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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Paradiso is literally one step away from heaven. This small rustic country house is set on high grounds with magnificent views of the Sicilian countryside and the Iblean Mountains. On the one side it is within walking distance from a typical quiet rural village which has all amenities. On the other side it is seconds away from a huge forest with monumental pine trees.
This is a protected park which enjoys safe walking/rambling/cycling paths; picnic area; bbq area; animal reserve. Archaeological remains can be visited in the area. A lovely park for children to play in is found at the edge of the village.
The village is quaint, neat, well equipped with shops that provide all requirements. Health centre, bank, pharmacy, bread shop, mini-markets, green grocer shops, gelateria, restaurants, pizzeria, newspaper shop.... the perfect little Sicilian village is waiting to be discovered along with its honey seller, its torrone seller, the old churches and the ancient village at the very top of the hill with its panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
The location allows forest walks and rambling, scenic drives, visits to historic churches, archaeological sites,
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marina di Ragusa|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania, Nearest railway: RAgusa|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage includes a homely kitchen and dining area, a living area set in a conservatory which can double up as a spare sleeping area, a large main bedroom which can include a spare single bed, a second double bedroom, and a comfortable bathroom with shower. A child's cot is also available.
Please note that whilst internet access of available, this is of an intermittent nature due to the fact that the property is located in open countryside.
The mobile phone reception in the area is excellent.
The clothes dryer is in the form of an extendable clothes horse which can be set outside on the veranda to dry.
|Further details outdoors|
The house itself is surrounded by its own expansive terrain that includes olive trees, almond trees, vines, wild fig trees, carob trees and other fruit trees. The wonderful scenery can be enjoyed from the front porch which is great also for lounging, romantic evenings, watching the sunrise and dining out. Have your siesta relaxing on the hammock if you please. Use the bbq area to have your own bbq in the evening.
Spare plastic chairs can be used on the terrace.
The house is also secured with security cameras.
Visitors may use the house freely as long as no damage is done to the property. Beds will have clean sheets & pillow cases. No towels are available so visitors are encouraged to bring their own.
Whilst there is no central heating in this house, it is equipped with a heating stove that is lit with dry logs which are made available to visitors.
Hot water is available via the hot water geyser in the house.
Each bedroom has a fan that can be used to aerate and freshen the air during the warmer months.
Spare quilts/blankets are available.
Water from the taps is not potable. However fresh drinking water is available in water bottles and these can be re-filled from the fresh water fountain up the road. The water is of excellent fresh quality and derives directly from the rock.
Whilst this is a self-catering rental, visitors will find some basic food items available - tea, coffee, spaghetti, tomato sauce, etc.
About this location
The Sicily region
Sicily is the largest island of the Mediterranean Sea, well known for its production of olive oil, olives, almonds, fantastic food and Montalbano.
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Giarratana is set in the Iblean Hills in the south eastern tip of Sicily, 1710 feet above sea level. This is a beautiful small village which enjoys gorgeous Mediterranean weather that is warm in summer, with heat peaking in August and getting especially cold between December and February.
This village has a long history which dates back to Greek times and in fact the first name of the original village was Greek.
Giarratana has only 3000+ inhabitants The village is renown for the production of the Sicilian sweet Torrone and for the production of exceptionally large onions which are celebrated through the Sacra della Cipolla in mid August.
Mainly rural in character, the village is dedicated to St Bartholomew The Apostle and the religious feast is celebrated on 24 August.
The village is a short drive (approximately 30 minutes) away from the baroque town of Modica which is especially well known for its baroque character, its art, its coffee shops, its chocolate, its ice creams. It is one of the key towns in which the famous Montalbano TV series was filmed.
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29 Sep 2014
If you want peace and quiet this is the place. The small town is a short drive away, so a car is necessary. The accommodation is well equipped, clean, spacious and comfortable. We were made to feel ve… More
I am immensely happy to know this experience left you happy memories.
25 Sep 2014
"Tranquility and serenity at its best!"
This rustic country house is set with magnificent views of the Sicilian countryside and the Iblean Mountains, a breath of fresh air. A quiet rural and neat village is only walking distance, equipped w… More
Am so happy to know this proved to be an idyllic experience for you.
22 Sep 2014
"A relaxing holiday"
Paradise is a verily relaxing spot in the Iblean Mountains. It is great waking to the mountain views from the great terrace. And the water from the nearby natural spring is really refreshing on hot … More
Glad you enjoyed it & that it left you with beautiful memories.
27 Aug 2013
"The closest you can get to Heaven on Earth"
Our holiday at Paradiso was literally a dream come true.... It's hard to imagine a more peaceful, relaxing place! Paradiso is surrounded by nature, breathtaking scenery and a forest just a few st… More
so happy that this experience granted you happy memories to cherish - thanks.
2 Jul 2013
"Tranquility and nature at its best"
Paradiso is a excellent out of the way retreat for people who love nature and the good things in life. At the edge of a beautiful forest, but yet just within 2 minutes from the village of Giarratana.… More
so glad this experience proved to be another happy memory for you. thanks again for stopping over.
5 Mar 2013
I must say that my weekend at Paradiso is best described as Bliss. The place is wonderful and very well kept...actually new..... the views are wonderful and the location is great as it is detached yet very close to the nearest village. You do require some form of transport, however the roads are very well kept and there was practically zero traffic when I was there.
Thank you for your review - so glad the experience offered happy memories...
31 Jan 2013
"A worthed holiday"
Paradiso is relatively new, the woods start just a two minute walk away. Giarratana is a small village that caters for all the basic needs with quite friendly people. Two good chaps are the brothers h… More
Thank you for your review - so glad the vacation went well for you, albeit the bad weather & happy to see you enjoyed the experience. Welcome any time!
23 Nov 2012
"Perfect spot to relax and enjoy sicilian sunshine, fresh air and beautiful nature!"
Situated in a beautiful part of Sicily, very close to a beautiful nature park with good walking trails. The house is surrounded by olive trees and everywhere you go or sit down you have a nice panaroma infront of you.
The living standard is good. Really comfortable beds and a very cosy wooden stove for the colder nights. Clean and well equiped. I have never tasted better water in my life, it comes directly from the water source a couple of meters away from the house. Well worth a trip to the source to fill up your water bottles!
Sitting on the veranda looking out at the tranquil sicilian landscape really made my holiday! Great place to relax and a lot of things to explore around, especially the nature park and the lovely tiny village of Giarratana (where you can find fantastic sicilian home made foods!) Definetly recomend this place
So happy to hear you enjoyed your experience in this magical corner of Sicily.
22 Nov 2012
"Closest to heaven you can get this side of the Mediterranean."
Needed a couple of days away from work but I also wanted to get away from any sort of noise.
Driving into this part of Sicily already gives you a sense of entering a different world. I knew Sicily. I've been here before. But THIS part of the Island really is something else. Time really stands still. That's not to say that you cannot find 'some' hustle and bustle. You can. But you have to look for it.
The property itself is an absolute haven. A little gem in the middle of a valley with it's very own bosketto and breathtaking views. You can't but be inspired and recharged after spending time here.
It's NOT 5 star luxury. It's a 5 star natural relaxation spa with all the usual amenities you're used to back home!
The photos do not do it justice, actually. There is no way to 'see' the actual size of the property. Especially the interiors. But it's perfect. Trust me!
It is an extra special place indeed! thanks for your review.
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