Casa dei Gabbiani

SICILY

Pozzallo

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

A superbly furnished, gorgeously finished seafront villa with pool and many more luxurious touches...read on!

Casa dei Gabbiani has been designed with both aesthetic and sensuous pleasures in mind. Attention to detail, practical elegance and an overriding sense of quality combine to create a superbly comfortable all-year-round home away from home.

"Casa dei Gabbiani was beautifully designed and very well cared for. The grounds were exceptional, with different outdoor areas and a large garden for our children to use. Being less than 5 minutes walk from a lovely beach was a big bonus too. The villa was well located, with many sights within around half an hour’s drive.” VB, UK, October 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)  4
  • Bedrooms  2
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ³ 10x4
  • Heatable indoor pool (LxW in m) ³ 6x4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Outdoor sound system 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Outdoor fireplace 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Laundry service 
  • Masseur 
  • Beautician 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 4 hours per day Monday-Saturday
² every day except Sunday. Ingredients not included and should be paid for on presentation of receipts
³ single depth 1.2m. The heated indoor pool heats up to about 28C
a 20-25 minute walk past the port takes one into Pozzallo, where there are a few shops and restaurants

 

Inside: the main entrance of Casa dei Gabbiani, accessed via the shady sea-view terrace at the front of the house, takes one into the living room. Here, high wood-beamed ceilings, a large skylight, a feature fireplace, sink-in sofas and polished concrete floors create an atmosphere that is at once light and airy and cosily comfortable. Moving straight on, a wide opening leads to the impressive kitchen-diner, whose glass roof, banks of windows and glass doors accessing the rear gardens make this an exceedingly luminous spot in which to prepare meals and dine. Extremely spacious and well-equipped, the kitchen also features a wood-fired grill. Back in the living room, a large sliding door accesses a double-twin bedroom, which offers views out across the front gardens to the sea. To the side of this bedroom, a corridor leads from the living room past a shower room to double bedroom with en-suite shower room and sea views. Back in the kitchen, a flight of stairs takes one down to the lower floor and to a TV and media room, furnished with a comfy sofa and an armchair. Also on the lower floor is the luxury pièce de résistance: a heated plunge pool with hydromassage corner. Please note that these rooms are in the basement and do not have any external windows. A fully integrated sound system runs throughout the house and the outdoor areas.

Outside: Casa dei Gabbiani works perfectly both in summer and winter and during the former you will probably spend most of your time outside. There are two main areas, both of which feature large expanses of manicured lawned gardens, palm trees and a variety of Mediterranean shrubs and trees. To the front, sea-facing side of the house, the generously green grass runs past a panoramic aperitif area and eventually gives way to a shady sea-view terrace, which is fully furnished for lounging and dining in comfort. On the other side of the house, accessed from the kitchen or via the gardens, is a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, complete with large wood-fired barbecue, and a covered dining area overlooking the spacious decked pool area.. From here the lawned gardens continue alongside the palm-tree-lined driveway for around 50 metres, offering plenty of space for fun and games, not least thanks to the presence of a children's sand pit. The dreamy outside living experience arguably gets even better as the sun begins to set, thanks to the elaborate outdoor illumination and integrated sound systems that creates a magical, romantic atmosphere… the perfect ambience in which to share convivial dinners long into the night.

 

Think About

If you love the style of Casa dei Gabbiani, you'll probably also love its sister villa, Casa delle Sirene.

The port area of Pozzallo starts about 300m from Casa dei Gabbiani, while the passenger terminal is about a 10-15 minute walk from the villa. From here a fast ferry service will whisk you off to Valletta on Malta. Crossings take about 1h45 so it is eminently possible to make a day trip there.

Furthermore, there are many flights to Malta from all over Europe, so you might find that it is easier to fly there (rather than a Sicilian airport) and then take the hydrofoil or ferry to Pozzallo.

Casa dei Gabbiani has a quiet camper van site on the neighbouring property.

The TV room on the lower ground may be converted into a double-twin on request and for a small extra weekly fee. Please note that it would not provide the same level of accommodation as the bedrooms on the ground floor and that there is no natural light.
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