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Sicily villa with pool, Mariuccia: " ...the three terraces were decked out with BBQ and wood-burning pizza oven and various sitting and dining areas surrounded by colourful flower beds. Beyond that, the oak and olive trees offered privacy and shade. Inside, children delighted at the snooker room, table tennis table and PlayStation." Daily Express


Mariuccia
Burgio (Agrigento)
Location: Burgio (Agrigento)
Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Features:

Beautiful pool
Billiard room
Table-tennis
Al fresco dining

Surroundings:

Agrigento
Eraclea Minoa
Sciacca
Valley of the Temples
Scala dei Turchi
Marsala

Ideal for:

Families
Small groups
Romantic breaks
Cultural & relaxing breaks

Services:

Cook service

Overview

A chance to experience authentic Sicilian rural life with all the mod cons! Mariuccia is located in a small agricultural town in the Sicani hills, within easy reach of the beaches on the south coast and several of the island’s top cultural attractions. With a large pool, billiard room, table tennis and plenty of outdoor space, it is one of our top villas for groups of friends and extended families.

Property details

Take a deep breath and immerse yourself in the simplicity of rural life in a beautiful villa, surrounded by woodland, on a three acre estate in Burgio in southern Sicily. Recently restored to a very high quality, the villa has a wonderfully secluded pool area and a very striking covered patio for ‘al fresco’ dining.

Outside: The villa has a huge garden, bordered by Mediterranean plants, oak and olive trees, with a large pool that provides the perfect spot for sunbathing and a cooling dip. A spacious patio wraps round the villa, cleverly designed to provide separate areas including an ‘al fresco’ dining area with huge shady umbrellas; a table-tennis table; and close by, a barbecue and wood-burning oven.

Inside: Enter the villa from the front patio, straight into the living-room which is decorated in warm, yellow hues and has an open fire-place and dining area. A fully-fitted kitchen to the left of the living-room opens out directly on to the back patio to the barbecue and wood-burning oven. The master bedroom, with en suite bathroom, one double bedroom, a twin bedroom (which can be converted into a double) and a large bathroom with shower, are all on the ground floor.

Up on the first floor, there are two more double bedrooms, a bathroom with shower and a billiard room which leads out to a large terrace with wonderful views of the valley and village below.

Area details

Mariuccia is a world away from the more touristy beach resorts of Taormina and Cefalù, accessible from the A-road that links Palermo and Sciacca, and ultimately along an unmarked road past grazing Tibetan goats and through thickly-forested terrain.

Burgio itself is a small agricultural town, famous for its yellow-and green hand-painted ceramics, approximately 70kms west of Agrigento in the south of the island. Surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, almond trees and citrus plantations, it is very much a traditional Sicilian village, popular for its handcrafted bells and ceramics and close to the mountain top village of Caltabellotta which is visible from the villa.

Spend lazy days on the sandy beaches of Sciacca (20 minutes’ drive) and explore the Torre Salsa, a nature reserve comprising 6 km of wild coast and sandy beaches, inhabited by seagulls and sea turtles.

Travelling up towards Agrigento and the archaeological park of the Valley of the Temples, pass through the village of Porto Empedocle, native home of the much- loved writer Andrea Camilleri.

Additional Information

Visit Mariuccia out-of-season at Easter when the streets of Burgio come alive with colourful processions accompanied by traditional local food. Watch a video of the Easter Monday procession in Burgio here. In February, Carnival fever takes over in nearby Sciacca, home to one of Sicily’s most popular carnivals and well worth a visit for its huge Mardi Gras parade.

Golf fans can take advantage of the proximity of Rocco Forte Golf Resort with its 18-hole course.

Access to the villa is currently via a dirt track.

The swimming pool is open to guests from May 31st to October 31st.

Releated Press Articles
Daily Express
  • Family warms to Sicilian escape: Mariuccia

    Family warms to Sicilian escape: Mariuccia




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    DAILY EXPRESS: A break from their usual summer haunts led SARAH MERSON and her clan to discover the island's delights

    IT MUST have made an unusual sight. Myself and our three young children hanging around outside the grocery shop in the heat of the afternoon, waiting for it to open.
    Ostensibly we were there to replenish stocks of bread and milk for our nearby villa but who were we kidding? What we really craved was more of the shop's delicious Sicilian gelato.
    My husband Josh and I along with our brood, Louis, eight, Olivia, six and three-year-old Jude, arrived at the island's capital Palermo two days earlier. Picking up our hire car, we'd driven the two hours direct to our villa, Mariuccia, through the mountainous interior.
    Set just inland from Sicily's Mediterranean coast, our plan was to use it as a base to explore the island's beautiful western expanse.
    It was late into the evening as we drove through the grand gates of the three-acre estate containing Mariuccia, so we were pleasantly surprised to find the owners waiting for us with a warm welcome.
    Any apprehension we had about taking a break away from the standard family-friendly Med destinations quickly evaporated: the children were instantly adored. In Sicily, family is the bedrock of day-to-day life.
    A few hours later, the sun was up and Jude insisted that we all were, too. We spent the day familiarising ourselves with the villa, which had a slightly incongruous Californian feel, inside and out.
    The three terraces were decked out with BBQ and wood-burning pizza oven and various sitting and dining areas surrounded by colourful flower beds. Beyond that, the oak and olive trees offered privacy and shade. Inside, children delighted at the snooker room, table tennis table and PlayStation.
    With five double bedrooms, it was a toss up who got the one with a balcony overlooking the wonderfully inviting pool. That evening a catering team organised by soloSicily, the villa letting agency, prepared us a tailored three-course dinner. Expecting the children not to deviate far from the pasta main course, I was amazed to see them tucking in to the freshly caught king prawns wrapped in deep-fried spaghetti.
    Their liking for dessert was far more predictable: Sicily's beloved cannoli – tubes of fried pasta dough filled with ricotta, candied fruit and chocolate.
    Sicily's sense of history was tangible every direction we went. A 10-minute drive took us to Burgio, a small farming settlement (with the gelato-stocked grocery shop).
    Developed around the remains of a Norman castle, it is a beguiling warren of narrow streets and uneven rooftops with a defiantly laid-back air.
    The focal point, the Mother Church, is intricately detailed with frescoes and mosaics but the pride and joy of the town is the Museum of Mummies.
    Forget figures wrapped in bandage-like material; these are ancient corpses embalmed in oil and placed strategically in coffins.
    The children were enthralled rather than unnerved at this bizarre spectacle and the stories surrounding them.
    Later at Valley of the Temples, close to the city of Agrigento, we walked among the ruins of an ancient Greek city.
    The area is dotted with gnarled olive and almond trees and the three temples, dating from 430BC, were extraordinarily beautiful against a brilliant blue sky.
    One, the Concordia, looked strangely familiar. It was only later that I realised it is the model for Unesco's logo.
    Returning for a day in Palermo, we shopped in the bustling street market, sampling “cucina povera” (cooking of the poor), effectively traditional Sicilian dishes. None of the children tried the snails, despite the stallholder gushingly insisting that the “bambini” must take one each, gratis.
    The architecture of Palermo is enchanting, the car-choked streets and erratic driving less so. So we headed for the beautiful coastal resorts of Scopello and nearby San Vito lo Capo, perched on the tip of the north-west peninsula.
    The former won us over with its white houses and smooth-stone streets, while the shimmering beach at San Vito lo Capo was in a league of its own. Here you are closer to Africa than the Italian mainland and the arid landscape and ubiquitous seafood couscous seemed to reflect that.
    Back at our villa, the days took on a relaxed rhythm. Olivia overcame her fear of the pool's deep end, Louis kept a vigil for geckoes and Jude took delight in watching the wild Tibetan goats on the nearby hillside.
    Come evening, the routine would always be the same. As we opened a bottle of red from the local Planeta Estate, the children would tuck in, once more, to the gelato. No wonder we were always running out.

    THE KNOWLEDGE
    soloSicily (www.solosicily.com) offers seven nights at Mariuccia from £2650 (sleeps six), selfcatering.
    easyJet (0843 104 5000/www.easyjet.com) offers return flights from Gatwick to Palermo from £60. Italian State Tourist Board: 0207 408 1254/www.italiantouristboard.co.uk

I Love Sicilia
  • Le Ville e una notte: La Sicilia in affitto

    Le Ville e una notte: La Sicilia in affitto




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    I LOVE SICILIA: Dal mare alla montagna. Dalle città d’arte all’enogastronomia, la Sicilia per le proprie vacanze. E I love Sicilia vi propone le più belle ville da affittare nelle varie provincie.

    Chi, giunti in questo periodo dell’anno, non sogna di andare in vacanza e abbandonare agende, appuntamenti e scadenze? Bene, allora, seguiteci in questo viaggio virtuale (che starà a voi rendere reale) attraverso le più belle ville in affitto in Sicilia. Dal mare alla montagna, dalle città d’arte all’enogastronomia, ciascuna proposta, neanche a dirlo, porta con sé le bellezze di un’Isola dai mille volti. E dai mille profumi. Come quelli che avvolgono Villa d’Eraclea, ad Eraclea Minoa, nell’Agrigentino, inserita l’anno scorso dal Times tra le 20 ville più belle d’Europa. All’ombra di una lussureggiante vegetazione, poggiata delicatamente sulla cima di una collina che dà su una spiaggia privata, in un angolo pacifico della Sicilia sud-occidentale, Villa d’Eraclea apre il nostro tour all’insegna dello charme: design moderno, caratterizzato dalle tonalità vivaci dell’arancio, del giallo e del blu. Quindi, la chicca, rappresentata dalla piscina asimmetrica che sembra estendersi all’orizzonte diventando tutt’uno col mare. E sempre nella campagna agrigentina sono immerse le Ville Elena e Mariuccia, la prima col suo giardino mediterraneo, e la seconda immersa nelle campagne di Burgio. Ed è proprio questa parte di Sicilia che custodisce un tesoro unico al mondo, tappa obbligata per che scegliesse l’Agrigentino per le proprie vacanze. Tra le campagne dei mandorli è , infatti, immersa la Valle dei Templi, splendida testimonianza della civiltà greca.[…]

    The villas mentioned in the article are:
    Tanguera
    , Perla Nera, Farm Campagna, Elena, Casa d’Eraclea, Mariuccia

approaching the pool and house from the main entrance
the lovely pool area seen from the villa 1st floor
the bright living room with open-fire place
one of the 4 double bedrooms
the covered patio for alfresco dining
the billiard room with double entrance from the terrace
an aperitif at the back patio of the house
some of the lovely Tibetan sheep
the stunning sandy beach of Eraclea at 20min away
Amenities

Accommodates (max) 10
Bedrooms 5
Double bedrooms 4
Twin bedroom 1
Bathrooms 3
Dog houses 2
Private swimminng pool (LxW in meters) (12x7)
Pool towels & Welcome pack
Private parking
Billiard room & Ping pong table
Air conditioing & heating
Safebox in each bedroom
Open fire-place & Wood-burning oven 
Washing machine
Rural BBQ
DVD/sat TV/Playstation 2/Internet connection with Mobile WI-FI 
Distances

Palermo Airport: 158km – 98miles – 2hr04
Catania Airport: 229km – 142miles – 3hr04
Trapani (Birgi) Airport: 162km – 100miles – 2hr14
Valley of the Temples: 71km – 44miles – 1hr11
Selinunte: 74km – 46miles – 1hr16
Eraclea Minoa: 40km – 25miles – 44mins
Scala dei Turchi: 58km – 36miles – 55mins
Nearest beach at Sciacca: 30km – 18miles – 20mins
Torre Salsa Nature Reserve: 45km – 28miles – 45mins
Shops & restaurants: 5mins driving
Valley of the Temples (Agrigento) Sciacca Harbour Torre Salsa beach
Period & Prices
2014 Prices
2015 Prices

2014 Prices

Mariuccia - Prices are in € per week

Exclusive use of the villa is guaranteed on reduced occupancy villa bookings, regardless of the number of bedrooms you use.

Period Prices (up to 6 guests/
3 bedrooms)
Prices (up to 8 guests/
4 bedrooms)
Prices (up to 10 guests/
5 bedrooms)
Jan 4 - Apr 11 € 2.420 € 2.600 € 2.950
Apr 12 - Jun 13 € 2.660 € 2.925 € 3.900
Jun 14 - Jul 11 € 2.925 € 3.510 € 4.550
Jul 12 - Aug 22 € 3.510 € 4.095 € 5.200
Aug 23 - Sep 26 € 2.660 € 2.925 € 3.900
Sep 27 - Jan 2 € 2.420 € 2.600 € 2.950
 
Refundable Security Deposit € 800 € 1.000 € 1.200

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

*Electricity & A/C: 200 kWh included - € 0,50 per extra kWh  

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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Our business hours
UK time:
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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Property prices
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Reviews from clients staying at Mariuccia

  • Heide Siclari - Italy | August 2013

    Ciao Nino e Maria,
    Vi ringraziamo molto per la vostra ospitalità e accoglienza cosi cordiale.
    Siamo stati benissimo, è stato un vero grande relax grazie alla vostra casa cosi tranquilla e ben organizzata.
    La piscina è meravigliosa. Un oasi di pace vera.

  • Roland Engbersen - Netherlands | August 2013

    Many Thanks for the wonderful time we had in this beautiful house and the hills of sicilie.
    We enjoyed every day that we stayed here!
    One day we hope to return.

  • Robert Hedley - United Kingdom | July 2013

    Thank you for the wonderful holiday, there was everything we could have wished for and more! “
    Eravamo tutti felici!...!
    Mille grazie

  • Sarah Merson from Daily Express - United Kingdom | June 2011

    "...A few hours later, the sun was up and Jude insisted that we all were, too. We spent the day familiarising ourselves with the villa, which had a slightly incongruous Californian feel, inside and out. The three terraces were decked out with BBQ and wood-burning pizza oven and various sitting and dining areas surrounded by colourful flower beds. Beyond that, the oak and olive trees offered privacy and shade. Inside, children delighted at the snooker room, table tennis table and PlayStation. With five double bedrooms, it was a toss up who got the one with a balcony overlooking the wonderfully inviting pool..." 

  • Artie Tepper - United Kingdom | May 2011

    We truly miss the time spent in Sicily. We were very fortunate to have found your rental company - it let us really enjoy the best of Sicily while staying in such high quality villas.
    Our second villa, Mariuccia, was just as spectacular. It gave us a sense of being "away from it all" with incredible views of the mountains. We enjoyed using it as a jumping off point to other locations. The small town of Burgio was an incredible treat. (..) I would gladly recommend your agency to future visitors.

  • English Actor Ray Winstone & Giuseppe Taglialavore - United Kingdom | August 2010

    What a wonderful place !! We all had a fantastic time and everything we needed for an enjoyable stay was there. Sicily is a beautiful island, with some lovely sandy beaches within fairly short driving distance of the villa, which we visited a couple of times. On all other days we enjoyed lazing around the wonderful swimming pool and cooking on the outside wood-burning oven. Villa Mariuccia is truly stunning, ideal for a special vacation.

    We would thoroughly recommend Villa Mariuccia to anyone. SoloSicily provided a very good service. The website was very informative and the staff were very helpful at all times.