Villa del Faro

PUGLIA

Santa Maria di Leuca

  • 12 Sleeps
  • 6  Bedrooms
  • 6  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

Intoxicating sea views, a remarkable infinity pool and so much more at this top level villa in Santa Maria di Leuca.

Set in an enviable position above the lovely town of Santa Maria di Leuca, and boasting superb views of the sea and the lighthouse from which it takes its name, Villa del Faro is a special property indeed. Luminous interiors flow out onto wide panoramic terraces, space abounds and the pool area is one of the finest in our portfolio.

"In terms of quality, setting and views, Villa del Faro gets 5 out of 5. The housekeeper was lovely." MM, UK, July 2018

Villa Del Faro in the press:
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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)  12
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Double beds  3
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  6
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pizza chef 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Children's pool (LxW in metres) 
  • Gated infinity pool  14x5
  • Plunge pool Jacuzzi 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Library ³
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Laptop computer 
  • Printer 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Outdoor sound system 
  • Home cinema 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Integrated sound system 
  • Piano 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Ice machine 
  • Exercise bike 
  • Sauna 
  • Table football 
  • Billiards 
  • Shopping service 
  • Laundry service 
  • Sea views 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ from 8.00am -2.00pm every day except Sundays and Bank Holidays
² every day except Sundays and Bank Holidays. The table for breakfast will be set up and cleared between 8.00 and 10.00am; ingredients should be paid locally on presentation of receipts
³ with about 300 books in Italian and English
with large screen and projector
includes SKY Cinema and Sport
only for use by a professional pizzaiolo (pizza-maker), who is available on request on Wednesdays
Villa del Faro is located about 1km above Santa Maria di Leuca. You can walk into town, though there is quite a steep climb back and sections of the fairly busy road are without pavement. The Sanctuary and lighthouse, home to a café, is a few minutes' walk

 

Inside: accommodation at Villa del Faro is organised over two levels. The main entrance takes one into a hallway. To the left, down a couple of steps is the double-level, open-plan living and dining area. The living area is furnished with a well-cushioned corner sitting area and is partially separated from the dining area, which features a convivial round dining table, by a couple of steps and a low wall. Both these areas feature large sliding glass doors accessing the extensive sea-view terrace that runs along the entire façade of the first floor. A set of doors lead from dining area to the fabulous professional kitchen, whose stainless steel worktops and top-of-the-range appliances will delight keen cooks and chefs alike. A short section of corridor leads from between the kitchen and the dining area to first floor's sleeping area, comprising a master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with twin sinks, hydromassage tub, separate shower and a Hammam area, and then, down a few stairs, two double-twin bedrooms sharing a bathroom with separate shower and tub. All three bedrooms have their own access to the surrounding terraces. Back in the corridor, a flight of stairs takes one down to part of the ground floor, where there is a twin bedroom with adjacent shower room. Back on the first floor, between the living area and the kitchen, a second flight of stairs leads down to the ground floor proper, which is home to a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub and separate shower, a double bedroom with a single divan and en-suite bathroom with tub, a central living area accessing the pool-level terraces, and a cinema room with a projector and a large screen . A quintessential coastal house, Villa del Faro features pristine white walls, creamy beige floors and a series of sliding glass doors and picture windows that both bring in the light and promote a seamless indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Outside: Villa del Faro has been designed to make the most of its fabulous views, and this aspect is reflected in its wonderful variety of panoramic terraces. The first floor boasts a spacious L-shaped terrace that may be accessed from both the living and the dining area. It combines a large shaded dining area and a glass-fronted lounge area, both of which look out over the pool area, Santa Maria di Leuca, the lighthouse from which the villa takes its name, and the sea. Down below, accessed by a flight of external steps from the first floor terrace and from some of the ground floor rooms, is the magnificent pool area. Here, a long retractable canopy offers shade for a lounge area, while two sides of the pool are given over to a comfily furnished solarium, a bar and a couple of decked outdoor showers. The stunning gated infinity pool itself is divided into three sections: an L-shaped swimming area accessed by shallow, wide steps and featuring a pair of cascades issuing from a stone wall; a smaller children's pool and a Jacuzzi. Behind the pool area is a covered dining area and a large bathroom with shower. On its own little terrace, and ideally positioned to serve both al fresco dining areas, is a large wood-fired pizza oven and barbecue. While the views from all these areas are superb, arguably the best are to be had from the roof terrace, where it is possible to lose yourself in the beauty of all that surrounds you. Coming back down to earth, the side of the property is given over to a driveway, a sloping expanse of green lawn and a wooded area criss-crossed by paths.

 

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Villa del Faro features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is a drop from the infinity edge so we recommend children are supervised at all times. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

Please note that there is no real shallow end in Villa del Faro's pool, whose minimum depth is 1.45m. There are, however, quite wide, shallow steps for access and a separate shallow pool (depth 70cm) for younger children.

The villa is located about 1km above Santa Maria di Leuca. You can walk into town but please do note that sections of the road can be quite busy and without a pavement.
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