Masseria Cisterna Rossa

PUGLIA

Ruffano

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

A top-of-the-range, beautifully restored masseria with extensive grounds and a fabulous pool

On arrival at Masseria Cisterna Rossa one is treated to a feast of vivid Mediterranean colours: the pure, pearl-white near symmetry of the facade, the deep earthy green of the manicured lawns and the intense cerulean blue of the cloudless skies above! All bode well for a sensuous holiday experience that gets even better as you step over the threshold...

"Masseria Cisterna Rossa is truly spectacular. We really loved the villa and the staff. We would even consider renting it again.”RH, US, July 2017

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  4
  • Twins  1
  • Bathrooms  6
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pizza chef 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ² 16x6
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Wine cellar 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Outdoor cinema 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Organic vegetable garden 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table football 
  • Bicycles ³
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 3 hours per day, 6 days a week
² Single depth 1.4m. Pool open from 31st March to 2nd November
³ 4 adult bicycles and 2 children's bicycles are available for guests

 

Inside: the main entrance to Masseria Cisterna Rossa leads to an elegant hallway-cum-living area with TV and fireplace. This room sets the tone for the rest of the house: high, vaulted ceilings, top quality but understated furnishings and a sense of cool peace and calm. A doorway to the right leads to a study, off which one may access the library and, via a short corridor, a bathroom with tub and rain shower and a double bedroom with direct access to the gardens. Moving back to the hallway, a second door, opposite the main entrance, leads to the generously proportioned master double bedroom complete with a sumptuous en-suite shower room and French windows leading out to the grounds. The door on the left of the hallway leads to the gorgeous contemporary country kitchen, which will delight even the most demanding chefs in your group. On the other side of the kitchen one arrives at the double-size living area with its effortlessly stylish furniture and eye-catching artworks and sculptures. To the far right of this living room is a second, smaller, but equally elegant living area and a guest bathroom with shower. The larger living room accesses the gardens from one end and a fabulous shady al fresco dining area at the other. On the left of the living area, opposite the entrance to the kitchen, a small corridor leads to a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and a double bedroom with shower room next door. Both of these bedrooms also have French doors leading out to the gardens.

Accommodation at Masseria Cisterna Rossa is completed by a lovely dependance situated about 50m from the swimming pool (80m from the main house). Here, surrounded by well-furnished, sun-soaked and pine-tree-shaded terraces, is a living and dining area, a kitchen, a shower room and a double bedroom. The quality of the fixtures and furnishing reflects that of the main house, as does the artwork adorning the walls. A superbly panoramic roof terrace, equipped for sunbathing, is the icing on the cake.

Outside: Masseria Cisterna Rossa is surrounded on all four sides by manicured lawns, studded with the occasional palm or olive tree and bordered by traditional Puglian dry-stone and white-washed walls, aromatic shrubs, cacti and a variety of other flora. Strategically placed in the immediate environs of and directly accessed from the masseria, are a variety of shady dining and living areas. The pièce de résistance, however, has to be panoramic roof terrace reached via an external staircase that cuts up through the centre of the building. Once up here, you may not want to come down again, so comfortably is it furnished, so splendid are its views! Of course, the fabulous pool with its shaded, fully furnished pergola, situated some 20m from the house might tempt you! As is only to be expected of a masseria, the grounds feature a couple of quads, or walled courtyards. Indeed through a space in one of the white-washed walls, one accesses a large fruit-tree orchard, carpeted by yet more beautifully tended lawns and towered over at one side by some shady Mediterranean pines. Lastly, to one side of the olive groves, is an organic vegetable garden offering guests a wonderful variety of tasty Puglian produce.

 

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The road connecting the two small villages nearby is sometimes audible in the gardens (depending on the wind), but we don’t find it disturbing.

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