Masseria degli Ulivi is set amid the Iblean countryside, rich in olive trees, carob trees and filled with essences of the Mediterranean. The Masseria is part of the old farm holding, full of character and atmosphere. In the past, the rooms would have been used for agricultural purposes, linked to work carried out in the fields.
The following welcome areas look out onto the “baglio”, which is an internal courtyard, typical of our rural architectural style:
- Meeting/ reading room
These rooms are characterised by the warmth of the traditional, local materials which have been used - dark wood for the ceilings, and Sicilian handmade terracotta for the floors.
When you need to relax or in your free time, you can enjoy the magnificent swimming pool surrounded by carob and olive trees with a sun deck and sun beds; there is also a sports area with a tennis court and a clay boules pitch.
You will find quiet corners and beautiful views everywhere, such as the little rock garden full of aromatic essences and the “baglio” (courtyard) with jasmine and climbing roses.
The rooms are dotted around the countryside, which guarantees the utmost peace and privacy. These rooms, together with the main farm holding and the "baglio" give our guests the feeling that they are staying in a small rural village. One finds oneself in a timeless atmosphere thanks to the traditional use of materials: the soft Noto stone, the roof tiles in light-coloured clay, the hard limestone of Modica and the typical furnishings of rural Sicilian houses (iron bedsteads, dark wood chest of drawers and cupboards, unrefined materials and ceramics from Caltagirone and Santo Stefano di Camastra).
In our comfortable dining-room, under a traditional roof made of plaster and cane, our guests can sample a carefully prepared cuisine, dishes that capture the traditional regional flavours and which are based entirely on Sicilian products (PDO cheeses, Protected Designation of Origin, Val di Noto oil, cured meats and meat from local farms), all of which undergo rigorous quality controls, with particular attention paid to seasonal products and organic farming. In summer you can have breakfast outside on the terrace and in the evenig you can dine "al fresco" amongst olive trees and illuminated by the moonlight.
The atmosphere is wonderful!
THE WINE CELLAR
Our wine cellar offers a vast selection of wines from the island, with special attention paid to wine production in Val di Noto or more precisely the area including the provinces of Siracusa, Ragusa and Catania.
Masseria degli Ulivi is situated in an absolutely fantastic position between the provinces of Siracusa and Ragusa. You can reach all the main architectural sites and beauty spots in the country within an hour.
From Baroque Noto to Siracusa where there is an enormous quantity of monuments and archaeological sites; you can also visit Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli which on their own merit a visit to Sicily. Moreover, Palazzolo Acriede, ancient Greek Akrai, Caltagirone, rich in churches and noble palaces and Marzamemi, an ancient fishing village which also hosts an annual film festival in July.
Then there are interesting beauty spots in the countryside, Cava Grande Natural Reserve, with its characteristic lakes created from the Cassibile river and also Pantalica, a very important necropolis.
You can also visit the Faunal Oasis of Vendicari with its fresh water swamps where migrating birds seek refuge and the wonderful beaches which are characteristic of the whole coast south of Noto.
The archaeological site of the old town of Noto, which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1693, is definitely worth a special mention.