Casa di Pietra

SICILY

Modica

  • 14 Sleeps
  • 7  Bedrooms
  • 6  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A great summer villa for large groups of family or friends.

Set in a large, luxuriant garden in the farmland surrounding the fascinating baroque city of Modica, Casa di Pietra is a modern house built in the warm stone of the area. Its practical layout makes summer living easy while the magnificent heated pool is a magnet for children and adults alike. All in all an ideal family house within easy striking distance of fascinating towns and white sandy beaches.

“Perfect, perfect, perfect! No complaints about Casa di Pietra at all."Martina Kuzelova, Slovakia, September 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)  14
  • Bedrooms  7
  • Double beds  6
  • Twins  1
  • Bathrooms  6
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Heatable outdoor pool (LxW in m) ³ 12x8
  • Gated pool (LxW in metres) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Shopping service 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ up to 4 hours per day from Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays)
² from Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays). Breakfast table will be prepared so that guests can help themselves (ingredients payable locally), if a cooked breakfast is required it can be arranged at an extra cost
³available only during the months of June - September. There is an extra charge of €630 per week for heating the pool, if requested, payable in advance
in the main house's living area and master bedroom, and in the four guesthouses. The two bedrooms on the lower floor of the main house have ceiling fans
includes Sky Movies

Pool open from Easter to end of October

 

Inside: accommodation at Casa di Pietra is spread over the main house and four smaller guesthouses in the grounds, all of which are built using large blocks of the beautiful light grey stone typical of this area. The front door of the main house takes one into a bright and airy, split level living-cum-dining area which leads straight on to a well laid-out kitchen. Five steps take you up to a comfortably furnished sitting room and then on to the master double bedroom with en-suite shower room and large picture doors leading to the garden. On the lower floor of the main house is a double bedroom, a twin suitable for children and two shower rooms.

Close to the pool there are two guesthouses which are connected by a covered terrace with a small kitchen, a lounge area and a table tennis table. At one end of this there is a double bedroom with a small living room and an en-suite shower room. At the other end of the covered terrace there is another double bedroom with en-suite toilet. This room also has its own private walled courtyard where there is an al fresco hot shower.

Back near the main house are the last two guesthouses, each with a double bedroom and an en-suite shower room.

The accommodation throughout is decorated in a colourful, stylish and practical way... all in all, great for a holiday!

Outside: the garden contains a beautiful mixture of lush lawns and Mediterranean plants, and is enclosed by a characteristic wall of white Modica stone. Between the main house and the guesthouses is a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, dining area and a barbecue. Further towards the pool is a shady pagoda for lounging and snoozing and several other shaded areas are dotted around the grounds. At the end of the garden is the beautiful heated pool, featuring a hydromassage corner for those in need of a little TLC!

 

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Two of the bedrooms (the bedroom off the covered terrace with a living area, and the first of the two bedrooms near the main house) may become triples for an extra fee of €240 per week each. In the former there is sofa bed in the living room (and the bathroom would be accessed via the double bedroom), while in the latter a single bed can be added. The extra beds are only suitable for children who need to be near their parents.

The friendly, discreet owner lives in a guesthouse on the property but has private access and in no way does she impinge on the privacy of guests, who have exclusive use of the gardens and pool.

Casa di Pietra is situated in a rural agricultural location amidst farms and farmland. At certain times of year, therefore, particularly in the spring and late summer, the surrounding fields are the scene of a variety of agricultural activities (including ploughing, sowing, harvesting and soil preparation).
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