Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
A tranquil and spacious country home, privately situated in five acres of olive groves, with almonds, figs, pomegranates and pears in season. Uniquely and beautifully furnished in a relaxed mediterranean style.
Ideal for three couples or a family group. Each of the three bedrooms have their own individual character and have there own large private bathroom with shower.
The kitchen is very well equipped with hi-spec appliances and dining table. The living room, kitchen and master bedroom, all have large glass doors that lead out on to the covered terrace, the ideal lounging and dining space during the hot summer months.
The (15m x 5m) private swimming pool fringed by the olive grove, is set in a wide terrace. After swimming, you may wish to retreat to the shaded pergola to relax or enjoy lunch from the BBQ.
Space, privacy and tranquility can be enjoyed in secluded areas around the house, within the surrounding olive grove and the walled herb garden. The large roof terrace is the perfect place to start your day with yoga or, a coffee and the ideal place to enjoy a drink before dinner.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Torre Guaceto 18 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 28 km, Nearest railway: Ceglie 4.5 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
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The 15x5 meter swimming pool is set in the olive grove, it is surrounded by 3 meters of paved terracing, and has a bamboo shaded pergola for lounging and eating next to the BBQ.
It is possible to add an additional fold out single bed in bedroom 3. This room can then accomodate three single beds, or one double and a single. A cot may also be added to any of the three bedrooms.
If you enjoy cooking and want to appreciate the wonderful seasonal local produce the region has to offer, (feel free to pick any figs, pears, almonds and pomegranates from our trees) the kitchen is very well equipped with a large Smeg stainless steel range cooker and in addition to the facilities listed above, there is a blender, hand mixer and juice squeezer.
There is also the BBQ at the pergola by the pool and the original wood burning bread/pizza oven, which is perfectly preserved and may be used on request.
|Further details outdoors||
Warning to parents: The swimming pool and the staircase to the roof of the property are left open with no barrier or fence, so please be vigilant and look after your children.
The Wi-Fi here is ideal for email, research and Skype but, subject to 1GB daily download limit and therefore unsuitable for streaming or large downloads.
The Puglia/Molise region
Puglia's whitewashed ancient towns rising from acres of silver olive groves, to some make it look more like Greece or even Morrocco than other parts of Italy. But here you can have an authentic experience of southern Italy. The land today is cultivated for it's olives, fruits and vines, as it has been for centuries. Narrow lanes twist through a landscape of ancient olive groves, vineyards, orchards and pastureland. Towns and villages stud this landscape, often upon rocky outcrops. Among the most striking and worth a visit, are nearby Ostuni, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello and Martina Franca, all have beautiful old cathedrals, churches and ancient houses.
Nearby Grotaglie is the home of ceramics in the region. There are many workshops to visit, located in caves each one having its own style of decorated work. You can buy or browse, it's very relaxed.
For swimming and sunbathing you are spoilt for choice with two coastlines nearby, the Ionian and Adriatic, both with crystal clear water and sandy beaches. The closest and one of the best is Torre Guaceto (19km), a nature reserve, with it's sweeping bay of pale, fine sand and backed by beautiful sand dunes and pine forest. In high season most beaches have facilities where you can rent sun beds and umbrellas; buy drinks and delicious food.
Further afield there are many possibilities for excursions. Among our favourites is the spectacular baroque city of Lecce, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera and the beautiful coastal towns of Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Gallipoli, and Otranto.
When planning your days itinerary, It's worth remembering that the siesta is taken seriously in this part of Italy. Most shops, churches and museums (apart from large supermarkets) close for 4 hours at around 1:00pm. As restaurants do stay open, you can use this time as an opportunity for a leisurely long lunch.
Ceglie Messapica (4km) is dominated by the medieval castle and is a gastronomic centre. It has a quiete provincial feel, but is home to some of the best restaurants in the area. There is an excellent food market every Saturday morning.
There are also numerous small, very reasonably priced Osteria to discover, tucked away in Ceglie's ancient winding narrow streets. Delicious rustic food is the speciality here, washed down with the local Primitivo or Negroamaro wine.
Nearby Ostuni (10km) is regarded as an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as "the White Town" ("La Città Bianca", in Italian) due to its typically white-painted architecture. In the summer months it is a sophisticated tourist destination. The most popular activity here, is to just stroll around watching and greeting people, shopping for souvenirs (olive oil?), occasionally stopping at the numerous cool bars for a drink and then maybe, ending up at an intimate restaurant or outdoor pizzeria for a delicious lunch or dinner.
Ostuni hosts a large local market every Saturday morning (on the edge of town, south west of the center). There is also an antiques market on the second Sunday of every month (In the center, around the park).
You could just lose yourself in the quiet country lanes, or perhaps take a short drive to the coast for a seafood lunch beside the harbour at Villanova, before a swim in the afternoon at Torre Guaceto nature reserve, or the pretty, natural beach at Monticelli, which has a cool laid back beach club.