Terrarossa

PUGLIA

Monopoli

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

A beguiling mix of contemporary and traditional Puglian architecture immersed in peaceful gardens.

Terrarossa's tranquil setting amidst the olive groves of Puglia's eastern plain makes it ideal for exploring both the picturesque towns of the Valle d'Itria and the beaches of the Adriatic coast. Al fresco living is generously catered for by an abundance of furnished terraces, emerald lawns and a dreamy pool, while the superbly crafted interiors are spacious, light and finished to exactingly high standards.

"Terrarossa had absolutely everything you could need, we were so impressed. The facilities at the villa and the support provided were a huge highlight. The owners were fabulous hosts, very helpful and gave us a lovely welcome pack on arrival which included a baked tart. Also packed us breakfast to eat on the early morning drive to the airport." Daley Welch, Australia, June 2019

Find out about gastronomic experiences at Terrarossa

Terrarossa in the press:
International Traveller, December 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)  8
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  3
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  11x4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Wine cellar ¹
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor fireplace ³
  • Vegetable garden 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Shopping service 
  • Driver 
  • Masseur 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ including organic Puglian wines and artisanal beers from the Salento. A price list is provided at the villa
² including Sky Movies and Sport
³ there is a fire pit
including an orchard

 

Inside: accommodation at Terrarossa is spread over three buildings: a day house, a night house and an original trullo. As the name might suggest, the day house, which is the closest to the pool, is where you will spend most of your waking hours when not by the pool. Large sliding glass doors lead from a shaded terrace into a voluminous and airy open-plan space hosting a kitchen-diner and a sitting area, off which is a double-twin bedroom and an adjacent shower room. Polished concrete floors, designer furniture, quality fittings, an array of windows large and small, and a superb kitchen all combine to create a thoroughly relaxing contemporary atmosphere.

The night house is located on the opposite side of the pool from the day house and accommodates two of the property’s four bedrooms. If you book Terrarossa at the two bedroom price, these are the bedrooms that will be made available to you. Similar in its cubic, angular, contemporary architecture to its diurnal sister, but partially clad in creamy local stone, the night house is also accessed via a shady terrace. One enters a kitchen-diner, which, while smaller than the main kitchen, is perfectly equipped for whipping up and eating breakfast or light lunches. The presence of a TV and built-in sofas in this room mean that it may also be used as a second living area. A little hallway off the kitchen-diner leads to two lovely double-twin bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room and access, via glass doors, to little private terraces overlooking the gardens.

Situated about 20m from the night house is the beautifully restored trullo, home to a charming suite comprising a small sitting area, a double bedroom and an en-suite shower room.

Outside: the extensive grounds of Terrarossa are planted with an archetypally Puglian mix of whispering olive trees, aromatic plants, flowering shrubs and prickly pear cacti. Crisscrossing the reddish soil from which the property takes its name, are a series dry stone walls and paths linking the three houses. At centre stage is a large expanse of verdant lawn and the splendid pool, which comes with beach-effect shallow end, decking, shower and solarium. Each house has its own attractive al fresco area: the day house boasts a shady pool-view terrace with barbecue, furnished elegantly with a large dining table and a suite of easy chairs; the night house’s wrap-around terrace offers a variety of areas equipped for lounging and dining in style; the trullo has a little umbrella-shaded al fresco sitting area. Back at the night house, an external flight of steps leads up to a super-panoramic roof terrace from which one may survey the grounds, the surrounding countryside and, in the distance, the Adriatic Sea. Finally, if all that were not enough, to one side of the swimming pool is the fabulous fire pit, flanked on either side by a mix of built-in, well-cushioned, sofas and designer chairs. Convivial evenings spent here, accompanied by a soothing soundtrack of gently chirruping cicadas, are the stuff that memories are made of. If, on arrival, you've never heard of l'arte del dolce far niente - the art of sweet idleness - by the time you leave Terrarossa, you'll be an expert.

 

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Thanks to its many outdoor terraces, its two kitchens and its flexible living and sleeping areas, Terrarossa is well-suited to hosting a multigenerational family travelling together and who would like to retain a certain amount of privacy while still being able to come together for convivial meals or fun and games.

Terrarossa has an excellent ecological pedigree thanks to its solar panels, which provide most of the property's electricity and hot water.

Between November and Easter, it is possible to book Terrarossa for stays of less than a week (minimum 3 nights)

If you book Terrarossa at the two-bedroom price, the bedrooms in the night house will be prepared and the day house's kitchen and communal areas will be open for your use. The trullo and the fourth bedroom in the day house will be closed.
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