Villa Baloo

Located in the typical little village of Viagrande on the slopes of Mount Etna, Villa Baloo lies in an extensive garden of pines, palms and conifers with a large pool. Its position allows for a trip up Mount Etna, followed by a dip in the Sea and an evening in lively Taormina, all in a single day! Intelligent restoration has created a chic contemporary house within an ancient farmhouse or masseria. At first glance Villa Baloo still looks like a traditional building, retaining stucco and lava-stone walls and a typical external which carries up to the main living area. Inside, however, and it’s a minimalist Mediterranean living space, with large open rooms, carefully selected materials and a deft of isolated colour. The living room, with high vaulted and frescoed ceilings, is divided from the dining area by a fireplace so minimalistic as to be almost imperceptible. The designer kitchen lies between the dining area and a glass-walled terrace, making both inside and outside eating equally effortless.The bedrooms are designer and effortlessly chic, with matching bathrooms, and cheeky windows onto the gardens and pool. Outside, a large area with lawn and conifers is crossed by a path of ancient cobbles leading to a dazzling large pool, flanked by a glass-screened pavilion. Designed as a modern reception area for parties, it also offers shelter from sun, wind and showers. The house is ideal for families with children, outdoor adventure enthusiasts, and wine lovers alike. Etna is Sicily’s most prestigious wine-producing area and its produce is likewise exceptional, with local honey, hazelnuts, walnuts, strawberries, salami, mushrooms and pistachios. Baloo is also superbly located for anyone who wants to explore the cultural highlights of southeast Sicily: Taormina, Syracuse, Catania and the Costa dei Ciclopi are all at hand.

  • Taormina, Sicily
  • 8 guests
  • March to October
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