What We Love
- A rustic farmhouse retreat in the picturesque Sicilian town of Chiaramonte Gulfi, with breakfast Visiting the late-Baroque towns in the superb UNESCO-listed Noto Valley
- Delicious breakfasts with croissants, fresh fruit, juices and local products
- Barbecuing on the hotel's grill or cooking up a meal in the kitchen
- Enjoying traditional Sicilian specialties and local wine at the hotel's restaurant
What To Know
- This is a boutique property with only 5 rooms
- Check-in starts at 2pm and check-out is by 11am
- Free WiFi throughout
- Complimentary self-parking is available
For those familiar with the ever-growing trend of agriturismo (loosely translated as Italian farm stays), this characterful 19th-century villa in the small hilltop town Chiaramonte Gulfi is the ideal base to enjoy the wonders of southwest Sicily.
Each of the five unique rooms hits a nice line between rustic and elegant – think stone-clad walls, soothing hues, lovely wrought-iron beds, and simple creature comforts. There’s also an outdoor pool with sun loungers, a charming cellar for savouring a few bottles of local wine, organic gardens for daily fresh fruit and veg, and an onsite church filled with 18th-century frescoes.
Carefree days can be spent town-hopping in the nearby UNESCO-listed Noto Valley, visiting the Embroidery Museum to learn about Sicilian lace-making, and marvelling at the ancient tools used for manufacturing olive oil at the Oil Museum. Once done with sightseeing, head back here to relish classic Sicilian dishes and enjoy some top-notch rural hospitality.
How to Get There
7 nights in Sept/October 2017. The hardest part was finding it! The travel agent provided no information and since it is on an un-named road Google was of little help either. For SatNav users the Lat/Long is: North 37.06949 deg, East 14.71228 deg, or North 37*04'08", East 14*42'48" and this will take you to the gate. It is NOT in Chiaramonte Gulfi town but some 7km outside (and below) it. The address given on Trip Advisor above is not found on my TomTom SatNav either! But it is well worth the effort to find it! Individually converted rooms with (in our case) en-suite incl a bidet, TV and WiFi (which is better used when others are eating or out for the day). Unheated, outdoor, pool is beautiful with 30km views down to Ragusa. Marco the manager is excellent and nothing is too much trouble! Their restaurant was open (when we were there) Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday lunchtime. Otherwise we used the various eating places in Chiaramonte Gulfi or used the basic kitchen (4 ring gas hob, microwave, fridge etc.) available to residents. Would we come again? Certainly! What would we improve? Somewhere congenial to sit in the evening would be good.
We stayed for two nights and loved it. Very welcoming hosts, beautiful setting and the breakfast is lovely - Marco's bruschetta is incredible!
Worth visiting Chiaramonte Gulfi for dinner, we went to U Dammusu which was excellent. Good value and authentic local food.
We were extremely disappointed to arrive at Case Passamonte to find it very different than the photos on the booking site. Having booked four months in advance, we assumed we would have a room that looked like the photos. The room we were given was very small, dark and not even pictured on the hotel's website. This is a booking we deeply regret making.
I have been fighting with the owner to return my money for two weeks. We were booked for 7 nights and we stayed for 1/2 hour. Don't believe the pictures and read the reviews carefully. We were duped. I admit the pictures make this hotel look amazing. It is not. First of all, it is in the middle of nowhere. While this sounded romantic, it became less so when the room we were given looked and felt like a jail. There was no window in the room and the dirty vinyl headboard for the bed was frightening. Toilet paper is not allowed and there was no dresser. There is a restaurant. But it is only open by request and the nearest anything is 15 miles away. I was looking forward to a quiet stay here away from it all. But I promise you the hotel looks nothing like the photos. You will be greeted by two mangy barking dogs in the most desolate place imaginable. I promise you will regret a stay here!
Lovely place found thru Guardian Breaks. Fantastic setting up 0.8km track into the hills and views from small swimming pool to die for. Near several towns from Inspector Montalbano TV series (Scicli, Ragusa, Modica, Noto). You have to try the Sicilian family feast (host fits you in with party bookings, so not always sure when available) in old olive oil press room. All rooms off courtyard nicely decorated and a/c (not used a up hill and cool breezes. Good breakfast. Nearest supermarket in Vilagio Gulfi about 4 km away. Car essential. Great walks accompanied by dogs, Pasquale and Leopoldo directly from farm