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Villa / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 359929

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Villa / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • High chair available

Description from owner

Description

Villa Donna is a charming home with antique features & modern-day conveniences. It is an easily accessible ground-level home which exemplifies charm & beauty amongst 'green' countryside living. We refurbished in 2010 to her original splendor from stone vaulted ceilings to fresh white-washed walls resting on original stone and antique paint-tiled floors. With three star-vaulted 'stella' rooms and two long-arched 'botte' rooms, there's comfortable living space for a family of four+. Guests reach us through the private entrance off SS16/SP1bis, via Brindisi or the back gate which doubles as an Italian-designated treking/bike trail linking us to the beaches and San Vito dei Normanni. Try some Pugliese recipes in our fully furnished kitchen or eat at one of the great traditional restaurants nearby. Enjoy homemade ice cream, fresh cafe or spirits at any of the nearby bars. Centrally located between the 'white city' of Ostuni & the port city of Brindisi or halfway between Bari & Lecce. Minutes

Villa Donna is a charming home with antique features & modern-day conveniences. It is an easily accessible ground-level home which exemplifies charm & beauty amongst 'green' countryside living. We refurbished in 2010 to her original splendor from stone vaulted ceilings to fresh white-washed walls resting on original stone and antique paint-tiled floors. With three star-vaulted 'stella' rooms and two long-arched 'botte' rooms, there's comfortable living space for a family of four+. Guests reach us through the private entrance off SS16/SP1bis, via Brindisi or the back gate which doubles as an Italian-designated treking/bike trail linking us to the beaches and San Vito dei Normanni. Try some Pugliese recipes in our fully furnished kitchen or eat at one of the great traditional restaurants nearby. Enjoy homemade ice cream, fresh cafe or spirits at any of the nearby bars. Centrally located between the 'white city' of Ostuni & the port city of Brindisi or halfway between Bari & Lecce. Minutes from Torre Guaceto WWF nature reserve, Penne Grosso sandy beach, Casale airport, and only 1km from the self-contained town of San Vito dei Normanni. Walk, bike or hire our personal shuttle to take you wherever you want to go. Visit the UNESCO cities of Matera (prehistoric rock dwellings) or 'Alberobello the 'trulli capital', Castellana caves, Fasano Zoo safari or one of the nearby water parks or blu flagged beaches. Spacious enclosed private property with a play garden, sports campo, pizza oven and plenty of parking, room to roam, run, bike or jump on the trampoline. Plenty of beach & sports equipment to use, WI-FI, TV, DVD & CDs to entertain, + sun to soak in poolside or explore the farm with over 200 organic fruit & nut trees plus 20+ cactus plants.

Location description from owner

The Puglia region

Location, Location, Location! Puglia has the best of Italy with miles of Adriatic and Ionian coastlines, valleys with pre-historic origins and cave dwellings plus hillside fortified cities which come especially alive during national and religious holidays, patron saint days, and food and wine festivals all summer long. Villa Donna is less than 1km from the nearest supermarket which sales everything from fresh produce, meats to beachwares. We are exactly in between Brindisi & Ostuni (15min each way) as well as Bari & Lecce (75km). We are minutes from the beach (10) and within an hour of most must-see/do sites in Puglia and the Ionian coast. We bridge 'Alto' or Upper Salento and the Valle d'Itria (Trulli country) together with some of the prettiest landscapes, best beaches and spectacular foods, wines and cultures. We are extremely reachable by public transportation (Brindisi or Ostuni train stations, Brindisi or Bari air and seaports (15min-1 hour away). Guests can either rent a car locally for less hassle than the airport or utilize our low-cost shuttle services in-out of town, to the beaches, sight-seeing, markets, festivals, or nights out on the town. Guests can eaily walk to town (1.5km) or use one of our six varied sized bikes utilizing our city street lighted back country road. We enjoy four beautiful mild climate seasons and are open year-round. Our busiest months are July and August but Spring and Fall are wonderful times to come and enjoy less crowded beaches and more local affairs. Just ask what's going on and we'll let you know what's coming up. Winters arebit slower but if it's peace and quite your after, it's the best time to come if you like barbequing outdoors in December or being the first beachcombers in March?

San Vito dei Normanni

The Brindisi area is a great mixture of cultures and traditions inherited-combined from it's many past residences, from Greeks, Turks, Spainards, Normans, Messapians, to Romans. It is one of the most 'occupied' cities of all times and the architecture, food and traditions are evident from extrodinary Baroque, Gothic, Romantic, Moorish palaces, castles, churches to humble stone masoned 'trulli' one-room homes ending with most recently revived 'tufi' limestone exposed villas with star-vaulted ceilings, alcoves and archways. Puglia produces fantastic olive oils and grape varieties for wine making as well as varied wheats, grains, and produce. Local markets sale freshly picked produce for pennies compared to other regions, areas or European countries as well as some of the best yet economical wines and oils you will have tried. There is a speciality shop of every kind in San Vito dei Normanni, from fresh baked breads, homemade pastas, cheeses, oils and wines all within a five minute reach. Fresh seafood is available as well, caught only 8kms away or gathered daily by local retailers who also offer freshly butchered meats. Nightly events include food and wine festivals during the summer highlighting each cities' specialities such as capocolla from Martina Franca, cherries from Turi, breads from Altamura and the list just goes on.

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Bed & bathroom

  • bedroom 1: double bed
    bedroom 2: 2 single beds
  • 1 family bathroom, 1 shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Children's pool
  • Private garden
  • Climbing frame
  • Swing set
  • Trampoline
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

Will consider

  • Long term lets (over 1 month)
  • House swap

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Suitable for people with restricted mobility
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

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Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Donna V
Response rate:
90%
Calendar updated:
18 Feb 2016

Languages spoken: English, Italian

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“Relaxing, safe, Comfortable and Convenient!”

Reviewed 2 Oct 2014

Donna and Family! What can I say? You all made me feel so welcome with your warmth and hospitality. This was my 5th or so trip back to your accommodation, and as always I felt looked after and cared about from start to finish. The villa is always well-equipped and in great condition, and the welcome pack you provide on upon arrival is a great treat after a long journey (especially the wine!) The part that makes you different to other accommodation providers is that you are on the ground and don't batter an eye lid about helping with ANY request. Your knowledge of the local area from special places to eat, and areas to visit (I particularly loved the markets) is of fantastic value - and surpasses even the best guidebooks. I can’t wait for my next trip back to stay with you again soon.

Dear UK friend, What can I say? You have become part of our extended family & we welcome every stag party, romantic getaway, girls retreat you care to have! Including assisting you when you needed a bigger place with a pool. The great news is we are retiring the above ground pool for an in-ground one before next summer----so book soon under the old rates before our slight price increase comes into effect! I now manage 3 other holiday homes nearby and also work with other city owners for split-stay visitors to Puglia, Basilicata & Campagnia (Matera, Salerno, Sorrento). As you have witnessed, the villa gets a thorough spring cleaning each year and we try to institute every improvement requested (new wardrobe, dividing wall added since you last stayed with us) and we will always have wine as you know, since I do near weekly wine tours in Salento & now Valle d'Itria as well. I LOVE guiding & advising folks on how to discover the treasures nearby. Puglia, Basilicata & Campagnia regions continue to amaze me as I learn something new every personal trip I do (2 'heel of the boot', 3 Sassi di Matera, 2 Valle d'Itria & 1 Amalfi Coast trips this summer) which I love sharing with the guests who like to do things on their own. We can’t wait for for your next trip back and hope all the property buying tips & potentials I've provided over the past few years come to fruition this year as prices & loans are down compared to your original hunts. Tell the London gang I say hello and we'll see you soon!!

“Amazing, Relaxing”

Reviewed 4 Feb 2014

I lived in San Vito Dei Normanni over 20 years ago. I wanted to take my family there to see my old home and some of the beauty Puglia has to offer. Staying at Donna's village was much better then I expected. Plenty of room for myself, husband and 2 kids. The villa and its surroundings are just beautiful and relaxing. My son played outside when we were at the villa. Donna also left us a welcome package for snacks and breakfast which was not expected and was well enjoyed. I would love to return and stay longer. I would also recommend to my friends and family.

Dear December guests, I am so glad you enjoyed San Vito even after 20 years of changes-improvements. You are exactly the audience of former residents/ex-pats we are trying to capture and hope keeping our rates low proved it possible. I'm glad my first rental while abroad worked out and you got to see Puglia and its beauty which even off-season is fabulous to see. Early spring is my favorite time of year with Almond trees in bloom lined along the hectare entrance of green grass, shrubs & fresh organic oranges to enjoy. Our mixed snack baskets are the least we could do to re-introduce you to some of the local products (Salento wine) as well as insight into where we come from (American beer). I'm glad the villa exceeded your expectations & please do recommend us, especially to our military wherever you may be so they too can take advantage of our 15% military affiliated discount. We invite you back anytime as we are officially open all year long!

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