Villa Di San Calogero, one of the most sought-after locations in Sicily.


Commenda di San Calogero is located in Sicily and enjoys a spectacular position to the north of Syracuse.  Standing on the limestone plateau of the Hyblaean Mountains it faces Mount Etna and is only 7 km away from the sea and the village of Brucoli.outdoor-limestone-wall-cladding-italian-villaOUTDOOR-LIMESTONE-POOL-FOUNTAINoutdoor-garnden-italian-ladnscape-villa-limestone-pool-coping In fact the whole of its surrounding area is of archaeological and historical interest and boasts uncontaminated natural beauty, with rivers flowing through its territory, which is covered by varied vegetation.italian-cottage-charm-view-landscape-sicilyitalian-garden-outdoor-limestone-pool-fountainitalian-outdoor-garden-in-a-villa-in-sicily-italy  A 30-minute drive will take visitors to the ancient island of Ortygia, in the heart of Syracuse, and to the historic centre of the city of Catania; but in one hour one can reach most of the attractions of Eastern Sicily: the cities of Noto, Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli, jewels of the Sicilian Baroque; Vendicari Nature Reserve that runs along the coastline and the nearby seaside town of Marzamemi; the picturesque town of Taormina and the unrivalled Mount Etna; the historic Caltagirone, renowned for its limestone workshops, and the splendid Roman Villa del Casale, near the town of Piazza Armerinalimestone-wall-cladding-pool-coping-outdoor-poollimestone-columns-dining-roomitalian-master-bedroom-limestone-flooring-stone-wall-cladding

Commenda di San Calogero, set deep in the countryside of the Hyblaean plateau, commands the most spectacular views of Mount Etna and the sea.  Its twelve double guest rooms were once occupied by the farm hands. Each endowed with en-suite bathroom and independent entrance, they have all been decorated differently and are furnished with beautiful period pieces in a variety of styles which blend with antique furnishings and objects that the owners have picked up in their travels.outdoor-limestone-sink-antique-reclaimed-carvedsicily italy kitchenitalian-kitchenitalian-farmhouse-master-bedroom-limestone-flooringitalian-dining-room-antiqueitalian-french-farmhouse-italian-limestone-fireplace-wood-beams-limestone-flooringitalian-design-bedroom-with-antique-reclaimed-flooringfarmhouse-dining-room-with-stone-limestone-floorschurch-villa-de-colegeroantique-limestone-fireplace-living-room-limestone-flooring-wall-cladding

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Island Living at Home, A Stone Throw Away

When ‘modernistic-hype’ recede from the art world, one thing we won’t miss will be what curator Francesco Bonami calls the ‘Eventocracy.’ All this flashy ‘art-fair art’ and those highly produced spectacles and installations wow you for a minute until you move on to the next adrenaline event.outdoor-limestone-pool-copingoutdoor-limestone-flooring-castle-masnion-limestone-entryway-columnsoutdoor-limestone-antique-floors Only the Classical Bold Romantic has ever survived because it’s a good notion an immortal idea that stands on the sand dunes of time with a gentile smile on its face.”
This Majestic Historic 16th Century Palazzo embodies those wise words of Francesco Bonami. It is surrounded by high walls and 45,000 squared feet of gardens built all the way back in 1589.beautiful-mansion-with-limestone-wall-cladding-and-limestone-stairsIsland Living With Antique Limestone-14antique-limestone-flooring During the period that this Palazzo was built, Malta belonged to the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, who came here in 1530 and stayed for over 200 years.old-world-style-living-room-with-limestone-flooringmediterrenean-look-living-room-with-limestone-flooring-and-limestone-wall-cladding

In fact, it is said that the palazzo was the country residence of one of the Knights who was next in line to succeed the Grand Master.limestone-floors-stone-antiqueantique-thick-limestone-pool-coping

A plaque outside the palazzo was erected by Qormi local council testifying to its status as one of the oldest houses in the area.antique-limestone-wall-cladding-limestone-flooring

A grand vaulted hallway opens onto a large central courtyard that leads to several stately rooms all with exquisite architecture.beautiful-limestone-floors-with-antique-wall-cladding-in-old-provencal-dining-roomantique-limestone-flooring-in-antique-cottage-dining-room

The upper floor with its impressive Sala Nobile enjoys a continuous open stone balcony which surrounds the Palace and the elaborate staircase.antique-limestone-stairway-spiral

All terraces lead off the main rooms and overlook the stunning courtyard and the magical gardens, with its unique belvedere, orchards, groves, swimming pool and entertaining areas. Also complimenting this unique property is a baroque chapel, independent servant quarters, two large original stables, spring water, 10 car garage and other numerous features.outdoor-garden-with-antique-limestone-flooringLimestone-pool-coping

This residence exudes old world grandeur boldness and classical Romanticism and seamlessly merges it with first class comfort.antique-limestone-flooring-floors-bathroomantique-limestone-chapel-limesotne-wall-cladding-marble-pedestalantique-outdoor-limestone-floors-biblical-stone-flooring-limestone-entryway

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Our Latest Design Leak, Paradise Pavers!

Harbor Island, home to the Bahama House, is our backdrop. The property marks the first island escape for the custom home builder and renter named ‘Eleven’. With the aide of Ancient Surfaces unique portfolio of rare architectural antique limestone lines ‘Eleven’ was able to set itself apart from the rest of the Frey.mansion-antique-limestone-flooring-wall-cladding The Tailored reclaimed West-Indies look that our ancient Limestone provides, reinforces the home-made guest experience that water enthusiasts, leisure travelers and Island hoppers will experience.Antique Limestone Flooring Pavers

The ‘Bahama House’ is within walking distance to dining, nightlife and the island’s beaches offering a lot for everyone regardless of their taste and interest. The house hospitality, accommodation and local guidance provides guests with a vast array of island adventures and entertainment options.gmg-bahama-house-inn-harbour-island-1008349

Unlike other boutique resorts, the House Manager will be on hand throughout guests’ stay ensuring that the visitors get the most out of their time on this beautiful and notoriously exclusive Caribbean island. Eleven’s guides will take guests on water-based adventures including bone-fishing, deep-sea fishing, paddle boarding, diving, kite surfing and snorkeling. thick stone coping floorNot to mention touring of the island and getting you out there into the exotic outdoors, caving, bicycling as well as beach coasting. For those who choose to just sit back, relax and enjoy the water and sun on top of our reclaimed millennium Limestone pool deck they would not be missing out at all. antique limestone pool copingA lazy and peaceful quality time can be spent in the Bahamas House backyard from dusk till dawn. fine dinning in paradise amidst antique stone elements while sharing a bottle of aged Bordeaux around our reclaimed stone fire pit is one of the most unique scenarios that guests get to experience while in the villa house…antique limestone pool coping pavers

The ‘Bahama House’ dates back to 1800 and has recently undergone an extensive restoration and stone renovation thanks to a star studded team of designers and architects who have enlisted Ancient Surfaces for all stone accenting. The house, a series of separate buildings arranged around a central pool, sleeps up to 22 people in two chic two-bedroom cottages, an original 1800s structure with three suites, and an annex with four suites. limestone-pool-coping-thick-paversThis arrangement of 11 rooms in four separate buildings makes the ‘Bahama House’ the place for family holidays, corporate events, wedding parties and friend getaways. Each property offers guests indoor and outdoor spaces and garden or bay views. There is however, two fully stocked private bars, a library and the famous pool with adjoining Jacuzzi hot tub for all to enjoy.limestone-pool-coping-floorlimestone pool coping

Open from November to July for exclusive use or on an individual room basis, the Bahama House’s in-house chef will prepare a breakfast for guests every morning.limestone flooring Guests can also use the property’s bicycles and daily beach set up. Buyout groups will further enjoy exclusive use of the property, house spirits, beer and wine, lunch or gourmet picnics, guided island adventures, use of the property boat and its seasoned captain, a dedicated manager, on-island transportation, a professional photographer and even a private security detail that will even make John Wick think twice before messing with you. Not too shabby for a measly Nine Grands a day don’t you think?Limestone flooring pavers

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Antique Limestone Jacuzzi and Pool Fountain Slabs

Imagine having Thick limestone stairs that goes into your Jacuzzi and pool without getting affected by chlorine, salinity, fluoride or other water born solvents and contaminants that would have wreaked havoc on any other type of stone product.


The same could be said about the pool coping of your swimming pool or Jacuzzi where a unique thick limestone slab could surround the outer edge of your prized pools providing them with a unique uneven slip resistant yet smooth to the skin surface, guaranteed to stand up against the harshest climate conditions yet keeping its original pristine beauty year after year.



The area around your swimming pool is one of the most important parts of your pool scape. Not only is it where everyone congregates while at the poolside, but also plays a key role in defining your pool’s personality and style.

Tuscan Style Pool Coping and Biblical Stone pool deck

There are a variety of manmade and natural materials that create superior pool decks, but those real antique and historic natural stone copings that we stock, are unlike anything else found on earth.


They are the true companions of any sophisticated Mediterranean inspired pool or Jacuzzi spa.

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Reclaimed Limestone foundation block slabs were used as coping around the Infinity pool, Tuscan cladding was used on the home’s exterior.


Ancient Surfaces is the ultimate source for rare reclaimed limestone architectural elements salvage from the Mediterranean basin.


Antique Limestone slabs are one of the world’s finest and most prized indoor and outdoor building materials.


Limestone, normally quarried from local sources, is hardy and can retain its beauty for years, no matter the weather.

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