Let me explain. First of all, it was our first time in an agriturismo, we travelled a lot but had not experienced this sort of hotel before. We chosed it because it sounded like the real sicilian experience. We did not know what to expect. Traveling as a family we booked the suite with2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, located in the main building. the room was beautifully finished and decorated. with sky tv! although I understand from the other guests not all rooms have tvs. The Main buildng is very nice, with lovely stone floors, lovely furniture, tvroom, pool room. We have not seen the other buildings but people we met were extremely happy with their rooms. We could hear the noise from the road only once outside. It is not a high tech hotel, or super modern one, it has a traditional feel without feeling old fashioned, it is rustic but in the good sene of the term ie decorated wih style and nicely finished.
We stayed 3 nights. Silvia ran a cookng class for me and the children and it was wonderful. The hosts are soft spoken and kind and they were so patient with the children, we made some fresh pasta and chocolate refrigerated cake. What people cook during the classes is then served at lunch or dinner. All produce is fresh and Silvia cooks everyday!
The pool area is small but absolutly charming (stone pool walls). You have to drive through the olive trees (on a road) to get from the gate to the hotel and walk through them too to get to the pool.
We also asked if there was some horse riding the kids could do. Silvia knew of one place but advised and booked for us an educative farm with a donkey. It was simple but our children are 4 and 6 so it was enough for them. They saw a range of animals, milk the gaot and rode on a small donkey. a fun day really!
We tried to make the most of it and on the last day we booked the boat tour. The boat is very nice - one of these faster ones- there were 3 couples and our family that day. They served us again very nice food. The tour in itself is not spectacular, you swim, you dive. but it was more the whole experience of the tour and the people we enjoyed, we had great fun again.
I can see that some people may feel uneasy. The reason for that is I believe that as people arrive, they meet people who have been there for already 1 night sometimes 5 and the other people know each other of sort. So it creates a strange feeling the first day but believe me if you play the game of chatting wih the others, you will feel the full benefit of Mandranova. Giuseppe tries to help you by connecting to the new comers every evening. You see,during the day you go about your business, visits, beach whatever. towards the end of the afternoon, you may see people around the pool, then around I think 8pm eveyone gathers for dinner outside. People have a drink before hand sitting on some sofas and chairs then move to tables set up by family/couples but its free sitting. The tables are aligned in a couple of rows far enough from each other than you can speak to your family only but close enough to your neighbourgs to start a chat. We met lovely people.
There were not many famiies with young children when we were there but we never felt akward and people really welcomed the children. SIlvia always asked us whether we wanted to have the children eating at the same time as us or before. The first night we dined together as this was normal to us, but after seeing what the first night was like, nice wine, nice people and nice food, we decided to have them eat before and put them to bed before we ate. Having the room just in front of our eyes helped and also we felt dinner was a bit late for them.
so in summary, we keep very fond memories of MAndranova. We have made some friends ther with whom we have kept i contact. A lovely place to stay if you let your hair down!
Thank you Giuseppe and Silvia
- Also Known As:
- Mandranova / Villa La Robazza / Il Casello Hotel Agrigento
- Mandranova Agrigento, Sicily