Lamia Bianca

PUGLIA

Fasano

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

Charm in abundance at this colourful Puglian country house close to the Adriatic's sandy beaches.

Arrival at Lamia Bianca is a polychromatic feast for the eyes: the clean white façade is interspersed with lavender blue shutters, the lush green lawns contrast with the sparkling azure waters of the Adriatic, and a flush of bright pink bougainvillea completes the quintessential Mediterranean palette.

"Lamia Bianca was perfect. All services and staff for the house were perfect. Somehow you have been able to provide an absolutely amazing group of highly professional, kind, lovely people.Thank you!!!!” SB, US, 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  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pizza chef 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Gated pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 12x6
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven ³
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Boat trips 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ includes a hydromassage corner
² includes Sky Movies, Sky Sports and children's channels
³ the pizza oven can only be used by the villa pizza chef

Pool open from Easter to end of October

 

Inside: accommodation at Lamia Bianca is spread over two buildings. The main house, accessed from the sea view courtyard, is home to a cosy, bright living area, with high vaulted ceilings and stone clad flooring, two original elements that are repeated throughout the rest of the house. From here we move into the small, but well-equipped and functional kitchen with dining table and access to the delightful walled courtyard garden and al fresco dining area. A door from the kitchen leads to the sleeping area, comprising a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and a double-twin with adjacent shower room. Both bathrooms have sunken showers, reached via a couple of steps. Just across the sea-view courtyard is the light, bright, dependence, which houses the third bedroom, complete with en-suite shower room and views of the sea.

Outside: outdoor living is what Lamia Bianca really excels at! There is a wonderful variety of areas in which to relax, snooze, dine, recline and have fun. Between the main house and the dependence, is the large sea view courtyard, flanked on either side by trees, shrubs, lawns and low dry stone walls. Here, just outside the dependence, there is a shady lounge area and wood-burning pizza oven. An arch by the side of the main house leads to the delightful walled garden, divided into a lawned area with trees and an idyllic, shady al fresco dining area, also accessed from the kitchen. From here another arch leads to the walled pool area, featuring a sensuously curvaceous pool with the added bonuses of a shallow paddling end that is ideal for younger children and a hydromassage corner (ideal for adults!). Last, but certainly not least is a shady lemon grove.

 

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The sunken showers are accessed via a few steps that may not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems.
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