Villa Sant'Annina is a wonderful country house - set in rustic grounds where we harvest everything from olives and almonds to clementines and avocados. There is a very large kidney shaped swimming pool and a refurbished, full-sized tennis court .The grounds are extensive and beautiful with panoramic views right down to the sea from the top of the land, and towards the old city of Cisternino.
The villa itself has been refurbished throughout retaining many features - the lovely ancient stone trullo and lamia are now part of the Mirtillo apartment. 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).
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 10 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Torre Canne, Marina d'Ostuni 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 7 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|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (10), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The villa is perfect for large family holidays of for families holidaying together. The property splits neatly into 4 sections. It is available to rent as a whole or as a portion of the whole. There are 2 apartments on the first floor, Limone and Mandarino, which sleep 4 each. These apartments have a wonderful roof terrace with a short staircase leading to the pool area, tennis court and wonderful grounds. The ground floor, Melograno, has 4 double bedrooms, a huge living / dining area, fitted kitchen and 2 bathrooms. It also has a direct access to the pool area, tennis court and grounds via it'sown private terrace. New for this season is Mirtillo - sleeps 4, incorporating the ancient trullo and lamia as the two bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin.
The pool 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 kitchenette + 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 kitchenette + bathroom
Sant'Annina, Melograno - ground floor
Sleeps 8 in 4 double sized bedrooms ( 2 doubles, 2 twins), spacious living/dining room, fitted kitchen, 2 bathrooms (one ensuite) additional toilet. There is a lovely private dining terrace which leads to the pool, tennis courts and grounds.
Altogether, the property can sleep up to 20.
|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 barbeque area, beautifully dining areas and stunning panoramic views towards Cisternino and from the top of the land towards the sea. The swimming pool has a shallow end for children and a deep end for swimmers and is set amongst the lovely fruit trees. The pool is the largest in the area! (normally available late April - early Oct, subject to weather.) There is a refurbished (2014), full sized tennis court next to the pool.
No smoking in house please.
There are two washing machines for communal use in a small wash-house. This is available between 9-11.30am each day only.
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!)
We provide a free info. pack on the house and area and a welcome pack of essentials
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 wonderfuly 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. We challenge you to find a more beautiful spot!
Villa Sant'Annina is wonderfuly 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 wonderful beach restaurant .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 children 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.
Centro Storico, Ostuni – just walk and walk. Every corner you turn holds another breathtaking view. Stunning. Our favorite 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 children, 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 in Fasano - said to be the largest in Europe!
In Monopoli there is a 'play planet' – indoor play centre for children not my idea of a picnic but they love it and they serve great 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!