Hot September deal: 350-400/wk for 4-6 people
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Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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 antique 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 or the back gate which doubles as an Italian-designated treking/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 the nearby 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 cities of Matera (prehistoric rock dwellings) or 'Alberobello the 'trulli capital', Castellana caves, Fasano Zoo safari or one of the nearby water parks or blu flagged beaches. Spacious enclosed private property with a play garden, sports campo, pizza oven and 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?
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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14 Jul 2014
Have had 2 wonderful long holidays at Donnas, once in the villa and once in another of Donnas accommodations and had really lovely times... Comfortable accommodation - Villa Donna is a gorgeous little… More
Dear former guest, now good friend, we knew right away this would become your 'home from home'. My son still talks about you and your English-Italian lessons together.
We can't wait to host you again & show you all the improvements we've made since your visits in 2012, including more 'vintage chic' furnishings to a private bathroom in our garage studio which now can host 1-4 more guests. We're glad you enjoyed it & Villa Donna and can only hope we've captured it's original vaulted beauty without adding too many modern ammenties (A/C, bigger Verandas & oversized tub for two)! We thrive to make your 'stay the most comfortable' and am glad we did in the cool of spring & heat of the summer. We've been experiencing some really cool temps this year (20s vs. 40s) so most of our guests haven't even used the a/c or fans.
You set the pathway for those wishing to vacation without a rental car and we continue to be thanked for saving guests hundreds in villa & car rental rates and yes, we still make sure our guests, especially young singles, make it home safe before closing the main gate unless they ask us not to worry.
As your 2012 review stated, 'It's 'real' Italy' and the food is still 'fantastico!!' We try even if our family mixes it up with American & Italian languages, cultures & traditions. We too had fun getting to know you during our mid-morning cafes, lunches & late night chats. We've added cooking demos to our list of extra offerings. More and more guests are requesting to stay in and enjoy the outdoors, so we now offer pre-ordered meals served to them. I hope you enjoyed the recipes you took back home.
I truly enjoyed our Lecce trip & our coastal drive to the end of the boot with our star-studded cliffside lunch (still wish it was Jude not Geraud!). The boys loved the fishing & uncrowded September swims!
You're right, San Vito is small but sure packs in plenty to do, see & enjoy within walking distance yet far enough away to enjoy the natural country setting, open space & quietness. SV just hosted a Spanish film crew at the castle, celebrated our annual 3 day July fest, & have the beer & food fest this week as well as the ferragosto, Orecchiette & Rezzica festivals in August!
We were glad to share what I think is 'the best of both worlds' right here between Salento & Valle d'Itria with some of the best people, food & wines in the world. mia casa è sua casa per sempre!
13 Jul 2014
"An excellent choice, the best for us!"
Me and my family stayed for 10 days in Villa Donna and it was, indeed an excellent choice, he had such a pleasant time!. The villa was in a quiet and healthy environment, yet close by to everything yo… More
Thank you new friends from Portugal! We really enjoyed showing you our beaches, sharing some of the local cuisine & spending a late night out souvenir shopping before your return. I'm happy the six of you managed so well in the villa and enjoyed the grounds and real Italian style countryside living. I'll never forget seeing you on one of our bikes with a case of milk in your basket riding down the trail behind the house! I'm glad you felt comfortable enough to ask for assistance with transportation during your stay as we are normally available to help. It's refreshing to see folks get out on the bikes, ride the back country roads & enjoy the beach so much. Not many families could manage without renting a car for ten days but you guys proved it could be done and I'm glad you got to spend your monies on fun instead. I guess being less than a kilometer (1.5mile) to the super market helped!
Thank you for the kind words of our hospitality and we welcome you and your extended family back anytime you like! You did become more than guests in just a short time and it was a joy meeting you all. It's nice having social media networks to keep in touch and am happy to share our continued lives and Puglia goings on with you. We can't wait for you to come back as my husband is already planning the large bbq pit & hopefully in ground pool for you next year! The best of wishes to you and your family...ci vediamo subito!
12 Jul 2014
"Best place to stay with the best rates."
My husband and I took a friend who never ventures beyond the UK. He had a brilliant time and felt at home. The owners made us all feel so welcome and villa Donna is equipped with everything needed for… More
Thanks again for staying with us, fourth time, right? Good to see our military and return visitor discounts are put to good use. Only 6 more trips and you stay for free for a week! I'm glad the Villa's room on the opposite end of the house met all your needs for privacy for you, your husband & your hometown friend. It's so nice to see others sharing the Puglia pleasure with friends from abroad. As always, it was a a treat seeing you again & watching the World Cup games together, despite our respective country's losses. We look forward to your longer stay with us next February while house-hunting and I'll keep you posted on any perspective for sale by owner properties that come up in the meantime. A presto....donna n Tonino
25 Feb 2014
"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
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
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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