Guest Reviews

The comments of the guests who have stayed at OldNoar

Really Special Place

It's hard to include all the wonderful aspects of this accommodation, the Orlando family and the town of Navara di Sicilia in one short review as there were so many highlights and I can only echo the the other great comments left in the reviews for this property. OldNoar itself is just as, if not better than the pictures show. The family have restored the property and its gardens with great care and attention to detail, retaining and highlight its many traditional features as well as furnishing it to the highest of standards making it a luxurious and comfortable home. Some highlights within the home were the large, high pressure shower, the medieval bed with high quality linen and well equipped kitchen. Outside the four terraced gardens continued the high standard of furnishing and attention to detail as well as housing a great variety of fruit trees, plants and herbs which we were welcomed to use.. the fresh figs were amazing! We were greeted by Andrea and his mother and later by Marco and I can honestly I have not come across a family that have so enthusiastically and generously welcomed us to there home and to the town. They obviously take great pride in there home town and went out of they're way to make us feel welcome, provide us with personalised information about excursions and local areas of interest and to ensure that we had everything that we could need for our stay. We were provided with a huge array of home grown and local produce on our arrival, quite unlike any welcome package I have come across and included fresh plums, figs and citrus fruits, homemade jams, olive oil and vinegar as well as local cheese, bread, salami, biscotti, coffee, wine and beer! The town of Novara, has the most wonderful views and sunsets and the high situation provides a lovely cool breeze which we welcomed in the heat of summer. The people we met from the town, including our neighbors were all friendly, welcoming and helpful and the town has a real community feel to it providing an authentic experience of Sicilian life away from the bustle of the tourist towns but yet within easy driving distance to then so we could enjoy the best of both experiences. We took day trips to Etna, Milazzo, where we enjoyed the pools of venus, Taormina, Catania and we visited the Aeolian Islands too, taking an over night trip to hike on Strombolli. We stayed for 10 nights and would return in a heartbeat. Thank you to the Orlando family for your warm welcome and for ensuring our stay was extra special.


Emma (Scotland), luglio 2018

Thank you

Thank you, thank you for this wonderful 2 days unside your home love. This would be forever stick info my head surprised by boy friend now 'fiance' all with your help. We will be back and we will talk about this 'magical' place to our close family & friends!!


Nicolas & Anaick (Francia), aprile 2018

An Extraordinary Setting

This beautiful and charming home provided a perfect base to explore the wonderful town of Novara. The nearby countryside offered beautiful walks and opportunities for exploration. We picked figs and grapes and harvested herbs in the gardens of this gorgeous property. Cannot say enough positive things about Marco and Andrea from a generous welcome to assistance in locating local (and long lost} family. The people of Novara made our stay into a life changing experience. Truly in awe of their rich history and the simple beauty of this place - views that stretch from the mountains to the sea and public sculpture that any major city would envy. Wow.


David (Canada), ottobre 2017

La maison est sublime

Nous avons passés séjour très agréable chez Marco et Andreas. La maison est sublime, bien équipée et décorée avec goût. Elle est plus belle que les photos fournies! Le jardin offre plein de surprises que je vous laisse découvrir. Je recommande cette destination à tous les amoureux de la nature et la tranquillité!


Nafy (Francia), settembre 2017

Sicuramente un luogo per soggiornare in relax

A soli 25 minuti di auto dal mare, la casa e il giardino sono bellissimi, sembra l'interno della casa è stato progettato da un architetto. È possibile cenare al fresco ogni sera in terrazza che si affaccia sul giardino o raggiungere il centro storico della città in 5 minuti a piedi, ci sono anche un sacco di posto disponibile per trekking e percorsi natura nelle montagne circostanti. Se siete in cerca di un posto tranquillo, questo è quello giusto, noi ci torneremo l'anno prossimo!


Thom (Scozia), luglio 2017

Tesoro nascosto

La nostra famiglia di quattro persone, con due figlie di 9 e 7 , aveva il soggiorno più piacevole al OldNoar. La casa è stata ristrutturata alcuni mesi fa, con ottimo gusto. Le foto parlano da sole. La doccia ha pressione eccellente e l'acqua calda è abbondante. Le lenzuola non sono " industriali " , essi sono unici fatti a mano. La vista dalla nostra camera da letto principale era stupenda, con la vista della imponente Rocca Salvatesta sopra di noi, una bellissima roccia che domina la città di Novara di Sicilia. I bambini camera, inoltre, era molto ben arredata, con un odore celeste di lavanda fresca che viene dal giardino di erbe aromatiche. C'è anche una camera con un divano e TV e una cucina completamente attrezzata, con una seconda camera. Una lavatrice è convenientemente situato lì, per quelli che optano per un soggiorno più lungo. Ci hanno dato un sacco di asciugamani freschi per il nostro soggiorno di tre giorni. Andrea gentilmente ci hanno accolto e fatto qualche home made orange, kiwi e limone marmellate disponibile per noi, insieme ad una bottiglia di acqua minerale e limoni freschi, che abbiamo avuto per la prima colazione. Olio, aceto, sale, zucchero e altre cose fondamentali c'erano disponibili. Sì, la prima colazione era uno del momento che abbiamo apprezzato di più: nelle foto si può vedere che cosa sto parlando. Ci sono tre terrazze a diversi livelli, con erba, e soprattutto quelli c'è uno spazio all'aperto, dove abbiamo avuto la nostra prima colazione, gustando i panorami e la pace del giardino. Oltre il giardino c'è un mulino, ancora funzionante grazie all'acqua che scorre in un torrente in fondo alla valle dove la casa si trova, e la visita al mulino da sola è valsa la pena del viaggio (vedere recensione diversa). Dalla terrazza potrete godere di vedute dell'isola di Salina. Nel giardino Andrea cresce alcune verdure che siamo stati invitati a prendere e gusto, con numerose erbe aromatiche, da citronella di basilico di menta, e molti altri. Andrea è stato determinante nel darci consigli di altissima qualità. La visita a Argimusco, il siciliano Stonehenge, era al di sopra delle nostre aspettative, e per le escursioni nel Bosco di Malabotta, con la vista dell'Etna e del Mar Ionio, era un altro picco del nostro soggiorno. Andrea stesso è uno scienziato presso l'Università di Catania, con competenze molto alte di comunicazione. Il suo campo di interesse è dell'Astrofisica e ha postato alcuni video su youtube eccellenti nell'area dell'Argimusco. La città di Novara merita la sua reputazione come una delle più belle piccole città in Italia, e ci è piaciuto molto passeggiare nelle sue strade strette e visitare le sue numerose chiese. In conclusione, ci siamo sentiti molto fortunati a stare qui e ci torneremmo sicuramente!


Giuseppe (Italia), giugno 2017

Hidden treasure

Our family of four, with two daughters of 9 and 7, had the most pleasant stay at OldNoar. The house was renovated a few months ago, with very good taste. The pictures speak for themselves. The shower has excellent pressure and the hot water is abundant. The sheets are not "industrial", they are uniquely hand made. The view from our master bedroom was gourgeous, with the imposing view of Rocca Salvatesta above us, a stunningly beautiful rock that dominates the town of Novara di Sicilia. The kids room was also very nicely decorated, with a heavenly smell of fresh lavander that comes from the herbs garden. There is also a room with a couch and TV and a fully equipped kitchen, with a second restroom. A washing machine is conveniently located there, for those who opt for a longer stay. We were given plenty of fresh towels for our three days stay. Andrea graciously welcomed us and made some home made orange, kiwi and lemon jams available for us, along with a bottle of mineral water and fresh lemons, that we had for breakfast. Oil, vinegar, salt, sugar and other basics were available. Yes, the breakfast was one of the moment we enjoyed most: in the pictures you can see what I am talking about. There are three terraces at different levels, with grass, and above those there is an outdoor space where we had our breakfast, enjoying the views and the peace of the garden. Beyond the garden there is a mill, still functioning thanks to the water that flows in a stream at the bottom of the valley where the house is located, and the visit to the mill alone was worth the trip (see different review). From the terrace you can enjoy views of the island of Salina. In the garden Andrea grows some vegetables that we were welcome to pick and taste, along with several herbs, from citronella to basil to mint, and many others. Andrea was instrumental in giving us top quality advices. The visit to Argimusco, the Sicilian Stonehenge, was above our expectations, and hiking in the Bosco di Malabotta, with the views of Etna and of the Ionian sea, was another peak of our stay. Andrea himself is a scientist at the University of Catania, with very high communication skills. His field of interest is Astrophysic and he has posted some excellent videos on youtube on the Argimusco area. The town of Novara deserves its reputation as one of the "most beautiful small towns in Italy", and we loved strolling in its narrow streets and visiting his several churches. In conclusions, we felt very lucky to stay here and we would definitely return!


Giuseppe (Italia), giugno 2017

It is a really magnificent place!

A medieval village somewhere close to light blue sky with old churches and narrow streets-and very hospitable citizens who mainly speak only Italian but are ready to help you in any way. And the young hosts are a very talented couple who made their house a unique masterpiece of modern design! We are very glad to meet you! Thanks a lot!


Irina (Russia), aprile 2017

Esperienza e posto incantevoli

Ci siamo trovati benissimo in questa casa ristrutturata con grande cura e sensibilità. Un posto incantevole in un luogo affascinate e colmo si storia, reso ancora più bello per la gentilezza e l'ospitalità sia dei proprietari e degli abitanti del borgo. Grazie a tutti e buone Feste


Ingrid (Italia), novembre 2016

Excellent house with an amazing atmosphere

We enjoyed every minute of our stay. The house is in excellent condition and has a very pleasant atmosphere. A quiet beautifull garden where you can eat, or relax. From the garden one can see Tindary and the sea (+/- 30 minutes drive). Shops are on walking distance and the locals are friendly. So is the host. We received a warm welcome, the house and garden were shown to us with pride. This is thé place to be if you want to live among the locals in a typical Sicilian village.


Egbert (Olanda), luglio 2016

Wunderbares Haus mit wunderschönem Garten

überhaus herzliche Hosts (wir wurden mit allem was ein Morgenessen benötigt versorgt), alles tiptop, sauber. güntig. Tolles Haus, alt-modern gut gemixt für Sizilien-Erkundungen muss man jedoch viel Autofahren, Restaurants etc nicht in der Nähe.


Hansjoerg (Svizzera), maggio 2016