Welcome to Casa Paparina, a traditional Sicilian farmhouse nestled in the peaceful countryside of Chiaramonte Gulfi, Ragusa.
The owner, an antiques dealer from London, has recently lovingly restored the property and filled the house with a collection of furniture and objects collected from all over the world - a delightful mix of colonial and European chic.
The large covered porch area is accessible from double doors through the kitchen and living room. It is equipped with lounge chairs, a large dining table and a barbecue. Enjoy a dip in the plunge pool that is situated just on the edge of the terrace overlooking a small orchard of fig, pear, lemon and orange trees.
The area surrounding the house is agricultural - vineyards and olive groves are in abundance. Enjoy stunning views of Chiaramonte Gulfi and the pine forests from the roof terrace. Part of the land is rented to a local farmer who uses it to farm his fruit and vegetables, he pops in from time to time to tend to his crop.
Very friendly Millie the dog and Kitty the cat also share the garden.
The house is located in Contrada Tramostera, in the countryside of Chiaramonte Gulfi. The farmlands surrounding the property is lush with almond and olive trees and is famous for its olive oil. There is a local shop for everyday needs about 15 min walk or 5 min bike ride from the house.
Chiaramonte, the nearest town, 10 mins away by car, has a good mix of bakeries, farm shop, butchers with high quality local produce and an array of coffee shops and restaurants.
Nature reserve and forests. Wonderful coastline and beaches.
Transport Comiso airport 15 km, Catania airport 80 km. Nearest bus and train stations are within 15 km. Car hire is recommended for getting around. Taxi service is available on request.
Chiaramonte about 15 km, the balcony of Sicily with its beautiful panoramic views. Stroll around the heart of the old town, which is a pleasant centre with a few cafes and open square and ancient cobbled streets. Visit the museums and churches of artistic merit and historical interest.
Ragusa Ibla the historical centre of Ragusa, about 25 km away, was rebuilt in Baroque style after it was destroyed in an earthquake in 1663. A whole day can be spent wandering through the cobbled streets, visiting an array of palaces and churches and eating at one of the many restaurants and cafes.
Modica and Scicli about 45 km are also worth a visit. All boasting wonderful baroque architecture and are UNESCO-listed towns of south east Sicily. Modica is also famous for its chocolate.
Horse riding facilities nearby. Bicycles are available to borrow from Paparina.
Majore in Chiaramonte Gulfi serves tradition Sicilian cuisine specialising in pork.
Il Tegamino, a pizzeria with local cuisine specialising in an array of fish and seafood dishes.
Funtana, a simple pizzeria.