Nestled on the hillside between Cefalù and Sant’Ambrogio, Il Nido is a stunning coastal retreat, cleverly designed to take advantage of the glorious uninterrupted sea vistas from every corner. Whether in the pool on the deck, sat under the olive tree in the pretty garden, lying in bed or even at the washbasin in the bathroom, a view of the aquamarine waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea can be enjoyed.
Large picture windows and patio doors wrap around the villa blurring the line between indoor and out. The living room becomes an extension of the terrace, whilst to the rear, a fabulous summer kitchen may make the kitchen redundant. Contrasting with the more contemporary style found inside, it has a rustic appeal with a cobbled floor, fired roof pantiles, wood beams, and colourful patterned tiles. Rustic in style but there is a variety of cooking facilities (hob, barbecue, wood oven) to delight all cooks. An archway leads to a covered terrace where meals can be enjoyed under dappled shade.
The sleepy village of Sant’Ambrogio provides the essentials in the form of a small supermarket and a couple of restaurants. A mixture of pebbles and sand, the beach here is less well known and therefore quieter than those around Cefalù (5.5km west).
A daily dip in the sea followed by a siesta back at Il Nido will be a tempting way to spend a week but take some time to explore the hills and countryside of the ‘Parco delle Madonie’, the ‘centro storico’ of Cefalù, bustling Palermo (1hr 20mins) and perhaps a boat trip to the Aeolian Islands. Further afield, the ‘Valle dei Tempi’ at Agrigento (2hrs) is one of Sicily’s most famous attractions: the incredibly well preserved Greek temples (eight in total) are truly a sight to see.