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A tranquil rural retreat
Tucked just above Noto Antica, this is a lovely old family farmhouse. The accommodation is simple, but comfortable, consisting of 2 bedrooms (with comfortable beds), bathroom and well equipped kitchen, with adjoining washing room. The sitting area is outside, a covered terrace with tables and chairs. There is also WiFi, and air conditioning if needed. The acommodation adjoins the Borgo Alveira agriturismo, but nothing disturbs the tranquility and peaceful location. Ernesto, the very helpful owner, was born on the farm, and he clearly loves it as a second home away from the city. Our flight was delayed, and Ernesto very kindly offered to get some provisions for us, and met us just outside Noto to show us the way, which would not have been easy in the dark! He told us about local village shops, and places to go,, and was readily on hand to sort out any problems that may arise. The house is about 10 minutes from the Noto to Palazollo Acreide road, a few hundred yards above the entrance to Noto Antica, a very atmospheric place to wander around, and explore the river valley with its old mills, tanneries and rock pools, perfect for a swim on a hot day. Noto itself is 15-20 minutes away, a lovely baroque city, with many good restaurants and bars selling amazing granitas. We recommend the gelsi nero (mulberry) flavour, something we have never tasted outside Sicily, and is wonderful.
Siracuse, Ragusa, Scicli, Modica and Palazollo Acreide are all easy to get to, as is the lovely coastal natural reserve of Vendicari. We enjoyed visiting Marzamemi, and also Punta Secca ( famous for being the setting of Montalbano's seaside home), the nearby Villa Romana del Tellaro (lovely mosaics) and the Cava Grande del Cassibile.
Everything within an easy drive, and through some beautiful countryside.
All in all, an excellent base from which to explore the south east of Sicily.
A traditional rural cottage with very good facilities and in a quiet location
We really enjoyed our stay at Ernesto's cottage. We had driven from Catania airport and he met us at the motorway exit for Noto and we followed his car to the cottage. On the way he stopped to show us a good place to eat and where the nearest shops were. He gave us lots of advice on local places to see. A great host.
The cottage is part of what was once his great grandparents' farm. (The rest of the property is now the agritourismo Borgo Alveria which does not impinge on the cottage.) The cottage was clean and in good condition. Furniture is traditional Sicilian, though the beds are modern and very comfortable. There is a terrace outside where we ate breakfast and supper most days and could have used the barbecue. It is in a quiet area with very little passing traffic.
We spent the last two weeks of September 2016 there and found it an excellent base to explore that part of Sicily. Siracusa is in easy reach and not to be missed - we spent a day in the Ortigia area (parking in the Talete car park, €1 per hour, pay on exit) and another day in the archaeological zone and museum (parking at Paradise Parking, €3 all day). The Baroque towns of Noto, Palazzolo, Modica and Ragusa are all in easy reach. Noto is nearest and also has a supermarket. The cottage is a 15 minute walk from the entrance to the site of Noto Antica (always open and free) and we visited the site twice - once to explore the city ruins and once to go down into the limestone gorge. On the coast south of Noto is Vendicari which includes a nature reserve with flocks of flamingos among other birds; it also has a beach. Just south again at San Lorenzo is another good beach and further on the interesting old fishing town of Marzamemi.
Eating: At Ernesto's suggestion we had lunch one day at Agritourismo Leone (near Testa del Acqua) which was an amazing Sicilian meal (and only €22 pp for four courses, coffee and wine) There is no menu - you get what they are serving that day. Probably worth ringing to book as when we went another day there was nothing doing as they were all out picking the grapes. We also found excellent places to eat in Noto (Trattoria Carmine), Palazzola (Taverna di Bacco) and Modica (Osteria dei Sapori Perduti).
Overall a great place to stay to get to know something of that fascinating part of Sicily. Highly recommended.
Un havre de paix en pleine nature
Nous avons aimé revenir chez nous toutes les soirs après avoir visité la région. Il cédait plus sec et plus frais que près de la côte. Les ciels bleu et les étoiles comme seuls compagnons. Merci à Ernesto et sa gentillesse.
Famiglia rispettosa delle regole della casa, è stato un piacere ospitarli
Es ist ein wunderbar ruhiger Ort abseits des Touristenrummels und sehr angenehm, nach einem Tagesausflug wieder dorthin zu kommen. Die Inneneinrichtung ist einfach, aber stilvoll. Selbst im heissen Sommer war es innen angenehm kühl. Die Aussenanlage ist wildromantisch, mit einem Feigenbaum von dem wir naschen konnten, nur könnte sie grüner sein bzw.etwas Erneuerung gebrauchen. Wünschenswert wäre eine klarere Abtrennung bzw. Sichtschutz zu den Nachbarn. Für den Preis war es sehr angemessen.
viel Ruhe in toller Atmosphäre
Wir (2 Erwachsene + 2 Kinder) haben 2 Wochen im Haus von Ernesto verbracht. Dank dem überaus freundlichen Vermieter fanden wir es schnell und bekamen gleich bei der Ankunft viele hilfreiche Tipps zur Umgebung. Das Haus ist zweckmäßig und sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Vor allem die Waschmaschine, die Klimaanlage und der Sonnenschirm haben sehr geholfen. Besonders schön ist die luftig überdachte Terrasse, auf der man den Frieden, die Ruhe, das Läuten der Schafglocken, das Zirpen der Zikaden und nachts die wundervollen Sterne erleben kann. Leider gab es nur 2 Liegestühle - aber die Kids hat das nicht gestört. Die Nähe zum angrenzenden Agriturismo ist überhaupt kein Problem, im Gegenteil. Bis zur nächsten größeren Stadt braucht man etwas Zeit (und einen ruhigen Magen :-)), es lohnt sich aber: Noto, Palazzolo Acreide oder auch die Strände von Lido di Noto und das Naturschutzgebiet Vendicari sind wirklich toll.
Insgesamt hat uns unser Aufenthalt sehr gefallen und vor allem das abschließende Gespräch mit Ernesto hat gezeigt, dass wir in einem liebevollen Ferienhaus mit Geschichte wohnen duften. Vielen lieben Dank, Ernesto! Giulia, Giorgo, Mats und Mila
Una Tranquilla settimana
It was a great holiday, the house was in the middle of the country, away from the usual hassle and basile of the city. Ernesto was great and discrete, but always available if needed .
Situated only fifteen minutes from Noto, perhaps the most fascinating of the 18th century Baroque cities of Sicily. Not only listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO but anche nicknamed the Capital of Baroque and home to the lovely 'Flower Festival' flower festival held every May. The Vendicari nature reserve (20 minutes) is a gem for all nature lovers and offers spectacular long sandy beaches. Syracuse is only a 30 minute drive away and a visit to the ITS ancient quarter 'Ortigia' and Greek ruins is a must. Also nearby are Cava Grande, Cava's Carousel and Pantalica, spectacular gorge and the deepest canyon in Europe: a series of rock pools, waterfalls and ancient cave-homes. The areas of Pachino (famous for cherry tomatoes) and Portopalo are very interesting places to visit. It is here you will find That the southernmost point of Sicily the little 'Islet currents', with a lighthouse and where sea turtles and pelicans can still be frequently spotted on the shore