CaSale

SICILY

Salinagrande, Trapani

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

Sea views and sunsets over the Egadi Islands are just two of CaSale's many charms...

Situated in a sea-front vineyard, overlooking and within an easy walk of Trapani's historic salt pans and the sea, CaSale is a newly refurbished 19th century villa blessed with stunning sunsets, a panoramic pool and close proximity to all that's best about western Sicily.

"The great thing about CaSale was the fact that we each had separate bedrooms and bathrooms, a great luxury. Good amenities, kitchen well equipped." MD, France, August 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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  6
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 10x5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • Stereo 
  • DVD player 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Piano ³
  • WiMax broadband wi-fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Piano recitals 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ Single depth 1.20m. Pool open from Easter to end of October
² Includes Sky Cinema and documentaries
³ Refers to the second smaller black piano as per photo 24. The large grand piano is normally closed but available to professional pianists upon request

 

Inside: accommodation at CaSale is spread over two floors and centred around the large open-plan living area, complete with comfy and panoramic lounge, a decorative grand piano (not playable) and a dining table looking out over the gardens and sea. Three large French windows provide direct access to the external terraces and gardens and allow the Sicilian sun to illuminate the interiors, with their high, wood-beamed ceilings. Modern artwork by Bilal Chahal, immaculate marble floors, contemporary furniture and designer lighting blend with more traditional antique pieces that recall the house’s former life. Off the living and dining area is a modern, fully-equipped kitchen, also with French windows, and four of the five bedrooms (two doubles and two double-twins), each with their own external access and en-suite shower rooms. Two have views of the garden, pool and the sea. A flight of stairs leads to the first floor, home to the master suite, complete with large en-suite shower room, sea views and its own panoramic terrace surveying the vineyard, sea and the Egadi Islands to one side, and Erice to the other. The villa, which has been owned by the same family for over 200 years, was totally and lovingly restored in 2011-2012.

Outside: the lawned garden and terraces at the front of the house look out over the vineyards, the sea and the Egadi Islands, and provide a perfect setting for the inviting pool. This west-facing garden, complete with a shady al fresco dining area and lots of good quality garden furniture, is perhaps at its most seductive in the late afternoon, as the suns begins to plunge, fiery orange and lustrous red, into the sea: sunset-lovers will not be disappointed!

 

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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.

CaSale is part of a sleepy borghetto (hamlet) and there are a couple of other neighbouring properties. The sea near the house is shallow and thus not great for swimming. The nearest sandy beach is about 6km away in Lido Marausa.
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