Mura Mura

SICILY

Noto

  • 6 Sleeps
  • 3  Bedrooms
  • 3  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

Far-reaching views, disarming charm and an irresistibly panoramic pool.

Enveloped by immaculate dry stone walls and rising gently amongst the carob and olive trees of the Val di Noto, Mura Mura is an almost organic extension of its surroundings, a subtle, stylishly eloquent homage to local traditions.

"Mura Mura is a lovely place and it was no surprise to find that the owner is an architect. Many nice architectural and design touches. The grounds and pool were very nicely done and the views really wonderful." FB, US, September 2019

Mura Mura in the press:
Interni, July 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)  6
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  3
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  2
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 13x3
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ chlorine-free, single depth of 1.5m
² in the bedrooms
³ Sky basic package

 

Inside: accommodation at Mura Mura is all on one floor. The main entrance takes one into a delightful, luminous, open-plan space featuring a kitchen at one end, a central dining table and a large comfortable sitting area. Six large glass doors provide light, ventilation and easy access to the wrap-around terraces, while lofty, white-beamed ceilings complete the airy, voluminous feel. A corridor leads from one side of the kitchen to the sleeping quarters, which comprise a master double-twin bedroom with en-suite shower room, and two other double-twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and one with a shower room opposite. The white walls and grey pietra pece stone-clad floors of the living area continue into the bedrooms and bathrooms, creating a pleasing homogeneity of style. Each bedroom has its own access to the surrounding terraces.

Outside: Mura Mura is surrounded by a wrap-around terrace, which offers a variety of spots furnished for sitting, reading, dining and chatting. The largest expanse, accessed from the living area, is to the front of the house. It is from here that you may admire arguably the best views, which take in the Arcadian hills of the Val di Noto and the sparkling Ionian Sea in the distance. On three sides the terrace is delimited by low dry stone walls which signal the beginning of the property's naturally landscaped grounds. On the fourth side a much higher dry-stone wall screens a flight of steps leading up to Mura Mura's fabulously panoramic hill-top pool. Once here, you may never want to leave!

 

Think About

The track leading up to Mura Mura is quite rough and so we recommend guests hire a 4x4 or at least a car with high ground clearance.
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