Trullo | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 13
Masseria Il Trapetto is a sensitively restored 17th century olive mill just 1.5km from Ostuni (“La Citta Bianca”) and set in an ancient olive grove from which we produce our own oil.
Il Trapetto was last used to press olives before the war but we have painstakingly restored this beautiful building ensuring that all the original features and arches have been returned to their original condition.
Tastefully furnished with antiques, Il Trapetto offers a high standard of holiday accommodation. With its seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, it comfortably sleeps 13 people.
In front of the house, there is a walled garden with a heated swimming pool. In the corner of the walled garden is a pergola of 42 sqm which has a proper roof, beside which you will find the BBQ on which to enjoy grilling
fish from the Adriatic Sea
The first floor, which looks up to the medieval centre of Ostuni and out to the Adriatic Sea which is just 4km away, has large sun terraces, ideal for sunbathing and looking out to the sea and Ostuni. The back terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun go down.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ostuni Villanova 4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 30 km, Nearest railway: Ostuni 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms of which 7 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 6 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 13, Lounge seats for 15|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The Ground Floor
Glass doors open on to the main sitting room (soggiorno), which is 13m long and where the olive pressing took place; the structures are still in place. This fabulous room has a dining room at the end with an extendable oak table, which can be taken into the main sitting room. There is also a further small sitting room with its own fireplace leading off the left of the main sitting room.
Leading off to the right of the sitting room is the large kitchen, which has a stone table sufficient for 10 people to eat, and glass doors opening onto the garden and pool. The kitchen can easily handle large-scale catering with its 1m fridge, dishwasher, five-ring hob and large oven. There is also an open fireplace here for cosy winter dinners.
Off this is the lavanderia, which has a washing machine and the logs
There are also three bedrooms downstairs: one small double and two twins, which share a bathroom.
The First Floor
Large terraces, ideal for sunbathing and looking out to the sea and Ostuni, surround the first floor. The back terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun go down behind the beautiful town of Ostuni
There are four bedrooms upstairs which all have en-suite bathrooms and one with its own bath. There are three doubles, with an adjacent twin leading off one double bedroom for a family with small children.
The décor and furniture
We have been very keen that the building should sing for itself since what is more beautiful than ancient stone walls? However, we all want comfort on holiday so the house has air-conditioning in six of the seven bedrooms and under-floor heating on ground floors and traditional on first floor.
The furniture is eclectic and original – this is a home, not a hotel: antique French wardrobes, Indian sideboards, a classic 60s “Egg” chair make up the mix. All the mattresses are brand new and handmade. Together with the Egyptian cotton bed linen, we guarantee you the best night’s sleep.
The Puglia/Molise region
Protected by its previous lack of international airports, Puglia is still what we all think of when we think of Italy: great food, ancient architecture and a welcoming people whose attitude to life is a holiday in itself.
Puglia is about enjoying yourself: going out to dinner is cheap and children are welcome everywhere. And there is always something to do and a town to visit. Indeed, Lecce has been described as the loveliest baroque city in the Mediterranean.
Puglia is situated in the heel of Italy. Its outside heel runs along the Adriatic and its instep runs along the Ionian. Its major towns are Brindisi, Bari, Lecce, Gallipoli and Otranto.
Lying on a water basin, Puglia is extremely fertile and was heavily settled by the ancient Greeks who planted its famous olive groves and vines. Hence, the Romans called it Magna Graecia.
The landscape, with its thousands of olive trees intermingled with huge prickly pear cacti and honey-coloured dry stone walls, is most unusual and more reminiscent of parts of Greece than Italy.
You can happily spend a relaxed week exploring Ostuni on foot, enjoying its strange mix of architectural styles and sampling the delights of its many cafés, bars and restaurants.
Closer to Ostuni are some delightful small hill towns (Ceglie Messapica, Carovigno) with beautiful old buildings in their centres – do not be put off by the ugly high-rise structures around their perimeters. If you persist you will find fantastic treasures beyond these cement monstrosities: park in the modern areas and walk to the centro storico where the streets are often very narrow and difficult to negotiate with a car.
If you want the ultimate hands-on safari experience, a visit to Zoosafari, in Fasano, is the must-do family outing. Remember to bring nuts for the monkey train and breadsticks for the camels and giraffes. This is Italy and the animals are there for feeding.
Perhaps most interesting is Alberobello, famous for its thousands of trulli – the world famous circular stone houses with cone-shaped roofs made of dry stones (without cement!). These fascinating buildings are dotted all over the countryside round Ostuni and look like hobbit houses. There is even a trullo church.
Not far from Alberobello are the Grotte di Castellana, the amazing underground caves and passages full of magical stalagmites and stalagtites. Don’t be put off by the touristy shops and long queues in summer months – the caves are spectacular and worth a wait.
Also worth a visit is Cisternino, with its delightful centro storico, and Locorotondo, built in a circular formation, hence its name, where streets spiral up to a magnificent church which can be seen for miles around. In the modern area, the local cantina sociale, a vast wine factory, sells the very good local wine. Best is the white wine, which costs about 8 euros for 5 litres.
In July and August all these small towns have their own festivals, when thousands of people descend on them to see the decorated streets and sample the local food until the early hours of the morning. Martina Franca, another town not far from Ostuni, holds an international arts festival every year in late July/early August – if you want tickets you need to go online to www.euro-festival.net and look for the Festival della Valle d’Itria. You would need to book some months ahead: they stage little known operas which get booked up early.