Casa Modesta and its five acres of almonds and olive trees offers complete tranquillity and seclusion and yet is less than 10 minutes drive from the enchanting fishing village of Marzamemi and several stunning beaches which rival the caribbean.
There is no doubt that Sicily has many grand palazzos and villas which offer holidaymakers spectacular views, and spacious accommodation. Along with the hefty rental charge however comes, inevitably, dodgy plumbing, uncomfortable beds, ill equipped kitchens and no central heating.
Casa Modesta is unique. The owners of this property have prioritised comfort over everything so that winter and summer, guests will find they should never have to compromise on the levels of comfort they have in their own homes. From the joy of cooking in the fabulously well appointed kitchen to the bliss of rejuvenating sleep afforded by the luxurious comfort of the beds, everything has been carefully planned and designed to make this a genuinely five star experience.
Casa Modesta is as its name suggests. It is presents itself as a simple cottage which although recently rebuilt, retains much of its original character. Modesty, however usually belies a beautiful secret waiting to be discovered and this property is no exception to the rule.
The love and care poured into the restoration of this rustic almond pickers’ storehouse is evident from the natural render and stone detailing on the outside of the building to the double height feature stone wall in the main living area. Interior walls are plastered with stucco rather than rendered with concrete which gives them a luxurious cool smooth feel. The walls of the main building are two feet thick which ensures the heat of the day is kept out and, in winter months when the usually balmy days become cooler at night, all is cosy and warm inside.
Walking through the front door of Casa Modesta is like opening a jewel box. The natural neutral tones of the building’s façade do not prepare you for the interior which is styled with rich warm colours. The bespoke kitchen is sleek and modern but the opulence of gold, aubergine and plum reflect the Tunisian influence that is so important to this part of Sicily.
In the kitchen guests will find everything they need to transform the incomparable local fish, vegetables and fruit into healthy and delicious feasts. There is a top of the range under counter oven/grill, a gas hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and plenty of cutlery and utensils, pots and pans. Opening the large cupboard doors in the living area will reveal shelves of very beautiful crockery and glassware. Meals on the terrace are made all the more magical when the table is adorned with jewel coloured glasses, exotically glazed dishes and, or course, plenty of candles and lanterns.
The main living area also has a comfortable sofa and a television for evening relaxation. There are plenty of good books to share around and a sound system to connect an iPod to.
The master bedroom has a king size oak canopy bed. The bed linen is crisp white Egyptian cotton and the Mattress is top hotel quality, made even more luxurious by a feather topper. There is a large French antique wardrobe and a glass sliding door leading out to a private terrace. The luxuriously appointed en suite bathroom has two basins, shower and toilet.
The mezzanine provides one of the many hidden delights of Casa Modesta. A stunning picture window which spans almost the whole width of the upper floor. The view from this window is gorgeous, especially at sunset. Guests can stay in two singles or one superking bed and will enjoy bed linen and mattresses just as luxurious as in the master bedroom. There is also a trundle bed for an extra child. Privacy is provided by a panel of Indian carved screens extending across the mezzanine.
The large family bathroom can be found just off the main living area. It has an oversized shower and a wardrobe style linen cupboard.
In the utility room, guests will find a washing machine, iron and ironing board and general cleaning materials.
There is a centralised air conditioning system regulating the temperature of the main living area, mezzanine and master bedroom and under floor heating in the living area, master bedroom and both bathrooms to provide gentle even warmth.
All photos listed on this site have been taken by our family members during stays at the house. Visit our website (URL HIDDEN) to read comments from our guestbook and see more photos of the house and gardens.
We take bookings on a weekly basis and guests check in on Saturday afternoon. Part weeks may be considered in offseason weeks at a rate of £300 per night for two nights minimum. Casa Modesta is a single private property. Guests will enjoy complete privacy and access to the whole of the grounds and gardens during their stay. The nearest property cannot be seen clearly from the house and is a second home (not rented out) so is rarely visited.
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We very much enjoy interacting with guests before during and after their holiday if that is appreciated/required. We are always available by email, text or phone call to help with restaurant or taxi reservations or recommendations. There is a comprehensive house folder with plenty of useful information on the house and local area.
The pool is open from April until the end of October.
We expect our guests to treat our home as if it was their own and cherish it as we do. We always want to know straight away if anything doesn't meet expectations so we can do our best to sort things out quickly and ensure no precious relaxation time is wasted. We do not allow smoking either in the house or in the gardens and grounds as this can pose a serious fire risk. Pets are not allowed.
Recently moved to London after 10 years in deepest Kent. From now on we will get our countryside kicks from time spent at our gorgeous holiday home in Sicily. Can't wait to take advantage of all this fantastic city has to offer and can't believe how lucky we were to choose this beautiful street in Peckham as our new home. As hosts we are totally dedicated to ensuring our guests get the most of their time spent in our beautiful holiday home, and in our new London abode. For guests staying on our house in Sicily, we are always available to help with restaurant bookings, directions, to arrange trips and visits, anything to make the holiday really memorable. We have extremely high standards and have created our holiday home to reflect the level of comfort we enjoy at home. Wen are also always thinking of ways to make the holiday experience even better both for us and our guests.