Specialists in Southern Italy, Sicily & Sardinia
From £421 pp
A traditional agriturismo, near Palermo, but feeling a world away. A special spot for a country estate and hunting lodge. A place to relax, to eat delicious food & drink in amazing views. Staunchly Sicilian, this is real Sicily.
o a Sicily that we have all imagined. As you leave Palermo behind you, the road sweeps between mountains, through ravines, onto high plateaux. It spirals around hillsides and rocky outcrops, past remote farmsteads and orchards, all the time climbing and climbing, until a huge lake stretches before you, and you feel that you are in the very heart of Sicily. This is a truly spectacular journey on routes that few tourists ever take.
About 25km from the infamous Corleone, less than 20km from the incredible Ficuzza Wood Nature Reserve and 12km from Piana degli Albanesi, off the road, down a long dusty unmade track, Masseria Rossella stands 700m above sea level, overlooking the Scanzano Valley, with great swathes of farmland, as far as the eye can see. Once a hunting lodge, built by the Dara Barons, who still run it to this day, it is now an important 65 hectare farm, which produces 12,000 litres of olive oil each year. Producing much of their own food, the family also has cows, for ricotta and other cheeses, and they grow most of their own vegetables. Guests can enjoy (and buy) olive oil, jams, their very special artichokes and tomatoes in oil and other produce. Food served is delicious and an authentic example of agritourism. The cuisine is typically Sicilian and amongst the best we have ever eaten, on the island. Based on genuinely Sicilian ingredients and seasonal produce, you are in for a treat.
A fortified manor house, with a typical central courtyard or “baglio”, Masseria Rossella looks nothing from the outside. But, the moment you step through the gateway, into the “baglio”, you know that you have come to somewhere special. It is easy to understand why this is one of Italy’s protected historic buildings. The lawned courtyard has the most beautiful and enormous white mulberry tree, at its centre. Chairs and tables are scattered, in groups, under its shade and in the sunshine, and guests quickly “chill out”, enjoying the lazy, relaxed atmosphere of the whole place. Even the few cats and dogs laze around happily, usually only half-raising a sleepy eyelid to examine newcomers. Rudi, our favourite dog, dozily wags his tail at anyone who chooses to show interest in him – he is adorable.
The Dara family has renovated Masseria Rossella with great taste and style. Retaining most of its original features, including the family chapel, the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the comfortable lounges and reading room make them an ideal place to read a book, listen to music, or simply relax. The small, cosy dining room is full of atmosphere and, on warmer days, guests eat out on the little bougainvillea-clad terrace, or in the courtyard. There are just nine rooms and, situated around the building's pretty “baglio”, they are rustic and traditional in style, with simple iron beds and country furniture.
We think that Masseria Rossella is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun, the birdsong of a myriad of different bird species, and, of course, really good food and wine. You will be stunned by the spectacular views and the glorious landscape. You can take a refreshing dip in the wonderful pool – a short stroll through gardens, down a stepped stone path about 100m from the courtyard, will bring you to a wonderful lawned terrace on which sits the pool. Sheltered on three sides, it opens up, like a huge window, on the beautiful scenery, with breathtaking views to the lake below and the woods beyond. For the more energetic there are mountain bikes provided, to explore the surrounding Sicilian countryside and the woods. Canoeing, horse-riding, cooking lessons, wine tours are amongst some of the other activities offered by Masseria Rossella.
Your hosts will be welcoming and gentle. The disarming Maurizio manages Masseria Rossella. Maria is the truly marvellous cook. Vasile is the kind waiter and general totem. Remember that this is a traditional agritourism and not a hotel so, they are discreet and you should not expect their constant attention. However, they are always helpful and willing, when asked. We love this relaxed attitude and atmosphere and, especially for those of you who know and love Tenuta Seliano as we do, Masseria Rossella will be the place for you.
So, why do we love Masseria Rossella so much? It’s a traditional agriturismo, staunchly and typically Sicilian, with views to die for in a stunning spot, with an incredibly relaxing ambience, with superb food and wine, yet only an hour’s drive from Palermo, Sicily’s amazing capital city – if there were ever a recipe for a great agritourism, this is it.
Masseria Rossella has just nine rooms and, situated around the building's pretty “baglio”, they are rustic and traditional in style, with simple iron beds, country furniture and en-suite shower rooms.
Two of the rooms can accommodate 4 people – 1 is in the tower and consists of an adjoining twin and double bedroom, on different levels, sharing one shower room. The other room has 1 double and 1 single bed and another single bed on a mezzanine
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