House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Casa Josephina is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 18th century town home ideally located on a quiet street between the public park/garden and Piazza Libertà, the center of activity. It is a short 2-3 minute walk to most everything.
The home is comprised of all 3 levels of the property (a rarity) plus 2 terraces and is larger than most town homes offered for rent in Ostuni.
The ground level is a garage and storage area, is fully tiled, and includes a sofa bed with additional seating, 1 bathroom and a washing machine. It was a separate house but now provides room to store your suitcases and other belongings, providing more room in the living areas. While the garage may be used, due to the narrowness of the street, I would not plan on it unless you have a very small auto and have superior parking skills. There are many parking areas with much easier access nearby. The bathroom includes a large shower area as well as toilet and sink
The 1st level includes a lounge, 2 bedrooms and the 2nd bathroom. All living areas include double-height exposed stone vaulted ceilings and antique chandeliers. The house is modern, yet romantic.
The lounge, with original tile flooring, includes a sofa/chaise that converts to a very large bed, easily accommodating 2 adults. The lounge also includes a separate leather chair and entertainment equipment, including flat screen tv, a blue-ray/dvd/cd player and separate stereo system that includes an ipod dock and accommodates most other inputs.
The main bedroom includes a large “matrimonial bed” (queen/double size) outfitted with high-quality linens. The 2nd bedroom includes a “piazza e mezza” size bed (1.5 x single) which is great for a single adult or 2 children. It can also accommodate 2 “very cozy” adults. The 2nd bedroom also includes a large dresser and a built-in closet, providing plenty of storage for all guests. The bathroom includes a shower, toilet and vanity area, including a cabinet to store all your toiletries.
The 2nd level includes a large well-equipped kitchen and dining area, with seating for 6, and star vaulted exposed stone ceilings. The kitchen leads out to the lower level terrace, which includes another dining area and a large umbrella for times when shade is desired. Stairs lead to the upper terrace with a sofa/lounge area, additional seating and spectacular panoramic views of the sea, cathedral and centro storico. The views of the town illuminated in the evening are especially stunning. The terraces are flat and tiled.
The property has heating and air conditioning.
Casa Josephina aims to be the best property to let in Ostuni. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Many 10 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 25 km, Nearest railway: Ostuni 2 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The house has been newly decorated and furnished in 2012.
In the lounge there is a 37 inch LCD HD television with satellite TV and a BlueRay/DVD/CD player. A variety of DVD's are available to use, but feel free to bring your own (DVD is Region 2).
WiFi is available for an additional €10/week.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a 4 burner gas hob, microwave oven and fridge.
A clothes washer is located on the ground floor.
A hair dryer is provided for your convenience.
|Further details outdoors||
It is possible to park directly outside Casa Josephina for unloading purposes or at the end of the street (20m) for short periods. You will always be able to find parking from between 30-200 meters from the house.
A gas BBQ/grill and water hose are available for use on the terrace.
Beach towels, sand chairs, and umbrella are available.
Casa Josephina is available for short term lets. Lets of 5 days or less will be charged for the final clean based on the following (1-2 People = £50, 3-4 People = £60, 5-6 People - £70).
Casa Josephina is a non-smoking property.
The Puglia/Molise region
Puglia (or Apulia), located along the Adriatic heel of Italy, is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled, regions of Italy with over 400km of coastline. With its relatively warm weather throughout the year, many Italians from the north (as well as ex-pats!) choose this region for their holiday, but not so many as to spoil it.
The region is known for its small towns, wonderful beaches/coastline and great food and wine. The people are friendly and helpful and an English-speaker can always be found nearby. An advantage of Puglia as a site for your holiday is its low cost of living/vacationing. Food and wine prices, as well as lodging, can easily be 1/3rd of what you will find in Rome or Florence. A nice antipasti lunch for 2 for lunch can be purchased for around €6. A complete dinner for 2 at a fine local restaurant, including wine, starts at under €20. You can have a container filled with your choice of wine at a local winery for €1 to €2 per litre (after tasting them all, of course!).
Find a location in the center of the region (Ostuni is our favourite and is perfectly located for exploring the area), and almost all of the towns and sites of the region are within a 1 hour drive. See a list of some highlights in the section below.
For those who want to explore further areas after their time in Puglia, from nearby port towns there are ferries to Greece, Croatia, northern Italy and other countries. Ryanair now flies into Bari and Brindisi, offering another option for quick jaunts to other locations.
Those options being said, our recommendation would be to relax, unwind, recharge and enjoy all that Puglia has to offer! Live La Dolce Vita!
Ostuni is known as The White City (La Citta Bianca) due to its whitewashed buildings reflecting some its Greek and Moorish heritage. It is located on a hilltop approximately 8km from the sea. With nothing but olive groves and grape vines between it and the sea, it offers stunning views of the Adriatic, easy access to local beaches via a 6-10 minute drive, access to most of Puglia and surrounding areas within a 1 hour drive and a very walkable city (15-20 minute walk from one side of the town to the other) with many high-quality/low priced restaurants and bars and historic sights.
The Centro Storico of Ostuni offers winding stone alleys and pathways terrific architecture as well as local boutiques, shops and eateries. Shop to 3am during summer months. Find a local pizzeria or visit a Michelin rated restaurant (Osteria del Tempo Perso) or anything in between. Grab a pint of Guinness at pub or visit Riccardo Caffé for the latest club-style music and drinks. The Centro Storico is the place to be most nights.
The main commercial area offers designer shops, restaurants and supermarkets. It is easily reachable and walkable form other areas of the town
The Saturday market is not to be missed. It is one of the largest in southern Italy offering everything from fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat and seafood to clothing and household goods. A smaller version of the market is held on Wednesday. In addition, an antique/flea market is held just outside the public garden the second Sunday of the month.
Churches within the city are on the list of proposed UNESCO World Heritage sites and the city and Centro Storico are lined with historical and architectural gems.
There festivals held throughout the year at the Public Garden/Park as well as Piazza Liberta, culminating in La Cavalcata di Sant'Oronzo in late August.
There is much to see and do within the town or you may wish to venture to some of the nearby locations listed below. Following is a list of some highlights.
Beaches (Too many to list. Many are “blue flag”. Below is a sampling of our favourites)
Villanova (8 minute drive) Small beach/harbor, with nice restaurants and bars
Pilone I and II (12 minute drive) Beautiful beaches with an ancient tower.
Torre Canne (20 minute drive) Touristy area, but fun restaurant tents on the beach selling fresh grilled seafood at low prices
Torre Guaceto (25 minute drive) WWF protected nature reserve. Beautiful!
Sites/Things To Do
Centro Storico of Ostuni – La Citta Bianca (The White City). Beautiful winding streets with local shops, restaurants and bars. Churches on list of proposed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Alberobello – (20 minute drive) Trullis! A UNESCO World Heritage site. Touristy, but a must see.
Castel Del Monte – (120 minute drive) A UNESCO World Heritage site. 13th Century octagonal castle.
The Grotte di Castellana (60 minute drive) – Italy’s largest underground cave network
Zoo Safari – (30 minute drive) Combination zoo, drive thru safari, aquarium/dolphin shows and rides/roller coasters. A fund day with our without children.
Aqua Waterpark (10 minute drive) Located at Lamaforca Beach. Waterslides, activities, bar/café. Fun for children.
Golf – (25 minute drive) Cocarro Gold Club, near Fasano
Lecce – (60 minute drive) Known as the” Florence of the South". Famous for its baroque architecture, shopping, restaurants and bars. A must see day trip!
Bari – (50 minute drive) A bustling city with shopping ranging from famous Italian designers to IKEA.
Martina Franca – Another baroque masterpiece with excellent shops. The drive takes you through the countryside dotted with masseria and trulli.
Polignano a Mare – Seaside cliff town. Great dining on the cliffs overlooking the sea.
Monopoli – (30 minute drive) Nice old port town with plenty of history. Also nice beaches.
Locorotondo – Nice small town with wine making co-op and tours, including in English. Co-op has very reasonable wine prices