La Picca

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

Overview

Pool Beach Nearby
Pets on Request
All Bedrooms En-Suite Romantic

This beautiful stone house with views right down towards the sea encapsulates the authenticity of rural south-eastern Sicily.

Step inside and appreciate how wonderfully the owner’s architect son has transformed this local stone casa into a stunning Sicilian holiday home with true character and such pretty designs. Everything has been thought of to make this house as delightful as it can be from gorgeous fabrics and joyful paintings to a wealth of contemporary touches including air-conditioning, a Smart TV and a Bose Bluetooth speaker.  

Downstairs, the living and dining areas are open-plan to give the feeling of ample space and a master bedroom has the luxury of both a bath and shower room. French windows from the ground floor open up to the home’s lovely long terrace. Upstairs, two charming double/twin bedrooms, each with an en suite shower room, can be found under the traditional eaves.

In an elevated position, the views from the characterful stone terrace are glorious – it’s a perfect spot for a glass of local Nero D'Avola as you gaze out over the surrounding valley as far as the sea. Find a shady spot for summer meals under one of the carob trees and wander down the stone steps to the magical swimming pool.

It’s not far to drive to the sea – within 6km you can be dipping your toes in the turquoise-coloured water, backed by a protected nature reserve. There are other idyllic beaches close by at Donnalucata and Marina di Ragusa or travel a little further to discover more of the captivating coastline of south-eastern Sicily.

You are also so close to one of the region’s most exquisite Baroque towns, Scicli, where the palazzi and churches are so incredibly beautiful. Ragusa and Modica are also breathtakingly magnificent – all three towns are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites as part of the Val di Noto region.

It’s a joy to stay in this gorgeous holiday home and a privilege to be so close to some of Sicily’s most alluring beaches and enchanting Baroque towns.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The house is better suited to older children due to the open staircase and the beautiful terraced grounds with low walls.
  • Both upstairs bedrooms feature characterfully low and sloping ceilings as well as small windows.
  • When the villa is occupied by four guests only, one bedroom will be closed.
  • The owners may sometimes stay in the neighbouring villa, around 300m away, although they remain discreet at all times.
  • Guests can also rent out this villa alongside La Picca - see La Picca Estate for details (in July and August the owners tend to only rent both houses together).

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Safety Deposit Box Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Smart TV DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Villa Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Living room with fireplace
-    Second lounge
-    Open-plan dining area
-    Kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, fridge, freezer, oven, hobs, kettle, toaster, juicer, microwave, blender, Italian Moka coffee-maker and filter coffee-machine. Doors lead to terrace
-    Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom with bath tub and interconnecting separate shower room

First Floor (via open staircase, sloping ceilings)


-    2 x bedrooms with double/twin beds and en-suite bathrooms with showers

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (12x4m, depth 1.5m). Open approximately mid-May to October
-    Sun-beds
-    Shaded al-fresco dining area
-    Large terrace
-    Terraced gardens (low walls and steps)
-    Parking

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Air-conditioning
-    Fireplace
-    Heating
-    Smart TV with Netflix
-    DVD player
-    Bose Bluetooth amplifier
-    Hairdryers (x2)
-    Safe
-    Mosquito nets (first floor bedrooms)
-    Ironing facilities
-    Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of La Picca
Beach Nearby Watersports Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Scuba Diving Boat Trips
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Set overlooking a valley of carob trees in south-eastern Sicily, just a 10-minute drive from the beach, La Picca enjoys an enviable location in the most authentic surroundings, close to some of Sicily’s most exquisite Baroque towns.

As you drive along country lanes and nearby hills you’ll notice captivating landscapes of farmhouses, many beautifully renovated, alongside dry stone walls and farmland cultivating fruit and vegetables. There are plenty of opportunities to buy fresh produce grown locally in nearby villages and towns.

Drive down the hill towards the coast and within around 6km you will reach a sandy beach, part of a protected nature reserve. There is a wonderfully positioned beach club open in the height of the summer serving delicious food and renting sun-beds and umbrellas. If you prefer a more isolated spot, pack your picnic and water and walk further towards the nature reserve and appreciate the beauty and calmness around you.

Other superb beaches across this part of Sicily can be found along this coastline including Donnalucata, Sampieri and, in the other direction, Marina di Ragusa.

There are eight towns across the Val di Noto that have gained UNESCO World Heritage status. The nearest one, Scicli, will take your breath away with its charm. The old town with its Baroque architecture is magnificent and its position in a gorge is simply spectacular. Furthermore, fans of the detective series, Montalbano, will recognise Scicli’s gorgeous townhall as Montalbano’s police station.

Other towns in this area include Modica, again with beautiful Baroque palazzi and churches, and a joy to explore with its narrow lanes and steps. Make sure you try some of its delectable chocolate, known across the island.

Ragusa is another incredible place to visit filled with historic gems from the Baroque period whilst Noto is also a wonderful day out. Whilst driving to Noto you may also want to take the opportunity to spend time at some of the idyllic beaches dotted along this part of Sicily’s south-eastern coast.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Comiso Airport

(40km)

Nearest Airport 2 Catania Fontanarossa Airport

(123km)

Nearest Restaurant Plaia Grande

(6km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Plaia Grande

(6km)

Nearest Supermarket Scicli

(8km)

Nearest Beach Plaia Grande

(6km)

Nearest Town Scicli

(8km)

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: Teens
Ideal for Teens

Just 6km from the beach, pack a picnic and plenty of water and head off with your family to the beautiful coastline close by, backed by a protected nature reserve. In the height of the summer there is also a lido near the main part of the beach with sun-loungers and parasols to rent.

The beaches around Marina di Ragusa and Donnalucata have better facilities in the summer and are also stunning. There is a lovely ambience in Marina di Ragusa – perfect for an evening stroll and a cooling gelato or typical Sicilian granita.

You will also find summer watersports around Marina di Ragusa as well as paddle-boats and boat excursions, so something fun for all the family.

Finally, marvel at the wonders in three of the most exquisite Baroque towns when exploring Scicli, Modica and Ragusa. One particular appeal of Modica is its associations with chocolate – look out for chocolate making classes taking place!

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Watersports
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

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 pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras included at this property:

- Welcome hamper upon arrival with mineral water, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, vinegar, detergents and firewood
- 3 hours housekeeping on Tuesday and Thursday

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Change of linens
- Extra cleaning
- Extra towels
- First shopping/fridge stocking
- Dinner service

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 fulfil 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.

Security deposit €750 charged to client’s credit card by the owner upon arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Extra cost based on consumption, payable locally.
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.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately mid-May to October. 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.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included (no streaming).
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Other Ts and Cs When the villa is occupied by four guests only, one bedroom will be closed.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs A cot and highchair are available on request. Please bring your own cot linen.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 18th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 £3,612
Sep 7th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 £2,734
Nov 2nd 2024 - Dec 14th 2024 £2,441
Dec 14th 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 £3,612
Jan 4th 2025 - Feb 1st 2025 £2,441
Feb 1st 2025 - Mar 15th 2025 £2,734
Mar 15th 2025 - May 3rd 2025 £2,441
May 3rd 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 £2,734
Jun 1st 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 £3,612
Sep 6th 2025 - Nov 1st 2025 £2,734
Nov 1st 2025 - Dec 13th 2025 £2,441
Dec 13th 2025 - Dec 20th 2025 £3,612

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 18th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 €3,978
Sep 7th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 €3,010
Nov 2nd 2024 - Dec 14th 2024 €2,688
Dec 14th 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 €3,978
Jan 4th 2025 - Feb 1st 2025 €2,688
Feb 1st 2025 - Mar 15th 2025 €3,010
Mar 15th 2025 - May 3rd 2025 €2,688
May 3rd 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 €3,010
Jun 1st 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 €3,978
Sep 6th 2025 - Nov 1st 2025 €3,010
Nov 1st 2025 - Dec 13th 2025 €2,688
Dec 13th 2025 - Dec 20th 2025 €3,978

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 18th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 $4,271
Sep 7th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 $3,232
Nov 2nd 2024 - Dec 14th 2024 $2,886
Dec 14th 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 $4,271
Jan 4th 2025 - Feb 1st 2025 $2,886
Feb 1st 2025 - Mar 15th 2025 $3,232
Mar 15th 2025 - May 3rd 2025 $2,886
May 3rd 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 $3,232
Jun 1st 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 $4,271
Sep 6th 2025 - Nov 1st 2025 $3,232
Nov 1st 2025 - Dec 13th 2025 $2,886
Dec 13th 2025 - Dec 20th 2025 $4,271

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

  • Difficult to leave!

    on 02/02/2021

    The house was better than expected, it was extremely well equipped and beautifully furnished. Angela was extremely helpful and a real pleasure to meet. We had a wonderful week staying at La Picca. The only problem was it was difficult to leave! Many thanks for the opportunity to experience such a fantastic place.

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