“A pair of stylish self-catering villas for 2-10 near historic Cefalù; beautiful interiors, vast terraces and only a short walk to a sandy beach”
Huddled on a headland around an imposing Arab-Norman cathedral, Cefalù itself is 5 minutes away by car, with a pretty little fishing harbour and plenty of restaurants. There's a beach within walking distance of the villas, and others just a short drive away. You’re also within easy reach of the beautifully rugged Madione Regional Park - but only if you can pull yourself away from your stylish home-from-home, of course.
- Stunning conversions with a wonderful mix of old and new
- A fantastic location, just a 5-minute stroll from a sandy beach and a short drive from medieval Cefalù
- Large terraces with alfresco sofas and tables – plus, in the case of Seaview Villa, direct access to the turquoise water below
- Flexible accommodation that works for groups of friends, families large and small, and couples wanting space to spread out
- Full kitchens for easy self-catering, grocery shops nearby and the option to book a visiting chef
- A 7-night minimum stay all year round, with Saturday changeovers
- No swimming pools
- No restaurants within walking distance in low season
- Sharp angles and open-sided stairs mean Seaview Villa isn’t suited to roving toddlers – we’d say it’s best for children aged 6+
- No twin bedrooms
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Our top tips
- Boutique Villas
- 2 villas for 2-10
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Housekeeping every 3 days (daily on request)
The larger of the 2 houses, Seaview Villa is clean-lined and contemporary, with swathes of polished concrete and smart mid-century modern furniture. Downstairs is an open-plan living area with a fireplace and low-slung sofas, as well as a bathroom; open-sided metal stairs lead up to 4 double bedrooms, all with ensuite shower rooms (and one with a tub) and doors opening onto a wraparound balcony. But the star of the show is the huge terrace, where you’ll find alfresco sofas, a table and loungers looking across the bay, as well as steps down to the water below.
Olive House sits a little way inland, but what it lacks in view it makes up for in rustic charm. It’s more traditional in style than Seaview Villa, with whitewashed beams, gnarled wooden furniture and wall-fuls of ornate Sicilian tiles. It has a master double bedroom with an ensuite shower room and a small dressing area (which can be made up as an additional single bedroom if required), plus a second double bedroom downstairs. There’s also a living area, another bathroom, and a large sun-dappled terrace shaded by olive trees.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Satellite TV
- Washing machine
Both villas have kitchen-diners with everything you need for rustling up holiday feasts: fridge, oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker, crockery and cutlery, pots and pans, and a few basic ingredients (oil, salt etc). They also have barbecues, as well as alfresco tables so you can dine beneath the olive trees or above the waves. There are grocery shops and supermarkets in town, and a visiting chef can be arranged if you’re celebrating something special (or just fancy a night off).
In summer there's a restaurant at the Baia del Capitano hotel, just a couple of minutes' walk from the villas, but otherwise you'll need to head into Cefalù for meals out. The town is brimming with eateries - we’ve heard great things about the refined food and vast wine list at Baglio del Faclo, set on a quiet street away from the tourist throng, and family-run Ristorante Le Chat Noir near the cathedral (don’t be fooled by the French name - the menu is traditional Sicilian). For romantic views and just-caught seafood (sea-urchin soup, grilled tuna with a pistachio crust), head to Ristorante Il Saraceno, whose decked dining area snakes out over the rocks.
- Chef on request
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- Head to the lovely beach of Baia dei 7 Frati, just a 5-minute stroll from the villas. You’ll find other beaches at Capo Playa and Costa Calura, both a short drive away, and in town
- Meander around honey-stoned Cefalù, admiring its Arab-Norman architecture, bobbing fishing boats and striking twin-towered cathedral
- If you can muster the energy, tackle the steep steps (Salita Saraceni) which wind up to the top of La Rocca, the imposing crag that towers above Cefalù. You’ll pass through 3 banks of city walls before emerging to stunning views
- For beautiful vistas without the exertion, head to Bastione Capo Marchiafava, a 17th-century fortification off Via Bordonaro
- Drive up into the rugged green hills of the Madione Regional Park, home to time-forgotten villages (Castelbuono, Geraci and Petralia Soprana are particularly pretty), signed hiking trails, and farms selling homemade cheese
- Further afield, Palermo, Mount Etna and elegant Taormina are all within day-tripping distance
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Both villas work well for families, with plenty of space inside and out, a sandy beach nearby, and no charge for extra beds and baby cots. They also have washing machines, plus microwaves for heating up baby food.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Seaview Villa can sleep up to 10 people in 4 bedrooms (though note all are doubles), with 2 rollaway beds set up in the living room. Olive House can accommodate 4-6 people, with 2 double bedrooms, a dressing room which can be made up as an additional single room on request, and a rollaway bed in the living room. Baby cots are available, too.
- Baby cots
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities nearby:
- Safe, sandy beaches
- Il Parco Avventura Madonie, near the Madione Regional Park (woodland adventure playground with rope ladders and slides)
- Castle at Caccamo (in the hills between Cefalù and Palermo)
- Ice-cream parlours in Cefalù
Families Should Know:
Seaview Villa has open-sided staircases and sharp corners, so it’s not ideal for toddlers
- Shop: 5 minutes’ drive (Cefalù)
- Doctor: 5 minutes’ drive (Cefalù)
- Airport: 1.5 hours’ drive (Palermo)
The villas are located on the northern Sicilian coast, 5km from the town of Cefalù and just over an hour from the island’s capital, Palermo.
The closest airport is Palermo Falcone-Borsellino (107km away), which is served by flights from all over Europe – click on the links below for a list. Alternatively, you can fly into Catania Fontanarossa (185km away) on the east coast, or Trapani-Birgi (188km away) in the west.
From the Airport
Transfers can be arranged, but most guests hire a car to make the most of the area – see our car-rental recommendations. Both villas have private off-street parking.
There are regular trains from Palermo and other coastal towns to Cefalù station. From there, you can take a taxi to the villas.
Detailed directions will be provided when you confirm a booking through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Sicily and getting around
- Palermo Falcone-Borsellino 107.0 km PMO
- Catania Fontanarossa 185.0 km CTA
- Beach 0.5 km
- Shops 5.0 km
- Restaurant 0.2 km