Le Graste

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Wellness Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Hot Tub Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite

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Le Graste is a modern villa with panoramic views of Mount Etna and out to the Ionian Sea. If you wish to visit beaches, historic towns and make the most of Sicily’s natural beauty then this is the place to stay for a memorable holiday with friends or family.

This charming home was built in the 1840s as the manor house for the surrounding vineyard. As you approach through the gated, tree-lined grounds you will see the grand historic façade of the villa which has been preserved. As you head indoors, you will enter a vast open-plan living space filled with natural light which reflects off the chic marble flooring. Sink into the comfy sofas for a chat over a glass of local wine or eat together at the stylish dining table.

When night falls, you have a choice of 6 elegant bedrooms, each decorated with different design features and bursts of colour. The rooms have king-sized beds, armchairs, roomy wardrobes or dressing areas, a TV and an en-suite bathroom. 2 of the bedrooms even have large, inviting bath tubs to soak in after a busy day.

The owners have put a lot of effort in to making guests feel comfortable during their stay; there is Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a games room, cinema room and even a spa area for complete relaxation.

This feeling of space and indulgence continues as you walk out in to the expansive garden; outside you will find lawns, palm trees, dining spaces, outdoor sofas and a private swimming pool which offers views of the sea.

Just over 1km away from the villa there are a number of shops, restaurants and cafes, though there is a much larger selection in the town of Acireale (8km). The town has a lovely historic centre where you can visit the cathedral, basilica and a range of museums including a puppet museum. From here you can also embark on a number of tours; maybe you would like to go on a historic walking tour of the town with a local guide, or head up Mount Etna on a day trip.

You are sure to want to spend plenty of time visiting the sweeping coastline while in Sicily and the nearest beaches are around 6km away. You can find everything from tiny cliff-lined coves to wide stretches of white sand all near to the villa, so whether you prefer snorkelling or sunbathing you will discover a suitable beach with ease.

Just 22km away from Le Graste is Catania; a bustling port city at the foot of Mount Etna. Catania has undergone a lot of change over time due to destruction from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, though luckily many fantastic historical sites have survived. In the late 17th-century the entire old town was rebuilt in a beautiful Baroque style with spacious piazzas and stunning buildings which were uniquely constructed using lava from the volcano. The Piazza Duomo is the place to go for historic buildings; here you can see the cathedral, the town hall and the Diocesan Museum which is home to church art work and Christian relics. Closer to the port you will see the Castello Ursino, a 13th-century castle, here you can explore the old castle but also visit the art gallery and civic museum on the ground floor.

When you are feeling peckish from all of the sight-seeing then head over to Catania’s thriving fish-market for some fresh seafood and pick up a traditional citrus drink from a tiny street kiosk. If you would like to take part in a boat trip, then depart on an excursion from the port along the gorgeous coastline or to visit some of the nearby enchanting caves.

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What you should know…

  • Le Graste sleeps 12 guests in 6 bedrooms. When full capacity is booked (14 guests), single beds are added to two of the bedrooms.
  • There are many impressive staircases outside the villa - children should be supervised when using these.
  • We recommend that guests bring a car in order to explore the wealth of lovely towns and beaches in this area, there is parking available at the villa.

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Hot Tub Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Lift Sauna/Steam Gym/Fitness Room Pool/Snooker Home Cinema

Villa Interior (650m2) (accessed via external stairs or panoramic lift)

- Open plan living and dining room with sofas, dining table, TV, fireplace and grand piano
- Fully-fitted kitchen with oven, hob, fridge freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee machine
- Bedroom with king-sized double bed, roll-top bath, TV and en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and WC
- Bedroom with king-sized double bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, sink and WC
- 4 x bedroom with king-sized double bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and WC
- Games room with dart board and pool table
- Home cinema room
- Wellness area with heated pool, hot tub, gym and sauna

When full capacity is booked (14 guests), single beds are added to two of the bedrooms.

Outside Grounds (2000m2)

- Swimming pool (7m x 5m, depth: 1.4m), open all year
- Poolside terrace with sun loungers and sea views
- Landscaped-garden with established trees and lawn
- Roof terrace with al-fresco dining area
- Pergola with outdoor sofas
- Hanging egg chairs
- Parking

Facilities 

- Wi-Fi
- Air-conditioning
- TVs
- Piano
- Hairdryers
- Panoramic lift (from parking to ground floor of villa)

Location

About the surrounding area of Le Graste
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Tennis Nearby Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Le Graste is located just 5km from the coast in the North-East of Sicily. With the imposing Mount Etna in view and picturesque towns, thermal baths and beaches in easy-reach, this is a brilliant place to stay for a trip exploring all Sicily has to offer.

The villa is nestled amongst farmland and citrus trees in a semi-rural area but you will not be isolated here as there are shops, restaurants and supermarkets dotted around the nearby villages just over 1km away.

When you wish to visit the beach, the closest is just 6km away. Santa Tecla beach is a black pebble beach with crystal clear water for swimming and is part of the protected La Timpa Nature Reserve. There is also a diving centre just down the road if you fancy taking a diving lesson or hiring equipment.

Acireale is the closest large town to the villa and is a mere 8km away. There are a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants here and the town is close by so you could visit a number of times if you discover a favourite spot for dinner. Acireale also has some stunning historic buildings to visit and pretty winding streets to explore, though it most well-known for its Carnevale which is held in February each year and draws in huge crowds. If you are here for Carnevale you will see parades filled with floats and performers, dancers, poets, medieval re-enactments, concerts and plenty of food markets lining the streets. Acireale also has a good selection of beaches from tiny lava stone beaches which are perfect for scuba diving to wide sandy beaches like La Mulino beach where you can relax and enjoy the sun.

A wonderful place for a day trip is the ancient town of Taormina which is 36km away from the villa. Taormina is a very popular place with tourists as it is a beautiful spot filled with historic sites to discover. Settled by the Greeks and taken over by everyone from the Romans to the Spanish, the town has a diverse patch-work of architecture which is lovely to see as you wander around the pretty streets and large public parks. People have been flocking to Taormina for hundreds of years and it was once a key location for the aristocracy on their Grand Tour of Europe. Today you will still find high-end eateries, bars, artisan shops and staggering views that made this town so popular. Some of the key attractions here include the amazing Greek-Roman theatre which was built around 300BC and is still hosting plays, festivals and concerts, and also the cable car which will take you down to the coast where you can head over to the small island Isola Bella which has an incredible Baroque palace and botanical gardens.

A little further out is the amazing city of Syracuse which was once the biggest city in the ancient world and is today filled with ancient ruins at the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, plus gorgeous medieval streets, great shopping and a rugged coastline. Syracuse is 88km away and well-worth the drive of just over an hour. 

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Catania

(38km)

Nearest Airport 2 Palermo

(261km)

Nearest Village

(1.2km)

Nearest Restaurant

(In the same estate)

Nearest Bar/Pub

(1.2km)

Nearest Supermarket

(2km)

Nearest Beach Santa Tecla (pebble/rocky beach)

(6km)

Nearest Tennis Acireale

(8km)

Nearest Train Station Acireale

(8km)

Region

Eastern Sicily, a captivating region in Italy, boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty that leaves visitors spellbound. This part of Sicily, with its enchanting landscapes and charming towns, offers a myriad of attractions and activities that beckon travellers from around the world.

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Sicily is a brilliant place to bring your children on a family holiday; you are never far away from a beach which kids always love, but Sicily also offers a few different experiences such as trips to a volcano or ancient ruins.

If you would like to get out in nature with the kids and see more of the landscape, then why not book on to a horse-riding trek. Just 6km away from the villa is Centro Ippico Equimania which is an equestrian centre. Skilled riders can head out on guided treks, while those new to riding can have a lesson and visit the horses and other small animals.

It would be a shame to visit the North of Sicily and not see Mount Etna. The top of the volcano is 25km away from Le Graste and for safety reasons it is advised that you only head up to near the summit with a guide. There are many trips you can choose from, including 4x4 drives, walks around the craters or even helicopter rides over the volcano! 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Heated Pool
  • Lift
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Home Cinema

Services Available

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • Welcome Pack Included
  • Wellness Area Available
  • Hairdresser Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras included at this property:

- Welcome pack
- Daily cleaning 
- Daily change of towels
- Change of bed linen (twice a week)

Extras available at this property:

- Breakfast
- Private chef
- Welcome dinner
- Waiter
- Babysitter
- Laundry/Ironing service
- Masseuse
- Hairdresser
- Transfers

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €5000 charged to client’s credit card by the owner one month before and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 2.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Minimum stay 4 nights.
Changeover day Saturday or Sunday. Any other changeover days on request.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes and daily cleaning included. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Pool heating charge? Included. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Pool opening dates? Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€5 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Other Ts and Cs Le Graste sleeps 12 guests in 6 bedrooms. When full capacity (14 guests) is booked, single beds are added to two of the bedrooms.
Other Ts and Cs The villa is accessible via external stairs or using the panoramic lift.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Dec 29th 2024 £8,472 £10,590 £14,821
Dec 29th 2024 - Aug 26th 2025 £8,472 £10,590 £14,821

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Dec 29th 2024 €9,218 €11,522 €16,125
Dec 29th 2024 - Aug 26th 2025 €9,218 €11,522 €16,125

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Dec 29th 2024 $9,975 $12,469 $17,451
Dec 29th 2024 - Aug 26th 2025 $9,975 $12,469 $17,451

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

• When did you become the owner?

In 2018 I became the director of the property.

• What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

The extremely beautiful view and the quiet area. 

• For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

- Must do?

Visit the biggest volcano Etna, enjoy Eolie island, Tourist town of Taormina, cities of Syracuse and Noto.

- Must eat?

Typical Sicilian food, local fresh fish, fabulous typical Cannoli ricotta cheese. 

- Must see?

The old Catania City and Noto Cathedral. 

• What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

The property it is located in the Sicilian countryside, surrounded by lemon trees. It is very peaceful, normally you can only hear the chirping of birds, if you sit on the terrace, you can enjoy listening to the Ionian sea.

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