Sicillian farmhouse with pool
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Farmhouse | 11 bedrooms | sleeps 28
Tenuta Don Ruggero is an old olive oil farm with a swimming pool which has been stylishly restored to a very high standard to provide accommodation for large groups of family or friends to enjoy a holiday together on the fascinting and historic island of Sicily.
The farm set in the typical landscape of the Sicilian country-side, at 800 meters of altitude, on the edge of the natural park of Madonie and only 30 minutes far from the Cefalù sea. The farm has a charming atmosphere and an extensive panaromic view of the surrounding landscapes, including the volcano Etna. The farm is within 3 kms of the archaeological site of Polizzi Generosa, which is an important local town.
Visitors will be impressed by the often stunning landscape of the island's interior.
The farm is laid out in a unique way.It has been owned for several generations by the same owners, who have restored the farm using ancient building techniques and materials, combined with interesting modern styles.
There are 3 dry-stone walled buildings which are joined by cobbled-stone paths Within these buildings the accommodation is set on two floors with 11 bedroomsrooms including a small apartment: 3 of them have balconies that face the big yard of the entrance as well as the 'italian' garden,and the rest of the rooms face the different landscapes of the Madonie country-side. All the rooms are en-suite. One of the rooms is larger, great for children or a small family unit. In the main building of the farm there is a large dining room with seating for up to 28 people, which also has a unique feature fireplace in the lounge area.
There is a very large kitchen with facilities which make it easy to cook for large groups. It's also possible to hire a chef for the week or at chosen times.
In the gardens, the unique infinity swimming pool is an important feature. At 16 metres by 5 metres, the pool is excellent for relaxation and play,and keen swimmers can improve their fitness.
A number of outdoor activities can be arranged, including guided trekking in the National Park, and there is horse riding only 3kms away.
A visit to a local farm can be arrnged to learn about cheese making and olive oil, and cooking lessons can also be arranged.
The farm is available for weddings, art courses, therapy groups, cooking or any type of group activity, as well as outdoor activities. If required, the owners are able to help with transport and catering for large groups, as well as general advice about this interesting and beautiful area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 28, 11 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cefalu 40 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Palermo 115 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||11 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 11 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (10), Double beds (8), Cots (3), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 24|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
There are several communal areas including small lounges, a large living room, a huge dining room with a unique open fire and comfortable living area.
Wi-Fi is free.
|Further details outdoors|
There are several areas to play and relax in. There is an area laid out as a beautiful Italian garden, the pool area and large solarium, BBQ area, and a large courtyard with tables for outdoor eating.
The pool is a fantastic 16x5 metres
A 1000 euro returnable security deposit will be asked for by the owner.
The Sicily region
Sicily is a treasure trove of historic attractions. Layers of history have created a unique blend of art and architecture, from relics of ancient Greece to the Romans and laterly the Spanish. There is also the interesting influence that North African culture has left. In Sicily you can enjoy jaw dropping art and culture, the lush countryside, pretty towns and simple, delicious food.
Many people believe the towns of the interior of Sicily to be amongst the most attractive towns of all Italy, and Polizzi Generosa and the neighbouring town Castelanna are certainly among them.
The towns are almost at the exact centre of the island, with no other point being more than 2.5 hours drive. The historic coastal city of Cefalu is only 30 minutes drive.
A visit to Palermo, with its colourful and theatrical streets and markets, and its wonderful buildings and art treasures, is definately recommended
A great feature of the garden is that Mount Etna can be seen.
The farm is very near the historic medieval town of Polizzi Generosa, which has many ancient buildings. The families of Sicilian Americans such as film directors Martin Scorsese and Antonia Scarpa as well as character actor Vincent Schiavelli, came from the town. Schiavelli was also a food and cookbook writer who wrote about Polizzi Generosa and his roots
Fashion designer Domenico Dolce, one half of the Dolce & Gabbana clothing company, was born in Polizzi Generosa.
The farm is also on the edge of the Parco delle Madonie national park, with its many available activites. There is an adventure park for children and adults. It is possible to arrange for children of 6-14 years to enjoy programmes at the adventure park. For others there is horse riding locally, mountain biking, olive oil and wine tours, caving and bird watching. The owners will be happy to help arrange activities.
There are shops and restuarants nearby in Polizza Generosa and Castelanna.
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27 Jan 2014
We had brisk mid-October dips in the infinity pool and enjoyed the magnificent poolside scenery. Our bedroom was comfortable but cramped and several other guests had problems with the shower and toile… More
I'm disappointed that there were a number of things not right for you during your stay.You are correct about the poolside scenery.....truly magnificent.I hope that you also enjoyed the lovely local ancient towns with their fine food shops and inexpensive restaurants.
The rooms are of different sizes, like any self catering house or hotel. There are some large rooms and some which are not so large. However I would not describe any as cramped.
I was on holiday there last year with a large group of friends. We found the kitchen adequate for cooking for a large group, but it could get busy in the mornings when everyone drifted in to make tea or coffee. However our chief cook found the kitchen well equipped and spacious enough. The sink is only an average sized kitchen sink, but of course we used the dishwasher.
We also found the wi-fi sporadic,and it is the case that in Sicily and indeed much of rural Italy there is no great broadband service.....maybe it's because Italians are talkers rather than writers!
I noticed that the TV had no service, but we only used the TV to watch DVDs.
The approach road had suffered damage during great rainstorms earlier in the year. I have been assured that the necessary repairs have been made.
The property is self-catering and therefore unoccupied by the owner. There is always help nearby, but it was an unfortunate time of the morning to have such a difficulty with the door. I assume that the other doors to the dining area/kitchen were locked from the inside. However, I am encouraged that someone arrived to help in around an hour.
I hope there were many other aspects of your holiday which went well on this beautiful island. Thank you for your review. I will pass on your important comments to the owners.
1 Sep 2013
"Excellent farmhouse with poor kitchen facilities"
Rent the entire property with its 10 rooms (we were 18 people of all ages) and a large dining room and great magnificent views especially from the swimming pool. Rooms large and on the 1st floor with … More
Thank you for the good review. You are correct, the views from the old farm are magnificent, particularly from the fabulous pool. It sounds like you enjoyed the organic food which is seasonally produced on the farm and given to guests. We hope you also enjoyed the nearby historic towns with the excellent inexpensive produce they have in the shops, a real taste of Sicily.
Thanks to your review we revisited the house and recommended that the kitchen be immediately re-fitted and better equipped. This has now been done and from the new pictures we are sure that it will now be sufficient for cooking for large groups.
Improvements to the road are due to be made soon.
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