Garden with a swimming pool
complex near Palermo

Sleeps

22

Bedrooms

10

Bathrooms

9

Pool

3 pool

Welcome to Arcadia! Set within a historic grove of nespole (loquat plum trees) and surrounded by a truly magical garden, Villa Arcadia — comprising a main house and two annexes — lies on the north coast of Sicily between Palermo and Cefalu. Here outdoor life has been turned into an elegant way of living, and what is more, it’s just 50 metres from the sea, with its own mooring. It is perhaps the garden which is the villa’s most extraordinary feature, created by the owner as a miniature version of one of the grand botanical landscaped gardens of days gone by. To integrate it with the nespoleto, the garden was designed as a kind of hanging or terraced garden with a splendid collection of exotic palms, aromatic plants and tropical flowers around the superb swimming pool complex.

4 bedrooms, 8 sleeps 6 bedrooms, 12 sleeps 7 bedrooms, 14 sleeps 9 bedrooms, 18 sleeps
7 January - 25 March
3000
3600
4200
5000
25 March - 10 June
4500
5500
6500
7300
10 June - 8 July
6000
7000
8150
9450
8 July - 26 August
8800
10000
11300
12600
26 August - 23 September
6000
7000
8150
9450
23 September - 28 October
4500
5500
6500
7300
28 October - 5 January 2018
3000
3600
4200
5000

Security deposit

Refundable at the departure less any damages € 2000

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The villa is between Palermo, Monreale and Cefalu at the center of the UNESCO cultural site denominated ‘Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù and Monreale’ at 40 min reach from Trabia.

There are three pools on different levels, linked by waterfalls. The main pool is a 20m by 8m infinity pool, from which, spanned by a picturesque little wooden bridge, a waterfall cascades into a large hydromassage pool with room for twelve people. From here, another fall pours into a small (6m by 3m) shallow pool ideal for children. Beside the main pool there is a comfortable — and covered — outdoor kitchen with a dining area and bathroom/shower.
The main villa has a dining area on a spacious patio with a barbecue tiled with traditional Sicilian ceramics. Near the entrance is a large ornamental pond with papyrus, lotus flowers and carp. Opposite, is a spacious open gazebo (about 180 square metres), an ideal place to relax, read, play ping pong or even watch TV.

The villa comprises four separate, independent structures.

The main house is on two levels. On the ground floor there is an elegant dining room, a large living room with an antique upright piano, a second living room and a guest bathroom with bath and shower. There is also a superbly equipped modern kitchen with a large window overlooking the garden. On the upper floor are four bedrooms (Three doubles with ensuite bathroom, and a twin  which share a bathroom with shower and hydromassage bath). Each bedroom has a private balcony with views of the sea.
Also on this floor is another kitchen and dining room with access to a large terrace overlooking the nespoleto, and another double bedroom looking onto the hanging gardens.

The first annexe (Glicine) is at the back of the main villa, with its own private access. It has two bedrooms, a double and a twin each of which has an ensuite bathroom with hydromassage shower. There is also a living area with kitchen and a furnished terrace kept private by lush vegetation.

The second annexe (Primula) is surrounded by a large garden, and would be ideal for a family with children. It has a double bedroom and a children’s bedroom with bunk beds, and two bathrooms, one of which has a hydromassage shower. There is also a comfortable living room with a double sofa bed and a modern kitchen with access to a private furnished terrace amid the nespoleto.

The third annexe ( Agapanto) a secluded cottage for two on a raised uphill location within the garden and orchard of Villa Cecilia Trabia offering a panoramic view on the sea bay. Consists in double bedroom with private bathroom, living and little kitchen overlooking over the panoramic patio with outdoor dining area. Agapanto is ideal for couples looking for the privacy of their own accommodation while being immersed in a beautiful garden. The bedroom can also accomodate a cot bed.

Useful information:
There are six extra places available, in rooms that are slightly simpler than those described above. There is a small double in the main villa (suitable for children); a comfy double sofa bed in Primula (the second annexe), and a third annexe (Agapanto) in the highest part of the garden with a magnificent panoramic view of the sea has a double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and patio. The beach is in easy reach (across a busy state road) but there is private access, and facilities including changing room, bathroom and shower.

Your villa at a glance

Main house: Ground floor – large living room and dining room Guest bathroom (with shower and bath-tub) Large fully-equipped kitchen First floor: 4 bedrooms ( 3 doubles and 1 twin) 4 bathrooms of which 3 ensuite Second small kitchen Second small living room/studio.

Glicine: On two levels First level One small double bedroom with ensuite bathroom Living room with kitchen Upper level Double bedroom Ensuite bathroom with shower and hydromassage tub.

Primula: One double bedroom with ensuite bathroom one room with two bunk beds a second bathroom a living/dining room with double sofa bed a fully equipped kitchen with access to the garden.

Agapanto: Double bedroom with private bathroom Little living room Kitchen Private terrace

We like

Swimming in the big pool, then relaxing in the hydromassage pool below it.
The delicious celery-juice cocktails made by the owners at sunset.
Exploring the garden with its rare plants
the rich selection of delicious sicilian home-style dishes prepared by the dedicated staff
Taking a trip in the RIB for an unforgettable swim at the Formiche rocks and Capo Zafferano.
A tradition fishermen’s feast franco a piscaturi at Porticello
Visiting Villa Valguarnera guided by the owner, a well known author and a knowledgable and captivating guide
Exploring the Arab-Norman heritage of Cefalù and Palermo

We think

The villa is ideal for big families or groups, with or without small children.
It’s a great villa for a mixed age group, with the three pools, the huge gazebo and sea nearby.
The villa is gorgeous — inside and out — and the gardens fantastic and conveniently located for cultural-artistic tours (organised by the owners): the UNESCO site of Palermo-Cefalu-Monreale is at 40 min driving distance and six other UNESCO cultural and natural sites in Sicily are within 1h 30min – 2h 30min reach

Nearby

  • Palermo airport 38.5 miles
  • Palermo 20 miles
  • Cefalù 30.4 miles
  • Trapani airport 88 miles

Things to do


  • The Arab – Norman itineray from Palermo to Cefalu’ – Unesco cultural site.
  • The visit at Villa Palagonia ( the villa of monster) or at Villa Valguarnera guided by the owner, a truly unforgettable experience to know one the magnificent aristocratic villas in Sicily.
  • A dinner in Porticello, little fisherman village, favorite place of Palermitans to taste a very good fish dishes
  • A cooking class at Lampedusa Palace
  • A dinner at  “ I pupi” restaurant, Bagheria * Michelin.

Reviews

Fantastic vacation

June 28, 2015

We have had a fantastic vacation. The kids are already asking when we are coming back. Great that you had table tennis, water polo, etc…

- J.T.M.

An excellent choice for our large family

August 20, 2014
Villa Arcadia proved to be an excellent choice for our large family trip (16 persons) to the Palermo area. Well situated for visiting Palermo as well as Trapani, Erice, Cefalu, Tindari, for which the Villa arranged excellent bus tours, both unguided and guided. The bus and driver were superb as well as the tour guide was excellent both informative and entertaining.
The Villa scheduled a lunch for our large group at a typical restaurant in Palermo that was not just a tourist stop but a true Palermitan slice of life. The facilities and grounds of the Villa allowed our large group to enjoy both central gatherings for meals and recreation but also afforded smaller groups privacy and retreat. The staff was attentive to our needs. One night we prepared a very large birthday celebration meal after shopping in the open-air market of Palermo. The staff nicely set up the entire barbecue space and cleaned it up afterwards. In sum, the Villa provided the basis for a very enjoyable and educational week in northern Sicily for our large family group. Many thanks.

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- N.B.

A very impressive garden

October 25, 2013

A Very impressive garden with rare plants and spectacular landscaping. Massive space in excellent location with direct sea overview. The whole our stay was sunny weather +25C. Like autumn has never come to island. Kids were enjoying whirlpool and pools with plenty toys for swimming. Food and service were at level of Michelin star restaurant. It was really a pleasure to stay at Villa Arcadia. Looking forward to seeing you again.

- B.M.