“Charming agriturismo with rooms and apartments in bucolic countryside, close to beaches and Sicily's Baroque towns”
The heart of Masseria Cianciò is its charming cobbled courtyard, where you can take breakfast and they sometimes provide barbecues in summer months. Seven of the 8 rooms and apartments lead off this courtyard; only two (Rooms 1 and 12) are accessed round to the side - and all are on the ground floor.
Created from former livestock sheds and grain warehouses, no 2 rooms are the same. Most feel spacious with high wood-beamed ceilings and white-washed walls plus access to private gardens or patio areas at the back, as ours did (Room 21). Some have 2 bedrooms (the second bedroom is always a twin) and/or kitchenettes. Shower bathrooms, with hairdryer and basic toiletries supplied, are usually compact; we found all to be immaculately kept.
Each room, whatever the size and configuration, shows the same deft styling: check curtains, posies, floral cushions, vintage kitchenware, antique bedheads and tiles. Yet none feels cluttered and there's a subtle colour scheme of red and green.
All rooms have a mini-fridge with drinks, both alcoholic and not, and snacks (extra cost). The 3 apartments/room with kitchenettes are delightfully retro - one even has an original 1920s bread oven - but not bristling with mod cons or very spacious.
Breakfasts at Masseria Cianciò were some of the best we had in Sicily: very authentic, showcasing homemade jams (including tomato, yum), local honey, and an elegant display of freshly-baked cakes, pastries and breads. Served in the cobbled-floor breakfast room, the spread also consists of fresh fruit, cereals, never-ending coffee and tea, juices, and a smorgasbord of cheese and ham specifically for northern Europeans. Guests with a sweet tooth will be in 7th heaven.
There's no restaurant but you can order picnic baskets and dinners. There are 2 options of picnic; a lighter version with an emphasis on fruit and salad, or one with more Sicilian fare such as stuffed pasta rolls (which we thoroughly enjoyed). Let them know of any special requests or dietary requirements. For dinners, note that they need 48 hours' notice. We were caught out by this so didn't get to try the proffered 3-course meal of a rich Sicilian starter followed by homemade pasta then dessert plus fruit. Occasionally in the summer they'll put on a communal barbecue in the courtyard.
The kitchenettes are cute if old-fashioned, and each has a kettle, hob, gas cooker, pots and pans, cutlery, crockery and fridge-freezer. You'll need to buy everything you need for self-catering; only washing-up liquid is supplied. A welcome basket can be provided on request, in which you'll find pasta, olive oil, tomato sauce, salt, sugar and coffee; note there is an additional daily charge for use of the kitchenettes, see Rates for details. There are small dining tables in the apartment, and out in the private gardens. And there's a bar service on request, just ask if you'd like a glass of wine, there's a wine list to choose from.
If eating out there are plenty of options in Pozzallo, including a pizza place for takeaways; staff can advise.
Masseria Cianciò is a great place for families. The property is large enough for kids to roam around freely, there's a pool and playground, and all rooms can take 2+ people, plus there are extra beds and cots.
The nearest shops are about 8 minutes' drive away in Pozzallo, useful if you're going the self-catering route with a kitchenette. You're close enough to beaches, too.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
All rooms can hold multiple occupants, but the apartments and room which have kitchenettes (nos. 7, 12, and 19), and the family rooms (nos. 5, 15, 21 and 23), would work best for families. We saw a couple of extended families staying here when we stayed; the way the rooms are laid out means you could take 2 or 3 next to each other and share private gardens and kitchenettes for a fun, multi-generational holiday.
The pool is unfenced but there are walls and gates around the pool garden area itself.