Funcia

SICILY

Scopello

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

A stunning position on one of Sicily’s most spectacular stretches of coastline.

With its large grounds, spectacular views, private sea access and walking distance to restaurants and shops, Funcia offers the perfect balance for many of our clients. Steps lead down to the crystal clear waters below while the coves and bays of the nearby Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve are invitingly close at hand.

"Funcia is in the most gorgeous position, the owners were lovely and it felt like a home." LW, UK, October 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)  6
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  3
  • Single beds  1
  • Bunk beds  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Phone landline 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • 3G Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) ¹
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ there is a mini-market with an outstanding deli, butcher's and wine section, a good bar, and an organic farm shop selling superb fruit and vegetables just a 10-minute walk away. There are also some good restaurants in the village of Scopello, about a 20-minute walk away (uphill). Please note that there are no pavements along the road up to Scopello

 

Inside: accommodation at Funcia is spread over three floors. The front door leads to the main living area, comprising two sitting areas, an open fireplace, a large dining table and French windows accessing the large sea-view terrace. A door from living area takes one to the well-equipped kitchen looking over and accessing the gardens and an al fresco dining area. A few stairs lead from the entrance hall down to a second living area with comfortable sofas and TV, a double bedroom and a shower room. Down another few stairs is a fully self-contained apartment with a double bedroom, shower room and open kitchen area leading onto a terrace. Back in the entrance hall, stairs lead up to the first floor, where there are three bedrooms, a double, a bunk bed twin, a large single and two bathrooms, one with shower and one with tub. The double has wonderful sea views and access to a panoramic terrace, while the single accesses a balcony overlooking the garden.

Outside: Funcia is set in extensive grounds from which superb sea views abound. The main sea-view terrace, accessed from the living area and the gardens, is furnished for lounging and dining. Two more al fresco dining areas, one outside the kitchen, the other in a nearby barbecue area, make it possible to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in different places, while a seafront viewing point looking down along the coastline is the perfect spot for an aperitif. One side of the garden is given over to a shady copse of pine trees, where you may take a restorative afternoon snooze in a hammock or have a game of table tennis. Finally, at the bottom of the garden a flight of about 120 steps leads down to the rocky coastline and the crystalline waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

 

Think About

You may have noticed that although Funcia can technically accommodate up to nine people, we limit the number of guests to six.

There is a SCUBA club in Scopello, sailing in Castellammare and great treks to be had in the Lo Zingaro nature reserve.

Thanks to its position and design, which makes the most of the sea breezes, there is no air conditioning at Funcia.
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