Le Antiche Pajare

PUGLIA

San Gregorio, Leuca, Puglia

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

A stylish sea-front villa set in beautiful gardens.

Close to the charming holiday resort of Santa Maria di Leuca on the southernmost tip of Puglia, Le Antiche Pajare is a restored farmhouse with thick stone walls and a large garden where you can relax with stunning views of the sea. Just a step or two across the cul-de-sac road in front of the house is the inviting waters of the Adriatic.

"Le Antiche Pajare stole my heart! I loved this property. It is in a beautiful small town right in front of the sea and the surrounding beaches and small towns are magical. We hope to make a return visit soon. It was like a home away from home. Magic!" Lazuli Whitt, US, 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)  4
  • Bedrooms  2
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Air conditioning ¹
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • 3G Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) ²
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ in the bedrooms
² here are a couple of restaurants and bars within easy walking distance

NB If booking Le Antiche Pajare at the special couples price, only the best bedroom will be prepared and the dependence will not be opened.

 

Inside: the house is an original "pajara" (farmhouse) with characteristically thick stone walls that make it very comfortable in all seasons. The main house is made up of three sections that seamlessly access external areas through glazed doors. One of the entrances leads into a corridor, off which is a bathroom with double shower and, at one end, the master bedroom with its wonderful sea views. At the other end of the corridor is the welcoming, comfortably furnished living area, which leads to the practical kitchen, a small dining area (meals at Le Antiche Pajare are generally taken outside), and to a guest bathroom. To the rear of the main house is a dépendance complete with a double-twin bedroom with en-suite shower room.

Outside: cosy and inviting inside, this is also a property that invites outdoor living. Large areas of lawned garden surround the house interspersed with rock gardens, succulent Mediterranean plants, an old well and dry stone walls. The sea views are superb from all angles and a series of beautifully fashioned outside living areas lend themselves perfectly to sunbathing, enjoying a sundowner or dining al fresco. And when you feel like a dip in the sea, you don't have to go far at all... it's on your doorstep just across the road!

 

Think About

The bedroom in the dépendance is ideal for teenagers though as it is not connected to the main house is not suitable for younger children who need to be near their parents. The bedroom is comfortable, but not as attractive as the bedroom in the main house.

There is a camp site to the rear of the garden. Clients have told us that it is a very civilised site, and report that it is audible in peak season during meal times, but does not disturb at other times of the day. As neighbours go, we don't think it's bad at all. Between the front gate and the sea is a no-through road where you will park your car. This road ends about 30 metres past the gate and may also be used by others spending time at the sea. At the end of this road there is a handy seafront bar, and quite close to the villa there is also a little restaurant, good for a sunset aperitif, which in July and August might also occasionally do live music at weekends.
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