Nido d'Estia

SICILY

Marina di Ragusa

  • 4 Sleeps
  • 2  Bedrooms
  • 2  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A romantic, beautifully restored and stylishly refurbished stone cottage with gorgeous pool and views.

Sitting in a panoramic position surveying the surrounding farmland and the sparkling sea, Nido d'Estia is a treasure trove of inventiveness and charm. Beautifully designed interiors spill out onto shady terraces and gardens, whose carob trees, fragrant Mediterranean shrubs, emerald green lawn and crystalline blue pool are a feast for the senses.

"Everything was outstanding at Nido d'Estia. The private chefs were wonderful. The masseuse was possibly the best we have ever encountered. The breakfast baskets were truly outstanding and surprising." AR, UK, 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)  4
  • Bedrooms  2
  • Double beds  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  2
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ¹
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ² 11.5x3.5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Bluetooth speakers 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Yoga mats 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹from Monday to Saturday (except Bank Holidays) a breakfast hamper will be delivered to the villa containing ingredients for a light breakfast. The cost of ingredients is not included and is payable locally.
² includes a hydromassage corner
³ SKY cinema and sport

 

Inside: accommodation at Nido d'Estia is all on one floor. The main entrance takes one into a centrally positioned living area, off which the rest of accommodation flows organically. Lofty vaulted ceilings, alternating stone and melon-ochre-painted walls, and polished concrete floors combine to provide a mellow backdrop for the colourful retro and mid-century furnishings that include a high-backed faded teal sofa, two pale yellow slipper chairs, a wooden coffee table, a large upcycled baby blue armoire, and a trio of hanging lights. This harmonious, restful style continues throughout the house. To one side of the living room, double doors open into the beautifully designed master suite, complete with a huge in-room walk-in rainfall shower for two (with theatrical proscenium arch drapes when privacy is required), an en-suite WC with a venerable reclaimed stone laundry sink, and French windows looking out onto and accessing the pool. Back in the living room, more double doors open into a corridor, off which, at one end, is the well-equipped kitchen with its mid-century American-style cupboards, breakfast table, and French windows accessing the shaded al fresco dining and living areas. At the other end of the corridor is the second bedroom, a twin-double with French windows opening out onto the terraces that wrap around the property. This bedroom is served by a shower room a couple of steps away along the corridor.

Outside: delimited by the dry-stone walls that so typify this part of Sicily, the sea-facing grounds of Nido d'Estia provide an ideal environment for those in search of an fully al fresco lifestyle. Accessed from the kitchen is a shady pergola with whispering white curtains and a panoramically positioned dining table. From here, it is a matter of a couple of paces to the superb pool, which is also accessed from the master bedroom and the living room. A carob tree - perhaps the emblem of the countryside in these parts - provides natural shade and a convenient support for a swing chair. Creamy white stone surrounds the pool on two sides, while on the third is a large expanse of emerald green lawn. Views take in the surrounding farmland and, in the distance, the shimmering sea. The side and rear sections of the grounds are planted with low-lying Mediterranean shrubs and a large centuries-old carob tree.

 

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