Tenuta del barone is an active olive oil and grapes producing Estate with four beautiful villas.
This historic property belonged since 1870 to an important noble family from Sicily.
Both the manor house and the Farm houses have been recently refurbished.
The Estate is ideally situated to be both discretely isolated and close to everything (Airport, Taormina and its Beaches, the Picciolo 18 Holes Golf club). It overlooks the stunning Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe.
Also worth mentioning is its unique panoramic views.
Castiglione di Sicilia is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy (Borghi più Belli d’Italia), while in 2013 Mount Etna was added to the list of unesco World Heritage Sites.
On Mount Etna it is possible to do winter sports such as skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding.
The Estate includes four Magnificent Villas, fully refurbished in 2009 with amazing amenities, modern bathrooms and kitchens, described as follows.
Villa B (480 square metres or 5166 square feet - 4 bedrooms – 5 bathrooms)
From the Private parking a pathway, paved with ancient lava stones, leads to the Villa passing through its closed Private garden of about 2.500 m2.
From the front rose strewn balcony, steps lead down through the citrus groves to the Tennis court, one of the unique features of this property.
Ground Floor - Antique historic Wine making and Oil storage facility including and unique antique vaulted cellar made of lava stones.
First Floor - Two beautiful lava stone symmetric stairs take you up to the main entrance of the Villa.
Receptions, all with vaulted ceilings, include a living room, featuring an open Fireplace, a dining room and a Library/Office with TV.
The Kitchen is large, extremely stylish and professionally equipped, including an island covered with black granite from Mount Etna, a Miele Fridge and Dishwasher and another dining table. Four master bedrooms with a unique view, each with its own en-suite top design bathroom, with Philip Starck accessories and open glassed showers.
Second Floor - Leading to the second floor, a spiral lava stone staircase giving access to one double bedroom with bathroom and an 80 m2 top panoramic terrace/lounge.
The splendid l-shaped Pool (15 x 6 m) is set in a panoramic position to enjoy, on one hand, the views of Mount Etna and on the other hand the Nebrodi mountains.
Several paths lead down through the vineyards and the olive trees to a two hectares Historic park with lush autochthonous vegetation and flowers, passing lawns and panoramic spots for reading.
Villa M (120 square meters or 1291 square feet - 2 bedrooms – 2 bathrooms)
Villa M is adjacent to Villa B and can be considered its Guesthouse. It can be accessed directly from a pathway inside the private garden, thus an ideal Guesthouse of about 120 m2, featuring two double bedrooms, each with its en-suite bathroom and large private living room and kitchen with dining area. The bathrooms are modern with Philip Stark designed accessories and open showers. The Kitchen features a beautiful Peninsula covered with black granite from Mount Etna.
Villa A– (100 square meters or 1076 square feet - 2 Bedrooms / 1 Bathroom)
The villa is set on One level. A pathway connects the private parking to the private terrace, thus the main entrance. A large reception including an open kitchen, a dining area and a living room, gives access to two bedrooms and one beautiful bathroom.
The front of the house private terrace has a unique view on Mount Etna. The Pool is only a few meters away, surrounded by beautiful lawns overlooking the Etna and not far from the Tennis court, one of the unique features of this property.
Villa N (100 square meters or 1076 square feet - 2 bedrooms – 1 bathroom)
A pathway connects the private parking to the private terrace and thus the main entrance. The villa is set on Two levels.
Ground Floor - A large reception including an openplan designed kitchen, a dining area and a living room with panoramic windows overlooking the vineyards.
First Floor - An open staircase give access to two bedrooms and a beautiful bathroom.
The Villas have been fully refurbished in 2009 to an exceptionally high standard, where special attention has been paid to the use of antique and traditional techniques and local materials such as lava stonework from Etna, hand-made terracotta floors and walnut shutters.
All decorations, furnishings and fittings are of impeccable taste and quality combining Ralph Lauren and Philip Stark modern designs with antique furniture.
Heating and Air Conditioning are throughout (perfect for summer and winter).
Amenities such as Satellite TV and Hi-Fi, among others, are meant to blend in a perfect balance the best of Sicilian traditions with the maximum modern comfort.
The estate includes 6 hectares of vineyard in the Etna Rosso and Bianco DOC area (5 hectares of Black – Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio and 1 hectares of white – Carricante).
In Espalier structure and easy to mechanize.
There are approximately 2 hectares of Olive trees (about 500 units), in a non-specialized culture, distributed around the vineyards and all over the Estate. The trees have an average of 6 to 80 years.
The Estate includes a 2 hectares of historic park, with many plants and flowers, including lava seats and lava stones paths surrounded by woods.
The villas are successfully running as a luxury rental business.