House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Casa Francesca is a stunning 18th Century property in the "Centro Storico" part of Ostuni. With restoration work completed in July 2008, the house has been thoughtfully and carefully renovated to provide modern spacious accommodation, whilst not detracting from it's original character.
The house is considerably larger than most of the town houses offered for rent in Ostuni.
From the front entrance, the staircase with marble treads and exposed vaulted stone ceiling leads to the first floor living area. The Lounge, with it's rarely found original tiled floor has a three seater leather sofa, together with a sofa bed for 1 adult or 2 young children. Off of the lounge, which has an amazingly high exposed stone vaulted ceiling, lies separate double and twin bedded rooms and a kitchennete with granite worktop, sink and fridge/freezer.
Up some steps to an intermediate floor, is a bathroom with original granite bath with shower attachment and a "barrel vaulted" stone ceiling. Further steps lead to the second floor which has the main kitchen complete with granite worktop, stainless steel sink, oven, gas hob and an integrated fridge.
Off of the main kitchen is another double bedroom with a "star-vaulted" exposed stone celing.
Further steps lead up to an amazing bathroom with separate shower, vanity unit, toilet and bidet. The bathroom has a panoramic outlook to the Adriatic coast beyond via a one way glass window.
Finally an external door opens out onto three separate terraces. Each terrace again provides fantastic views across the beautiful city of Ostuni and the coastline.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, 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||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Further details indoors|
Inside, the house has been newly decorated and furnished with luxury in mind. In the lounge there is a 32 inch LCD HD ready television with digital box, a DVD player. (please bring a selection of DVDs if required for Region 2) and an ipod/MP3 docking station.
. The kitchen downstairs has its own tea and coffee making facilities and fridge/freezer to avoid a trip upstairs!. There are 4no sun loungers available on the outside terrace together with the dining table table, chairs and parasol.
We are aware of the baggage restrictions and charges that some airlines levy and so for your convenience we have provided a few items that could prove very useful: Beach towels, beach bag and hair staighteners.
Air conditioning unit located in living room.
|Further details outdoors|
Whilst the terrace/solarium areas are great sun traps, we have a large sun shade/umbrella situated over the outside table and there is also an outside shower on the first level.
The middle terrace of three, is provided with a large table and seating for "alfesco dining with a stunning view".
A refundable security deposit of £150 is required at the time of booking and refunded on your return from holiday.
Air conditioning chargeable at €7.00 per day if required. (payable locally or at time of booking)
Cleaning, Linen and towels are Included within the rental rates.
The Puglia/Molise region
Puglia is a region hitherto unspoilt by mass tourism, peaceful, has rustic charm, wonderful towns and villages, great sandy beaches and fine authentic italian cuisine. Many italians choose to holiday here from the north - but not too many to spoil it! Famous for its strange conical shaped agricultural buildings "the trulli" which are dotted all over the countryside and which are being preserved and converted. The town of Alberobello which is a UNESCO world heritage site is where trullis have been preserved in abundance and is well worth a visit.
Within a short drive of Ostuni are many places of interest to suit all, keeping adults and children alike, amused:
Lecce - "The Florence of the South". Wonderful Baroque architecture, university town, masses to see and wonderful shopping!. Around a 1 hr drive but a Must See!
Martina Franca - Wonderful drive through the countryside with masseria and trulli and another "Baraoque jewel" with nice shops!
Cisternino and Ceglie Messapica, - smaller pretty towns with lots of character.
Near Fasano - Zoo safari with small theme park; roller coaster, log flume, vertical ride drop etc etc. Great entertainment for the kids - approx 25 minute drive. Also Golf near here!
Waterpark - Small! but worth a visit for a few hours with the children; water slide, 2 flumes, swimming pool bar/cafe etc. (near Villanova port the park is called In-Aqua at Lamaforca beach).
Villanova port - About a 10 minute drive from the property it is a small marina/port with a nice ice cream shop.
Polignano a Mare - A cliff top town approximately 35 minute drive.
Monopoli - Approx 30 mins
Gallipoli - Approx 1 3/4 hrs
Ostuni is an amazing "gem of a city" perched on a hillside overlooking fertile olive valleys and views of the Adriatic Sea.
Rough Guide " one of the most stunning small towns of southern italy, a gleaming white splash of sun bleached streets and cobbled alleyways".
The medieval city know as the "Citta Bianca", is a vibrant town with a weekly market, friendly locals, amazing restauarants, trendy bars and chic shops. As you meander around the narrow whitewashed streets of the historic centre, you can immerse yourself back in time and then stop to quench that thirst or ward off that hunger at very reasonable prices! The food is authentic italian, why else would the italians travel down from the north to holiday in Puglia "the breadbasket of Italy". The region produces large supplies of olive oil, pasta, vegetables, fruit, pasta and it's own variety of wine.
Witin a short drive from the town are some lovely beaches (the Puglain coastline stretches for some 500 miles in total). Within a 10 minutes drive from the town is Pilone 1 and Pilone 2 beaches. Both are safe, sandy beaches with facilities including bars nearby. Costa Merlata probably around 15 minutes drive is another favourite of ours set around a small picturesque cove. However, the loveliest unspoilt beach is Torre Guacato which is within a WWF protected nature reserve with various associated activities - birdwatching, walking, cycling etc to suit all tastes, not to mention fantastic safe bathing.
For those wishing to play Golf, there is a course near the town of Fasano approximately 20 minutes from Ostuni. Open all year the course provides a challenging 18 hole par 72 course and is located close to the sea with great views of the Adriatic.
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27 May 2014
"A beautiful, historic, well appointed and comfortable house."
The front door opening off the street gave nothing away, but once I climbed the stairs to the first floor I was taken aback by the beautiful spaces inside. The apartment has an impressive reception room and 2 bedrooms which are comfortable, all with original beautifully sculpted ceilings and then a well appointed kitchen, bathroom and another bedroom on the second floor leading out to a spacious roof terrace with wonderful views across the town to the sea. I would return tomorrow if I could. Ostuni is a pretty, historic town with a vibrant feel, many good restaurants and a wonderful market. The house is well situated for a short walk to the historic centre. I loved my stay there very much.
24 Apr 2014
"We had a lovely, peaceful time in Ostuni and the house was fantastic!"
We had two small children and whilst the stairs for the youngest (nearly 2) were a little bit scary for her, she learned very quickly not to go down them without adult help. Otherwise all children, parents and grandparents had a lovely time in this house.
We particularly enjoyed being so close to the action in Ostuni. The beaches weren't far away and the other places to visit around the area are stunning.
Thank you very much for your kind hospitality.
27 Jun 2013
"ideal location,good facilities"
This is a semi-detached townhouse close to the main squares of Ostuni, but in a quiet local community.It is a tall narrow building, meaning steep, narrow, stairs to three floors and roof terrace(watch… More
25 Nov 2012
"4 week stay"
Very good location.
Stairs could be a problem for limited mobility people.
Very helpful house manager
Good communication and procedures by owners
25 Nov 2012
"Great place to stay"
The apartment suited us perfectly - well kept, clean, with an interesting and historic layout inside, particularly the vaulted stone ceilings. It is well positioned in Ostuni, easy to walk into the town centre where there is a good selection of shops and places to eat. Ostuni itself is a great place, really interesting and surrounded by pretty countryside, near to nice beaches and not too far from major towns like Bari.
We had a great time, just wished our stay had been longer. Try the wonderful local fruit, salad and cheese, and the large local market.
24 Nov 2012
"Beautiful white city"
Lovely city and access to fabulous local restaurants. Beach close by and house very well positioned. Loved the village atmosphere
21 Aug 2012
"Lots of promise but did not deliver"
The owner was very flexible in allowing us to arrive early and their agent met us as arranged to bring us to the property. The property was as described with the photographs, a well restored house. However the main toilet was not working as the flush mechanism was broken, the washing machine did not work and the hot water ran either too hot or cold for showers to be used normally. When the owner was contacted they were busy and so they asked us to contact the agent who came round two days later but did not solve any of the problems. We were disappointed that the owner failed to get back in touch for the duration of our stay. On arrival we were warned not to use the outdoor shower as it would flood the street outside. The central location was perfect in the evening time but the neighbouring chainsaw repair shop was extremely noisey from early morning to early evening.
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