Casa Serena & The Garden House

Polizzi Generosa, Palermo
Self-catering
+44 (0)7967 158206

From
£85 - £350
per night
From
£580 - £2250
per week

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

Place

2 places

Sleeps

Sleeping from 3 – 5

Children welcome

£85 - £350 per night

£580 - £2250 per week

The Experience

High up in hazelnut country, these two white minimalist homes offer stupendous views (and less torrid temperatures) for walkers and sybarites alike. The mountain soars above, the valley plunges below, the peace is profound and nature lovers will be in heaven: you have the peaks and 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.. In summer, enjoy the generous terraces and extensive garden with a barbecue, swimming pool, and sloping orchard behind. The Garden Guest House, a short walk along a paved path, has the same urban-sleek feel as the main house with 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.

Essentials

  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Accommodation

Pricing

Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £580
Surcharges
Extra bed/sofabed available at no extra charge.
1 House for 3
From £852 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 5
From £2855 beds3 bedrooms

Information

Special offer: 10% discount on full weeks. Book any available full week (until October 1) in the Garden Guest House and get a 10% discount. Bookings need to be made by July 6.

Booking information

Check in
2pm-6pm
Check out
By 11am
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights for Garden Guest House, 7 nights for Casa Serena. PLEASE NOTE: some of the ticked facilities are not available in the Garden Guest House.
Closed
Casa Serena: 31 October to 30 April. Garden Guest House: mid-September to mid-July.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants nearby. Breakfast £10, by arrangement. Dinner £25, by arrangement.

Reviews

Fantastic gem in the countryside, pure peace and quiet away from the world. Carl and Sylvie are the most generous hosts and nothing is too much. Poppy and Rosa the donkeys are great fun for the children to feed and the swimming pool is a welcome escape from the heat. We had a lovely week exploring the countryside, hiking, visiting ancient monuments and eating and drinking far too much, just what everybody needs to reset in this busy, modern world.

Sarah, St Helier

For us, Casa Serena was truly a little piece of paradise. With stunning views, a magical pool and garden, it is tucked away near the special hilltop town of Polizzi Generosa, which we also fell in love with. Perfect if you’re looking for an authentic experience away from the trodden tourist path, but close enough to explore the coast and Palermo when you want. Carl and Sylvie are always on hand to help. Highly recommend.

Shoba Trevor, London

Wonderful! Slightly reluctant to tell anyone about it to be honest. Firstly the area is as unspoiled as you could hope for. We didn't meet another English person for the whole time we were there. The views are stunning. We had 33 degrees but the house was cool. The pool was immaculate everyday. More than enough space for relaxing and dining. The garden is a delight. It's quiet but near enough (with a car) for beach days, trip into the mountains, other parts of the island. Well equipped kitchen etc, and the bookshelves are well stocked! We're going back, what more can I say?

Jonathan, Nottingham

Casa Serena is a delight. Deep in the Madonie Mountains and close by the remarkable small town of Polizzi Generosa, it offers striking beauty, excellent accommodation (the three of us were in the Garden Room - small but perfectly formed) and superb hosts. The photographs do not lie - if anything they understate - but what they don't show is the unobtrusive care of Carl and Sylvie for their guests and their obvious love for Casa Serena revealed in their own house and lovely garden. The slightly hairy drive up to the house is fully rewarded by all the wonders of Casa Serena. Go again? For sure!

Victoria, Lesley Lee and Roger, Sevenoaks Kent, UK

Wonderful location, back to nature. Excellent information given on good restaurants and interesting places to visit. Loved our trip to feed Carl and Sylvia's donkeys . The Madonie Naional Park on our doorstep providing crystal clear spring water for the wonderful swimming pool. Overall a wonderful stay.

Reginald, Ipswich

A wonderful stay at the garden house. We loved sunbathing by the pool, surrounded by mountain peaks and a stunning valley - Sicilian sun but with fresh hilltop air. The house is beautifully designed, comfortable and spotlessly clean. The huge garden is full of colourful flowers and quiet spaces. After a hot day out it was a perfect oasis. Carl provides great info on all the places to visit, restaurants and walks. Nearby Polizzi Generosa, a beautiful hilltop town, is tourist-free. Ask Nino the gardener about fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden. A real gem for us. We'll definitely return.

Jonathan, London

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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Location

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.
  • The house now has a scenic swimming pool, located next to the Garden Guest House, with spectacular views of the mountains behind. It will be accessible to all guests from May to October. We have 3 friendly donkeys in the next field which can be fed.
  • 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 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.