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Agriturismo Monte delle Cristule
Ranked #20 of 39 Speciality Lodging in Lipari
Reviewed 7 July 2011

Marcella and Kevin have been the grestest hosts and driving to the house is a real adventure! It was very dark at night so you must rent a car or scooter to stay here. The room is huge and very clean with all the necessities. The lack of air-con is not really a problem even in Summer as it gets really cool at night. We were only there for 2 days so didnt have a chance to enjoy the sunset on the terrace but don't miss the sky with sooooooooo many stars at night!! you can even see shooting stars! Breakfast was good and Marcella's cakes are awesome! It was overall an unforgettable experience for city dwellers like us.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

If you are planning on going to the Aeolian Islands, then agriturismo monte delle cristule is the place to stay!

My boyfriend and I stayed here on for 3 days in sunny june. When we arrived, we were
warmly welcomed by the hostess and her father. And what a great service: They collected us at the port, and took us to the agriturismo (since it is a bit far from city centre). We were blown away by Monte delle Cristule, the MAGNIFICENT view, the silence and unique atmosphere. All the way the service was fantastic, the family is wonderful and so positive! And they all speak English to perfection. They gave us a lot of advise on where to go and what to see on Lipari, and they even picked us up one night, when we have had dinner in the city.

The rooms/apartments are very private, so if you are a family or a couple like us, it is ideal. There is a kitchen, a BBQ and all you need to make a great meal - so there is no need to go to the city, when you can stay in these (once again) fantastic surroundings.

In the morning we had the "famous" breakfast, which was very delicious - and if you go to this agriturismo, I will highly recommend, you have this breakfast (trust me, you will not regret it)!

If I am going back to Sicily, I will be sure to go by Monte delle Cristule, and recommend it to everyone I know, that are traveling to Sicily or southern Italy.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2011

We spent 5 nights at this location in April 2010 and I have to say that was a great choice. We were the only guests during our time (April is still off season) but the owners were really doing an amazing job to make us feeling like home. The room was very clean and was fully equiped with kitchen and outdoor BBQ (what a luxury to make a BBQ on the evening with this outstanding view over the sea !) Our breafast on the terasse was a must, with home made bread, jam and fresh pressed orange juice ! Owners really knows how to make a good breakfast and that is really a huge difference compared to others high scale hotels i have been afterwards in Sicily.
The location is not easy to find, at the end of a road (the last 300m are not really a road), but the owner will welcome you at the boat arrival. We rent a scooter and we truely enjoy the 4/5km trip from/to the main city ! Some may feel bettter in the city center, but we really enjoy this remoteness on the mountain and going out on evening for dining was not a problem (but an enjoyement to drive the scooter on the island roads !). If I have the chance to visit Lipari again, I would surely go back to this wonderful place !

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2010

My husband and I stayed here in September of 2009 and fully plan on going back. Accomodations were very affordable, clean and comfortable. Kevin and Marcella are super friendly. Kevin collected us from the ferry so we were able to leave our rental car in Milazzo, he also offered to drive us into Lipari each day and collect us when we were ready to come back up to the agriturismo. Unfortunately we had caught a bug in Catania so weren't able to take him up on the offer, but this would have allowed us to easily travel to the other Aeolian islands or explore Lipari

The views are stunning and we spent most of our time there sitting on our private roof terrace just staring at the sea and the views of the island. There are loads of kestrels flying about as well. This was honestly one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.

Breakfast was provided for a small extra charge and consisted of delicious homemade cakes, bread and fresh coffee on a patio with a great view of the sea. Each guest room has a kitchenette and a grill to use and the family will help out with your laundry and wash it with theirs in order to conserve water if you need. The whole place is run on rainwater so they are keen to conserve as much as possible.

I cannot recommend this place highly enough, it is great for couples or families and truly makes you feel as if you are sitting on top of the world.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2009

I have just returned from a week at Lipari over Easter and wanted to take the time to review this jewel.

This little Aggroturismo (only 2 houses) is situated in the peace and quite about 15 minutes from Lipari town on the west facing coast line and offers fantastic sunset views towards the two small islands Filicudi and Alicudi.

It is a perfect base for an Aeonian Islands holiday with the combination of the frequent boats from Lipari harbour to the other islands and the peaceful homely feel of the accomodation. You will find yourself looking forward to returning in the evening after a day trip for some rest and quite time watching the sunset from the roof terrace.

The host family, Kevin, Marcella and children, are extremely accommodating and helpful and it honestly felt like we were staying with friends.

One of many highlights was a hike up to the edge (45 minute walk) of the crater at the neighbouring island Vulcano with Marcella and children. The view back on Lipari and the other islands in the distance is amazing.

Top tip: Make sure to include breakfast with Marcella's freshly baked bread and cakes and homemade jams!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 April 2009

We had the most enjoyable and relaxing stay: our villa was very clean and comfortable, with stunning views and a lovely garden in front of it. With the sea and volcanoes around us, there was so much to do: hill-climbing, early April sea-dipping, not to mention the delicious local ice-cream! It was great to get away every evening from the bustle and the noise of the habour and return to the peace and quiet of our villa on top of the hill. Our hosts Marcella and Kevin were most welcoming, nothing was too much trouble for them! We want to thank them for the most wonderful holiday and are very much hoping to come back soon.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 November 2008

We have just returned from a fabulous break at Monte delle Cristule, one of the most fantastic hide aways we have ever been to. Having read lots of great reviews on Trip Advisor, the accommodation fully lived up to expectations, and more. Accommodation was perfect; modern, clean, but with lots of character. The setting was simply spectacular and we were made to feel incredibly welcome by the owners Kevin and Marcella, a really personal touch, they couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. The views were gorgeous, right on the clifftops and across over the neighboring islands, the setting was also great for walking. We hired a scooter to enable us to get about and the town of Lipari itself is full of character and charm. Staying at Monte delle Cristule felt like a really special little find, a truly perfect holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Localita Contrada Monte Guardia, 98050, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Islands of Sicily > Aeolian Islands > Lipari
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #20 of 39 Speciality Lodging in Lipari
Price Range: £36 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monte delle Cristule is on the border of a nature reserve, 200 m on the cliffs above the sea with a stunning view. Ideal location for those looking for some peace and tranquility, untouched nature, wild flora, walking along old footpaths and bird-watching. Houses and fittings take their inspiration from the old Aeolian farm houses. They can sleep 10/13 people. Cooking facilities. Free shuttle service to the town/beaches/arbor. Breakfast is inclusive with delicious cakes freshly cooked every morning. ... more   less 
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