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Trullo / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden


  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Description from owner


Trullo Bellissimo is a luxury, bijou villa with a bespoke interior design, sympathetically restored to reveal original stone walls, arches and vaulted ceilings.This ancient c300 year old building is set in its own tranquil 3acre olive grove, with stunning terraces (cocktail & dining, BBQ, exterior kitchen), gardens (formal, herb, orchard) and private swimming pool, all with views.

The villa has two double bedrooms (one with a 4-poster bed) each with its own en-suite and will comfortably accommodate 4 adults (two daybeds offer additional flexibility, if required for children). Fully fitted kitchen, home cinema, IPOD docking station and more.

"Beauty, tranquility, attention to detail are spoken of by previous clients". Only 5- 20 minutes drive from 5 ancient hill towns (History, architecture, restaurants), fantastic beaches (18km) and airport (45km).

Imagine:- sitting on the comfortable Cocktail Terrace watching the sun go down in a blaze of glory behind an ancient hill

Trullo Bellissimo is a luxury, bijou villa with a bespoke interior design, sympathetically restored to reveal original stone walls, arches and vaulted ceilings.This ancient c300 year old building is set in its own tranquil 3acre olive grove, with stunning terraces (cocktail & dining, BBQ, exterior kitchen), gardens (formal, herb, orchard) and private swimming pool, all with views.

The villa has two double bedrooms (one with a 4-poster bed) each with its own en-suite and will comfortably accommodate 4 adults (two daybeds offer additional flexibility, if required for children). Fully fitted kitchen, home cinema, IPOD docking station and more.

"Beauty, tranquility, attention to detail are spoken of by previous clients". Only 5- 20 minutes drive from 5 ancient hill towns (History, architecture, restaurants), fantastic beaches (18km) and airport (45km).

Imagine:- sitting on the comfortable Cocktail Terrace watching the sun go down in a blaze of glory behind an ancient hill town, sipping a cool aperitif from the outside kitchen whilst the aromas from the BBQ, flavored with herbs from the garden, beckons you to the Dining Terrace. Bellissimo lives up to her name-come and share the experience!!

Voted number 3 in top 10 'Worldwide Unusual Holiday Homes', also featured in Italia Magazine and Art of Design (see owner's website).

Further details

# Meet & Greet service provided.# Welcome pack on arrival.# Babysitting service available.# Massage service available. # Last minute bookings (i.e. two weeks before rental period), if vacancy, may be available at a discount.# Flexible booking dates by arrangement.# Smoking is only permitted outside of the villa.

Further details indoors

The bespoke interior design of Bellissimo, has been created by the owner (Moira) and includes hand crocheted and beaded curtains, antique silk pictures, Gujerati wall hangings, Iranian rough hewn marble tiles, volcanic hand baked tiles from Etna and French Damask.Living Area-Accessed from the principal glass doors which open wide onto the front terrace, the central living area offers a fully-fitted kitchen and includes espresso coffee maker, microwave, steamer and much more. The living room is open plan to the kitchen and has a 'stufe a pilletti' in the original fireplace. A library of DVD movies and a selection of our own Bellissimo music CD's are available for you to play on the surround system. If you prefer your own music, then just plug your IPOD/MP3 into the stereo docking station. The dining area (seating 6) is just to the rear of the main living area and leads into the Ethnic Room.Ethnic Room-Stolen from the old stone walls, this room has a wrought iron daybed, and is dressed in sumptuous oriental fabrics and wall hangings. This is Moira's idea of the perfect place to pick up a book and do just about nothing.Trullo Bedroom-With two smaller cone alcoves and a large central cone, we have continued with the ethnic feel. A low wrought iron double bed and daybed are complemented by oriental fabrics, an Arab coffee table and big cushions to nestle on, under the gentle breeze of a large ceiling fan. The bedroom leads direct into the shower/wet room clad in rose marble, a walk in shower with attachments, toilet, heated shower rail and beautiful sink carved from granite, sitting on a pedestal of marble. The trullo has its own door to the front patio, but is also reached from the ethnic room Lamia bedroom:The newest part of the house, this bedroom boasts a huge four poster bed, complete with drapes, glazed Italian floor tiles and a ceiling fan. A small vestibule with large wardrobe leads into the second bathroom with stunning blue and green glass mosaic tiles lining the walls, a walk in shower, hand crafted washbasin, bidet, toilet and heated towel rail.

Further details outdoors

External stonework has been totally reworked by hand, and, although there was much huffing and puffing with our builder about a yellow and blue trullo, Bellissimo is a stunning confection of dairy cream washed walls, and sumptuous Moroccan style blue ironwork to the windows and doors. The Dining Terrace has a 3metre marble table, gas and wood BBQ's, outside sink and fridge to keep your wine, beers and limoncello cool, on those warm endless summer evenings. The Cocktail Terrace is perfect for an aperitif whilst watching the sun go down in a blaze of glory over one of the nearby hill towns. . All the terraces are laid in the most stunning terracotta and umber sandstone, and the 10x5 metres swimming pool, in wonderful blue iridescent mosaic has stone steps leading into the shallow end. The gardens, pool and terraces are embraced by lighting on all levels for your evening dining and cocktails. There is a formal garden with a grassed area, safe for the younger members of the family and even a selection of toys to keep them amused. For the adventurous chefs, there is a herb garden and selection of tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, strawberries, pomegranates and quince, to complement your gastronomic efforts.

Location description from owner

The Puglia region

Trullo Bellissimo is perfectly located to explore the 5 local historic hill towns of Ostuni, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Ceglie Messapica, all within 5 to 20 minutes drive.

Whether your interests lie in history, museums, art, or gastronomic endeavour, you will find everything and more in the local towns and region. Much of this has been incorporated into a helpful information booklet which you will find at Trullo Bellissimo.

However, just to whet your appetite, the whole area has a strong Norman influence dating back to the crusades, when Trani and Brindisi were important embarkation points for the Crusaders, and this can be seen everywhere from the names of towns to the fortified cities and watchtowers intended to repel the Saracen.

If churches and religion inspire you can visit, amongst others, the beautiful Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, the old Crusader church in Ostuni and the Crusade embarkation point in Brindisi.

For those that wish to tour by car, you will be absolutely spoilt for choice. Amongst the wonderful places to visit are:

Alberobello 30km, a designated UNESCO world heritage site, with its beautiful coned trulli houses and their white-washed walls. Excellent restaurants, traditional bars and a trulli museum, all make for a worthwhile excursion.

Polignano a Mare 51km, is an enchanting seaside destination, with an ancient town built on a spur of rock directly above a magnificent, clear blue sea.

Gallipoli 117km, of ancient origin, grew from a small village, which developed around the commercial activity of the port due to its strategic position. Its historic centre is still perfectly intact, including the 16th century castle which acts as a gateway to the city.

Matera 100km, a World Heritage Site located in Italy's Basilicata region, was the subject of Carlo Levi's "Christ Stopped at Eboli" as well as being the backdrop for Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ". The incredible festival called "Festa della Madonna Bruna" in early June should not be missed. Matera is a unique example of a cultural tradition and civilization which stretches back to the Neolithic age. The old city was created out of a rocky ravine. The numerous natural caves in Matera were the first houses of the Neolithic inhabitants of the region, who transformed the natural landscape into new forms of architecture

Taranto 48km, site of a classic Crusader castle.

Brindisi 45km, steeped in early roman history and the embarkation point for the 1st Crusade.

Lecce 79km, is the capital of the Salento region due to of its geographical position between the Ionic and Adriatic Seas. Known as "the Florence of Baroque", Lecce has a wealth of architectural monuments in Baroque style, with gargoyles and portals. There are many sites of artistic and historic interest, including the Church of St Croce, Piazza St Oronzo, the Column of St Oronzo, Porta Napoli, Lecce Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Amphitheatre, the Obelisk, the Carlo V Castle and many more.

Italian Food-What to say about the food, apart from the fact that it is fabulous. We cannot begin to number the osteria, and tavola calda that have filled our tummies over the years. Pugliese dishes will astonish you, and you won't be able to resist their unique, fresh and genuine flavours, because in Puglia there's a deep-rooted culinary tradition, composed mostly of simple dishes, made with local products.

The above is just a taste of the incredible culture and history of the regions of Puglia and neighbouring Basilicata, just waiting for you to explore and enjoy. Coupled with the unique gastronomic delights of Southern Italy and the amenities of Trullo Bellissimo, why not check out our Rates and Availability and start planning your trip now.


Ostuni 8km, is one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses. It is a genuine and charming example of Mediterranean architecture. The city of Ostuni is a series of levels, staircases, small roads, alleys and arches. Hints of the Middle Ages are at hand in every corner, in every view to the sea, in the portal of a palace, in the walls of a convent or the front of a church. The view of the sea from the old city walls is breathtaking-you can almost imagine the brightly coloured boats of the Saracen sailing over the horizen!

Only 5 minutes away by car, Ostuni has all of the facilties that you could require- supermarkets, shopping, hospitals, restaurants, bars and so on.

Saturday – a big market in Ostuni – first roundabout, just up to your right. It gets very busy and parking can be a nightmare. The clothes, vegetable and plant markets are in separate areas of the same site, and you could combine with a trip to the Pescheria (fresh fish) which is in easy walking distance.

Antique Markets –every Sunday morning throughout the month there is a bric-a-brac market in one location or another. The second Sunday is the turn of Ostuni, near the ‘centro storico’,

Then, of course, there is the sea and beautiful coastline. Only 30 minutes away are the fabulous beaches of the Adriatic. There is a whole coastline (the longest in Italy) to choose from, where there are sandy stretches and rocky coves. Some beaches have 'paid for' areas, where you can hire beds and umbrellas, in season, but the vast majority are free.

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Bed & bathroom

  • 2 Double Beds, 2 Sofa Beds, 1 Cot available
  • 2 shower rooms


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time:03:00, Check out time:10:00
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About the owner

Keith B
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Languages spoken: English


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“wonderful, Magical Place”

Reviewed 8 Feb 2012

We are veteran winter travelers to Italy but normally have stayed in the North ... this time we added a week at Trullo Bellissimo, arriving on New Year's Eve. The house is about 8 km from the "citta bianca" of Ostuni, filled with interesting sights and good restaurants. It's in an area with many other trull, although most seemed to be empty at this time of year ... that means we got what we wanted, quiet and seclusion in a luxury house. The house is fairly small but very comfortable, with two sitting rooms, two bedrooms, and very modern bathrooms with good water pressure and lots of hot water. The decor is a combination of traditional and Indian-incluence and is quite romantic. The beds are very comfortable as well. The house is very well heated. But the best part of Trullo Bellissimo is the garden ... the owners have done a magnificent job in designing the garden and pool. The weather in Puglia winter is cool but the hordes of tourists are nowhere to be seen. It is probably the one time of the year when you can get into restaurants without reservations, see sights without crowds of tourists, and drive unfettered anywhere. And so, we are already planning our return next winter to TB and Puglia!

How wonderful and refreshing it is to read a review from guests who have taken the leap and visited Bellissimo outside of the normal summer months. I'm so glad that the house is now being lived in during the colder weather as we made certain to install central heating, a great pellet stove, heavy duty winter curtains, flannelette bedlinen, 13 tog duvets and hot water bottles. Everything really that you need to snuggle up during the colder months after a day out in the crisp winter sunshine, travelling roads almost deserted by traffic, watching the neighbours going about their olive harvest, strolling along empty beaches. This Italy, released from it's summer madness is charming and old again - delightfully Italian rather than European. And on the whole the weather is still great - OK it gets chilly in the evening, but even in November it's quite possible to walk around in jeans and t-shirt, and enjoy a lunchtime barbecue outside on the terraces. So I'm really glad that this delightful couple came to enjoy Ostuni at it's finest - the beauty of this part of Italy doesn't just begin in June and and end in September, every part of the year brings its own delight.

“Hidden Gems”

Reviewed 19 Sep 2011

Another year has passed and we have had another memorable week in Puglia at Trullo Bellissimo. It is quite the most relaxing and well appointed holiday destination, with a beautiful pool & outdoor eating area, fabulous local towns overflowing with interesting things to either see or do. Additional benefits are the 20 mins from the beach .... It didn't take us a second thought to book up again for 2012!

We are so glad to have been able to welcome this delightful family back again, and indeed look forward to seeing them next year ( they have already made a booking). The girls are a delight, the youngest has learned to swim in our pool, they are learning lots about nature from the different trees and flowers in the garden, and it is a safe environment for their parents to leave them unattended. Returning to the same property is a further weight off the shoulders of the parent. They already know how the house works, where the best beaches are, which are their favourite restaurants, and the children are comfortable in returning to a place which is already known to them, so there are less questions, fewer histrionics, and I think it generally leads towards a more peaceful break for everybody. Next year the oldest daughter is celebrating her birthday whilst at Bellissimo, so we will decorate the house with banners and balloons, make a birthday cake, and little princess tiaras. I really do look forward to welcoming them back, it is an absolute pleasure.

“'Trulli' Lives Up to Its Name...”

Reviewed 19 Sep 2011

We spent a very happy and relaxed week in Trullo Belisimmo. The weather was glorious and the villa very comfortable - although we spent most of our time either lazing by the pool (perfect for cooling off from the Puglian sun) or in the gorgeous BBQ area where much cooking, eating and drinking was done. Ostuni is a great town and full of life even at the end of the season - beware lanes in the Old Town -we came a cropper trying to take a large estate car through them. The beaches are great for cooly basking in the Adriatic breeze and everything seemed to be just a short drive away which was a relief in the heat. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Trullo Bellisimmo and may well book again in future.

I've nicknamed this foursome of happy holidaymakers the Brady Bunch because their attitude to holiday has been to chill out, eat and drink well, have a good time, and see where the mood takes them. We have been in contact many times since they returned, and they've sent me lots of photographs for my annual newsletter, which proves that they are all REALLY enjoying themselves. For me this is what I am trying so hard to achieve, to provide a wonderfully relaxing environment, with all the information that they require to hand, with all the gadgets and gizmos on offer, that all they have to do is roll up and enjoy themselves. For me it's also wonderful to have a more personal contact with the client, as as there will be a happy arrival to add to the group towards the end of November. I will follow all with great anticipation, and of course, hope that in time to come there'll be another young lad or lass learning to swim in the pool at Bellissimo!

“Beautiful and Special Villa”

Reviewed 9 May 2011

From the moment we arrived at Trullo Bellissimo, it was evident that the property was special. The care and devotion that Moira and Keith have taken to restore the trullo is evident throughout the villa. The outdoors is amazing, filled with a gorgeous pool and two dining and relaxation areas. The olive trees, herbs, and flowers throughout the gardens are fantastic. I hadn't been to Italy before and we couldn't have picked a better home base. From Ostuni, we drove to many surrounding towns, including Lecce, Cisternino, and Taranto. We really enjoyed the day trips and loved coming home everyday to our beautiful villa, taking advantage of the outdoor grill and patio to enjoy our evening meals outside. Moira and Keith are wonderful to work with, and Jane (who takes care of the property in Ostuni) is so nice and welcoming. The cat that hangs around the villa, Valentino, is so sweet! This is one of those places and experiences that I'll always remember fondly. Thank you, Keith, Moira, and Jane for creating such a special place.

“Wonderful week in Puglia”

Reviewed 24 Mar 2011

We stayed at this fabulous trullo for a week in July/early Aug & had an absolutely fantastic holiday. The property lived up to our expectations from the photos we had viewed online. We were shown around the property upon arrival & welcomed with freshly baked bread, local wine & home made fig jam & aubergine relish & sweets for the kids (amongst other goodies). The trullo was extremely well equipped & furnished in a unique style. The time & love that the owners have put into renovating & equipping the trullo is evident everywhere. The gardens are beautiful& there are several areas to relax, sit or eat in. The swimming pool was well used during our week. To be honest you could quite easily spend your entire holiday relaxing in the beautiful surroundings & not leave the trullo. However should you venture out, there are numerous places tovisit on your doorstep, whatever your preferences are for spending your time. Only a few miles away is the stunning city of Ostuni - easy to drive to & easy to get around & explore on foot. In the other direction is the town of Cisternino - (our families favourite). There are numerous good restaurants here where you can eat very well & very reasonably. A great place to have a morning cappuccino & pastry & watch the world go by. There are many local markets to wander around & many beaches to choose from. This is our families favourite part of Italy, the people here are genuinely friendly & welcoming. We would not hesitate to recommend this trullo to anyone whowants to stay in a unique & five star environment.

“A high quality Trulli”

Reviewed 10 Mar 2011

We were very pleased indeed with the property. The external space is particularly well appointed with great landscaping, and the views across the olive groves are memorable. The quality of the interior, including the kitchen/bathrooms is very high, and the re-furb has been done in very good taste. We would recommend it, and will stay there again on a futuretrip to Puglia.

“Truly is Bellissimo”

Reviewed 9 Mar 2011

What a truly fabulous location and setting for this most wonderful trullo. We have had a delightful fortnight of sun here in the heel of Italy and have visited some excellent beaches; try exploring just south of Costa Merlata where you can drive to your own private cove! Additionally pamper yourself and have a day at Santa Lucia. The Italians love to sardine the beach, so if you are going, go early! Sights and sounds of the area have not disappointed,including the August festival in Ostuni with an exceptional band and horse/firework display (not simultaneous!!) Others include trips to Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Alberobello and Cisternino. The latter was our favourite with the intricate streets of the Centro Historico. Food & drinking: Cisternino: Il Cucoo was excellent and not expensive; Suggest the Latticini in Cisternino, fabulous with great colds (cheese & meats). Garden vegetables were lovely and this family have taken to the round cucumbers (cocombres), tomatoes fresh daily and all those wonderful herbs. Thank you to Keith & Moira who managed to catch some lovely evening cocktails, whilst they holidayed the first week. Wonderfully relaxed holiday with all that you need.

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