Fichimori

PUGLIA

Martina Franca

  • 4 Sleeps
  • 2  Bedrooms
  • 3  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A chic, romantic Puglian retreat with gorgeous pool and spa in the rolling hills of the Valle d'Itria.

L'arte del dolce far niente, the art of sweet and total repose, defines life at Fichimori, a beautifully refurbished, romantic retreat in the Puglian countryside. Emerald green lawns wrap around a cerulean pool, vibrant white walls melt into honey-stone terraces, while traditional dry-stone walls and salt-and-pepper trulli cones root the whole in its context. Step inside and the pleasures of Pugia's chic modern vernacular continue to delight.

"Fichimori was absolutely out of this world, I almost cried with joy when we were shown around! The whole place was so incredibly beautiful, I don't know how I'll ever stay anywhere else now! It was the most amazing and beautiful place I've ever stayed." HS, UK, July 2019

Find out more about Fichimori and Puglia with blogger Green Wedding Shoes >>

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Fichimori in the press:
First Living, April 2018
Brides Magazine, January 2018
The Evening Standard, December 2017

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)  4
  • Bedrooms  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  10x4
  • Spa ¹
  • Jacuzzi 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Wine cellar ³
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • USB wall sockets 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Outdoor fireplace 
  • Vegetable garden 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Hammam/steam room 
  • Bicycles 
  • Shopping service 
  • Driver 
  • Masseur 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹includes a hot tub, a Hammam, a shower and a WC
²includes SKY Movies and Sport
³including organic Puglian wines and artisanal beers from the Salento. A price list is provided at the villa
in the TV room
a kitchen house including wood-fired pizza oven, wine cooler, fridge and sink
including an orchard
a café, a mini-market and a simple trattoria/pizzeria are a 10/15-minute walk away

 

Inside: accommodation at Fichimori is spread over a collection of interconnecting trulli, a lamia bedroom wing and a terrace kitchen, all of which surround a stone-flagged courtyard. The main entrance of the trullo complex takes one into a luminous, stylishly furnished living room. This space flows to one side into a beautiful, well-equipped kitchen with dining table and access to the surrounding terraces and al fresco dining areas. A door to the left of the living area leads to a second relaxation area and then onto the fabulous spa, comprising a Jacuzzi tub, a Turkish bath, a shower and a WC. Moving outside and across the terrace, one comes to the lamia, another traditional Puglian construction, which is home to the property's two double-twin bedrooms. Each has its own en-suite shower room and both access not only the central courtyard but also a terrace overlooking the pool area and gardens. Last but not least, as this is where you may well end up spending most lunchtimes and evenings, is the terrace kitchen, with its wood-burning pizza oven, wine cooler, fridge, sink and ample work surfaces.

Outside: al fresco areas at Fichimori are abundant and various. The trulli, the lamia and the terrace kitchen wrap around a large courtyard, furnished with a sitting area and a shaded dining area. Attached to the terrace kitchen, meanwhile, is a second covered dining area with views over the gardens and pool. The courtyard flows around the lamia, where there is another stylishly furnished terrace area accessed from the two bedrooms. A few steps from here take one up to the pool area, which is immersed in a large expanse of manicured, vibrant green grass. Sunloungers surround the lovely pool, which has a shallow beach-effect end, and yet more sitting areas dot the lawns, including one with a fire-pit. Dry-stone walls and banks of aromatic plants separate the gardens from the terraces and views extend out over the surrounding farmland, which is planted with fruit and olive trees.

 

Think About

A perfect villa for romantic holidays, honeymoons, a family of four or for two couples travelling together.

The two bedrooms are located right beside each other and are each accessed externally with no internal communication.

Between November and Easter, it is possible to book Fichimori for stays of less than a week (minimum 3 nights).
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