Trullo Gaura

PUGLIA

Ceglie Messapica

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

Gorgeous gardens, peace and quiet and a dreamy pool at this beautifully restored trullo.

Situated just outside the charming town of Ceglie Messapica, one of Italy's most renowned gastronomic centres, and with easy access to all that is best about the Valle d'Itria, Trullo Gaura is a light-filled, elegant property that is perfect for a relaxing holiday in the countryside.

"Trullo Gaura exceeded the photos and expectations! We loved how peaceful it was." Molly Roberts, US, August 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  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 10x5
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Underfloor heating ²
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Shopping service 
  • Driver 
  • Masseur 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Paddle tennis court 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ single depth of 1.5m
² underfloor cooling and heating throughout
³ includes SKY Movies and Football
20m x 10m

Pool open from Easter to end of October

 

Inside: accommodation at Trullo Gaura comprises two ‘wings’ divided by a central hub. The main entrance is via a charming circular courtyard which leads directly into the heart of the house: a luminous open-plan kitchen-diner and living area, from which one may access both the gorgeous gardens and the main sleeping quarters. High vaulted ceilings and pure white walls are offset by the subtle grey hues of the window frames, doors and flooring, a theme that runs throughout most of the property. Two sets of French windows make for an effortless indoor-outdoor living experience. Between the dining table and the kitchen, a corridor leads to the ‘left wing’, where there are two lovely bedrooms. The first is a large double-twin with separate sitting area, furnished with a sofa and desk, while the second is a double. Between them is a beautifully finished shower room, featuring a delightful moulded sink and vanity area. Both bedrooms have direct access to a furnished terrace and the gardens that surround the house. Heading back into the hub of the house, a couple of steps lead from the comfy sofas of the living area to the ‘right wing’. Here, there is a bright TV room and a double bedroom with lovely en-suite shower room. On this side of the property, but accessed only from the gardens, is the fourth bedroom, a double-twin with its own en-suite shower room.

Outside: Trullo Gaura sits amidst a gorgeous mature garden that brims with myriad species of flowers, aromatic shrubs and trees. Immediately surrounding the house, and accessed from the kitchen-diner and living area, the bedrooms in the ‘right wing’ and the fourth bedroom, are a series of furnished terraces. From the terraced area outside the kitchen, a hop, skip and a jump will take you to the dreamy shaded al fresco dining area and then onto the pool, which is immersed in the calming verdant gardens.

 

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While there is no mobile phone reception at Trullo Gaura, there is a good Wi-Fi connection, meaning that calls and messages can be made/received through Skype, WhatsApp and other Internet-based apps.
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