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Beautiful House In Idyllic Setting with Swimming Pool and Views of Vineyards

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Stunning Rural Property Only 5 Mins From Beach. Comfortable Beds and Air-Conditioning Throughout. Outdoor Cooking Terrace by Pool

Casa Modesta is unique. Winter and summer, guests will find they should never have to compromise on the levels of comfort they enjoy at home. From the joy of cooking in the fabulously well-appointed kitchen to the bliss of rejuvenating sleep afforded by the luxurious beds, everything has been carefully planned and designed to make this a genuinely five star experience. Casa Modesta is as its name suggests. It presents itself as a simple cottage which, although recently rebuilt, retains much of its original character. Modesty, however usually belies a beautiful secret waiting to be discovered and our property is no exception to the rule. Walking through the front door of Casa Modesta is like opening a jewel box. The natural neutral tones of the building's facade do not prepare you for the richness of colour and texture inside. Outside, guests can take a walk through rows of almond trees or sit by the swimming pool and watch the sunset turn the vineyards orange and purple.

Member since: 2012
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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About Vanessa

We live in Kent and have 3 children aged between 27 and 13. Steve, my husband, has been visiting Sicily for over 20 years for his work importing tomatoes for UK supermarkets and introduced me to this unique and very beautiful area in 2005. The area is one of the few remaining in the Mediterranean that still offers an authentic experience of rural life, almost unchanged for hundreds of years. Life in this corner of Sicily is still very much connected to the produce of the land and the sea.

Vanessa purchased this house in 2007

Why Vanessa chose Noto

The house and its five acres of almonds and olive trees offers complete tranquillity and seclusion and yet is less than 10 minutes drive to the enchanting fishing village of Marzamemi, several stunning beaches and a wide range of shops and restaurants. The house is also a great base from which to explore the architectural and historical gems of southeast Sicily.

What makes this house unique

When we started out on this venture we had some clear aims. Our first priority was to develop a high-end rental property with a secondary upside of somewhere the family could spend their holidays. Our second aim was to provide for our guests the same level of comfort and style as we find in our favourite hotels (this is not something we could readily find in rental properties in the Mediterranean). Top quality bedding and furnishings create the luxury finish inside the house and outside the glass mosaic deck level pool with stone terraces complete the five star experience. There are stunning views of vineyards and rolling farmland in every direction. Off season underfloor heating means the house is always warm and cosy and there is never a shortage of hot water for showers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much for a fabulous week in your wonderful and well equipped house. Despite the very hot high season weather (36 every day) we have managed to drag ourselves away from the lovely pool and cosy house for some eating and adventures. The highlight was definitely the Scala Restaurant you recommended in Portopalo - amazing fresh raw and cooked seafood + all for €60 for the 4 of us! We also enjoyed jaunts to Noto, Syracusa and more marvellous eating in Marzamemi. We loved the shade, facilities and clear waters at Agua Beach, which is where we are going now for our last swim. Then we need to eat up our remaining food and drink up the last of our Vini Rudini wine.
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Noto in Province of Syracuse

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Only guests listed on the booking form may visit the house at any time.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Double sinks
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Large shower
  • Luxury en-suite bathroom to master bedroom with large shower, double counter top basins with spacious storage and separate wc. Family bathroom, beautifully finished with oversized shower, counter top basin, separate wc, and large fitted linen cupboard.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 ( 2 Bedrooms ) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 5ft canopy bed, en-suite bathroom and large antique French wardrobe (with plenty of hangers!), Mezzanine level bedroom with two singles or one superking bed, one trundle bed and another antique French wardrobe.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Restoration work was completed in January 2012. There is a sophisticated hot water/heating system which uses solar panels backed up by a gas boiler so there is unlimited hot water. For winter stays the house is kept dry and warm with underfloor heating and a room specific air conditioning system keeps it cool in summer. A winter heating supplement of £50 applies between the end of October and March. Outside: Gorgeous deck level swimming pool, mosaic tiled and with wide Roman style steps for easy access. Wide stone terraces with large awning providing plenty of shade. Comfortable sunbeds. Terrace with Weber barbecue and fantastic views over surrounding countryside. Extensive lawns, beautiful ancient olive trees and a specimen garden stocked with tropical plants and fruit trees. Utility Room: Utility area with washing machine, large sink, ironing board and iron. Outside is a large stone worktop with oversized sink and h/c running water. And a washing line with a view! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Included are: bed linen bath towels and Turkish towels for the pool area. Two week stays have mid weekend change. Extras available: Mid week or daily linen/towel change, daily maid service, pool & beach towels (turkish style). Other: The large mezzanine area offers stunning views of vineyards and countryside from a panoramic window. It is screened from the living area below with additional head-height carved indian wooden screens which provide a good level of privacy.


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average rating of 4.8095236 based on 32 reviews

A smartly decorated property in rural southern Sicily

  • 4 of 5

A great location overlooking 360 degrees of fruit trees and almond groves. Beautiful swimming pool and gardens around the house. Easy drive to get provisions in Pachino. Great restaurants at Marzamemi. Vindicari Nature Reserve is just down the road. We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just as we'd imagined!

  • 5 of 5

Location, location, location! Casa Modesta is away from the crowds, quiet, beautiful. The house is attractively decorated, the pool is stunning, and the grounds are like a botanical garden. We did very lite cooking, but equipment was available to do serious food prep if we’d wished. We appreciated the thoughtful touches: complimentary snacks, supper waiting in the fridge, supplies to tide over until shopping could be accomplished, plenty of hangers, laundry basket, lots of clothes pins, towels for the pool, books, Sonos, maps, dining recommendations. Best of all, the portable wi-fi device helped us navigate both by car and by foot, Syracusa, Modica, Noto, and all the smaller villages. Vanessa and her family clearly want their guests to be comfortable and to appreciate the area as they so obviously do.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect week

  • 5 of 5

Casa Modesta is the first place we have ever stayed where I wouldn't change a thing. The Villa was the perfect size for 4 adults and our 2 and a half year old.

The villa itself isn't the biggest you will come across but the space had been utilised perfectly. The main bedroom is a delight to wake up in, the kitchen/living room area is all that you could hope for in a holiday villa. The grounds and pool area are stunning! Our daughter had us up at 7am every day and straight into the pool. We had our lunches and dinners by the poolside with a great view of the neighbours farm.

Vanessa was the best host we have ever had. Always available and always had the answers!

I could go on and on about our time at Casa Modesta. In fact we only ended up eating two meals out as we just wished we were back there.

I'm certainly not one to revisit hotels/villas but would happily spend another week here.

Thanks so much for an amazing holiday.

Tom, Lucy & Lilija.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Casa Modesta is a lovely holiday home. The setting is beautiful and location perfect for either days and evenings by the sea or drives inland to everything else Sicily has to offer. We loved our stay. The pool is great. The accomodation is very well equipped, spotless and was beautifully presented.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous property

  • 5 of 5

This is a superbly appointed property with well thought out accommodation inside and out, and a fantastic pool. We have stayed in all sorts of places throughout Tuscany, Umbria, Marche and Puglia, but would be hard-pressed to find anywhere as decent as this. If, like us, you want a quiet stay in the right property, away from it all, this is the place for you. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We visited Casa Modesta for the second time last month with our 4 year old, and fell in love with the place all over again. We meant to do a bit more exploring, but found ourselves staying put and enjoying the beautiful garden, pool and going for nice lunches locally in Marzamemi. We did visit Portopalo, and use one of the restaurant recommendations from Vanessa (Scala). The staff were really friendly and there food was amazing.

The three of us have agreed that we want to come back again for more of the same!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
San Lorenzo
Car: necessary


Casa Modesta is a few minutes drive from the SP19 Pachino to Noto road. It is 2.5 km from a beautiful beach and there are several more within 5km. The beaches in this area range from quiet coves surrounded by rocky headlands where turtles come to lay their eggs at night, to the busy, sophisticated private beach club Agua Beach where you can be massaged on your super-comfortable sun lounger or head to the chill-out area to savour an ice cold drink. All are perfect for children as they are gently sloping.


The nearest airport is Catania, just over an hour away. Easy Jet and BA offer flights from Gatwick. Palermo is a three and a half hour drive (beautiful though!) Ryan Air fly Stanstead - Palermo. Other options: Al Italia via Milan, Rome and other cities, Air Malta fly from Gatwick in the Summer as do some of the charter airlines. If you're looking for a real discount solution try Ryanair Stanstead/Lamezia and catch the ferry from the mainland (30 minutes).


Beach - 10 mins

Supermarket - 10 mins

Noto - 15 mins

Syracusa - 40 mins

Modica - 45 mins

Ragusa - 60 mins

Catania - 70 mins

Etna - 90 mins

Further Details:

See our brand new photos of pool and garden!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Noto, Sicily

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
31 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
26 May 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Last Minute!!!
9 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 3
16 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
14 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
1 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £350

Then pool is open from 28th April 2018 and will be closed from 27th october

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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