Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2415: Rentvillas, Rosmarino
3bed/2bath house near Riposto, Sicily
September 16, 2003, 1 week
Rosmarino is located on the busy main street in a small seaside town. The front of the house faces the street but the back is on the most beautiful beach. We were there after the season ended so the town was not over-crowded. The house was very well maintained which could not be said for other houses in the area. However, we really enjoyed the area.
There were many excellent restaurants within walking distance as well as locations for coffee. A small grocery store was down the street but as it was after the season, it was not well stocked but you could get basics. The supermarket was a short drive and it had everything you could want.
Rosmarino was the most beautiful maintained house on the main street. At first sight, we thought the house was going to be small, until we opened the front door. The first sight was a large foyer, nicely decorated with lots of light. You proceed up two steps to a huge living room with windows to the street and over-sized doors to the back patio. The dining room had a large table that could seat six comfortably. There is a door that leads to the outside covered patio. The kitchen was a typical Italian kitchen with all the basics, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher as well as washing machine. There is a counter with two stools where you could have a cup of coffee. This room also has a door leading to the outside patio.
From the living room, there is an over-sized staircase that leads to the upstairs sitting room. From this room, you open the doors that lead to the most beautiful balcony overlooking the ocean. There is a table on the balcony that seats six. From the sitting room, there is a hallway that leads to the three large bedrooms and two baths. One bedroom has two twin beds, the others have queen-size beds. The front bedroom has a balcony with a view of Mt Etna. The back bedroom has a large window with a view of the ocean.
The view from the outside patio is breathtaking. There are three different seating areas. One is covered and is great in case of rain. The table seats six. Another area has a pergola which helps to block the sun as well as a table that seats eight. The main area is open to the full sun with a few outdoor chairs. There is a fence around the entire property which allows you to view the beach as well as keeping out unwanted visitors. The sand starts right at the gate. The houses are attached, and the one next door is a multi-level dwelling which can be noisy at times.
The house was very well furnished without being cluttered. Everything was in good shape with lots of room for everyone. The living room furniture could use new slipcovers but was still very comfortable.
All the rooms are very large with lots of room to store things. The beds were comfortable and very clean as were the two large full bathrooms. One bath has a shower while the other has a tub with a hand held shower.
This was a very large kitchen by Italian standards. It has more then enough equipment and all in very good condition. We had no problems making meals there but with all the great restaurants nearby you really didn't want to.
Problems or Bonuses
There is a church nearby that rings the bells every 15 minutes to signal the time. In the beginning it was annoying, but after a while it became a comfort. There is a lot of late night street noise some caused by motorcycles and some by loud speaking people.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
This was my second time booking with Rentvillas and I will continue to book with them again. They're very professional and helpful, even sending a list of things you should bring with you on your trip. It's those little things that help to make a good vacation. I have no fears renting from them because I know that the property will be good.
The on site people were actually the owners of the property and they couldn't have been nicer. They made sure we knew where everything was located and how it worked as well as bringing extra towels. I think we had enough towels for an army. They even gave us suggestions of where to eat, what to see and how to get there. This is going above and beyond and it's why I rent from Rentvillas.
Note from Kim: It appears Rentvillas no longer represents this property.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely recommend this location but not during the peak season. This is a small seaside resort that does get extremely crowded. Parking is on the street which means that during peak parking will be an issue. I've also been told that the noise during the season is very loud and could be annoying. There is a pizza restaurant a few doors down with a party room on the beach. They have singing and dancing Friday nights which could be an issue if you want quiet. We actually loved it.
Things to do in this area
All the restaurants in this town as well as the few we went to in Riposto were excellent. Fondachello, the town we stayed in, is very small and all the restaurants are within walking distance. Riposto is a few miles away so it's best to drive since the street can be busy with traffic and no sidewalks once you leave the commercial area.
Mt Etna is nearby and a must see as it Taromina.
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