Secondo Amore

PUGLIA

Ostuni

  • 8 Sleeps
  • 4  Bedrooms
  • 3  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A stylish, elegant "trilla" hideaway in the olive groves of Ostuni!

Secondo Amore is Puglia's answer to a woodland hideaway, except the woodland here is an olive grove, and the property is no log cabin, but a trilla (TM!): a super-chic, architect-designed trullo renovation with a villa twist! Relaxation is unavoidable and peace and quiet is on tap but for the more active there is plenty to do and see on the doorstep of this little Puglian piece of paradise.

"We had a very relaxing holiday. Secondo Amore is well situated for day trips to many towns in the region but if you want to just chill out at the house it is very well kitted out.” EO, 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)  8
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pizza chef ¹
  • Pool (LxW in metres) 12x5 12x5
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Home cinema 
  • DVD player 
  • Sonos wireless music system 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven ³
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ why not organise for a "pizzaiolo" to come and make your pizzas for you?
² in the bedrooms
³ the pizza oven can only be used by the villa pizza chef

 

Inside: accommodation at Secondo Amore is all on one floor and is organised extremely simply. To one end of the house is the original trullo section, home to two cosy interconnected living rooms, one with an alcove with day bed (perfect for supine pursuits) and one with comfortable sofas, a fireplace and TV. Both have glass doors accessing the outdoor areas and the latter leads through to the delightfully stylish kitchen-diner with its wall-length glass sliding doors accessing the outdoor dining area and gardens. A cleverly positioned skylight allows the Puglian sun to flood in, adding to the airy, bright feeling. A small corridor and a couple of steps lead from the indoor dining area to the main sleeping quarters, comprising a master double with en-suite shower room and a further two bedrooms (a double and a double-twin) sharing a shower room. All bedrooms have French windows accessing the gardens. The accommodation is completed by a fourth bedroom (with en-suite shower room) in the dependence just a few steps away across the courtyard from the main house. Secondo Amore has been designed to calm and charm. Stylish modern furnishings sit easily on the simple stone and wood background, and original wrought-iron artworks complement the angular simplicity and clutter-free nature of the design, resulting in an extremely attractive contemporary home.

Outside: the effortless style of the interiors extends to the outdoor living and dining areas of Secondo Amore. Although the gardens can be accessed from all rooms in the house, most comings and goings will probably be through the kitchen-diner's massive sliding glass doors. These lead out onto a decked area, punctuated by a pair of olive trees. From here, five steps lead up to the shady outdoor dining area, which is also served by a barbecue and an original wood-fired pizza oven! Paths leads on from the dining area through the garden to the delightful pool, complete with a chicly-furnished shady gazebo. Centuries-old olive trees populate the grounds, offering gently whispering shade and canopied avenues for relaxing, exploratory perambulations...

 

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An excellent option for those wishing to unwind after a stressful year's work.
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