July 09, 2018

Dimora delle Balze, A Sicilian masseria rescued from ruin

Dimora Delle Balze has been transformed from an abandoned relic into a charming retreat by owner Elena Lops. Lops enlisted designers Draga Obradovic and Stefano Guidotti to help revive the Val di Noto masseria, which dates back to the 1800s and was abandoned for half a century. It’s packed with Sicilian flavour: thick stone walls have been repaired while ancient columns line the 11-bedroom villa’s terraces. Rediscovered period details, such as wooden elements and fragments of decoration on the vaulted ceilings, provide inspiration for the interiors and have been paired with Moroccan floor tiles and subtle bursts of colour.

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