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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.
The house is charming yet fully renovated. Plenty of space, surrounded by olive, citrus, almond and other trees. The terrace is big, well equipped and is enhanced by the sell of jasmine flowers. Our hosts greeted us at an easy-to-get meeting point to direct us to the property, which was actually easy to get to, but we appreciated the attention. They were perfect, friendly, yet discreet and helpful. We were constantly surprised by their generosity, be it fruits, a home-made almond flan, their own olive oil and much more. They even accompanied us to the fish market to introduce us to the fishermen. Just a few minutes and steps from a very nice and clean beach. Can't ask for more. This is paradise!