Masseria Palmieri

PUGLIA

Monopoli

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

A superbly refurbished, luxuriously finished and abundantly spacious property with pool and extensive grounds.

Masseria Palmieri is a fascinating historic property where original features and contemporary styling combine to create a refined, welcoming ambience. Designed to accommodate large groups in total comfort, it boasts bags of space both inside and out, not to mention a hard-to-resist pool.

"We loved Masseria Palmieri. The shared spaces were fantastic - spacious and multiple, perfect to accommodate a few families with kids. Kids played outside all the time! The presence of the caretaker was a plus. He was very discreet and professional and we enjoyed his company over lunch one afternoon. The cleaning service in the mornings is a great help and I would say a necessity to make the holiday really relaxing and hassle free." Maria Murray, Estonia, April 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)  12
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Double beds  4
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pizza chef ²
  • Breakfast preparation ³
  • Staff/owner on the grounds 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) 13.5x4.5
  • Plunge pool Jacuzzi 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Private Parking 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 6 hours per day from Monday to Saturday
² only available from June till mid-September and subject to weather conditions
³ breakfast service is not included but is available only upon request. The maid will lay the table and clear up afterwards, from about 8.00am to 10.00am Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays). Ingredients not included. If a cooked breakfast is required it can be arranged at an extra cost
the extremely discreet and helpful house manager stays in private quarters on the ground floor
part of the pool
includes Sky Sports and Cinema

 

Inside: accommodation at Masseria Palmieri is spread over two floors, which are connected by both a staircase and a lift. The impressive main entrance takes one into a voluminous, welcoming hallway, furnished with sofas and a large table and featuring a wall of glass that opens out onto the large central courtyard. Lofty ceilings, creamy stone arches, white walls and sandy polished cement floors provide a blank canvas for subtle colour scheme of the furnishings and fittings, whose palette ranges through the greens, from subtle olive-grey to more luscious emeralds. In terms of space, style and atmosphere, the hall sets the tone for the rest of Masseria Palmieri and is very much the hub of the property, the bottom of the U between two wings. To the right, a door leads into the west wing and an ante-kitchen with a large central preparation island. The professionally equipped kitchen proper comes next. It features contemporary-styled cabinetry, bespoke red and white tiles and, at the centre, a remarkable self-standing, red and gold range with six hobs, two hotplates, several different sized oven compartments and a breakfast bar. An opening at one end of the kitchen leads into a snug sitting area with a couple of comfy armchairs arranged around an impressive original fireplace. At the end of the west wing is the generously proportioned dining room, which combines original features (stone-flagged floors, curvaceous vaulted ceilings, and exposed stone walls) with stylish contemporary furnishings to create a convivial atmosphere in which to linger over memorable meals. Doors open out from the dining room into the central courtyard.

Back in the entrance hall, a opening leads past a guest WC and the laundry room to the east wing of the ground floor, which is home to the two living areas. The first is equipped with a capacious, deep, built-in sofa that has been designed for reclining and putting one's feet up while watching the large TV. An archway takes one through to the second living space, which mirrors the dining room in terms of its high, barrel-arched ceilings, its exposed stone walls, its flagged flooring and its glazed doors accessing the central courtyard. Of particular interest are the original stone-carved feeding troughs, which hint at Masseria Palmieri's former life. Furnishings in this area, like the rest of the house, have been chosen with great attention to detail, not only in terms of their contemporary styling, but also in terms of their harmonious colours.

Returning to the main entrance hall once more, we find another opening, this time accessing a lift and an impressive staircase that leads to the first floor. Here, a central landing provides access to the six bedrooms. Head right to the west wing, and one comes to a living area, off which a door opens into a little antechamber, the heart of what could be described as a self-contained suite with two bedrooms. The first is a large, comfortable twin called Peperoncino. It has two double beds and a balcony overlooking the gardens. The second, Rosmarino, is a twin. It may be accessed independently from the antechamber or via a connecting door in Peperoncino. These rooms share a wonderfully large and luxuriously appointed bathroom, featuring double stone-carved sinks, a self-standing tub, and a walk-in shower. Moving back to the first floor living room, a door opens into the heart of the west wing, where there is a fabulous bar area, equipped with fridge, kettle and other amenities. From this inventively designed but eminently practical space, doors open out onto a large, panoramic roof terrace. Another door leads from the bar to the third bedroom, Origano, a double with en-suite shower room. Heading back to the central landing, the space flows into the east wing of the first floor, which is home to three double bedrooms accessed from a corridor with views of the central courtyard below and the roof terrace of the west wing. Each of these three bedrooms - Menta, Basilico and Salvia - has its own, generously-sized en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower.

Outside: arrival at Masseria Palmieri is an impressive experience: grand wrought iron gates open into a tree-lined driveway flanked by two large expanses of lawn. Guests naturally gravitate to three main outdoor areas. The first is the shady central courtyard enclosed on three sides by the U shape of the house. Shaded by two large sails, furnished for lounging and dining, and accessed from the ground floor living and dining areas, this is a convivial spot in which to while away the hours in company. The second area, up a few steps from the courtyard, hosts the tempting trapezoidal pool, which comes complete with a water feature and Jacuzzi area at one end. Terraces, furnished with sunloungers, day beds and large umbrellas, fan out on two side of the pool. At the far end of the pool terrace is a shower and an impressive wood-fired pizza oven. A robust stone arch leads from the pool area to an expanse of lawn, which is itself delimited by an olive grove. The third area, arguably the best place for an aperitif, is the panoramic roof terrace accessed from the bar area on the first floor. Here too there is plenty of shady and sun-kissed space to recline, relax and toast your good fortune as the sun slips down behind the hills of the Valle d'Itria.

 

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The road between Monopoli and Conversano is about 50m from the house. It can be heard faintly in the central courtyard, pool area and gardens but not inside.

Masseria Palmieri's refurbishment included the addition of solar panels, making it an eco-friendly property.

The extremely discreet and helpful house manager stays in private quarters on the ground floor.
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