Casa Vera

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  • 10 Sleeps
  • 5  Bedrooms
  • 4  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A perfectly proportioned, rigorously refined, contemporary villa with pool and inspiring views.

Casa Vera's impeccable contemporary design belies a subtle artistic soul, where engineered chiaroscuro effects evolve to the rhythms of the sun's passing and proportions evoke Leonardo da Vinci's golden ratio. Cool, soothing concrete grey runs both inside and out, a perfect foil to the vibrant colours of the surrounding countryside, the dark cobalt pool and the shimmering sea on the horizon.

"Everything was of a quality commensurate with the elegance of Casa Vera. Well done all around, it was a superbly delivered week by everyone from start to finish by all in London and on-site in Sicily." SK, UK, October 2018

Casa Vera in the press:
First Living, April 2018
BA Highlife, May 2017

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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  4
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  17x4.5
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Heating 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ three hours per day except Sundays and Bank Holidays
² in the bedrooms
³ Including Sky Sports and Movies

 

Inside: accommodation at Casa Vera is organised over two areas, the main house and a poolside dépendance. One of the entrances leads into the impressively voluminous and extremely well-equipped, industrial-chic kitchen-diner combining polished concrete floors, walls of glass sliding doors, a thick marble work surface, a large wrought iron-framed dining table, stainless steel appliances and a line of designer light fittings suspended from the ceiling. To one side, sliding glass doors open out onto a panoramic courtyard equipped for dining, while to the other more glass doors bring in the sea and countryside views and provide access to the front terrace. The concrete floors of the kitchen-diner flow through an opening into the living area, which features a bespoke wall of Sicilian ceramic tiles surrounding a fireplace, a variety of designer sofas and armchairs and another wall of glass sliding doors accessing the front terrace. Behind the fireplace wall is a guest bathroom. From the living area a corridor leads to the main sleeping area, comprising a master double with en-suite bathroom, sea views and access to the front terrace, a second double bedroom and a twin bedroom. These latter two are separated by a shared shower room.

The remaining two double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower rooms, are situated in a dépendance near the pool and accessed via a flight of external steps linking the main house to the pool area. These two bedrooms share a shaded terrace looking out to sea and over the surrounding countryside.

Outside: Casa Vera is blessed with a variety of spacious terraces where guests may dine, lounge, sunbathe and gaze at the sensational sea and countryside views. The first wraps around the main house and has two main areas for hedonistic moments: the front terrace above the pool area, which is accessed from the living area and kitchen-diner; a panoramic walled courtyard to one side of the house, which, thanks to its proximity to the kitchen and the presence of a barbecue and a shaded dining table, is where guests take most of their meals. Suspended above the house and part of this courtyard is Casa Vera's unique architectural feature: a seemingly weightless, floating iron grill that casts perpetually evolving geometrical patterns of light and shade. A large rectangular opening in one of the courtyard's walls leads out to another shaded terrace on top of the poolside dépendance, from where the views are arguably the best of all. Furnished for sitting and lounging, this is probably the spot for an aperitif or a post-prandial nightcap under the stars. Two sets of steps lead down from either end of the front terrace to the glorious sea-view pool area, at the centre of which is the stylish cobalt pool complete with a shallow beach-effect plateau. The pool area is served by its own bathroom and a large cane-shaded area. Opposite this, a walkway leads to the dépendance bedrooms.

 

Think About

There are some drops around the property, including one from the main house terrace down to the pool area. For this reason, younger children should be supervised by an adult when exploring the property.
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