A small converted farmhouse filled with original art – and a remote corner of fascinating Sicily to explore. Trusha, the most likeable, generous host, lives in the barn and will introduce you to the house and land, her new life project. A former antiques dealer, she has great taste and a fine sense of colour. Every room has pieces from Europe and India, gilt-framed oil paintings and mirrors, and you will love the kitchen, hand-made for her and equipped with a careful mix of old and new crockery, cutlery, glassware. The light and airy bedrooms are at the back of the house for summer cool; bathrooms are newly and beautifully installed. The young orchard already provides some fruits, more will come and Trusha leaves you a basket of cheese and wine, jams and fruit. Hiking trails crisscross the forested hills behind hilltop Chiaramonte Gulfi; two bikes are provided; baroque towns surround you, including lovely Noto and cobbled Ragusa; the coast is a 45-minute drive. Cool in the plunge pool on the covered terrace, watch the sunset from the roof.