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Ancient olive groves surround this sun-baked retreat by Jacques Garcia

Maison des Oliviers started life as an oil press for a 17th-century monastery in the foothills of Sicily’s Noto. But it’s come far from its humble roots thanks to architect Jacques Garcia.

The five-bedroom Sicilian villa is part of a 100-acre farm estate Garcia is in the process of rescuing from ruin, and its curios-laden interiors channel a 1950s cafe society vibe.

 

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Eclectic antique furniture and artworks are pulled from the designer’s private collection and include carved stone columns with lions’ feet and a chunk of a mosaiced floor from Pompeii, set beneath glass inside the Italian holiday home.

Maison des Oliviers is available to rent directly from €8,500 per week, and rooms open onto landscaped grounds by Patrick Pottier, planted with towering cacti, succulents and colourful birds of paradise. A lap pool and shaded terraces also offer respite from the heat of the Sicilian sun.

This sun-baked retreat by Jacques Garcia is surrounded by ancient olive groves
Photography: Rosella Degori
This sun-baked retreat by Jacques Garcia is surrounded by ancient olive groves
Photography: Rosella Degori
Photography: Rosella Degori
This sun-baked retreat by Jacques Garcia is surrounded by ancient olive groves
Photography: Rosella Degori

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