Trullo Melograno

PUGLIA

Ceglie Messapica

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

A seven-cone cluster of Trulli brought back to life with love and care.

Trullo Melograno has been restored in such a way to ensure that the buildings’ original features provide a charming backdrop to the quality fittings and furnishings used to bring the trulli into the 21st century. Outside, the rustic gardens ooze easy Puglian country charm, while the gentle views and pool imbue the whole with an atmosphere of tranquil hedonism.

"We loved Trullo Melograno - it was beautifully furnished, clean and very comfortable. We enjoyed our time with friends in lovely accommodation and loved having the chefs come - the food was delicious." SY, UK, August 2018

Trullo Melograno in the press:
Waitrose Magazine, 1 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  4
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  11x4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • iPod docking station 
  • TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request

 

Inside: accommodation at Trullo Melograno is spread across the main trulli and a dépendance. The main house entrance takes one into the large open-plan living room and kitchen diner. From the living area, which features an open fire place, a circular hallway (one of the trullo cones) leads to two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The first, the master, is a double-twin served by a bathroom with tub and shower just across the hall, while the second, a double, is cosily tucked away in one of the trullo cones and features an alcove bed. A shower room completes the accommodation in the trulli. Attached to the trulli is the dépendance, which hosts two connecting bedrooms, one double and one double-twin, each with its own en-suite shower room and independent access to the grounds. Gorgeous traditional cream coloured stone floors run throughout the property, much of the original stone walls remain on view and the various nooks, niches and alcoves that are so typical of trulli constructions have been ingeniously incorporated into the overall layout making for a characterful and practical use of space.

Outside: Trullo Melograno is immersed in the beautiful countryside of the Valle d'Itria with views taking in large expanses of olive groves, from which, here and there, distinctive white cone tips of other trulli rise. The gardens merge with the surrounding areas, thanks to the presence of numerous olive and fruit trees. A hop, skip and a jump away from the house across a lawned area, is the lovely pool area, complete with a rustically shaded pergola furnished with cushion-covered sofas. Back near the house, and easily accessed from the kitchen, is the lovely al fresco dining area, where dinners are destined to last long into the starry night...

 

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While there is no mobile phone reception at Trullo Melograno, 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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