Detailed villa description
Inside: accommodation at Dietro al Muro is all on one floor, which is divided into two wings. The main entrance takes one into a glass corridor. Heading right one soon comes to the large, open-plan living and dining area and kitchen, which is organised in the shape of a T. Pristine white walls and cool grey polished concrete floors set the tone for the sleek, pared back minimalist concept which defines the property. To one end of the T's horizontal line is a large dining table looking out over the pool area. To the other is the superb contemporary kitchen, featuring white cabinets, black work tops, a central island with breakfast bar and top quality appliances. A large sliding glass door leads to the al fresco dining area. The base of the T is given over to the living space, furnished with grey sofas in front of a fireplace and TV, a designer chair and a desk. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in the views and provide access to the outdoor living area and pool. Heading back along the corridor, past the main entrance, one comes to a second, smaller living area, with a couple of sofas and a second fireplace. The second wing is given over to the sleeping quarters, comprising four bedrooms. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with tub and shower and access to a private terrace with outdoor shower. A series of metal shutters close this terrace off for privacy or open up to reveal views of the surrounding countryside. Next door to this are two more bedrooms, a double and a quadruple with a communicating door. This latter features two bunk beds - perfect for any children in your party - and shares a shower room with its neighbouring bedroom. Both these rooms have their own access via French windows to the surrounding terraces. The fourth bedroom is a double with en-suite shower room and views of and access to the pool area. The fittings and fixtures of the bathrooms are of an extremely high quality and add to the sense of luxury that pervades the property.
Outside: al fresco activity at Dietro al Muro revolves around the large terrace that runs along the front of the house. In pride of place sits the delightful pool, whose cobalt waters and views over Noto make it irresistible. To one end of the terrace is a shaded al fresco dining area, while in the centre, is a sitting area with an L-shaped sofa covered by the extended roof of the house. Then, to one end of the house, and conveniently accessed from the kitchen, is a second, secluded dining area looking straight out over Noto. Here there is a built-in barbecue, an area of work surface and a sink, making outdoor cooking an attractive proposition. The terrace, which continues all around the house, gives way to the fertile earth of the Val di Noto, where olive trees, Mediterranean maquis and fragrant herbs thrive and scent the air.