Ai Trulli

PUGLIA

Cisternino

  • 6 Sleeps
  • 3  Bedrooms
  • 3  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A charming pair of restored trulli immersed in the beautiful Valle d'Itria.

Cosy and characterful, you might just want to take Ai Trulli home with you after spending a week or two there! But it's not just the houses that have such winning qualities: the lovely gardens and pool are charming too... All within a stone's throw of several of Puglia's loveliest towns!

"We spent a dream week at Ai Trulli. Exceptionally good taste in decorations." Dragos Pancea, Romania, July 2019

Internet Connections Explained

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All The Thinking Traveller's villas have some kind of Internet facility and, where possible, we try to ensure that this is an ADSL broadband Wi-Fi connection.

However, some rural areas and those far from the main towns and cities have not yet been connected to the high-speed broadband network. Therefore, in some of our villas we offer an alternative type of connection (specified in the amenities table of each individual villa page). 

Please note that although we work very hard to provide reliable internet service at our villas, these services are potentially erratic and can fail due to network failures completely out of our control. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss of connection due to such network failures.

Here is some information about the most common connection types:

ADSL Broadband

This is by far the fastest and most reliable connection type available and uses traditional copper wires. In the UK, ADSL is most commonly referred to as broadband. It is suitable for most surfing requirements. Generally an ADSL line is only available within two miles of a telephone exchange, so in rural or more remote areas it usually not available.

An ADSL Internet connection in a villa can then be distributed using a Wi-Fi router, allowing a wireless connection with one or more device, or by a cable, which can be plugged into most laptops.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with an ADSL broadband connection.


3G WiFi Internet routers

In some of our villas, 3G Wi-Fi Internet connections are provided by a small router unit that uses the 3G mobile network, similar to that used by many mobile phones. The unit receives the signal and retransmits it wirelessly making it possible for a few devices to connect at the same time. 3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them (i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the entire villa) and so the best connection will be within close range of the unit, usually in the same room.

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

Please note that 3G Wi-Fi is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Guests are requested not to download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL connection. 

 

Mobile Broadband Internet Dongles/Keys

Dongles, or Internet keys, can be slotted into a USB port on your computer and use a data SIM card to connect to a 3G or other data network, normally supplied by mobile phone networks. At the villas where this is provided, clients are usually requested to buy their own data SIM card and top up as they go (details of where and how to purchase one are provided in the House Guide you will receive before departure).

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL conection. 


WiMAX / Satellite connections

WiMAX and satellite Internet connections have performance levels similar to cabled ADSL hi-speed Internet connections. Wi-Fi access within the property is provided by a special modem-router. WiMAX and Satellite connections are present in our villas when there is no normal cabled broadband infrastructure in the area (still quite common in more remote areas). These kind of connections may be affected by atmospheric conditions, however, so we cannot guarantee that the signal will be as constant as cabled connections. The connection speed of this type connection in our Ionian Island villas is a little slower and comes with a limit of Mbs, so guests are requested not to download large files, stream films or use Skype to make calls.


Connecting to the Internet abroad using your smartphone or tablet (roaming)

As of June 2017, there are no roaming charges for EU citizens (with an EU provider) travelling within the EU. 

If you are travelling from outside the EU and wish to use your smartphone or tablet while on holiday, here are a few tips for cutting down on foreign data-roaming charges:

The first thing to do is to check with your provider to see if there are any special deals available (there's usually something on offer). You should also make sure your phone is unlocked (you can ask your operator to do this) if you wish to buy a foreign SIM card while you're away.

If there are no suitable deals available from your operator (and your phone/tablet has been unlocked), we recommend you buy a local prepaid data SIM card (details of where and how can be found in your House Guide). It might also be useful to bring a cheap handset, put your UK SIM into the cheap handset and the local data SIM into your smartphone, so that any data you access will be charged at the local rate. If you do buy a local SIM, most smart phones can then be used to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing data access for up to five devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Finally, when abroad, switch off 3G, switch off ‘data roaming’ on iPhones or switch the priority to Wi-Fi rather than 3G on Symbian devices, thus avoiding charges when your phone attempts to access emails.

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Amenities

  • Accommodates (max)  6
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Double beds  3
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 13x7
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ salt water pool
² in the bedrooms
³ SKY Sport and SKY Cinema are available just in the main trullo
a small, portable one

 

Inside: accommodation at Ai Trulli is spread over two trulli buildings. The larger of the two is neatly divided into living and sleeping areas. Access is into the light living area, which features traditional creamy stone walls, a high conical ceiling and fireplace. To the left of the living area, through an arch, is the well-equipped kitchen, while to the right, through another arch, is the cosy dining area. Continuing further on, one comes to a small sitting area, with sofa and desk, which leads to the sleeping quarters: a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and the master bedroom also with en-suite shower room. The master bedroom is accessed either via the first bedroom or from the garden.

The second, smaller trullo, has a similar layout to the first, with the living room in the centre, a small kitchen through an arch to the left and the sleeping quarters - a double bedroom and a bathroom with shower - to the right. The fourth and final bedroom, also a double, is attached to this second trullo but only accessed from the outside. This too has its own en-suite shower room with separate WC. While there are four bedrooms in total, the maximum occupancy is for six guests and the fourth bedroom is available on request for an extra supplement.

In both trulli, the original features and stone structures have been kept intact as much as possible and furnishing and fittings complement these aspects with cheerful rusti-chic panache.

Outside: Ai Trulli is set amongst a series of well-tended lawns, dotted with olive trees and criss-crossed by dry-stone walls and gravel paths, one of which takes you down to the lovely pool, situated just below the houses and offering views over the gentle surrounding countryside. Closer to the house are a series of sitting areas and an al fresco dining area for those long summer dinners!

 

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While there are four bedrooms in total, the maximum occupancy is for six guests. The fourth bedroom is available on request for an extra supplement of € 800.

The two houses are never let separately, so you will always have exclusive use of the grounds and pool. The smaller one has only a basic kitchen and guests normally cook and dine together in the larger house.

Due to the rather uneven track leading to the house, we recommend clients rent a 4x4 or at least a car with a high ground clearance.
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