Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Ideal as a location for a relaxing and tranquil holiday by the poolside, as a base to explore the unique history and culture of a wonderfully unspoilt area of Sicily, and as a place to enjoy the island's justifiably famous food and wine, either eaten out or enjoyed straight from the houses kitchen, wood fired oven or BBQ.
Casa Palazzelle is a tranquil and lovingly renovated Modican farmhouse with a private pool, surrounded by stunning unspoilt countryside, 8km from the UNESCO World Heritage centre of Modica. It is in the heart of the area used for the filming of the renowned Italian TV series 'Inspector Montalbano', now showing on BBC4. The house is newly renovated and has a fabulous swimming pool surrounded by patios of local natural white stone set in a secluded orchard garden filled with flowers, herbs, fruit and olive trees. The property has extensive views over open countryside, hills (including on very clear days, Mt Etna) and the sea.
The houses elevated position and thick stone walls help to keep the house naturally cool in the summer. The property also boasts an array of traditional features such tall dry stone walls, a wood fired pizza oven and a stone paved courtyard and well. The house sits between Modica and the other UNESCO World Heritage sites at Cava di Ispica, Ragusa and Noto and is an ideal base to explore the unique area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pozzallo 15 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania 90 km, Nearest railway: Modica 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
Luxuriously furnished and fitted, the house has been renovated to the highest standards using local materials wherever possible to share the benefits of modern fittings within a old house which makes the most of the traditional building methods.
The lounge includes a leather sofa and double sofa bed, a glazed book case and coffee table. Wall mounted flat screen LCD HD TV/PC Monitor with Blu-ray DVD player and Zeppelin iPod speaker docking HiFi.
There is a newly fitted and fully equipped kitchen with solid wood units and granite work-top. Features high quality Smeg oven, hob, and fridge with large freezer compartment. Includes table and chairs.
|Further details outdoors||
The swimming pool is situated in a high walled orchard and is surrounded by a extensive patio made of local Modican white stone furnished with hard-wood sun loungers and steamer chairs.
There are 2 large well illuminated patios for dining, one which is fitted with a large built-in barbecue and sink, a hard wood table and chairs for up to 12 diners. The cobbled courtyard features an outhouse which contains a traditional wood-fired pizza oven. There is also an outdoor shower with hot and cold water. The the entire outside area of courtyard, pool, patio and orchard is beautifully illuminated for function and ambiance. The orchard has had an automatic irrigation system fitted and will is laid to lawn.
A high chair and/or cot can be provided on request
Swimming pool available April to October.
English representative on hand to answer any questions.
Preferred changeover day is Saturday.
The Sicily region
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, apart from a short winter in Jan - Feb it boasts a wonderfully warm and dry climate. The island is famous as a destination for the quality and range of its historical sites, dramatic scenery and outstanding cuisine.
Modica is a vibrant small city abounding with high quality restaurants and cafes, well known as a centre of chocolate making. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site on account of its beautiful Baroque architecture.
It lies in an area known as the Val di Noto, the gorges that are typical of the area are breathtaking, and the surrounding countryside, abounding with dry-stone walls and aristocratic villas is idyllic.
The other local towns of Ragusa, Noto and Scicli are outstanding in their own right. Slightly further afield, but an easy day trip away are the cities of Caltagirone, famed for its unique ceramics, and Syracuse with its classical remains