We cannot recommended this gorgeous gem of a place highly enough. Quietly grand, with the interesting atmosphere of a large family house that has been in the same family for generations. This is a working farm with delicious food cooked for guests from the just picked produce. We are definitely returning. The pool is sublime as well.
Fattoria Mosè was the most wonderful place to spend a week in Sicily. If you’re after fancy, luxury, boutique hotel, go elsewhere! This is simple, authentic, rustic. A working farm run by the delightful Chiara who cooks a wonderful selection of Sicilian vegetables (occasionally meat but not always) that you eat round a huge outdoor table, joining other guests as one big family! We shared the table with delightful guests from all corners of the world, even a group of retired Italian high court judges! Our apartment was clean & simple with a small kitchen to cook our own meals if we wanted to. We had a tour of the farm seeing olive groves (one tree over 1000 years old) pistachio & almond, a small vineyard. And the swimming pool ... simple beauty!
For my husband and I, Fattoria Mosè was a highlight of our trip to Sicily. We only stayed one night, but could have stayed a week. We stayed in one of the apartments which may not have been the most modern of rooms, but it was adequate and the bed was comfortable. The pool here was a real treat. It was so nice to swim surrounded by the quiet of the olive groves and gentle sound of sheep baaing. The evening meal was delightful. We were able to be outside along with the ten other guests. The conversation was easy and fun. Breakfast was equally lovely on an upper veranda surrounded by flowers. I highly recommend Fattoria Mosè for a quiet interlude close to the beach and historic sites.
Very close to the Vale dei Templi. It was an old monastery, then an old family house, now an agriturismo. The decoration looks as the family left the day before and we are living in the same familiar rooms. It's a little bit kitch, a little bit hippie, Chiara is an organizing, fun and welcoming person and the dinner was amazing. It has a nice garden a nice swiming pool, the breakfast varanda is very pretty, really nice to stay there. But the windows are old, there is no air conditioning, no luxury , but we loved it.
I have very mixed feelings about this clearly special place. We were enchanted by the beautiful old estate and the farm's setting. We had a lovely 3 night stay in an apartment and enjoyed exploring the area; Valley of the Temples and Scala de Turchi being the stand outs. Our time walking around the property, using the pool, and admiring the home and furnishings was very relaxing and fun.
We were quite disappointed, however, in the food and our experience with the staff. When we checked in we weren't shown around or told where to find breakfast, meaning we missed it our first day entirely. Breakfast, once we found it, was very uninspiring and the same every day. Perhaps our stay didn't overlap well with other guests - but we were not really encouraged to sign up for dinners (I would even say we were discouraged) and we did not get to experience a big italian meal with other guests.
We did arrange a cooking course - and were quite surprised that the experience was little more than watching someone prepare a simple chicken marsala and turn a clearly not fresh cucumber into tzatziki sauce. There were a cats in the kitchen, an alarming lack of hand washing before or after handling raw chicken, and a strange lack of fresh produce given that we were on a farm!
We did learn that the owner was away during our stay - so perhaps that contributed to the strangeness of our experience?
Overall, I liked the place....but the experience definitely didn't meet our expectations.