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Sheltered beneath wide, blue skies, sequestered amongst rolling fields, Masseria Susafa is an idyllic retreat that will immerse you in the beautiful natural landscape of Sicily. The hotel occupies a restored 18th-century farmhouse, and has been in the Saeli-Rizzuto family since 1870.The rustic stone features of the original buildings create a real sense of history and character, and are wonderfully evocative. Tranquil and secluded, your stay at Masseria Susafa will be one of relaxation. The hotel is classy and comfortable, yet remains true to the rustic traditions of Italy, making it an ideal retreat for the discerning traveller who wants to savour an authentic and rural Sicilian experience.
The restaurant, housed within the old granary, is an evocative space with vaulted ceilings, terracotta floors and antique furniture. Meals are a celebration of Sicilian cuisine, and use only the freshest local produce. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions and many more are grown in the hotel’s kitchen garden, while dishes are flavoured with aromatic herbs from the estate’s fragrant herb garden. The delicious dishes also feature freshly baked bread, and are finished with olive oil from the Saeli-Rizzuto’s estate just a short distance away.
Masseria Susafa’s wine bar is appropriately housed within the old winery that once produced wine for the farm’s workers, and is now a charming, intimate space where you can enjoy the finest Sicilian vintages.
Many of the rooms are created from the homes that were originally built for workers and their families, and have a bright, contemporary design that makes good use of original features such as exposed beams, plaster walls and teracotta tiles. All of the rooms have gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside.
The outdoor swimming pool has sweeping views of the surrounding hills and Sicilian landscape, making it perfect for simply soaking up the peace and tranquility of this gorgeous setting. Masseria Susafa is ideal for lazy days: read beneath the shade of the pine trees, wander through fields of gently swaying grain, or be lulled to sleep by the sound of crickets chirping in the afternoon sun.
Take part in one of the cooking classes specialising in making bread with the 'crescente' (leven), an old method where the bread rises thanks to a piece of fermenting dough (sometimes called the 'mother') kept from the day before. Learn to cook foccacia in the old wood oven, topping it in the traditional way with olive oil, tomato and oregano or with fresh ricotta (all produced on the farm). The real enthusiasts can enjoy a more sophisticated course on learning Sicilian cooking traditions handed down through the generations.
Thanks to its central location in Sicily, Masseria Susafa within an hours drive of Palermo, Cefalù, the temples in Agrigento, the mosaics in Piazza Armerina, and the pretty villages of the Madonie (Polizzi Generosa, Petralia Soprana, Castelbuono, Gangi).
How to get there
Roccapalumba-Alia railway station is a 45-minute drive from the hotel (40km)
The hotel’s secluded location makes it a little tricky to find. The best way to get to the hotel is via the A19 motorway (Palermo – Catania), taking the Tremonzelli exit at kilometre marker 73. Follow the indications for Contrada Susafa for about 9 km or Vallelunga, but don’t go towards Polizzi Generosa.
Catania Fontanarossa Airport is a 1 hour 40-minute drive from the hotel (135km)
Palermo Airport is a 1 hour 45-minute drive from the hotel (127km)