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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicily

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Tim M
Chichester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A traditional rural cottage with very good facilities, well placed for exploring south east Sicily”
Reviewed 1 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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We really enjoyed our stay at Ernesto's cottage. We had driven from Catania airport and he met us at the motorway exit for Noto and we followed his car to the cottage. On the way he stopped to show us a good place to eat and where the nearest shops were. He gave us lots of advice on local places to see. A great host.

The cottage is part of what was once his great grandparents' farm. (The rest of the property is now the agritourismo Borgo Alveria which does not impinge on the cottage.) The cottage was clean and in good condition. Furniture is traditional Sicilian, though the beds are modern and very comfortable. There is a terrace outside where we ate breakfast and supper most days and could have used the barbecue. It is in a quiet area with very little passing traffic.

We spent the last two weeks of September 2016 there and found it an excellent base to explore that part of Sicily. Siracusa is in easy reach and not to be missed - we spent a day in the Ortigia area (parking in the Talete car park, €1 per hour, pay on exit) and another day in the archaeological zone and museum (parking at Paradise Parking, €3 all day). The Baroque towns of Noto, Palazzolo, Modica and Ragusa are all in easy reach. Noto is nearest and also has a supermarket. The cottage is a 15 minute walk from the entrance to the site of Noto Antica (always open and free) and we visited the site twice - once to explore the city ruins and once to go down into the limestone gorge. On the coast south of Noto is Vendicari which includes a nature reserve with flocks of flamingos among other birds; it also has a beach. Just south again at San Lorenzo is another good beach and further on the interesting old fishing town of Marzamemi.

Eating: At Ernesto's suggestion we had lunch one day at Agritourismo Leone (near Testa del Acqua) which was an amazing Sicilian meal (and only €22 pp for four courses, coffee and wine) There is no menu - you get what they are serving that day. Probably worth ringing to book as when we went another day there was nothing doing as they were all out picking the grapes. We also found excellent places to eat in Noto (Trattoria Carmine), Palazzola (Taverna di Bacco) and Modica (Osteria dei Sapori Perduti).

Overall a great place to stay to get to know something of that fascinating part of Sicily. Highly recommended.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Manchester, New Hampshire
Reviewed 21 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

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Liked best: ideal country retreat offering quiet and solitude in a magical pastoral setting
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Liked best: la struttura e la posizione della casa
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Reviewed 13 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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Reviewed 7 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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Reviewed 26 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Liked best: La tranquillità
Travelling group: Friends
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