To the south of Cefalù, the country roads wind their way through the countryside, soon reaching the ‘Parco delle Madonie’, one of Sicily’s four national parks. Here a verdant landscape of pine, oak and beech woods provides home for an astonishing number of plants, eagles soar above mountains, and ancient villages are sprinkled liberally throughout. Cirasa sits at its gateway and offers the best of both worlds: easy access to the stunning countryside, its wealth of walking trails and fascinating villages, yet only 8km from the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea and the family friendly beaches of Cefalù.
Named after the cherry trees within the grounds, Cirasa is a traditional stone built country home. French doors framed by wood shutters line the length of the façade, allowing access from the terrace into all living areas. Inside, the décor is timeless, with select wood furniture, comfy sofas and interesting artefacts. The lovely country kitchen features colourful Sicilian tiles, the wood and tiled floors gleam with the patina of age, and there is a sense of space throughout.
All the bedrooms have far reaching views across the countryside towards the seas, views which can also be appreciated from the pool area, to the side of the house. Linking the two are paved pathways and lawn, complete with a summer dining area under a wisteria covered pergola. Surrounding the immediate outdoor area are large terraced grounds dotted with trees.
1.5km from Cirasa, along the country lane, is a restaurant/bar (weekend opening only), a popular spot during the summer when its shady terrace offers respite from the sun. A further choice of restaurants, bars, and the all important ‘gelaterie’ can be found in Cefalù.