Pantellerian ‘dammuso’ with pool
and Mediterranean garden
Created by Gabriella Giuntoli, the architect responsible for restoring houses on the island for Giorgio Armani, Carole Bouquet and Montalbano star, Luca Zingaretti, this typical Pantellerian Dammuso retains all its original simplicity, while being furnished with subtle flair and equipped with every imaginable comfort. The dammuso is located on one of the island’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, between the old village of Scauri and the Scogliera dell’Elefante, or Elephant Rock.
Dammuso D’Autore is about 200m from the sea as the crow flies, surrounded by a large, typical Mediterranean garden of palms, pines and numerous fruit trees (guests are welcome to help themselves) designed to be full of enchanting little hidden corners. Within the garden there is a unique architectural relic, a ‘giardino Pantesco’, an historic Pantellerian garden enclosed by high walls, where the plants (some of them rare) are still watered by the original irrigation system.
Even the swimming pool (12m x 6m) and doesn’t disturb the ‘once upon a time’ atmosphere of the house – it is covered with reclaimed majolica tiles, recuperated by the owners from forgotten corners of Sicily and Pantelleria.
The dammuso is divided into two buildings. In the first is the living zone, with a large salone (living room), a functional and fully-equipped kitchen with larder, and a dining room opening onto a panoramic terrace shaded by a roof of traditional bamboo canes.
In the second is the sleeping zone, with four bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom, two of them with a private living area and terrace.
Furnishing throughout is of exceptional quality, an intelligent blend of upcycling, recycling, retro and antiques.
Two other guests can be arranged at the dependance next to the main Dammuso; this building has double ensuite bedroom, living with fireplace, kitchenette and private terrace
Two separate buildings:
Large and extremely well equipped kitchen with larder
Dining room with massive alcoves – one of them containing an area with easy chairs, library and a large flat-screen TV
4 bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom and shower
Two of the bedrooms have a private terrace, small living area, and a private bath-room with shower and hairdrier
Outdoor living area with a 14-seater dining table and wicker furniture
The courage of architect Gabriella Giuntoli in leaving the exterior of the dammuso apparently untouched, with weathered walls and patchworked dome.
The 2015 movie A Bigger Splash , starring Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, was filmed on the property and is imbued with the extraordinary atmosphere of villa, garden and — of course — the famous pool!
The minimalist magic of the giardino pantesco, an original walled garden — and one of very few on the island to have survived.
Sitting on one of the sheltered terraces taking in the views over the sea, especially at dawn and sunset.
Inspirational interior design — especially the reclaimed majolica tiles in the swimming pool and the tables and shelves of upcycled wood and bamboo.
The two bedrooms with their private living areas and terraces — ideal for an extend-ed family or group of friends.
Picking fruit from the trees in the garden.
Taking the footpath from outside the house down to the sea — especially in the evenings.
Hiring a skippered boat to explore the island with a local who knows every rock and cranny Wallowing in the thermal waters at Nika’.
The villa is ideal for a group of friends — the two separate buildings permit privacy and the garden and living areas are perfect for relaxing and socialising.
Pantelleria has far more to offer than just the sea — trekking, archeological sites, and unspoilt villages.
We think many people will prefer to explore the island outside the main summer season — spring and early autumn are perfect.
Strong breezes mean that the sea can be quite choppy — so the swimming here is not ideal for young children
The main towns on the island are central Pantelleria and Scauri, which are the island’s two ports of arrival, but there are also little hamlets whose names still recall their Arab domination, such as Khamma, Kattibugale, Kariuscia and Bukkuram.