A Rural Sicilian Baglio Imaginatively Restored

N'orma, Sicily, Italy
N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Villa
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 4
  • from € 295 nt
What we like about this property

Discovered by an Italian couple on the look out for a sunny, country escape, this vacation home rental in Sicily was in an advanced state of disrepair, having been abandoned for many years. The rural property is typical of the fortified “baglios” of the island and, was originally a working farm surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. 

History serves as a backdrop and reference point, with contemporary design and renovations firmly rooted in the present. Organized around the central courtyard, the two main accommodations once housed livestock and crops, with the mangers and feed bins imaginatively repurposed into functional living spaces. Architect Patrizia Sbalchiero used traditional materials and techniques to match the tone and elemental simplicity of the existing buildings, integrating the rural past with modern living. 

The orginal stone, ceilings of reeds, and walls blackened by fire, form a backdrop of a bygone time in an innovative combination of rustic authenticity and stylish modernity.

Owner and interior designer Andreina Lebole decorated the interiors with an eclectic but spare collection of Scandinavian and German furnishings and traditional Sicilian handcrafts, with art works by Elisabetta Reicher, and lighting designer Davide Groppi’s simple, luminous fixtures. 

The separate spaces are all your own, while the communal spaces invite you to enjoy the tranquility of the country, lounging poolside in the sun, playing Croquet and Bocce, reading a book in the library, and enjoying the simple pleasures.

Come share in (and taste!) the olive harvest in September and the beginning of October for an authentic Sicilian experience.

Read more about this home’s unique kitchen in our Journal section here.

Description

Settled within an expanse of olive groves and vineyards in the Ragusa region of the island, this vacation home rental in Sicily is an authentic slice of the rural past.

Still a working farm, the main house and all of the outbuildings have been carefully restored to preserve their authenticity and Sicilian identity.

The two accommodations in the center courtyard sit below the main house and open out to the pool and gardens in a seamless extension to the landscape.

Each of the rooms sleeps two and both have independent access and private baths. Guests have access the main house dining areas and library, with breakfast served daily and simple and delicious rotating menu of traditional fare available. 

The rambling grounds are ideal for long walks among the olive groves, with trails leading out into the countryside, or lazy sunny afternoons by the pool, and sunset apertifs on the terrace. 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Breakfast included with optional additional meals, outdoor cinema projector, Wifi throughout, iPhone docking audio system and stereo with CD player, books, kitchen and bath essentials, climate control.

Optional services include: Private chef and cooking classes (advanced booking required), personal shopper with grocery stocking from the best local specialty shops and markets, touring and and excursions, personal trainer and swimming instruction, laundry and dry cleaning services, airport transfers. Seasonal grape and olive harvesting participation. Bicycles available for guests use. 

AROUND

Surrounded by lush farmland, nature reserves and forests, the quiet town of Chiaramonte Gulfi sits along the “balcony” of Sicily with beautiful panoramic views over Ragusa province. The town is ideal for leisurely strolls through the old center, with its cafes, shops, bakeries and open square along its ancient cobbled streets. There are several museums and churches of artistic and historical interest as well.

The province’s historic heart, the UNESCO designated city of Ragusa is a Baroque gem perched against the rocky peaks. Divided into both the new and old centers, the historic jumble of alleyways and squares overlook the via Cap Bocchieri and opposite to the La Rocca Palace. 

It’s less than an hour’s drive to Marina di Modica, Marina di Ragusa and the Andrea Doria promenade, and some of the best beaches on the island including Sampieri and  Donnalucata as well as the beautiful Vendicari Nature Reserve. The nearby UNESCO “sister” cities of Scicli, Modica and Noto are stunning examples of the greater Val di Noto Baroque settlements. Syracuse and Catania are just up the coast along with the famous Mt. Etna.  

LOCATION

Sicily, Italy. Nearest Airport: Comiso Airport (15km), Catania Airport (80km)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall

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  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • N'orma, Sicily, Italy | vacation home rentals
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Bedrooms2 Bedrooms
Bed TypeKing
KitchenFully equipped with optional private chef available
Bathrooms2 Bathrooms
Accommodate4 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyYes
Pet friendlyNo
ViewGarden and olive grove views
Rates
Sec. Deposit50%
Check-In3pm
Check-Out12am
CancellationGuest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 60 days before the time of check-in. If the guest cancels 30-60 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 30 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.
Notesn’orma is available from 25th December to 7th January only for bookings, made before 15th November which include the two rooms and for a minimum stay of 7 nights.
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Min Stay
Normal SeasonApr 1Nov 30€2953 nights
ClosedDec 1Dec 251 nights
Holiday SeasonDec 25Jan 7€2957 nights
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