La Roccia is a unique jewel of a town house that balances beautiful design with raw nature in this wonderful corner of Sicily
This unique property is tucked, quite literally, into a rocky hillside. Spread over several levels and maximising its fabulous location with sleek, minimalist design and stunning lighting, it has a small pool, a delightful garden terrace and views across Modica to the old town and the Catedrale di San Giorgio.
La Roccia is a house of many parts, conjuring an impressive blend of natural materials and high-end design. The traditional façade is a jewel-rich earthy red while the rooms within are light and bright. The main room on the ground floor is like a sophisticated hotel suite with a double bed, a sofa and a kitchenette, all designed around the exposed rock ceiling. There is also a laundry room, a shower room and a lift to the first floor.
Stone steps lead to the garden terrace which is the heart of La Roccia. A pergola shades an outdoor kitchen, barbecue and dining table, while the natural niches in the rockface have been cleverly appropriated to accommodate a sitting area in one and a small, decked pool in another. Lush planting offers privacy as well as the perfect verdant balance to the textured rock behind.
Inside, on the upper floor is a crisp and bright living room with a small kitchen, and a separate shower room carved into the rock. Behind the kitchen are stairs to a mezzanine double bedroom. Here, there are internal windows over the sitting area, a walk-in wardrobe and a door to outside.
Although it has just two bedrooms, the property can sleep as many as seven if the sofa bed and an additional bed were used and it would not feel cramped.
Modica’s historic centre is within easy walking distance of this originally designed house, which is the perfect retreat for the design-conscious wanting the conveniences and cultural delights of a town while appreciating space, privacy and nature.