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“Amazing B&B!”
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Ciuci's Manor
Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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“Amazing B&B!”
Reviewed 23 December 2011

This was our last B&B staying in Sicily. What a great way of ending your holiday. For us it was our best experience during our stay. (Although all B&B's were very very nice.)
The area where the manor is situated is beautiful. Surrounded by pistachetrees (try and buy their own pistache-paste!) whit the donkeys on the site. The very young owner knows how to make sure that her guests have a great time!

The rooms are clean and comfortable, so is the shower!
And the food.......amazing! You can have diner on a big table in the house, together with the other guests and eating what they serve you. We did this for 2 diners. And both diners were really amazing. I love Italian food, and this place makes sure that I know why I love it so much. Don't stay to long...because you will gain a lot of weight. It looks like they are afreight that people will be hungry, because the diner is huge. So make sure you don't eat to much the first course. Because there will follow a 2nd and 3th and 4th.....
Wines are also very nice!

On the site the brother of the owner has a restaurant. We had diner here for 1 evening and it was also very good! And also....a lot.....Diner in the restaurant and in the house have the same price. So that doesn't make a different. We had a chef's diner. I'm not sure if you can have a diner a la care. Maybe for a different price?

And what was a big surpise was the breakfast in this B&B. Most of the times we find the breakfasts on Sicily not so special. But here you get a really good breakfast, with a big choice.

A great place to stay visiting the south/middle part of Siciily. And (and that's not everywhere in Sicily) the owner speaks very good english!!! So you can ask her a lot. She can give you all kind of tips about what to visit etc. 1 thing...finding it is a little bit difficult, because the road-signs show the way to the restaurant on the site.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

We stayed here for two nights in early October. We arrived on a Sunday evening just after dark on a very wild wet and windy evening and were pleased that we had the directions that had been sent to us by Ginevra as well as the GPS as the signage to Ciuci's was difficult to locate at night and it is located some way out of Aragona in the countryside. Upon our arrival we were warmly welcomed by Francesca, Ginevra's mother, who advised us that someone would get our luggage, although this wasn't needed, showed us to our rooms and then brought us coffee, tea, cake and biscuits. We were shortly joined by Ginevra who showed us around a little more, explained about the facilities at the house and phoned through a booking to her brother's restaurant for us to have some dinner (the family do not have the communal "long table" dinner for guests on a Sunday evening).

The main house is located on the side of quite a steep hill with a fantastic view (as we discovered in the light of day) over the local countryside. The lake, donkeys and Ginervra's brother's restaurant are located at the bottom of the hill about a 200 to 300 metre walk down the roadway. The cave and aviary are located part way up another hill past the restaurant but opposite the house.

The guest bedrooms all appeared to be located on the first floor which could be accessed internally via a metal spiral staircase or externally via two separate concrete staircases near the pool of about 20 steps in total. Our bedroom was quite large and comfortable although on one side there was a floor to ceiling window that formed a "glass wall" that separated the bedroom from the main communal lounge room. On the other side of the wall were lounge chairs and a small pool table. Whilst the "glass wall" had a dark curtain across it so no one could see into the bedroom we could quite easily hear people talking when they were in the lounge room. Thankfully no one played pool and all went to bed relatively early. Ginevra told us they have a rule that pool is not to be played after a certain time. This set-up also made the room a bit dark. The bathroom was OK but somewhat dated. Our friend's (who we were travelling with) bedroom on the other hand overlooked the pool, was again quite large, comfortable and well lit with natural light. Both rooms as well as the house were very clean. The pool looked very inviting but it was cold and somewhat wet during our stay. There was free wifi downstairs in the common room and whilst there was no safe in the room at no stage did I think we needed one.

The highlights of our stay here however were the meals. On the Sunday evening we went to Ginevra's brothers restaurant (he is a lawyer based in Palermo). As we were not that hungry we ordered an antipasto platter for four. What we received was an enormous plate of delicious fresh and seasonal food that would have satisfied 10 people. It included stuffed capsicums, crumbed cauliflower, ricotta, buffalo mozarella, boiled beef, meat balls, fava beans plus other delights at a cost of euro10 pp. A litre of red wine was a further euro5. We saw delicious plates of spit roasted meats, pork, veal, lamb, chicken and sausages with potatoes being delivered to other tables but we were all full.

Breakfast was a good, largely cold, buffet with the food liberally placed on the large communal table. Fruit, cereal, bread, cake, croissants, homemade jam and other spreads, cold meats, cheese, tomatoes, juice, tea and coffee.

On the Monday we visited the Valley of the Temples (just over 20 kilometres away) and Agrigento. On the way back we saw a lot of the signs to Ciuci's manor that we had missed the previous evening and upon entry to the house were met with the most fantastic aromas wafting from the kitchen as Francesca was cooking what we discovered was an amazing feast comprised of fresh local produce. Ginevra served us some pre-dinner drinks in the communal lounge room then at about 6-30pm we sat down at the "long table" to a feast of about 12 to 13 anitpasto dishes (both hot and cold) followed by a magnificent lasagna, two main meat dishes of roasted vitello and home-made sausage. White and red wine were served with dinner along with mineral water. Dolce was cake and fresh fruit (grapes, plums etc) followed by limoncello, moscato and grappa. The bottles were just placed on the table and you could help yourself. Coffee and tea. All this for euro23 pp. Incredible food and incredible value. There were 10 adults and 3 children at the table and we could not finish all of the food.

Ginevra is an amazing young woman and a great hostess who is ready to assist you in any manner in which she could. Her mother Francesca is a great cook as well as a very welcoming person.

Highly recommended if visiting Agrigento. Tip though, try and arrive in the daylight.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Andover, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

We stayed here our first two nights in Sicily and it was a great introduction to the local culture. Ginerva and her family are everything a previous reviewer wrote - well educated, eclectic, friendly and helpful. And great cooks! Ginerva's mother, Francesca, puts on a fabulous spread for breakfast and even more fabulous for dinner, with platefuls of appetizers to chose from followed by pastas (primi) and then the meat (secondi) courses, and then a homemade dessert. All the food is either made there, grown on Ginerva's other lands nearby, or from other local farms. Pistachio trees outside the window go into making pistachio spread (we brought some home, along with a bottle of Ginerva's olive oil) and pistachio pesto (yum). Ginerva told us how about 7 years ago her father suggested that she begin managing the farm after her graduation from high school, so she took courses on agriculture, chemistry, etc and began planting olive and pistachio trees, learning how to balance the acidity during olive oil production (important: hand pick the olives), caring for donkeys, adding lands for vegetables and fruits, all the while acting as a gracious hostess and taking courses in art history in Palmermo. A pretty amazing young woman. As other reviewers have said, this is a perfect place to stay for visiting the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and seeing the historic district of Agrigento while staying in a more beautiful setting and learning more about the culture.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Marshfield, Vermont
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Ciuci’s Manor is a well-managed working farm where olives and pistachios are grown. Their land provides expansive views of spectacular interior southern Sicily, and respite from busy towns. There is also an aviary, a pond, a swimming pool, a cave, a banquet hall/restaurant, and many walking trails. Day trips were easy from this location and returning at night was like coming home. The “family” consists of Ginevra, the hardworking and energetic daughter who is manager of this beautiful estate, mother Francesca, a history professor at the University of Palermo, father Charles, a retired lawyer and brother, Michael, who owns and operates the wonderful restaurant on the premises. Ginevra speaks excellent English and is a warm and solicitous hostess. There is nothing she will not do to make your stay wonderful. Francesca is the kind of woman one understands through her gestures and grace ... and she is a fabulous cook. The breakfasts are terrific and dinner can be arranged. The restaurant on the premises is first rate.

In the “farmhouse” there are five wonderful air-conditioned bedrooms, and a very large and beautifully appointed great room for the guests. Everything is restored or modern, colorful and tasteful. Francesca is a specialist on Sicilian ceramics, and the ceramics in this house are fabulous. Ciuci’s is managed deftly, with as much privacy, or camaraderie as one wishes.

My husband and I were thrilled with our stay here and recommend it without reservations. It was a memorable five days in a lovely setting with warm and generous people.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

We stayed for 2 nights in Ciuci's land on a trip around Sicily. I agree with other reviewers- this place is special. The home is well furnished, the views fantastic and the rooms very comfortable. Ginevra and her mother were very welcoming and helpful regarding things to do in the area.
The food was fantastic! We shared evening meals with other guests which also gives one the opportunity to check out what other people suggest to do in Sicily. We had good food inh many places in Sicily but this rates with the best- variety, freshness and different each night-and so much to eat!!
We used the pool as well but beware of wasps as I was bitten by the poolside!
Overall, would have no hesitation in recommending this place-it is the perfect site for visits to The valley of the Temples & Agrigento.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 October 2011

This was probably one of my most favorite places my husband and I stayed at while in Italy. After spending a couple of days in Palermo it was such a treat to come to Ciuci's. Ginevra is a wonderful host, always there for any questions you may have. The room was lovely and very clean. The farm is beautiful and very relaxing as you can go anywhere you like on the property. We visited the donkeys, the aviary and the cave on the hill.
We had dinner at the house which was wonderful and extremely filling. We also had lunch at the restaurant below run by Ginevra's brother which was exceptional. I would highly recommend staying here and only regret not spending more time here.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

This was our first experience of a agriturismo and it certainly won't be the last.Cuici's is beautifully and meticulously maintained, suffused with a welcoming ambience, and lush with original ceramics. Rooms were lovely and tastefully decorated with an eye to the long history of this charming house, and breakfast that Generva served each of the days were so delicious. The dinner was superb, the care that it is prepared with was evident.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ciuci's Manor
Address: C.da Carbonia, 92100, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Agrigento > Agrigento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 62 Speciality Lodging in Agrigento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ciuci's Land is the farm Azienda Agricola Fanara, the Ciuci's Manor is the house where we keep the rooms for guests. Featuring a lake and a cave in its grounds, Ciuci's Land is a working farm producing olive oil and pistachios. Located 23 km from Agrigento's Valley of the Temples, it has a pool and country-style rooms.Rooms at Ciuci's are decorated with pastel shades and traditional furniture. Air conditioning, a private bathroom and country views come as standard, and there is free Wi-Fi at reception and at common areasHomemade cakes and yoghurt are included in the buffet breakfast. In the same property as the guesthouse, the Tenuta Fanara restaurant offers delicacies from the Sicilian tradition cooked with organic ingredients. ... more   less 
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