Castello di Caprarica

PUGLIA

Tricase

  • 18 Sleeps
  • 9  Bedrooms
  • 10  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A fascinating, luxurious castle with an abundance of space inside, extensive grounds and a fabulous pool.

The 16th century Castello di Caprarica combines historical charm, architectural riches and contemporary comforts. Perfectly proportioned for large groups, blessed with discreet daily service, within easy walking distance of the charming centre of Tricase, and just a short drive from the Adriatic coast of the Salento, Il Castello di Caprarica has a great deal to offer.

"We have decided we will return to Castello di Caprarica in a few years for a reunion. It was really fantastic, particularly the pool." KM, Australia, July 2018

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)  18
  • Bedrooms  9
  • Double beds  6
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  10
  • ... of which en suite  9
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Staff/owner on the grounds ²
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  14x7
  • Pool house with shower 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ two members of staff will be available for up to 8 hours per day, from Monday to Saturday
² a member of staff lives in a separate annex in the gardens
³ includes SKY Cinema and Sports
in the main house living area and the al fresco living and dining area in the quad

 

Inside: the main entrance takes one into an impressive hallway. At the bottom of a few steps, one has three options: straight on, left or right. Straight on leads out into the large courtyard garden. A left turn takes one to a series of well-furnished reception rooms, each of which has its own large glass doors accessing the courtyard garden. Two have large decorative fireplaces, while the last is located in the oldest part of the castle, once home to a chapel.

Back in the hallway and heading right, one comes to a grand dining room, which in turn leads to yet another living area and a TV room. Off the TV room is a guest bathroom and the large, superbly equipped kitchen. Glass doors lead out from the kitchen to into the internal courtyard and the main al fresco dining area. A door from the kitchen takes one into a long corridor, off which is a laundry room and a double bedroom with en-suite shower room. At the end of this corridor is an indoor-outdoor hallway connecting the courtyard garden to the main gardens and the pool area. Also accessed from this hall is the second of the main house's bedrooms, a double with en-suite shower room.

Back in the TV room next to the kitchen, a staircase leads to the first floor and the main sleeping quarters: a twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub , a spacious double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower and tub, and a master suite with double bed, a walk-in wardrobe, and a voluminous bathroom with separate shower and tub. All three bedrooms look out into the courtyard garden.

The remaining accommodation is located in a charming, beautifully furnished guesthouse in the gardens, just a short walk from the pool and the castle. It comprises a comfortable open-plan living and dining area with kitchenette, and four spacious bedrooms: two doubles and two double-twins, each with its own en-suite shower room.

Outside: Il Castello di Caprarica is blessed with extensive grounds essentially divided into two parts. The first is the large courtyard garden, home to a long shaded loggia equipped with sofas, easy chairs and a dining table overlooking a lawned quad. Most of the ground floor rooms open out onto this area, including the kitchen. To one end a door leads to a hallway, from the other side of which one may access the main gardens. Here there is a wide expanse of lawn, studded with a variety of Mediterranean trees. There is plenty of space for fun and games here, not least in the large pool, which is served by a poolhouse offering a shaded sitting and dining area, a kitchenette, and a changing room with shower and WC. A short walk across the lawns takes one to the guesthouse, which has its own furnished terraces.

 

Think About

Castello di Caprarica is set in the outskirts of Tricase, about 1km from the lovely old baroque centre. This proximity gives you easy access on foot to cafés, restaurants, shops and other amenities. A little traffic noise is sometimes audible in the gardens, but we don’t find it disturbing.

Tricase hosts a series of summer festivals, which are an excellent opportunity for visitors to join in and be part of the local community. Some are religious in nature, others more profane, but all involve food, fun, music and fireworks. Ask us for specific festival information if this is of interest to you.
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