Set atop a hill facing the Mediterranean and adjacent to the Vendicari Nature Preserve, this newly built holiday home in Sicily is surrounded by almond groves with expansive views of the countryside and the Mediterranean.
Designed by London based MAI Studio, the firm has translated traditional Sicilian architecture with a contemporary twist, organizing the interiors around a central courtyard allowing for plenty of space for entertaining and relaxing.
Natural and locally sourced materials and colors were used to duplicate the look and feel of island homes and match the environment.
The interiors are spacious and airy, with separate but interrelated living areas that open out to the courtyard including a lounge, a large kitchen and dining area.
There are six bedrooms that can accommodate up to twelve guests, all positioned to take advantage of the views.
The interiors successfully combine the modern with the traditional, with simple, understated furnishings and decor and a laid-back vibe.
The grounds are ideal for holiday fun in the sun with a large swimming pool, an outdoor lounge and dining areas, and space to spread out and relax in style.
Wifi throughout, cable TV with DVD player, iPod audio system, kitchen and bath amenities, laundry facilities, private parking.
Immersed next to the protected and stunningly beautiful Vendicari Nature Reserve and just a twenty minute walk to some of the best beaches on the island, you’ll have the best of both worlds. The reserve is located halfway between Noto and Pachino extending into almost four thousand acres of forests and undisturbed marine and bird eco-systems that open to a clear sea and long, golden beaches including: Tonnara, Eloro, Pizzuta, Calamosche and Marianelli (they are all easily accessible within a short drive or walk from the house).
The pretty seaside fishing village of Marzamemi is ten minutes drive and is well know for it’s seafood and the central Tonnara square, full of traditional restaurants and bars as well as its film festival in July.
Nearby Noto is a historic UNESCO World Heritage site with some of the most spectacular and elegant Baroque sites in the world and is one of the gems in the greater Val di Noto region along with its sister cities of Modica, Ragusa and Scicli, all reachable within a short drive. Make a day of it.
The port town of Siracusa is a significant archaeological area with an ancient Greek amphitheater, the Orecchio di Dionisio Cave, Apollo’s Temple and the Teatro Romana ruins. Be sure not to miss the Ortigia neighborhood.
The Marina di Modica, Marina di Ragusa and the Andrea Doria promenade, feature some of the areas most popular beaches on the island including Sampieri, Pozzallo and Donnalucata.
Vendicari, Sicily, Italy. Nearest Airport: Catania (94km), Comiso Airport (78km), Palermo (323km)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall
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