Dimora delle Balze
10/10 on 4 reviews
La Dimora delle Balze is located in the heart of the countryside between Noto and Palazzolo Acreide, an estate of the 1800s with a contemporary design, between the scents and colors of the Mediterranean, an ideal place to rediscover yourself, your roots, your home.
Purchased in September 2009, the property has been completely restored and today it has a large quadrangular courtyard where, on the left side, the rooms formerly destined for the farmer's house, warehouses and stables overlook. In the right wing instead, an ancient gate leads to the main house. Inside, the numerous rooms of which it is composed, still present the evocative and authentic frescoes of the Risorgimento era restored to their original splendor. Finally, the manor garden, formerly embellished with stone benches, now houses the remains of the classic pre-existing columns and terraces set up with armchairs and custom design objects.
The Dimora delle Balze offers 11 rooms, ranging in size from 20 square meters to 45 square meters, each furnished with unique characters, different designs and colors, designed for that particular room, each with a concept and a story to tell, in fact each room has a different name referring to works by Sicilian artists, ranging from cinema, to art, from poetry to opera.
Some rooms are located in the central courtyard and each of them has a small terrace, from which one can enjoy the view of the first courtyard, with the possibility of interacting with the other guests of the estate, as in an ancient village. Others instead located in the main area, with original ceilings and refined furnishings, all have a magnificent view of the valley and two of them have a private terrace, an intimate area overlooking the forest.
The Dimora restaurant offers traditional Sicilian dishes with a modern twist and international notes.
At only 7 minutes you could discover the beautiful Natural Reserve of Vendicari, while at 30 minutes you can reach among the most beautiful beaches in the area such as Fontane Bianche, with the wild cliffs and white sandy beaches.
Facilities & Features Dimora delle Balze
Room facilities available Dimora delle Balze
L’ANNUNCIATA (ANTONELLO DA MESSINA)
L’Annunciata is a painting by Antonello da Messina, which represents a fundamental work of the Italian Renaissance painting. The image of the Madonna seems almost to escape the painting in a mixture of beauty and secretiveness. The room that carries this name is 40 square metres wide and it has a private terrace.
AUTORITRATTO (RENATO GUTTUSO)
Renato Guttuso is the master of the Italian surrealist painting. Author of many portraits, among which Giovanni Pirelli, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Moravia and Carlo Levi, he never forgot the love for Bagheria, his place of birth, leitmotif of all his works. He often portrayed himself, giving life to works characterised by vibrant energy and inner conflict. The room Autoritratto is connected to the room Coro Spezzato, it has an adjoining terrace and it is 25 square metres wide.
LA SCONOSCIUTA (GIUSEPPE TORNATORE)
La Sconosciuta is a 2006 film by Giuseppe Tornatore. The moving story of Irena reveals the terrible destiny of some eastern Europe girls, exploited in order to give their children up for adoption. The result of the work of the master from Bagheria is a story of an incredible fortitude, of affection and courage. Situated on the main court, the room La Sconosciuta is 35 square metres wide and it has a small terrace.
CORO SPEZZATO (ROSA BARBA)
Coro Spezzato is the name of a work by the multifaceted contemporary artist Rosa Barba, born in Agrigento and raised in Berlin. Her installations examine the nature of visual arts, to probe the structure of cinematographic narrations and their relation with memory. The “Choir” is defined as “broken” because it doesn’t work like a classic choir, but it is spatially fragmented. The different voices have broken rhythms, and react to each other with questions and answers. The room which carries the name of this work is connected to the room Autoritratto (Self-portrait). It is 30 square metres wide and it has an adjacent terrace with a view on the Court.
PUNTO E VIRGOLA (EMILIO ISGRO’)
“I am tortured tortured tortured by this semicolon.” (Punto e Virgola). Emilio Isgrò is a conceptual artist, writer, poet, painter, dramatist. He was born in Barcellona, Sicily, and he loves to define himself a “….deleter of all the possible existing forms”, with the aim to create new ones. The room which carries this work’s name extends to 30 square metres and it has a small adjacent terrace, with a view of the court.
MAL GIOCONDO (LUIGI PIRANDELLO)
Mal Giocondo (“Bad Joyful”) is a collection of verses by Luigi Pirandello. The title is an oxymoron, the two words with a dissenting meaning are put together and used as a metaphor for a love, that for the cousin Lina, which causes him joy and suffering at the same time. The room which owes its name to this work extends to about 20 square metres and it has an adjacent terrace with a view on the Court.
POESIE (SALVATORE QUASIMODO)
The hermetic poet Salvatore Quasimodo was born in Modica in 1901. He soon left Sicily and it seems that it was the distance from home who brought him to dedicate himself to writing. In his numerous poems, the Island becomes the symbol of lost happiness. The difficult estrangement, however, also allowed him to become a part of one of the most exclusive circle of artists and writers, among which there was Eugenio Montale. In 1959 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The room Poesie, with a view of the court, has an adjacent terrace and it is 35 squared metres wide.
PROIBITO (FRANK CAPRA)
Proibito is the title of one of the most significative masterpieces of the Oscar-winning director Frank Capra. Born in Sicily in 1897 and migrated to America, he stages intense feelings and captivating stories, like the ones we would like our guests to experience. A warm Mediterranean blue greets the guest in the room Proibito, situated in the Manor House. It has a mezzanine and it is 35 square metres wide.
CLANDESTINI (GIOVANNI IUDICE)
Clandestini is an exhibition which collects paintings and drawings of the master Giovanni Iudice, who in his works creates an “hypervision of reality”. The artist represents human discomfort, concentrating on the serious problem of illegal immigration, without excluding the sensitivity with which this theme should be faced. The room Clandestini, placed at the top of the little tower, is 25 square metres wide and has a beautiful view of the Valley, of the carob valley and of the swimming pool.
PEPPENINO (IGNAZIO PUGLISI)
Peppenino is one of the precious characters of the Opera dei Pupi by Ignazio Puglisi. Defined as the “Operating Prince”, he led one of the most important Pupari families for years. After his death, the nephew Ignazio Manlio took the company lead. As a proof of the importance of the Opera dei Pupi in the Sicilian tradition, it was added in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in 2008. The room, which takes its name from the character Peppenino, extends to about 45 square metres. It has a mezzanine and an adjacent terrace with a view of the court.
EVA (GIOVANNI VERGA)
“You need to dream to achieve glory and money; I have nothing but my youth, and I need to take advantage from it…”. With his novel Eva, Giovanni Verga denounces the inability of the public to understand the refinement and the delicacy of art, and it does so by narrating the short passion between the painter Enrico Lanti and the lively dancer Eva. The room which carries the name of this work is situated in front of the manger and it has a surface of 35 square metres.
Terms and conditions of booking Dimora delle Balze
Check In / Check Out
Payment policyAt online reservation, refundable down payment of deposit by credit card. At check out, final payment of balance by credit card or cash.
Transfers to / from Airport
The private transfer service is available for a fee, to / from the nearest airport, for reservations or informations please send an email after the booking confirmation clicking here.
Pets not allowed
Free parking is available on site (without reservation)
WiFi internet access available in all public areas and is free of charge and in all rooms
Children and extra beds
Conditions and cancellation policy
Special rate, prepaid and NOT refundable in case of cancellation.
All published reviews have been personally written by the clients of icastelli.net after their hotel stay!
Comfort 10 / 10
Courtesy 10 / 10
Leisure 10 / 10
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Mireya (With family)
Check in: 13 Sept 2020
Check out: 16 Sept 2020
Number of nights: 3
Stayed in room: Autoritratto room
His Opinion: Instagrammer's dream. Every corner in this place is stunning!
Vera (As couple)
Check in: 11 Sept 2020
Check out: 14 Sept 2020
Number of nights: 3
Stayed in room: Room Malgiocondo
Neil (As couple)
Check in: 17 Aug 2020
Check out: 21 Aug 2020
Number of nights: 4
Stayed in room: Room Malgiocondo
His Opinion: The hotel picture gallery on the website does not do it justice. This is a jewel of a place to stay. Perfectly tranquil and with acres of space for guests who want to get away from it all. The service is excellent. The food from the organic gardens superb and the pool one of the best I have ever had the pleasure to use. I would only make a couple of observations that I hope will be of value. Firstly, don't cut corners on toiletries. This is a mistake and there are wonderful Sicilian brands that produce high quality shampoo etc (e.g. Ortigia) that you should partner with. If you have Aesop in the toilets don't re-fill them with something else - your guests will know (I'm a big fan of Aesop and know exactly whether this is the real thing or not). Please don't miss the details when the rest of the hotel is so exemplary. Second, leave water in the rooms for guests and make sure guests around the pool know the water available at the bar (or better still bring it round to those sitting by the pool). A small thing but will go a long way. Lastly, the hotel is covered in fresh flowers and herbs. You create beautiful little collections of these on the tables in the dining area. Do this in the rooms too. It's details like this (and the toiletries) that will leave your guests with a lasting impression beyond the beauty of the rooms and hotel itself. Having said all that, it was a wonderful stay - the breakfast was incredible and I'd like to thank you all for such wonderful hospitality.
Thomas (As couple)
Check in: 3 Jun 2019
Check out: 7 Jun 2019
Number of nights: 4
Stayed in room: L'Annunciata room
His Opinion: We simply enjoyed every second at the property. Our trip to Japan has cancelled last minute so we were very grateful that we were welcomed so warm and friendly, so this was very much welcome