Casa Serena & The Garden House

Polizzi Generosa, Palermo
Self-catering


Two sleek living spaces with breathtaking views, gorgeous gardens and a plunge pool. You're deep in the Madonie National Park

Bed

5 beds

Bedroom

5 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 10

The
Experience

Deep in hazelnut country, these two white minimalist homes offer stupendous views and supreme comfort for walkers or sybarites alike. The mountain soars above, the valley plunges below, the peace is profound and nature lover’s will be in heaven: you have the beech woods of the Madonie National Park to explore. Casa Serena is fully open-plan downstairs, with sweeping polished concrete floors and lofty white walls, and a super-duper kitchen wrapped around a central sculptural stair. Expect cutting-edge LED lighting and abstract paintings, a wood-burning stove, top-notch furnishings, and a white and grey palette with accents of fuchsia, violet and red – a strong stark personal style. In summer, enjoy the generous terraces and four-acre garden with a barbecue, plunge pool, and sloping orchard behind. The Garden House, a short walk along a paved path, has the same urban-sleek feel as the main house, with cosy underfloor heating, a state of the art kitchen and French windows opening out onto a shaded terrace. As for civilisation, it’s no distance at all: the unspoilt hilltop town of Polizzi Generosa is under three miles.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
2pm-6pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Children over 8 welcome.
Closed
Casa Serena: mid-Sept to mid-July. The Garden House: November - March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants nearby.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £70
Weekly price
from £420
Surcharges
Dinner, B&B £450-£650 per person.
1 House for 4
From £702 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 6
From £1603 beds3 bedrooms

Reviews

Well situated to retrace the Targa Floria racing route - the primary reason for our trip. Panoramic views all around from the Garden House which is very stylish, clean and well equipped. Our hosts, Londoners Carl and Sylvie, showed us around Casa Serena with its chic open planned ground floor arrangement with a curved terrace overlooking the valley and the town of Polizzi Generosa on the hilltop opposite. They know the area so well and have produced a brilliant and informative guide which was well thumbed and may have needed reprinting by the time we left!

Lona, Southampton

We chose to stay in the Garden House because it looked like an ideal base for an active but relaxing week in Sicily. We were not disappointed. The house is perfectly sized for a couple and is equipped with everything you need to self cater. The owners, Carl and Sylvie, are delightful hosts and very generous with their knowledge of the local area - Carl's detailed walking guide was particularly helpful. The Madonie mountains are an unspoilt and remarkably unvisited part of Sicily, and we'd recommend them (and the local hill towns, such as Polizzi Generosa) to anyone, keen hikers especially.

Oliver, London

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Carl Gardner & Sylvie Pierce

  • Casa Serena is perfectly located for exploring the beautiful Madonia mountains, rising to 2000m (6500ft), perfect for hiking, riding, mountain biking, nature watching and skiing in winter. Several hiking trails can be reached from the front gate
  • The mountains are full of wildflowers and wildlife, including deer and numerous birds – and above 5000 feet the mountains are topped with extensive beech forests. Carl Gardner has written an illustrated hiking guide to the area, available free for guests.
  • The historic hilltop town of Polizzi Generosa, 4kms away, has several shops -- a supermarket, butchers, greengrocers and bread shops - as well as restaurants and cafes. Its main church has a tryptich by Flemish Renaissance painter, Rogier van der Weyden.
  • In summer, there are two open-air swimming pools accessible to the public at local agritourismos for 5 Euros a day. In winter, the ski-station at Piano Battaglia, 30 mins drive away re-opens in the winter of 2017-18.
  • The closest beaches are 40 mins drive and the attractive seaside resort of Cefalu, with its Norman cathedral, can be reached in 50 minutes by autostrada. Alternatively the scenic route over the mountains on quiet backroads (90 mins) offers beautiful views.
  • The ruins (and museum) of the Greek city of Himera, destroyed by Carthage in 408 BC, are 40 minutes away, while the spectacular mosaics of the Roman villa, Casale Romana, near Piazza Armerina, 90 minutes drive away, make an exciting day trip.