Casa Serena & The Garden House

Polizzi Generosa, Palermo

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


2 places


Each sleep 4


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 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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


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


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

& pricing

Special offer: Both properties will have a brand-new swimming pool from mid-August -- and all included at the same prices until 2020.

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Children over 8 welcome. Both houses available to be rented together.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from £70
Weekly price
from £420
Dinner, B&B £450-£650 per person.
1 House for 4
From £702 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From £1503 beds3 bedrooms


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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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.
  • In summer you can pick your own organic vegetables and fruit from Casa Serena's garden. 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.
  • The house has a small plunge pool perfect for children and cooling off in hot weather. There are two open-air swimming pools accessible to the public at local agritourismos for 5 Euros a day. We have 3 friendly donkeys in the next field which can be fed.
  • 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.