La Casina

Sicily, Ragusa, Donnalucata

    • Sleeps 6/12 Guests
    • Bedrooms 3+3 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 3+2 Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 130 +100 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Dog welcome
    • Airport distance:
      Comiso 1 hr
      Catania 1 h 45 min

    per week

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    Overview

    A stone house near to the coast

    The La Casina estate is reached over a small country road bordered by dry stone walls that leads up the hill, 10 minutes from the coast. The estate is made up of 2 houses that are let together – La Casina and Irminia. They sit above a small valley dotted with Carob trees and distant farmhouses.

    The two houses are approx. 300 meters from each other. Between the two houses lies the pool with breathtaking views. The larger house La Casina has 3 bedrooms, the smaller house Irminia also has 3 bedrooms. Both houses are fully air conditioned.

    La Casina: this is an old farm built in the honelycoloured local stone which blends in with the surrounding terraced fields. From the terrace you can see right down to the sea. The owner’s son is an architect and did a fabulous job marrying the original features of the property with modern architecture.
    The ground floor living rooms, dining room and kitchen all flow into each other and all have French doors onto the terrace. The master bedroom also lies on the ground floor. It has two bathrooms, one with tub and one with shower. Open stairs with no railing lead to the upper floor where you will find two bedrooms (twins or doubles as you prefer), each with its own bathroom. La Casina is fully air-conditioned but also stays naturally cool thanks to the extremely thick walls. The house has 130m2 living space. From the road a private driveway with gate leads to the house.

    Irminia: this second house was built in 2020. All rooms are on the ground floor. The open living and dining room with adjacent kitchen opens onto a 40m2 loggia, which is where most of the time is spent in summer. On this living terrace of the Irminia house there is a table for up to 12 people. A double room with en suite bath opens onto a second terrace. There are two more rooms, each with its own bathroom.

    The 12m long lap pool lies between the two houses. It is surrounded by carob trees which give pleasant shade. There is a table with chairs and large mattresse for sunbathing. Natural shade is provided by the carob trees which cast their shade over a dining terrace and the sunbeds.

    The WIFI reception in both houses comes via an antenna, streaming is therefore not possible.

    La Casina and Irminia can only be rented together (not separately) during the high season. Together they sleep a total of 12 people. However, as from May 1st 2021 the owner accepts requests for a separate booking of only La Casina (Irminia remains closed then). The small house Irminia cannot be rented on its own.

     

    Located in the south east of the Island, the so-called baroque Sicily, La Casina makes a particularly attractive holiday location, combining the seaside with fascinating sightseeing.

    There are an endless number of baroque towns, all grandeur and grace. These towns were once an architectural chaos of medieval, middle eastern and Punic style. They were shaken into a formal beauty by a devastating earthquake in 1693. New stones were cut, streets redesigned, avenues lengthened and straightened, staircases and grand churches all conceived with baroque grace.

    Nothing can prepare you to your first view of the enchanted, languorous, little town of Scicli, located just 15 minutes away from La Casina. Take a walk in its central pedestrian street, via Mormino Penna, paved with pale, shiny stones that have the same colour as the palazzos left and right. The city and its surrounding territories have become famous in recent years thanks to the fictional TV drama Montalbano, which sets the novels of the Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri in these enchanting places. The fictional Vigatà was filmed in Scicli.

    The beach Playa Grande, located at 6 km from La Casina is part of a protected nature reserve and consists of fine golden sand, washed by the cobalt blue sea. During summer season a beach club lets sunbeds and parasols for the day.

    The landscape surrounding La Casina is characterized by honey-coloured dry-stone walls delimitating the roads and dividing up the fields, carob trees, fruit and vegetables plantations. The hills are loosely dotted with other farmhouses, most of them restored.

    Excellent local produce – fruit, vegetable and fish – can be bought in the nearby villages Donnafugata and Marina di Ragusa. 

    Guests Reviews

    Our Guests Reviews

    Hello,
    Last summer I rented three properties from Hidden Italy. La Casina in Sicily. Mulino in Sinalungo and Villa Giola near Pisa. We loved every second of our trip. The powerful, sensorial overflow of feeling still lingers. My wife and I set out to create a trip for our three teenaged children that would sink into their skin and open up their whole being to the beauty of Italy. Having the pleasure of staying in exquisitely located and uniquely beautiful homes that are loved, personal and cared for made all the difference. I deeply hope to return again to Italy with my family, and I guarantee you that we will stay with Hidden Italy.

    Thank you,
    D. Terry, April 2018

    Good morning/buongiorno!
    I want to let you know that our short stay at La Casina in Sicily was above and beyond expectations. I intend to write a longer, more thoughtful review for you to post on your site, but for now please know that Hidden Italy has made me very happy.
    D. Terry, July 2017

    Amenities

    HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
    • Pool: 4 x 12m 
    • 6 mattresses for sunbathing by the pool
    • Air conditioning in both houses
    • Internet WIFI connection via an antenna in both houses
    • Mosquito nets at the windows of the bedrooms on the first floor of the "La Casina" house
    • Fireplace in the "La Casina" house
    • Smart TV with Netflix in the "La Casina" house
    • Amplifier “Bose” Bluetooth in the "La Casina" house
    • Italian TV in the "Irminia" house
    • Dishwasher in both houses
    • Washing machine in both houses
    • Fridge with freezer in both houses
    • Stove with oven
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Juicer
    • Filter coffee machine
    • Italian moka machine in both houses
    • Electric kettle
    • Iron and ironing board in both houses
    • 2 hair dryers
    • Mini safe
    • Terrace along the "La Casina" house with table for 6 people
    • Table by the pool for 4 to 6 people
    • Table for up to 12 people on the living terrace of the "Irminia" house
    • Garden
    Touring ideas

    Playa Grande, sandy beach 6 km
    Donnalucata (shps and restaurants) 9 km
    Scicli 14 km
    Donnafugata Golf Club 23 km
    Modica 24 km
    Ragusa 30 km
    Comiso Airport 40 km
    Ispica 44 km
    Noto 60 km
    Siracusa 95 km
    Ortigia 100 km
    Piazza Armerina 100 km
    Agrigento 136 km
    Catania Airport 124 km
    Taormina 182 km
    Palermo Airport 278 km

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    Activities

    Sicily boasts five UNESCO World Heritage sites of cultural interest. The Baroque towns of Val di Noto, the Villa Romana del Casale, the Necropolis of Pantalica and of course Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples are a definite must-see.

    The eight Baroque towns of the Val di Noto epitomize the culmination and final bloom of Baroque art in Europe. They owe their reputation to the earthquake of 1693 that devasted this corner of Sicily. They were all slowly rebuilt, one by one in the following century, a time when baroque architecture was the style of the day. This beautiful area is also known for being the set of the TV series of Inspector Montalbano from the best-selling books by Sicilian author Andrea Camilleri. To name just a few:

    • Scicli (a 15 minute's drive from the house) is a fascinating town and, after Noto, the one that most exemplified the architecture of the area. Baroque features of the towns may be easily recognised on its churches and palazzi. The best are seen by walking along the paved Via Francesco Mormina Penna to the Palazzo Beneventano with its grotesque masks and rich decorations.
    • Modica: The main street runs along the bottom of a ravine on which the town has been built. This divides the town into two parts. On the older part of the city, lanes and alleyways lead to the high part of the town. The town’s two baroque churches stand out amidst these beautiful buildings . The Duomo San Giorgio is the home of one of Modica’s patron saints, celebrated each year on April 23 with a joyful parade around the streets of Modica culminating with fireworks, whilst further along the main road, a set of magnificent stairs leads you to another, the Duomo di San Pietro. In the evening, join the locals for a « passeggiata » along the main street, Corso Umberto, and stop at the chocolate shops for which Modica is famous. When chocolate was discovered in the new world it was first brought back to Modica, where it was made cold so that the sugar did not melt. Northern Europeans later added heat and milk to the process but the old technique is still used here. Once you get over the initial graininess the chocolate has a rich, lingering flavour. Try the bars of the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto Ragusa. With few cars, stone streets and views over the hillside, the town looks like a film set and often serves as one – many scenes from the Inspector Montalbano series.
    • Ragusa is another city built over two hills. Ancient Ibla dates back to medieval times whilst the new Baroque Ragusa was built after 1693. The San Giorgio Duomo, the Circolo de Conversazione and the San Giuseppe Duomo are just a few of these beautiful baroque buildings that you will see as you walk from the Duomo to the magnificent Giardino Ibleo with its stunning views over the valley.
    • Noto is perhaps the most complete baroque town in the area. The stone used in it’s grand baroque style buildings, a soft tufa stone, has a unique pink colour giving it a special glow under the sun. The decorative details on the facades and balconies that line the streets behind Corso Vittorio Emanuele exemplify Sicilian baroque architecture at its best. Curved balconies, complete with wrought iron decoration and held up by grinning masks, lion heads or putti. Once a year, the Infiorata di Noto ensures the street is covered in flowers but at any other time, take a walk up this street to see some of the beautiful features that exemplify baroque architecture. Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata with its grotesque balconies is a prefect example.

    Syracuse is nearly 3,000 years old and during Ancient Greek times was one of the centres of the Mediterranean. The city was all but destroyed in 1693 by an earthquake that shook the bones of the whole island, but was rebuilt soon afterwards in glorious baroque style that remains mostly untouched. This is particularly the case on Ortigia, Syracuse’s old town set on a teardrop-shaped island connected to the mainland by a couple of road bridges. In the summer the place must sweat and heave: its tiny cobbled streets and perfect square are the kind that make postcard-sellers plan a new kitchen.

    The Necropolis of Pantalica, near Syracuse, contains no less than 5,000 tombs dating from the 13th to the 7th centuries BC.

    Piazza Armerina is a charming town known for its Norman Palio, an annual summer pageant of medieval events, but the major attraction is its ancient Roman villa. Located a few kilometers outside town, the Villa Romana del Casale was built in the 4th century AC and is home to the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Depicting scenes from daily life, such as hunting, the mosaics are as remarkable for their sociological value as for their artistry.

    And for visitors interested in Hellenic art and architecture, Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples are a definite must-see.

    Of course, the absolute must for any nature lover is a foray into the Etna Regional Park, one of the largest and most bewitching in Italy. The undisputed landmark of the island and one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mount Etna has been since the Antiquity an object of awe and veneration, as well as the subject of countless myths and observations by Greeks, Celts and Romans. A guided tour of this majestic and legendary mountain – now a UNESCO World Heritage site – is undoubtedly one of the most exciting experiences you can have during your Sicilian holiday.

    Sports: Sicily is a real paradise for hikers, divers, sunbathers, mountaineers, bird-watchers and amateur botanists.

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    La Casina & Irminia for 12

    LA CASINA HOUSE

    Ground floor:

    • Kitchen
    • Dining room
    • Living room with fireplace
    • Second living room
    • 1 double bedroom with 2 bathrooms (one with shower, one with tub)

    Upper floor:

    • 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
    • 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)

     

    IRMINIA HOUSE

    Ground floor:

    • Living-dining room
    • Kitchen
    • 2 double rooms, each with a bathroom (shower)
    • 1 twin bedroom with bathroom (shower)
    • 1 large covered terrace
    • 1 further terrace

    The smaller Irminia house is not available in the middle and low season.

     

    Outdoors:

    • Pool with sunbeds
    • Shaded dining area with table and chairs
    • Terrace along the front of the houses
    Request BookingLa Casina & Irminia for 12
    02 Jan 2021 - 28 Mar 2021
    18 Sep 2021 - 16 Oct 2021
    13 Nov 2021 - 18 Dec 2021
    4100 EUR
    28 Mar 2021 - 26 Jun 2021
    28 Aug 2021 - 18 Sep 2021
    16 Oct 2021 - 13 Nov 2021
    18 Dec 2021 - 08 Jan 2022
    5000 EUR
    26 Jun 2021 - 28 Aug 2021
    6400 EUR

    La Casina & Irminia for 8

    As above, two bedooms will be closed.

    Request BookingLa Casina & Irminia for 8
    02 Jan 2021 - 28 Mar 2021
    18 Sep 2021 - 16 Oct 2021
    13 Nov 2021 - 18 Dec 2021
    3700 EUR
    28 Mar 2021 - 26 Jun 2021
    28 Aug 2021 - 18 Sep 2021
    16 Oct 2021 - 13 Nov 2021
    18 Dec 2021 - 08 Jan 2022
    4700 EUR
    26 Jun 2021 - 28 Aug 2021
    5800 EUR

    La Casina for 6

    Only the large La Casina house with 3 bedrooms is available.

    Request BookingLa Casina for 6
    02 Jan 2021 - 28 Mar 2021
    18 Sep 2021 - 16 Oct 2021
    13 Nov 2021 - 18 Dec 2021
    2350 EUR
    28 Mar 2021 - 26 Jun 2021
    28 Aug 2021 - 18 Sep 2021
    16 Oct 2021 - 13 Nov 2021
    18 Dec 2021 - 08 Jan 2022
    2700 EUR
    26 Jun 2021 - 28 Aug 2021
    3400 EUR

    Weekly rates in

    Location Our evaluation Interior
    Price reduction if rented for smaller groups during mid and low season!
    La Casina 02 Jan 2021 - 28 Mar 2021
    18 Sep 2021 - 16 Oct 2021
    13 Nov 2021 - 18 Dec 2021
    28 Mar 2021 - 26 Jun 2021
    28 Aug 2021 - 18 Sep 2021
    16 Oct 2021 - 13 Nov 2021
    18 Dec 2021 - 08 Jan 2022
    26 Jun 2021 - 28 Aug 2021
    Availability
    La Casina & Irminia for 12
    12 PAX 12
    4100 EUR 5000 EUR 6400 EUR N/A Request BookingLa Casina & Irminia for 12
    La Casina & Irminia for 8
    8 PAX 8
    3700 EUR 4700 EUR 5800 EUR N/A Request BookingLa Casina & Irminia for 8
    La Casina for 6
    6 PAX 6
    2350 EUR 2700 EUR 3400 EUR N/A Request BookingLa Casina for 6

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    La Casina and Irminia can only be rented together (not separately) during the high season. However, as from May 1st 2021 the owner accepts requests for a separate booking of only La Casina (Irminia remains closed then).

    The small house Irminia cannot be rented on its own.

    RENT INCLUDES

    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens
    • Pool towels
    • Electricity
    • Air conditioning
    • Wood for fireplace
    • Internet WIFI connection via an antenna
    • Baby bed and high chair available: free of charge. Linen is not provided. Baby beds can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday.
    • Maid service twice a week for cleaning of the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms
    • Final cleaning
    • Garden mantainance and pool cleaning once a week
    • Should you have rented the accommodation for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed. 

    EXTRAS

    • Heating (if requested): metered. Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy.
    • Pets allowed only on special request: please check price upon booking.

    SECURITY DEPOSIT

    EUR 500 cash deposit are due on arrival.

    SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)

    • Domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour
    • Change of towels: EUR 20 per set
    • Cook for dinner during the week (except on Sunday): EUR 120 per service. The dinner is composed of: a starter (for ex. a pasta dish), main course (meat, vegetables), salad, dessert. The costs of ingredients and beverages are not included. The cook will lay the table on the terrace or in the dining room. Dinners should be booked in advance.
    • First shopping: EUR 30, plus the cost of ingredients. The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, 6 eggs, 2 litres milk, 1 packet of black tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurts, 1 bottle of orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 1 jar tomato sauce, 1 large piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, 6 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer, 2 bottles of white wine and 2 bottles of red wine. Our guests can complete the shopping list. 

    NOTES

    • Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
    • Availability only during the above mentioned dates
    • Pool opening dates: mid May - end of October

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