Casa Isabella is a well-equipped 45 square metre cabin, sleeping two, 3 minutes drive from Noto South-East Sicily and 45 minutes from Catania airport. It is set amongst 1.6 hectares of terraced land with olives, almonds and citrus and stunning views to Noto and the Iblei mountains beyond. The accommodation is terraced, with the bed/living room forming the upper level; it has plenty of storage, sofa, TV, Wi-Fi and air conditioning and leads onto a large upper terrace with a sun shelter, barbecue area, seating and wonderful views of Noto and the Iblei mountains. The bathroom and kitchen form the lower level with the bathroom being equipped with a power shower. The kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, fridge freezer and dishwasher and leads to a sheltered outside dining area. At the rear is a small paved area with a plunge pool shaded by an olive tree which is ideal for an evening glass of prosecco to watch the sun set when it is operational from the beginning of June to the end of August. For winter rentals there is a 6kW wood burning stove.
Rural Villa, South East Sicily-3 Mins Drive from Beautiful Baroque Noto & 15 mins From Beautiful Sandy Beaches
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- Calendar last updated:
- 14 Jan 2019
About Richard Bendy
We both live and work in Chichester in the UK, I as a low-energy buildings designer and builder and Sue as a Doctor. Recently we were lucky enough to take a sabbatical in order to restore the cabin and get to know Sicily and its people much better; all of which we thoroughly enjoyed doing.....as did our labradoodle Huxley when not chasing our locally acquired cats Sooty and Smudge!
Richard Bendy purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Richard Bendy chose Noto
In May 2003 we were visiting a friend who had been badgering us for months to come and visit him near Noto in the beautiful South East of Sicily and where he had just bought a wreck in the countryside to restore. We found ourselves falling in love, not only with the beauty of the countryside and the stunning Baroque architecture of Noto, but also with the gentler pace of life and resulting time it gives the locals to enjoy the delicious food and wine this region is famous for. Upon seeing this piece of land we fell in love with it, not only due to its tree-filled, terraced countryside setting with amazing views of the city and Iblei mountains, but also its proximity to Noto with its restaurants bars and the availability of wonderful fresh cooking ingredients.
What makes this Villa unique
Along with the stunning views from the cabin, the surrounding land has a wide variety of fruit-bearing trees such as apricots, peaches, plums, grapes, figs, pomegranate, citrus and wild herbs which you are welcome to use. Therefore these, the proximity of ultra-fresh produce in the markets of nearby Noto (three minutes drive) and its well appointed kitchen make this cabin an ideal place to do some serious cooking and afterwards you can relax in the plunge pool with a glass of Prosecco admiring Noto. Should you fancy a day away from the stove though, Noto boasts some excellent restaurants and also the famous Caffe Sicilia (third best Caffe in Italy)Caffe and Costanzo. And after a refreshing gelato, ten minutes further on are the award winning sandy beaches of Eloro and Calamosche.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Well Equipped Private Haven overlooking Noto
This was our third visit to Casa Isabella. It is located only a short distance from Noto, but offers peace and tranquillity from the hustle and bustle of the town but with all the attractions being only a short drive away.
It is a great base to explore this part of Sicily.
We love the feel of the property and it’s privacy. Casa Isabella is ideal for two, well equipped - particularly the kitchen with a multitude of pots, pans and utensils. It’s so easy to buy local produce and make a fantastic meal and sit back on the terrace and eat whilst watching the star’s. Alternatively, there are many restaurants within a short drive.
The availability of the owner to answer questions is another bonus and nothing seems too much trouble.
Another highlight is the option to have a meal prepared for your arrival which is superb and allows you to chill out as soon as you arrive.
We rarely visit anywhere a second time, let alone a third but this little villa ticks so many boxes that it is a ‘must’ return location.
We soaked up the late summer sun, relaxed and enjoyed the privacy and tranquility so much. It’s very well managed, superbly equipped and in a great location.
Lovely holiday-house in Noto
Perfect location to visit the beautiful baroque cities in Sicily. Very nice and clean house with view over Noto. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet, the house is very private! Wonderful places outside to sit in the sun or in the shade to ‘dolce far niente’. You even have a fan and a fridge outside! If you like to cook with the exellent Sicilian products, you will find everything you need in the kitchen. The terraced garden is like the garden of Eden : figs and grapes for breakfast, roquet salad for dinner, almonds all fresh from the tree and later in season oranges and lemons. Best mattrass we ever had in a rental house and a musquito-net. The owners and the caretaker (Marilou) make you feel more than welcome. They were very helpful before and during our stay! We have already rented dozens of houses in Italy and Sicily, but this is a house we can definitely recommend!
Unique Casa Isabella
Myself, wife and 3 year old had a lovely holiday in Sicily whilst staying at Casa Isabella. From the very first communications with Richard it was clear that he was passionate about making sure we had the best holiday possible. He even took time out of his day to call me whilst on holiday when we encountered a small issue with our car hire. Very helpful owners.
Travel from the airport was pretty straightforward though Italian driving standards are interesting to put it politely!
On arrival, like many others we took up the offer of a meal prepared by Marilou the caretaker. It was a great decision and well worth the money, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this option! The accommodation was clean and everything you could possibly need was in the kitchen. The outside space was huge (the pictures really do not do it justice how much land is attached). Beautiful views of Noto and beyond are enjoyed from the various terraces and seating areas. We particularly enjoyed having the shaded seating area with fan during the hot July temperatures. Handily there is also a fridge up there too which we utilised for drinks!! We had some nice day trips to Modica, Scicli and the Aretusa Waterpark! Casa Isabella is certainly well placed to visit some lovely little towns nearby, although with a 3 year old in tow we probably didn't see a much as we might of liked! He certainly enjoyed exploring the outside space of Casa Isabella and loved going on hunts to fetch fresh lemons and oranges from the Orchards below!
Thank you to Richard for use of his home and for all his help and advice throughout.
A hidden gem
Casa Isabella is a hidden gem - nestled in the countryside, peaceful and quiet. The house has everything that you need and is the perfect place to enjoy lazy days in the sun, finished off with a barbeque and bottle of wine watching the sunset.
If you are interested in ancient history, impressive architecture, beautiful scenery, lovely beaches and good food, it is all within easy reach. Thanks to Marilou for making us welcome and cooking a delicious meal on our arrival and thanks to Richard and Sue for providing a place to stay where we could relax an unwind. We hope to return.
Amazing place away from the crowds.
We had a fantastic time in Casa Isabella, the house is small and cute and the grounds vast and private. However you are not isolated, Noto is on full view from the garden terraces and only a 20 min walk or a small car ride. We lived on the terrace outside the kitchen and every meal was cooked on the BBQ, gazing over the valley to Noto's twinkling lights. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you could need and the bed was very comfy. We had no mosquito problems. There are nice beaches a short drive away and the lovely reserves to play in. The photo's do not do the house justice, you don't get a true feel of the view and outside space.
Richard was wonderful to deal withand always answered our queries.
Tranquil Casa on the outskirts of Noto
This was our second stay at Casa Isabella and we loved everything about it.
It feels very rural but is only a couple of minutes drive to Noto. The Casa is clean, has everything you need and it all works. The views towards Noto from the terrace are lovely. The gardens surrounding the Casa are beautiful and the land, with it's many Citrus and Almond trees, is a joy to wonder about in.
The hosts were very friendly and helpful both before and during our stay. Despite living in the UK they made it clear they were always available if we needed any help their housekeeper was unable to provide. They got in touch to check everything was to our liking after our arrival. They arranged for their housekeeper to do some shopping for us, as we arrived on a public holiday and all the shops were closed. The hosts also provide a google map guide of the area with many recommendations, which was great.
We would recommend Casa Isabella to anyone looking for a peaceful retreat in this beautiful part of Sicily. We hope to return in the not too distant future.
Rob and Clare - London UK
The cabin is 15 - 20 minutes drive from the award winning sandy beaches of Vendicari, Calamosche and Eloro with Isola delle Correnti and Carratois about 40 minutes away.
The airport at Catania is 45 minutes away, Palermo three hours away and Trapani four hours away. The ferry terminal from Genoa at Palermo is 3.5 hours away and that at Pozzalo from Malta (only 90 mins on the car ferry) is 35 minutes away.
The Baroque town of Noto is three minutes drive away.The other Baroque towns of Ragusa, Scicli and Modica are all about an hour away. Siracusa with is 25 minutes away with Catania 45 minutes away and Taormina 1.5 hours away. The Roman mosaics of Piazza Armerina are about 2 hours away.
Noto has everything you should need with supermarkets, farmers markets, restaurants and banks. We can arrange for cookery lessons with an excellent chef and also for her to cook for you. There is Kite surfing and Santa Maria Focallo (40 mins) and sea kayaking at Sampieri (45 mins).
For those booking we offer a free Google Map on which we have marked shops, restaurants and places of interest along with our comments. This map can be used on any smartphone using the Google maps app for easy turn by turn navigation.
This is what you can expect weather-wise in South East Sicily based on two years living there and many years visiting.
In March the weather becomes warmer (15 - early 20's degrees C) and by April the amazing wild-flowers are everywhere with the smell of orange and lemon blossom on the air; there can still be some chilly days and some rain but it is a perfect time for walking and cycling.
May to mid-June tends to have temperatures up to the late 20's and doesn't see much rain so are also good months for walking and cycling but for Northern Europeans also good for the beach!
By mid-June the temperatures are often creeping over 30 degrees and by July they are generally in the mid 30's when walking and cycling are not so pleasant and so the beach is generally the preferred option.
Towards the end of Aug it starts cooling down and mid-September usually brings a break in the weather with the odd storm though temperatures are still usually about 30. The storms continue into Oct but tend to be short-lived and generally the weather remains good.
By Nov the temperatures are in the mid 20's with slightly more rain though the weather is often still good. Dec is frequently dry and sunny with temperatures in the early 20's.
Jan and especially Feb are chilly (10-15) with some rain though on sunny days it can be beautiful - like the UK in April.
Additional pricing information
The cleaning charge of £45 is not included in the headline rental price so those renting for two weeks are not charged twice. The 3% credit card charge is only for those booking by credit card through Owners Direct Online Booking. This is what their credit card payment provider Yapstone charges us for taking a credit card payment and so we pass this on to guests using this facility. You can avoid this charge by still paying online through the Owners Direct site using a direct bank transfer and the credit card charge will be refunded to you along with your deposit against damages at the end of your stay. We are very keen to welcome long term guests November - March (see our reviews for guests who have stayed with us long-term). For these guests we quote a low base price but add the cost of the bills (electricity, gas, water, wood for stove) on to this to allow for the very different ways people use the house during a long term stay. Changeover Day: Our preferable changeover day is Saturday however please do ask if you have different dates Check-in time is generally from 12.30 and checkout time is 10.00 or earlier however we can sometimes be flexible depending on other bookings and our caretaker so please do ask. Notes on prices: We will do our best to accommodate part weeks, long weekends etc in low season (Nov - Mar) so please do ask. In high season however Saturday - Saturday bookings are preferable but even then please do ask. In the high season our minimum booking is seven nights though if you are happy to pay the seven night rate the number of nights you actually stay within that is entirely up to you as we can arrange keys pick-up/drop off at any time.