thoughtful hosts! I was worried that we did not have the house to ourselves - as they live upstairs... but it was very private in any case and nice to know they were there if we needed help.

Also - the little village of Sant Ambrogio was very cute... and very close to Cefalu! I would highly recommend staying here to anyone interested in staying near Cefalu for their Sicilian getaway.

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Liked best: The outdoor space was fantastic!
Liked least: It was not so easy to access by car... a lot of walking up/down steep roads.
Traveling group: Friends
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Kendall12...
2 reviews
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“Perfect peaceful relaxation!”
Reviewed September 15, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Amazing outside space, perfect for relaxing and cooking alfresco. Stefano was so kind and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Very high standards of cleanliness throughout. Lovely pool and wonderful views. Would definitely recommend.

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Liked best: The pool and outside space, BBQ.
Liked least: The mosquitoes in the evening!
Traveling group: Extended Family
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spour
Swindon, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed June 26, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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Perfect location in a nice quiet village close to Cefalu . The property and gardens are beautifully maintained offering plenty of sun or shade whatever time the of the day and the pool is plenty big enough for a family/group of 6 (1.5m deep throughout) and is cleaned on a regular basis by Stefano (the owner) who was on hand if needed but discreet at all times. We were also lucky enough to be given incredible figs and plums straight from his garden together with lettuces and cucumber....FANTASTIC.
Listen for the fishermen arriving in the village (they just turn up and yell you'll hear them) and buy fresh sardines/anchovies etc straight from the sea. The local shop offers all the basics together with local cheeses, meats and honey at sensible prices and with a smile.
The roads are narrow and steep as is access to the property but thats part of the charm and in Sicily you will be hard pushed to find anywhere on the level.
We booked because we wanted space,privacy, quiet and a garden with a pool and a view with close proximity to a decent size town. You can get cheaper but we believe you cant get better for the money.

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Liked best: garden and pool areas
Liked least: leaving
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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anthonya2
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Comfortable villa in beautiful setting”
Reviewed June 3, 2012 for a stay in May 2012
1
person found this review helpful

The house is very comfortable with plenty of room for six, and is fully equipped for six. There is a large dining table by the lawn overlooking the Mediterranean, and another by the swimming pool, with the same view, and by the side of the huge gas barbecue and gas cooker. In fact we eat and cooked all our meals outside through the week we stayed there.
Stefano lives above the accomodation, speaks excellent English, and was most helpful. He mended the washing machine when it broke down, and replaced the inefficient coffee maker with a new one.
The disadvantage is that the villa is on the side of a steep cliff, so that the access is up steps and a very steep road,to get to where you park the car.It is unsuitable for the less fit or elderly. The swimming pool is not suitable for young children.
The village shop is brilliant though small, with delicious fruit, ham and sausages. The main supermarket in Cefalu is excellent..

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Liked best: Garden and view from it
Liked least: Steep access
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Jun 11, 2012
Only a clarification regarding the pool is "not suitable for children": access to the pool can be forbidden to children, keeping closed the gate that separates the garden in front of the house from the pool area. In addition I think that in all pools children normally come under the supervision of adults.
If required, there is a car parking near the house.
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