Don Venerando

SICILY

Carruba

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

A refined, elegant villa with large pool, sea views and garden gate beach access.

Set in an idyllic position, with superb views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea, Don Venerando is a lovingly restored, beautifully appointed villa offering sophistication in an informal, relaxing atmosphere. The tempting cobalt waters of the sea at the end of the garden vie for guests' attention with the irresistible pool, making Don Venerando a perfect home away from home for anyone who loves to be spoilt for choice.

"The house manager and the rest of the staff went out of their way to make our stay at Don Venerando a truly memorable experience! The in-house cook service was absolutely wonderful and I would wholeheartedly recommend it." Timo Veromaa, Finland, September 2018





Don Venerando in the press:
The Taste SF, June 2018
The Times, February 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  5
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Heatable pool (LxW in metres) ³ 18x5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Wine chiller 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Integrated sound system 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Bicycles 
  • Shopping service ²
  • Transfers 
  • Masseur 
  • Personal trainer 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Wine-tasting 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Exclusive beach club access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ five hours per day, from 10.00am to 3.00pm
² a member of staff will be available every day for food shopping and breakfast preparation. Ingredients are not included and should be paid for on presentation of receipts
³ there is an extra cost of €680 per week for heating the pool, if requested, payable in advance.
includes SKY Movies and Sport
3 adult mountain bikes are available for guests
guests staying at Don Venerando have privileged, reduced-rate access to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò

 

Inside: accommodation at Don Venerando is arranged over two floors. The main entrance takes one into a bright welcoming hallway, off which the ground floor rooms flow. To the left is the large, luminous living area, whose double set of French windows both provide access to the gardens and pool and bring in the wonderful sea views. Sink-in sofas and armchairs are gathered around a fireplace and cool pietra pece flooring show off the pristine white walls. Two doors from the living area lead to a guest bathroom and, up a couple of steps, to a large, airy double-twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and access to the grounds. To the right of the entrance hall, a wide corridor connects the lovely dining room to the kitchen, whose mix of contemporary style and Sicilian tradition make for a pleasing ambience in which to whip up memorable meals. Stairs from the corridor take one to the first floor and the main sleeping quarters. Here, accessed from a corridor, there are four bedrooms: a master suite with large en-suite bathroom with tub and rainfall shower, two doubles and a double-twin, each with its own en-suite shower room. All of the first floor bedrooms boast wonderful sea views and access to a panoramic terrace that runs along the entire façade of the villa. The corridor linking the bedrooms also accesses a large terrace offering superb views of Mount Etna. Furnishings, fitting and finishes are of an excellent quality throughout, making Don Venerando a greatly appealing, high quality residence.

Outside: Don Venerando is situated in a secluded spot on the seafront of a large nursery, immersed in greenery. Guests spend most of their waking hours on the sea-facing side of the house, which is home to panoramic terraced areas, lawns and a splendid pool, which is large enough for a spot of real swimming. Sunloungers flank the pool and several areas are given over to dining and relaxing with a sea view. At one side of the garden some steps lead to a path from where it is just 180m to a long pebble-stone beach and the translucent waters of the Ionian Sea. Large terraces run along both sides of the villa's first floor, affording superb views of Mount Etna to one side and the sea to the other. This latter, east-facing terrace is accessible from the four first floor bedrooms. The several hectares of nursery gardens surrounding Don Venerando are crisscrossed with a number of paths and quiet roads, perfect for anyone wishing to go for a jog or a pre-prandial stroll.

 

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Guests staying at Don Venerando are offered reduced prices at the owners' restaurant at the Donna Carmela hotel about 2.4km away. Pick-up and drop-off may also be arranged.

Don Venerando sits amidst the vibrant greenery of a peaceful nursery, whose private roads are a pleasure to stroll or jog along. Occasionally you may see gardeners tending the plants but they will not be near the villa.

Please note that there is no real shallow end in the pool, whose minimum depth is 1.4m.

The owners' internationally acclaimed Radicepura Garden Festival takes place nearby between April and October 2019 and is highly recommended for those with an interest in horticulture.

Guests staying at Don Venerando have privileged, reduced-rate access to Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's exclusive lido on the beach at Mazzarò.
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