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Farmhouse With Swimming Pool In 5 Acres Of Almond Groves. 5 Star Comfort.

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


About the property

House in Noto, Sicily, Italy - Beautiful Rural Property Only 5 Mins From Beach. Breathtaking Views Of Vineyards And Olive Groves.

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
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
28 July, 2017

About Vanessa

We live in Kent and have 3 children aged between 21 and 7. 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 Noto

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 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 Cot
  • 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.
  • Television
  • Garden
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 and all facilities, fixtures and fittings, furniture, tableware, beds, bedlinen and cookware are brand new. 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 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 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: Newly fitted 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 / Maid service: Included are: bed linen and bath towels (towelling in winter and turkish style in summer). 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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

Farmhouse With Swimming Pool In 5 Acres Of Almond Groves. 5 Star Comfort.
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 28 reviews
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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: Jul 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfectly formed

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful little house - perfectly formed in every way. It is renovated to the highest standard. Vanessa is extremely helpful; she can sort anything. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect, stylish retreat

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived at Casa Modesta (to a delicious pre-prepared Sicilian supper, plus essentials for the next day already helpfully in the cupboards), we knew this was going to be a great holiday. The house is stunning - furnished beautifully and equipped with everything you could need in a stylish and comfortable home from home. The grounds are beautiful and spacious, the location is great (supermarket and great restaurants are very short drives away) and the owner Vanessa is both responsive and a mine of local information and recommendations. It's everything you would hope for from the pictures and more. Highly highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having Helen and family to stay and get great satisfaction from hearing our guests enjoy this corner of Sicily as much as we do. Vanessa and Steve
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Dreamy little home away from home

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at Casa Modesta and were sad to leave. It was the perfect combination of rustic comfort with modern touches. Unfortunately for us we were there in the Spring before warmer temperatures allow for the pool and outside area to be utilized--it is a beautiful space they have created outdoors with patio, dining space, etc. Vanessa has also planted lovely gardens around the house and they are perfect compliment to the surroundings of olive trees and native fauna. There is a lot to do in the towns and areas around the home and we never lacked for a fun adventure, delicious restaurant or awe-inspiring architecture and ruins. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Casa Modesta. The location was perfect for us. Peace and quite for the chilled days by the pool and a short drive to the local villages for amenities and gelato! We really enjoyed a day trip to Noto. But mainly spent our time having lunch in the local villages, followed by an afternoon swim or a read by the pool. Our three year old loved next doors cat too. We'll definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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 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, Syracuse Province

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
2 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 8
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £350

Then pool is open from 29th April 2017 and will be closed from 28th october

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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