Trullo Terra Dolce

PUGLIA

Ostuni

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

A stylish, comfortable trullo in a superb location and with a great pool.

Trullo Terra Dolce (literally, "Sweet Earth") is a beautifully restored collection of original trulli, set in the rolling olive groves, and with far reaching views, of the soothing Valle d'Itria countryside. The sensitive restoration has comfort in mind in the form of superb fittings and underfloor climate control, and great style in the choice of materials and furnishings. This is a flexible property that will suit many group formations, from families to groups of friends.

"What a memorable family holiday we all had at Trullo Terra Dolce! The grounds are so beautiful. Our 5-year old grand-daughter summed it up when she said it was sad to leave Trullo Terra Dolce. It was her first overseas trip, but she and her 8-year old brother loved the villa. The place was just as enjoyable for us and our sons and daughters-in-law. The in-villa pizza cooked in the wood-fired outdoor oven on the night we arrived was the perfect beginning to our holiday. We were tired from our long flights and it was a Canadian holiday, Thanksgiving. We may do pizza from now on for Thanksgiving as a reminder of our family trip to Puglia!" Wendy Schissel, Canada, October 2018

Trullo Terra Dolce in the press:
First Living, April 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  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pizza chef 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  12x7
  • Air cooling system ¹
  • Heating ¹
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • TV 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ an underfloor air cooling and heating system runs throughout

 

Inside: accommodation at Trullo Terra Dolce is spread over three independently accessed houses which, whilst resembling a single building from the outside, are not connected internally. The "main house" is nearest to the pool and has a comfortable open-plan living and dining room with large glass doors offering stunning views over the gardens and pool, a well-equipped kitchen, also with garden access, one double bedroom with an alcove bed and an en-suite bathroom with tub and rainfall shower, a study with an ornamental daybed and a second bathroom.

The middle of the three houses is a classic trullo and is home to a double bedroom (with bed in an alcove) and an en-suite shower room.

The third house, furthest from the pool, comprises two bedrooms, a double and a double-twin and two shower rooms (of which one en-suite), a living room with access to the gardens and an al fresco dining and lounge area, a dining room with original bread oven and a kitchen.

The properties have been beautifully restored to a very high quality and subtly brought into the 21st century: many of the original features have been retained, some fulfilling their original function, others being ingeniously put to other uses. Traditional Puglian and exotic Indian furniture and furnishings combine to create a bright, cheery atmosphere throughout, while the bathrooms combine contemporary-style suites with original stone-carved wash basins.

Booking notes:
a. if you book as a couple (i.e. 1 bedroom) you will be accommodated in the main house.
b. if you need 2 bedrooms, you may choose either the main house and the trullo or the 2-bedroom house
c. if you need 3 bedrooms, you will be accommodated in the main house and the 2-bedroom house

Outside: Trullo Terra Dolce is surrounded by extensive gardens and terraces with a selection of shady spots for al fresco living and dining. Green lawns alternate with paved areas and all has been planted with a large variety of colourful and fragrant Mediterranean flora. The focal point, however, is the splendid pool, from which views over the surrounding woods (accessible from the gardens) and gentle countryside are delightful.

 

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Whether you book just the main house or all the property, you will always have exclusive use of the ground and pool.
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