|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Luxury Villa with private swimming pool, set in enchanting countryside above the acclaimed UNESCO Heritage city of Noto .
A restored Sicilian farmhouse, the villa sits on a site of antiquity, its charm lying in the combination of ancient and modern. Refurbished respecting the local architecture and using traditional materials, it is styled accordingly. Typically thick walls and high ceilings keep the villa naturally cool and fresh. There is a beautiful covered veranda with an outside dining area adjacent to the kitchen. The pool and garden blend sympathetically into the native landscape and gorgeous views over the surrounding hills complete the rural idyll.
Chill on the verandas or stroll in the grounds of the 3 hectare estate stopping to relax in the shade of an old olive or carob tree.
While this country retreat makes for complete relaxation in itself, the surrounding area also has much to offer: Walkers will love the footpaths marked out around the ruins of Noto Antica and spectacular Cava Grande Nature Reserve where you can hike and ultimately swim in the natural pools and gorges shaped into the rock by the water. Golfers will welcome the opportunity to play at I Monasteri Golf Club only 20 minutes away. Foodies should head for the colourful fishing village of Marzamemi. And then there are the beaches, including those around the wildlife oasis of Vendicari, on which the Bay of Noto’s reputation as a seaside resort is founded.
This villa has something for everyone and can even accommodate extended family if required. A separate annex is exclusively available to guests renting the main house if arranged with the owner at time of booking (please contact owner for details in the first instance).
Location, location: Fell in love with the place the first time I visited. Looking at our reviews and comments in our guest book, it seems to have that general effect!
The benefit of being in the hills, the peace, tranquillity and cooling breezes coupled with the proximity to the Baroque splendour of Noto and the sea beyond. I am an Island person myself and I get restless if I am more than a short distance from the shore.
Villa Terzuoli is an estate in the hills outside Noto in South Eastern Sicily.
As you drive through the electric gates and up the driveway you enter a private world of your own. Neither the Big House nor the Small House (as they might be identified) is a palace but, rather, both are comfortable bungalows in a traditional style. It's hard to know how old the buildings are because they feel part of the landscape and invite you to be comfortable within it whether you want to lie in the shade looking at the view or escape the heat (fierce in high summer) indoors. Behind the two houses there is a beautiful swimming pool, long enough to allow for good lengths to be swum, if that's your thing, but set with a view that just invites contemplative idling. In the mornings and the evenings the swifts dart and swoop and as it gets darker the bats replace them.
This is all set in grounds that are not municipal parks but like the hills around, except with added fruit trees, so that you can, in season, find fruit and herbs for the table or take a basket and have a picnic a walk away from the house, as you look across the valley or at the ruins of Noto Antica with nothing to hear but the birds, the goats, the occasional dog or donkey, maybe the monastery bells - timeless Sicilian sounds.
If you fancy a change - even an idyll needs a contrast sometimes - Noto is nearby, a picturesque drive away, and is a spectacular Baroque confection - one of Sicily's most spectacular and loveliest with lots of restaurants and shops and places to get a gelato as you enjoy the passegiata or take a break from climbing the stairs to see the views.
That's the lyrical joy of being there. On a practical level both the Big House and the Small House do have what agents might call "all-modern amenities", certainly they are comfortable inside and out. They both have good kitchens and bathrooms and comfortable furniture whether in the cool inside or the shade of their terraces. Vitally too (not just for teenagers) there is good wi-fi inside and on the terrace of the Big House.
When we arrived the house had been made up for us and there was a helpful pack of instructions and basic provisions but you will want to have shopped for the food and other provisions that you need before you arrive. If you are coming from the airport in Catania you will pass a number of useful hypermarkets and it is a good idea to take advantage of them.
We stayed with two adult children in late September. The villa is in a great position, well kitted out, and with a long pool. You do need a car. Ideal for visiting beautiful baroque towns several of which are World Heritage sites. We would particularly recommend Ortigia (Old Siracusa), and if you like Inspector Montalbano then you can see his office in Scicli (worth a visit anyway). There's a lovely walk from the door to Noto Antica, and an energetic walk nearby down the Cava Grande (take a swimsuit). Visit the Vendicaria bird reserve - we saw several flamingos there. On the same day go to Villa Terralo where there are some wonderful Roman mosaics. There was too much to do in the time available and on the hotter days we were content to imitate the lizards on the terrace. There is a shaded area on the terrace for eating al fresco. Being fairly high up there is the occasional breeze and it's usually a couple of degrees cooler than in Noto. There is no restaurant nearby but it's only ten minutes drive from Noto where there are several. The owner and her house managers were very helpful, and we even got some lovely eggs from the managers' hens. I would definitely recommend it.
The villa was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The pool is the longest we've had in any previous holiday villa. Views across the countryside to the ancient ruins of Noto Antica are lovely, well worth the short drive for an evening stroll. There are lots of places to visit around. Our highlights were strolling through the old town of Ortiga which had our favourite restaurant "Sicilia In Tavola". Tip- don't try and take your car into the old town,there's nowhere to park. Roman amphitheatre at Palazzolo is amazing and you can see Etna in the distance. We went to a wine tour at the "Planeta" winery which introduced us to the delights of Sicilian wines. Noto is worth a visit and good for ice cream. We snorkelled at Vendicari. Modica is impressive but don't go on a Thursday lunchtime, all the restaurants were shut!
Janice was very helpful and I would definitely recommend this villa and Sicily to anyone.
This villa is superb. All of the previous reviews describe the villa perfectly. We were a family of 4 with 2 small children who very much enjoyed swimming in the large pool whilst we were able to relax and enjoy the spectacular pool side views.
The villa is well equipped , immaculate and has been restored very sensitively. The thick walls make it cool inside whilst there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the sunshine on the patio. High quality bed linen and towels provided.
We met the delightful italian caretakers once when they arrived to clean the pool midweek.
We visited all of the places mentioned previously. The main entrance to Cave Grande is still closed but there is alternative access which is actually closer to the villa , directions to which are on the Cave Grande website.
The drive to Noto takes about 20 minutes.
We did all of our shopping in the supermarket and local shops in Noto, there are excellent fresh fruit and veg stalls opposite the supermarket , a shop selling local wine directly from the barrel just down the road and a petrol station close by. There is also safe free parking in the street immediately beyond the supermarket which is only about 5 minutes walk to the main access to the old town through the Porta Grande. Hence we were able to stock up on provisions then join the excellent passiagta for a gelato before returning home to enjoy a glass or two of wine on the patio.
All of our communication with the owner was prompt and extremely helpful.
We have already decided to return to the villa next year because there is so much more in the area to explore from an absolutely perfect base
A beautifully quiet and peaceful location and property. In the evening, all you hear is the chirruping of the cicadas and the occasional barking of a distant dog. In the day, you simply add the sound of goats’ bells and the shout of a shepherd.
The property itself is really good. The pool provides the day-time location for lazy reading with the odd dip to cool off and a cool evening rendezvous for pre-dinner drinks. The front porch makes for baking-hot sun-bathing, if you like, and then it’s the place to sit and gaze at the stars and put the world to rights later in the evening. Thick walls make for a cool interior and quite air conditioning makes for comfortable nights.
There’s more than enough to do for day-time excursions. Others have listed the places: Vendicari, Noto, Marzamemi, Siracusa, Catania, Modica, Ragusa, and so on.
We had no problems with pre-booked car rental pickup. Everything was smooth and sweet.
If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to come.
We have truly enjoyed our stay in Villa Terzuoli. Its location in an absolute calm, beautiful and big swimming pool, comfortable bedrooms (with air-conditioning!) made out vacations perfect. The property is very clean and well maintained, the small amenities (like towels, tableware, bed sheets) were all excellent quality.
Even if we havent personally met the host, he was always easy to reach and eager to help.
We highly recommend Villa Terzuoli and hope to come back there soon!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$247|
Prices include all sales taxes, electricity and gas, linen, bath towels, pool and/or beach towels
A 50% deposit is due on confirmation.
Breakages / Extra Cleaning Deposit: £200, which is fully refundable.
The Villa and annex can sleep up to 8 people
Please contact me for price for more than 5 guests