Casa Migliaca is a delightfully rustic agriturismo in Pettineo, near the town of Cefalù, Messina, Sicily. It has B&B accommodation in its hilltop farmhouse which comes beautifully shaded with organic orchard groves and has gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside and the Mediterranean beyond.
Their rooms are traditional style with wood beamed ceilings, rustic furniture and tiled floors. And all are comfortable, clean and spacious with private bathroom and WiFi. There is shared lounge at the farmhouse too, and a nice dining room.
The outside space particularly has a beautifully natural feel; lots of plants and flowers running semi wild around the gardens creating an intimate atmosphere where long leisurely evening meals take place in the summer.
Teresa, the owner and head chef, is very enthusiastic about Italian and Sicilian food and farming, and loves to share her knowledge with guests, through informal cooking classes and tours of the farm. The home made meals here are really excellent and many, if not most, ingredients, come straight from the farm outside.
The farm is about 12 hectares in size and comes with its own water spring. A third area of the area is left as wild woodland where you can see plenty of local wildlife such as porcupines and foxes.
The rest is cultivated using the biodynamic holistic farming principles of Demeter Bund, and has a wealth of fruits, vegetables and herbs; olives, oranges, lemons, pears, figs, almonds, plums, zucchini, aubergines, peppers and many more.
Guests are welcome to pick and eat some of the produce themselves and you can also sample much of it too in their previously mentioned fantastic Sicilian meals.
The views from the farm are simply beautiful, set as it is on its own hill which gets lovely cool breezes in the summer time. It is just outside the village of Pettineo, a typically small, cute Sicilian hilltop town, and within close proximity to Cefalù, a popular but still quite elegant beach town with a grand history dating back to the Norman conquest.
This history is highlighted by its centre piece, the Duomo; a great cathedral that towers over Cefalù’s old town. It was commissioned by Roger II, the Norman Grand-Count of Sicily, back in 1131, and is today one of Sicily’s most inspiring sights.
The countryside immediately around the farmstay is gorgeously peaceful and rural with many small sleepy villages dotted around its gentle hills. It is a joy to explore but if you want something a bit more energetic you could go hiking in the Madonie or Nebrodi Mountains and their respective regional parks.
Both are within an hour of the agriturismo and have some of Sicily’s highest mountains and largest expanses of forest with all sorts of indigenous wildlife, including wild horses and black pigs, and with also some lovely small villages around.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Absolutely gorgeous and thoroughly interesting — a high point of our trip)….”
“This is one of the best places you can stay in Sicily, with beautiful views and delicious food….”
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