Villa Taio

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Wedding Venue
Wow Factor
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Hot Tub Walk to Beach All Bedrooms En-Suite Romantic

Peer through the arched balcony with a glass of Nero d’Avola and gaze out towards Cefalù and the azure-coloured Mediterranean from this exclusive and stylish villa in a clifftop setting with direct access to the sea below.

Designed by an architect couple, Villa Taio is both sophisticated and stunning, set in a garden with Sicilian olive trees and the most spectacular terraces. With minimalist yet elegant style, expect contemporary furnishings set against beautifully tiled floors and light décor with splashes of Sicilian colour. Downstairs is all about open-plan living and dining with a sea-view, leading to the spacious terrace outside. Upstairs you will find four superb en suite double bedrooms, many with doors out to the lovely upper balcony with yet more Mediterranean vistas as well as glimpses of historic Cefalù and its imposing Rocca.

Outside, chill out on the vast terrace in the sunshine, lie back in the inviting hot tub as the sky turns pink in the evening and dine al-fresco by the barbecue, with the soothing sound of waves lapping on the rocks below. The most nimble-footed can access the Tyrrhenian Sea below, perfect for swimming or snorkelling in crystal-clear water. Or you can simply wander down the private lane to the nearest beach and its summer restaurant, around 700m away.

Charming Cefalù can be reached in a short drive with its sandy beaches and lidos as well as its historic town filled with enchanting alleys, enticing osterie and atmospheric cafes, not to mention the incredible Duomo and its wonderful piazza. Carry along the coast to discover yet more beaches such as Sant'Ambrogio or admire the landscapes of northern Sicily’s shoreline by boat.

Hop on a train to Palermo, a grand city with awe-inspiring architecture, UNESCO World Heritage sites and the most amazing markets and street-food. Drive inland to the hilltop town of Enna and you may even be able to see Mount Etna in the distance, whilst closer to home is the beautiful Madonie National Park, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Villa Taio encapsulates much of what Sicily is all about – stylish character, gorgeous views, glorious nature and close to one of the island’s most charming, historic seaside towns.

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What you should know…

  • Villa Taio shares a driveway with neighbouring 2-bedroom Casa Gio which has a private pool. For larger groups, both houses can be hired together – see Villas Taio and Gio for further details
  • An architect designed villa, if travelling with children look out for unique features such as the open staircase and supervise on the terraces outside
  • Additional beds are available for up to two extra guests on request – please see the “T&Cs” tab for additional costs

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Hot Tub BBQ Safety Deposit Box Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Satellite TV Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Villa Interiors (approx. 200m2)

Main Floor

- Open-plan living and dining area with doors to large terrace with sea-view
- Open-plan kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, kettle, espresso machine, blender and toaster
- Laundry room
- Shower room

Upper Floor (via open staircase)


- Bedroom with double bed and en suite shower room
- Bedroom with double bed and en suite shower room
- Bedroom with double bed and en suite shower room
- Bedroom with double bed and en suite bathroom with bath and shower

Outside Grounds

- Hot tub (6m2) and outdoor shower
- Terrace with sea views
- Upper balcony with sea views
- Barbecue
- Private sea access
- Fenced grounds
- Driveway (shared with Casa Gio)
- Parking

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Air-conditioning
- Underfloor heating
- Fireplace
- Satellite TV
- Mosquito net (living room)
- Safe
- Hairdryers
- Washing machine and ironing facilities

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Taio
Walk to Beach Walk to Restaurant Watersports Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Scuba Diving Boat Trips Seafront
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Just 5km from Cefalù on the striking north coast of Sicily, Villa Taio enjoys the most incredible setting atop a cliff, with direct sea access and within walking distance to a beautiful beach.

Keen swimmers can get to the Tyrrhenian sea via the rocks below and bathe or snorkel in the emerald water whilst you can also wander to a beach around 700m away. This small beach can be reached via a private road and is a mixture of sand, pebbles and smooth rocks. In the height of the summer there is a beachside restaurant with glorious views. There are a couple of other beaches within a kilometre or two, trickier to reach but worth the trek on this mesmerising coastline.

The historic town of Cefalù (5km) is a delight whether exploring its charming centre or relaxing on the sandy shores of its long beach with lidos, watersports and restaurants. The Duomo is magnificent, set in a wonderful piazza with atmospheric cafes, bars and restaurants. Explore the town’s ancient lanes, coming across historic sites, lovely shops and welcoming gelaterias, climb up La Rocca for exceptional views, then head to the beach to cool off in the azure-coloured sea. There are both public parts of the beach and private lidos where you can rent sun loungers for the day.

A boat trip is another fantastic way to visit the coastline – look out for companies in Cefalù offering excursions, including opportunities to swim and snorkel or boat rental is possible too.

Heading east, Sant'Ambrogio (13km) is another idyllic stretch of Sicilian coastline with a lovely village as well as wilder beaches. It’s located at the gateway of the magical Madonie National Park with its endless olive groves, wild goats, breathtaking natural landscapes and great biodiversity. It’s a paradise for nature lovers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts or you can just visit by driving to a tiny village for a coffee in a local bar or lunch in stunning surroundings.

The vibrant city of Palermo (66km) is just over an hour away (or pick up the train from Cefalù), home to historic markets, exquisite sights, impressive shops, restaurants and bars as well as amazing street-food. The spectacular Duomo is just one of Palermo’s UNESCO World Heritage sites alongside the Palazzo Reale, Cappella Palatina and La Zisa castle amongst others. The buildings throughout the city are awe-inspiring with spectacular examples of both Arabic and Byzantine architecture.

If you are hoping to visit the heart of the island then Enna is a fine day out, around a 90-minute drive away. Stroll around its beautifully preserved medieval centre, soak up the hilltop town’s old-fashioned charm and admire distant views towards Mount Etna. History-lovers can also drive further south to Agrigento (140km), around two hours away, to visit one of the island's ancient sites.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Palermo

(95km)

Nearest Airport 2 Catania

(173km)

Nearest Beach

(700m)

Nearest Restaurant Beach restaurant (summer only)

(700m)

Nearest Town Cefalù

(5km)

Nearest Supermarket Nr Cefalù

(3.5km)

Nearest Tennis Cefalù

(5km)

Nearest Golf Villa Airoldi Golf Club

(70km)

Nearest City Palermo

(66km)

Region

Nestled on the westernmost tip of the stunning island of Sicily, Western Sicily is a region that offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, rich history, and mouthwatering cuisine. It is a place where the ancient meets the modern, creating a unique atmosphere that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit.

Kids

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

Cefalù is a wonderful family holiday destination in so many ways.

First of all the beaches – the long sandy shore at Cefalù is wonderful with both lidos as well as public areas and even though it can get very busy in the summer months, there is still a lovely family ambience. You will also find watersports as well as boat excursions a little further by the port.

There is also a pretty beach within walking distance from the villa – 700m along a private lane. There’s a restaurant which is usually open in the main summer months and it’s a great spot for swimming. Older kids may also want to access the sea from the rocks below Villa Taio.

Cefalù is also a great town for eating out or perhaps just a gelato after you’ve explored the shady lanes and visit the lovely range of shops. Let off steam in the main square, along the seaside promenade or climb up La Rocca for incredible views and surroundings!

Look out for horse-riding nearby as well as a wealth of outdoor activities in the Madonie National Park such as hiking, mountain biking and more exploring on horse-back. At the southern end of the park, just over an hour away, Parco Avventura Madonie offers tree-top courses, archery, cycling and more. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Watersports
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service 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 available at this property (payable locally):

- Cook
- Extra cleaning

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!

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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 €500 charged to client’s credit card by the owner up to one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
Departure time 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes plus mid-week clean 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.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes, for the hot tub.
Changeover day Flexible.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Other Ts and Cs Please note that jacuzzi opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and maintenance requirements.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
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 Two additional beds are available for two extra guests, on request only and subject to a charge of €50 per bed per day, payable locally.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 £4,681
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 £6,241
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £8,321
Jun 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £9,362
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 £8,321
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 1st 2024 £6,241
Dec 1st 2024 - Dec 30th 2024 £6,761
Dec 30th 2024 - Mar 31st 2025 £4,681
Mar 31st 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 £6,241
Apr 30th 2025 - May 31st 2025 £8,321
May 31st 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 £9,362

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 €5,093
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 €6,790
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €9,053
Jun 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €10,185
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 €9,053
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 1st 2024 €6,790
Dec 1st 2024 - Dec 30th 2024 €7,356
Dec 30th 2024 - Mar 31st 2025 €5,093
Mar 31st 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 €6,790
Apr 30th 2025 - May 31st 2025 €9,053
May 31st 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 €10,185

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 $5,506
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 $7,341
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $9,788
Jun 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $11,011
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 $9,788
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 1st 2024 $7,341
Dec 1st 2024 - Dec 30th 2024 $7,953
Dec 30th 2024 - Mar 31st 2025 $5,506
Mar 31st 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 $7,341
Apr 30th 2025 - May 31st 2025 $9,788
May 31st 2025 - Sep 2nd 2025 $11,011

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.

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