Il Baglio della Sorgente

SICILY

Santa Croce Camerina

  • 18 Sleeps
  • 9  Bedrooms
  • 9  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A beautifully restored country property with pool near the sandy beaches of Scoglitti and two world class golf courses.

Sitting in a peaceful position in the Ragusan countryside, Il Baglio della Sorgente is a lovingly converted winery and stables offering space, light-filled interiors, charm and extensive grounds. The flexible accommodation and tempting 15m-long pool makes it an ideal property for large gatherings of friends and family.

"We returned, reluctantly, from our stay at Il Baglio della Sorgente and I want to thank you so very much for a truly memorable experience. We absolutely loved the house, which is exquisite in every way, not least the interiors where the owners clearly have a wonderful eye. There was so much space and of course the weather was superb. Again, all my thanks - the Thinking Traveller is now my favourite villa company." Anon, UK, August 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)  18
  • Bedrooms  9
  • Double beds  5
  • Flexible doubles/twins  4
  • Bathrooms  9
  • ... of which en suite  8
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Staff/owner on the grounds ²
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ³ 15x4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ from Monday to Saturday, excluding Bank Holidays (up to 3 hours if you take the main house only and up to 5 hours if you take the whole property)
² the caretaker and his wife, the maid, live in a self-contained property in the grounds
³ single depth of 1.5m
includes SKY Sports and Movies

 

Inside: accommodation at Il Baglio della Sorgente is spread over the main house (an ex-winery) and some beautifully converted stables, situated just across the courtyard from the former. Both have been lovingly refurbished and feature high ceilings, airy atmospheres, clean geometric lines and a captivating mix of modern comforts, contemporary art and traditional Sicilian touches. The entrance to the main house takes one into an open-plan living and dining area, furnished with comfy sofas and a large dining table. To one side, this space flows into a well-equipped kitchen-diner with access to an al fresco dining area and the surrounding terraces and gardens. An opening on the other side of the living and dining area takes one into a corridor, off which is a guest WC, a laundry area, and three double bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room and access to the external areas. A staircase halfway along the corridor leads down to a second spacious living area opening out via a large glass door into the gardens. A curvaceous wrought iron staircase leads up to a mezzanine level, home to two double-twin bedrooms, both with en-suite shower rooms.

The main entrance of the converted stables leads one into a large, convivial open-concept space with a kitchen-diner and a living area. Large sliding glass doors open out onto the surrounding gardens. A corridor to one side of this space leads to three bedrooms: a double with en-suite shower room, and two double-twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room, one with a shower room opposite. All three have doors opening out into the grounds. The fourth bedroom of the stables, a double with en-suite shower room and external access, is entered from near the dining area of the communal, open-plan space.

Outside: Il Baglio della Sorgente sits on a small hill surveying the surrounding countryside. Mature trees provide shade for a variety of al fresco sitting and dining area, while vivid green lawns verge on a large stone-flagged courtyard and a series of terraces, which the accommodation spills out onto. Beautifully crafted, golden-hued dry stone walls, so characteristic of this area of Sicily, delimit the gardens. A private driveway leads down to the lovely pool area below, which is flanked by a fragrant citrus orchard. Last but certainly not least are the extensive wooded grounds that fan out behind the property, perfect for a pre-prandial stroll or a touch of early morning exercise.

 

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The caretaker and his wife, the maid, live in a self-contained property in the grounds.
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