We stayed in several hotels and B&Bs during our stay in Sicily, and Armando, Doina, Antonio, and Delfina were the best hosts we had. They went above and beyond to ensure that we had a great stay. We even ran into Armando and Doina in Trapani when we were returning from Favignana, and he spontaneously took us to see the Mysteries of Trapani tucked away inside a church - which was really cool because I don't know if we would have known anything about it, had he not brought us there!
Upon arrival, we were greeted with some blood orange juice and local specialty cookies, and Armando showed us some points of interest in a book that we got to keep (as a gift). I'm a big planner, so I asked him a few questions about what to do and logistics, and he was really great at giving useful advice about what to do and when.
The location is great - far enough from the town where you feel like you're really away, but close enough to drive into Trapani or to Erice for dinner easily. We used this as a base for visiting Selinunte, Marsala, Trapani, Favignana, Erice, and San Vito Lo Capo. Parking is really easy and there's enough space to ensure no panic attacks when you're pulling in (unlike a lot of other places we visited!). You'll need a car if you want to stay here - it's too far to walk from town, and I'm not sure about the availability of taxis. Your car will be safe, as it's a safe and quiet area and it's also a gated property.
Pro tip: the outside gate is green and there's a sign for the property on the gate. I say this because we didn't go far enough when we arrived the first time, and there's a gated community a few hundred meters from this villa that has a long palm-lined avenue that looks very similar. The GPS directions may not bring you directly to the gate, so keep a lookout. Bonus points: the villa has a circle driveway in front so you can easily pull in to open the gate from either direction, which was a godsend.
Breakfast was served al fresco (in nice weather) and was delicious, with fresh figs from the garden, homemade cake, homemade caponata, bruschetta, fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and a selection of meats, cheeses, and other items. The coffee was lovely and plentiful, and I'm now addicted to blood orange juice.
The view from the property is fabulous - you can see Erice and look down at vineyards, etc. The pool was great, too, but we only got to go in it once (the weather was a little too rainy most mornings, when we had time to take a dip). There's a huge terrace that wraps around the whole villa, with plenty of space to relax outside if you like.
The air conditioner worked really well in our room and the bathroom was well-appointed with yummy-smelling products. The bed was nice and big and the extra pillows were super comfy. They left us a huge bottle of water (complimentary) for our stay, which was really nice to have.
Because it was the rainy season, they provided us with an in-room bug zapper, which was super helpful to keep any mosquitoes that snuck into our room (because of the heavy rain) at bay.
It really was a wonderful stay and an excellent value for the money - I would absolutely stay here again in a heartbeat!
Unfortunately, we were under the impression that this place was a hotel and not a bed and breakfast. Antonio & Delfina are exceedingly nice and do try very hard to sort out problems with he room etc. Antonio is a larger than life character, akin to a benevolent Basil Fawlty, that will cheer your day up with his stories of the Far East, where he spent 44 years. Delfina is adorable with her deep laugh and bright eyes that light up the day. Michaela, who prepares breakfast, is exceedingly nice and efficient. Breakfast is taken in a covered part of the back garden. The rooms are well appointed, but one in particular had a strong smell of sewage that apparently is a problem across Sicily. Antonio, after two days of struggling with the problem decided to move us to another room which was much more acceptable and bigger too. We initially had a fridge in the room but that broke down and the ever resourceful Delfina allowed us to keep stuff in a fridge next to the breakfast room. The supply of hot water varies, to the extent that one day we only had cold water, for which we were admonished by Antonio for not calling him to fix the problem. By this stage, we just could not face making any more complaints. There is also a splash pool, which we did not use.
We found that the cost of staying at this B&B was too steep for what was on offer. The B&B has no laundry, restaurant or snack facilities (no vending machine) with the nearest restaurant in Trapani that has a serious parking problem. There is a small café down the road from the Villa but that only serves sandwiches, ice creams and snacks.
The trouble with this place is that it is neither fish nor fowl. It's priced in the range of a a good 4 star hotel but does not offer the services of a hotel. The home baked pastries and cakes, as well as the fruit picked from their garden, and the home made jam are all good but in our judgment do not justify the price paid. Is this another unintended effect of Brexit and the 30% devaluation against the euro?
Our room was spacious, clean and flamboyantly decorated.Delfina and Antonio, the lovely owners received us with open arms and gave us a tour around the villa. The location is excellent: not too far away from Trapani city and Erice, located far enough from the road so you have all peace & quiet you need. The garden is amazingly beautiful and the pool is excellent for the occasional cooling off. Most of the time we were alone outside, enjoying a book and some fine Sicilian wine. The only small minus is that the heavy wooden doors from neighbouring rooms make a lot of noise when used.
If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful place in beautiful surrounding, this is the place to stay. The charming owners, Senor Antonio and Senora Delfina will be there to welcome you upon your arrival. This isn't like staying in a hotel, you are staying in their home. We stayed in one of the rooms in the underground floor that was very spacious with not only a big bed, but a couch and a frig. In addition, each room has a sitting area with table and comfy sofas outside your room on the patio. The place has a beautiful view of the mountain of Erice. Senor Antonio is always around and will help you plan your holiday and will even make arrangements for you to visit one of the islands. Nothing is impossible for Senor Antonio, he will go out of his way to help you. The breakfast is wonderful and is served outside on the patio. There is also a pool on the property to cool off and then sunbathe. I highly recommend the place, the owners and the experience of staying on a beautiful Sicilian property in the countryside.
Since the moment you drive in to the villa you will feel like in paradise! Set in on beatiful grounds, Antonio and Delfina will welcome you like it was your home. They are excellent hosts, they recommend best locals place to eat, give you great tips about the surroundings and trips you can do, including to the islands. The pool is gorgeous with relaxing area in the middle of the garden, your welcome bottle of wine is waiting for you upon arrival in your room. Rooms are very clean and spacious and very comfortable.The breakfast is fantastic, with home made cakes and large choise of all you need for a great start of your day and it is served in the garden. The best place to stay!