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“A true taste of Sicily”
View of the port from the terrace
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View of the port from the terrace
The western beach
Eastern beach
Ceramic tile by main entrance
Main entrance with balcony of yellow bedroom
View of Via Repubblica (East side)
Living room with stone arches
Living room
View from living room
Living room from studio sitting area
Curio table in living room
Wooden staircase leading upstairs
Dining area by the kitchen
Sicilian citrus fruit in the kitchen
Cooking area with window overlooking the water
Details of cooking area in kitchen
Wooden staircase leading to 1st floor
View of sunset from seaside bedrooms
Sunset from the balcony
View of the marina
Blue bedroom (single, double or queen available)
Green room showing with queen size bed
Green room with double bed combination
Yellow bedroom (queen size) detail
Yellow bedroom (queen size)
Shower in downstairs bathroom
Downstairs bathroom
Upstairs bathroom with bathtub/shower combo
Balcony with view from green bedroom
View of touristic port from blue and green room
Balestrate main square with lighted church
Sunset in Balestrate
Red sunset from the balcony
Cooking class at Baglio Filippi
Christmas coockies ready to be cooked
This fisherman stops by the casa to sell fresh fish
Cassatine (dessert with ricotta and marzipan)
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Balestrate, Province of Palermo, Sicily

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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A true taste of Sicily”
Reviewed 6 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

It was so nice to have this lovely, well-appointed house as a home base while exploring the western side of Sicily. The house has everything you need for comfort...the terrace itself is a spot you could spend many vacation days on if you just didn't want to go anywhere! Balestrate is a small, friendly little town with many good restaurants and a nice beach. We were there before the tourist season, so we did not encounter any crowds. The streets are well lit at night and safe for walking. This was the best way to be introduced to the Island.

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Liked best: Truly authentic and the property manager was pleasant & helpful.
Liked least: Sulfur smell in tap water.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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Management Response
8 Apr 2015
Roberta, grazie for taking the time to review your stay at Casa Balestra. I am glad you and your husband had a great time. I hope to host you again in the future!
Concetta
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Fergifour
Ashburn, Virginia
1 review
“A Perfect Sicilian Vacation!”
Reviewed 8 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Our family of four found Casa Balestra to be beautiful, spacious and perfectly equipped to meet our every need. After busy days of sightseeing to Lo Zingaro Park, Trapani, Marsala, Agrigento, Palermo, Segesta and more, Casa Balestra provided the perfect place to spend quiet, relaxing evenings. Markets with fresh fish, bread, pasta, fruits and vegetables and cheese are a short walk from the house, and we enjoyed having the opportunity to cook at home and eat on the balcony overlooking the marina. Restaurants offering the best in Sicilian food are also found throughout the charming town of Balestrate. The afternoon “passeggiata” was fun for our entire family…

We found Casa Balestra to be perfectly managed; the housekeeper promptly greeted us upon our arrival and reviewed all we needed to know for our one-week stay. In addition, thorough written instructions/recommendations (e.g., where to buy freshly made ricotta cheese, sites to see within a day's drive!) were provided. We would definitely love to return to this lovely house!!

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Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
18 Jul 2014
Nancy and Mark,
it was a pleasure to have you at Casa Balestra. I am glad you and your family had a great time and I look forward to hosting you again in the future.
A presto!
Concetta
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Oregon
Reviewed 17 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Management Response
17 Apr 2014
Heather and John,
thanks for taking the time to write your review. I hope to have you again, or your friends.
Ciao

Concetta
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United States
Reviewed 6 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Management Response
6 Aug 2013
Dear Dawn,
only now I am reading your review. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your very nice comments and for posting your beautiful picture.
It was a pleasure to host you and I hope you will come back soon.
Arrivederci e grazie

Concetta
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Missouri, USA
Reviewed 18 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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Paul15499...
Niagara Falls, Canada
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“We did not want to leave !”
Reviewed 5 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We were looking for real Sicily, easy access to travel to other areas, the sea, but most of all we wanted small town, with bakeries, and espresso pasterie, with daily shopping for fresh ingredients for our meals and we found that and more in Balestrate and Casa Balastra.
The Casa is very very large, 3 huge bedrroms, 2 large bathrooms, a great kitchen with 2 tables and enough dishes and pots and pans to keep you busy for life. Exceptionally well equipped. with a living area with enough couches and chairs for 7 or 8 people, and imagine it with windows overlooking the sea... with a long 40 or 50 ft. balcony.
The owner could not have begen more helpful..Concetta, who comes from this area was wonderful and that is not an exaggeration, she even helped us find the best cooking class experience with a truly amazing Sicilian family. We were greeted at the Casa by the housekeeper and one of the local travel agents before we even got into the house..warmth was nice to have at that point (after a long 12 hour overnight trip)...all arranged by the owner.
From Balestrate you can easily travel on day trips to Agrigento, SanVito Lo Capo, Eurice, Trapini. Marsala, Scopello, Castelammare del Golfo, Palermo, Corleone, Camporale, Alcamo and many wineries. An overnight to Toarmina and Mount Etna or Catania and Syracusa could easily be made (about 3 1/2 drive)
We found the people in Balestrate, the veg. markets, restaurants, and the all the vendors to be gracious and happy to have you there. Don't miss the gas station on Via November, we even got a hug when we told him we were leaving..that is why we did not want to leave.

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Liked best: Very large property, on the sea, great town
Liked least: leavingnthe town
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
4 Apr 2013
Grazie for your wonderful review. I am so happy that you and Dorothy had a good time in Balestrate and Casa Balestra. Giuseppina had a great time showing you how to cook authentic Sicilian food. Rosanna says hi. I hope I can host you again soon.
Arrivederci!
Concetta
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ny
Reviewed 4 February 2013 for a stay in January 2013

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