We are situated just outside the town of Fiumefreddo di Sicilia in a set of converted farmhouses, on the East Coast of the heavenly island of Sicily (we really do think it's heavenly - particularly the food!). The owners, Guenda and Guido, have taken over the operation of orchards from Guenda's parents and they grow all sorts: from avocados to walnuts, adhering to strict organic farming rules laid down by the Swiss. Guenda and Guido have worked really hard to make Borgo degli Aranci (their home) a really special place of peace and tranquility. Last year our guests completely loved the venue and its setting, and we all fell a little bit in love with Guenda and Guido, they are fabulous people.
There are 3 houses in total, 2 of which are guest accommodations. There are 8 bedrooms, all are for sole use, no sharing. All the accommodation has use of the swimming pool with loungers and olive trees to use as shade. The 3 houses are in a u-shape so they're all very close together (maybe 20 paces apart). The bedrooms are all simply and tastefully furnished, as are the shared areas. The bathrooms are new, modern and generally fabulous! The houses have an elevated view of the surrounding orchards and villas, right down to the sea. Behind us we have the backdrop of Mt Etna. It's truly spectacular to wake up in the morning and to have Mt Etna nestling behind us and the sea laying out in front of us.
Both Cedra and Mandarino (the guest accommodations) have seating areas and their own kitchens. You are welcome to help yourself to tea, coffee, biscuits and fruit all day long from the kitchens. There are plenty of places to sit outside, both under the shade of trees or the pergola, or out in the open.
In the photo on the right, Mandarino is in the foreground and Cedra is in the background.
The first house is Cedra
Cedra is the main house with 6 bedrooms. It has a large area downstairs for sitting and it's also where we have our evening meals. It has 5 bedrooms on the first floor and 2 bathrooms. There is a single bedroom downstairs with an additional bathroom downstairs (next to the bedroom).
2 singles (one on the ground floor)
4 doubles - all on the first floor and one has a particularly good view.
The other three doubles don’t have a special outlook but there are great views from the living room as well as the outside areas.
2 bathrooms on the first floor and 1 bathroom on the ground floor.
A kitchen and double aspect living room.
Plenty of outside seating.
Prices for Cedra
Singles - £615
Doubles - £665
Double with great view - £715
The second house is Mandarino
A smaller house with 2 double bedrooms on the ground floor with a patio and brilliant views onto Mt Etna and the distant sea. Both of the bedrooms have fabulous views and a beautiful patio, right outside the bedrooms, to enjoy. There is one bathroom to share.
Lovely patio area
Prices for Mandarino
Doubles - £715
And the third house is Pompelmo
Staff accommodation and our indoor meditation space.
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