Luxury Villa in Taormina

Greta Garbo

Story

Gayelord Hauser, the famous dietician of Hollywood, had a beautiful villa in Taormina, in the south island of Sicily in Italy, where often were invited nobilty, barons, actresses, painters, musicians and famous writers. Among the guests were often seen Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Gloria Vanderbilt , Marlene Dietrich and of course his close friend Greta Garbo.

Greta Garbo would come in Taormina under her usual name Miss Harriet Brown. Someone knew she was Garbo: among the others, the waiter-driver of Hauser and the art dealer Giovanni Panarello, whose shop Garbo often visited. But even if they knew her real identity, those people pretended they did not know who she was.

From 1950 to 1979 Taormina was her secret refuge, a place where this wonderful „alabaster statue" - one of the most beautiful temptresses of the screen - had a strange bond with the famous doctor that in Hollywood taught her to eat molasses and raw celery.

The first time she went in Taormina was in 1950. The driver of Hauser remembers: "I went to take her at the airport with doctor Hauser. I did not know who she was, the doctor told me she was Harriet Brown . They embraced each other, in the airport and all the way home from Catania to Taormina: they were very close friends.

She lived in two private rooms of the villa: a bedroom and a little living room. She even had her own terrace, hidden and secluded. She did not like sun, I never saw her in a bathing suit. She did not like the sea. When the doctor sold this house and bought a new one by the sea, she did not change her habit: She stayed secluded in her terrace." She usually arrived in Taormina in spring-time, sometimes in winter - never in the summer.

The driver of Hauser recalls: "She was very pale, she adventured in the little paths up to Castelmola, all-alone, and she was happy she wasn't recognized by people. She liked to speak with the fishermen of the place. Doctor Hauser told her that nobody in the villa knew who she was but in the reality we all knew - many friends of the doctor knew - but we all pretended we didn't know. I remember that a reporter came at the villa once and asked about Garbo something. He came in but Gayelord Hauser, very kindly, told him with a disarming smile: ‘Garbo? Here? I have never seen her here!'. The reporter went away and she refused to get out for almost three weeks. The lady was always scared to death to meet the reporters".

The last time Garbo came in Taormina was in 1979, the year Hauser sold his villa in Letojanni. He sold it with great sadness after his boy-friend Frey Brown passed away. Brown was younger than Hauser. He was a promising actor but had left his career to come to stay in Taormina with Hauser.

Hauser said that he had too many memories from the past spent in the villa with his friend. Without Frey Brown it was impossible to lead the same life. Hauser retired in Los Angeles and lived there until his death in 1983. He was 89.

Greta was a friend of Frey. She spent a great deal of time with him, expecially in the night, when Hauser used to invite people in his house. Miss Harriet Brown did not want to see anyone. She rarely was seen in the saloon: once to meet an English art-dealer from London, a close friend of Garbo. Another time when Hauser held a great party in honour of Gloria Vanderbilt. But she refused to entertain other famous celebrities: Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford.

Truman Capote said about Garbo: "Garbo was a good actress, a clever actress? Who cares. She has an extraordinary face and that's enough".

Villa Greta Garbo

Seafront Villa in Sicily

At your disposal: 8 bedrooms, 8 baths, up to 16 guests, 1 hectare of the property

Villa Greta Garbo is a Seafront Villa located on a large estate overlooking the sea on the coast nearby the renowned town of Taormina in the Eastern Sicily. The Seafront Villa has direct access to the sea through a garden of olive trees and Mediterranean plants. From the Villa you can easily reach the neighboring villages: Letojanni, Taormina, Sant‘Alessio Siculo and the highway that connecting the airport of Catania in 40 minutes. The interior design is in International style, consisting of a luxury that cleverly combines tradition, modernity and eclecticism. The large terrace and shady garden, that end on the beach, are the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday immersed in nature and protected by privacy.

Ground floor

The main entry located in a portico bordering on the garden welcomes you into a living room with fire place, dining room and guest bath.

In the two aisles of this central space, two large bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, one with shower and the other with bath tub.

On the back side of the living room a large kitchen connected to the laundry room accessible by service entrance.

First floor

Private drawing room with fireplace in front of the sea. The covered terrace furnished with a sofa and armchairs , offer you an amazing view over the sea, Taormina and the coast.

At the two side of this central space, are the bedrooms. Large queen bedroom with sea view, en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi.

Two connected double rooms (one with queen bed, the other with 2 singles beds) with en-suite bathroom and shower. Large queen bedroom room with sea view and en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi. On the back of the living room, a balcony overlooking the garden and the hills.

Outside features

The garden is overlooking the sea and Taormina, the paths are paved with sea pebbles and terracotta tiles. It boast a liberty style gazebo close the beach and a beautiful ornamental fountain. The olive trees and others plants offer shaded corners to enjoy the summer hours. A furnished large terrace located outside the building is overlooking the sea.

Villa Greta Garbo: outside
Villa Greta Garbo: outside
Villa Greta Garbo: outside
Villa Greta Garbo: outside
Villa Greta Garbo: outside
Villa Greta Garbo: outside

Services

Facilities

  • A/C in every bedroom
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Barbecuel
  • Car hire
  • Catering service
  • CD and DVD player
  • Central heating
  • Courtesy line
  • Dishwasher
  • DLS internet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Heating
  • Ironing board
  • Music dockstation
  • Parking on site
  • Satellite TV
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-Fi throughout

Activities

  • Boat Tours
  • Cooking class
  • Hiking
  • Organized tours
Villa Greta Garbo

The expertise we’ve developed over many years has been applied to our tailor-made holidays. If you love the villa or the apartment we offer but would like a personalized services for just yourself and partner, family, group of friends, why not use our expertise to arrange your very own tailor-made holiday. We supply all the facilities and services that you might need during your stay.

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  • Babysitting
  • Car Transfers
  • Cook Service
  • Doctor
  • Grocery Home
  • Delivery
  • Helicopter transfers
  • Housekeeping Service
  • LaundryService
  • Personal Shopper

Booking & Contacts

Included with rate:
  • Electricity, water and final cleaning
  • Bed and Bath linen
  • Courtesy Kit
  • Cot for baby up to 2 years old
Not included/extra, on request, to be paid locally, in cash:
  • Additional bed linen change upon request
  • Personal laundry service: € 15 per hour
Notes:
  • No phone line available at the villa
  • Pets allowed at owner’s discretion
  • Security deposit: €2000,00 held at the agency on credit card guarante. Is not possible to book the Villa directly. Please send us an inquiry
Check-in:

between 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Check-out:

before/by 10:00 am

Cancellation / Prepayment:

If canceled or modified up to 60 days before date of arrival, will be charged deposit. If canceled or modified later or no show the total price of the reservation will be charged.

Children and extra beds:

All children under 8 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.

Pets:

Pets allowed at owner's discretion. Charges may be applicable.

Accepted credit cards

American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, JCB

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