Donnafucale

SICILY

Noto

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

A beautifully refurbished country house with pool near Noto and the beaches of southeastern Sicily.

Guests arriving at Donnafucale are greeted by a handsome, pearly white façade, swathes of emerald lawn and relaxing views across the gently rolling countryside. Bright, elegantly furnished interiors flow out into the surrounding gardens, whose dimensions echo the generous proportions of the house itself. A tempting pool completes the picture, making Donnafucale a really attractive proposition for anyone wishing to holiday in Sicily's southeastern corner.

"Donnafucale was outstanding in every aspect. Spotlessly clean, perfectly prepared for our arrival, the homemade savouries and welcome basket of food and drink were unexpected and very much appreciated, and very well stocked with supplies. The villa is beautifully furnished to a very high standard, and I really couldn't fault it in any way. EVERY product or utensil I needed in the kitchen/laundry was available. This for us was truly a home from home! An amazing stay... wish we had booked two weeks!" Anon, UK, July 2019





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
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 10x3.5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Volleyball court/net 
  • Swing 
  • Shopping service 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ Single depth 1.5m

 

Inside: accommodation at Donnafucale is spread over a main house and a dépendance. The main house is spread over two floors and features lofty ceilings, generously-sized, light-filled rooms and a harmonious sense of classic elegance throughout. The front door of the main house takes one into a spacious hallway, off which the living accommodation flows. Turning left, one accesses an elegant formal dining room, which in turn leads to a breakfast room. Both are conveniently served by the stylish, well-equipped kitchen, whose French windows open out onto the al fresco dining area to one side, and the lawned gardens to the other. Back in the hallway and turning right, one comes to the bright, comfortably furnished living area, whose sofas sit either side of a decorative fireplace. Straight on through the hallway is a guest bathroom and stairs leading to the first floor, which is home to a central landing with desk and two bedrooms. There is a double-twin with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room, and a double, also with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with tub.

The dépendance is located just a few steps across a courtyard from the main house and comprises three bedrooms, each with its own independent access. There is a twin with walkthrough wardrobe and en-suite shower room and two doubles, one with an en-suite shower room, the other with en-suite bathroom with tub. Like their counterparts in the main house, the dépendance bedrooms are large, spacious and bright.

Outside: Donnafucale is surrounded on three sides by large expanses of emerald green lawns split over two levels, each of which is delimited and crisscrossed by creamy drystone walls. On the upper level of the garden is a panoramic pool overlooking the gently undulating countryside, while a volleyball net and swing provide more fun opportunities for sporty types and younger children. A large flagged courtyard stands between main house and the dépendance, while to the garden side of the main house, accessed from the kitchen and the hallway, is a well-furnished, shaded al fresco dining and lounge area; the perfect spot for lingering over long convivial lunches and dinners.

 

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The bedrooms in the dépendance are only accessible from the outside and do not interconnect.

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