Sicilian country mansion
on the edge of Palermo
With its fantastic Italian Garden and rare collection of art, Villa Bordonaro ai Colli is the epitome of the Palermitano country house. Barone Chiaramonte Bordonaro and his family have created an apartment for guests within the vast villa, originally built as a home for King Ferdinand III when he was forced into exile by the invasion of Napoleon.
The apartment occupies the second floor of the villa, and comprises an entrance hall, a dining room with fireplace, three bedrooms (one with fireplace), two bathrooms and a kitchen.
Furniture and furnishings are antique, and although the apartment does not have a terrace, its windows look out onto magnificent flower beds and a nineteenth century fountain.
To compensate for the lack of terrace, the owners have set aside part of the garden by the swimming pool for the exclusive use of guests.
||3 bedrooms, 6 sleeps|
|6 January - 31 March||
|31 March - 7 April||
|7 April - 12 May||
|12 May - 30 June||
|30 June - 8 September||
|8 September - 20 October||
|20 October - 15 December||
|15 December - 5 January||
Refundable at the departure less any damages € 1000
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La Foresteria is for people who are fascinated by the past, and for whom the idea of having an insight into the life of the Palermitani aristocracy is more important than ultramodern fittings – for example, old buildings are elastic and the 18th century maiolica floor tiles undulate in places; the bathrooms are simple and not ensuite; and the kitchen is a little old fashioned and basic.
On request, a fourth bedroom is available for children.
Entrance room Living/dining room with fireplace
3 bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 twin)
2 bathrooms (one with shower and the other with bath and shower)
Garden with exclusive use of swimming pool and heated Jacuzzi
Time-travelling in a historic aristocratic mansion — be sure to bring Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Leopard and These Happy Summer Days by Fulco di Verdura who lived in neighbouring Villa Niscemi Lazing by the pool on a hot summer’s day, or roasting chestnuts by the fire in autumn.
We stayed with our young children who made friends with the owners’ four year old daughter. We felt like part of the family!
Visiting the state rooms of the piano nobile, where the family still live, and arranging to have a formal lunch in the grand dining room.
Exploring the Parco della Favorita, the former royal hunting reserve, which surrounds the villa Heading down to the nearby seaside resort of Mondello to relax on the beach and see the Art Nouveau villas of the Valdesi quarter.
Bordonaro is not suitable for elderly people or anyone who finds climbing stairs difficult. Families with young children have found the villa very comfortable — indeed the owners have a four year old daughter, so they understand what family life is like!
The villa is ideal for anyone who loves history and wants a prestigious villa within the city with a fabulous pool and garden.
Some things not to miss in you are staying at the Forestaria Bordonaro: