Follow the country roads through spectacular carob and olive trees, and you’ll reach a farmhouse made of stone, a masseria, which stands proudly on a ridge, with magnificent views of the sea and the southern tip of Sicily. This is Rifugio Lanzagallo, literally a refuge, and more specifically a small, contemporary B&B with wonderful historical bones.
Its owner is a Sicilian architect who has been working in Brussels for many years but remains passionate and nostalgic about her homeland. In 2016, she realized her dream of buying and renovating an old farmhouse in the beautiful countryside of southern Sicily. The result is, she says, an enclave of peace and rural simplicity, in which the perfumes and colors of the Mediterranean blend. It has all the traditional forms and spaces of the most typical masserias: the stone structure, arches, main rock courtyard and the smaller courtyards surrounded by dry walls.
The house is located in the middle of Val di Noto, close to the island’s historical jewels, the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Modica, Ispica, Noto, Scicli and Ibla.
Thanks to its hilltop position, the estate provides spectacular views of the surrounding carob and olive trees. There is a magnificent garden with an organically shaped pool, bordered by a sun terrace with aromatic and flowering plants.
Rifugio Lanzagallo is a contemporary B&B, with three spacious rooms that accommodate up to 10 people. This small luxury hotel in Sicily is perfect for those seeking a secluded getaway.