Il Gabbiano

SICILY

Cefalù

  • 5 Sleeps
  • 3  Bedrooms
  • 2  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

An unrivalled cliff-top position and garden gate sea access in this superbly finished and equipped villa.

"Location, location, location," goes the real estate mantra, and Il Gabbiano is a perfect example of what that phrase really means. Three separate panoramic terraces mean you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to views, while the direct sea access makes it possible to dive into the turquoise waters below without ever having to go far from the comfort of your home away from home.

“We loved Il Gabbiano, particularly the ground floor and the views.” Louise Joyce, UK, June 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)  5
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Single beds  1
  • Bathrooms  2
  • ... of which en suite  0
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Air conditioning ¹
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Satellite TV ²
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Gym ³
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ in kitchen, living area and the 2 main bedrooms (but not the ground floor bedroom)
² includes Sky Movies and Sports
³ on the mezzanine level there is a treadmill, some weights plus a step machine and fitness ball

 

Inside: Il Gabbiano is accessed from a large sun-drenched terrace at the top of a flight of steps and accommodation is spread over two floors. The main entrance leads into a homely, well-equipped kitchen with traditional Sicilian decorated ceramic tiles and dining table, and then on to the living room, whose corner picture window offers great views of the sea, the new harbour and La Rocca. Comfy sofas and a large, flat-screen TV make this a very pleasant room in which to watch a film or gaze out to sea. Above the living area is an open mezzanine level that serves as a little gym or a quiet reading area. To the right of the kitchen as you enter the house is a small single bedroom (without air-con) and a shower room. Going upstairs, one comes to the two main bedrooms, the master double and a double-twin, and a shower room. The master double, complete with large flat-screen TV, has access to a wonderful terrace with delightful sea views.

Outside: just outside the house is a spacious terraced area furnished for dining and relaxing. From here, two separate flights of steps lead to another two terraces. The first is a spectacularly situated viewing point complete with barbecue and dining area. The second is an absolutely private lawned terrace with wonderful views of the sea and the coast running eastwards. Two paths, one behind and one in front of the villa take you down to two delightful coves shared with a couple of neighbouring villas.

 

Think About

Cefalù, with its numerous restaurants and bars is a pleasurable 20-30 minute walk away.

The gardens, grounds and sea accesses of Il Gabbiano have quite a lot of steps, making the property unsuitable for those with walking restrictions. There are also a few precipitous drops around the grounds which, although well fenced, mean that we do not recommend Il Gabbiano for younger children.
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