Baglio Donna Franca

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Baglio Donna Franca is a boutique hotel, nestled in Marsala, Sicily, and boasts fantastic food. A small agritourist country hotel in an utterly authentic Sicilian baglio, set in vineyards.

Near Marsala and only about 15 minutes from Trapani airport, Agritourist hotel Baglio Donna Franca is a perfect stop for any itinerary. Truly an undiscovered part of Sicily, colours seem fiercer and striking. The landscape can be flat, challenging the eye with sights not seen before and not to be missed – windmills, salt flats, offshore islands within touching distance, hovering in the heat. This is full-on Sicily and here at Long Travel we love it.

Set amongst 10 hectares of vineyards, Hotel Baglio Donna Franca was just a small part of the famous Florio estates. In the mid 1800’s, the Florio family built the baglio around a 15th century watchtower and surrounded it with vineyards of the best quality grapes. Their aim was to compete with the first producers of Marsala wine, who were Englishmen. So, an opportunistic entrepreneur from Calabria set out to provide market competition, with the aim of eventually taking over altogether, and he succeeded. Vincenzo Florio finally bought out his English rivals, thrived and became ridiculously wealthy until the Florio cantina’s ultimate demise, when it was bought by a consortium of producers and exists as such today.

The current owners of the agritourismo Baglio Donna Franca produce wine on a smaller scale, but of no less impressive quality. Their small production is totally organic, using typical grapes of the region, such as grillo, zibibo and moscato for the whites, and pericone and nero d’avola for the reds. Whether you are a connoisseur or not, these wines are wonderful and far too drinkable for your own good! The cuisine at Baglio Donna Franca hotel is also delicious and has been well praised by many Long Travel clients.

Outside the main baglio walls, on an open terrace, with far-reaching views over the vineyards to the sea and the Egadi Islands, it is difficult to describe how breathtakingly dramatic the views from the pool area of the Baglio Donna Franca are. At first, it seems stark and maybe too open, even though there is a shaded gazebo for shade. Then, you realise that they could not have put the pool anywhere else. At sunset, the colours change completely. The neutral stone wall glows orange. The Baglio Donna Franca and its palm trees are reflected in the glassy turquoise blue water. Unforgettable!

Baglio Donna Franca provides refuge, as it has for centuries, in a truly romantic, magical setting. It is a haven of comfort and friendliness, a true agriturismo and a genuine experience from start to finish. With real soul, an intimate atmosphere, breath-taking views from a glorious pool, amazing food and wine, there is so much about it that is absolutely striking and romantic.

Customer Review

“Baglio Donna Franca was something else.  With a view from our window overlooking the vineyards with the sea in the background with no sound except the bells on a herd of goats and the odd rumble of lorries carrying vast quantities of grapes for pressing.  Your description mentions dark furniture but the suite is beautifully furnished in light bright colours.  The staff were all lovely especially the young lad who went to great trouble to print off our boarding passes and Angela who seemed to find me a source of amusement, I know not why.

Price/Offers
JANUARY
POA
FEBRUARY
POA
MARCH
£483
APRIL
£518
MAY
£605
JUNE
£605
JULY
£679
AUGUST
£686
SEPTEMBER
£649
OCTOBER
£518
NOVEMBER
£483
DECEMBER
POA

All prices are ‘from prices’ and can fluctuate during each month. All prices are subject to change/amendment. Prices are stated as per person, per week, based on the standard occupancy of the room/villa/apartment. Prices are inclusive of car hire or transfers, as well as an estimate of flight costs, all covered by our ATOL protection. Flight prices can vary significantly by date and departure airport, so please contact us for your own personalised quote.

Whilst weekly prices are shown, our holidays are tailor made and individual nights can be booked at many of our properties. Please call us or use the Enquire Now form for our latest prices & availability.

Features
  • 15 rooms, all en-suite
  • All rooms with hairdryer, safe & mini-bar
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • All rooms have air-conditioning & heating
  • Tours of the cantina & wine-tasting at approximately 18:30 daily
  • Swimming pool available June to September, weather permitting
  • Pool towels can be provided, €3 per towel
  • Hosts weddings occasionally, when courtyard is used for the reception & room guests will dine in the charmingly characterful “tasting room”
Location
Reviews

“Baglio Donna Franca was something else.  With a view from our window overlooking the vineyards with the sea in the background with no sound except the bells on a herd of goats and the odd rumble of lorries carrying vast quantities of grapes for pressing.  Your description mentions dark furniture but the suite is beautifully furnished in light bright colours.  The staff were all lovely especially the young lad who went to great trouble to print off our boarding passes and Angela who seemed to find me a source of amusement, I know not why.

Our one tip for any traveller going there is “do not eat anywhere else.”  The food without exception was some of the best if not the best food we have ever tasted in Southern Italy or Sicily, not nouvelle cuisine or any of the other fancy methods of cooking but good honest local ingredients obviously prepared by a chef who loves his job and who loves to show off how the most simple of ingredients can be turned into magnificent memorable meals.  The wine I thought travelled extremely well, probably because the grapes were grown, harvested and processed within a distance of a hundred yards.  Both red and white were exceptional with I think the white just edging ahead.  And on a mercenary level the prices were remarkably reasonable.  The breakfast was up to the normal continental standard although Thelma was very taken with the cherry marmalade, and they even had real orange marmalade, all obviously home made.

Finally if you want a quote for your brochure Thelma said – in fifteen years of travelling with Longs, Baglio Donna Franca is probably the best place we have stayed at.” Geoff & Thelma, Fleet

Extra Information

Available Board Basis

B&B and HB

Nearest Airport(s)

Trapani

20 mins

Palermo

1 hr 10 mins

Catania

3 hr 30 mins

Nearest Town
Marsala

Places of Interest
Marsala, Erice, Segesta

Distance to Coast

Internet Access
Yes

Swimming Pool
Yes

Restaurant
Yes


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