With a 4-bedroom West Wing and 2-bedroom East Wing, Trulli Sulla Colina is like two villas in one and ideal for extended families and friends holidaying together. Both wings are pretty much self-contained, with their own living room, kitchenette and two shower-rooms each, plus there are sunny and shady patios, overlooking the pool, garden and stunning views beyond, for breakfasts al fresco and big family barbecues.
The villa is brimming with all the character and charm of the traditional trulli houses peculiar to this corner of Puglia, complete with quirky rooftop cones, vaulted ceilings, whitewashed stone walls and archways, which make the whole place more cosy and interesting for young and old. There’s also plenty to keep toddlers to teenagers happy from dawn ‘til dusk, so grown-ups can really relax, from a beautiful 10 x 5m solar heated pool to a games room, Wii console and Wi Fi inside and out.
Trulli Sulla Colina stands in almost 3 acres of enclosed, landscaped garden where children can safely play on trikes, have picnics under Cherry and Walnut trees and search for scurrying lizards. The pool area is securely enclosed too, with a lockable gate, so children can’t stray into here unsupervised, but, while grown-ups soak up the sun on the loungers, youngsters can have fun with the pool inflatables or just splash in the shallows on the crescent Roman steps. A poolside pergola provides welcome shade from the midday sun and has a table and chairs for snacking and drinks.
Besides playing in the pool, children can hang out in a cool games room, playing ping pong, table football and giant Connect 4, plus there are boxes of toys, puzzles and Lego to delve into. After all this activity, both the East and West wings have a flatscreen satellite TV and DVD player to flop down to watch one of the family films from the library and one of the TV’s has a Wii console with a variety of games. To make a holiday at Trulli Sulla Colina really special, and because Puglia is so renowned for its fabulous food, families can book a chef to prepare a feast of regional specialties or arrange a cookery course on making perfect pasta and pizzas. Bellissimo!
Trulli Sulla Colina sleeps 11 people, plus 2 babies in cots, with 4 bedrooms for 7 people in the west wing and 2 bedrooms for 4 people in the east wing. The west wing is the most spacious part of the trulli for families to get together, with a large open plan living/dining room which has an extendable table and a south facing terrace with a marble table for 11, overlooking the pool and garden. Beneath the conical trulli ceiling and arches of the east wing there is a super cosy ‘snug’ and both living rooms have comfy sofas for watching the satellite TV or DVD’s from the library. A Wii console is set up in the west wing and there is also an iPod dock. Both wings of the trulli have a well-equipped kitchenette with a fridge freezer, electric oven and gas hob, dishwasher, toaster and plenty of pots, pans and crockery. There is also a microwave in the west wing kitchen, which can be swapped into the east wing, and a hand blender and bottle steriliser are available. All the bedrooms at Trulli Sulla Colina are spacious and airy, with stone or marble floors, antique and wrought iron beds, luxury mattresses, Egyptian cotton linen and pictures by local artists. The west wing comprises two bedrooms with extra large double beds, one with twin beds and one single room. In the east wing there is one double room and one twin. One of the doubles in each wing has space for a cot and two are provided. Each wing has two shower rooms next door to the bedrooms and a baby bath is available.
Way down in the heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia is one of the most unspoilt regions and still amazingly undiscovered, with whitewashed towns perched on the hilltops and a pretty coastline of fishing villages, coves and beaches. So renowned is Puglia for its array of home grown produce that its known as the bread basket of Italy and from simple pasta with rich vegetable sauces to Italy’s finest fish and seafood, foodies are in for a treat.
Trulli Sulla Colina enjoys a panoramic hilltop setting, overlooking the beautiful Val d’Itria and standing in 3 acres of almond and olive groves, just 5 minutes from the UNESCO world heritage town of Alberobello. This ‘truly’ unique town is made up of thousands of white-washed trulli which house all the shops, cafes and restaurants families could need, including arty gift shops, galleries, artisan bakeries and mouth-watering delis selling local cheeses, Parma hams and other goodies. The Thursday market is a must, not just for the array of local produce but also to soak up the atmosphere, and, to stock up on everyday provisions, there are two good supermarkets on the outskirts of town. Besides all the charm and character of Alberobello, families can have a fun time too at the nearby Aqua Park Alberobello, with lots of pools and slides to suit all ages.
To avoid the tourists in Alberobello, families also have lovely Locorotondo and the larger town of Martina Franca less than 10 kms from the Trulli. Locorotondo is officially one of the most beautiful villages in Italy - Borghi più belli d'Italia – and Martina Franca has a fine historic centre, both with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants lining a maze of narrow, winding streets.
Besides exploring Puglia’s pretty towns and villages, Trulli Sulla Colina is just 25kms from the Adriatic coast for lazy days on sandy shores. The beach resort of Torre Canne is just half an hour’s drive from the Trulli, with a beautiful sandy bay and sparkling shallow sea for children to paddle, plus plenty of beachfront cafes and restaurants to tuck into indulgent gelati and some of the finest fish and seafood in Italy. On the way to the coast, Zoosafari Fasanolandia makes a big family day out, with tigers, elephants, giraffes, hippos, monkeys and loads more wild animals to spot on the safari drive as well as roller coasters and rides in a theme park.
Getting here: The nearest airports are Bari and Brindisi which are both approximately 75kms (1 hours drive). BA, Easyjet and Ryanair fly from the UK to Bari and Ryanair also flies direct to Brindisi.