This intimate little B & B has the good fortune of apparently being in the middle of nowhere and yet is wonderfully positioned just a few miles from Taormina and the beach. The house lies well back from the quiet road and is surrounded by citrus groves which help create the most wonderful sense of calm. The establishment is new and the enthusiasm and care shown by the owners towards guests was never obtrusive. There are just three rooms and, although attached to the owners accommodation, they have been planned to create a feeling of privacy and independence with direct access which bypasses the owner’s home and with each having access to a pleasant terrace. Two of the rooms are adjacent and so the one on the north side (pic 1) might feel slightly more private.
In terms of the finish and facilities the owners seem keen on making their enterprise a success. Although there is little reason why you would want to stay in your room (the views of the surrounding countryside and in particular Etna are enchanting) for the few hours that you might be there you can enjoy a swish large screen television and internet access. There was plenty of storage and a smart en suite as well as things one doesn’t always expect to find in B & B accommodation such a safe and mini fridge. Everything was spotlessly clean. I noticed that the room had a radiator as well as air conditioning so I would imagine would be a pretty cosy place to stay in the quieter winter months when you can enjoy Taormina without the summer throngs. The hosts speak some English but their enthusiasm meant that communications were never a problem.
The accommodation is probably best suited to those with a car and at present I would say it is geared towards couples rather than families as none of the rooms have single beds and I don't think there would be sufficient space to move an extra bed in.
But for me this place was all about the setting. To enjoy breakfast looking out over a snow-capped Etna was a treat I had not expected to find at this price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A short walk from Taormina surrounded by greenery and tranquility. With us you can reach Etna (45min), the Alcantara Gorges (15min), Castelmola (30min) Catania (40min), Syracuse (1h 20min), Savoca (40min), Castiglione di Sicilia (40min) and other important tourist places. Our strong point is typical buffet totally based on local products homemade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- B&B Villa Valentina Taormina Sicily