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Casa Giarratana

Giarratana

Hidden within the hills just outside the town of Giarratana is this typical 200 year old Sicilian stone cottage. This beautifully restored property offers a secluded and cosy getaway, ideal for couples.

Features

  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pool: Yes
  • Unique pool
  • Beautiful countryside
  • Lovely garden

Villa overview

Enter the property into an open-plan living and kitchen area that includes an open fireplace that is still in use. This space is cosy and comfortable and is decorated tastefully including centuries old farming tools, once used locally. The bathroom including shower is found on this floor. There are bunk beds at the back of the room, available for extra guests. A small wooden staircase leads up to the double bedroom, complete with garden views. This level is accessible through another entance found at the rear of the property. There is an out-house that offers alfresco dining, a wood-fire oven and a laundry room.

Casa Giarratana is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. The area was once cultivated by pomegranate trees and many remain surronding the lush gardens, along with fig and palm trees. But what makes this property so different is that it offers a 200 year structure that was once used to collect rain water to irrigate the surrounding fields, but now offers a unique swimming pool. The pool is situated so that you are completely surrounded by the panoramic views of the Giarratanesi countryside. The pool also features an unusual monument in its center.

Amenities

Sleeps2
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1
...of which are ensuite0
PoolYes
BarbecueYes
Fire placeYes
Washing machineYes
InternetYes

The area

Casa Giarratana is situated only 1 mile from the quaint and typical small town of Giarratana. The town is well known for its onion festival and cattle market both held in August. The open-air museum is an interesting feature, situated in the old streets towards the top of town. These streets have been left exactly as they once were, and free for you to explore, giving you the opportunity to see how the local houses once looked inside, and how tradesmen and craftsmen carried out their occupations.

The location is superb for trekking through the wonderfully preserved countryside or even on horseback. The Calaforno national park is a great place for nature lovers, there is also a good restaurant there.  Local delicacies include honey, almond nougat, olive oil and plenty of fresh and dried herbs. The nearby quaint town of Monterosso is often used as a film set and the ricotta and cherries are particularly good here.  A visit to the nearby farms to see ricotta making and taste the local produce can be arranged.

The property is within easy reach to Sicily's finest Baroque towns including Ragusa, Noto, Siracusa and Modica. The town of Palazzolo Acreide is only a 15 minute drive and is a fine example of Baroque; a facade of gargoyle balconies, fine churches and site to the impressive Greek remains of Acrae including a well preserved theatre used regularly for Greek drama. The prehistoric necropolis of Pantalica and nature reserve are also a short distance away and beautiful sandy beaches are reachable in 30 minutes.  Catania is conveniently located at only 80km making it the nearest airport and an easy day trip for exploring Mt Etna.

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  • Region: Sicily
  • Province: Ragusa
  • Town: Giarratana

Close to:

  • Ragusa Ibla
  • Modica
  • Noto

Prices

PeriodPrice (weekly)
January - February£950
March - May£1150
June - August£1350
September£1300
October£1200
November - December£1150
Christmas£1200
Easter£1300

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