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Castle near the sea with private pool, park and views of the sea and of the Etna

Bedrooms 5
Space 180 m²
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

castle, private pool, panoramic terrace, 5 bedrooms, restaurants, sea

An Art Nouveau-style castle near the sea, with a superb private pool, and surrounded by one and a half hectare park that includes a lawn with a swing, a lemon orchard, bougainvillea, roses, palm trees and a wonderful pine: in Castello Claves you can truly have a taste of 19th century decadent life!

The castle, located just 200 meters from the square and the marina of Stazzo, was built in the late nineteenth century and used as a base for hunting. The descendants of the first owners - an exquisite elderly couple - live on the ground floor. The couple, while occasionally using the park and the pool, provides privacy for their guests who will have the rest of the property and a private entrance.

The first floor of Castello Claves has a large living room with access to a spacious panoramic terrace. On this floor there are also a double bedroom with view of Mount Etna, a large double bedroom with access to the terrace, a third bedroom with two single beds (which can be united), two bathrooms (one with bath) and a kitchen with dishwasher.

The second floor is the floor with the turrets. The turrets offer a charming stay with a marvellous 360 degrees view that includes the sea and Mount Etna. The panorama gets even more fascinating at nights with all the towns lights! You can access the two turrets from the terrace on the rooftop. The north tower has a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The south tower has a single room that can be reached via a spiral staircase. This room does not have a bathroom.

Castello Claves is ideal for families and friends who are seeking an exclusive experience in Sicily! The park is well kept also thanks to the owner who, among other things, has let the vegetation grow up to the first and second floor in order to provide the terraces with a green roof and therefore a beautiful and desired shade. The refreshing pool measures 15 x 7 meters and is open from April until October.

The first floor of Castello Claves offers a pleasant stay even in low season thanks to its radiators. The turrets, not having the heating, are not suitable for a winter stay.

Stazzo: Castello Claves is located at 200 meters from the sea, in a village that thrives on fishing during low season and tourism during high season in summer. There are two marinas and restaurants. In the nearby villages of Santa Tecla and Santa Maria La Scala, there are excellent seafood restaurants. Taormina and Giardini Naxos are about 25 km further away.

More Details

Property Manager
Giulia Lattanzio / Lenneke Burghouts
Speaks english, french, german, spanish, italian, dutch
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Giulia Lattanzio / Lenneke Burghouts

We have been with Homeaway since 2006, proposing houses that are able to unfold Sicily's colours and charm at best.

Houses with quality furnishing in unique locations, with incredible views or with a pool, always accurately selected in order to satisfy our main wish: to see you falling in love with Sicily just like we did.

We provide you with transparent information and true pictures. What you see is exactly what you get. We will advise you as much as we can about travel info, transfers and car rental.

Dinners in villas and other extra services can also be arranged. Finally, our prices are final rates! There are no hidden additional costs. We are flexible with your arrivals and departures and if you need a late check-in this is usually possible.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in Acireale, Italy

Property Type:
  • castle (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet , 1st floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet , 2nd floor, in tower with double bed
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet , 1st floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 double bed , in tower, 2nd floor
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , 1st floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1st floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , in tower, 2nd floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , These two single beds can also be united.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
Castello Claves is an historical villa with pool at 200 meters from the sea and from restaurants.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)

Castle near the sea with private pool, park and views of the sea and of the Etna
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Like a fairytale with amazing carachter

  • 5 of 5

When we first arrived we met Lillana who showed us around the castle. It was steeped with history and carachter and is absolutely beautiful and stunning.

We were 9 adults and 3 small children and Lillana had no trouble accommodating us. There are 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms so enough space to move around.

You can see views of mount etna and we saw the volcano erupt and you can see lava flowing down from the rooftop of the castle. On the other side you can see views of the Ionian Sea and have breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea.

The pictures of the pool do not do justice to the actual size. The pool was much larger than we expected and probably 15-20metres with a diving board and a deep end. The pool was highlight for the children and they never wanted to leave.

We had a really delightful stay and Liliana was very helpful throughout welcoming us with chocolate cake and a few other essentials like milk, toilet paper etc. She also helped with best tourist locations and sight seeing.

I would definitely recommend this property it is so beautiful and the views were amazing.i had no problems booking and paying through owners direct and this was my first time. Would definitely book again.

Thank you for a delightful stay.


  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The reality somehow outdoes the description. A lavish 3 storey castle overlooking the Ionian Sea.

  • 5 of 5

Liliana, our septeguanarian host provided the warmest of welcomes and plenty of useful tips for our week long stay. With Liliana living on the ground floor that meant we had the other 2 floors to ourselves (3 if you include the Rapunzel bedroom on the 3rd floor within one of the castle turrets).

Liliana allowed us to use her table tennis table and was around to answer myriad questions on anything from the house's history to recommended day trips. Acireale is certainly worth a visit, as is the little sea front village a 10 minute walk down from Acireale's town centre; Santa Maria La Scala. Liliana will also help with booking various nearby attractions including tours to Mount Etna; an absolute must, though the guided walk at 2,900 metres up made me feel a little light headed in the slightly rarified air.

Much of the furniture dates back to the Art Nouveau period with ancestral and recent family photographs adorning the walls. The beds and linen were comfortable and crisp and the kitchen was kitted out with all the equipment you could wish for. Liliana was kind enough to have a bottle of red wine and a scrumptious home made cake for our arrival.

The first floor terrace was a wonderful gathering area for breakfasts and suppers, and to while away the hours reading and chatting. The swimming pool has clear, mineral filled water from a well and is larger than most at 18 metres ( we estimated).

The small village of Stazzo has an excellent butcher, 2 mini markets, a pleasant bar for an early evening drink (with snacks) and also a good pizzeria behind the slipway. There is a small black sand beach and a number of bathing decks with steps into the sea from the rocks. Some of these are private and some are public.

We would suggest you hire a car as most attractions are a drive away. If it is a family holiday you may want to bring some games with you.

This was a 6 person family holiday and we were there to celebrate a family milestone. There could have been no more luxurious base for us than Castello Claves. And Liliana is a delight. Not least because, along with her helpfulness, warmth and humour, she left us to our own devices.

We have no hesitation in recommending Castello Claves. And Owners Direct for making the whole process as straightforward as possible.

Kind regards

Hilary and Barney.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Everything you see in the pictures and so much more. History and memories collide with modern conveniences and a pool to die for. Lilliana the best host - fesh lemons for our gin and tonics, advice on where to eat and a wonderful boat trip recommended to us. Could not have asked for more.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wish We Could Have Stayed Longer--It Was That Special

  • 5 of 5

This was truly one of our family's most memorable vacations. The property is extraordinary, a true castle by the sea, within easy walking distance of the small harbor, bar, gelateria, and several restaurants. This amazing place is like an oasis in the middle of the small seaside town of Stazzo. The private pool was a great way for grown-ups to start the day and children to let off some steam after sightseeing.

The views of the sea and Mt. Etna can't be beat, and meals on the terrace made us feel like we were in a movie. Catania, Mt. Etna, and Taormina are within easy reach by car for sightseeing, as are other sites. However, you may feel so comfortable that you don't want to venture too far from the castle.

Lilliana, the property owner who lives on the ground floor, is a wonderful hostess. She offered us a warm welcome, along with a little treat, despite the fact that our flight was delayed and we arrived later than expected. She gave us full reign of the castle, offered travel advice, and was prompt in responding to inquiries, without being the least bit intrusive.

We can't recommend this wonderful place more highly--and we can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Sicilian escape!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Castello Claves. The place is really even better than described--photos can't fully do justice to the rooftop views of the Ionian Sea in one direction and Mount Etna in the other. Stazzo is a laid-back destination that offers a few good, affordable restaurants, a marina with boat tours, and easy access by car to Taormina, Catania, and Acireale. The castle itself is great, and gives you the sense of being an old-school Sicilian aristocrat. Liliana, the owner who lives on the ground floor, is very nice and hospitable, and is happy to help with arranging local excursions. A highly recommended property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Catania, Fontanarossa Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Catania, Fontanarossa Airport
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
il Picciolo, Castiglione di Sicilia
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Rifugio Sapienza
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Stazzo (lava rocks)
Car: recommended

Stazzo is a village that thrives on fishing during winter and tourism during summer. There are two marinas and restaurants. In the nearby villages of Santa Tecla and Santa Maria La Scala, there are excellent seafood restaurants. Taormina and Giardini Naxos are about 25 km further away.

Other Activities: Excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday castle in Acireale, Italy

Rental Basis:
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Special offer
18 Jan 2017 - 20 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
Rate 2017
2 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
Rate 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 29 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
Heating and WiFi included!
30 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2018
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 4 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2018
5 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices include linen, towels, final cleaning, electricity, gas, water. There are no extra costs.

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