Santa Croce di Camerina, Sicily
A beautifully restored villa sleeping 12 guests with wonderful views, plus private pool and shared tennis court, just 7 kilometres from Marina di Ragusa.
Arrival day: Saturday Car hire: Recommended
La Ganzeria is a wonderful large property just a couple of kilometres away from the little village of Santa Croce di Camerina set in the glorious region used for the famous Montalbano detective series. This recently built, modern villa is located in a private estate covering 10 acres of grounds making it very private and its high position ensures super views across the countryside and out to the sea that lies between Sicily and Africa.
The villa is on two levels and has been both built and furnished to a very high standard. The entrance takes you into a huge living area with sofas, a TV, a full sized pool table and some armchairs positioned around a cosy fireplace. Large windows give the room loads of light throughout the day along with spectacular views and there is access to the large patio. The patio is completely furnished with comfy sofas and a dining area along with a great external kitchen under the covered porch from where you can serve up al-fresco meals at all times of the day.
Leading off the lounge on one side you will find the very well-equipped kitchen (hob, oven, dishwasher, fridge freezer) contemporarily furnished with white units, wooden furniture and a mix of grey slate and white stone floor all contrasting perfectly. On the other side of the lounge, you will find 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin all with en-suite shower rooms.
Stairs lead up to the second level where you will find a further 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin all with en-suite bathrooms. The sleeping accommodation has been simply yet carefully furnished with the use of local and natural materials including some beautiful wood and stone. One of the double bedrooms upstairs has its own private terrace that overlooks the gardens and inviting pool.
Outside the villa has much to offer – the lovely estate is full of indigenous flowers, bushes and olive trees, dry stone walls, shady reading spots, winding pathways, lawns and the glorious south facing pool where you will undoubtedly spend much of your day basking in the wonderful Sicilian sunshine. A tennis court is also to be found in the grounds should you wish for some fun exercise before you swim – a great way to work up a thirst for an icy bottle of white wine in our estimations!
La Ganzeria boasts a great position with the dark blue glittering sea and long sandy beaches only 3 kilometres away and the little village of Santa Croce di Camerina just one – the perfect place for some shopping plus a cappuccino and croissant to start the day in true Italian style. Should you wish to visit a little more of this fascinating island, the splendid Baroque towns of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Scicli and Noto are all easily reached and will give you a super insight to some of the history found in this corner of Sicily.
Please email or phone +44 1223 460100 for prices.
Extra bed (12+ guests per week): £185
Security deposit: €500
Pool can be heated in low and mid season: €200
Steve Narramore, Chessington
Beautiful villa, very spacious, clean and comfortable, good service around pool and cleaning/bedding... Private and secure - you felt you could safely leave valuables in the villa - but not remote, only 10 mins from beaches, 5 mins from food shopping, close to same really nice cities to visit. We had a fabulous holiday and loved the villa and everything surrounding it. Would definitely book again with essentialitaly on this experience.