Masseria d'Estia

SICILY

Marina di Ragusa

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

A pristine property with pool near the sandy beaches of the Val di Noto.

Masseria d'Estia is a refined, luxuriously finished villa where ingenious interior design, eclectic elegance and al fresco attractions unite to create an enchanting atmosphere for some serious rest and relaxation.

"Masseria d'Estia exceeded all our expectations. It was exactly as pictured on the website, but even more elegant than we imagined. The staff were so helpful to us and we really enjoyed their presence. All the common areas (pool, playground, patio, etc) were so well maintained. We didn't even see the groundskeeper most days but knew he had taken care of things on the property. The size and quality of the bathrooms at the villa were exceptional compared to other accommodations we have had in past travels. The in-villa cook was one of the highlights of our trip. The food was outstanding and he was so knowledgeable and pleasant.

Our holiday was such an amazing experience for our family, and the quality of the villa was definitely a big part of the success. It was the first family vacation we have taken in almost 15 years and we had a range of ages/lifestyles travelling with us. The villa gave everyone enough space to have some privacy, but also to come together as a family without feeling like we were on top of one another."
Melissa Schnure, US, September 2018





Masseria d'Estia in the press:
Food & Wine, May 2017

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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  6
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Gated pool (LxW in metres) ³ 14.5x7.5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Children's play area 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ up to 4 hours per day from Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays)
² from Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays - cost of ingredients not included)
³ chlorine-free - a saline filtration system is used
Apple TV plus Sky cinema and sport

 

Inside: accommodation at Masseria d'Estia is all on one floor and distributed around three sides of an internal courtyard. Restored and refurbished with loving care and minute attention to detail, the property harmoniously blends pure Sicilian elements - pietra pece flooring, antique tiles from Caltagirone, honey-coloured stone walls - with Provençale furnishings and ingeniously upcycled pieces, each with its own fascinating story. The central section of the Masseria is home to a welcoming entrance hall with guest bathrom with shower and, to the left, up a step, a large open-plan living and dining area, with comfy sofas gathered round a fireplace at one end and a dining table at the other. Wood-beamed ceilings add a warm, homely feel to this space, while French windows ensure easy access to the main shady outdoor terrace and gardens. Just off the dining area is the spacious kitchen, which will delight keen cooks. It features a central island, colourful antique tiles, bespoke cupboards and a double-sized fridge, and seamlessly serves the al fresco dining area. The sleeping quarters are found in the two lateral wings. A door from the living area takes one into the first wing, through a sitting area and into the splendid master double bedroom, complete with en-suite bathroom with double walk-in shower, French doors leading out into the courtyard, and a mezzanine level with sofa, stand-alone bathtub and access to a gorgeous terrace surveying the grounds, the surrounding countryside and, in the distance, the sea. The second bedroom, a twin-double, is accessed either from the master bedroom (by a lockable interconnecting door) or independently from the courtyard. It too has its own en-suite shower room. The second wing, which is on the other side of the central entrance hall (and up a step), has two more bedrooms, a double and a double-twin, both with en-suite shower rooms and access to a shady terrace, furnished for relaxing. The fifth bedroom, a double with en-suite shower room, is located in an independently accessed guesthouse near the pool.

Outside: Masseria d’Estia’s grounds run around the house on three sides and offer plenty of space for all guests. At the centre is the traditional stone courtyard onto which most rooms open. On one side of the property, accessed from the living and dining area and from the kitchen, is the gorgeous covered al fresco living and dining area, complete with outdoor kitchen and adjacent herb garden. A step up takes one to a lawned area, which is dotted with shade-giving trees and peaceful sitting areas. The two bedrooms on the opposite side of the house open out onto their own shady terrace looking out over the gardens. The master bedroom has its own furnished roof terrace looking out to a horizon of sea and, enclosed by dry stone walls, the irresistible pool area. Here, flanked by emerald green lawns, is a splendidly curvaceous pool with beach-effect shallow end, making it suitable for even the youngest members of your group.

 

Think About

Masseria d'Estia is situated amidst farmland sometimes used for grazing cattle. Just down the road is a cheese-making farm producing and selling delicious Ragusano DOP cheeses.

If there are more than 10 people in your group, why not also book Nido d'Estia? Situated just a short walk away, this romantic, beautifully finished property sleeps 4 and comes with its own pool. If you book both properties, a small supplement will be payable to cover the extra daily maid service at Nido d'Estia (this is included already at Masseria d'Estia, but not at Nido d'Estia).

Much of Masseria d'Estia's character and charm stems from its many original features, which have been lovingly restored wherever possible. Some of the stone flagged floors are a little uneven and there are a couple of steps in the hallway that are a little higher than modern ones.
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