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Casa Isabella - Rural Cabin / Villa, Aircon, Wi-Fi, Pool, Spectacular Views

People3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Rural Cabin / Villa in Sicily - 3 Mins Drive from Beautiful Baroque Noto & 15 mins From Beautiful Sandy Beaches

Casa Isabella is a well-equipped 45 square metre cabin, sleeping two, 3 minutes drive from Noto South-East Sicily and 45 minutes from Catania airport. It is set amongst 1.6 hectares of terraced land with olives, almonds and citrus and stunning views to Noto and the Iblei mountains beyond. The accommodation is terraced, with the bed/living room forming the upper level; it has plenty of storage, sofa, TV, Wi-Fi and air conditioning and leads onto a large upper terrace with a sun shelter, barbecue area, seating and wonderful views of Noto and the Iblei mountains. The bathroom and kitchen form the lower level with the bathroom being equipped with a power shower. The kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, fridge freezer and dishwasher and leads to a sheltered outside dining area. At the rear is a small paved area with a plunge pool shaded by an olive tree which is ideal for an evening glass of prosecco to watch the sun set when it is operational from the beginning of June to the end of August. For winter rentals there is a 6kW wood burning stove.


Owner
Richard Bendy
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Calendar last updated:
2 July, 2017

About Richard Bendy

We both live and work in Chichester in the UK, I as a low-energy buildings designer and builder and Sue as a Doctor. Recently we were lucky enough to take a sabbatical in order to restore the cabin and get to know Sicily and its people much better; all of which we thoroughly enjoyed doing.....as did our labradoodle Huxley when not chasing our locally acquired cats Sooty and Smudge!

Richard Bendy purchased this villa in 2003

Why Richard Bendy chose Noto

In May 2003 we were visiting a friend who had been badgering us for months to come and visit him near Noto in the beautiful South East of Sicily and where he had just bought a wreck in the countryside to restore.

We found ourselves falling in love, not only with the beauty of the countryside and the stunning Baroque architecture of Noto, but also with the gentler pace of life and resulting time it gives the locals to enjoy the delicious food and wine this region is famous for.

Upon seeing this piece of land we fell in love with it, not only due to its tree-filled, terraced countryside setting with amazing views of the city and Iblei mountains, but also its proximity to Noto with its restaurants bars and the availability of wonderful fresh cooking ingredients.

What makes this villa unique

Along with the stunning views from the cabin, the surrounding land has a wide variety of fruit-bearing trees such as apricots, peaches, plums, grapes, figs, pomegranate, citrus and wild herbs which you are welcome to use.

Therefore these, the proximity of ultra-fresh produce in the markets of nearby Noto (three minutes drive) and its well appointed kitchen make this cabin an ideal place to do some serious cooking and afterwards you can relax in the plunge pool with a glass of Prosecco admiring Noto.

Should you fancy a day away from the stove though, Noto boasts some excellent restaurants and also the famous Caffe Sicilia (third best Caffe in Italy)Caffe and Costanzo. And after a refreshing gelato, ten minutes further on are the award winning sandy beaches of Eloro and Calamosche.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Casa Isabella is perfect hideaway. Pick your own oranges for breakfast and eat whilst surveying the beautiful views, before heading into Noto fabulous fresh ingredients to go with wine on the patio; Casa Isabella is beautifully and cleverly designed and very well equipped, even the odd cold evening wasn't an issue as the wood burning stove gives off amazing heat. The location of the cabin is ideal, close to local towns and markets, beaches and walks, a perfect base to relax and unwind; should the opportunity arise would definitely return myself." Catrin H. Singapore Jan 2013



"it's fab! Fully recommend The Cabin" Sally N. Monmouth Feb 2013



"We had a great time. Such a lovely place - you have done a fantastic

job on the conversion. Rustic meets high-tech. The kitchen is so well equipped - home from home. We used the log burner on a couple of nights but the rest of the time we happily sat outside to have meals admiring that fantastic view!" Christine & Andy April 2013
Jan 2013
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Noto in Noto

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:30 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has power shower, WC/bidet, basin and storage.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The air conditioned bed/living room has a king-sized bed with room for a cot at its end and plenty of storage space. The land is also suitable for camping and tents can be supplied.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Outside: There are covered seating areas with views outside the kitchen and bed/living room with the latter being suitable for barbecues. To the rear of the cabin is a small unheated plunge pool (June, July, August only - max capacity 3) under a shady olive tree which is for your private use. There are multiple fruit trees on the land and you are welcome to use whatever is in season during your stay. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cabin will be clean upon arrival; cost of cleaning at the end of your stay is £45 (cost separated out so those staying two weeks do not pay twice); extra clean £45; towels and linen inclusive with a spare set for those staying two weeks.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(51 traveller reviews)

Casa Isabella - Rural Cabin / Villa, Aircon, Wi-Fi, Pool, Spectacular Views
average rating of 4.8627453 based on 52 reviews
5

A unique property in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Isabella is a fantastic base to explore the southeast corner of Sicily. It is an easy drive from Catania, and Richard's directions are simple to follow. The villa has been beautifully converted and had everything we could possibly need including a very well equipped kitchen. Cooking dinner whilst enjoying the view of the sunset through the kitchen window was a pleasure; make sure dinner is served on the terrace with a glass of something in time to enjoy the spectacular colours as the sun finally dips below the hillside. We made several visits to Noto which has a wealth of buildings and backstreets for many hours of exploring. Coming back from town, we loved walking through the orchard back up to the villa, picking a lemon or two along the way. In the higher July temperatures we were grateful for the plunge pool when we got back. We would recommend asking for Marilou's cooked meal on arrival, this was most welcome after a long trip, although it did set the bar rather high for our attempts at Sicilian cooking for the rest of the week. Thanks to Richard for being on hand to provide speedy text messages to advise on any query during our stay. In summary - a great week in a unique property in a beautiful location.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Great apartment in beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We truly loved Richard and Sue's apartment! It is a stand alone property on beautiful landscaped grounds. The view from the terraces is just great and it is a short 5 Minute drive to the nearby City Noto, which has a lot of great restaurants and cafés. There are a couple of beaches Close by. We preferred the Il Gelsomineto beach, which is about 15-20 minutes from the apartment. As it is not a serviced beach, it is very relaxed and the sea is just beautiful.

The Apartment itself has everything you could Need during a Holiday. We also had a lunch prepared by caretaker Marilou which I would definitely recommend to everyone as it is very relaxed for the day of arrival.

Richard and Sue have everything well prepared and are always at your disposal if there is a problem or if you need advice. Richard's Google map, that he sends you after booking, was such a great help for orientation in the area and to find nice beaches and restaurants. Overall a great experience! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Location & Very Peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Casa Isabella is in a wonderful location with gorgeous views, gardens and privacy. It is in an ideal spot for getting away from it all, sightseeing in this rich part of Sicily, and for enjoying the beauty of Noto.

The Casa is rustic and homely with all you need for a self-catering holiday. The kitchen is well-equipped, the bathroom spacious and the bed comfortable.

Casa Isabella was lovely to go back to each day and was a very relaxing haven, especially with the choice of outdoor areas to use. The views are spectacular, as are the sunsets.

Being surrounded by nature, including numerous butterflies in the gardens, was beautiful.

I would recommend a small hire car as roads in this area are narrow. We were offered a Jeep but chose a Fiat 500 which was perfect for sightseeing and parking on our days out.

Richard is very helpful and always on hand if you need advice on anything. We can recommend the meal on arrival which was delicious and the perfect way to start our holiday.

We hope to return next year. There is so much to see and experience in this part of Sicily and Casa Isabella provides a perfect base from which to explore and also relax in.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Delightful cottage close to Noto.

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit to Casa Isabella which is a delightful cottage overlooking a terraced valley with views towards Noto. Comfortable accommodation and a well equipped kitchen which enabled us to enjoy cooking local spring produce of artichokes, wild asparagus, fennel, beans and peas. There is also a very good butcher and fishmonger in Noto. Owner, Richard, is very friendly and helpful with tips about the area, and replies to emails and texts very quickly. Good wifi. We are looking forward to returning again. Thank you, Richard.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

What a view!

  • 5 of 5

Richard and sue have a wonderful bolt hole with an amazing view over Noto.

All you need is in the fantastically well equipped Cabin

Lazing on the terrace in mid October is a great tonic before the reality of winter in uk.

So much to see and do within an hours drive. Greek, Roman, Baroque architecture not to mention nature reserves, wonderful coves to swim in, 24 degrees, fishing villages.

Richard on hand to help plan excursions. Perfect

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Noto

  • 5 of 5

The property more than lived up to our expectations. It is in a beautiful location and extremely well landscaped. The outside spaces were relaxing and varied, a great way to chill. The outside facilities (though we didn't have use of the dip pool) were excellent, thoughtfully laid out and very inviting. The views far exceeded any hopes we had, the sunsets over Noto were breathtaking.

Inside the property was very well maintained very well equipped, clean and again, great use of space. Very comfortable to come back to. The facilities were extremely good and the netting around the bed was very welcome.

Richard was very, very helpful and supportive providing us with very good advice beforehand as well as whilst we were there.

There is so much to see and do that we had to plan what not to do rather than what to do. We loved the countryside and Noto itself. The beaches were excellent, we particularly enjoyed Eloro. Travelling to Taormina, Siracusa, and Montalbano country down south was very easy. Agrigento was also within an easy couple of hours, so from soaking up the sun on a beach to visiting the sights made for a very full two weeks, but also thoroughly relaxing and rejuvenating.

The food everywhere we ate was extremely good and it was easy to buy fresh produce to cook/eat at home as well.

We would, and have, recommend Casa Isabella to friends (couples). It is quiet, very relaxing and east to be in.

Ian and Beverley

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Catania
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Noto
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Catania
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Noto
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Noto
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Noto
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Etna
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Eloro
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We are happy to welcome camping guests when we do the olive harvest in late September/early October.

Coast/Beach:

The cabin is 15 - 20 minutes drive from the award winning sandy beaches of Vendicari, Calamosche and Eloro with Isola delle Correnti and Carratois about 40 minutes away.

Travel:

The airport at Catania is 45 minutes away, Palermo three hours away and Trapani four hours away. The ferry terminal from Genoa at Palermo is 3.5 hours away and that at Pozzalo from Malta (only 90 mins on the car ferry) is 35 minutes away.

Distances:

The Baroque town of Noto is three minutes drive away.The other Baroque towns of Ragusa, Scicli and Modica are all about an hour away. Siracusa with is 25 minutes away with Catania 45 minutes away and Taormina 1.5 hours away. The Roman mosaics of Piazza Armerina are about 2 hours away.

Further Details:

Noto has everything you should need with supermarkets, farmers markets, restaurants and banks. We can arrange for cookery lessons with an excellent chef and also for her to cook for you. There is Kite surfing and Santa Maria Focallo (40 mins) and sea kayaking at Sampieri (45 mins). We also have a couple of mountain bikes which we can rent out at GB£70 per week.

For those booking we offer a free Google Map on which we have marked shops, restaurants and places of interest along with our comments. This map can be used on any smartphone using the Google maps app for easy turn by turn navigation.

This is what you can expect weather-wise in South East Sicily based on two years living there and many years visiting.

In March the weather becomes warmer (15 - early 20's degrees C) and by April the amazing wild-flowers are everywhere with the smell of orange and lemon blossom on the air; there can still be some chilly days and some rain but it is a perfect time for walking and cycling.

May to mid-June tends to have temperatures up to the late 20's and doesn't see much rain so are also good months for walking and cycling but for Northern Europeans also good for the beach!

By mid-June the temperatures are often creeping over 30 degrees and by July they are generally in the mid 30's when walking and cycling are not so pleasant and so the beach is generally the preferred option.

Towards the end of Aug it starts cooling down and mid-September usually brings a break in the weather with the odd storm though temperatures are still usually about 30. The storms continue into Oct but tend to be short-lived and generally the weather remains good.

By Nov the temperatures are in the mid 20's with slightly more rain though the weather is often still good. Dec is frequently dry and sunny with temperatures in the early 20's.

Jan and especially Feb are chilly (10-15) with some rain though on sunny days it can be beautiful - like the UK in April.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Noto, Syracuse Province

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Shoulder Season
13 May 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
6 night minimum stay
£398
for 6 nights
£455
 
 
High Season
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£505
for 7 nights
£505
 
 
Shoulder Season
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
6 night minimum stay
£398
for 6 nights
£455
 
 
Autumn/Winter
28 Oct 2017 - 23 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
£305
for 5 nights
£405
£555
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£363
for 4 nights
From
£77
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
1.9% £10
Cleaning/key charge £45

The cleaning charge of £45 is not included in the headline rental price so those renting for two weeks are not charged twice.

There is an additional 1.9% fee for those booking by credit card through Owners Direct Online booking as this is what they charge us and will charge you.

This will be deducted from the deposit at the end of your stay - NB this only applies to people booking using credit card through OD online booking - direct bank transfer through OD online booking is not affected.

We are very keen to welcome long term guests November - March (see our reviews for guests who have stayed with us long-term). For these guests we quote a low base price but add the cost of the bills (electricity, gas, water, wood for stove) on to this to allow for the very different ways people use the house during a long term stay.

Changeover Day:
Our preferable changeover day is Saturday however please do ask if you have different dates

Check-in time is generally from 12.30 and checkout time is 10.00 or earlier however we can sometimes be flexible depending on other bookings and our caretaker so please do ask.

Notes on prices:
We will do our best to accommodate part weeks, long weekends etc in low season (Nov - Mar) so please do ask.

In high season however Saturday - Saturday bookings are preferable but even then please do ask.

In the high season our minimum booking is seven nights though if you are happy to pay the seven night rate the number of nights you actually stay within that is entirely up to you as we can arrange keys pick-up/drop off at any time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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