Once you have crossed the steep path (if you rented a Ferrari, it's harder to get around), you will discover an absolutely picturesque spot on the hillside, with a breathtaking view.
The home owner welcome is warm, the house offers several accommodation options, whether you are a couple or family.
Easy parking for the damaged Ferrari!
Some rooms have no heating (not recommended in the spring when the nights are cool) and the fireplace in the living room does not heat the floor.
The breakfast taken on the terrace with a beautiful sun is a real treat.
I recommend for nature lovers who would like to discover the Zingaro
Casale Corcella is a nice, reasonably priced choice. While the 1.5 km drive up the mountain has its share of twists, turns, potholes and semi-steep grades it is quite doable with the reward being spectacular vistas to the village of Scopello and along the coast.
Our room was small but functional with a sitting area immediately outside. That said the property has many areas to relax and chill out, including a number of benches overlooking the beautiful coast and sea beyond. Up here on the side of mountain the air is fresh and it is generally very quiet and peaceful. Breakfast is good with yoghurt, tomatoes and cheese in addition to the sweet standards.
While listed as a Bed & Breakfast Casale Corcella felt more like a small hotel, without the same personal interaction we experienced elsewhere. Internet reception was good but the Casale needs to develop a decent website (Facebook is not sufficient).
Casale Corcella does not serve any other meals beyond breakfast but Scopello itself is a really nice quaint village with a number of decent restaurants. It is also a launching point for excursions to the sea and into the Reserva Naturale Zingaro, Sicily’s first protected nature reserve, with its spectacular hikes along the coast.
While perhaps not our favourite lodging in Sicily Casale Corcella does have a number of positives going for it – spectacular views; the solitude of being in a rural area up a mountainside; access to Scopello, Zingaro and a nice corner of Sicily, with easy daytrips to places such as Erice. All in all it is very good value for the cost.
This is a smartly converted historic farmstead with tremendous views of hills behind and the coastline below. Excellent breakfast and a friendly welcome. Small but clean and comfortable room with a mini kitchen. Plenty of space around for sitting out and enjoying the natural surroundings. The only downside of this gorgeous B&B is the drive up there. It is completely doable even in a small hire car, but I would not recommend arriving for the first time in the dark. We had to do this after a delayed flight and got lost partly because sat nav doesn't recognise the unpaved track. Nicolas rescued us and it was much easier in daylight. Nevertheless it is a little stressful having to negotiate 1.5km of bumps and twists each time you leave and return to the B&B. On the other hand walking down to the village to eat in the evening and back up at night was not too far and quite delightful especially as the dog from the Casale walked down with us to keep an eye on our progress it seemed. The peace and the views outweigh the bother of the potholes so don't be put off. And this is an ideal place for visiting the coastal nature reserve for walking and swimming or making a trip to the temple and Greek town at Segesta or the hill top village Erice.
Casale Corcella lies outside Scopello, a small town near Castellamare del Golfo. The access to the B&B is by a road that is not paved and might be somewhat difficult for very urban people, though apt for any kind of vehicle.
The scenery from the B&B is specially beautifull and there are different terraces with seats to admire the coast and the sea.
The room we had was big, included a kitchen area and a small bathroom. All the basic
Due to an early random miscommunication, my friends flew out of Sicily a day before me, so I tried to get a room for my last eve in Sicily in the Lonely Planet's "Best B&B in the NW" but they were full and so I stumbled into Casale Corcella... AND LOVED IT.
Perched high in the mountains, accessible by a twisty-windy one-lane dirt road (a bit freaky but totally doable,) their little quasi-cabins are clean and rustic and yet the architecture seems new-ish. A porch of sorts affords an incredible view down over the gulf, and it's 5% eerie and 95% sensuous to sit up there as the skies darken and the wind gets itself going. I had a little kitchenette, but twisty-windy-road-ed down into Scopello for dinner. Super small town, but cute.
Breakfast was good, rates were very reasonable (I got charged 20 € less than I'd expected), people were fantastic. Only small issue was that a couple of kitties I'd befriended decided to come loudly meowing and scratching at the door at 2:30am, but at least it wasn't a Sicilian Yeti trying to get frisky.
Maybe not for everyone, but if you're intrigued, I say go for it!