Shepherds Cottage Retreat

Scicli, Ragusa
+49 1762 3864860

€120 - €150
per night
€840 - €1050
per week

This old stone building, a former olive warehouse, is beautifully restored and sits on its own – a simple bolthole for rest and recuperation


2 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

€120 - €150 per night

€840 - €1050 per week

The Experience

It’s one room and a bathroom, but the feel isn’t cramped thanks to the lovely high ceiling with beams, stone walls and floors and windows which allow light to flood in – artists, nature lovers or those who just wish to be together in private will be very happy here. A double bed (which can be a twin) in one corner has Sicilian wrought iron supports and sits below a window with views, there’s a tiny wood-burner for chilly evenings and a comfy sofa.

Outdoors, find fragrant potted jasmine, olive, almond and carob trees, dry stone walls and loungers under a shady pergola; outdoor meals will be sublime and on clear days you can see a tiny slice of sea in the distance. Create Sicilian dishes over a small electric oven in the kitchen area with its lava stone top and open shelves, find local extra virgin olive oil, herbs and spices.

Doze in the sun, forget your worldly cares, cool off under a large rain shower in the attractive bathroom.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking through the olive groves, reading, cooking, resting in such peaceful countryside
  • Driving ten minutes into Scicli for restaurants, shops, a train station and stunning Baroque architecture
  • Heading to the coast for a day out, swimming from rocks or sandy beaches
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You should know

  • There's no WiFi and no TV – this is a wonderful place for a complete digital detox
  • It's an isolated spot and the house isn't marked, so probably best not to arrive in the dark
  • The odd cow (with bells round their necks so you'll hear them coming) might stumble into the garden


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

Family friendly

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


Nightly price
from €120
Weekly price
from €840
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 2
From €1202 beds1 bedroom


Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10.30am
Other details
Minimum stay: 4 nights.
30 November to 1 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


We loved our stay in Shepherd's Retreat. The building has been sympathetically and tastefully restored and designed by Felicity - a spacious modern bathroom and a comfortable, boutique living space. It was cool inside when temperatures rose, and we enjoyed the peace of the verandah in the mornings. Nearby Scicli was one of our favourite towns on the island - baroque churches and a stunning rocky backdrop, mercifully less touristy than other towns - and it has a cinema! Highly recommend Shepherd's Retreat for a couple. We will be back.

Tracey, Cambridge UK

An intimate rural getaway with nice décor unveiling the soul of its owner, where you can forget the hustle and bustle of the city, recharge and be at one with nature.

Luca, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Explore the Noto valley with its rich history, wild flowers in spring, wonderful regional dishes, baroque towns and picturesque coastline. Modica is a 15-minute drive, Ragusa Ibla 30 minutes. The Plaia Grande beach and the Irminio River Reserve are 20 minutes. Visit wine producers; explore Marzamemi, a fishing village where you can have lunch on the rocks and buy their well known tuna products.

Local points of interest from Felicity Good

  • The house is situated in the south of Sicily known as the Barock triangle; Noto, Ragusa and Modica. Stunning Scicli, has a perfect scale to explore its many churches, cafes, a cinema paradiso, restaurants and a unique Italian rationalist Cinema Paradiso.
  • Local lovely beaches are Plaja Grande, part of which is a beautiful nature reserve, a 25 min. drive and Sampieri, a 15 min drive. Enjoy the tiny historic centre of Sampieri with its bar gelateria with delicious local fare & stroll along the endless beach.
  • Modica, Ragusa and Noto have examples of beautiful barock architecture; in Modica the Chiesa di San Giorgio. Then visit the famous chocolate shop Bonajuto with delicious chocolate and pistachio filled cannoli.
  • Ragusa Ibla, a 25 min drive is a unique 17th hillside town. Park the car then amble up through to Duomo, St George, eat the best ice cream ever at the gelateria on the Platz duomo and stroll on down through to the GardiniIblei and enjoy the panoramic view.
  • Walk around Siracusa's Ortigia, the historic city centre which is perched above a sea wall with stunning views in all directions. Climb down steps for a swim! St John's Basilica is my favourite church in the world, archaic and with a unique ambiance.
  • Segesta, a superb doric temple from 5BC with an amphitheatre in a remote rural setting is unparalleled. Combine with a trip to Palermo & visit the cute little seaside San Vito di Capo on the way, 70 km from Segesta, just over an hours drive from Palermo.


Felicity Good

Felicity is a British set designer and architect, currently working in Berlin. She restored the building over about five years into her home-from-home – her escape when work allows her to. She shares it so that others can find a rural refuge, unplug from hectic lives and reconnect with nature. You let yourselves in and Felicity is always available by phone if you need anything.