Abbazia Santa Maria del Bosco

Contessa Entellina, Palermo
+39 333 3279514

Decamp to this glorious 16th-century Abbey with gardens and cloisters intact, filled with history and hidden away in peaceful woodland


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

The Experience

The corridors are huge, the views grand and the ruined church attached will add to the romance of staying here – but you won’t have to stand on ceremony – the family and staff are friendly and laid-back. They also feed you very well: breakfast is taken in the enormous dining room and includes freshly-squeezed orange juice in season, homemade organic yogurts, freshly baked breads and cakes, hams, cheeses and eggs from their chickens. Let Giulio cook you dinner (the family have a reputation for being gourmands) which will include freshly-picked vegetables from the garden.

You will get a tour of the whole property when you arrive – probably so you don’t get lost. The cloisters, the regal staircase, the second rose garden, the small solarium, the long corridors and the dining room are all yours to wander – if it rained for a week it really wouldn’t matter, there’s so much to see and there are hundreds of books.

You will feel remote – it’s a 20-minute drive to anything. Walking trails surround you and you can discover canals, a grotto and waterfalls just half an hour away in the ‘gole del drago’ a wonderful natural park. Wine tastings and dinner out can be arranged – just ask Giulio.

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We think you'll love

  • The beauty and history of the Abbey
  • Being so immersed in nature
  • The food
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You should know

  • No WiFi or TVs in rooms
  • There may be weddings sometimes
  • No swimming pool - yet


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 12pm
November to Easter.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast included. Dinner by arrangement.


Nightly price
from €120
2 Twins
From €120
1 Family room for 4
From €170
8 Doubles
From €120



My friend and I utterly enjoyed a most special experience in this ancient Abbey, particularly impressive for its extension and breath-taking architecture. We loved the silence and the night wild-life noises, the tasteful furniture, and the quirky hunting trophies! Breakfast and dinner were additional treats on top of this adventure, and the host and his staff so helpful and genuinely caring!

Luna, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're deep in the woods so wildlife will be plentiful and the walking sublime. A horse can be arranged or a bike if you'd prefer to ride or cycle through the trails. The nearest town has little cafes and bars but the best restaurants are at Sambuca. River trecking and swimming in the river Sosio is half an hour in the car. Visit castles at Giuilana and Catatamauro. The nearest vineyard that arranges tastings and dinners is a 20-minute drive.


Giulio Inglese

This large family have owned the Abbey since the 1860s and have kept this as their country house, but they also have a house in Palermo. Several members of the family are well known cooks so food is taken seriously and you will probably meet Giulio, his cousin Alessandro, one of his aunts Pupi - a famous chef, and Giulio's wife. You're looked after by housekeeper Marcella and a big amiable dog called Bianca.