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Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Beautiful modern villa to let amidst citrus gardens and olive groves. There are two bedrooms (one double and one twin), bathroom, a large sitting room with separate kitchen. There is a sofa-bed in the living room which sleeps 2. There are patios both in front and back large for both relaxing and dining and get plenty of sun all day. There is also an outside shower, set within the enchanting walled Citrus Garden.
Our villa is fully equipped with a private pool which is in our side garden. We have zoned our grounds so that it is easy for families with young children and we also provide internet access (through a dongle) if you have a laptop.
In Winter, there's still plenty to do. Either relax indoors with the large widescreen TV, DVD and Xbox or take advantage of the peaceful surroundings. if you would like to stay with us during the winter months, we have a wood burner which heats our whole house, as well as gas central heating
Casablanca is in beautiful grounds and set back from the road. It is ideal for a peaceful private stay but also only 2 miles from both Cutrofiano and Collepasso. The coast is nearby, the closest beach being in Galipoli only 15 mins drive away. Other cities such as Otranto are a short distance from the villa, as are ancient caves, the tip of the boot, Santa Maria de Leuca and the baroque jewel Lecce.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gallipoli 18 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Games room, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 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||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The interior is modern, fully fitted with ceiling fans for summer and central heating for winter.
Large double doors open to the front patio and there is an intercom operated gate system.
Standard Service includes cleaning and emergency telephone contact during stay.
Let us know if you require additional services such as:
1. Additional cleaning services
2. Contact that can personally guide you from any nearby towns of Cutrofiano/Maglie/Corigliano/Collepasso and take you to the villa.
3. Welcome Pack with all the essentials to ensure you dont go hungry when you arrive at the villa, (milk, bread, butter, coffee, tea, sugar, water and of course some local Salentino wine) - please request for other dietry requirements
About this location
The Puglia region
Puglia, Italy's heel, is a veritable storehouse of natural and cultural treasures waiting to be discovered. With its fabulous climate, Apulia has the best of both worlds: some of Italy's quietest and most unspoiled beaches, a stunning coastline, and inland, landscapes that are fertile and undulating - often dotted with picturesque olive trees and pastoral herds of sheep. As you travel across Apulia, the silhouettes of ancient ruined castles and magnificent palazzi on the horizon imbue this land with an almost Arcadian feel and evoke a sense of peaceful nostalgia for former times.
"The California of Italy" is the phrase that chambers of commerce and tourist development agencies use to lure tourists to Puglia, but Puglia has something California lacks: a depth of history, a sense of the chiaroscuro of tragedy and loss, of the harsh side of life that counterpoints moments of joy and sweetness. There's a special poignancy to celebration when the ache of misfortune and sorrow underlies it: It seems significant that the pizzica, a woman's triumphal dance of seduction and conquest, is almost indistinguishable from the ritualistic rapture of the tarantella, the hypnotic trance-dance induced by the remorseless sting of a spider that lurks, one writer says, "in the labyrinths of a guilty conscience" and almost always attacks women, almost always those who have been unlucky in love or marriage.
Puglia (or Apulia as it is also called), is a food and wine lover’s paradise. One reason is that the fresh produce is of such high quality. Indeed, many of the basic elements of the Italian kitchen originate from Puglia. A huge proportion of Italy’s fish is caught off the extensive Apulian coast, 70% of the country’s olive oil is produced here and the region provides 80% of Europe’s pasta. Many quality wines are produced here, 10% of the European production to be more precise with the best reds from the Peninsula Salentina.
No less than twenty castles make the Salento area itself into one huge fort, a rock-like bastion, which together with coastal towers and internally fortified farmhouses, have stood against the hundreds of invasions which through the centuries have made this region a conquered land or a land to conquer for Normans, Swabians, Angevins, Aragonese, Spanish, Venetians and Saracens. The actual lay-out of nearly all Salento’s castles dates back to the Renaissance period (15th and 16th century), even if is often the case that earlier structures have been built into various complexes, as for example in the case of the castles in Copertino, Gallipoli, Otranto, Acquarica del Capo, Presicce, Morciano di Leuca and Roca Vecchia. A mention apart for the castle in Corigliano d’Otranto, a superb synthesis of military practicality and artistic beauty. It is the most decoratively rich in the region and among the most visited and admired castles in the South of Italy.
Extending for more than 150 kilometres between the two seas which have modelled its morphology and history, the Salento has an enchanting and evocative coastline.
The East Cost
Anyone who would like to do a round tour of the two seas, a little more than 200 kilometres, along the panoramic state road 611 as far as the «Cesine», one of the most interesting and evocative marsh lands in Europe, protected by an international convention. A visit to the area, part of the Vernole district, is enriched by marshes, and bogs, and a volunteer guide is available from the WWF offering you the possibility to admire the various natural habitats, from dunes to salt marshes, from reeds to oak and pine woods, to woodland with myrtle, masitic tree and broom, a refuge for numerous animal and vegetable species and transit crossroads for some migratory birds. From here, going towards Otranto, passing the bathing resorts of San Foca, Roca Vecchia, Torre dell’Orso and Sant’Andrea, places which are still intact and uncontaminated, protected by low pine woods which slope down to the sand dunes, and port of call for lovers of sailing and sea recreation. Roca Vecchia is a Messapian centre built on a prehistoric settlement. Excavations have brought to light the huge stone blocks of the surrounding walls and a necropolis with numerous rectangular tombs sculpted in the rock and a funeral hoard from the 4th-3rd century BC, mostly vases, red figures and «trozzelle» Messapian vases. The Alimini lakes announce your imminent arrival in Otranto. They are two mirrors of water of varying saltiness with freshwater streams which run parallel to the coast, noticeable for their swamp vegetation and thick reeds which are home to rare vegetable species, such as insect-eating grass, marsh orchids and Salentine heather. An oasis of fauna protection, the lakes are a destination for coots and herons.
Otranto is one of the most exciting sea resorts in the district. Its history of martyrdom to the wrath of the Saracens-who left a desert of tears and blood in their wake, and pearls of their civil, military and religious architecture suspended in a Levant atmosphere-is enough to make this an elite tourist resort throughout the year. From Palascia Point, the most eastern extremity of Italy, on a clear day you can sea the Albanian coast and mountains. The coastal road which wends its way towards Leuca is one of the most alluring touristic routes in the region, with its ups and downs which sometimes reach heights of eighty metres above the sea, and its winding route, it seems to have been planned by nature to hold the interest of a traveller in search of new emotions. Softening the bitterness of the rock, constantly beaten by wind, the devoted olives cling to the hills and valleys seeming to almost lap the blue stretch of sea. Here everything sucks you into a whirlwind of history, nature and legends.
THE WEST COAST
After Punta Ristola of S.Maria di Leuca the scenery changes perceptibly. Low cliffs and stretches of sand interrupt the high precipices of before, red earth and vineyards come into view interspersed with sixteenth century towers and umbrella laden beaches. Stories of Barbarian incursions give each place its name: Torre dell’Omo Morto (dead man’s tower) and Torre Marchiello (Castrignano del Capo), Torre Vado (Morciano di Leuca), Torre Pali (Salve), Torre Mozza and Torre San Giovanni (Ugento), Torre Suda (Racale). Of particular interest for naturalists in this part of the coast are the Ugento inlets, these constitute another amazing nature reserve, a damp zone characterised by its marshland of rushes and reeds (which are used in one of Salento’s most typical handicrafts) and which is also a migratory passage for beautiful birds such as royal swans. «Paiare» (stone huts) and dry stone walls punctuate the coast until the Ionian reveals, in all its beauty Gallipoli, the «beautiful» city («kalè polis» in Greek), seemingly an island, with its dazzling church domes. Justly famous Gallipoli is, with Lecce, Otranto and Leuca, one of the marvels of the Mediterranean and worth a prolonged visit.
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15 Nov 2014
"Great location but very disappointing villa"
The literature described the villa as "spotlessly clean". This was not the case. The kitchen cupboards were dirty, mouldy shower and shower curtain, broken glass on patio, and furniture and … More
1 Jun 2013
"Wonderful relaxing stay at Villa Casa Blanca"
We had a wonderful holiday here. The villa is spacious, clean, cool (as in temperature) and comfortable. The mosquito netting on all the doors and windows is a brilliant idea. It meant we could have fresh air circulating at night without fear of being bitten to death and the ceiling fans were a great help too.
Finding the villa was very easy and Dave was waiting for us with the keys.
Having missed lunch on the day we arrived we were delighted to find that the fridge was stocked with a very generous Welcome Package of food and drink - a really thoughtful gesture. Thank you.
The privacy offered by the gardens was great, not overlooked at all. We enjoyed having breakfast and lunch on the front terrace every day. Most evenings we ate out and definitely recommend Vini di Vini and any of the local pizza joints. Order wine by the carafe rather than choosing a bottle. We paid just €5 a litre even in really good restaurants.
We love this area of Italy - very friendly people, not at all touristy and Villa Casa Blanca is perfectly situated to explore both coasts.
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at our villa, and really explored the local town and nearby beaches. It has been designed to provide our guests with space and privacy so we really appreciate all your comments on those benefits.
12 Sep 2012
"Staying at Villa Casa Blanca"
We had a great holiday,weather was wonderful (sunshine & high temperatures everyday},great welcome pack upon arrival to get you started & thankyou for the flowers.
The villa was decieving from the outside it was a lot more spacious then you expect,lounge & bedrooms were large,bathroom a bit on the small side but did not matter as there was the outside shower which is great to use in the citrus garden with all the space you need
and very private (not overlooked at all) brilliant for use in warm weather.
Two nice large patios,pool to cool off in just what you need & great barbecue for any evenings you wish to stay in. The villa is completely enclosed by white walls for privacy & plenty of drive space for approx 8 cars.
The villa is located on a quiet road surrounded by olive trees,Cutrofiano town is only a couple of minutes away by car,nice small town but has everything you need. Otranto seaside town on the Adriatic coast & Gallipoli on the Ionion coast are only 15 to 20 minutes by car which have lovely beaches in fact your location for visiting any where in the heel of the boot is ideal.
The south of italy is different to the north alot poorer but still nice & the people are warm & friendly.Good food & hospitality.
August was a superb time to visit has there were plenty of festivals going on in the evenings & great for lazing around in the hot weather during the day.
My wifes parents came out for the third week, a last minute decision & enjoyed there stay.
Overall great place to stay & good price!
Wrote as a review in case you need it for future reference, we would love to buy your villa which we agree is a good price for the condition & the area villa is located but unfortunately to much over our budget. If you decide not to sell we will definately be revisiting in the near future.
Thank you for your review. We really appreciate it. Don't worry, we are not selling our property, we enjoy going there too much!
12 Nov 2011
"a very central location"
Dave the local man on the ground welcomed us to the property. A very affable Englishman. He explained everyfrhing very and gave us lots of tips on places to go and a great restaurant which we visited twice
Thank you, we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at our villa. I will certainly pass on your review to Dave, as he does a great to job to ensure our guests have a fantastic holiday
10 Nov 2011
"Probably better visited earlier in the year"
We were unlucky that the weather was unseasonably cold with a chill NW wind and some rain while we were there. The house has heating however.
Except for the kitchen,the rooms are of generous size and well furnished.
Lighting is a problem for reading and cooking - again a seasonal thing that would not be obvious from May to Sept.
There is an excellent TV set but only Italian channels - my wife speaks Italian however.
We found Dave an excellent help : he rendevoused with us as soon as we came off the main road from Lecce and checked on us several times.
Hi Ted, thank you for your feedback. We are really glad you liked the villa. Sorry about the weather, that certainly is uncustomary for this time of year, but October can be hit and miss at times. We do have lots of TV channels, and as you correctly spotted, most of them are in Italian. We also have a large collection of DVDs for those occasional nights in, so hopefully you took advantage of some of those.
22 Aug 2011
"Holiday in Salento"
We staied in this house for one week in August, it is in Cutrofiano, a village in the middle of Salento and from here you are pretty near to the most important attractions of this area like Gallipoli, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce and the Ionian and Adriatic coast. The house has everything you need, also a pool in the garden, unfortunately it was very hot.
Thank you for spending time at our villa. We really appreciate your comments and will really try and change the hot weather next time, but can't pronise!
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