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Villa Donna is a 'Dimora' antique home built in the traditional star-vaulted ceiling &

Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 8km

Villa Donna is a charming home with antique features & modern-day conveniences. It is an easily accessible ground-level home which exemplifies charm & beauty amongst 'green' countryside living. We refurbished in 2010 to her original splendor from stone vaulted ceilings to fresh white-washed walls resting on original stone and unique paint-tiled floors. With three star-vaulted 'stella' rooms and two long-arched 'botte' rooms, there's comfortable living space for a family of four+. Guests reach us through the private entrance off SS16/SP1bis, via Brindisi highway or the back gate which doubles as an Italian-designated trekking/bike trail linking us to the beaches and San Vito dei Normanni. Try some Pugliese recipes in our fully

furnished kitchen or eat at one of the great traditional restaurants nearby. Enjoy homemade ice cream, fresh cafe or spirits at any of our close-by bars. Centrally located between the 'white city' of Ostuni & the port city of Brindisi or halfway between Bari & Lecce. Minutes from Torre Guaceto WWF nature reserve, Penne Grosso sandy beach, Casale airport, and only 1km from the self-contained town of San Vito dei Normanni. Walk, bike or hire our personal shuttle to take you wherever you want to

go. Visit the UNESCO city of 'Alberobello 'trulli capital', Castellana caves, Fasano Zoo safari or a nearby water park. Spacious enclosed private property with two entrances. Plenty of parking, room to roam, run, bike or jump on the trampoline. Plenty of beach & sports equipment to use, WI-FI, TV, DVD, CDs to entertain, & sun to soak in poolside or explore the farm with over 200 organic fruit & nut trees plus 20+ cactus plants.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Torre Guaceto WWF Nature Reserve or Lido Pennagros 8 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: 'Casale' Brindisi or Bari-Palese o Karol 15 km, Nearest railway: Brindisi or Ostuni 15 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline
Access Wheelchair users, Secure parking

The Puglia/Molise region

Location, Location, Location! Puglia has the best of Italy with miles of Adriatic and Ionian coastlines, valleys with pre-historic origins and cave dwellings plus hillside fortified cities which come especially alive during national and religious holidays, patron saint days, and food and wine festivals all summer long. Villa Donna is less than 1km from the nearest supermarket which sales everything from fresh produce, meats to beachwares. We are exactly in between Brindisi & Ostuni (15min each way) as well as Bari & Lecce (75km). We are minutes from the beach (10) and within an hour of most must-see/do sites in Puglia and the Ionian coast. We bridge 'Alto' or Upper Salento and the Valle d'Itria (Trulli country) together with some of the prettiest landscapes, best beaches and spectacular foods, wines and cultures. We are extremely reachable by public transportation (Brindisi or Ostuni train stations, Brindisi or Bari air and seaports (15min-1 hour away). Guests can either rent a car locally for less hassle than the airport or utilize our low-cost shuttle services in-out of town, to the beaches, sight-seeing, markets, festivals, or nights out on the town. Guests can eaily walk to town (1.5km) or use one of our six varied sized bikes utilizing our city street lighted back country road. We enjoy four beautiful mild climate seasons and are open year-round. Our busiest months are July and August but Spring and Fall are wonderful times to come and enjoy less crowded beaches and more local affairs. Just ask what's going on and we'll let you know what's coming up. Winters arebit slower but if it's peace and quite your after, it's the best time to come if you like barbequing outdoors in December or being the first beachcombers in March?

Brindisi

The Brindisi area is a great mixture of cultures and traditions inherited-combined from it's many past residences, from Greeks, Turks, Spainards, Normans, Messapians, to Romans. It is one of the most 'occupied' cities of all times and the architecture, food and traditions are evident from extrodinary Baroque, Gothic, Romantic, Moorish palaces, castles, churches to humble stone masoned 'trulli' one-room homes ending with most recently revived 'tufi' limestone exposed villas with star-vaulted ceilings, alcoves and archways. Puglia produces fantastic olive oils and grape varieties for wine making as well as varied wheats, grains, and produce. Local markets sale freshly picked produce for pennies compared to other regions, areas or European countries as well as some of the best yet economical wines and oils you will have tried. There is a speciality shop of every kind in San Vito dei Normanni, from fresh baked breads, homemade pastas, cheeses, oils and wines all within a five minute reach. Fresh seafood is available as well, caught only 8kms away or gathered daily by local retailers who also offer freshly butchered meats. Nightly events include food and wine festivals during the summer highlighting each cities' specialities such as capocolla from Martina Franca, cherries from Turi, breads from Altamura and the list just goes on.

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Review 1-3 of 3

25 Feb 2014

5/5

"Comme à la maison!"

Les deux semaines passées à la Villa Donna étaient vraiment super sympas. Donna et son mari nous ont réservé un accueil des plus chaleureux et il n'a pas fallu longtemps pour que nous nous s… More

Dear French friends, we are happy you enjoyed your two weeks with us in both Donna's Cottage then Villa Donna when your party expanded. We're glad we made you feel at home and welcome you and your friends back any time. We are happy to be in such a strategic location exactly between Ostuni & Brindisi, Bari & Lecce, Salento and Valle d'Itria areas and Adriatic & Ionian sea coasts (albeit only 8kms from the Adriatic) and with easy access to many beautiful and historic cities including our local town only 1km away plus the UNESCO sites of Alberobello & Matera less than an hour away. We hope to share more traditional Pugliese meals and wines with you all someday!

5 Feb 2014

5/5

"Amazing, Relaxing"

I lived in San Vito Dei Normanni over 20 years ago. I wanted to take my family there to see my old home and some of the beauty Puglia has to offer. Staying at Donna's village was much better then I expected. Plenty of room for myself, husband and 2 kids. The villa and its surroundings are just beautiful and relaxing. My son played outside when we were at the villa. Donna also left us a welcome package for snacks and breakfast which was not expected and was well enjoyed. I would love to return and stay longer. I would also recommend to my friends and family.

Dear December guests, I am so glad you enjoyed San Vito even after 20 years of changes-improvements. You are exactly the audience of former residents/ex-pats we are trying to capture and hope keeping our rates low proved it possible. I'm glad my first rental while abroad worked out and you got to see Puglia and its beauty which even off-season is fabulous to see. Early spring is my favorite time of year with Almond trees in bloom lined along the hectare entrance of green grass, shrubs & fresh organic oranges to enjoy. Our mixed snack baskets are the least we could do to re-introduce you to some of the local products (Salento wine) as well as insight into where we come from (American beer). I'm glad the villa exceeded your expectations & please do recommend us, especially to our military wherever you may be so they too can take advantage of our 15% military affiliated discount. We invite you back anytime as we are officially open all year long!

14 Jan 2014

5/5

"Delightful experience"

We spent a wonderful week at Donna's Villa in late August/early September. We were three adults and the villa was perfect for our needs. The villa was well maintained, clean and cozy; the beds … More

Dear late summer guests/new friends, I am delighted to have met you & enjoyed every minute spent together. Although some believe Puglia is a poor place, it is so rich in history, architecture, gastronomia and beauty. Who wouldn't want to see it? I love being in the middle of Salento and the Valle d'Itria valley so we can show you all the hidden treasures they both offer. It was a treat to accompany you to the neighboring regions of Basilicata & Campagnia, their historic cities & UNESCO sights. It's the hidden treasures (lesser known centro storicos, traditional locandas, & watch tower Adriatic overlooks) which are the real treats along with interaction with real locals off the tourist path (impromtu wine tastings). You did more in three regions during your stay than many folks did during their 3 years of military duty here (including me). I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much & we hope to have you back some day!

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