Country House Villadorata
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.
We offer our guests high-caliber service, while remaining intimate and welcoming as only a small family hotel can be.
Seven Rooms Villadorata
Sleep in the Prince’s bed, the Nicolaci di Villadorata family was one of the noble families of ancient Noto.
How would you describe Seven Rooms Villadorata in a nutshell?
Seven Rooms Villadorata is a small and elegant boutique hotel in Noto on the island of Sicily. Formerly Prince Giacomo Nicolaci’s private residence, there are now 1 Suite, 4 Deluxe rooms, 1 Superior room and 2 standard rooms, all decorated in a French style, with Italian and French linen and furnishings. Don’t miss out on the 6m-high ceilings and original frescoes in their superior rooms.
What was your inspiration to open a small boutique hotel?
I used to work in tourism and about 10 years ago I decided that I wanted to change my life. My boyfriend and I were in Milan at that time and spent a holiday in Noto, my childhood home in Sicily. It was my dream to find a little place and run a small hotel.
What would you describe to be your philosophy at Seven Rooms Villadorata?
I just love welcoming holiday guests to our home, to meet so many people from different countries and cultures. It is such a privilege to share with them my passion for this part of Sicily, to promote our region and so much that it has to offer!
Noto was your childhood home, what do you particularly like about your new life in Noto?
People here in Noto and Sicily in general are much warmer, it is like a big family. So of course I love my new life, it is a much simpler life.
What has been most rewarding to your personally since opening Seven Rooms Villadorata?
The Nicolaci di Villadorata family was one of the noble families of ancient Noto and the apartment which is now Seven Rooms Villadorata used to be Prince Giacomo Nicolaci’s private residence. We bought the residence in 2007 with the aim of restoring the French style and flavour that inspired its creation.
We have 6 suites at Seven Rooms Villadorata. Refurbished with the utmost respect of the atmosphere of a princely 18th-century private residence, each room exudes a distinctive charm. Private balconies overlooking the private courtyard beautifully adorned with a symbolic pair of palm trees, views that stretch from market loggia to the coastline passing through the nearby city hall and some remarkable churches, the owners took care of every detail including a flawless selection of exclusive Italian and French linens and furnishings, not only did they make each room luxurious and comfortable, but also one of a kind.
The highest quality furnishings and accessories were chosen for the rooms with the intention of offering guests a timeless and elegant experience comparable to a large luxury hotel while remaining as welcoming and intimate as only a small family structure can be. Impeccable service and a great sense of privacy complete the offering. The aim is to meet the needs of our most “travelled” guests in Sicily for business or for leisure.
The Deluxe Studio is composed of a bedroom (king-sized bed, twinnable on request), a bathroom with walk-in shower, a walk-in closet, a private study with the possibility to set a single bed and a second bathroom (walk-in shower). The room is designed to host comfortably 2 guests (but can host an extra guest to a maximum of 3 guests – with supplement per guest). Views of the historical city center, private courtyard of the palace and scenic old palace market square (no longer in use).
The Deluxe with private terrace (26 sqm + terrace 10 sqm) is composed of a bedroom (king-sized bed, twinnable on request), a bathroom (walk-in shower), a lounge corner leading to a beautiful private terrace. The room is designed to host comfortably a maximum of 2 guests). Views of the historical city center, private courtyard of the palace and scenic old palace market square (no longer in use).
The Deluxe (33 sqm to 44 sqm) is composed of a bedroom (king-sized bed, twinnable on request) and a bathroom (walk-in shower) designed to host comfortably a maximum of 2 guests. Views of the rooftops of the historic city center.
The Junior Suites are composed of a bedroom (king-sized bed, twinnable on request) and a bathroom with walk-in shower. The rooms are designed to host comfortably a maximum of 2 guests). Great views of the historic city center, private courtyard, countryside or coastline. Private balconies with a small foldable bistro table and foldable chairs.
The Grand Suite is composed of a private lounge, a master bedroom (king-sized bed, non-twinnable), a second bedroom (standard bed, twinnable on request), and a large ensuite bathroom (double vanity sink and a walk-in shower). The suite is designed to host comfortably 2 guests (but can host an extra of 2 guests to a maximum of 4 guests – with supplement per guest). Views of the rooftops of the historic city center from one side and views on the private courtyard of the palace on the other side.
The Master Suite is composed of a separate large private lounge, a luminous bedroom (king-sized extra length bed, twinnable on request), a large ensuite bathroom with double vanity sink, and a very large double walk-in shower equipped with a dressing table. The room is also equipped with a separate toilet. The room is designed to host comfortably a maximum of 2 guests. Views of the rooftops of the historic city center. Private balconies all around with a small foldable bistro table and chairs.
Very important to me is quality – the quality of the food we serve, the quality of our furnishings and fabrics, our suggestions and recommendations. Quality is always my priority. We offer our guests a high-caliber service comparable to the large luxury hotels, while remaining intimate and welcoming as only a small family hotel can be. I am usually around in the morning during breakfast and in the afternoon to help with restaurant suggestions, things to do and any other questions they may have.
Besides our beautiful rooms, we have a reception area and a huge terrace with the best views of Noto. It is the terrace of my private apartment and I share it with our guests for breakfast.
For our breakfast we serve local products – fresh yogurt from a local farmer, home made jam and Sicilian cheese. We strongly believe in the 0 km philosophy.
I wanted to create a home for our guests, so the personal welcome and the personal contact with the guests is very important to me.
Noto is perfectly located to explore some of the most interesting places in the south of Sicily: Syracuse is about 20 mins away – famous for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of Archimedes. Modica and Ragusa, which are both part of UNESCO World Heritage sites are about 45-60 mins away.
At the same time in just 8 km, you are at one of the best beaches in the South of Sicily. The Vendicari Marine Reserve, surrounded by its maritime villages and farmhouses, is a mixture of lagoons, sand dunes, rocky coastlines, and sandy beaches. A wonderful place and not too crowded by tourists.
Of the many churches in Noto, I always recommend to visit at least the Church of Santa Chiara for its Baroque architecture and the Church of Santissimo Salvatore for its beautiful frescoes. Both are just wonderful places. And of course you must visit the Palazzo Nicolaci.
Noto is a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002. The architecture of the city is just amazing with 45 churches and the noble palace – you can feel the history of the place.
For me the best months are May and October – for the temperature and the colour of the sky. The season in Sicily is very long, usually until November when you can still go to the beach. October is really perfect, though, it is still very warm and sunny and the atmosphere is just wonderful. Our little hotel is normally open from end of March to the second week of November.
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