L'Argentiera

PUGLIA

Castro Marina

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

A superbly positioned and luxuriously finished seafront summer villa with infinity pool and direct sea access.

Sitting just a few steps from the Adriatic Sea and boasting toast-inspiring views (not least when you're floating in the infinity pool), L'Argentiera is all things to all guests, a villa that promotes the pursuit of pleasure, rejoices in relaxation, and delights in la dolce vita!

"We have had an amazing time at L'Argentiera. There are lots of things that made this trip memorable for us, including arriving to the absolute beauty of the villa, fresh flowers, linens on the table each night, all the extra attention to details. The villa is outstanding, great accommodations, comfortable beds, enough room for us to spread out. Our favorite, other than swimming in the Adriatic, was dining each night al fresco... with the breeze, candles on the table, good wine and food. Our chef was excellent. The two women who took care of the villa were friendly, efficient and always had a smile.

Everything from booking to arrival has been seamless. Thank you for making our holiday unique and wonderful. We loved Puglia and will certainly be back."
Julie Scanlon, US, June 2019

L'Argentiera in the press:
First Living, April 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  7
  • Twins  2
  • Bathrooms  9
  • ... of which en suite  7
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  7x8.5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven ³
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Personal trainer 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
L'Argentiera has 7 double en-suite bedrooms sleeping 14 guests. However, in the private living areas of three of master suites, sofa beds - suitable for children - can accommodate an extra 4 guests, bringing the total maximum occupancy up to 18.
¹ daily maid service: 5 hours per day for groups of up to 12 guests and 6 hours per day for groups of up to 18 guests
² includes SKY Cinema and SKY Sports
³ available for use in the presence of a member of staff

Pool open from beginning April to end of November

 

Inside: accommodation at L'Argentiera is on three floors. The main entrance leads into a hallway and then into the spacious, luminous open-plan living and dining area, which features large sea-view windows and glass doors opening out on to a shady loggia and the decked al fresco living and dining zone. To the right of the living area one accesses a guest WC, a shower room and a snug TV room. From near the dining table, a hallway leads to another shower room and the splendid kitchen, whose pantry-cum-prep area boasts sea views and access to the grounds. Designer furnishings, pure white walls, polished concrete floors and the occasional splash of vibrant colour exalt the light, airy atmosphere, creating an extremely refined environment.

Eleven stairs lead from the living area and from near the dining table up to the two separate wings of the first floor and second floors (each wing is a mirror image of the other and both have their own entrance from the rear gardens). On the first floor of each wing is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room. A third bedroom, a suite with private sitting area and an en-suite shower room, lies in the middle and may be accessed from both wings. The rooms on the first floor face the rear of the property. Another nine stairs in each wing take one up from the first floor to the second floor, where there are two master double suites (one per wing) with private sitting areas (which can be transformed into twin bedrooms for children), en-suite shower rooms, stunning sea views and access to a super-panoramic covered loggia overlooking the sea, and two lovely sea-view double bedrooms (again one per wing), with en-suite shower rooms and access to the communal loggia. The sitting areas of the sea-view masters are furnished with sofa beds and may be used by children or teenagers if you’re taking the house for up to 18 guests. Fixtures, fittings, furnishings and the en-suite bathrooms are of an excellent quality throughout.

Outside: a driveway leads from the gate on the coast road through the grounds to the parking area at the rear of the house. From here, paths lead round the property to the main entrance and to the sea side of the house, where you will spend the vast majority of your time. The large, covered sea-view terrace, accessed via the loggia from the ground floor reception rooms, is home to an inspiring al fresco living and dining area with enchanting sea views. From here, steps lead down to the enticing infinity pool, served by a solarium, a large furnished shaded area, a kitchen and a bathroom. To the right of the pool, a few more steps take one down to a pergola, equipped for al fresco dining, a barbecue, a changing room and a raised panoramic viewing point right above the sea. Last, but most certainly not least, a path below the pool leads to the sea gate, across the rocks and to a bathing platform from which you might dive into the enticing waters of the Adriatic...

 

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There are 7 double en-suite bedrooms sleeping 14. However, in the private living areas of the three suites, sofa beds - suitable for children - can accommodate a further 4 guests, bringing the total maximum occupancy up to 18.
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