Posts tagged ‘Sicily’

November 11, 2013

Sicily’s World-Class Resort – VERDURA

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort located on the scenic northwest coast of Sicily is an ideal destination to chill out from the the hustle bustle of Palermo. This low-rise Rocco Forte resort is on more than 500 acres with an extensive private beach. Most rooms have sea views, due to the low-rise buildings and expansive grounds. The resort boasts 45 holes of golf and I can attest to the fact that the course is championship quality, having recently played the North Course.
Dining options are plentiful and each offer a unique atmosphere with both indoor and al fresco options. The Verdura guest rooms are exceptionally large and all have either a balcony or terrace.
For the non-golfers, Verdura has a tennis center with 6 lighted courts, allowing night time play, an enormous infinity pool, an extensive spa with another swim pool, a series of thalasso treatment pools, a gym, and sauna. For the beach goers, all the chaises, umbrellas, towels, water sports equipment, and beach front restaurant make for an ideal day at the beach. Complimentary bicycles are all over the property, just waiting for guests to snag one for use during their stay, which I thought was a very nice touch.

To my surprise, there is a dedicated children’s center, proof that Verdura welcomes families.

Want a diversion, about 30 minutes south of Verdura is one of the best preserved Greek Temples in the world at Agrigento…The Valley of the Temples. Not to be missed is an excellent Archeological Museum, with well displayed artifacts found during the excavations.

After a few days at Verdura, one can drive along the southern coast to Siracusa, preferably with a few overnights inland and then up to Taormina before departing from Catania.

March 9, 2011

Invitation to Tuscany: New Properties for 2011!

New Properties for 2011
We have been gathering some wonderful new properties for this year: large ex-farmhouses with never-ending views (Casa Michelangelo, Casa Cerfone), luxurious villas close to Florence (Villa da Vinci, Villa Lucia), Eco-friendly homes by to the sea (Casa dei Fichi, Bernardino) and many more – you can find them all listed under “New for 2011”. There is even a beautiful sailing boat, an elegant sloop moored in a Marina south of Livorno and available for sailing round the Mediterranean, visiting little coves and bays and seeing a very special side of Tuscany and Italy.

Goodbye Ortone
Many of you will have stayed at Ortone and met Elisabetta, the charming owner there. She has now decided to sell the house and move to France. We’re very sad to see Ortone and Elisabetta go – I think we’ve been renting it for around 25 years!

Visit Sicily
We now also have villas for rent in Sicily! Sicily is a wonderful region and is an excellent place to visit out of season; March, April and May are as warm and summery as one could wish for, and just the thing for blowing away those winter blues. See the whole (growing) selection here: Western Sicily.

Royal Offers
If you want to take advantage of the flurry of Bank holidays around Easter and the Royal wedding, take a look here: Special Offers. We have 10 days for the price of a week, or 2 weeks with a 20% discount in selected properties. Pipistrelli, a beautiful house for 14 close to Siena, has a 50% discount! Pipistrelli.

Contact me to see all your options.

Colleen Lamont
503.546.1058 – direct

866.297.1058 – toll free

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January 15, 2011

Invitation to Tuscany – Featured property: Casa Marta

Casa Marta

Featured Property

Exclusive Villas for rent with pools in Tuscany, Amalfi, Sicily, Italy, Umbria from respected agency. Local knowledge, on-site reps to help.

This is an independent upper floor apartment with tall, airy rooms with Victorian proportions. It is approached from an open fronted courtyard and has a pleasant, walled, furnished garden at the rear with beautiful views of the estate. Living room with wood-burning stove, large eat-in kitchen with dishwasher, ground-floor laundry room. Secluded garden and furnished pergola.

The estate buildings form a small complex with some farmhouses, the villa and agricultural buildings in a beautiful position on top of a hill, with extensive views of the surrounding countryside. Wide, sandy floored cypress lined avenues traverse the forested hills of the estate, often terminating in belvederes at the most impressive viewpoints. Through the tangled woodlands, across the cultivated plain below, one can see Siena and the Chianti hills in the distance, and there is a rare abundance of wild flowers and animals.

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