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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Palazzo Auris is a masterpiece of Neo-Renaissance Style. Built and owned by the same family since the mid 1800s, this beautiful palazzo is listed by Italy's Ministry of Arts and Culture as “a protected building of national and cultural interest”, and represents one of the most prestigious and architecturally relevant examples of residential construction in Puglia. It overlooks the central park and it is within walking distance from the finest restaurants and shops in Ostuni and from the medieval, whitewashed citadel.

The entrance is through an imposing door that leads into a stately Grand Hall, where until World War II carriages stopped for passengers to alight and then proceeded to the rear buildings and stables. A majestic staircase takes you from the Grand Hall to piano nobile, or the first floor, where the family resided. These beautifully appointed luxury rooms are now available for holiday rentals.

Palazzo Auris offers two rental apartments: the Garden Apartment (1st floor) and the Studio Apartment (top floor).

The Garden Apartment is a very large flat of nearly 200 sq.m and boasts both a terrace and a charming garden. Situated on the same floor and adjacent to the apartment, the beautifully appointed garden is walled-in and elevated from street level and offers a tranquil and private space to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Both the terrace and the garden are exclusive to this apartment and are equipped with garden furniture. The apartment offers 6 large rooms with double-vaulted ceilings: 2 bedrooms, a large lounge room, a second lounge/entrance room, dining room and a large, fully equipped eat-in kitchen with built-in appliances (dishwasher included!). Decorated with design and quality in mind, the rooms tastefully merge modern conveniences with old world antiques.

The Studio is a cosy one-room apartment on the top floor of Palazzo Auris and offers a huge roof-terrace where you can enjoy a stunning view of the old city and the Adriatic Sea. Comfortably accommodating 2 persons, the studio sports a wood-and-marble kitchen niche with built-in appliances and design accessories. It has an ensuite bathroom tiled with Bisazza glass-mosaic and high-end fixtures. Featuring an original fireplace opposite the bed, the studio also has central heating.

Ample parking space, both free and metered, is available nearby.

Nearby Ostuni, at only a 10 min drive from us, you can find the San Domenico Golf Course, a stunning 18-hole golf course on the Adriatic Sea. Few minutes from us you can practice horse-riding and there are archeological and roman ruins and breathtaking architecture: the baroque city of Lecce is at 60 km, while lusty beaches are at just minutes by car . Ostuni is conveniently located at 30 min from Brindisi Int'l Airport and 1h drive from Bari Int'l Airport (both connected to London by Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways).

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Pilone 5 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Brindisi 30 km, Nearest railway: Ostuni 2 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, Sea view
General Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The 200 sqm first-floor apartment is accessed through an imposing door which leads to a grand hall and staircase. It is comfortably furnished throughout with antiques and, unlike most apartments in the centre of town, it also has a private terrace and a garden.

Interiors are beautifully decorated and furnished with period furniture, while maintaining modern comforts. The large kitchen has been recently refurnished with high-quality, Italian-design funrniture: it has oven and hob, microwave oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, toaster and large table with 4 chairs. There is a formal dining room with seats for 8 persons, plus two large and elegant lounges.

There are 2 bedrooms available: one has French windows opening onto the patio and garden and has wonderful antique twin beds that may also form a double bed. The other large double bedroom has a balcony and ornate antique wrought iron bedstead. Large bathroom with shower and tub, plus small laundry room with a washing machine. The solarium/terrace is also furnished with garden furniture. Free satellite TV and broadband Wi-Fi Internet connection are provided in the main apartment.

Further details outdoors

Table and chairs/sun loungers for al fresco dining on the large terrace near the private, inner garden.

The Palazzo is just in front of the public gardens, on a large avenue, few hundred meters away from the medieval citadel of Ostuni and close to the major attractions. Fine restaurants and shops are nearby.

Further details

50% down payment for confirming reservation; balance payable at least 2 months prior to arrival.

10%-Discount off the second and subsequent weeks for long stay.

EUR 60 surcharge does apply for final cleaning. Wi-Fi internet access and utilities are included in the weekly price.

Luxurious Frette bed and bath linens provided.

EUR 300 security deposit payable on arrival (check or cash), returnable at the end of the stay if there are not any major breakages.

Reference prices stated in EUROS. Website prices quoted in GBP are only indicative and refer to the moment of publishing: they are subject to exchange-rate fluctations.

The Puglia/Molise region

Ostuni is located in the High Salento in Apulia or the Heel of Italy, in Southern Italy, in an area famous for its wilderness and still uncontaminated wildlife, with villages full of Baroque and Romanic churches and palazzi. Ostuni is near the famous, medieval Castel del Monte, and Alberobello, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Apulia.

The weather is generally very sunny and warm, mitigated someway by coastal winds, and you can expect gorgeous days from April to October/November included. Temperatures are in the range of 20-35°C in summer and 15-25°C in springtime.

The ancient citadel of Ostuni extends on the southern end of the Murgie hills, on the top of a mount with steep cliffs. According to tradition, its name, Ostuni, derives from the ancient Greek word “astu-neon”, which means “New City” and it was built probably about two thousand years ago, on the remains of a previous town.

There are several lovely beaches around Ostuni, from sandy Pilone, to rocky Costa Merlata, and a naturist/nudist beach at Torre Guaceto, a WWF protected area.

Close to Ostuni you can find the Unesco sites of Alberobello, a pitoresque town of trulli, and Castel del Monte. Other loverly places to visits are Martina Franca, Cisternino, Locorotondo, while a little bit further you can go to Lecce, also named the little Florence of the South for its stunning baroque buildings, and then Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, the Southernest point of Continental Europe.

As the agricultural powerhouse of Italy, Apulia (or Puglia) has some of the finest and best value foods and wines in the country, together with fabulous Adriatic and Ionian beaches, usually within half an hour's drive.


Ostuni, also known as The White City because of its whitewashed houses, sits high on the Mount of Ostuni looking out to the close Adriatic Sea. The city still preserves its medieval citadel, with narrow streets and typical architecture, and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding olive-tree countryside and sea. The modern city of Ostuni developed around the XVIII and XIX centuries at the basis of the medieval citadel and features beautifully elegant palazzi in the Neoclassical or Greek Revival Style, like our Villa Dorica.

Loads of entertainment, restaurants and bars in the old town. Shops open until the early hours of the morning in summer. Good selection of shops in the new town. Huge market on Saturdays. Antiques market on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

There are several lovely beaches around Ostuni, from sandy Pilone, to rocky Costa Merlata, and a stunning beach at Torre Guaceto, a WWF protected area, which becomes a naturist/nudist beach in the off-peak season. If you want to drive a little farther, you can encounter fabulous sandy beaches on the Ionian Coast, all usually within half and hour's drive.

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23 Sep 2012


"Live the grand life in Ostuni"

This was once undoubtedly a very gracious apartment and for the most part still retains its grandeur. The rooms are largewith high ceilings, giving a real sense of spaciousness and, as others have said are largely furnished with solid antique furniture and fittings. Today, like so many old properties it is perhaps a little tired and showing some signs of wear, but actually that rather adds to its charm and the odd cheaper piece of furniture helps to make it homely, rather than forbidding. The bathroom is perhaps the weak point; it is perfectly serviceable but the suite and fittings are not quite to the standard that we had expected to find in a property commanding this level of rent. The garden is a work in progress but is still a pleasant place to stroll and appreciate the greenery, flowers and fruit. Overall the apartment was clean, comfortable and well equipped, and we did really enjoy our stay and would recommend it to our friends. It is very conveniently located – outside the old town where parking would be a total nightmare but close enough for it to be a pleasant stroll to the shops and restaurants. Gianfranco is a great host. He gave us a lot of very helpful advice in sorting out our travel arrangements to Ostuni and whilst we were there he made great suggestions about places to visit. His restaurant recommendations were also spot on.

16 Aug 2012


"beyond belief"

After decades of traveling through many countries of Europe, the States and Asia, our stay in Villa Auris in Ostuni counts among the most extraordinary we have ever experienced. The fully equipped apa… More

30 Oct 2011


"What a place!"

We traveled to Italy many times and stayed in many apartments /villas in many different regions and it is safe to say that Palazzo Auris is one of the nicest of them all and definitely will be one of … More

5 Jul 2011


"Accomodation with character & convenience"

We chose Palazzo Auris at short notice for a week's break in June. We wanted to avoid the 'furnished for tourists' type of rental & we were not disappointed. The very large apartment co… More

3 Jul 2011


"A unique apartment in Ostuni!"

Wonderfully located 19th century palazzo facing onto lovely public gardens, within easy walking distance to the main piazza of Ostuni, with nearby cafes, food shops and excellent restaurants.All the r… More

1 Jun 2011


"Classic Italian Accommodation in an Ideal Location"

We stayed at this amazing apartment for just over three weeks and our hearts broke when we had to say goodbye. We were looking for somewhere peaceful to get away from it all yet somewhere with options… More

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Calendar last updated:25 Jul 2014

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