Villa Farli

SICILY

Scicli

  • 20 Sleeps
  • 10  Bedrooms
  • 10  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A handsome villa with beautiful walled gardens and heatable pool near the sandy beach of Sampieri.

Just a few minutes’ drive from beautiful baroque Scicli and a string of superb sandy beaches, Villa Farli is a bougainvillaea-strewn manor house with lots of space for everyone. Extensive lawns and terraces provide a fitting backdrop to the inviting heatable pool, where you may enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the property's most secluded setting.

“Overall, you did a great job. Villa Farli is a great property. Effective booking services for our needs. Made it easy and allowed us to travel with confidence in quality of our experience. Would definitely use again and recommend. The staff at Villa Farli was extremely helpful.” David Berne, US, 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)  20
  • Bedrooms  10
  • Double beds  4
  • Flexible doubles/twins  6
  • Bathrooms  10
  • ... of which en suite  9
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook ²
  • Heatable pool (LxW in metres) ³ 12x6
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Wine cellar 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • TV 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Exercise bike 
  • Sauna 
  • Table tennis 
  • Yoga mats 
  • Shopping service 
  • Laundry service 
  • Masseur 
  • Personal trainer 
  • Beautician 
  • Cookery classes 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 3 hours in the morning, Monday to Saturday, with a mid-week change of bed linen and towels
² Villa Farli lends itself perfectly to fully catered stays with daily and weekly meal packages available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at a cost of €65 per person per day or €30 per child up 12 years old per day. Fish, meat and vegetarian menus are available. Prices include the cook's service, the cost of ingredients, water and soft drinks. Wine, beer and spirits are not included. Guests may order wine to be delivered to Villa Farli using our in-villa wine service, choose from the villa's cellar or purchase locally
³ the chlorine-free pool may be heated on request for €450/week. We recommend pool heating for the months of April, May, June and October. In the winter we cannot guarantee that the water would be heated to a swimmable temperature
in the bedrooms

Pool open from Easter to end of October



 

Inside: accommodation at Villa Farli is divided between the original manor house, a large guesthouse and three dépendances in the grounds.

The main house is on two levels and may be accessed from a several entrances. Most of the ground floor is given over to a large, open-plan and elegantly furnished living and dining area with three distinct areas: one has an open fireplace, sofas and armchairs, the second is home to the dining table while the third hosts another sitting area with television. A series of glass doors lead out into the gardens. Just off the living area is a guest bathroom and a very large, extremely stylish and professionally equipped kitchen with another large dining table and easy access to the al fresco dining areas. A spiral staircase takes one up to the first floor, where there are the three double bedrooms. Two have en-suite shower rooms (one up a few steps) and access to a shared, bougainvillea and jasmine-strewn balcony, while the third has an adjacent bathroom with sunken bath and its own private terrace. The main house may also be accessed via a side door that leads directly to the first floor.

About 10m to one side of the main house is a large guesthouse with its own open-plan living and dining area and kitchen, four double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and a wellness room with sauna and hydromassage shower. All of the bedrooms in the guesthouse may become twins with the addition of a single bed.

Accommodation is completed by three independently accessed dépendances near the guesthouse, each with its own bedroom (one double and two double-twins) and en-suite shower room. These are smaller and less luxurious than the other bedrooms, but comfortably furnished and welcoming.

Outside: Villa Farli is set in a large expanse of beautifully-kept, lawned garden featuring a wide variety of fragrant and colourful Mediterranean flowers, plants and trees. In one corner of the garden is a magnificent heatable pool. Immediately in front of and behind the house are several shaded terrace areas that are ideal for outside dining, aperitifs or an afternoon snooze.

 

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Villa Farli has an excellent ecological pedigree: its solar panels make it virtually self-sufficient, saving some 15,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

All four of the double bedrooms in the guesthouse can become twins with the addition of a single bed - to be requested at the time of booking. The maximum occupancy remains 20, including children.

The discreet, helpful owners provide the cook service if you choose to have it (highly recommended by past guests - see reviews).
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