Our Italian home is a charming, characterful 200 year old trullo with its modern extensions. set in its own garden of olive, fig, cherry and almond trees together with a new pool set in flower beds. The two- level, spacious, paved verandah behind the house, offers sun and shade and cooking on the barbeque. Here you can get away from all the stresses of modern life and relax in sunny tranquillity. The property is private without being isolated, being only 2km from the nearby town of Ceglie Messapica. where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from and convenient grocery shopping either at the market, supermarkets or corner shops. Here you are in authentic, rural Puglia with all mod cons. Inside, the house is comprised of two parts: the modern villa with its living room/kitchen, large double bedroom and bathroom; and the trullo with its quaint bedroom under the conical roof and its kitchen and wet room in the new extension. Accommodation is therefore, ideal for two couples, or a small group of friends, as the two parts are private, being separated simply by an internal, locking door. The place is surrounded by its own land which is extensive; a natural haven in which children can play hide and seek. It is within half an hour of the beach, so bag, cool bag, umbrella, beach towels and chairs are provided for a day out. Cupboards contain basic essentials when you arrive, so that you can have that drink on the patio straightaway. There is no need to go out buying things like oil, salt, pepper, tea or coffee, sugar, pasta or spices. If it is the season, you can also help yourself from the garden produce. May is the time for broad beans, cherries and peas; August for figs and almonds or walnuts. A little collection of games exists for the occasional wet day and there is sky television or the radio/CD together with an eclectic mix of music. The keen reader will find a good choice of books. In winter, you can make it cosy with a log fire, whilst there is a gas stove and electric heater together with the air- conditioning which provides warmth in winter and cool air in summer. Ovens are both electric and gas. The price includes all heating, linen and weekly cleaning.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms|
|Nearest beach||Villa Nova, Ostuni 16 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi or Bari, Nearest railway: Ostuni|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
If you don't just want to crash out,the region is full of interest for those of you who want to experience a different culture, sight-see, explore, swim, eat well and relax: the land is studded with trulli houses like bee-hive houses, particular to this area only; little hill-top towns with quaint old centres have beautiful views over a land full of olive groves or wheat and vines. Life feels in a time warp; humble, rustic and agricultural. The people, after their initial wariness, will respond readily to a smile and are interested in you. They are not wealthy and work mainly on the land; other jobs are few and far between. They are incredibly generous with time and produce. The extended family is their main interest and they love children. Food is seasonal and does not travel miles to the supermarkets so people eat what they grow and they preserve for Winter too. Tastes are delicious, brought straight from the garden and home-cooked. We do not see microwaves here! Wine is produced locally and can be bought at next-to-nothing from the local cantina where it is dispensed from huge cylinders using what looks like a petrol pump! The nearby town of Locorotondo is famous for its white wine but Ceglie favours Negromare and Primitivo which are rounded red wines. Neighbours distil their own!
People have apartments in the towns which tend to be ugly in their suburbs but quaint in the centres, consisting of rambling, narrow, cobbled streets and white-washed houses. Puglians are very house-proud and traditional in their life-styles ie the women look after the houses, the cooking and the children, whilst the men go to work or play cards in the bars!
Beaches are mostly rocky although one or two sandy ones do exist. You have the choice of the Ionian sea or the Adriatic. On the Ionian side the big beaches are beautiful stretches of sand but deckchairs are in rows and heavily occupied in season. The Adriatic side tends to be used more randomly. May/June are lovely warm months with temperatures of around 25 with the odd shower; July/August are hot, around 29-43 with the occasional storm; September is like June; October can be mild and it is possible to go to the beach but of course it is less predictable. In the garden, everything is three months ahead of England but the oleanders flower all summer, even all down the motorways and the bougainvillea in the towns are a show of cerise. This is a land of simple pleasures.
. There is a lot to explore.Within half an hour of the house, by car, there is the stunningly unusual town of Alberobello whose streets are full of trulli houses and shops, like some Hobbit town; Ostuni, the famed "white city" with its horse pageant in summer; Locorotondo with its tiny historical centre and lovely views; Cisternino with a bigger historical centre and lovely boutiques; Oria with a convent and bishop's palace and Castellana Grotte with its wonderful caves of stalactites and stalagmites. Lecci, an hour away, is considered to be the Florence of the South, full of baroque architecture and Roman excavations; a little further are the fortified sea-side towns of Gallipoli and Otranto--the latter with a fantastic church with an ossuary and mosaic floor; both with good, little beaches Going North, there is Trani, with castle and cathedral; Castel de Monte, the strange architectural mystery of a castle and Matera, the UNESCO cave town where the film " The Passion of Christ" was filmed. Towns come alive at night with light, music and religious festivals. Squares are full of people, dancing, flags and processions.
The main tourist season in the little towns is Easter to mid-September. Winter is very quiet and would be the time for escape or reflective pastimes in front of the fire at the house or for visiting cities without other tourists.