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Rates from:
1750.00 GBP

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  • Child friendly pool set amongst banks of flowers
    Child friendly pool set amongst banks of flowers
  • Cool sitting room - in both senses
    Cool sitting room - in both senses
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    4 of the 5 rooms have a door straight into the courtyard
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    Stone bathroom
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  • 12' stone table, 1 of the 4 dining areas
    12' stone table, 1 of the 4 dining areas
  • The courtyard, secluded with a large fig tree
    The courtyard, secluded with a large fig tree
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Contrada Fantese

Puglia, Italy

Per week

from 1750.00 to 2500.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Sharon Bierer

Member since May 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:85.71%
  • Avg. Response Time:8 minutes
  • Availability Updated:4 days 21 hours

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BFB's Overview

Who would guess that funky furnishings and designer flair awaits families within the whitewashed stone walls and beneath the pointy, pinnacle rooftops of the ancient Puglian Trulli, Contrada Fantese. 200-year old farm buildings this may have been, but owners, Sharon and Henrik have brought their 3-bedroom trulli bang up the date with a sophisticated, minimalist makeover that lets the original character really shine through and combines simple luxury with high spec mod cons.

Young and old will be enchanted by the cool, cave-like interior of conical vaulted ceilings and honey-stone walls, floors and archways, whilst the clean lines and absence of clutter is incredibly calming and conducive to chilling out. But it’s not just the style of Contrada Fantese that gets the BFB thumbs up because the owners have also well equipped their trulli for little ones, from all the essentials for feeding, bathtime and bedtime, to a ‘baby box playpen’ of 70 coloured balls, floor puzzle mat, soft block set, children’s DVD’s and more. The contemporary kitchen is well-equipped for family self catering and there is a TV, iPod dock and amazingly good wi fi, both inside and out, to satisfy digital natives. The friendly housekeeper, Imma, will always be happy to help with whatever families need, from pre-arrival shopping to home-cooked ready meals and pizza making lessons for children can also be arranged.

Stepping outside Contrada Fantese, families will be just as wowed by a beautiful pool with stunning views of the hills beyond, shady pergolas for eating outdoors and a Mediterranean garden where children can play amongst fig, olive and walnut trees. The 12x4m salt-water pool is quite shallow all the way across and has steps for easy access, where toddlers can splash around with parents. A paddling pool, arm bands and pool toys are also provided as well as a play house and trikes to keep children happily occupied while parents catch forty winks in the sun.

Accommodation overview
Contrada Fantese comprises 5 of the distinctive, conical trulli towers which have been beautifully converted into a spacious, 3 bedroom villa for up to 6 people plus up to 2 babies in cots. The exposed stone walls and high, glass-domed ceilings, make the villa feel wonderfully airy and there is a large fireplace in the sitting room, where families can get comfy on a pair of funky sofas and watch TV, DVD’s or listen to music through an iPod. The contemporary kitchen, in stone and wood, is fully fitted with modern appliances, including a gas hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave and coffee machine, plus there are all the accessories families could need, from a food processor and hand blender to a bottle heater, bottle steriliser, plastic crockery and cutlery. A separate utility room with sink and washing machine is situated outside the house. The dining area has a modern glass table and six designer chairs, plus one high chair is provided and another can be attached to a chair. The villa has three bedrooms, comprising one with a king-size bed, one with a queen size bed and one with a single bed that has a pull out bed underneath to make a twin room if required. The master bedroom has an ensuite shower room and there is a separate bathroom, both finished in contemporary porcelain, stone and wood. Both the double bedrooms have space for a cot, as well as the third bedroom if set up as a single, and two travel cots are available. Doors from all the rooms at Contrada Fantese open to an inner courtyard and a stone dining table in a pergola overlooks the surrounding hills and Valle d'Itria. A stone path winds down to the fenced, 12m x 4m pool and there is a poolside gazebo with a stone dining table. A field surrounding the pool has been landscaped with Mediterranean plants and children can play in the shade of fig, olive and walnut trees.

Location Information

Contrada Fantese was originally a traditional Pugliese ‘masseria’, meaning farm, which is surrounded by fields in the middle of the Valle d’Itria and boasting stunning views from the garden of the surrounding hills towards Cisternino and Locorotondo. A small supermarket is just a short drive away and the beautifully unspoilt old town of Cisternino is only 1.5 miles away with a traditional central piazza lined with restaurants, bars and gelateria. Puglia is renowned for its delicious regional dishes and Cisternino is especially noted for its ‘barbecuing butchers’ who will cook their local meat specialities while families sample a carafe of the fine local wine. The Pugliese orecchiette pasta, meaning little ears, is sure to go down well with children, as well as the indulgent Italian ice cream and sweet desserts.

Besides Cisternino, Locorotondo is one of several historic towns in the Valle d’Itria, known as the ‘balcony of the valle d’Itria’ and one of the prettiest walled hilltop towns in Puglia. Alberobello is perhaps the most famous, being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the ultimate ‘trulli town’, like something from a fairytale, which children will love. The old streets are pedestrianised and a pleasure to stroll around, with many of the trulli now converted into trattorias, galleries and artisan gift shops. Martina Franca is the largest historic town in the valley and the chalky white walls of hilltop Ostuni makes a dramatic sight from far and wide, known as Le Citta Blanca.

Besides the scenic and historic treasures in this the Valley, the sea is never very far away in Puglia and Contrada Fantese is also only 25 minutes from a sandy beach at Torre Canne. Slightly further north, Monopoli is another lovely old town by the sea, with a sandy bay and many restaurants to enjoy fabulous fresh caught fish and seafood. To the south, Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve is protected marine reserve and a paradise for nature lovers, combining unspoilt woods with miles of sandy beach and a good chance of spotting flamingos.

Nearest medical services: Cisternino, 1.5 miles.

Getting here: Brindisi (45 mins) is the closest airport to the villa, with Ryanair and Easyjet flights from the UK. Flights are also available from the UK to Bari (1 hour 15 mins).

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Multiple Weeks Discount

10% discount will be applied to full weeks after the first week

Rates

8 Apr - 23 Jun 2017 : £2000 /week24 Jun - 1 Sep 2017 : £2500 /week2 Sep - 29 Sep 2017 : £2000 /week30 Sep - 3 Nov 2017 : £1750 /week8 Apr - 23 Jun 2017 : €2360.2 /week24 Jun - 1 Sep 2017 : €2950.25 /week2 Sep - 29 Sep 2017 : €2360.2 /week30 Sep - 3 Nov 2017 : €2065.175 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Multiple Weeks Discount

10% discount will be applied to full weeks after the first week

Who owns this place?

I went on holiday to Cisternino in 2004 and within 3 days had bought a house in Contrada Fantese. We have renovated the properties extensively but always with our own family in mind. Comfort, convenience and fun. Our children have grown up thinking of Fantese as a second home and we hope everyone who stays in Fantese falls in love with it as we did. My husband who is Danish, is an NHS dentist and I run a very small charity sending dental volunteers to treat orphans in Burma. We live in SW London.

What do they love about it?

Peaceful, beautiful, birds, butterflies, cats, dogs, goats....... Friendly neighbours, wonderful produce, excellent meals and local, very cheap wine. Lazy afternoons, long lunches, children playing in the field, sun shimmering off the local stone floor and the soporific thought of a siesta before a sensational dinner - preferably cooked by someone else!

What do the kids love about it?

Freedom to roam, climb a tree, play with the balls, football goals, pool toys, no need to ask for permission to run around the field, making up games and then throwing themselves into the pool (no chlorine, cleaned by salt) to cool down.

Fast Facts

Sleeps up to 6 + infantss in 1 x king size bedroom, 1 x double bedroom and 1 x single room with trundle bed.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Bari is just 1.25 hours, and Brindisi is 45 minutes drive away.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Lovely sandy beach just 25 minutes drive away.

Amenities within Walking Distance

Nearest supermarket is just 1 mile away and the nearest town 1.5 miles away.

Any Pool

12mx4m, shallow throughout, entry steps, fenced and gated within garden.

Babysitting

Babysitting and Daytime Childcare available 7 euros per child per hour.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Two travel cots, one highchair and one highchair which can be attached to chairs (therefore mobile if required), steriliser, baby monitor, bed guards, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery, 2 sippy cups, 2 spare baby bottles, linen for both cots, bottle heater, potty, mattress protectors, night lights, stroller with sleep position and an integral shade cover, changing table with baby bath.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Books, DVDs, 6-18 month soft block set, “baby box” with 70 coloured balls, plastic mobile for 3 months upwards, floor puzzle mat.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre-arrival shopping available, meals can be prepared by locals. Nappy (need size), formula and baby food in jars (give us your preferences), wipes can be purchased in addition to other pre-arrival shopping. You will pay Imma, the Trullo's housekeeper directly and the charge will be at cost.

Outdoor Toys

Buckets and spades, trike, paddling pool, play house, selection of arm bands and pool toys.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Manicurist/pedicure/massages available from local beautician.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Private gardens with pool, BBQ shaded dining area and fire pit in the courtyard area.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-fi is provided.

Pet Friendly

The villa accepts dogs.

Friendly Animals

Resident chickens can be found in the grounds.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple cots and highchairs can be provided.

Daily Cleaning

Extra cleaning can be arranged.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Fire pit in the courtyard.

Reviews

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  • The property is beautifully appointed and very well equipped. Our children are 9,8 and 6 and adored the pool and the ping pong table. There isn't any easy terrain to kick a ball about but neither did it suggest there was! And the bugs round here do bite. Neither of these quibbles have anything to do with this lovely house and it's exceedingly friendly and helpful owner and caretaker. We had a wonderful time.Review dated 04/09/2016

  • Our family (Two adults, 3yr old, 5yr old) had a superb week's stay in Contrada Fantese! The directions we were given were easy to follow and made for an interesting journey for the children on the way from Brindisi airport. Puglia was a lovely rustic place, coming from London it was a nice balance u2013 rural-ish, handy for town and not so slick your children can't run wild. Contrada Fantese is a lovely property with nice gardens and is a newly converted Trulli house, not overly 'done' so a peaceful and semi rustic setting. When we arrived, the Trullo was sparkling clean and the home is well equipped not just for baby's, toddlers and young children but also for cooking, barbeques etc. The home has a private walled terrace where we enjoyed a few meals, plus a good barbeque area. All being on one level also helps with young children so we didn't need to worry about stairs or security. Our children loved the swimming pool area wh ...Review dated 04/08/2016

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The property is beautifully appointed and very well equipped. Our children are 9,8 and 6 and adored the pool and the ping pong table. There isn't any easy terrain to kick a ball about but neither did it suggest there was! And the bugs round here do bite. Neither of these quibbles have anything to do with this lovely house and it's exceedingly friendly and helpful owner and caretaker. We had a wonderful time.

Our family (Two adults, 3yr old, 5yr old) had a superb week's stay in Contrada Fantese! The directions we were given were easy to follow and made for an interesting journey for the children on the way from Brindisi airport. Puglia was a lovely rustic place, coming from London it was a nice balance u2013 rural-ish, handy for town and not so slick your children can't run wild. Contrada Fantese is a lovely property with nice gardens and is a newly converted Trulli house, not overly 'done' so a peaceful and semi rustic setting. When we arrived, the Trullo was sparkling clean and the home is well equipped not just for baby's, toddlers and young children but also for cooking, barbeques etc. The home has a private walled terrace where we enjoyed a few meals, plus a good barbeque area. All being on one level also helps with young children so we didn't need to worry about stairs or security. Our children loved the swimming pool area which for a private villa, was generous in size and well equipped. When I say 'private', the pool sits in a private garden, which itself sits in a field with the nearest neighbour some 100m away u2013 so you've got the place to yourself. There were toys for the home, DVD's and pool inflatables too u2013 so don't go overboard on your packing! The local supermarket was decent too so it's a pretty easy place to spend a week's holiday. The town's easy to navigate too and there's enough locally to do for a week and the beach is within an hour's journey. We'll be back!

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 2 guests.



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