Imagine spending your holiday in the Sicilian sunshine sat beside a shimmering pool surrounded by a verdant garden of lush grass and shady olive trees filled with birdsong and butterflies. Casa Palazzelle is a tranquil and lovingly renovated Modican farmhouse with a stunning private pool sent in a large high-walled professionally maintained garden. Very private and secluded, it is surrounded by stunning unspoilt countryside and is just 5 miles from the UNESCO World Heritage rated historic centre of Modica. The house fully renovated and furnished to a very high standard with HD TV and Wi-fi internet access. The pool is surrounded by patios of the local white stone, set in a secluded orchard garden of fruit and olive trees. The property has extensive views over open countryside, hills and the sea. Its elevated position and thick stone walls help to keep the house naturally cool in the summer. The house also boasts an array of traditional features such tall dry-stone walls, a wood fired pizza oven and large paved courtyard. A very popular and high quality resturant is situated just 50 meters from the house. Very near to Modica, it is also close to other UNESCO World Heritage sites at Cava di Ispica, Ragusa and Noto and is only 45 minutes from Siracusa.
- Villa1291 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay7 nights
Villa near Modica, Ragusa Province, Sicily, Italy - Rural Location, 5 miles from Modica, 12 miles from the Sea, in the Heart of the Val di Noto
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- 12 Aug 2018
About Francesca Orr
We are an Anglo-Italian couple who live and work in South East England. Francesca is Sicilian, while Sean is from the UK. We met in Sicily in 1994, and were married on the island in 1997. We love Sicily and never tire of its unique character and charms and have visited the island whenever we can. Since the arrival of our children we have felt the need to have a property in which to spend time with friends and family in a comfortable environment, and to give our children the best possible opportunity to learn the language and culture of their second home. Because the house is our home from home you will find that the property has been finished to a very high standard. We make a particular effort to respond to suggestions made by our guests to ensure the property improves year-on-year.
Francesca Orr purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Francesca Orr chose Modica
Although Francesca is from Palermo in the Northwest of the island, we came to choose a house in the South East because it has a unique character that represents all of the best things that Sicily has to offer. The countryside in this area is absolutely idyllic, with stone houses, drystone walls and deep gorges. Modica is a city with great charm and beauty and by Sicilian standards it is very clean and well preserved. It is a relaxed and cosmopolitan city famous for chocolate production and with a great reputation for food and wine. The beaches and the sea nearby are also outstanding, they are almost all broad and sandy and very safe for children. Even in high season they are not busy. You can choose between unspoilt solitude to fully serviced beach clubs and all things in between.
What makes this Villa unique
Casa Palazzelle is a perfect example of a Modican farmhouse. It sits in an imposing position overlooking the rolling countryside to the hills on one side and the sea on the other. Built from the local stone, its elevated position and thick walls keep the house cool in the summer. With lots of outdoor space, its lush garden and shimmering pool make it a wonderful place to spend time with family or friends to unwind and live life at a slower pace. It is also ideal as a base to discover more about the history, culture and cuisine that make Sicily such a unique and wonderful place. The house is a short drive from the historic centre of Modica but is also very well positioned between the equally outstanding Baroque cities of Ragusa and Noto and a 45 minute trip away from Siracusa.
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Lovely holiday home
Very clean and comfortable. Lovely pool and garden. Enjoyed the nearby restaurant too
Excellent. Clean, spacious, lovely garden and pool. Great location for touring the area.
Attractive, villa in local stone. Very well maintained inside and out. Ideal for 2 couples or a family group.
Lovely villa with a stunning garden and swimming pool
We had two wonderful weeks in South East Sicily staying at this comfortable farmhouse. The highlight was the fabulous swimming pool in the secluded garden surrounded by rock walls and tall bay hedges. Ramsay was extremely helpful and friendly and nothing seemed too much to ask. He was waiting at the villa on arrival, supplied us with plenty of local information, was at the end of the phone when we had hire car problems and worked very hard for us dealing with the Italian mechanic and the hire company. The nearest town was well supplied with shops, bank and cafe which was run by a delightful family. Monica was about 10/15 minutes drive with plenty of good restaurants and bigger shops. We will return to the villa as we all loved it and the surrounding countryside and the Sicilian people.
Fine villa but not quite luxury!
The villa was fine if a little tired in places. Biggest plus is the great pool and garden area. Biggest negative is no effective air conditioning. Was very hot sleeping at night but it was Sicily in August.
Great location close to fabulous baroque towns and coast. Perfect if you are a Montalbano fan!
Great village Frigintini close by for all your daily needs - butchers, bskers, fresb fish, greengrocers, Conad, bars and a couple of very decent restaurants/trattoria.
All in all would recommend for family holiday in countryside but close to amenities
Idyllic bolt hole away from it all .....
..... and yet within easy reach of all the main attractions of south eastern Sicily. The property is clean and well presented with a well equipped kitchen with everything you could possibly want or expect. The accommodation is compact but suited our needs well (family of two adults and three pre-teen children) and seems larger inside than you would expect from the outside. This is supplemented by a lovely covered outdoor dining and barbecue area, which we used for lunch and dinner when we weren't out and about.
The garden is a private oasis, bounded on all sides either by high stone walls or manicured hedges. It is regularly and beautifully maintained, contains the only green grass you will see in Sicily in the summer, and natural shade is provided by the olive trees that grow in it. The swimming pool is surrounded by an elegant terrace of laid stone tiles and provides a wonderful refuge from the heat. The children would have spent all day in it if we'd let them!
We spent just under two very happy weeks staying at the Casa Palazzelle during a heat wave with daytime temperatures regularly at 40 degrees centigrade or above. Even the thick walls of this sturdily built former farm house couldn't quite keep all of that heat out, but opening windows morning and evening and using the fans provided helped.
With Modica 15 minutes away by car and Ragusa, Scicli and Noto all within half an hour's drive, there is no shortage of picturesque places to visit and good cafes and restaurants to choose from. The Torre Palazzelle restaurant just 2 minutes walk along the road is a hidden gem and offers good value pizza (we also saw people ordering pizza to go) and more up market dishes as well.
We would happily recommend this property to others. The experience was further enhanced by our dealings with the delightful couple, Francesca and Sean, who own the property as well as Ramsay, the local agent who manages it. The latter met and greeted us at the start and showed us round and also saw us off at the end of our stay, as well as being very responsive on the one occasion we had a query. (NB: you need to press the dishwasher "on" button for about a second before the thing starts!)
Peaceful Idyll in Rural Sicily
We spent 2 weeks in this beautiful spot and lacked for nothing. The agent gave us a warm and informative welcome, and was always on the end of the phone to solve problems and give advice throughout our stay. It is about 1 hour 40 from Catania airport and the roads are mostly new and very good in the area. Often driving was easy because he local roads are pretty quiet. The house is not palatial but is very comfortable and has everything you need. The walled garden and pool with the outdoor seating, BBQ and pizza oven are absolutely idyllic. The grounds and pool are beautifully maintained and are a totally private, quiet oasis in the countryside. We ate a lot at the nearest restaurant (3 mins walk away) which is excellent and in Modica (12 min drive) which has fabulous food and atmosphere. You can easily visit lots of fascinating Baroque towns, Greek and Roman archaeological sites and lots besides. The Valley of the Temples is a long drive (about 3 hours) but certainly recommended and doable, as is Mount Etna (more like 2 hours), but closer treasures for ancient ruin enthusiasts are Syracuse and Cava D'Ispica (which is right on your doorstep)! Villa del Casalle at Palazza Amerina and Morgantina are also well worth the 2 hour trip. Syracuse and Ortygia are just lovely regardless of the ruins. There are great beaches within a short drive (we loved Sampieri). You can get all your shopping in Frigintini (less than 10 min drive), or in the 24 hour supermarket just outside Rosolini. The locals were all extremely friendly and helpful. The best days were spent playing and relaxing in the pool at home. We went with older teenagers who were very happy there (there is wifi!) but it would also suit families with younger children - especially because of the local restaurant and easy and fun self-catering facilities. We had a great time trying out the pizza oven (tip: make sure you have spare flour to get the pizzas off the paddle!!) it would also be fabulous for a couple or friend-group getaway.
The nearest beach, which is has an EU blue flag is found in the attractive seaside town of Pozzallo, just 14 miles from the house. The world renowned nature reserve, the Vendicari, is 20 miles away and is famous for its quiet unspoilt coves and beaches, as well as its flamingos. The beaches in the region are broad and sandy with lots of shallow water free from currents. Even in the height of summer the local beaches are not overly busy.
The nearest airports are Catania (60 miles) and the newly opened Comiso Airport (30 miles). Palermo Airport is 200 miles away and Trapani is 260 miles. The connection to Catania has been greatly improved following the opening of a new autostrada. The journey by car should take 1 hour 15 minutes. A hire car is strongly recommended to make the most of the local area.
The nearest towns and villages and places of interest are: Modica (5 miles), Frigintini (3 miles), Ragusa (10 miles), Cava di Ispica (4 miles), Noto (18 miles) the Vendicari Coastal Nature Reserve (20 miles) Siracusa (37 miles).
The small town of Frigintini has a good array of small shops, and a couple of restaurants, specialising in local produce. Modica which is a short drive away has all amenities including an outstanding collection of restaurants from family trattorias to Michelin starred fine dining. The area is great for walking in the spring and autumn, in particular, the gorges at Cava di Ispica are famous and notable enough to have a UNESCO listing in their own right whilst the Vendicari Nature Reserve provides unspoilt beaches, good walking and the opportunity to see local wildlife, including migrating flamingos. Nearby there are riding stables and opportunities to visit local wine and olive oil producers.
Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday. Notes on prices: Prices during Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons include use of the pool. The pool is closed during the Winter period.