Lo Iazzu

PUGLIA

Crispiano

  • 10 Sleeps
  • 5  Bedrooms
  • 4  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

Fabulous views, spacious grounds and a panoramic infinity pool in the rolling countryside of the Valle d’Itria.

Set amongst the shady Mediterranean pines of its extensive grounds, Lo Iazzu is a classic example of how Puglia’s old farmhouses can be transformed into luxurious 21st century homes. Inside, the old and the new combine to perfect effect, though it is probably outside, by the 28-metre-long, beach-effect pool, where you will spend most of your time!

"The detail, style and condition of Lo Iazzu is exceptional. The privacy and extent of the land around it was unexpected. The facilities are superb and the owner and staff were a delight. We could not have been more pleased with the holiday.” SB, UK, June 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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  1
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  3
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pizza chef ²
  • Breakfast preparation ³
  • Staff/owner on the grounds 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  28x4
  • Pool changing room 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Library 
  • Wine cellar 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Exercise bike 
  • Table tennis 
  • Table football 
  • Bicycles 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Pilates instructor 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Open-air amphitheatre  
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹from Monday to Saturday (from 10.00am to 1.00pm) and mid-week change of bed linen and towels (normally on Wednesday). If you stay two or more weeks there will also be a clean and change of linen on Saturdays too
²minimum 6 people - available until mid-September
³ from €150 per week plus food costs
8 bicycles available (a disclaimer will have to be signed before use)
on request (and depending on availability), it is possible to organise a private one-hour show of "La Pizzica", Puglia's traditional dance

Pool open from end of April to end of October

 

Inside: accommodation is spread over two floors and has been restored and refurbished to a very high level. The ground floor is home to a superb, hi-spec country kitchen, complete with range and double-sized, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that lead out to one of the al fresco dining areas. From the kitchen one accesses the open-plan living and dining area, furnished with comfortable sofas, a dining table seating eight and an impressive original fireplace. A doorway from the living area leads down a few steps to, on the left and accessed through a curtain, a twin bedroom perfect for children and on the right through a door, a spacious double bedroom with original tiled flooring. These two rooms share an elegant modern shower room. Closed off from the living area, these room make a perfect suite for a family wanting to be close to each other. Another doorway by the dining area accesses two double-twin bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, the other with an adjacent bathroom with tub and shower attachment.

On the first floor, accessed by an external staircase, is a suite comprising an open plan kitchenette with single sofa bed (which could be prepared on request for a small supplement) a shower room, a bathroom and a spacious double-twin bedroom that opens onto a large panoramic terrace.

Outside: Lo Iazzu's outdoor areas are perfectly designed for those who love an al fresco lifestyle. Top of the bill is certainly the panoramic, 28-metre, d-shaped infinity pool, which is ideal both for those wishing to do some real swimming and, thanks to the beach-effect shallow end, for young children who like paddling. The pool area is also equipped with a changing room and bathroom. A large expanse of perfectly paved terraces and luscious green lawns surround the pool on three sides, part of which is given over to a shady dining area with barbecue on hand. The grounds continue all round the house, offering a variety of al fresco dining and lounging possibilities, including a breakfast table outside the kitchen and a Mediterranean pine-shaded area complete with wood-fired pizza oven. Views take in the gently rolling surrounding countryside and, to one side, the impressive original masseria, occasionally occupied by the discreet, helpful owners of Lo Iazzu. Below the pool are some natural grottoes where massages can be arranged and, a little further down at the bottom of the valley, a small lake.

For those who love walking or mountain-biking, two paths lead directly from the property to the Bosco delle Pianelle (a hill-top oak forest that stretches all the way to Martina Franca) and to the Gravina, a natural canyon that leads to the rural village Massafra passing by natural caves, religious and Paleo-Christian settlements (Grotta del Mago Greguro) and unspoilt countryside.

 

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