Badia

SICILY

Pozzillo

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

Stunning views from this traditional Sicilian country house with pool.

Proudly surveying its estate from the crest of a hill, Badia’s noble origins are plain to see. The surrounding vineyards hint at the villa's former role as a winery, while the citrus orchards, olive groves and views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna are a constant reminder of your whereabouts. The capacious communal areas of the main house are trumped only by the cellar with its heated indoor plunge pool!

"Badia and its grounds were simply stunning. Far larger than we expected." Darren Holdway, UK, June 2019

Badia in the press:
Badia in The Daily Telegraph

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  4
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ³ 14x7
  • Heatable plunge pool 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Home cinema 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • WiMax broadband wi-fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Sauna 
  • Table tennis 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • Exclusive beach club access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ Daily cleaning and breakfast table preparation from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 11:30.
² cost of ingredients not included
³ single depth 1.5m
in bedrooms
in the main house
includes Sky Movies
15 minutes walk to a bar, a butcher and a tobacconist
guests staying at Badia have privileged, reduced-rate access to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò.

 

Inside: accommodation at Badia is spread over three comfortably furnished guesthouses surrounding and the central main villa, whose ground and lower ground floors offer ample space for gathering together. The ground floor boasts a magnificently grand open-plan living-cum-dining area with lofty wood-beamed ceilings. This space is furnished with a variety of sitting areas and dining tables, adorned with a fine collection of antiques, and equipped with a drop-down home cinema screen and a disco-quality hi-fi system. Off this is the main kitchen, where guests can cook up a feast together, and a double bedroom with en-suite shower room. For real rest and repose and a little pampering, head down to the voluminous vaulted cellar, where you will find a sauna, a second home cinema, a table tennis table and, the really unique feature of Badia, a small heated plunge pool with swimming pump. Heading outside and across the terraced gardens, one soon comes to the first guesthouse, Casa Verde, home to a living area with kitchenette and, down an external flights of steps, a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub and shower. The second guesthouse, Casa Azzurra, has a living room, a kitchenette and a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub. The third, Casa Rosa, has a large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and tub, a living area and a kitchenette.

Outside: each of the three guesthouses has its own panoramic private outside seating areas, though the focal point will undoubtedly be the stunning pool which has been created to blend in as naturally as possible with the surrounding areas. Al fresco dining areas jostle for preference, views abound and silence reigns, leaving Nature to get on with her busy schedule while you take it easy.

 

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Whether you rent just one, two or the three "case", you will have exclusive use of the grounds, the indoor and outdoor pools and all facilities.

Guests staying at Badia have privileged, reduced-rate access to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò.

The extensive grounds of Badia have a few drops. For this reason, we recommend that younger children are supervised by an adult when exploring the property.
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