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Agriturismo Villa Cefalà, near Palermo, Sicily, is just a stone’s throw from the beach and its hillside location allows some really stunning views over the Mediterranean and some nice sea breezes too. The farmhouse is a classic old Sicilian mansion, in this case from the 18th century, and a place where the nobility of Palermo used to spend long leisurely summers.
The building has an aristocratic, elegant feel, and the grounds are gorgeous too, there is a swimming pool and some lovingly maintained garden areas surrounded by rows and rows of citrus and olive trees. They also have a great restaurant on site where you can enjoy a generous, fresh, breakfast each morning and some thoroughly enjoyable evening meals on the outdoor terrace.
Agriturismo Villa Cefalà has both B&B rooms and apartments. All have a nicely traditional Sicilian feel to them, with wrought iron bed frames, tiled floors, wood beamed ceilings and antique furniture, but they are modern hotel standard in terms of comfort and facilities; en-suite bathrooms, WiFi, Satellite TV, mini bar and safe, plus some nice little touches like a complimentary beauty kit in each of the bathrooms.
The rooms are all double rooms and have plenty of space with a separate seating area included. The apartments have also one double bedroom though are slightly larger with a small kitchenette and lounge area included. In the grounds there is an outdoor swimming pool and various terraces and extensive gardens where you’ll also find a small children’s playground.
The food is fantastic at this agriturismo, their traditional breakfast is large and tasty, and has a very nice selection of home made delicacies for you to try; pastries, breads, cakes, cheeses and yoghurts, washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice straight from the farm and of course some great coffee.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner too, where the quality of the food & wine, and the beautiful surrounds, attract many local visitors too, which is always a good indication. They have excellent cooking classes at the agriturismo, in case you would like to try your hand at making some of their dishes yourself at home, and a farm shop too where you buy some of their own extra virgin olive oil and various homemade citrus products to take home; marmalades, jams, jellies and other delicacies.
The location is very convenient from Palermo, whether by car or by train. By car just take the E90 east of the city for about 20 minutes before turning off towards Casteldaccia. By train is more convienent, with the agriturismo being walking distance from Casteldaccia train station which takes less than a half an hour from Palermo central station.
It’s also just two minutes from the nearest beach and this part of Sicily’s north coast has long been a popular place for Palermo natives to enjoy the countryside. You can also go horse riding, hiking and cycling around the local area and all sorts of trips & tours can be arranged from the farmhouse. Just ask the staff they will be happy to give advice and to arrange things for you, and they rent bikes directly from the farm.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“The pool, the food, the big comfortable rooms. The beautiful setting….”
“We had an amazing time. The staff was welcoming and helpful. But the highlight of the stay was the cooking lessons. Very fun and educational. Excellent!…”
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