Sicilian restored farmhouse with child-friendly pool - Situated in the countryside on the edge the UNESCO world heritage site of Ragusa, this villa is bursting with unique character, as a result of a meticulous restoration of the original farmhouse. The Times newspaper, in January 2017 chose Villa Petra as the ideal villa to recommend to a reader who wrote in requesting a villa for a big birthday celebration. (http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a-villa-holiday-in-september-7dfs36pdz)
Despite being surrounded by fields and olive groves, shops and restaurants are close at hand; Punta Secca’s sandy beach is just under ten miles away and many Baroque towns such as Modica, Scicli and Vittoria are within a short drive of Villa Petra. So called for the use of stone as the main building material together with wood and straw, Villa Petra is a superb example of craftsmanship and restorative architecture, successfully preserving the villa's distinctive rural identity. The accommodation is arranged around the ancient courtyard, which connects the main villa and the charming one-bedroomed cottage complete with an airy art studio and a lovely rooftop sun-terrace. Surrounded by a dry-stone dwarf-wall and olive groves, the pool is particularly suitable for children and is the ideal spot in which one can keep cool and refreshed during the hottest hours of the day.
When you tire of the tranquillity of the villa's rural surroundings, head to the beautiful and wealthy town of Ragusa Ibla (= meaning old town), just ten miles away. Used as the setting of the popular Inspector Montalbano’s TV series, this spectacular Baroque town was re-built at the beginning of the 18th century like nearby Vittoria, Scicli and Modica. These towns have a unique atmosphere which can only be found in this part of Sicily; the dramatic views, decorated buildings and steep winding lanes lined with a wealth of elegant shops and restaurants. The coast is also remarkable in this area, mostly featuring sandy beaches as opposed to the cliffs and rocky bays typical of the northern coast. Many lively seaside resorts offer beach clubs and watersports.
If you want a holiday in a typical Sicilian villa close to a beautiful and fascinating town, give Villa Petra serious consideration. Everywhere you go you find countless artistic treasures, stunning churches, elegant buildings, palm-tree lined streets and excellent restaurants serving local specialities and seafood. Thanks to Police Inspector Montalbano's immense popularity, the entire region is now called 'Montalbanoland'. You can go on a tour and visit all the film locations which encompass Scicli, Punta Secca, Ragusa, Modica and Donnafugata Castle. As you visit Modica do not forget to sample one of the local specialities - chocolate! In recent years the annual Eurochocolate Festival has been held here several times, and you should definitely visit one of the two oldest chocolate shops in the town Bonajuto and Rizza. The local importance of chocolate reflects Sicily's historic links to the Kingdom of Spain and, consequently, to South America.
Living/ dining room, ornamental fireplace, patio doors to pool area, outdoor dining facilities, BBQ.
Kitchen/ breakfast room, patio door to pool terrace.
Second living room, patio door to pool terrace.
Twin/ double bedroom, patio door to pool terrace and French door to courtyard. Ladder from this room to mezzanine with 1.20m single bed - only on request and not suitable for young children or the elderly.
Shower room, WC, French door to garden.
First floor (accessed via open-sided, open-tread, spiral stairs - unsuitable for young children or elderly):
Double bedroom, ensuite shower room, WC, French door to small private balcony.
Double bedroom. Stairs from this room to mezzanine with additional double bed - care with young children and elderly due to steep stairs and low beams).
Shower room, WC.
ARTIST'S COTTAGE (across the courtyard, approx. 10 metres from the main house)
All on ground floor:
Double bedroom, ensuite shower room, WC.
Large art studio, glazed patio doors to courtyard.
Large grounds fully enclosed by a drystone dwarf-wall. Large courtyard with olive trees and mature plants. Ladder up to sun-roof terrace with awnings. 14m x 5m pool (depth: 0.20m to 1.90m, beach entry style), outdoor shower. Ample parking for several cars.
Included: Mid-week maid service. WiFi. Welcome basket. Pool towels. Electricity included up to 280kwh per week*.
Extras: Additional maid service €10 per hour (minimum 2 hours). Additional change of linen €10 per person. Winter heating on consumption to be paid locally. Fire logs. Car/ boat rental. Airport transfer. Cook service €20 per person (minimum €100). Shopping service €30 + receipts. Additional teenager on ground floor mezzanine €100 per week. Late arrivals after 2100 hrs by arrangement only €30 to be paid locally.
A local tourist tax may apply
*The amount of electricity included in this rental should cover general use. Excessive use may incur additional costs which will be charged locally by meter.
It was an excellent stay in a beautiful villa.
It was an excellent stay in a beautiful villa. The attention to detail on fittings and furnishings was first rate.
There are only minor points which could have improved what was otherwise a perfect stay. Parasols by the pool and a couple of indoor fans would have been appreciated- but we did have an exceptionally hot week! The maids visited once during our stay but when they changed the beds omitted to put sheets on two of the beds.
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About The Location
- Marina di Ragusa 13km
- Ragusa Ibla 19km
- Scoglitti | Vittoria 24km
- Modica | Scicli 29km
- Marina di Modica 45km
- Noto 56km
- Comiso airport 32km
- Catania airport 108km
- Palermo airport 274km
- Harbour / Ferry
- Pozzallo 42km
- shops | restaurants 8km
- Marina di Ragusa 13km
- Punta Secca 16km
- Sailing | windsurfing | kite surfing Marina di Ragusa 13km
- Golf course Donnafugata 14km
- Tennis in Ragusa 16km
- Guided Tours of Montalbano land from Ragusa
- Ragusa Iba Duomo | Old town 13km
- Punta Secca (Montalbano's house) 16km
- Donnafugata Castle 19km
- Scicli baroque town 23km
- Modica baroque town 29km
- Noto baroque town | Duomo 62km
Refundable security deposit of £900 or €1000 required with balance of rental