Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
'Casa della Mora' is set in the heart of the Salento countryside, a wonderfully rustic and timeless part of Puglia in the deep south of Italy. The villa is extremely well-appointed, with modern facilities throughout and a huge terrace surrounding the entire property, ideal for eating, relaxing and sunbathing. There are solar panels for unlimited hot water in summer and the whole villa has been insulated to keep it pleasantly cool even during the hottest months. We have a hectare of land with olive groves, fruit trees and a vineyard, and we are developing a garden with lawn and local flora. A swimming pool with its own dedicated terrace but will be available for guests' exclusive and private use from 2014. The villa is peaceful and secluded, with the owners living only 100m away and always on hand to provide any advice or assistance.
We are conveniently located in the middle of the Salento region, 20 minutes from the nearest beach and within striking distance of the entire peninsula. Salento has remained unchanged for generations: it is covered with thousands of acres of olive trees, has historic towns and villages, a spectacular coastal road, and countless beaches and coves. Although popular with Italian holidaymakers, it is seldom visited by foreign tourists and the locals will invariably give you a warm welcome. We are also less than half an hour from the wonderful Baroque city of Lecce, probably one of the most beautiful, atmospheric and yet least-visited of major Italian cities.
A holiday in Salento is ideal for people who enjoy beach life, or exploring little-known corners of the Mediterranean - or just want to relax in comfort, soaking up the summer sun.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gallipoli 20 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 70 km, Nearest railway: Maglie 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
• a large kitchen which can easily accommodate family catering
• twin beds can be converted to a second double bed
• 32” flat-screen TV with dozens of recent films available to watch
• iPod doc system with hi-fi speakers
• ceiling fans in bedrooms and living room
• external shutters to block out the heat of the midday sun and to provide a blackout for a lie-in or siesta
• solar-heated water in summer, with electrical back-up
• optional air conditioning available in the bedrooms for a small extra charge
• we have a fully automatic, wood pellet stove for the cooler evenings in April or October
|Further details outdoors|
• a 150 sqm terrace for al fresco dining and sunbathing – 4 sun-loungers provided
• terrace partly covered with a traditional wood and tile roof, providing protection from the mid-day sun
• BBQ area
• outside hot water shower
• pool dimensions: round, 1.2m deep and 5.5m in diameter, with a 55 sqm terrace of its own; open mid- and high-seasons only
• set amongst olive groves, fruit trees and vineyards with unrestricted views in all directions
• 'Welcome pack' provided on arrival, including olive oil pressed from our own olives, English tea, coffee, milk, bread, mineral water and a bottle of local wine; we also provide a comprehensive guide to the best local beaches, restaurants and attractions
• Owners on hand to answer any questions at all times
• Please note that the land and garden surrounding house is not fenced in
• We will need access to the garden early on summer mornings to water the plants
• We are still developing the garden around the property
The Puglia/Molise region
Puglia is a large, rural region making up the 'heel' of Italy. Hot and dry in the summer, mild and wet in the winter, and flatter than other parts of the peninsula, Puglia is Italy's bread-basket. It produces 80 per cent of Europe's pasta, more olive oil than the rest of Italy combined, and more wine than the whole of Germany. It's cuisine is based on fish and vegetables and epitomises the healthy Mediterranean diet – eating and drinking is taken very seriously by local people, and is one of the principal pleasures of any visit to the region.
Just to the north of Brindisi, and less than 2 hours' drive away, is the remarkable Trulli region. These mysterious conical buildings dominate the area, and provide a stunning townscape in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site. Also within easy reach on a day trip are the lovely Baroque town of Martina Franca, and the 'white city' of Ostuni, a stunning hilltop village.
The villa is situated in the province of Salento, the south-easternmost region of Italy and surrounded by the Adriatic to the east and the Ionian to the west. The coastline is within easy reach and is exceptional, with every kind of seascape from small rocky coves to long sandy beaches. During July and August, the northern Italians arrive – often staying in the same apartment year after year – and suddenly the coastline is buzzing day and night, transformed by the Italians' love of sun, sea and sand.
Inland, the summer evenings are filled with festivals – sometimes there seems to be a 'festa' every evening, with fireworks and partying late into the night. One to catch is the 'Tarantella' festival, featuring a series of performances of this energetic and mysterious local dance, accompanied by the increasingly popular 'pizzica' music. Other festivals include 'Le Sagre' during August, celebrating local food and cuisine. And not to be forgotten are the weekly food markets with their fresh, cheap, locally produced fruit and veg - some of it little known outside the region. There are innumerable restaurants, often with no menu, where you will be presented with an extraordinary range of dishes and courses at very reasonable prices.
Salento has a strong Greek flavour from its time as part of the Byzantine Empire – in some towns a Greek dialect is still spoken. The 'contadini' (local landworkers) still eke out a living on their smallholdings as their parents and grandfathers did before them. There are dozens of attractive local towns, such as Otranto and Gallipoli, all with charming historic centres. 30 minutes away is Lecce, a Baroque gem of a city with extraordinary church facades and a relaxed and laid-back cafe culture and nightlife.
Our local town of Cutrofiano is renowned for its traditional pottery production. It has numerous bars, cafes and restaurants - including a recently restored farmhouse with an outdoor swimming pool and trattoria. Five minutes from town is a Spa resort for those who prefer intensive pampering. The list of things to do and discover is endless.
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6 Sep 2014
"We all want to return"
Bill's villa was perfect for us. It was home from home with sun and olive groves. We prefer to cook for ourselves and we had all we needed for that. Eating outside every night, on the terrace wa… More
5 Sep 2014
"Truly wonderful villa and location . . . highly recommend!"
The photographs do not give this location, surroundings and villa justice! . . . we recommend so very highly that we have already booked again for next year! An absolutely beautiful property with the … More
1 Sep 2014
"Lovely house to discover unspoilt, sun drenched corner of Italy"
We've just had a great week staying at Casa della Mora. The house is extremely clean and comfortable with 2 great bed rooms, 2 very stylish bathrooms and lots of outdoor living space. Being Au… More
22 Jul 2014
"Relaxed and modern house in middle of olive trees, great for dolce far niente!"
We had a great time in Casa della Mora! It is such a nice house, you immediate feel relaxed. Well equipped, nicely renovated, airy and very clean. We felt like sleeping and living outside being surrou… More
14 Jul 2014
"Lovely Villa for a relaxing holiday!"
We returned yesterday from a great week staying at Casa della Mora and I wish we could have stayed longer! I think it is the first villa we have stayed in that far exceeded our expectations in terms o… More
20 Jun 2014
"We loved this House"
This is one of the best holiday rentals we have ever had. The photographs really don't do it justice. It's a beautiful modern well-equipped house in wonderful surroundings. You wake up … More
20 May 2014
"Perfect holidays !"
We all enjoyed our stay at Casa della Mora so much ! The house is very nice, very clean and fully equipped with what you may need during your holidays. Bill was very helpful and available any time we … More
11 Nov 2012
"Lovely villa half an hour from host of wonderful beaches."
Immaculate villa, furnished to a high standard with thoughtful touches - useful selection of books, great films to watch on TV, plentiful olive oil from owner's trees. Kitchen really well-equipped, two lovely shower rooms, very comfy mattress. The loggia / veranda is huge and provides much-needed shade for outdoor eating. Bill and Tracey were friendly and helpful but utterly discreet. They clearly wanted us to enjoy our stay and even provided beach towels.
A very quiet, rural spot - olive groves in all directions - so you need a car. Fabulous beaches and clean blue water half an hour's drive. We explored a different one almost every one of our 12 days and were never disappointed. This was close season, though, and we had them to ourselves. Weather was great throughout!
Lecce was the only real tourist hotspot we visited and it is a gem. We enjoyed the ancient and more discreet charms of the small towns - like Specchia - and villages with their faded grandeur, local life carrying on quite unselfconsciously in piazzas and quiet backstreets. Bill had some good places to recommend.
26 Sep 2012
"A little piece of heaven"
The accommodation was everything we'd hoped for, well designed and very well equipped. The owners, Bill and Tracy, were always keen to help but never intrusive. They have obviously put a lot of time and effort into creating such a comfortable place to stay.
The location of the house is ideal for trips out to the coast in all directions, and to visit historic centres of many towns - we particularly liked finding churches with frescoes in Galatina (Santa Caterina d'Alessandria) and Soleto (San Stefano) and having a drink in the Piazza Salandra in Nardo.
Staying in the Salento region feels like being in the real Italy. The local people are friendy and willing to help, even though few speak any English. With Bill's help, we managed to order and collect a Friday-night takeaway of traditional local food to eat at the house, cooked for us by Cristina, of L'Antica Dispensa in Cutrofiano.
The WiFi, and ability to catch up with some recent films, after many happy days out was an unexpected bonus.
We loved it here.
13 Sep 2012
"Beautiful family friendly villa in traditional part of Italy. Wonderful holiday"
The villa was exactly what we we imagined from the advert. It's beautiful inside, well furnished, comfy beds, well equiped kitchen, all towels provided and a high chair, cot & children's cu… More
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