Very quiet, 3 bed., 2 bathrooms, wonderful views, just 10 min. to the beach
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About Vincenzo Arcuri
Since 2007 we mediate holiday homes in Sicily. Every house has been chosen by us personally. We are any time available to our guests and can be on site personally if desired.
Why Vincenzo Arcuri chose Noto
Panoramic, very quiet location, but only 10 min drive to the highway, village (Cassibile) and beach.
What makes this House unique
Very kind owners that will welcome you personally.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A lovely house, incredible views and kind hosts.
This lovely villa, overlooking the Siracusa plains, makes a wonderful base to explore south eastern Sicily. The house is charming and well-equipped, in a beautiful rural location, and the pool a very welcome feature. Swimming with a view of Etna, the sparkling Ionian and Syracusa is a truly memorable experience.
Giorgio and Lucia, the kind and generous owners, are helpful but unobtrusive, and are perfect hosts.
The road up to the villa is narrow and winding, but the villa’s location is well worth it. There is much to see and do in the surrounding area, with Syracusa, Noto and the Cavagrande being very close at hand.
We had a very enjoyable stay and would love to return.
Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy that you enjoyed the holiday and hope to see you soon.
If you like privacy & seclusion, away from everything, with a fabulous hilltop view of Siracuse & fabulous sunsets then look no more! The drive to this very comfortable house is a very “twisty challenge”, but once you get up there, peace & tranquility abound, with a gorgeous pool for relaxation.
Enzo, the real estate agent will meet you at the motorway exit & guide you up the winding hill to the property - just as well! On arrival we were also met by Giorgio & Lucia, the owners, who couldn’t have been more generous & keen to ensure we had everything we needed. We were given fresh vegetables & fruit, & some wine which gave us the makings of a lovely meal on arrival. The house is well equipped with everything you might need for a very comfortable stay, albeit somewhat rustic, but very charming.
The property is well located for trips out to Siracuse, Noto, Modica & Ragusa.
We were a group of 4 adults, and we really enjoyed our 8 night stay.
Thank you very much! We are very happy that you liked it and hope that you all arrived back home well.
A complete rest for body and soul
We had a truly blessed week here, in the magnificent hills overlooking the wonderful ancient city of Syracusa. Our family of 4 (with two teenage daughters) were able to truly rest and rehabilitate our weary London bodies at this superbly tranquil home, and the hospitality of the owner Giorgio and his wife was truly heartwarming. The house itself was spacious and excellently appointed for every conceivable self-catering need, and in the searing gorgeous heat the thick stone walls kept the interior amazingly cool throughout our stay. A perfect pool, of good size, offered welcome relief from the temperature, and we loved the many options of outdoor spaces and chairs to either soak up the sun, or rest in the shade. The absolute peace and quiet here has to be experienced! Just the sound of nature, which was so health-giving to all of us.
Day trips to the exquisite Ortigia and the charming baroque village of Noto, coupled with the golden sands of Fontane Bianche, made this the perfect Sicilian week. Groceries were only any easy 20 minute drive toward Avola, and the coast just 15 minutes away. A car is essential of course, and the winding roads are a lot of fun to drive!
A highly recommended holiday home!!!
Grazie mille! This is very kind of you.
We really appreciate it and hope to see you again another time.
A perfect retreat!
We loved everything about this villa! Enzo, the agent, was kind enough to meet us by the motorway exit and guide us up into the hillside (around 10-15 minutes drive), where we were welcomed by Giorgio and Lucia. Enzo has excellent English, so was invaluable in showing us around and explaining all we would need to know for our stay. Our hosts had provided some wonderful fruit, vegetables and nuts (fresh from the garden), along with local wine, bread and almond cookies, and these were much appreciated after our long drive! Giorgio also returned with more fruit and nuts throughout our stay, when he visited to carry our maintenance on the grounds.
The villa itself is impeccable - beautifully renovated with just about everything you might need during your stay. There is no air-conditioning, but being high above sea level there is a good breeze, and the thick stone walls and high ceilings keep the interior at a pleasant temperature. The mezzanine bedroom was the one area which did get hot and stuffy - Enzo did offer to bring ventilators but we decided that they weren’t really needed - it was good to know that the option was available though. The beds were comfortable, and there was plenty of seating. The absolute best part of the villa though (as far as we were concerned) is the beautiful new infinity pool... we spent hours enjoying the cool water and the amazing views across the countryside to Ortigia, and even to Etna on a clear day.
Although we ate out on a few occasions we did self-cater for much of the trip, and found good supermarkets in Avola and Syracuse. There are some lovely beaches in the area, and Ortigia is a beautiful area to visit... try and fit in a boat trip if you have the time.
In summary, the villa, the area, and especially the hosts were fabulous... Giorgio and Lucia were so welcoming (but I wish my Italian skills had been up to a proper conversation!) and Enzo provided some excellent information, and kindly helped us out when we had an issue with a broken payment machine at a car park - something we would really have struggled with on our own.
Thank you so much for making our holiday so relaxing - we hope to visit again one day!
Thank you so much for your very kind and detailed statement.
We hope to see you and your family again sometime.
Such a peaceful and relaxing vacation!
What a beautiful place! Giorgio and Lucia met us at the exit of the highway to show us the way to the house. Such lovely, welcoming and warm people! We arrived on a Sunday and they had provided fresh vegetables, pasta, bread and a bottle of wine, so that we did not have to take care of food shopping until the next day. Giorgio takes care of the grounds and the pool, but does this so early in the morning and so discretely, you would never know he had been around. However, if you're interested, he'll tell you everything you want to know about the nature and wildlife in the area!
The drive up to the house was about 15 minutes and when we arrived we saw it was exactly what we had been looking for. The house is even better than the pictures (!) in a green oasis with a beautiful view over the area and in the distance Ortigia (Siracusa) on one hand and, on a clear day, the Etna on the other hand. Inside, the house is cool and very comfortable, equipped with anything we could think of to make our stay more pleasant. The infinity pool is so very inviting that it was hard to decide whether to stay home and enjoy the pool with a good book or go and discover all the beautiful villages and sights in the area. But do make sure you go out, because there is so much to explore (the baroque cities of Siracusa, Noto, Modica, Ragussa, the fisherman's village ofMarzamemi, a hike to the Cavagrande Canyon, not to mention the pristine beaches..)
I hope we will have a chance to go back one day and can absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation!
Grazie tante Lucia e Giorgio e se mai vendete il vostro oglio di oliva fattemi sappere!
Thank you so much for your kind words! We are very happy that it was the right choice for you.
A stunning beautiful retreat in the mountains of Sicily
From the moment we arrived it was clear that this was a special place. Our welcome was so warm. Nothing was too much trouble for Enzo, the agent (who speaks perfect English) or Giorgio, who manages the estate. They were perfect hosts. Even the cat was delightful! Everything was taken care of. I have stayed in many villas over the years, but in terms of equipment and attention to detail and comfort this was the best. We lacked nothing, and our one issue- a minor one- was instantly addressed. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place. It is really quiet, relaxing, peaceful. The location is excellent for visiting some of the beautiful towns- Noto, Syracuse, Ragusa Scicli etc. There are beaches nearby, and all the amenities you could want within a short distance.
The only word of caution: the drive to the villa (you will need a car) is not for the faint-hearted. We came to love it, but there was a certain sense of relief when we negotiated the multiple hairpins safely for the final time. If in doubt sit on the horn. The locals do. It works!
Ciao Giorgio and Lucia. Thank you for everything, especially the medlars. And thank you Enzo.
I hope we will be back!
Thank you very much, Tom! We are very happy that you enjoyed it.
The immediate surroundings are ideal for long walks or hikes in untouched nature without noise and traffic. In this picturesque landscape, there are countless ways with typical dry-stone walls, surrounded by idyllic pastures and orchards.
It is close to the Cava Grande (Canyon), a protected natural area with waterfalls and breathtaking scenery. Recommended places are Pantalica, Anapo valley, Vendicari, Mount Etna, Gole dell' Alcantara etc.
The next town Cassibile (part of Siracusa) is only 5 minutes from the house. Here are supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacy, motorway entrance / exit, etc.
The nearest sandy beach is in Fontane Bianche (10 min.).
Syracuse (UNESCO World Heritage) is about 15 minutes away.
Other cities that should be visited are Noto, Modica, Ragusa, Scicli, Palazzolo Acreide, Catania, Taormina.