Casa Etnea Volcano House is in a spectacular location on the slopes of Etna. The owner Giuseppe is a great host and very knowledgeable about the volcano, its geology and its history. He has written several books on Etna which can be found in the cottage. He went out of his way to make our stay special, including a tour of a nearby lava flow cave, and a quick text message was all that was needed if we needed a question answered.
The cottage is in a remote location - around 30-40 minutes' drive from Catania Airport - and a hire car is essential, but we were able to explore eastern and southern Sicily in day trips. It is a short drive to the Rifugio Sapienza in order to climb Etna.
The location of the cottage means that water is in short supply and you will need to bring bottled water for drinking (as seems to be normal in Sicily) -- water from the tap can be used for boiling and washing. As we arrived late, Giuseppe made sure we had enough bottled drinking water to last the weekend, before we were able to go to a supermarket.
The kitchen is cosy but has good facilities -- if you are planning to cook regularly you might want to bring a sharp knife and a spare tea towel or two. The bedrooms are very comfortable and maintained to a high standard, with plenty of bathrooms. There is easily space to park a couple of cars behind a locked gate.
Although we stayed in October when it was becoming a little chilly in the evening, there was nevertheless plenty of time to sit outside in the garden area, or on our balcony with its amazing views down to Catania and out to sea.