A tranquil, totally renovated farmhouse in Sicily’s golden triangle between the Baroque town of Modica and the glistening sea. Delightful, well-travelled owners returned to their native region, to share their passion for the area, their farm and home with guests from around the world. It’s mild year-round here and there’s plenty of outdoor space for cooking and eating – just help yourself to fruit and vegetables – for swimming in the turquoise pool and relaxing in the garden, taking in views over fields and olive groves to the sea beyond. Modern interior design maximises light, comfort and convenience. Rooms are largely on one level with living areas in the middle; a local artist’s fresco fills a wall of the well-equipped kitchen; bedrooms are in the wings. Find pale, restful colours, exposed stone and wood and a scattering of antiques among the sleek contemporary furniture and fittings. Come when it’s cooler to bike or hike, perhaps through the spectacular Cava d’Ispica gorge. Visit wineries, historic towns and markets, archaeological sites and restaurants – Southern Sicily is rich in local dishes – your hosts will advise.