Villa Sant'Annina is a wonderful country house set in the most magnificent rustic grounds where we harvest everything from olives and almonds to clementines and figs. There is a large kidney shaped swimming pool and a full sized tennis court .The lovely grounds have panoramic views right down to the sea from the top of the land and towards the beautiful city of Cisternino. It is a great base for exploring the region. The villa is within 20 minutes of the best beaches in Puglia and 4 wonderful and very different towns (Cisternino, Ostuni, Martina Franca & Locorotondo) with their wonderful buildings, restaurants, gelaterias and colourful markets. There are also great attractions for children, including the zoo safari theme park Fasano Land.
The villa has been refurbished throughout, sympathetically retaining the lovely stone trullo and lamia which date back hundreds of years. The villa sleeps up to 20 in 4 sections. It is perfect for larger families or for families holidaying together. The 4 sections sleep 4+4+8+4 and each section has a private kitchen and bathroom (or two).
This listing is for the whole of the ground floor of the main house. Melograno sleeps 8 very spaciously; two large doubles, one ensuite; and two twin rooms. The 30 feet x 15 feet living area is very large, light and cool.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Torre Canne 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi or Bari 35 km, Nearest railway: Cisternino 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
There are 4 private wings to Villa Sant'Annina, sleeping from 4 - 8 people. Limone and Mandarino are on the first floor and sleep 4 each (ideal for families holidaying together, but perfectly private if not). These apartments share a roof terrace with a short staircase leading directly to the pool area, tennis courts and grounds. Sant'Annina - Melograno, takes up the entire ground floor. This wing houses 4 double sized bedrooms (2 double and 2 twin), a large living area, fitted kitchen and 2 bathrooms. It also has a direct access to the pool area, tennis court and beautiful grounds via it's own private terrace.
The pool, tennis court and grounds are for the exclusive use of guests of Villa Sant'Annina.
Limone - sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin), living/dining area, small fitted kitchen + bathroom (nb The 2 bedrooms in this apartment are interconnecting)
Mandarino - sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin), open plan living/dining area with small fitted kitchen + bathroom.
Melograno - sleeps 8 in 4 double sized bedrooms ( 2 doubles, 2 twins), large living/dining room, fitted kitchen, 2 bathrooms (one en suite), extra toilet.
New apartment for 2014
Mirtillo - incorporating the ancient trullo and lamia buildings. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin), large studio living area with a kitchen off it. Own private terrace. All facilities new for this season.
The property is very large and the grounds are very extensive indeed. Although the property can sleep up to 20 at maximum capacity, the layout is such that you can enjoy as much privacy as you desire.
|Further details outdoors|
The grounds are extensive, richly stocked with olives, almonds, vines, avocados, citrus and soft fruits. The owners regularly harvest the produce to make their own wines, olive oil and preserves. There is a barbecue area, beautifully dining areas and stunning panoramic views towards Cisternino and from the top of the land towards the sea.
The kidney-shaped swimming pool has a shallow end for children and a deep end for swimmers and is set amongst lovely fruit trees. The beautiful pool is the largest in the area!(normally available mid April - mid Oct, subject to weather).
There is also a re-furbished, full sized tennis court for 2014.
No smoking in house please.
Please note, these typical Pugliese farmhouses / trulli are wonderful - but do not expect to be surrounded by Kew Gardens. These grounds are rustic olive farms. We think they are stunning but please do not expect rows of pansies. They are not neat gardens (which is why we love them so much!)
This is the ideal holiday for those in search of the real Italy. Puglia is so unspoilt that as you drive through the countryside and walk through the cobbled streets you can well believe that nothing has changed in 500+ years. The local towns are full of winding streets with breathtaking views around each corner. The food is fabulous (you have never tasted tomatoes until you taste a Puglise tomato!) and the locals are the friendliest in Italy. There are lovely bars and markets and beaches and restaurants. In the summer the place is bustling with Italians on their holidays and the atmosphere is magical.
Puglia is known as the breadbasket of Italy due to the fact that most of the country's fruit, veg, pasta and olive oil are produced here. The area is very lush and green with some of the most ancient and impressive olive trees in the world - some thousands of years old. The region is wonderfully unspoilt and the holiday choice of Italians who love the 500 miles of sandy white coastline. It is also famous for the stunning Trulli which fill the countryside, particularly in the beautiful Valle D'Itria where the World Heritage site of Alberobello (Trulli Land) is situated. It is the perfect holiday choice for non touristy types who want a taste of true Italy. You will not find many bars and nightclubs here but you will experience some of the freshest and loveliest food of your life at some of the lovely restaurants. Historically, the region has been occupied more often than any other in Italy so there are some very interesting archeological sites and cities to visit. Villa Sant'Annina is situated right in the heart of the Valle d'Itria zona Monti. We challenge you to find a more beautiful spot!
Villa Sant'Annina is wonderfully positioned to explore the whole region. It is very close to the beautiful old city of Cisternino with its lovely old cobbled streets, fantastic restaurants and bars, and old market. It is also a short drive to Ostuni. Ostuni is a stunning medieval white city, offering some of the best cuisine in Italy! It is a very vibrant city with a huge weekly market and the friendliest locals in Italy. Even at peak season, it remains very Italian and unspoilt. It is the place where Italians take their holidays! The villa is just 15 minutes away from the stunning Ionian coastline - 500 miles of white sandy beaches. The nearest beach is the best family beach in the area, complete with fantastic beach restaurant (very cheap, fantastic fish!)There are plenty of places to visit from the stunning World Heritage site, Alberobello (trulli town), to the beautiful city of Lecce (the Florence of the South!). For kids there is the fantastic Fasanolandia zoo safari and theme park plus the chance to be at one with nature and see where 90% of the Italy's pasta and olive oils are produced.
Puglia is most famous for its unique Trulli buildings. Crafted from stone, these amazing ancient stone structures have now mostly been renovated to provide stunning rural accommodation. The walls are several feet thick, keeping inhabitants cool in the summer and warm in the winter beneath their stunning domed ceilings.
The best time for sight seeing is around 5pm when the temperature begins to drop and locals dress up to take their passegiata.
Cisternino - Stunning town in the heart of the Valle d'Itria. Packed with restaurants and bars in the ancient cobbled streets of the historic centre. Famous in the region for it's rosticcerias (freshly BBQd meat) but also home to one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the universe!
Oria - One of our favourite towns in the region, yet mostly undiscovered and wonderfully unspoiled. Steeped in history, this beautiful town is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit. Also, lots of wonderful cheap places to eat out and the best gelateria in Puglia. Equidistant to Ionian and Adriatic coasts.
Centro Storico, Ostuni – just walk and walk. Every corner you turn holds another breathtaking view. Stunning. Our favourite church is next to the town hall in the Piazza.
The following towns are all a short drive from Ostuni, and well worth a visit.
Martina Franca- The road to martina is a lovely drive – full of Trulli and Masserie. Martina itself is a baroque jewel -extremely elegant and well worth a visit.
Cisternino / Ceglie – smaller pretty towns with lots of character. It is worth visiting these towns for the drive alone which offers lovely scenery.
Alberobello – remarkable sight and a must see while you are here. Home of the trulli. Good to combine a trip with a trip to the amazing Castellano caves nearby.
Lecce is about 45 – 60 minutes drive. It is known as the Florence of the South, but I prefer Lecce any day! Wonderful Baroque architecture. Elegant university city. Masses to see and lots of shops!
Gargano peninsula – This is a treck, North of Bari. You will need to set off early, but once you are there you will see some of the most stunning coastline and country side you have ever seen in your life. Regarded by many as the loveliest place in Italy.
Egnazia - Ancient Roman port of Greek origin. Extensive ruins and fascinating museum. Also look out for the many Dolmens - Bronze age stones dotted about the region.
Every Saturday morning there is a fantastic market in Ostuni which sells everything from food to furniture. Fabulous ceramics and cheap for everything. Also, 2nd Sunday of each month, antiques market around old walls of centro storico. There are great markets in local towns nearly every other day of the week if you miss the Ostuni Saturday market.
For kids, there’s a big ten pin bowling / amusement arcade on the road out of central Ostuni to Pilone.
There is also a fabulous Zoo safari with huge funfair / theatre in Fasano.
In Monopoli there is a ‘play planet’ – indoor play centre for kids. not my idea of a picnic but the kids love it and they serve geat pizza!
The caves in Castellano are huge and very impressive. They are a great rainy day option. Guided tours are available in English.
Puglia is known as the breadbasket of Italy due to the wonderful supplies of oil, pasta and fresh fruit and vegetables it produces. Locals will boast that the best is kept in Puglia. There are an abundance of fantastic restaurants in the area from romantic cave restaurants in the historic centre to fabulous fish restaurants on the beach. Each property is furnished with an information pack, detailing our personal favourites!
Where can we start! Puglia has 500 miles of the most stunning sandy coastline. From tiny, deserted sandy coves to big family beaches complete with all facilities, the region boasts the loveliest beaches in Italy. You need never visit the same beach twice. Again, you will find our personal recomendations in your info pack. The coast is about 10 minutes from Ostuni centre (or 30 seconds from Villa della Torre!)
History and Architecture
The region is steeped in the most fascinating history with much evidence of both Greek and Roman occupancy. The buildings that Puglia is famous for are the beautiful Trulli - conical or domed roofed farm buildings made from local stone. They are an extraordionary sight. There are many accounts as to how and why they first appeared - most of them rather fantastical! Whatever the reason, they make the region very special!