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Villa in Sicily, The Poets' Corner: ""...set in Sicily's heartland, within walking distance of Lake Pergusa, from the outside the house looks every inch the 19th-century aristocratic retreat it once was, but inside it's another world… A stunning pool in stirring surroundings makes for a fitting final chapter." The Guardian


The Poets' Corner
Enna
Location: Enna
Sleeps: 11
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Features:

Large book collection
Beautiful pool
Rural setting
Minimalist modern design
Pergusa race track

Surroundings:

Pergusa Lake
Piazza Armerina
Madonie Mountains
Caltagirone

Ideal for:

Families
Cultural & relaxing breaks
Back to nature

Services:

Daily cleaning
Cooking class
Cook service

Overview

A great choice for larger groups looking for an authentic Sicilian experience, The Poet’s Corner, with its fabulous pool area, stands imposingly amidst the golden yellow hills of the Sicilian countryside at just a stone’s throw from Lake Pergusa.

Property details

Steeped in character and in a magnificent rural setting, this splendid stone villa is strongly evocative of the aristocratic Sicily of the past. Yet while its architecture is every inch the typical Sicilian aristocratic summer house, inside, contemporary modern design and a fascination with the written word makes this villa completely unforgettable.

Outside: The lovely pool area is surrounded by paving and grass verges, with benched seating areas and sun loungers, and has a wonderful rural outlook.

Inside: Enter the villa via a light-filled small vestibule area, with chairs, which is adjacent to the main sitting room, a striking minimalist white-walled room, lined with books. The modern fully equipped kitchen and stylish dining-room, together with the library-style ‘book’ room, all have large French windows leading to the garden.

All the bedrooms are upstairs. The first floor offers accommodation in three very attractive double bedrooms and a single room, with two bathrooms. On the second floor, there is a lovely bright quadruple (one double and two singles) bedroom and one bathroom.

Area details

The area around The Poets’ Corner is steeped in history, starting with the myth of the abduction of Persephone by Hades near Lake Pergusa. The lake is just five minutes by car from the villa and a lovely place for walks and bike rides. Also nearby is the museum at Aidone, home to the remarkable Venere di Morgantina statue.

Close to the provinces of Enna and Caltanissetta, acknowledged as the granary of the Roman Empire, The Poets’ Corner finds itself in a historically fascinating part of the island. Of particular significance is the Villa del Casale, built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician and home to a series of extraordinary mosaics including the famous bikini-clad girls and the 'Corridor of the Great Hunt' depicting mosaics of elaborate hunting scenes and exotic animals.  Dating back to the end of the third century AD, the villa was uncovered at the end of the 1800’s and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Valley of the Temples, although a little further away, is also well worth a visit.

For those who want to explore more of Sicily’s natural environment, we strongly recommend a trip to the Madonie Mountains, the 40,000-hectare National Park that offers charming medieval villages, some great walking trails and a very strong tradition of food and wine.

If you prefer something a little livelier, head for the beaches at Catania or, even more action-packed still, have a spin on the famed race track around Lake Pergusa.

Additional Information

The swimming pool is open to guests from June 1st to October 5th.

In mid-August, the town of Piazza Armerina hosts the ‘Palio dei Normanni’, a spectacular event involving a competition on horseback to commemorate the ousting of the Arabs from Sicily in 1060 by the heroic Norman invaders.

Releated Press Articles
The Guardian
  • The Poet's Corner, Enna, Sicily

    The Poet's Corner, Enna, Sicily




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    THE GUARDIAN: Set in Sicily's heartland, within walking distance of Lake Pergusa, from the outside the house looks every inch the 19th-century aristocratic retreat it once was, but inside it's another world. Strong, sober, contemporary design reigns, but the abiding influence is literature. One bedroom features acres of verse to browse through; there's even a blackboard wall for when inspiration strikes. A stunning pool in stirring surroundings makes for a fitting final chapter.

    • Solo Sicily (solosicily.com) has seven nights' rental only from €4,550 in May (the house sleeps 17). Book before 31 March for a €200 discount. Nearest airport: Catania.

    Article on the Guardian website

Junior
  • Peace in Sicily: The Poets' Corner

    Peace in Sicily: The Poets' Corner




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    JUNIOR: To truly experience peace on Earth this Christmas, head to Enna in central Sicily and stay at the tranquil Poet's Corner – the seven-bedroom, four-bathroom former holiday home of the aristocratic Grimaldi family. It sleeps 12 and was designed as a literary escape, so the white-washed walls feature the odd blackboard for moments of self-expression, while you can also enjoy wintery walks around Pergusa Lake or visit the snow-capped Madonie Mountains. If the countryside adventures sound like too much effort, relax in the Reading Room (left). One week in December from £3,950. including breakfast and maid service. www.solosicily.com

the terrace double room has a wonderful view
the pool!
the reading saloon overlooks the valley and the pool
a suggestive sitting area convertible in double bedroom
the dining room
a unique double bedroom
Lake of Pergusa
Piazza Armerina
Amenities

Accommodates (max) 11
Bedrooms 5
Quadruple 1
Double 3
Single 1
Bathrooms 3
Swimming pool (LxW in meters) (15x5)
Care-taker in grounds
Cook service on request
Daily cleaning
Central heating
Dishwasher & Washing machine
DVD/TV
Distances

Catania Airport: 88km – 55miles – 1hr
Palermo Airport: 170km – 106miles – 2hr10
Trapani (Birgi) Airport: 257km – 160miles – 2hr50
Shops and restaurants at Pergusa: 10mins walking
Pergusa Lake and Racetrack: 5mins driving
Piazza Armerina: 15mins driving
Madonie Mountains (Le Petralie): 82km – 51miles – 1hr15
Syracuse: 140km – 87miles – 1hr45
Valley of the Temples: 96km – 60miles – 1hr25
Piazza Armerina cathedral Etna volcano Valley of the Temples (Agrigento)
Period & Prices
2014 Prices
2015 Prices

2014 Prices

The Poets' Corner - Prices are in € per week - Totally flexible stay

Period Prices
Jan 4 - Apr 18 € 3.750
Apr 19 - Apr 25 € 5.000
Apr 26 - Jun 13 € 4.375
Jun 14 - Aug 29 € 5.335
Aug 30 - Sep 26 € 4.375
Sep 27 - Dec 19 € 3.750
Dec 20 - Jan 2 € 5.000
 
Refundable Security Deposit € 1.000

Prices include: taxes, water, gas, electricity, daily cleaning, bath towels, linen, pool or beach towels, welcome pack and our 24/7 local support during your stay at our property.

2015 Prices

We are currently taking bookings for 2015. If you book now for 2015, you can take advantage of our Price Freeze promotion, which means you can book your 2015 Sicily holiday villa at 2014 price. Please contact us for availability.
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8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 12.30pm Saturday

IT & DE time:
9.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday - 9.30am to 1.30pm Saturday

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