What is(are) your name(s)?
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
Giardino di Sicilia is a 3 ha family property built 3 years ago. The starting idea was to offer Italian courses for foreigners in a quiet place, giving qualified Italian language classes and in the same time the warmness of Sicilian family and a room like in hotel. Italian courses run all the year except in august and holidays. We rent rooms throughout the whole year. Me personally, I cook with pleasure for our guests and from May until October, meals are served on the terrace with sea view. Our family: Reginaldo (my husband who is from Brazil), Julio and Jonas (our 14 years old twins), me - Margherita, and 3 sweet donkeys - Gelsomino, Violetta and 5 months old Fiore.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
We use only fresh product mostly from our garden. We have a large varieties of fruit like figs, prickle pears, prunes, pears, passion fruits, mangos, guave, oranges, mandarins, almonds, walnuts, apricots, and more.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Polite, communicative, real good food, quietness, speak Italian, French, English, Portuguese, Spanish and German.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
We have a lot of information books about our region, Nebrodi Park and we are always happy to give information about routes and interesting places. On the 3 ha we have a big olive grove and a wide variety of fruit trees that we can show our guests. It's possible to learn Italian, just book it.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
Giardino di Sicilia Bed & Breakfast has 8 twin and 4 double rooms all with bathrooms and air conditioners. No possibility to add another bed because of the round form. It's only possible to add a travel bed for a little child.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
All rooms are very similar, only the colours and the view of the garden or the sea.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
Every room has a bathroom, air conditioner, heating, free Wi-Fi internet.
Which room is your personal favorite?
What do the room rates include?
Continental buffet breakfast, parking, Wi-FI, tax, information about the surroundings.
Do you offer any special packages?
Groups over 8 persons, min 2 nights stay, 20% discount.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Italian coffee from mocha and espresso, milk, tea (green, black, fruits, etc.), fresh juice, fruits of the season and fresh from the garden, home made cake, bred, home made jam, ricotta fresh cheese, organic muesli, yogurt. Every day different bread and cake as well fruits and juice. On request cheese, eggs, ham or dietetic product like soy milk, gluten free, etc., just ask for it!
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is usually from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM, but on request we are flexible. From November until April breakfast is served in the dining room, from May until October on the terrace with sea view, of course according to the weather.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
No problem at all, just ask for it! No additional payment!
Do you serve other meals?
We serve dinner.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Children are welcome as far the parents look after them.
Do you accept pets?
What is your smoking policy?
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Parking is in the property among the olive trees.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Check-in cannot be before 13:00. Check-out should be before 11.00.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Just write us online. Guests receive a booking confirmation, all they have to pay is the deposit of 30% of the total amount.
What is you cancellation policy?
When payed, deposit will not refunded.
What types of payment do you accept?
Visa, MasterCard, cash.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
Not special code. Our guests normally behave good. It means, they know that bikini is for sun and not for dinner.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
In Sant'Agata Militello one can see the castle Gallego, completely restored in 2007. Nebrodi park is one of the biggest natural parks in Italy that offers various types of excursions such as to the waterfall Catafurco, to the lakes Maullazzo and Biviere.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
By car: Highway A20 ME-PA, exit Sant'Agata Militello. Drive on the main street SS113 (via Medici) in S.Agata Militello and follow the sign 'Giardino di Sicilia' - You will drive the last 4 Km on the SP 116, to Militello Rosmarino - Alcara li Fusi.
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
I can quote an American guest: "do yourself a favour and stay in Giardino di Sicilia".
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
My husband, my twins and I, we love to take care of our guests and even if we began 9 years ago, every day the guests can feel the same enthusiasm as in our first day ... but more experienced!! We love to live and work here.