Casa Romito

SICILY

Gibilmanna, Cefalu

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

Where contemporary chic meets Sicilian rural tradition.

Casa Romito boasts sweeping views, comfort, privacy and style in equal measure. The attention to detail and panache of its young owner-designer are evident wherever you turn, and its position in one of Sicily's most attractive areas makes it a superb base for a holiday in the Sicilian countryside. The pool sits elegantly in its rural context, adding another dimension to this rural idyll.

"Casa Romito has a certain charm and it embraces you after a few days. The bedroom layout at the first floor is pleasant and the bathrooms are nice. The pool was great as well, really nice surroundings. We had a really tranquil experience." Anon, the Netherlands, July 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  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  12x6
  • Air conditioning ¹
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] ²
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ in the bedrooms
² please note that due to Casa Romito's location, the internet may sometimes be affected meteorological conditions


Pool open from June to the end of October.

 

Inside: accommodation at Casa Romito is on two floors. On the ground floor, the entrance hall leads on one side to the lovely country kitchen, with terracotta floors, a fireplace, a breakfast table and access to a dining terrace. To the other side of the entrance hall is a large living area, whose white-painted beamed ceilings, comfy sofas, great fireplace and light-giving French windows make for an extremely relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. An arch leads from the living area to the dining room, though you will probably take most of your meals al fresco on the surrounding terraces. A shower room completes the accommodation on the ground floor. A flight of stairs leads from the entrance hall to the first floor, where there is a large central hallway-cum-sitting area and five bedrooms (two doubles, two double-twins and a small single room available on request for a younger child) and three shower rooms, two of which are en-suite. Decoration throughout is very stylish, with a mixture of pastel colours, contemporary restorations and antique furniture.

Outside: Casa Romito is set on several hectares of rolling hillside with extensive views of the coast and the surrounding hills. Grassy banks are studded with fruit trees and centuries-old oaks and chestnuts while in the middle, just below an original well-head, is a high quality pool with wooden decking. The terraces in front of the kitchen, where the dining table and the barbeque are placed, command superb sea views which are at their most dramatic at sunset. This is a place for lovers of space, relaxation and the peace and quiet of the countryside.

 

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If you are looking for a flexible arrival date please do contact us as we may be able to arrange this in a selection of properties, depending on availability.

A great family house, and a superb base for walking in the Madonie Nature Reserve. It is situated 20mins of winding road up the hill from Cefalù. The helpful, discreet owners sometimes stay in another cottage on the grounds, but will not disturb and the pool and gardens remain exclusive to guests.

There is limited mobile phone reception inside the villa, but outside there is.
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