Nestled in the Val di Noto, Villa Ragusa is a beautifully restored 19th-century country house in the south of Sicily. It boasts six bedrooms, sunny terraces and a large swimming pool.
Sitting right on the cliff, the view over the Tyrrhenian Sea is amazing, with Cefalù and the cathedral on the right and nothing but the ocean in front of you.
Villa on the Cliff
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
In case of official travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests can cancel and receive a voucher for the amount paid.
The villa sits on the cliffs with nothing but the crystal clear ocean in front of you.
Walk down to the patio right by the sea to watch the waves rolling in, then lean back and relax.
There are several great restaurants in the area and also in Cefalù, less than 5 mins away.
Combine the villa with the House under the Olive Tree for a bigger gathering of family or friends.
There is no swimming pool but you have the entire ocean a few steps away.
How would you describe Villa on the Cliff in a nutshell?
Villa on the Cliff is one of two luxurious vacation rentals on the same property in northern Sicily, Italy. The four-bedroom villa is located right on the cliffs with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, which can be enjoyed from the large living room and terrace.
To you personally, what is so special about the Villa on the Cliff?
To me the most important aspect of the Villa on the Cliff is the sea and the effect it has on the general environment. Here the color changes every hour, creating very different atmospheres throughout the hours of the day.
Who should stay at Villa on the Cliff and who should rather book something else?
This rental is ideal for a group of people, like friends traveling together or a bigger family with kids. With four bedrooms there is enough private space for everyone but also several meeting spots for parties or bigger get-togethers.
What do you particularly like about this part of Sicily?
Sicily is a big island but is very different city by city, village by village in terms of culture, food and the coast. My father is from the north of Sicily, so I’m familiar with that idea of life, which is something our guests will get the chance to experience during their stay in this area. In my opinion, the land around Cefalú is one of the best sides of the island.
I also really like the different experiences one can take part in in this part of Sicily, such as at a place in the mountains called Madonie, which has a small village where guests can get food and explore. A fantastic drive with beautiful views is the track of the famous race Mille Miglia, which starts in Cefalù and then goes up the mountains.
Villa on the Cliff is a two-story building with four en-suite bedrooms on the top floor, each of them with access to a big balcony/terrace. One of the bedrooms is a bit bigger than the others and has both a bathtub and shower. Each room has a balcony, but my favorite is the room in the corner because it has the best view of the sea.
On the lower floor there is a kitchen, laundry room and an extra bathroom. The villa has a fireplace as well as a big sofa in the living room, which is a perfect place to rest and relax.
From the large living room guests have access to the terrace, which overlooks the cliff. Steps lead down directly to the sea to a small patio where guests can sit and watch the waves rolling in. It is a very unique and intimate atmosphere down there, which creates a special relationship between the individual person and the sea.
The beaches on the left and right of the property are big but are stone-beaches instead of sandy beaches. The water of the sea is crystal clear.
There is one word, which describes this villa perfectly: warm. The dimensions of the house and the love for details, which are visible all throughout the rooms, offer an authentic experience and make it feel like a family home.
Our guests have a private beach access. The villa is self-catering but as an additional service we can bring in a chef for Sicilian or Arabic food. Upon their arrival our guests will find their kitchen stocked with all basic necessities.
We can recommend the best restaurants in the area for those of our guests who want to venture out for meals. Most of the restaurants are in Cefalù, which is 5 mins by car.
We offer mid-week or even daily cleaning, and we have someone guarding the property throughout all the day. Therefore there is always someone available onsite to answer any questions that arise, like recommendations for restaurants or if something happens with the house. The guardian has a car and can offer transfers as well.
Plans for the near future include being able to provide some kind of romantic transfer, such as taking our guests by boat from the cliff side to the port in Cefalú and back. We are also considering offering electric bikes for people to get to Cefalú.
The villa is perfect for relaxation. Our guests can soak up some sun, go to the beach, fall asleep in the lounge chairs or enjoy a nice meal on the terrace.
The beach and the mountains are definitely worth seeing, as is walking around Cefalú, which has a very big pedestrian area, perfect to wander around the city. A trip to Palermo is another nice thing to do for a day or a short visit.
There’s the beautiful town of Santo Stefano di Camastra, which is a few kilometers from Cefalú and is famous for ceramics and tiles. The Eolie islands are also very nice to visit. There’s a straight connection from Cefalú to Lipari, which makes for an easy trip if you want to spend one or two days exploring the seven different volcanic islands. These islands are all very different, Lipari is the biggest, Panarea is quite fashionable and Stromboli has an active volcano, which you can climb with a guide.
The villa rental is located in Cefalù, a small UNESCO world heritage town with a Norman cathedral east of Palermo on the northern coast of Sicily. The nearest airport in Palermo can be reached in 1 hour and 30 mins by car. Within five mins from the villa there are several restaurants in Cefalu. During summer months this charming town can get somewhat crowded with tourists.
Sitting right on the cliff, the view over the Tyrrhenian Sea is amazing with Cefalù and the cathedral on the right and nothing but the ocean front of you.
The coast right below is not private but there are two beaches by the villa. One is the beach at Mazzaforno, which is about a six or seven minute walk. The second beach, Settefrati, is almost like a private and secret beach. It is a particular beach that looks like a nature reserve, which can be reached within a 12-minute walk. It’s not very easy to find because there’s no official entrance, but I can direct guests to it.
For guests who want to go swimming or do a lot of activities in the water, we would recommend coming here anytime between the end of April and the end of November. However, for those who enjoy spending more time at the house, they will find that it is a wonderful place to stay in all year-round. With heated floors and a fireplace the whole villa becomes a cozy hideaway and being inside looking out at the sea is quite a unique experience.
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