Santa Maria

Mazara del Vallo, Trapani
+44 (0)20 3602 2095

A relaxed country feel in this fine family house. It has space and comfort for 7 or 8 with gardens, private pool, and tennis court


6 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The high walls and antique door of this 17th-century fortified farmhouse protect a courtyard where pots and statues, arches and columns, bougainvillea, balconies and shutters create a harmonious atmosphere. Inside all is gently faded glory and family history. The fine big sitting room opens onto the lemon grove, its table and Moroccan lights for summer suppers, and there’s a fireplace in the dining room for winter evenings. The library is full of books and board games, interesting pictures and objects from the family’s worldwide travels are everywhere, as is a well-directed sense of colour. Bedrooms are light and spacious – one has contrasting designs of antique inlaid wood and modern metal; the ‘Moroccan’ room is exotic with its domed ceiling and richly tiled bathroom. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking but you can also hire a cook. Stay in the lovely quiet garden by the pool, play tennis or visit incomparable Greek temples, little ports and islands and the famous Dancing Satyr.


  • 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
  • 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

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights, 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner, 2-3 courses, available on request £20-£30. Restaurants 4km.


Nightly price
from £350
Weekly price
from £2400
Damage deposit
Singles £100. Extra bed/sofabed available £100-£200 per person per week.
1 House for 6
From £3506 beds3 bedrooms


We spent a wonderful 4 days at Santa Maria before sailing around the Egadi Islands - and what a special place to begin our Sicilian adventure! It is an extraordinary property with a fascinating history (which we enjoyed reading about) and we could have spent all our time just relaxing by the beautiful pool or in the shaded lemon grove. We ventured out to see the stunning ruins at Selinunte and to wander around the local town and sample some traditional Sicilian food and wine. Everything Caroline arranged for us was incredibly efficient and we are so grateful for all her recommendations.

Kate, London

We spent a lovely week at the villa Santa Maria and cannot recommend it highly enough. The villa is as elegant and spacious as previous reviewers have described. Meals in the lemon grove were a joy. It was hard to tear ourselves away from the pool but worth the effort as this is a very interesting region of Sicily. We recommend a trip to Selinunte and popping into Mazara del Vallo for dinner. Home cooking by Antonella on two nights took the stress out of self catering and was a lovely treat. That said, the kitchen facilities were excellent too. Overall, a wonderful place to stay.

Anne, London

We had a terrific holiday at Santa Maria with our 3 teenage children. The property is a beautiful very large farmhouse surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, and it proved a very convenient base for exploring the south and west of Sicily, within easy reach of Selinunte, Segesta, Marsala, and many other fascinating sites. The accommodation is spacious, stylish and comfortable, with access to an enclosed orange grove where one can eat outside in the shade, a superb pool set within manicured gardens, and a tennis court. Marcello and Caroline, the owners, were charming and friendly hosts.

Simon, London

We greatly enjoyed staying at Santa Maria. The house has been tastefully restored. Particular features we appreciated: (a) eating in the shade of the lemon trees (b) elegant courtyard and sitting room (c) being able to play tennis in August because of the shaded tennis court (d) the beautifully tended garden and pool (e) the local olive oil and tomatoes (f) visits to Segesta and Selinunte (g) Alessia's attentiveness if there was anything that we needed.

Damien, York

A magical place steeped in history yet beautifully done up. Very stylish interiors and a gorgeous orange grove where we ate lunch every day. Weather was perfect in October so we were able to appreciate the garden and pool area too. Very comfortable rooms and great big kitchen which made cooking a pleasure! Lots of things to see and do nearby - loved medieval hilltop town of Erice and the Greek temples of Segesta. A hit with the whole family. Will definitely come again!

Jake, London

I stayed with my friends during the olive harvest in October. The property is enchanting, like something you'd expect to see in a movie. I enjoyed many hours in a deck chair reading a book out by the orange and lemon trees with the brightest of blue skies overhead. If you have an opportunity to stay here for the olive harvest you won't be disappointed - the Sicilians LOVE food so you will be spoilt rotten like I was with huge steaks, typical local fish dishes, plenty of wine and of course lots of fresh olive oil like you have never tasted with fresh crusty out of the oven bread. I feel very lu

Glyn, London

A beautiful Villa that is so full of character and history. The tennis court is well situated in the shade of tall trees and the large swimming pool accessed by walking through a beautiful garden. During our holiday it was baking hot, so if sight-seeing was out we were able to relax by the pool. At the rear there is a private lemon grove which is great for a barbecue or just sitting out and eating. Nanette was always available if we needed anything sorted out and could not have been more helpful. I would highly recommend Villa Santa Maria and will keep some very fond memories of our holiday.

Colin, Belfast

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Caroline Manzo

  • Relax by the 12x 6 swimming pool in the shade of ancient olive trees, surrounded by a lush Mediterranean garden. Enjoy a game of tennis on the private tennis court or stroll down the pine avenue to the 16th century watchtower within the grounds.
  • Explore the beautiful coastline just 10 minutes away. Swim in the bay of Marinella below the Greek temples of Selinunte or hire a boat and view them from the sea. Go snorkelling in crystal clear waters or relax on one of the long sandy beaches nearby.
  • Mazara, the town and fishing port is ten minutes away by car. Wander through the historic centre with its baroque squares and magnificent Cathedral or through the Kasbah to the fish market. Buy almond pastries from the cloistered nuns of the San Michele .
  • Don’t miss the Museo del Satiro housing the world-famous Dancing Satyr, a stunningly beautiful bronze staue from the 4th century B.C. discovered by local fishermen. Watch the video telling the extraordinary story of its discovery and restoration.
  • Neighboring Marsala, once the Roman Lilybaeum, famous as the landing point for Garibaldi, is the centre of the local wine industry, founded by the Enlish in the 18th century. Local wineries such as Florio and Pellegrino are open for tours and wine tasting.
  • You are only half an hour’s drive from Selinunte, one of the largest archaeological sites of the Ancient Greek world. Visit the temples, enjoy the views over the sea, then catch a golf buggy to the Punic shrine on the outskirts of the site.