House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A lovely little house that has been recently renovated with a double height “star-vaulted” ceiling, double bedroom area on a mezzanine level, separate smaller bedroom with single bed and a quality double sofa-bed in the living area below the mezzanine. In an excellent position just a few minutes walk down to the main square, the many restaurants, bars and cafes of Ostuni old town are all just a short stroll away. The lovely Blue-Flag beaches along this coastline are just a few minutes drive away. There is plenty of free parking near the house. Pauline (our house manager) is a very helpful English lady who lives just around the corner and is always on hand with advice and tips on where to go and what to do !
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Several ! 6 km|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 30 km, Nearest railway: Ostuni 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Although this property can sleep up to 5 people it is best suited to couples or small families.
|Further details outdoors|
A nice “sun-trap” roof terrace.
Free parking nearby
The Puglia/Molise region
Puglia (or Apulia as it is often known to the English) is the Heel of Italy. An area famous for its peaceful, untouched and natural wildlife with villages full of Baroque and Romanic churches and palazzi. Ostuni is often referred to as the Jewel of Puglia and famous nearby neighbours include the medieval Castel del Monte and Alberobello (the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Puglia), Lecce, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Gallipoli. The Grotte di Castellana (Italy’s largest underground cave network – stunning !) and the fantastic Fasano Safari Zoo are only a short drive away too.
There are several lovely “Blue-Flag” beaches near Ostuni including the lively Pilone 2 and Camerini at Villanova (by the “Il Faro” bar), the relaxed Torre Pozzella stretch and the georgous Torre Guaceto, a WWF protected nature reserve. For those who prefer to hang around in a trendy “Chill Out Bar” and dive from the rocks, there is “Jimmiz Bar” at Gorgonola.
For more fun in the water, there is a swimming pool at the ”American Bar” (follow the road to the mini-roundabout at Villanova Port and turn left) or the water park called “In-Aqua” at Lamaforca beach.
Puglia has some of the finest and best value foods and wines in the country. Wine shops (“Entoteca’s”) and supermarkets are stocked with top quality DOCG wines from around £2 per bottle and an 8-course starter (“antipasti” ) in a top restaurant will cost from around £4 !
Rough Guide (Italy) ; "one of the most stunning small towns of southern Italy", "a gleaming white splash of sun-bleached streets and cobbled alleyways"
Lonely Planet (Italy) ; "stunning town of stark, whitewashed buildings", "the seemingly disordered tangle of narrow cobblestone streets, many little more than arched stairways between the houses, recalls a North African Arab medina"
Lonely Plant (Puglia & Basilicata) ; “Ostuni has a commanding position, its maze of tightly packed streets twisting around a dramatic 15th century cathedral encircled by medieval ramparts. It is the most popular Murgia town, mainly due to its proximity to the coast. In recent years it has become devilishly chic, and has the best after dark scene in the region”
If you like the idea of getting purposefully lost wandering around the cobbled sundrenched streets of a medieval walled town, stumbling across amazing restaurants (with ridiculously low prices !) and trendy bars, whilst catching glimpses of turquoise sea through the gaps between the beautiful old whitewashed townhouses, then Ostuni is for you !
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5 May 2013
"Great Location, quaint and cozy accomodation in beautiful area."
Casa Alfonso was everything we had hoped for and good value for money in the lovely whitewashed walled "city" of Ostuni. We had not visited Puglia before and it provided us with an excellent base from which to tour the area. The apartment is situated in a narrow quiet residential street just a few steps from the town's public gardens, very convenient for local shops, and there is an excellent range of restaurants nearby - just outside the historical centre of Ostuni.
The apartment itself is over three floors with direct private access on to the street. The accomodation is quaint with some unusual features - like the mezzanine floor which serves as the main bedroom and the low arch and narrow stairs which lead from the kitchen area to the bathroom and on to the roof terrace. We needed to get used to bumping our heads occasionally and watching our footing on the stairs but this all added to the charm of the experience! Our weather was marvellous for early April and we were enjoying the roof terrace (with its sun beds and dining table) every day! We did not use the second bedroom but it is certainly a more than adequate single room.
We were a little daunted by the prospect of parking our rented car in Ostuni. Get a small car if you rent one yourselves! In fact, once we got used to the maze of streets we never failed to find suitable free parking and sometimes left the car for 2 or 3 days undisturbed and just enjoyed walking or relaxing on the terrace. Trips out to Alberobello (a must) and the Valle d'Itria in general were most enjoyable. Next time we might use the trains to get around and not bother with a car. Local food is wonderful - indulge in Masseria Il Frantoio - just outside town on the Fasano road - and dont miss the seafood at Torre Canne just up the coast. Enjoy!
8 Jan 2013
"An excellent well located character property in a historic 'white' city"
We've been to Ostuni previously and used one of the owner's larger properties before and been really impressed. This time, it was just the two of us and Casa Alfonso gave us all the space we needed. It was very clean, comfortable and accurately described. We wouldn't recommend it for two couples though (unless they are very friendly) but it's excellent for a family and we are thinking of going back next summer with three of our grandchildren. Casa Alfonso will be ideal for this as its relatively cheap and there are several excellent free beaches only ten minutes or so drive away.
The real star for us on this visit though was Ostuni itself, in particular the old 'white' city with its Cathedral and spectacular winding streets which give us a real feeling of being in a living history. We also found that in August it really comes alive with various festival activities as people from all over Puglia and further afield flood in. The streets are alive with good humour and activity. It was a joy to eat outdoors in the old town and main piazza and soak up the atmosphere. We knew from experience that we could eat very well in Ostuni with numerous opportunities from simple and very cheap but excellent take-aways to more expensive, top ranked restaurants. This trip though we stuck to more mid-range UK pub price options and delighted in eating in (or outside) a new place every night. (So far, in three visits to Ostuni we've only had one bad eating experience when the restaurant caught fire and we had to evacuate mid meal without paying!).
If you're looking for a touring base, Ostuni is excellent for tripping out to other places - we've previously visited places like Alberobello, Cisternino, Locorotondo and Gallipoli from Ostuni. On this visit, we took the opportunity to visit Lecce where we had a very interesting and educating day.
7 Jan 2013
"Superb location. Excellent value for money"
A beautiful walled town overlooking some fantastic beaches just a short drive from an airport with cheap flights from the UK. After spending our yearly two week break in Ostuni this year, I doubt we will ever book a package holiday again. We flew with Ryanair from Stansted to Brindisi which was both cheap and easy. Whilst looking for flights though we also came across nearly as good deals from Alitalia, BA and Easyjet to Bari (an hour away as opposed to just 20 minutes from Brindisi). We contemplated getting a taxi from the airport with the idea of exploring the region using public transport. Although the owners offered to arrange taxis for us, they persuaded us to rent a small car instead so that we could explore the towns and beaches nor serviced by trains or buses. This turned out to be excellent advice. The roads are much quieter than those in northern Italy and the local drivers are generally relaxed, considerate and not in a particular hurry to get anywhere! Parking wasn't an issue (as it would have been if we had opted for accommodation in the centro storico) and we got to visit some amazing places. The Info Pack e-mailed to us after paying the initial deposit was really informative and many places had sat-nav co-ordinates. We took our own sat-nav which has European mapping, but I think you can rent one along with the hire car. The house is in a great spot. Only a few minutes walk to the piazza, but at the same time in a quiet residential road with some really friendly neighbours. Casa Alfonso could not be described as luxury accommodation, but it has everything you need. It is clean, in a great location and above all, really good value for money.
Thanks for your positive feedback. We are glad you thought our recommendation to hire a car was worthwhile. Whilst some guests actually enjoy the adventure of navigating their way around the Italian public transport system, unless you speak the language relatively well and don't mind hanging around at bus stops and train stations for long periods, renting a small, cheap car can make things much easier! The idea of including the sat-nav co-ordinates in the Information Pack for both the house and the local attractions came through feedback left from guests who stayed last year. This has proved to be a really popular idea and so we now plan to add co-ordinates to even more places worth visiting this year. Kind regards, Bill & Mel
30 Oct 2012
"Fantastic part of Italy"
This small apartment is set in a quiet residential road a short 10 minute stroll from the centro storico of Ostuni. It is in a real road with real Italian people which in my opinion is great. The apartment itself is quite small inside but ok for a couple or possibly a couple with a single child. The staircase leading up to the bathroom is very narrow and an unusual dog leg shape. The whole apartment would not be good if you have mobility issues. Another short flight leads to the roof terrace with a table and 2 chairs plus 2 loungers but no cushions for either. A nice view of the sea though and some lovely sunsets over the roof tops. The apartment is very old which is part of the charm and it has been renovated but the website photos were taken some time ago and it could do with a bit of a deep clean. The mattress and bedding were clean but some new pillows are definitely in order as are new towels. They are tatty and grey. There were also some items in the fridge, bathroom and store cupboard which should have been disposed of before our arrival. As stated earlier a good deep clean would bring it back to a fair standard. There is no wi-fi connection in the apartment and this is a bit of a pain although we were aware of this prior to booking.
Ostuni and the whole region is beautiful with some great little towns close by. A car is a must to fully appreciate the area. Cisternino, Locorotondo and Lecce are a must and you have to see Alberobello even though it has lost a little bit of its charm by tourism. I would definitely return to Puglia, great place and very friendly people.
Thank you for your feedback and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay Casa Alfonso. Casa Alfonso is one of, if not the most popular properties being rented out in Ostuni (with the entire summer season usually being fully booked by the end of April) and over half of the bookings are made by returning guests who have fallen in love with the quirky charms of the house. Regarding the pillows and towels, I have spoken to Pauline (our house manager who lives close by) and she assures me that she would have swapped the towels sets and provided a new set of firmer pillows had a request been made. However, we like to take all feedback on board to constantly improve and have now purchased new luxury towel sets and firmer pillows in each of our Ostuni houses. Once again, thank you for taking the time to give us feedback and please let us know if you would like to return to Ostuni in the future as all previous guests are given a 10% discount. Kind regards, Bill & Mel
15 Oct 2012
"A perfect base for a holiday in Puglia"
Casa Alfonso is a great place to stay. It's close enough to the centre of Ostuni to walk to everything inside ten minutes (including a truly superb range of restaurants), but just far enough away… More
14 Jul 2012
"a flavour of the real Italy"
My husband and I have just spent a thoroughly enjoyable month on holiday in Ostuni. Casa Alfonso was ideally situated for local shops, bars restaurants etc. The house itself was well equipped, the linen was changed weekly and we were even provided with beach towels. We spent many an hour on the roof terrace which was ideal for sun bathing. We got on very well with all the neighbours, probably because my husband tried to speak to them in Italian and we were even invited into their homes to sample limoncello etc!
We found the owners information pack on places to visit, beaches, restaurants, bars etc extremely useful. We ate out every night visiting all the recommended restaurants and we didn't have a bad meal anywhere however our favourite restaurants were Al Solito Posto, Badia and L'Angolo Divine. We spent a lot of time at the Pink Lady bar watching England and Italy playing in the Euros- the staff there were incredibly friendly in fact my husband even managed a game of tennis with some of them. It was also very useful being able to access the Internet for free at the Pink Lady. Our other favourite bar was the Monna Lisa where we got personal tuition in Italian from the owner, Leonardo! This bar was slightly off the main piazza but well worth seeking out.
If you are looking for a taste of the real Italy then look no further!
2 Oct 2011
"Perfect holiday in Ostuni"
We (me, my wife and 16th years old son) stayed at Casa Alfonso two weeks (end of June and beginning of July 2011). The apartment is placed very close to city center but on quiet narrow street. A lot of local shops, supermarkets, pizzerias, cafes and restaurants in vicinity (5-7 min walks). There is practically everything what you need for short-term and long-term staying inside. Living room is quite spacious and has balcony, double bedroom in mezzanine also big enough but keep you head away from arched sailing :) Another single bedroom is small but cosy.
Kitchen is very small but well equipped. Roof terrace is a real advantage! We took sunbath at early morning and had glass of wine under full of stars sky!
No problem with hot water as well as air conditioning.
Just one notice - no Internet acces in the apartment.
Practically no problems with car parking except of some local feasts.
City at all also is beautiful, not big but with very active cultural life. Straight ways to majority of region attractions within 1-1,5 hours by car (maximum).
Wide range of sandy beaches just 10-15 min by car from the apartment door.
Owner provides you very detailed info about apartment itself, possible ways to it from different points (airports etc.), surroundings and many other helpful things.
House keeper also is very friendly and ready to fix every your problems or answer your questions.
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