Casa Donnafugata

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Sleeps: 11 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

Pool Quirky Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request

“Set in the depths of the Sicilian countryside, this rustic Ragusa property has undergone a renovation by architect Arturo Montanelli, who restored the villa’s weathered stonework, contrasting it with new elements in steel and wood.” Check out ‘Holiday home of the week’ review of Casa Donnafugata on Spaces.com

There's nothing quite like meandering around the narrow lanes of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ragusa. It is quite simply magnificent, exhibiting beautiful Baroque buildings dating almost entirely from 1693, when the town was devastated by an earthquake and re-built. As you clamber up the steps to outstanding view in the summer’s heat, the summit will be worth the walk.

So, to stay right in the heart of the rural province is a treat indeed - particularly when an evocative and rural Masseria is your place to stay! Recently renovated, this authentic stone villa blends in seamlessly with the surrounding countryside. Uniting the ramshackle building with contemporary metal doors and sliding glass panels that open out into the courtyard - like Sicily, it is full of contrasts.

This is evident when you enter Casa Donnafugata. Preserving its charm and simplicity with its use of natural materials: exposed bricks, wooden beams and metal chairs, there's also striking modern art lining the walls, colourful squashy sofas and throws that give it a contemporary edge. A well-equipped kitchen and characteristic dining area also make for great entertaining, so cooking up a tantalising Italian meal for eleven people is no problem at all, especially if you're visiting with extended family or a group of friends.

Five individually-styled bedrooms and four bathrooms means there's plenty of space for everyone too. There's even an annex with a double bedroom and art studio for all those budding Michelangelos.

Casa Donnafugata isn't all about the inside though. Step outside and revel in the splendid southern sun unwinding on a sun lounger, enjoying an al fresco lunch or taking a refreshing dip in the impressive pool - all framed by traditional dry-stone walls.

When it's time to venture out of your private, luxurious residence, there's much to explore. Take the white-washed Donnafugata Castle nearby, which is well worth a visit, before travelling on to Ragusa itself - a jaw-dropping Baroque city. Picturesque piazzas, majestic palazzi, an incredible historic centre and sloping streets full of restaurants, bars and cafes - it's a sight to behold. There's no less than 3 Michelin Star restaurants here if you fancy a special night out.

Otherwise, there's only one thing to do; and that's - hit the beach. Marina di Ragusa, Santa Maria dei Foccale or Pozzalo - take your pick!

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What you should know…

  • The fun bedroom in the loft adds a little villa quirkiness and fifth bedroom is in the annex is separate from the main villa.
  • Remote location of the villa requires hired car which would also be very beneficial for exploring this amazing area.
  • Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.
  • Please note that the use of any external caterers and/or contractors is not permitted.

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath TV DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Villa Interior: 19088009C212262

Interior

Ground Floor
- Living and dining room with fireplace
- Kitchen: fridges, freezer, toaster, cooker with 5 hobs, electric oven and microwave
- Twin bedroom
- Double bedroom
- Bathroom, with shower
- Annex, with a fifth bedroom en-suite bathroom & studio

First Floor
- Master bedroom, with en-suite bathroom & balcony
- Two double bedrooms (one on mezzanine level)
- Communal bathroom

Exterior 

- Private swimming pool (14m x 5m, with a depth of 0.20m - 1.90m), open approximately from beginning of April to end-October
- Poolside shower
- Terrace (300m2)
- Garden (3000m2): sun loungers, barbecue
- Courtyard
- Solarium

More facilities...

- Washing machine
- Dishwasher
- Iron
- Hairdryer
- Stereo system
- CD player

Location

About the surrounding area of Casa Donnafugata
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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If you were cast away on an island, you may want that island to be Sicily, a beguiling place of contrasts. From bewitching Baroque hilltop towns to sun-blessed beaches, ancient Greek temples, Roman theatres, astounding food and an iconic volcano - it's certainly one of Italy's top draws.

Here, in the south-east of Sicily you'll discover the most stunning examples of those Baroque cities. Enter Syracuse, home to one of the greatest ancient Greek theatres that's still in use today, a Roman amphitheatre, picturesque piazzas, sandy beaches and olive-green seas. Or, the beautiful town of Ragusa, renowned for its jaw-dropping buildings and wonderful Piazza Duomo, brimming with bars and restaurants (a few Michelin star ones at that). And then there's Modica. What can we say? Aside from its world renowned chocolate, the churches, palazzi and bewitching buildings that line the narrow streets of Upper and Lower parts of the city are joyous.

Acireale, another Baroque town. Overlooking the Ionian Sea, its fascinating architecture, a world renowned carnival, historic churches and that fact it's near the magnificent Mount Etna - are real pulls.

Sightseeing done, head for the beach. Crescent shaped sandy bays, rugged coastlines, rocky coves and long stretches of white sand await you - with enough water sports to keep the whole family entertained. Or, you could just relax in the glorious southern sun of course, with an arancino or two. The local street food in Sicily is unsurpassing.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Catania

(100 km)

Nearest Restaurant Bar, Pubs and shops

(8 km)

Nearest Golf Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA

(8 km)

Nearest Beach Casuzze Beach

(15 km)

Nearest Town/City Santa Croce Camerina

(8 km)

Region

Eastern Sicily, a captivating region in Italy, boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty that leaves visitors spellbound. This part of Sicily, with its enchanting landscapes and charming towns, offers a myriad of attractions and activities that beckon travellers from around the world.

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Welcome Hamper
  • Boat rental/car rental

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras included:

-3h mid-week maid service 
-Welcome hamper with breakfast items

Extra services available (payable locally):

- Boat rental
- Car rental
- Maid service
- Cook/private Chef
- Shopping list

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that the use of any external caterers and/or contractors is not permitted.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Arrival time 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Departure time 8.00 am to 10.00 am (€50 charge for Early - Before 8.00 am & Late Departure - After 10.00 am).
Security deposit €1000 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Energy costs included? Included up to 280 Kwh per week, extra payable locally on consumption (€0.40/KW).
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Heating costs included? Underfloor heating charged on consumption, payable locally.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement of €50 per stay will apply (payable locally).
Changeover day Flexible, except for peak season when Saturday.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Other Ts and Cs Extra bed cost of €100 per week.
Tax Tourist Tax included.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately beginning of April to end-October 2024. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that the use of any external caterers and/or contractors is not permitted.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 14th 2024 - Jul 20th 2024 £5,733
Jul 20th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 £7,166
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 £5,733
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 £5,016
Sep 28th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 £4,300
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 11th 2025 £5,016
Jan 11th 2025 - May 17th 2025 £4,300
May 17th 2025 - Jun 14th 2025 £5,016
Jun 14th 2025 - Jul 19th 2025 £5,733
Jul 19th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 £7,166
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 £5,733
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 £5,016
Sep 27th 2025 - Dec 20th 2025 £4,300
Dec 20th 2025 - Jan 15th 2026 £5,016

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 14th 2024 - Jul 20th 2024 €6,668
Jul 20th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 €8,334
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 €6,668
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 €5,834
Sep 28th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 €5,001
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 11th 2025 €5,834
Jan 11th 2025 - May 17th 2025 €5,001
May 17th 2025 - Jun 14th 2025 €5,834
Jun 14th 2025 - Jul 19th 2025 €6,668
Jul 19th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 €8,334
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 €6,668
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 €5,834
Sep 27th 2025 - Dec 20th 2025 €5,001
Dec 20th 2025 - Jan 15th 2026 €5,834

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 14th 2024 - Jul 20th 2024 $7,281
Jul 20th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 $9,102
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 $7,281
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 $6,371
Sep 28th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 $5,461
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 11th 2025 $6,371
Jan 11th 2025 - May 17th 2025 $5,461
May 17th 2025 - Jun 14th 2025 $6,371
Jun 14th 2025 - Jul 19th 2025 $7,281
Jul 19th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 $9,102
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 $7,281
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 $6,371
Sep 27th 2025 - Dec 20th 2025 $5,461
Dec 20th 2025 - Jan 15th 2026 $6,371

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • Recommended!

    on 09/08/2018

    Very nice property; very nicely furnished, equipped. Spacious, breezy, lovely terrace, pool. Moderately remote location so car used quite a bit - but equally remoteness is part of its great charm. Barbara looked after us very well, arranged a very good local chef one night. Recommended.

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