The 4-Star Boutique Hotel
Charm & Relax at a restored Masseria in Val di Noto
Soul of Sicily offers a range of accomodations for our culinary tours and cooking programs, from 3 star, family run Bed & Breakfasts to a charming four star, boutique hotels nestled in the dramatic landscape of ancient olive groves overlooking the best views of the Mediterranean sea and lemon groves. When you book your tour please inquire about details for your accommodations. Recent writers have called this mythical landscape the last real Italy. Surrounded by the untouched oasis of Vendicari nature reserve and landscapes filled with history like the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Eloro and the Roman Villa Tellaro, the carefully restored Sicilian masseria is a place of refined hospitality where it is still possible to discover an authentic Sicilian atmosphere in a warm and familiar climate. Our friendly English-speaking Sicilian staff will make you feel at home at this Mediterranean oasis.
Upon your request, we can upgrade you to stay in a 4 star boutique hotel (see photos in gallery below) for an additional fee. Thanks to a detailed renovation, this typical Sicilian country house of the 19th century has been rebuilt using valuable materials like the white stone of Noto, the Sicilian craft-made terracotta floor, the sandstone of Syracuse and the old terracotta tiles for the roofs, realizing the revival of an old-style charming place.
Today, the restored masseria is surrounded by about 300 olive trees, some of which are believed to be over 600 years old. There are 100 Sicilian almond trees and Renee recently discovered that one of the oldest almond trees in Sicily grows here. There are over 60 lemon and orange trees, pomegranate trees, carob trees, herbs and many varieties of wild capers, making The Masseria a true culinary paradise and an ideal place to come for a culinary tour or cooking lessons, since Sicilian cooking is so deeply connected to the landscape and its local products.
The Story of the Old Masseria
After returning to this exclusive location with her groups for several years, Renee discovered that for hundreds of years this was one of the most beautiful working farms on the island. The hotel is a careful restoration of an old masseria that was once one of the largest working farms of Noto.
When the owners found the masseria it was crumbling apart and in ruins, but a half a century ago, it was one of the most beautiful farms, where fresh ricotta was made, honey was produced and more. Almonds were harvested and almond oil was produced from the many almond trees at the masseria, and grain and fava beans were grown here (and still are today). In the palmento, where we serve breakfast now, olive oil was fresh pressed and local wine was produced.
Rooms & Amenities
Our rooms are large and furnished in different ways. Each one has its own personality, our rooms do not have numbers, but instead names of Sicilian island and cities. Beds are made from wrought iron or antique wood or Caltagirone ceramic. Our superior rooms are furnished with a canopy bed, and are limited but may be available upon request for an additional charge.
Elegant and comfortable Mediterranean style rooms have a private bathroom, TV, mini bar, telephone, private safe, hairdryer, air conditioning system and heating. Amenities include wireless Internet, outdoor swimming pool and bikes that you can borrow. Archeological areas, nature walks and a pristine off-the-beaten patch beach are just minutes away.
There is a lovely swimming pool surrounded by a vast green zone with a relaxing and reading area, overlooking Vendicari, where you can swim while admiring the view of the countryside. From here it is possible to enjoy unforgettable and romantic sunsets surrounded by peace and absolute tranquillity, while watching our pool illuminated by colored lights you will be charmed by a splendid starry sky.
Small and elegant rooms make up the restaurant at the hotel, where we enjoy Sicilian style feasts such as our welcome dinner and farewell dinner. The on-site Sicilian chef prepares dishes that range from genuine to elegant, but always inspired by the old Sicilian culinary tradition, as well as by the ingredients in season. In summertime enjoy dinner on the terrace, under a starry sky, surrounded by Vendicari reserve frame with its gorgeous sea.
Breakfasts in the Palmento
All breakfasts are included in your culinary tour. This breakfast buffet is served in the Palmento, which dates back to 1887, where a careful restoration enables the us to enjoy the old and the new in a delightful way. In the morning, you will enjoy an old Sicilian tradition through a rich savoury and sweet buffet, with homemade cakes, organic marmalades and a special corner for local delicacies and new flavours. During your free time from our cooking programs, the olive mill is the ideal place to relax, meet people or read a book. Spend delightful evenings tasting Sicilian appetizers and sipping cocktails while listening to music. From the veranda of our olive mill it is possible to enjoy a fantastic view overlooking the Vendicari reserve and its sea. We also offer guests a nice pool bar to have a snack, a soft drink or an aperitivo while relaxing on the panoramic terrace.