The home

Splendid contemporary architecture project by the Sicilian architect Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, la melagrana, nestled in the countryside just a few kilometers from Noto, blends in perfectly with the surrounding landscape thanks to its essential and subtle forms.
The home, characterized by large windows, allows guests a vast view upon the countryside and the natural reserve of Vendicari, as your gaze crosses, one after the other, fields of olive and almond trees and citrus orchards, all the way to the sea. The interiors are detailed, characterized by vintage design furnishings alongside contemporary and custom-made pieces.
The home consists of a stationary body (the owner’s home) and a mobile one (intended for guests), which runs along tracks anchored to the load-bearing structure of the terrace. When closed, it acts as an anti-intrusion barrier; while once opened, it leaves room for a spacious terrace overlooking the countryside and the sea.
The large covered terrace, which is the main feature of the building, protrudes into the park whereas, outside the home, the former barnyard, now equipped with lounge chairs and table, allows pleasant moments of relaxation in the shade. Ventilation inside the home is guaranteed by opposing apertures, while the mobile section is air-conditioned.
la melagrana is an ideal place for those longing to combine a vacation in nature, near the sea, with the chance to visit baroque art sites of extraordinary elegance. In fact, it is only 5 km from the city of Noto and 15 minutes from the golden beaches at the natural reserve of Vendicari.

publications: Monopol | living.corriere.it  | RUM | Elle Decor | La Repubblica | Domus | Domus web | ArchDaily | Io Donna

awards: RIBA Awards 2012, UK   | special mention European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

exhibitions: “Loose Ends”, aut. architektur und tirol, Innsbruck, 2014 | “Reporting from the Front”, Architecture Biennale 2016, Venice

details: 3 master bedrooms, one of which can be converted into a double-bedroom (6 sleeping accommodations) | 2 baths/showers | large living room with kitchen unit, adjacent spacious covered terrace | pantry | washing room | utility room | outside the home, equipped former barnyard in ancient stone, circa 60 sqm.
NB: the terrace is, by design, without railings. The house is not suitable for children under 8 years old.

services: television | dish washers | washing machine | fridge with freezer | electric oven | gas burners | heating system with partial air conditioning | ceiling fan | kettle | juicer | toaster | blow dryer | Internet wi-fi 30GB/month | general utilities included (electricity, gas, water)

   
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • The home | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy

Nearby

You’ll find yourself nestled in the Val di Noto, one of the most spectacular baroque art sites in Sicily, and since 2002 listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Suggested visits to:

Noto
natural reserve of Vendicari
Modica
Scicli
Ragusa Ibla
Palazzolo Acreide
Siracusa

   
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Nearby | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy

Prices

 

  • August:
  • 2200 euro
  • high season (16–30 June/July/September):
  • 2000 euro
  • mid season (April/May/1–15 June/October/21 December–4 January):
  • 1800 euro
  • off season: (January/February/March/November/1–20 December):
  • 1600 euro

NB discounts available for less than 6 guests

prices: per week, with water, electricity, gas included
payment: 50% upon booking, 50% balance ten days before arrival
final cleaning service: 80 euro
safety deposit: euro 250, against any possible damage during stay
arrival|departure: arrival Saturday until 17:00; departure Saturday by 11:30.
Other arrival/departure days are also possible
cancellation:
– More than 90 days from arrival date: 30% of total price
– 
More than 30 days up to 90 days from arrival date: 60% of total price
– 
30 days or less: 100% of total price

 

   
  • Prices | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy
  • Prices | La Melagrana, Noto, Sicily, Italy

How to get here

From the Aeroporto Fontanarossa in Catania

 

Leave the airport and follow the signs for the freeway and Siracusa/Ragusa and then get on highway A18

_after ca. 90 km, take exit for Noto

_ following the signs for Noto

_continue until a large roundabout: take the exit Rosolini

_head straight until a second roundabout: take the exit Rosolini

_after 3/4 km on SP 108, you’ll reach a T-shaped detour with, ahead, a power station

_take a left. You’re on SS 115

_keep on for a few kilometers. At a certain point, you’ll see in the distance a yellow home, on the right side of the road on a small hill: “Oleificio Fonte Rosana”

_after the oil mill, at the end of a left-hand corner, take the paved road to the left (you’ll see a white sign that reads “Villadorata Country House”) which heads uphill into the countryside

_THIS IS THE ROAD YOU NEED TO TAKE!

_head uphill a few meters, then a long downhill road begins

_after the downhill ride (ca. 700 meters), take a left hair-pin corner, head down another few meters and then you’ll reach a dirt road

_cross the small bridge with an iron cross bar which should be open during the day

_after this, head up and turn right

_keep along the dirt road for circa 500 meters

_you’ll find a final downhill road with with street gutters

_at the bottom of the descent, take a left

_you’ll see an old home in ruins

_ride along side it, to your left

_right after you’ll find a closed cross bar

_this is where the melagrana property begins

_continue for few meters and YOU’VE ARRIVED!

 

 

GPS coordinates


36.858841,15.037982

 

 

HAPPY VACATION!

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