Casa Donnafugata

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Sleeps: 7 - 11 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome

“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!

Oliver Approved

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
  • When the minimum occupancy is booked, certain rooms may not be accessible (this is subject to the owner's discretion) - it is best to check with us before booking if you have any queries about about this

Property Features

Private Pool Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV DVD Working Fireplace Heating

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 bedroom
- Communal bathroom

Exterior 

- Private swimming pool (14m x 5m, with a depth of 0.20m - 1.90m)
- 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.

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

Sicily is a picturesque and serene island, that somehow also seems to be full of drama. Choose your own adventure from your luxury villa in Sicily; whether you’re all about exploring history, food and drink or want to spend your time soaking up the sun. Mount Etna dominates the landscape, it’s active presence providing forests, mountainsides and cold lava streams to explore. The cities are bustling with activity in the form of markets, theatres and great shopping – all in the shelter of beautiful ancient streets. Learn more about the type of holiday in Sicily you’d like to experience with our handy travel guide – packed with tips, inspiration and things to add to your holiday to-do list.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers 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

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Welcome Hamper

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

Extra services available:

- 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 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!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

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 payable in cash, upon arrival
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price (up to 280 Kwh per week)
Linen & towels included? Linen, bath & pool towels are included in the rental price
Internet access? Wi-Fi Connection
End of stay cleaning included? Included in the rental price
Heating costs included? Underfloor heating on consumption
Pets welcome? Pets are allowed €50 fee
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay 7 nights
Other Ts and Cs Extra bed cost of €100 per week
Tax Included in the rental price
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
End of stay cleaning included? Included in the rental price

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 7 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 22nd 2019 - Jul 27th 2019 £4,232
Jul 27th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019 £5,642
Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 £4,232
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 £2,821
Sep 28th 2019 - May 23rd 2020 £2,257
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 £2,821
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 25th 2020 £4,232
Jul 25th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 £5,642
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £4,232
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £2,821
Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 22nd 2021 £2,257

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 22nd 2019 - Jul 27th 2019 £4,232
Jul 27th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019 £5,642
Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 £4,232
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 £3,527
Sep 28th 2019 - May 23rd 2020 £2,821
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 £3,527
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 25th 2020 £4,232
Jul 25th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 £5,642
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £4,232
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £3,527
Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 22nd 2021 £2,821

Prices based on an occupancy of 7 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 22nd 2019 - Jul 27th 2019 €4,515
Jul 27th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019 €6,020
Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 €4,515
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 €3,010
Sep 28th 2019 - May 23rd 2020 €2,408
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 €3,010
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 25th 2020 €4,515
Jul 25th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 €6,020
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €4,515
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €3,010
Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 22nd 2021 €2,408

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 22nd 2019 - Jul 27th 2019 €4,515
Jul 27th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019 €6,020
Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 €4,515
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 €3,763
Sep 28th 2019 - May 23rd 2020 €3,010
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 €3,763
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 25th 2020 €4,515
Jul 25th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 €6,020
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €4,515
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €3,763
Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 22nd 2021 €3,010

Prices based on an occupancy of 7 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 22nd 2019 - Jul 27th 2019 $5,063
Jul 27th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019 $6,750
Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 $5,063
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 $3,375
Sep 28th 2019 - May 23rd 2020 $2,700
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 $3,375
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 25th 2020 $5,063
Jul 25th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 $6,750
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $5,063
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $3,375
Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 22nd 2021 $2,700

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 22nd 2019 - Jul 27th 2019 $5,063
Jul 27th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019 $6,750
Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 $5,063
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 $4,219
Sep 28th 2019 - May 23rd 2020 $3,375
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 $4,219
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 25th 2020 $5,063
Jul 25th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 $6,750
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $5,063
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $4,219
Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 22nd 2021 $3,375

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • Recommended!

    Posted by Philip 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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