Paparina

Chiaramonte Gulfi, Ragusa
Self-catering


A light-filled farmhouse in a pretty spot with airy bedrooms and a handmade kitchen. Explore orchard and grounds, walk for miles

Bed

4 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

The
Experience

A small converted farmhouse filled with original art – and a remote corner of fascinating Sicily to explore. Trusha, the most likeable, generous host, lives in the barn and will introduce you to the house and land, her new life project. A former antiques dealer, she has great taste and a fine sense of colour. Every room has pieces from Europe and India, gilt-framed oil paintings and mirrors, and you will love the kitchen, hand-made for her and equipped with a careful mix of old and new crockery, cutlery, glassware. The light and airy bedrooms are at the back of the house for summer cool; bathrooms are newly and beautifully installed. The young orchard already provides some fruits, more will come and Trusha leaves you a basket of cheese and wine, jams and fruit. Hiking trails crisscross the forested hills behind hilltop Chiaramonte Gulfi; two bikes are provided; baroque towns surround you, including lovely Noto and cobbled Ragusa; the coast is a 45-minute drive. Cool in the plunge pool on the covered terrace, watch the sunset from the roof.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay 1 week. Parking on-site.
Closed
Never
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Restaurants 12km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £121
Weekly price
from £847
Surcharges
Extra beds available.
1 House for 4
From £1214 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

Paparina is a lvely, quiet and inviting place to spend some time. The house is very comfortable with ensuite baths for each bedroom, and the kitchen quickly becomes the centre of activites, especially in cooler months. The pool will be very welcome in the summer months and the spacious, fragrant shaded terrace is the perfect place for meals al frescoe or just plain relaxing. Our host was gracious, generous and respectful of our space. If you want a quiet respite in a well appointed location, this is the place for you.

Mary, London

Must be almost unique among self-catering villas, set amongst farmed fields with 360 degree views, fabulous sunsets & good restaurants and adequate shops nearby. Best of all was our wonderful, kind, generous & helpful hostess, the amazing Trusha!

Robin, London

We stayed at the fantastic Casa Paparina for 10 days in October. The house was the perfect base for exploring Sicily. The house has all the facilities you need and Trusha made sure we had everything we needed for our infant girl like a cod and a high chair. She is very welcoming and will do everything to help you and make you feel at home. We will be back for sure!

Sidse, Copenhagen

What a lovely place! This little jewel of a house was a great find in the middle of the countryside - perfect for 2 couples like us as both bedroom suites are large and spacious and the communal areas just lovely! It was a really calm and peaceful haven after 4 days in Palermo. The rooms, without exception are light, bright & elegantly dressed and furnished and the outdoor space with plunge pool so cool. The beds are enormous and super comfortable & the crisp white linen just perfect. Trusha, the owner was very warm & welcoming & provided fresh fruit & goodies to start us off too - super!

Pam, York

We loved this place. It was just the two of us, and is perfect for a romantic escape or for a family holiday. The house is really tasteful (Trusha is also an antiques dealer) and comfortable. It is perfectly located. The views across the valley are really beautiful. It has amazing sunsets, and a rooftop terrace form which to view them. It is extremely peaceful and yet minutes from the main roads, and so a handful of extraordinary baroque towns are within a short drive. Blissful!

Douglas, London

What a fantastic place to stay when in Sicily. Trusha is a wonderful host who has great sense for how hospitality should feel like...Being very personal but knowing when to give her guests privacy as well, is a rare good nowadays...Her great taste of design that she has brought to the villa, feels very luxurious. Adding the lovely private pool, great sights from the rooftop terrace and the company of sweet dog Millie, we couldn't have asked for more during our first week of our holiday.

Rianne, Ollon

Lovely house, great location and Trusha was kind, generous and it was a pleasure to meet her. It was a very special holiday. Thank you.

Carl, Otley

We loved staying at Paparina - very tasteful, comfortable and relaxing to be in. The terrace and pool were a real treat. We visited several impressive historic sites in the area, enjoyed various cafes and restaurants, and also just being at Paparina. The owner was a real pleasure to meet - just the right mixture of being helpful and discreet. She was extremely kind when our son needed treatment for an eye infection he had picked up just before we left the UK. We were very impressed by the excellent medical attention he received at a local treatment centre she took us to. Very satisfied.

Pat, Glasgow

What a truly beautiful place this corner Sicily is! Everything starts with the accommodation and what a gem Paparina is - its a beautifully updated local farm house with wonderfully curated antiques from all over the world - everything is in someway special from the door stops to the kitchen cabinets that seem to have some colonial story to tell. The host, Trusha, gave us the inside track to the surroundings that allowed to find the best Arrabiata in town to planning days out in Catania, Ortygia, Ragusa - this is the best corner of Sicly for sure and we will visit again

Sanjay, Watford

A lovely authentic rural Sicilian experience, a few minutes drive to the small village of Chiamonte Gulfi. The farm house is surrounded by small farms of vegetables and olive trees. It is peaceful and very comfortable (fully renovated to a very high standard with an eclectic mix of art and furniture). Trusha is a lovely host, who is incredibly generous with her time and advice if required (e.g. local restaurants, places to explore, even where to buy local organic vegetables) otherwise she will leave you in complete privacy to relax and watch the beautiful sunsets, read, sunbath on the roof top

Simon, Brisbane

It was such a joy to escape to this warm and welcoming place, 10 days over the New Year, Trusha was a great host always available to help with any queries, and what a beautiful house! Stylishly decorated, with the best equipped kitchen, great beds!! The pictures don't do it justice!! Views from the roof terrace are wonderful. It was so good we have booked it in August to experience it in the heat of the summer, where we will probably spend the whole time in the plunge pool!! Cant recommend it highly enough, and like a fine wine it will only get even better with time. Loved it!!

Andrew, London

Paparina is the most gorgeous place to stay. Trusha is a wonderful host and has thought of everything, even small details such as fantastic locally sourced olive oil on arrival and a basket of delectable fresh produce from the garden. The place is beautifully and simply decorated with wonderful antiques and a brilliant and diverse bookcase for our use too! Our two young boys absolutely loved the place and spent hours in the pool and playing with Minnie and Kitty too. A great highlight on our final evening was hearing the owls call. We thoroughly recommend Paparina to all!

Caroline, Tormarton

I was there in March this year for a brief holiday and got in touch with Trusha. I had a wonderful time in terms of the location, the amazing way Paparina has been converted from a farmhouse (I saw the photos of the original place) into a functional and homely holiday residence. I stress homely, unlike some clinical hotels and similar residence, with all the needs catered for without any fuss. Trusha suggested, and helped, prepare an itinerary, which included hill walk trails, local towns and restaurants and seaside. Okay, it was not that warm in March; nevertheless, worth every moment I spent

Kishor, London

Had a lovely week at Casa Paparina. The weather was great and the house amazing. Spent lazy days on the terrace eating meals and watching sunsets. Visited Chiramonte a lovely little town with great views, interesting churches and cafes. Also spent time at the beach next to Montanblano's house. Trusha was lovely providing us with a starter hamper of local produce to keep us going until we were ready to a shop. She also provided useful information about interesting places to visit, activities available and best restaurants in the area. About the house - it's stylish furnished & very comfortable

Nilam, London

Simply fabulous! The house is really comfortable, beautifully decorated with interesting Colonial antiques. Trusha has thought of everything to make her guests’ stay perfect: from being there to greet us at the airport, a welcome hamper of local food, to small things like pens, maps, and power adaptors. There is so much to see and do: Baroque towns, nature reserves, Greek and Roman ruins, glorious beaches, along with a good choice of local restaurants, and then there is nothing better than watching the sun go down from the terrace after a day out. Thank you Trusha & Fido, we'll be back!

Paula, Hope valley

We were only the second group of people to stay here and it really was wonderful. The owner is super helpful and the house is very special. Picking figs off the trees and melons from the garden for breakfast was really something special. Loved it!!!

Marcus, London

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Trusha Lakhani

  • Chiaramonte Gulfi, nicknamed 'the balcony of Sicily', a pretty town you can see from the house, nestled high up in the hills. You can while away a few hours visiting the many churches and museums or relax in one of the cafes in the square.
  • Ragua Ibla, historical centre of Ragusa, about 25 km away, was rebuilt in Baroque style after it was destroyed in an earthquake in 1663. A whole day can be spent wandering through the cobbled streets, visiting an array of palaces, churches, gardens & cafes
  • Modica and Scicli, about 45 km drive are also worth a visit. All boasting wonderful baroque architecture and are Unesco-listed towns of south east Sicily. Modica is also famous for its chocolate.
  • Catania, the beautiful port city with its many baroque churches, meusums, the famous opera house and Roman ruins. It is situated on the eastern coast of Sicily and sits at the foot of Mt. Etna. The city is a wonderful combination of ancient and modern.
  • Visit the many sites where the well known detective series, Montalbano is filmed. For example the pretty fishing village Punta Secca - the house Montalbano lives in in the series is here. There is also a very cute beach here and nice restaurants and cafes.
  • Spend the day at one of the many beautiful beaches, no more than a 40 minute drive or take a drive along the coast and visit Marina de Ragusa, the stunning Noto, incredible Syracuse with its wonderful market, the quaint fishing village Marzamemi and more.