The house is large, with one big bedroom, a smaller one, and a huge living room. The large bedroom has air conditioning. The other rooms don’t.
The veranda benefits from the cooling sea breeze, which made even the highest summer temperatures bearable. We spent virtually no time during the day inside the house.
The house is just 5 min walk from a nice sandy beach, which was great. Also lots of sights within easy driving distance. We stayed over two weeks.
Cooking facilities are ok – the oven was not working while we were there.
Water comes from a cistern. It is apparently ok to drink, but most Sicilian prefer bottled water for drinking anyway.
I wonder how the house is heated during colder winter months. It is unlikely that the open fire alone will heat the very large living room.
Mario is Calogero’s father and he welcomed us when we arrived – at 11.30 pm – and he helped out when needed, eg when gas bottle needed replacing. Mario has little English, yet somehow it was perfectly possible to make each other understood. Mario popped in with figs and grapes from his garden, and he and his wife were very very friendly and helpful. Calogero always responded immediately whenever we contacted him.
The Wi-Fi: We were informed that it should only be used to check email and (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), and that any downloading of music or film would immediately use up all the allowance. Browsing also did not work. Fortunately the phone 3G network works well, and allowances can now be used abroad by EU citizens in the EU, so this is what we used to browse etc.
The nearest town is Marausa, a very short drive away, with a small supermarket, butchers, bakeries, a bank, even a fish monger. There are several low key restaurants in Marausa, but we followed Mario’s recommendation and went to La Piazetta in neighbouring Salinagrande. Very popular – we had to book a table on a Sunday night- and great selection of sea food dishes.
We had a great time, and were very comfortable at Villa Poseidone.
Thank you Calogero and Mario.