Country House Villadorata is a small boutique hotel near the Baroque city of Noto in southeastern Sicily, set amidst olive groves and only a short drive from the secluded, crystalline beaches.
How would you describe Monaci delle Terre Nere in a nutshell?
Monici delle Terre Nere is a noble boutique hotel in Sicily, Italy. This 18th-century villa is set onto the foothills of Mount Etna, looks towards the Mediterranean Sea, and has 8 guestrooms and 19 suites. Monica delle Terre Nere is one of three Eco-Bio certified hotels in Sicily and also has an 60-acre organic farm, a vineyard and an organic vegetable garden. The hotel elegantly combines traditional Sicilian architecture with contemporary luxury. It has a beautiful view and energy and is a very precious, discreet and unpretentious hideaway.
What made you choose this area of Sicily?
I am originally from Sicily, but used to live in England and the US. I was looking for a small house in the area and found this place the very first day. I fell in love with it and decided to invest every drop of my energy into it. I have a love of farms and working the land and brought my know-how in dealing with life to this adventure.
Was it your plan to open a small boutique hotel?
Not at all. I felt the place was too big for myself and I had many friends coming and going. So I thought I may as well open it up to people as a small hotel. It gives me joy to have people stay here and enjoy the place.
Tell us a little about the restoration of the hotel.
The restoration took about three years. We used only local materials and as little chemicals as possible and are about to get an eco-tourist certification.
What about the interior design of the hotel?
We had an architect who helped us with that. But the idea behind it comes from my girlfriend and myself. I decorated the house with different things I have collected over the years, especially paintings from the British-Brazilian artist, Olivier Mourao.