Trullo | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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|
Features and Facilities
|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.
The Puglia/Molise region
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.
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18 Oct 2014
"What a special place..."
From the moment we met Jane to the moment we left our experience of Trullo Bellissimo was fantastic. The trullo itself is a stunning building and grounds with outdoor pool, dining and BBQ area and olive groves give it a luxuriuos feel. Inside the trullo, we had all the mod cons you could want including everything to look after our 10 month old son. What makes Trullo Bellissimo extra special is the increidle attention to detail and the interior decor...this sets it apart from other 'luxury' accomodation.
7 Oct 2014
"A beautiful place, always to remember"
Trullo Bellissimo is everything it says. We had everything we needed . both inside and outside. The villa is absolutley charming and so comfortable. The garden is beautiful, surrounding an equally… More
"A beautiful place, always to remember" -Such a very, wistful, poignant and apposite description for a very special villa in the South of Italy.
"Whether your interests lie in history, museums, art or gastronomic delight, you will find everything and more besides in the local towns of Puglia. Whilst the modern Puglia of the Adriatic beaches and happening restaurants are busy welcoming the well-travelled tourist, the old Puglia of the rural hinterland rests in the quiet security, of its place in time."-Moira-2009.
This was our 50th wonderful Trip Advisor review. Moira, the incredibly talented designer and passion behind Trullo Bellissimo would have been 50 this year-so very fitting!
Thank you to these lovely guests for recognising and appreciating the underlying beauty she created, which lives on as her own special “legacy” in a part of Italy that she loved so deeply.
6 Oct 2014
"very quiet and relaxing"
our recent stay was quite relaxing and we would have spent more time at the pool but the weather turned a bit chilly.the villa is near many hill towns and easy to find.the kitchen was fully equipped a… More
Sadly, unseasonal weather is one aspect we cannot control. Despite this, the fact that the great location of Bellissimo provides a wealth of places to visit and restaurants in which to enjoy the incredible food of the South, hopefully makes up a bit for mother nature. Would love to welcome these friendly guests back in the future.
14 Sep 2014
"Toddler Friendly Trullo!"
We spent a fantastic week in Puglia at Trullo Bellissimo. Going away with a 2 year old can be a tad fractious at times ...... but the Trullo could not have been more perfect for our trip....great pool… More
I can really feel that Mum & Dad also had a relaxing holiday, which is the thought behind trying to provide as much as possible to accommodate babies and small children. The detailed description of Bellissimo and it's facilities, is what we aspired to achieve. It is quite humbling to actually see it recognised, such that others can feel comfortable when making a decision to book with us.
9 Sep 2014
"Unique and wonderful place with huge pool"
This trullo has everything you could want and is fantastic for families. We have 3 children and they slept in one room and we had the other, both rooms have their own bathrooms. The kitchen is well equipped and the garden and outside area perfectly designed for cooking and eating outside. The inside is beautifully and very personally decorated and all well kept. Keith and Jane were so helpful right from us making the booking to when we left.
Although Bellissimo has only two bedrooms, you almost feel the excitement of the children sleeping in the 300 year old trullo, which is so much like an 'Aladdin' s cave'! It is great that Mum & Dad were also able to have there own space, lets face it-they are on holiday too. The appreciation of what we created, is so very much appreciated.
4 Sep 2014
"beautiful, unique trullo"
Great outdoor space. We particularly enjoyed eating outdoors and made full use of the outdoor kitchen and BBQ for long lazy lunches. Pool was well used by my daughter and husband. Indoors the trullo d… More
It is wonderful that the feeling of romance we recognised when we first viewed and purchased the ruin that was then Bellissimo in 2006, is still shining through for others to enjoy. The privacy of having the bedrooms at either end of the villa was also something that we felt was important for couples sharing a vacation together.
28 Aug 2014
"Beautiful Trullo (literally!)"
This is a beautiful holiday home and is as beautiful in reality as it appears on the web site. We booked it so we could live outside in luxurious surroundings and it did not disappoint. The large marb… More
The detailed descriptions in this review of the facilities that Trullo Bellissimo offers, have been written in such a wonderful and erudite manner, that it was quite special to understand how others view what has been created for the enjoyment of our guests. As an owner, it is only through open and constructive feedback that standards can be maintained, to ensure that we do not become complacent, even on minor maintenance issues.
I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely family and to witness them enjoying the Bellissimo facilities to the full. They have clearly also recognised that this part of Puglia has a lot to offer. I sincerely hope to welcome them and their friends/ family back in the future.
10 Aug 2014
"Ideal, tranquil setting - very relaxing holiday."
Truly a beautiful property to spend a relaxing holiday in. The gardens and pool area provide a wonderfully tranquil place to chill out in. The property itself is very well equipped and we did not want… More
The description provided by these kind guests, really captures all of our personal objectives to provide a peaceful location, yet a 'home from home' with regard to facilities and equipment. It is really pleasing to know that we got it right and our guests fully appreciated these efforts, to the point that they would consider returning in the future. We look forward to welcoming them back.
12 Jun 2014
"Wonderfully relaxing and beautifully designed trullo."
We have just had a fantastic two weeks at Trullo Bellissimo, with our young children (1 and 3) and parents. The villa is stunning - full of character, well designed and furnished with love. The outs… More
From the initial enquiry, dealing with this lovely family was an absolute pleasure. It was clear, that as the holiday date approached, the excitement level increased for the children and also mum and dad. They made the most of the facilities and also asked good questions in order to get the best out of their holiday at Bellissimo and in the local area.
It is always a humbling and special feeling when you know that the property has come up to and perhaps exceeded, expectations and fond memories remain. The personal feedback given was appreciated, as it is the only way to ensure that standards are not slipping.
On behalf of Moira, Jane and myself-thank you for sharing the 'Bellissimo Experience" and for being such special, kind and delightful guests.
14 May 2014
The week we were there the weather wasn't very good. So we could not really enjoy the possibilities of this place. Laying around the pool, taking a break near the pool, eating outside in a warm e… More
With all of the best intentions and hard work to create a wonderful holiday experience, it is always sad and disappointing when the weather does not co-operate, for both the guests and the owners! However, it is greatly appreciated that these lovely guests could still speak warmly about the facilities that Trullo Bellissimo has to offer, because she really does provide a wonderful holiday experience when they can be fully utilised. The gardens have been upgraded each year to provide a colourful environment to enjoy the pool and terraces. We really hope that you do return in the future.
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