Azienda Agricola Mandranova
Style Farmhouse in the olive groves
Setting Coast into country
Hugging Sicily’s stunning southern coast, Azienda Agricola Mandranova is more than just a guesthouse with friendly owners. To stay here is to be thrust into the heart of Sicilian family life – with its emphasis on conviviality and the cucina. Regular cooking classes, in which ingredients are plucked straight from the olive tree-filled gardens, make the evening meal a focal point of the blissful day.
Need to know
- Rooms 13, including four suites.
Double rooms from $169.05 (€127), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (€127) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Library of books, music and films, pool table. In rooms: air-conditioning, bottled water and bath products by Culti; flatscreen TVs in suites. There’s no WiFi, but an internet point is available between 9am and 11 am every morning.
- Poolside The little square little infinity pool (once an irrigation tank) looks down over the olive trees and fields beyond from its hillside perch above the farm. The violet-tinted water does wonders for the skin, thanks to its high sulphur content.
- Check-out 11am – though later check-out may be possible, availability permitting. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Reception closes at 7pm, so check-in is impossible any later.
- Children Though the hotel is geared towards adults, kids are welcome. Baby cots are free, and older children can stay on a sofa bed in the suites for €25 a night (including breakfast). Babysitting (€10 an hour) and children’s menus are available on request.
- Also There’s a two-night minimum stay. The restaurant and one dedicated suite are wheelchair-accessible. The hotel is perched by a main road, so you might hear some occasional traffic noise.
Food and drink at Azienda Agricola Mandranova
- Hotel restaurant The Mandranova restaurant is where co-owner Silvia serves up traditional Sicilian dishes such as torta di mandorle (almond cake) and timballo di anelletti (Sicilian ring pasta with peas and aubergine), all made with fresh-from-the-garden ingredients. Don’t be surprised if the hotel’s dogs settle by your feet throughout the meal.
- Dress code Casual and relaxed – think Palmeritan gentility on a country break.
- Top table In summer, ask for one of the tables alongside the casale (main house), so you can dine alfresco by candlelight.
- Last orders The restaurant stops serving at 8.30pm; the last glasses of local wine are poured around midnight.
- Room service Tapenade, local cheeses, Sicilian wines, bread and, of course, olive oil can be brought to your room between 9am and 8pm.
- Hotel bar There’s no actual bar, but guests can take aperitivi and digestivi until 11pm in the two living rooms or on one of the stylish mint-green plastic sofas set in the gardens.
Azienda Agricola Mandranova S.S. 115 - Km 217 92020, Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento, Sicily, 92020
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Our favourite rooms
L’Oliva is a deluxe two-bedroom suite big enough for three, with a huge cosy sitting room, a small single bedroom and two bathrooms (shower in one, tub in the other). It’s beautifully tiled, with a quartz and cement floor and an antique bed adorned with carved cherubs with a rich maroon coverlet. Rooms in the newest building are closest to the road – avoid these if you are sensitive to the occasional car horn or rush of traffic.
It’s more a case of what not to pack. Travel light as you’ll want to bring home as much of Mandranova’s homemade pistachio pesto or olive-oil soap from your soap-making class as possible.
La Robazza and Il Casello apartments can both be rented as self-catering properties by the week, but they’re used on a B&B basis during peak season. Visit between September and November if you want to catch the olive harvest, although tours of the groves and press can be arranged all year. A new addition to Azienda Agricola Mandranova's offerings is classes in olive oil soap making: classes cost €20 per person, including soap.