Egesta

SICILY

Calatafimi-Segesta

  • 4 Sleeps
  • 2  Bedrooms
  • 2  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

Peace and quiet immersed in the Arcadian hills of Segesta.

Set amongst a patchwork of vineyards and olive groves near the majestic Doric Temple of Segesta, Egesta is a simple country summer house with a great pool and the kind of peace and quiet that inspires complete and total relaxation. If you manage to drag yourself away, the beaches at Castellammare del Golfo and Scopello are within easy striking distance.

“Egesta was just the place we wanted! Quiet and surrounded by the lovely Sicilian landscape, while close enough to the beaches." Nora Fernandez, Via Feefo, July 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)  4
  • Bedrooms  2
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  2
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 11.5x5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod connector 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Google Chromecast 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ chlorine-free (a saline filtration system is used)
² includes Sky Movies

Pool open from Easter to the end of October.

 

Inside: Egesta comprises a main house and a summer house separated by luxuriant grounds full of fruit trees, palms, roses and olive groves. The main house entrance takes you in from a large shady terrace into a small but comfortably furnished and welcoming open space comprising a living area with fireplace, a dining table and a well-equipped kitchen. A short corridor leads from here to a cosy double bedroom with shower room opposite, and a second bedroom, a double-twin, with a small en-suite shower room and access to the gardens. The summer house, which is accessible via a path through the gardens, is about 80m away from the main house. Here there is a spacious double-twin bedroom with a kitchenette, a bathroom with tub and handheld shower, and a private terrace with wonderfully calming views.

Outside: the main house is surrounded on two sides by a large covered terrace, which is equipped for lounging, dining and cooking. It is here that you will spend most of your time when away from the super pool, which is situated about 20m away from the main house. The pool area has plenty of shade, while the pool itself boasts both a Jacuzzi corner and a swimming pump. The well-tended, mature gardens are planted with a wide variety of fruit trees, including cherries, apricots, plums, figs, pears, lemons and grapefuit, ensuring fresh fruit all year round. No less important are the olive trees, which produce the owner's excellent organic olive oil, a bottle of which you will receive on arrival. The summer house has its own shady terrace which, like the rest of the grounds, looks out over the gently undulating Arcadian countryside that so typifies this area of Sicily. In the distance is the historic hilltop town of Calatafimi.

 

Think About

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.

While Egesta has three bedrooms, for reasons of internal space, we prefer to sell it as a two-bedroom property. Depending on your group configuration, please choose either the two main house bedrooms (ideal for a couple travelling with young children), or one main house bedroom and the garden house bedroom (ideal for two couples travelling together or families with older children).

Due to the presence of two fairly deep unprotected water ponds in the grounds, we do not recommend this property for families with children under 7 years of age. In any case, children staying at Egesta should be supervised by an adult at all times when exploring the grounds.
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