Domus Olivae

SICILY

Ragusa

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

A superbly refined, elegant villa with generously proportioned suites, extensive gardens, a 25m-long pool and soothing views of the surrounding olive groves.

As its name might suggest, Domus Olivae sits at the centre of an organic olive estate. The spacious, luxuriously appointed accommodation wraps around a beautiful stone-flagged courtyard and flows out onto manicured lawned gardens, where, in pride of place, sits the stunning lava-stone pool.


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)  12
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  5
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  6
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook ²
  • Breakfast included 
  • Staff/owner on the grounds 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  25x5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Lift 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Mini bar in rooms 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Organic vegetable garden 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Bicycles 
  • Shopping service 
  • Laundry service 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ up to 6 hours per day from Monday to Saturday
² the cook will prepare breakfast, a light lunch and dinner every day. Please note that the cost of ingredients is not included and should be paid for on presentation of receipts.

 

Inside: accommodation at Domus Olivae comprises six generously proportioned suites with lofty vaulted ceilings, luxurious en-suite bathrooms and access to al fresco areas. The front door takes one in from the gorgeous courtyard to an entrance hall. A door to the left leads one into the first suite, comprising a separate sitting room with courtyard access, a double-twin bedroom, and en-suite bathroom with a tub and a shower. Back in the entrance hall, an opening opposite the front door accesses a second impressive hallway, featuring high vaulted ceilings decorated with Liberty Style frescoes and an opulent Murano chandelier. On either side of this hallway, doors open into two more suites, each with a separate sitting room, a double-twin bedroom, an en-suite bathroom (one with a tub and a shower, one with tub and shower attachment), and access to the a large terrace overlooking the gardens. Back in the first hallway, a hidden door to the right opens to reveal a flight of stairs, which leads up to the fabulous master suite on the first floor (also accessed via a lift). Here there is a super-spacious double bedroom with balcony, garden and sea views, an en-suite bathroom with a tub and a shower, a little terrace overlooking the courtyard, and a separate sitting area served by a second bathroom with shower only. Back once more in the first hallway, a second door on the right leads through to a hall area (also home to the lift to the master suite), and on to a snug TV room with armchairs gathered around a decorative fireplace. Continuing straight on past a guest bathroom, one soon comes to the impressively roomy, light-filled communal area, furnished with numerous sofas and easy chairs and a large, convivial dining table served by a professionally equipped kitchen that has been designed to delight even the most demanding chef. A quartet of French windows open out from the living and dining area, bringing in the light and views and providing access to a terrace looking out over the lawned gardens and the pool.

The two remaining suites are accessed from the courtyard. Known as the Limoni Suites thanks to the lemon trees that perfume the air outside, each one has a double-twin bedroom with sitting areas, and an en-suite shower room.

Outside: an arched gateway leads from the parking area into beautiful central courtyard (a baglio), off which the main house and three of the suites are accessed. Its stone-flagged surface is furnished with chairs and tables and enlivened by a colourful array of Mediterranean flora, including fragrant jasmine, shady palms and vibrant lemon trees. The main communal living and dining area and two of the suites on the ground floor of the main house spill out onto large terraces overlooking the immaculate grounds, which, apart from one area, which is given over to a formal Italian garden, are laid to lawn. The terraces are well-equipped for sitting and, to one end under a lovely pergola, for dining. It is particularly pleasant here at night when the stars and moon take over the sky and the cooling evening breezes rise up the valley from the sea below. Down a few steps from the al fresco dining area is the incredible 25m-long pool, whose black lava-stone cladding imparts an irresistible cobalt blue hue to the water. On the other side of the courtyard there is also a thriving vegetable garden, the produce of which is made available to guests.

Service: the staff at Domus Olivae, including villa manager, maids and cook, will ensure you never have to lift a finger during your stay: the maids will service your rooms (from Monday to Saturday) and change your linen and towels mid-week; the villa manager will oversee that everything is in perfect order; and the cook will be on hand to prepare delicious meals for you (breakfast, light lunch and dinner each day). Just let the villa manager or your Local Manager know a day in advance whether you will be dining at home and the staff will see to the rest. Please note that the cook's services are included in the rental price but the cost of ingredients is extra and should be paid locally on presentation of receipts.

 

Think About

The Domus Olivae estate produces an award-winning DOP extra virgin olive oil produced from local Tonda Iblea olives. Guests are encouraged to have a tasting during their stay.

The discreet owner occupies in a self-contained apartment on the property. You will probably not notice he is there, unless, that is, you would like to quiz him about the harvest and his wonderful olive oil!
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