Villa Sotto Le Stelle
Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11
Architect-designed villa combined with two restored trulli offers immaculate accommodation to sleep 11 in a stunning setting with stunning far-reaching uninterrupted views over ancient olive groves to the hilltop towns of Ostuni and Ceglie Messapica.
The property is in a great position and boasts a fabulous swimming pool and terrace and internet and wi-fi connectivity. The setting is rural and peaceful, but only minutes from the nearest village with its restaurants, bar, supermarket and other shops. The beautiful blue-flag beaches of Puglia are an easy 20 minute drive away.
The villa was built in 2007 with 3 spacious double bedrooms, all with en-suite toilet and shower facilities. A large open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen with double French doors opening onto a veranda for outdoor dining and fantastic views across the countryside. The villa is very well equipped with a modern kitchen/diner/open-lounge, air cooling, heating, utility room with washing machine and dryer. Guests can access the gated panoramic roof terrace for evening drinks and star gazing.
Two renovated trulli each with double-bed and en-suite shower room are linked to the villa by an extensive sun-bathing terrace surrounding the private pool with a shaded seating area, pergola and BBQ. The property is set in its own terraced olive grove with numerous natural shaded areas to explore.
Historic (and lively) town of Ostuni is a ten minute drive. The quieter but lovely Cisternino is only six minutes away. The villa has ample parking inside a walled, gated entrance with the services of an English speaking representative to advise if needed.
All bedrooms in the villa have an air cooling system and space for additional sleeping for babies or young children. Infant travel cots can be provided (with a baby bath and high chair). Hair dryers are provided in every bedroom
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Adriatic coastline with mag beaches 15mins. 10 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 40 km, Nearest railway: Ostuni 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Everyone who has stayed at the villa has remarked how perfect it is for groups of families or friends.
The villa was completed in 2008 and is finished to a high spec. It is adaptable for all seasons, with air cooling and heating, plus a fireplace for open fires in the early Spring and winter. Also provided is a dishwasher and a washing machine, all bed linen and pool and bath towels.
There are three similar-sized large bedrooms downstairs. Two have double beds, the third has three singles which can be configurated to suit. Upstairs is a large open-plan kitchen/diner/lounge leading on to a balcony which, with its panoramic views and welcome summer breezes, is ideal for outdoor dining.
Lounge/Kitchen: The well equipped open plan kitchen has masses of cupboard space with a fan oven, fridge-freezer, cooker hood and large gas hob, microwave and toaster. It has an extendable dining table which will seat 12 and large living area.
Lounge area: The lounge is a light, spacious open-plan area with a grand open fireplace and double-French doors opening onto the veranda which has seating for 12 around its own dining table. There is a TV, and CD and DVD players.
Bedroom One: A large double bedroom with a unique bath and shower en-suite. Double wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables.
Bedroom Two: Another large room with a large double bed with single mattresses and a separate single bed. There is an en-suite shower room, double wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside units.
Bedroom Three: A large double bedroom with two chest of drawers and large double wardrobe, bedside units and en-suite shower room.
A trullo is a traditional Apulian stone dwelling with a conical roof. The walls are extremely thick, providing a cool environment in summer and protection against the cold in the winter. Nobody really knows the history of these trulli which are unique to the region. They date back thousands of years and just ooze character. It's amazing to think you will live in buildings that date back to biblical times.
It is believed trulli were constructed as storehouses or shelter for shepherds or homes for the very poor. Traditionally they were built without any cement or mortar, one theory being this was to prevent paying property tax. They could easily be dismantled when tax inspectors were in the area!
Each of our trulli offers neat simple sleeping accommodation. The larger one has a double-bed inset into an alcove and has another arched area providing shower and toilet facilities. There is a small chest of drawers and a hanging rail set into a clearing in the wall. The smaller trullo has a foldaway sofa which serves as a double bed. It also has its own en suite shower room.
The trulli are by their nature very compact but with their domed ceilings and stone walls boast so much charm and character. Each trullo has a sleeping area with a double bed, hanging and drawer storage spaces, with en-suite shower rooms.
Utility room: The utility room is downstairs with its own sink, linen store, washing machine/ tumble dryer.
Cleaning/maid service: The property is cleaned every week by our excellent cleaners. If you require a more frequent service this is easily arranged for an additional charge paid locally.
Towels and bed-linen: All bed-linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided and are changed weekly.
|Further details outdoors|
Everyone who has stayed at the property is captivated by the magnificent views and outside living style with a dining veranda giving amazing panoramas across the tranquil surrounding countryside.
Other features include the lovely swimming pool, a shaded pergola which overlooks the pool terrace, a purpose-built barbecue and a roof terrace which affords 360 degree unspoilt views across hundreds of acres of olive groves.- an inviting location for pre-dinner drinks.
The surrounding area is a great destination for foodies, golfers, artists and lovers of architecture - or anyone who justs wants to chill out!
A 20 per cent deposit is required to secure a booking, refundable up to eight weeks prior to the date of arrival. The full amount is due 8 weeks prior to arrival date and is non-refundable.
Upon confirmation of booking guests will receive a welcome pack which will include booking details, terms and conditions of stay, directions to site and a list of suggested places to go based on the personal experience of the owners and previous guests. Car essential.
The Puglia/Molise region
Puglia officially gets more sunshine than any other region in Italy, thus extending the holiday season from Easter until the end of October. The climate is typically Mediterranean with dry heat in summer and mild in winter.
Puglia is the driest region in Italy. Prolonged rain is rare although it does experience sudden heavy cloudbursts, mostly in winter. The Puglia region is famous for its blue skies, rolling sandy beaches, exquisite food and wines, amazing architecture and general laid-back lifestyle.
Puglia borders two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian, and provides 80 per cent of Italy’s olive oil. Nearest airports are Brindisi (40 minutes) or Bari (75 mins) from either Stansted (Ryanair) or Gatwick (British Airways, Bari Only). The flights take up to two and a half hours. The roads from the airports to our villa are mostly motorway.
There are a variety of historic Puglian towns and cities to visit, small fishing hamlets or beaches to explore, many under-developed or somewhere you hire a lounger and sun umbrella. Of course, the essence of any holiday is discovery but here are some suggestions.
From the terrace of your villa you will see the architectural jewel of Ostuni in the distance. The old town is a citadel, built on the top of a hill and still fortified with the ancient walls. With its typically white-painted architecture, Ostuni is commonly referred to as "the White City” ("La Città Bianca") The old town is a maze of cobbled streets with delights around every corner. Depending on time of day, you can eat or drink in any number of cool bars and enjoy some of the region’s finest restaurants. Or simply sit in the main piazza and watch the world go by with coffee or an ice cream. The ultratrendy Ricardo’s bar is a must. Each year a three day festival is held in the name of the city’s patron saint, Saint Oronzo, from the 25th to the 27th of August.
The market is held every Saturday morning in the new town and is fabulous for meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. There are a huge number of stalls for clothing, shoes, fabrics etc. Discover how fruit and veg are meant to taste! Have a load up of meat, fish and salads and take home for a BBQ around the pool.
The coast is lovely, with long stretches of clean sandy beaches and turquoise seas, interspersed by Greek-style rocky coves. We love to spend a typical Italian day at the sea, hiring a sun lounger and umbrella and having a fabulous value fresh-fish and wine lunch on the beach. If you prefer a more natural day at the seaside there are numerous unspoilt bays and sea-walks alongside this part of the Adriatic coast, dotted with medieval towers.
It is impossible in one holiday to see everything the region has to offer. Within a 90-minute drive of your
villa are the port cities of Bari and Brindisi, the architectural delights of Gallipoli and Lecce, the Ionian coast; the original “trulli town” of Alberobello; the pretty historic fishing village of Polignano with bars built into the cliffs; or even visit a Safari Park!
Ten minutes north of our villa is Cisternino, a lovely place to wander around with a pretty pedestrianised historic centre and lovely little central piazza lined with cafes and bars. On Sundays in August they have free lunchtime classical concerts in the square. Also Cisternino is unique for its butcher/restaurants. You choose your cut at the counter and they cook it for you in the wood-fired oven.
If you want to play golf there is a seaside 18-hole championship course about 40 mins away called Masseria San Domenico or a 9 hole called Masseria Torre Coccaro. Both have spa, pools and restaurants and visitors can hire clubs.
The nearest shops and restaurants are in Cassalini, which is a few minutes drive from our village. Our representative, Pino will advise on the best places to eat, although it's fair to say we have never had a bad meal yet!
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