Trullo Bellissimo is a luxury, bijou villa with a bespoke interior design, sympathetically restored to reveal original stone walls, arches and vaulted ceilings.This ancient c300 year old building is set in its own tranquil 3acre olive grove, with stunning terraces (cocktail & dining, BBQ, exterior kitchen), gardens (formal, herb, orchard) and private (heated) swimming pool, all with views.
The villa has two double bedrooms (one with a 4-poster bed) each with its own en-suite and will comfortably accommodate 4 adults (two daybeds offer additional flexibility, if required for children). Fully fitted kitchen, home cinema, IPOD docking station and more.
"Beauty, tranquility, attention to detail are spoken of by previous clients". Only 5- 20 minutes drive from 5 ancient hill towns (History, architecture, restaurants), fantastic beaches (18km) and airport (45km).
Imagine:- sitting on the comfortable Cocktail Terrace watching the sun go down in a blaze of glory behind an ancient hill town, sipping a cool aperitif from the outside kitchen whilst the aromas from the BBQ, flavored with herbs from the garden, beckons you to the Dining Terrace. Bellissimo lives up to her name-come and share the experience!!
Voted number 3 in top 10 'Worldwide Unusual Holiday Homes', also featured in Italia Magazine and Art of Design (see owner's website).
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rosa Marina, Villa Nova, Ostuni 18 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 40 km, Nearest railway: Ostuni 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The bespoke interior design of Bellissimo, has been created by the owner (Moira) and includes hand crocheted and beaded curtains, antique silk pictures, Gujerati wall hangings, Iranian rough hewn marble tiles, volcanic hand baked tiles from Etna and French Damask.
Living Area-Accessed from the principal glass doors which open wide onto the front terrace, the central living area offers a fully-fitted kitchen and includes espresso coffee maker, microwave, steamer and much more. The living room is open plan to the kitchen and has a 'stufe a pilletti' in the original fireplace. A library of DVD movies and a selection of our own Bellissimo music CD's are available for you to play on the surround system. If you prefer your own music, then just plug your IPOD/MP3 into the stereo docking station. The dining area (seating 6) is just to the rear of the main living area and leads into the Ethnic Room.
Ethnic Room-Stolen from the old stone walls, this room has a wrought iron daybed, and is dressed in sumptuous oriental fabrics and wall hangings. This is Moira's idea of the perfect place to pick up a book and do just about nothing.
Trullo Bedroom-With two smaller cone alcoves and a large central cone, we have continued with the ethnic feel. A low wrought iron double bed and daybed are complemented by oriental fabrics, an Arab coffee table and big cushions to nestle on, under the gentle breeze of a large ceiling fan. The bedroom leads direct into the shower/wet room clad in rose marble, a walk in shower with attachments, toilet, heated shower rail and beautiful sink carved from granite, sitting on a pedestal of marble. The trullo has its own door to the front patio, but is also reached from the ethnic room
Lamia bedroom:The newest part of the house, this bedroom boasts a huge four poster bed, complete with drapes, glazed Italian floor tiles and a ceiling fan. A small vestibule with large wardrobe leads into the second bathroom with stunning blue and green glass mosaic tiles lining the walls, a walk in shower, hand crafted washbasin, bidet, toilet and heated towel rail.
|Further details outdoors|
External stonework has been totally reworked by hand, and, although there was much huffing and puffing with our builder about a yellow and blue trullo, Bellissimo is a stunning confection of dairy cream washed walls, and sumptuous Moroccan style blue ironwork to the windows and doors. The Dining Terrace has a 3metre marble table, gas and wood BBQ's, outside sink and fridge to keep your wine, beers and limoncello cool, on those warm endless summer evenings. The Cocktail Terrace is perfect for an aperitif whilst watching the sun go down in a blaze of glory over one of the nearby hill towns. . All the terraces are laid in the most stunning terracotta and umber sandstone, and the 10x5 metres swimming pool, in wonderful blue iridescent mosaic has stone steps leading into the shallow end. The gardens, pool and terraces are embraced by lighting on all levels for your evening dining and cocktails. There is a formal garden with a grassed area, safe for the younger members of the family and even a selection of toys to keep them amused. For the adventurous chefs, there is a herb garden and selection of tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, strawberries, pomegranates and quince, to complement your gastronomic efforts.
# Meet & Greet service provided.
# Welcome pack on arrival.
# Babysitting service available.
# Massage service available.
# Last minute bookings (i.e. two weeks before rental period), if vacancy, may be available at a discount.
# Flexible booking dates by arrangement.
# Smoking is only permitted outside of the villa.
Trullo Bellissimo is perfectly located to explore the 5 local historic hill towns of Ostuni, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Ceglie Messapica, all within 5 to 20 minutes drive.
Whether your interests lie in history, museums, art, or gastronomic endeavour, you will find everything and more in the local towns and region. Much of this has been incorporated into a helpful information booklet which you will find at Trullo Bellissimo.
However, just to whet your appetite, the whole area has a strong Norman influence dating back to the crusades, when Trani and Brindisi were important embarkation points for the Crusaders, and this can be seen everywhere from the names of towns to the fortified cities and watchtowers intended to repel the Saracen.
If churches and religion inspire you can visit, amongst others, the beautiful Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, the old Crusader church in Ostuni and the Crusade embarkation point in Brindisi.
For those that wish to tour by car, you will be absolutely spoilt for choice. Amongst the wonderful places to visit are:
Alberobello 30km, a designated UNESCO world heritage site, with its beautiful coned trulli houses and their white-washed walls. Excellent restaurants, traditional bars and a trulli museum, all make for a worthwhile excursion.
Polignano a Mare 51km, is an enchanting seaside destination, with an ancient town built on a spur of rock directly above a magnificent, clear blue sea.
Gallipoli 117km, of ancient origin, grew from a small village, which developed around the commercial activity of the port due to its strategic position. Its historic centre is still perfectly intact, including the 16th century castle which acts as a gateway to the city.
Matera 100km, a World Heritage Site located in Italy's Basilicata region, was the subject of Carlo Levi's "Christ Stopped at Eboli" as well as being the backdrop for Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ". The incredible festival called "Festa della Madonna Bruna" in early June should not be missed. Matera is a unique example of a cultural tradition and civilization which stretches back to the Neolithic age. The old city was created out of a rocky ravine. The numerous natural caves in Matera were the first houses of the Neolithic inhabitants of the region, who transformed the natural landscape into new forms of architecture
Taranto 48km, site of a classic Crusader castle.
Brindisi 45km, steeped in early roman history and the embarkation point for the 1st Crusade.
Lecce 79km, is the capital of the Salento region due to of its geographical position between the Ionic and Adriatic Seas. Known as "the Florence of Baroque", Lecce has a wealth of architectural monuments in Baroque style, with gargoyles and portals. There are many sites of artistic and historic interest, including the Church of St Croce, Piazza St Oronzo, the Column of St Oronzo, Porta Napoli, Lecce Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Amphitheatre, the Obelisk, the Carlo V Castle and many more.
Italian Food-What to say about the food, apart from the fact that it is fabulous. We cannot begin to number the osteria, and tavola calda that have filled our tummies over the years. Pugliese dishes will astonish you, and you won't be able to resist their unique, fresh and genuine flavours, because in Puglia there's a deep-rooted culinary tradition, composed mostly of simple dishes, made with local products.
The above is just a taste of the incredible culture and history of the regions of Puglia and neighbouring Basilicata, just waiting for you to explore and enjoy. Coupled with the unique gastronomic delights of Southern Italy and the amenities of Trullo Bellissimo, why not check out our Rates and Availability and start planning your trip now.
Ostuni 8km, is one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses. It is a genuine and charming example of Mediterranean architecture. The city of Ostuni is a series of levels, staircases, small roads, alleys and arches. Hints of the Middle Ages are at hand in every corner, in every view to the sea, in the portal of a palace, in the walls of a convent or the front of a church. The view of the sea from the old city walls is breathtaking-you can almost imagine the brightly coloured boats of the Saracen sailing over the horizen!
Only 5 minutes away by car, Ostuni has all of the facilties that you could require- supermarkets, shopping, hospitals, restaurants, bars and so on.
Saturday – a big market in Ostuni – first roundabout, just up to your right. It gets very busy and parking can be a nightmare. The clothes, vegetable and plant markets are in separate areas of the same site, and you could combine with a trip to the Pescheria (fresh fish) which is in easy walking distance.
Antique Markets –every Sunday morning throughout the month there is a bric-a-brac market in one location or another. The second Sunday is the turn of Ostuni, near the ‘centro storico’,
Then, of course, there is the sea and beautiful coastline. Only 30 minutes away are the fabulous beaches of the Adriatic. There is a whole coastline (the longest in Italy) to choose from, where there are sandy stretches and rocky coves. Some beaches have 'paid for' areas, where you can hire beds and umbrellas, in season, but the vast majority are free.