Townhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Ideally located between Ostuni (5 minutes in one direction) and the safe and beautiful "Blue Flag" beaches of the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve (15 minutes in the other), Carovigno is a quieter and cheaper alternative to its famous neighbour.
Casa Olimpia is a traditional 3-bedroom townhouse just 200m from the Piazza, which makes it unnecessary to drive anywhere for a meal or a drink, and with the huge roof terrace with barbecue and excellent shops within walking distance selling everything from local meat, wines and vegetables to fresh fish and seafood, you may not even want to leave this beautiful property at all.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Santa Sabina 7 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Further details indoors||
Enter through the smaller of two front doors into the dining room, where there is a table for 8, Bontempi chairs and original details, such as exposed fireplace and beautiful arched alcove.
Step down into the enormous lounge with the old horse and cart entrance and stunning ceiling hand made from local and extremely unusual Carparo stone. Here there are 2 king-size Italian sofas that comfortably seat 6 and a speaker system to plug your mp3 player into.
At the other end of the room you will find the contemporary kitchen, fully equipped with microwave, fridge-freezer, hob, kettle and toaster. Opposite is the illuminated well, now drained, and the fully functional marble fireplace, which is ideal should you wish to spend a cosy winter break here.
Back through the dining room to the first bedroom with its own unusual vaulted ceiling and two single beds, and then on through the hand-made traditional doors to the huge master bedroom with king-size double and dresser.
Both the master bedroom and the lounge have glass doors out onto yet another charming detail of the house: the “pozzo luce”, an open air patio, which serves to illuminate and cool the rooms simultaneously. Off of this there is both the third bedroom with double bed, where traditionally the olive oil and wine was stored; and the bathroom with large walk-in shower.
The spaces have been designed to be uncluttered, including the use of clothes rails and drawers rather than wardrobes, for greater flexibility and comfort. As well as room lighting, there is a spotlight above each bed for reading. There is gas central heating in every room and air conditioning in the master bedroom.
|Further details outdoors||
From the pozzo luce climb the stairs up to the roof terrace, which covers all 72 square metres of the house. The hand-made table can seat 10 comfortably under the shade of the pergola, making it ideal for lunch or evening meals. You can barbecue, you can shower, or you can simply lounge on one of the sunbeds.
There are no hidden costs in our price but we would ask tenants to respect the environment by only using the air conditioning when necessary. The walls of the house are so thick that by simply keeping the windows, shutters and doors closed during the peak heat hours from mid-morning to evening, and opening them up for the night, the house will stay cool.
All bedding and towels are included in the price, as is the final clean.
Our friend Ottavio, who lives locally, will meet you and take you to the house and ensure you have everything you need to make your stay a comfortable one.
There is a £100 breakages deposit payable with the balance that will be returned to you immediately after a satisfactory inspection by Ottavio as soon as you leave.
The Puglia/Molise region
Puglia (or Apulia) stretches 400 km along the Adriatic heel of Italy and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. The climate is warm for most of the year but can reach the high 30's at the end of July / start of August and can get very chilly in the evenings outside the summer. Its climate and blue skies make it ideal for either traditional beach holidays in the summer or for sunny cultural visits throughout the year. It is also extremely popular with cyclists for its rolling valleys and meandering roads.
Puglia's climate also means it is an excellent place to grow vegetables and fruit. Fields of rich ochre-coloured earth sprout tomatoes, melons and artichokes; groves of fig, peach, plum, almond and olive trees produce succulent fruit as well as a beautiful spring display; and the vast vineyards produce some of the most underrated (and most affordable) wines in Europe. This means that most, if not all, the food you will eat here is local, seasonal and incredibly tasty.
Puglia is also home to some of the wildest and most unspoiled coastline in Italy. Many of the beaches here eschew the regimental "pay for your sunbed" attitude of most of Italy and you can find either quiet rocky coves ideal for snorkelling, long stretches of sand with shallow waters or massive waves battering steep cliff faces.
There are also many places to visit and some of our favourites are listed below.
Carovigno is located towards the southern end of the region, conveniently located in between Puglia's two international airports, Bari and Brindisi, and only 6km down the road from Ostuni. The Centro Storico may not be as well preserved as Ostuni's, but the 18th century Piazza is a charming place to be of an evening and the fare served up by the many restaurants is as good, if not better, than up the road. There are also a nice range of bars in the Piazza alone and one of them stocks the ubiquitous ice-cream. There are two main festivals: one at Easter and one towards the end of August, when the locals dress up in the medieval family colours and parade through the town. For the one in August, a concert stage and market stalls are set up in the Piazza.
Ostuni is the jewel in the Puglian crown. This whitewashed hilltop walled town just 5 minutes up the road is a must-see, at night and during the day. Divided largely into 2 parts, the 18th/19th century part and the Centro Storico. In the former, is the Villa Comunale, a shady park whose western boundary hosts an interesting antiques market on the second Sunday of the month. The latter, which can be reached by climbing the Via Cattedrale, is thought to have been inhabited for over two thousand years. Its meandering bourgainvillea-lined alleys create a maze that is as confusing for tourists as it was for its invaders in medieval times. Take your camera, there’s a photo opportunity at every turn and amazing views of the olive groves and sea.
There are many restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars in both Carovigno and Ostuni and if you decide to book with us, we will send you our recommendations with a brief description of each and their locations on detailed street maps.
Amongst our favourite days out are:
A day walking or cycling through Torre Guaceto Nature reserve, followed by a guided snorkel or just a dip in one of the bays far away from the crowds at Punta Penna Grossa.
A day touring the hilltop towns of the beautiful Itria Valley. Cisternino, Locorotondo and Martina Franca are all worth a visit. If you go in the spring, be careful! The trees are full of blossom, the fields are blanketed with wild flowers and you won't want to keep your eyes on the winding roads.
A drive through the Itria Valley again to Alberobello, a Unesco World Heritage Site, where you can wander through a whole neighbourhood of trulli before sitting down to an amazing lunch in the intimate La Cantina. Continue on to spend the afternoon in the jaw-dropping underground caves of Grotte di Castellana.
A day in Lecce, with its prime examples of Baroque architecture and many small arts and crafts shops.
A visit to Fasano Zoo. Though called a zoo, it is more like a wildlife park, where 95% of the animals there are allowed to roam in large open spaces that imitate their natural habitats. You cross most of the park in your car, allowing you to see lions, elephants and giraffes up close. It’s a pretty unique experience and children love it.
A day at "Aqua In" water park at nearby Lamaforca, where you and the children can spend hours shooting down water slides. It makes a nice change from the beach and is reasonably priced.
Further afield across the Puglian border into Basilicata, but well worth a visit, is Matera. Another Unesco World Heritage Site, it is a city carved from stone with an intriguing history. If festivals are your thing, try getting to the astonishing Festa della Madonna Bruna in June.