Azienda Agricola Mandranova is a small chic hotel on the di Vincenzo family farm, near Sicily's south coast, Palma di Montechiaro. The hotel is surrounded by olive groves, from which Silvia & Giuseppe produce their award-winning olive oil.
Set in a lovingly restored farmhouse and railway station, the hotel has been furnished with Sicilian ceramics and family heirlooms. Its traditional, homely ambience is coupled with Silvia's wonderful cooking to give you a true Sicilian experience.
With proximity to the majestic ruins of Agrigento, this charming boutique hotel is perfect for exploring the region or simply enjoying good Sicilian hospitality by the pool. We recommend bringing a car to the hotel to really make the most of the area.
Silvia not only cooks up a storm in the restaurant, but offers cookery classes where guests can learn to make traditional Sicilian dishes. Her delicious almond cake is to die for, and her Sicilian pasta dishes use Mandranova's sumptuous olive oils and ingredients from the garden. The friendly owners also offer tours of the olive groves, giving an interesting insight into how they produce their fine oils.
From its hilltop position, the small fresh-water swimming pool has lovely views, and guests can have a pre-dinner tipple out in the garden. After a long day, curl up by the TV in one of the living rooms.
Down on the coast, Mandranova have their own 38-foot boat, the Tornado. Giuseppe takes guests out dolphin spotting, or swimming in the warm season, which is broken up by a tasty lunch on the small island of Saint Nicola Rock. The trip ends with a trip to the fish market in Port Licati.
The ancient Parthenon at Agrigento is just half an hour from the hotel, and Palma di Montechiaro has some beautiful architectural delights.
Meal times at Azienda Agricola Mandranova are a real treat. Silvia cooks incredible traditional Sicilian dishes using fresh local ingredients. Vegetables are sourced from the garden, and the olive oil comes from the groves around the farmhouse.
Guests meet for meals in the warmly-lit restaurant, or dine alfresco on the terrace. Expect a family-style atmosphere, with home-cooked delights. Dietary requirements can be catered for on request.