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 cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A fabulous villa in a glorious setting.
We have just returned from a fantastic holiday in the villa. Its location is utterly glorious with great views of Siracusa, the sea beyond and even Mount Etna on a clear day. The villa enjoys splendid isolation and is truly in an idyllic location. Some reviews have mentioned the road, but we really did not find any difficulty with it.
Enzo met us and guided us to the villa. He could not have been nicer or more helpful throughout our stay and responded immediately to a couple of queries we had. We were met at the villa by Girogio and Lucia who were just lovely. Although we do not speak Italian and they don't speak English we managed to communicate. They had very kindly left huge bowls of fresh fruit and vegetables in the house along with ingredients for dinner and breakfast, so we did not need to think about shopping until the day after we arrived. They had thought of everything which might be needed for a self-catering holiday including shower gel! The villa was exceptionally well equipped and in fact I can think of nothing we needed which had not provided. Due to the thick walls the villa was cool, but fans were provided for the bedrooms. The villa was spotless clean and very comfortably furnished. Outside the villa had plenty of furniture and different places to sit to enjoy all the views afforded by the location of the house. The pool was just lovely and was very welcomed on a hot day.
Girgio looks after the property and was always a pleasure to talk with, even if it involved a lot of gesturing and pointing. Gorgio and Lucia’s son is trying to reintroduce the Sicilian hare to the island and has an enclosure next to the villa for them and if we were lucky we would occasionally catch a glimpse of one. Gorgio also very kindly brought a baby hare for us to see which was very cute. In addition to the hares the villa comes with a cat (we called him Archimedes) who was very friendly and very purry. Food is provided for him buy Gorgio and Lucia, but we discovered he was rather partial to chicken! Other regular visitors included a hedgehog, a raven and some mountain goats. We even saw a couple of owls!
We really had a great holiday in Sicily which was made all the better by our enjoyment of the villa, Enzo, Giorgio and Lucia ( Archimedes also helped !).
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.
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.