Description from owner
Description from owner
2 Full baths
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Book this 3 bedroom house in Balestrate today! A total of 6 people can sleep here comfortably.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 20 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $346 to as high as $1201, depending on travel dates.
The owner last updated the property’s calendar Feb 23, 2018.
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About the owner
About the owner
- Calendar last updated:
- 23 Feb 2018
- Overall rating:
Languages spoken: English, French, Italian
- Check in time:14:00, Check out time:10:00
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Damage deposit: ($123.01) €100.00
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Balestrate Attractions
- Air conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- Central heating
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
Phone / Internet
- Internet access
- Wireless Internet
- High chair
- Sea view
- Secure parking
- CD player
- Balcony or terrace
- Smoking allowed
- 2 Full baths
– based on 20 reviews
- Very Good
We were at Casa Balestra for eight days, and wish we'd been there a lot longer. The house/apartment is beautiful, and very well set up. The view of the little harbor down below and the blue sea out as far as the eye can see is to-die-for. We loved the town. At the time we were visiting there were very few tourists, and a lot of just normal coast, Sicilian life goin' on. Everyone was wonderfully friendly and just going shopping for fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, sea food fresh off the dock, bread, and local wine from a cask into your plastic bottle were wonderful cultural experiences. We cooked and ate in most nights, but do blow one evening at La Perla eating fabulous seafoood. We had a rental car and made easy day trips to the sights, Segesta, Erice, Selinunte, Chefelu, Trapani, and Favigana. The little train station is a block away and we took it into Polermo for the day. No problem. We miss it all already. You'll love it! Heather & John
Response from the owner Heather and John, thanks for taking the time to write your review. I hope to have you again, or your friends. Ciao Concetta
“Sun, sand and surf in Balestrate”
Ah, the view! The blue green hues of the sea greet your eyes from nearly every room in the house. The smell of the sea permeates the air, while the sound of the sea lulls one to sleep. These are just a few of the reasons Casa Balestra was the perfect location during my Sicilian getaway. The house is a perfect blend of Old World meets 21st century. The 5 minute walk to the beach, or to the market (on Monday the street market is out the door and to the left at about 300 paces, don't miss it), allowed me to have authentic Sicilian experiences. I was so comfortable at my lodgings I decided, rather impromptu, to extend my stay an additional week! Rosanna couldn't be any more delightful, and accommodating, to ensure all my needs were met. Check in/out couldn't have been any easier and my deposit was refunded immediately. I found the library to be quite entertaining with a nice selection of reads available to tote along to the beach.
Response from the owner 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
“First trip to Sicily was a success, thanks to Casa Balestra”
What a great trip! Casa Balestra was a gem. This was my family's first trip to Sicily and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. I wanted to give a brief review of Balestrate first. I had read some poor reviews about this town and while some of it was fair (litter is a problem, although no more than elsewhere in Europe), it is a very friendly town. I would describe it as more of a beach town than a resort area, if you understand what I mean. There are three different beaches and each one has its charms but the only one worth going to for more than a short visit is the one about half a mile west of the town. Balestrate is a short distance from Palermo, Montelepre and Trapani (where you can catch a boat to the must-see Egadi Islands). Casa Balestra itself is just as described. We had more than enough room for our family of 5 (three teenagers) and we were very comfortable. The home was beautiful and well maintained. Rosanna, the housekeeper, met us and she was a delight (be warned--she speaks no English). Concetta, the owner, always made herself available via email, although we never needed to contact her. As some reviews mentioned, there is a train that goes right by Casa Balestra. It doesn't run at night, but did start early in the morning (around 7 or 7:30, as I recall). After a day or two, however, we hardly noticed it. We definitely would recommend Casa Balestra to anyone.
“2500 km di Stupore !!!”
Abbiamo avuto una splendida occasione :stare in questa casa per 11 giorni con nostri parenti francesi. Ottima scelta per loro e per noi. La casa è molto funzionale e situata splendidamente (vista mare e strada tranquilla). Seguendo i consigli della proprietaria puoi farti gli acquisti "genuini" di formaggi, dolci, pesce, ecc. ecc. Da Balestrate abbiamo fatto un buon turismo automobilistico, il contachilometri ha detto 2500 Km, io dico 2500 Km di Stupore !!!
Response from the owner Grazie mille Santino. Tornate presto Concetta
“a stay in paradise !”
What a beautiful stay we had in Casa Balestra ! My husband and I spent 5 lovely nights in the Casa at the end of January, and couldn't have asked for nicer accommodations. The house is very roomy, very clean, and fully equipped . The internet worked perfectly, and there was plenty of hot water (a wonderful thing in Italy !) The bed was very comfortable, and the upstairs balcony was great. We had a picnic lunch up there every day overlooking the charming harbor. I can't say enough about the village of Balestrate...it's just the right size to explore on foot from the Casa Balestra, and the local people are all very friendly and helpful. We would return in a heartbeat !
“Marvelous house in a very nice seaside city in Sicily”
The three bedroom house was very well appointed and the second floor veranda was a wonderful, breezy view of the water. The kitchen was great for breakfast and lunch, and the house was well located for walking to most of the city sites and for beaches. We love Balestrate. We had a car and did some driving and touring but 70% of the time we lived in a very tight radius around this charming small city.
Response from the owner Frank and Mikal, thanks for your review. It was a pleasure to have you stay at Casa Balestra. Concetta
“July 2012 stay”
Casa Balestra was a great property in a good location. It is a short walk to a good, sandy beach. The town square was close by. Because the property is a few blocks from the square, there was ample parking. The owners were in town and met us and helped us get acclimated. The house had all the necessary items for a comfortable stay. The town was lovely with shops, restaurants, markets. We were there during a celebration and the fireworks were easily seen from the balcony. It was a great place to stay!!
“Fell in love with this charming home”
Every aspect of our stay at Casa Balestra was wonderful. My wife and I stayed in this home for 8 days in May 2012. We loved living in La Balestra and enjoying the beauty of a lovely ancestral home! The Casa is perfect, beautifully furnished, with incredible views. We have already recommended this Casa to friends and relatives, and would like to come again. The home is comfortable, very clean and well maintained. The listing photos accurately show the grace and furnishings of a home where the owner's mother lived. The owner was very helpful in answering our questions, since this was our first trip to Sicily. We had a warm welcome from all the people we met in Balestrate. We enjoyed exploring the town and the waterfront, buying fresh fruit, vegetables and fish, and all the evenings on the balcony overlooking the sea, awed by spectacular sunsets, while savoring local wine and snacks. Every morning I got bread or cornetti at a bakery in the first block of Via Principe amedeo. We also got "sfincione" there on Sat, and heated it for a late dinner. We watched fishermen go out in the evening to catch fish. My wife fried the best fresh calamari I have ever tasted. At La Perla restaurant I had a delicious spaghetti ai frutti del mare. The nearby La Piazzetta restaurant was fine. The casa, located in the center of a crescent beach area with huge headlands at each end, has a very dramatic, constantly changing colorful panorama. The birds and gulls soar in graceful changing patterns of dance and song as the sun goes down. One day we drove down the coast, exploring Castello del Mare, then heading to the Natural Seacoast preserve of Zingaro for hiking and a picnic on a cliff overlooking the turquoise sea. We drove back to Scopello, a tiny town, originally arab, where we enjoyed a drink before heading to San Vito del Capo for dinner. We have fallen in love with Sicily, especially the delightful town of Balestrate and this charming home on the sea!
“Beautiful home in a wonderful town”
We have been lucky enough to stay at Casa Balestra for 2 weeks both this year and in 2011. The home is beautifuly furnished and has all comforts you need. The town square is a short 2 minute walk and is a nice place to spend the evening. We had a car however we took the train to Palermo..much easier than driving. The train station is a 2 minute walk. The home overlooks the harbor and provides plenty of magnificent sunsets. The owner Concetta answered all of our emails promptly and followed up to make sure our visit was perfect. We highly recommend this home.
“An authentic Sicilian experience in Balestrate”
A group of 5 adults stayed here in November 2011 for a week. This home is large and equipped with everything one needs to be comfortable including kitchen appliances and cooking utensils, laundry, comfy furniture. The location in the town is walking distance to everything needed including an internet cafe and markets. You can settle in and really feel like a local. We took daily driving trips to many interesting sites including Marsala, Trapani, Selinunte, Mosia, Segesta, Monreale and the the park Zingaro. If you don't want to leave town, walking on the beach or hanging out in the piazza are great diversions. If you have a choice, stay in one of the rooms with the balcony overlooking the harbor. The couple who stayed in the front room heard street noise at night, and the water pump is under that room too. Rosanna, the housekeeper, and Connie, the owner were both very helpful letting us know how to work the appliances to keep the power from shutting off (it did anyway but it's easy to restore.) This is very typical of European homes in our experience so not a big problem for us. Overall we loved staying here and would recommend it to groups and families who like local atmosphere and comforts of a home vs. hotel.