Masseria Acquadolce

PUGLIA

Taurisano

  • 16 Sleeps
  • 8  Bedrooms
  • 8  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

An exquisitely restored masseria offering luxury living at its best.

A well known Italian architect has lovingly restored and decorated Masseria Acquadolce to create a super-stylish country residence for his family and friends. It represents all that is best in the new wave of restoration projects in Puglia and the sheer beauty of the internal areas, the repose-inducing pool area, the sensuous gardens and the fabulous service all make for a top-quality experience.

"I don't know where to start. I've had a hard time putting into words how perfect the trip was. All 17 of us are pretty well travelled and I think I heard at least 13 of them say that our stay at Masseria Acquadolce was their best vacation ever. The grounds were dreamlike. The subtle design details were perfect, understated, ideal. I tried to find one thing that was not perfect, and I couldn't. The staff were delightful, always willing to be helpful and wonderful to deal with. And yet, they were in the background and not there when we didn't need them. It was an art and they were perfect artists." Richard Reichmuth, US, June 2019

Masseria Acquadolce 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)  16
  • Bedrooms  8
  • Double beds  7
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  8
  • ... of which en suite  8
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Staff/owner on the grounds 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  15x14
  • Air conditioning 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Boules pitch 
  • Laundry service ³
  • Driver 
  • Masseur 
  • Acquagym instructor 
  • Babysitter 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ for up to 6 hours a day 7 days a week
² the table for breakfast will be set up and cleared between 8.00 and 10.00am; ingredients to be paid locally on presentation of receipts
³ ironing service can also be provided at an extra cost

 

Inside: accommodation at Masseria Acquadolce is all on one floor and spread between the main house, a separate courtyard wing and a poolhouse. The imposing entrance hall of the main house leads directly to the voluminous, open-plan living and dining area, which features lofty vaulted ceilings, a grand fireplace and a series of doors opening out onto the gardens, the terraces and the pool area. The living section of this space is furnished with collection of comfy sofas, chairs and poufs, while the dining area boasts a long table topped by a superb chandelier in intricate metalwork. A door from the dining area opens into the superb, spacious and professionally equipped kitchen. The kitchen opens out on one side to the al fresco dining area beside the pool and on the other to an enclosed courtyard with herb garden.

Masseria Acquadolce's sleeping quarters comprise a total of eight well-proportioned, elegantly furnished double bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room (one bathroom has a tub). Three of the bedrooms are in the main house: one, accessed from the living room, has doors opening out onto to the pool area, while the other two, accessed from the main entrance hall open onto an internal courtyard. The en-suite bathroom of one of these bedrooms has a tub. The fourth bedroom is in the poolhouse, which is located about 20 metres from the main house on the opposite side of the pool. The remaining bedrooms, one double-twin and three doubles, all with en-suite shower rooms, are located in the separate courtyard wing - the converted stables - situated about 10m-15m from the main house. There is also a massage room in this wing and an in-villa masseuse is available on request.

Outside: Masseria Acquadolce is set on a private estate of six hectares. The focal point of the al fresco areas is, without doubt, the expansive terraces and gardens of the pool area, accessed from the living and dining area and the kitchen. Pride of place is given to the a superb, generously proportioned square pool, which may be admired from the stylish sun loungers and comfortable outdoor furniture that surrounds it. Meals are generally taken at the dreamy, jasmine-scented al fresco dining area, which is served the internal and external kitchens (this latter equipped with a barbecue). The surrounding grounds also feature a small olive grove, some shaded lawns, a boules area, and two courtyards, one between the main house and the converted stable wing, the other next to the kitchen. Last but not least, an external flight of steps takes one up to a large roof terrace, furnished for lounging and offering panoramic views over the grounds and the surrounding countryside. This is a great spot for an aperitif, with Moroccan lanterns creating a magical atmosphere in the evening.

 

Think About

The external steps to the roof terrace are quite steep and so children should always be accompanied when exploring this area.
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