Masseria Scippi

PUGLIA

Ruffano

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

A large, lovingly restored Masseria with a pool in easy reach of the beaches of southwest Puglia.

With its intriguing mix of original features, modern comforts, rustic charm and luxurious touches, Masseria Scippi offers pleasant surprises at every turn. It combines privacy, peace, voluminous space inside and out, and lots of options for reclining, dining and unwinding, including a couple of roof terraces overlooking the surrounding countryside. All in all, a perfect home from home for large groups of family or friends.

"The quality and facilities of Masseria Scippi were splendid. We were delighted to have daily maid service. We were not expecting that. The quality and value for money of the in-house catering were magnificent." Brendan McCauley, Ireland, September 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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  4
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  10x5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher ²
  • Microwave oven ²
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Vegetable garden 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Bicycles 
  • Shopping service 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 4 hours maid service per day, Monday to Saturday
² each kitchen has a dishwasher and a microwave
³ includes Sky Movies and Sky Football
available for use in the presence of a member of staff
there are a couple of bicycles available for guests' use

 

Inside: Masseria Scippi has received a loving, high quality restoration and is a fascinating home to explore, thanks to the wealth of original features that echo the property’s history, and the unique blend of contemporary and rustic styles throughout.

Accommodation at Masseria Scippi is spread over three buildings, which surround an internal lawned courtyard. The first, the oldest part of the property, is situated on the left of the courtyard. Here, on the ground floor, a small hallway leads into a fully-equipped kitchen decorated with fine maiolica tiles and an original stone fireplace. A few steps lead up from here to a snug living and TV room furnished with sink-in sofas and a breakfast table, and a guest bathroom. Doors from the kitchen and living area lead outside to a sitting area and the main al fresco dining area.

At the base of the courtyard is the bedroom wing, comprising five bedrooms. Each one has its own independent access from the courtyard. Four of the them have an en-suite shower room and both a double and a single bed, making for flexible sleeping arrangements. The spacious fifth bedroom, a master suite, has a double bed, an en-suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment, a kitchen and, on a mezzanine level, a living area.

The third part of Masseria Scippi, which is located across the courtyard gardens from the first, contains the largest and most spacious indoor dining area and kitchen. The kitchen, which has a wood-burning pizza oven, is also the best placed for serving the al fresco dining area.

Outside: the main gate at Masseria Scippi opens onto a wide path running along base of the courtyard in front of the bedroom wing. From here a few easy, shallow steps lead on either side of the lawned quad to the gorgeous shady al fresco dining area, where you will probably take most of your meals, and which is served by two kitchens, the one in the main house and the one in the annex opposite. A few more steps from here take you up to the inviting pool, which is surrounded by paving, lawns and dry stone walls, and served by a bathroom and a couple of outdoor showers. Masseria Scippi also boasts a splendid panoramic roof terrace situated on top of the main sleeping block and accessed via a flight of external steps to one side. Shaded, furnished and offering calming views, this is the perfect spot from which to watch the sun go down with an aperitif in hand.

 

Think About

While four of the five bedrooms have both a double and a single bed, the maximum number of guests (including children) is always 10. Should you wish to use one of the single beds for an extra child sleeping in the same room as his/her parents, please contact us for more information and to confirm the supplement.
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