Masseria Costanza

SICILY

Vendicari Nature Reserve

  • 14 Sleeps
  • 7  Bedrooms
  • 7  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A remarkable, enchanting setting for a fascinating historic property.

Set amongst the lemon groves of Vendicari Nature Reserve, whose sandy beaches and transparent waters are just a short walk away, Masseria Costanza is a recently restored, magnificently proportioned home where beguiling sea views, an enticing pool, vibrant green lawns, panoramic terraces and sleepy courtyards combine to create a unique environment for an unforgettable holiday.

"Masseria Costanza was AWESOME! It exceeded our expectations and the chef and the house staff were perfect." Steve Corso, US, September 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)  14
  • Bedrooms  7
  • Double beds  5
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  7
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ² 6x5
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Laptop computer 
  • Printer 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Home cinema 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Laundry service 
  • Masseur 
  • Personal trainer 
  • Pilates instructor 
  • Beautician 
  • Babysitter 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 5 hours a day in the morning
² single depth 1.5m
³ in the bedrooms
a 1.5km walk through the lemon orchards and down a country lane takes one to the entrance of Vendicari Reserve and on to the nearest beach. Alternatively, a few minutes' drive will take you to the car park at the entrance of the reserve
in the summer months there is a little trattoria and a bar near the entrance to the reserve, about an 800m walk away. Both are open during the day, but not in the evening

 

Inside: accommodation at Masseria Costanza is set on the ground floor of this wholly impressive, rambling, historic house (the first floor is unused). The main entrance takes one in to a huge hall, whose lofty, triple-height beamed ceilings set the tone for the rest of the house. Heading left through an arch, a few steps take one down into the equally voluminous living area, where four sink-in sofas are arranged in front of a large arch of sea-view windows and glass doors that lead out onto a panoramic terrace, towards which you will naturally gravitate. Heading back to and crossing the entrance hall, a couple of steps take you up to another large reception room, with comfy seating areas, access to the main internal courtyard on the left and the old olive oil tanks on the right. Up a couple more steps and one is in the splendidly dramatic dining room, the perfect setting for dinners to remember. To the left, up a step, one comes to the large professional kitchen, which will delight even the most demanding of chefs. The kitchen also accesses the main central courtyard where breakfast or lunch might be taken. On the opposite side of the courtyard are the first two double bedrooms. Both are large, bright and comfortably furnished and feature glassed-in en-suite shower rooms. Off another side of the courtyard is the large cinema room, furnished with sofas and armchairs and a projector that beams films onto a large expanse of white wall. This room also contains the original stone olive press wheel, reminding guests that once this house was also the nerve centre of a working farm. Accessed from the cinema room (and also from the main entrance hall) is a small hallway, off which is a double-twin bedroom with en-suite shower room. Steps lead up from the hallway to a super panoramic terrace, looking out to sea. The main courtyard is connected via a corridor to a second, smaller courtyard, off which are four more bedrooms (three doubles and one double-twin) each with its own en-suite shower room. At one end of this second courtyard is a gate providing access to the terrace above the pool. Furnishings throughout are an elegant, pared-back mix of antiques and contemporary pieces that blend subtly with the original fabric and architectural treasures of this unique home.

Outside: the number one al fresco spot, where most guests spend most of their time, is the superbly panoramic terrace accessed from the main living area. Comfortably furnished for lounging, sipping on an aperitif and gazing at the hypnotic views which take in the lemon groves and salt pans of Vendicari Nature Reserve and the sea beyond. To one side of this terrace, steps lead down to a large expanse of lawned garden, which leads to a large solarium area and shady al fresco dining area to one side, and the enticing pool area to the other. Back on the terrace, a gate leads to a well-furnished courtyard, from where four of the bedrooms are accessed. The main courtyard, which is accessed from the second reception room, the kitchen and two of the bedrooms, is furnished for sitting or dining and offers a variety of shady areas at different times of the day. Flowering pot plants and a mature banana tree offer a colourful vibrancy to this most Sicilian of settings. Where the gardens end, the lemon groves begin. A path leads through them for about 700m to a gate, which opens onto a country lane. From here it's another 800m to the first sandy beach of Vendicari Nature Reserve.

 

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As mentioned in the Area section, in the summer months there is a little trattoria and a bar near the entrance to the reserve, about a 800m away. Both are open during the day, but not in the evening.

Masseria Costanza occupies half of a large baglio. The other half, to the rear, is home to an agriturismo, one of whose first floor windows is above Masseria Costanza's main courtyard.
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