Like an exotic hideaway from The Arabian Nights, Trullo Bellissimo is a decadent, sumptuous and über cool boutique villa where young and old will be wide-eyed with wonder! The oldest part of the traditional trullo buildings, with quirky conical roofs, is over 300 years old and the whole restoration, design and décor is inspired by the region’s strong influences from the Near East. The villa is an Aladdin’s cave of rich colors and textures, handcrafted furnishings and ethnic finishing touches throughout an extraordinary interior of arches, vaulted ceilings and whitewashed stone walls.
While the style of Trullo Bellissimo captures the authentic opulence of days of old, the owners have also made sure it’s bang up to date. The main living/dining area is open plan to the kitchen, decorated with fabulously blue ‘Cotto Siciliano’ tiles and with all mod cons including dishwasher, espresso maker, blender and juicer, Wifi, 48 disk CD selection, MP3 player with iPod dock, DVD player and surround sound Freeview TV. Leading from the living area, an ‘ethnic’ room provides a funky little corner to curl up with a book on the wrought iron day bed, reclining on antique Indian cushions and surrounded by colourful art.
The villa has two ensuite bedrooms on either side of the living area. The Levantine bedroom is in the original trullo and authentic Byzantine in style but with a wrought iron king size bed replacing the traditional straw mattress! The bedroom has space for a cot in the sitting area, complete with Moroccan daybed and Berber floor cushions, and then the walk in shower room is in rose marble and mosaic tiles. The ‘Lamia’ bedroom is more contemporary chic in style, with a glamorous Mahogany four poster bed and vestibule to the villas main shower room.
To soak up the Southern Italy sunshine, Villa Bellissimo is set in gorgeous landscaped gardens which are mostly enclosed.Parents can relax on loungers while children play on the lawn, with a playpen available, or cool down in the pool which has a 25cm shallow end graduating to 2.5 metres, toys for toddlers, plus a handy shower. In true Italian style, the villa also has a fabulous area for eating al alfresco, not only featuring an impressive marble table for 8 on a shady terrace but also a food preparation area, sink, refrigerator, wood-fired barbecue and gas barbecue.Guests are encouraged to pick the villa’s seasonal fruit and veggies plus the owners provide home-grown, homemade and local goodies in a generous welcome pack. Come sunset, the sundowner terrace is the spot for a chilled prosecco watching glowing colours sink over the olive groves and hilltop town of Cisternino.
Villa Bellissimo sleeps 4-6 plus a baby in cot, with two bedrooms, two ensuite shower rooms and two daybeds. The principal ’Lamia’ bedroom has a four poster king size bed and a vestibule to the main shower room. The ‘Levantine’ bedroom has a king size bed, a sitting area with a daybed and an ensuite shower room. The separate 'Ethnic Room' adjoins the second bedroom and houses a daybed, making it ideal as young child's room.
The single-storey design sees the bedrooms positioned off either side of the large open-plan living area. This area houses the living/dining area with its table for six, TV, DVD/CD player, MP3 Docking station, Wi-Fi and comprehensive CD and DVD library. The kitchen is set to the side of the open plan area and boasts all mod cons including hob, oven, dishwasher, fridge and freezer.
Outside, the impressive gardens are enclosed by stone walls and comprise of a kitchen garden with outdoor kitchen, the private swimming pool, fruit trees, dining terrace and roof-level lounging area.
The villa is double-glazed and all windows and doors have mosquito screens. There is central heating and a wood pellet stove for cooler months, whilst ceiling fans in the bedrooms assist the traditional thick stone walls in keeping it comfortably cool in summer.
Way down in the heel of Italy, Bellissimo is located in Puglia’s beautiful Val d’Itria, close to unspoilt medieval hill towns and just 20 minutes from pristine beaches on a stunning coast.
Although wonderfully secluded and tranquil, the dazzling white, Città Bianca of Ostuni is just 8km away with an intriguing maze of ancient narrow streets to explore. The ancient Greek and Roman settlement town of Ceglie Messapica (9km) is also famed for its ‘dolce Cegliese’ cakes and superb restaurants.Cisternino (15km) is another gem of a town with a large market on Mondays and a maze of narrow streets where tiny ‘fornelli’ restaurants offer delicious barbecued food to eat in or take home. Martina Franca (22km) is renowned as one of the region’s most elegant baroque towns with a buzzing opera festival in August and Locorotondo (23km), overlooking the entire Val d’Itria, is famous for its fine white and sparkling wines.
While staying in a trullo, a visit to the amazing town of Alberobello (30km) is worthwhile to wander around literally hundreds of these strange bee-hive houses, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and with many now housing tiny restaurants and artisan shops.
For days by the sea, Puglia boasts the longest coastline in Italy to discover sandy beaches, deserted coves and unspoilt fishing villages with fabulous seafood restaurants. The vast majority of beaches are free but some have ‘paid for’ areas, with sun beds and parasols for hire in season.
Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): Hospitals 10 mins, 20 mins & 40 mins distance.
Getting There: Ryanair fly direct from Stansted to Brindisi & Bari airports. British Airways fly direct from Gatwick to Bari. Alitalia fly via Rome and Milan to Brindisi and Bari. Easy Jet flys from Milan to Brindisi & Bari. Trullo Bellissimo is 40 minutes and 1 hour from Brindisi and Bari airports respectively.
Car hire is essential.