Oxford Family (with only pre-school children)
Published on: 13 October 2016
Imaginatively designed and appointed to a very high specification, this distinguished contemporary property is a blissful retreat for up to 12 guests. Private and exclusive yet within easy reach of south east Sicily’s characterful towns, villages and coastline, Villa Elena is a wonderful venue for an unforgettable celebration or simply an indulgent luxury holiday. [Read More]
If you’re looking for somewhere with a ‘wow’ factor, Villa Elena certainly has it in abundance. From its commanding position on the hillside just outside the bustling village of Camastra in Sicily’s south east region, this huge crimson and ivory house with its majestic arches cuts quite a dash.
From the immaculate outside terracing, planted with fragrant herbs, succulents and pineapple-shaped palm trees, to the beautifully presented, colour-themed bedrooms, this wonderful property has been crafted with incredible attention to detail.
A delightful freeform pool is surrounded by stone terracing offering both sun and shade and there’s also a pretty lawned area, complete with classically styled fountain. A path leads a little way down the hill to a private gazebo with timber decking, a fabulous spot to watch the sun go down as you admire the panoramic views over the countryside and neighbouring villages. Behind the pool is a brick built barbeque and wood-fired pizza oven where you can rustle up your own versions of the region’s specialities, perhaps washed down with a chilled Sicilian bianco.
From a broad, shaded terrace under the villa’s impressive arches, sliding glass doors lead through into a truly dazzling kitchen-diner. With its lofty ceiling and shimmering, silver tiled floor, this almost industrial-sized space is perfect for the display of classy black and white prints and oversized clock. Keen cooks will adore the funky red gloss cabinetry and state-of-the-art appliances while the hip bar stools around the island unit will ensure you’re never short of company as you concoct your favourite dishes. The room’s pièce de résistance is a long, elegant dining table with twelve chic Philippe Starck Ghost chairs just waiting to host a lively lunch or supper party. Down just a few steps there’s also a well-equipped games room should you feel like potting a few balls or an energetic game of table football.
Upstairs, the spacious, light-filled lounge is effortlessly stylish yet invitingly cosy with comfy modern sofas, funky beanbags and a traditional fireplace. It’s a relaxing place to catch up on some movies after a busy day’s sightseeing or family fun in the pool.
Each one of Villa Elena’s six stunning bedrooms has been uniquely styled with eclectic furnishings and a colour palette chosen to reflect Sicily’s natural bounties. From zingy orange and sunshine yellow to fresh green and deep marine turquoise, these fabulous retreats are appointed to the highest standards of comfort and luxury, each with its own ultra-contemporary en suite, complete with complimentary bath products. Three of the rooms, accessible via a separate staircase enjoy a shared terrace while the sumptuous purple room and the glamorous red room on the other side of the house, each have their own lounge area, the red also boasting a private terrace and balcony with breath taking views.
A food shopping service is available on request, though from the villa you can amble into the village of Camastra to pick up a few groceries or take a short drive to the charming baroque town of Naro with its colourful markets and a more varied selection of shops and eateries. For a taste of Sicily’s ancient history and culture, a day trip to Agrigento and its famous Valley of the Temples is a must, and only 20 minutes away by car.
Whether you’re here to sightsee, simply chill out with family and friends or celebrate a special occasion together, you’ll find that Villa Elena ticks all these boxes and many more.
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This property comes with Free Wi-Fi, Free Air Conditioning, Free Cots and Free Highchairs
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The villa was amazing, even better than it was described
The only reason wouldn't go there again is that we like to go to different places. The holiday was brilliant and enjoyed by everybody.
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