This is an attractively renovated large baglio (fortified farmhouse) build around two large courtyards. Our room and bathroom were ample in size and well-appointed but it is a baglio so the walls are very thick and the windows small - the airy courtyards more than make up for this. The hotel is located in a vineyard but the surrounding area is not the most attractive: it is flat and the surrounding villages a little scruffy - however, the baglio is a lovely oasis within this and comes with an excellent swimming pool. Reception was helpful and friendly. Water in the mini-bar is free of charge which we appreciated. The restaurant is excellent for both breakfast and dinner (just as well as it would be a 20 minute drive through country roads to Marsala and other good restaurants). There are free wine tours on offer and they look interesting (although we did not go on one as we are teetotal). The WIFI works reasonably well. The rooms have air conditioning albeit we did not need to use it. There are several cats and puppies and a dog, which have been abandoned there by locals and the staff look after them (and occasionally a guest gives them a home, we are told). Essentially, this is an excellent place if you want to relax in a lovely, comfortable hotel with good facilities - but it is a 30 minute drive to any sights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wine Resort was built after the restoration and conversion of a large "baglio" located in the centre of an agricultural establishment that, at one time, belonged to the Florio family. The historic Sicilian dynasty of the Florio family introduced Marsala wine to the entire world, invented the tuna fish industry in Favignana and controlled the largest commercial naval fleet at that time in Italy. The name Donna Franca is a homage to Franca Florio, who was an important and well-known figure of the Florio family. ... more less
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