This luxurious 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa with pool is a wonderful example of contemporary style woven into traditional architecture. The traditional Trulli thick stone walls, pretty alcoves and charming coned ceilings have been enhanced with high quality Italian bathroom fittings, marble-topped kitchen units and mod cons including Wi-Fi, Xbox and the all important dishwasher.
Its location is equally idyllic, nestled among olive groves on a tranquil 5-acre small-holding, just 30 minutes drive from the coast and the famous ‘White City’ of Ostuni, and a short drive from a bustling local town with well respected restaurants.
The views from the villa’s wide terrace and safely fenced pool with shady gazebo – perfect for long lazy days in the sun – are glorious. Junior guests can be let off the leash to explore the grounds, bouncing on the trampoline or helping parents harvest the organic vegetable patch from which guests can help themselves.
Andy and wife Claire relocated here from London and it’s easy to see the temptation that lead them to make such a leap. They lived onsite (they have since moved back to the UK) with their brood of three little ones for many years and are a brilliant resource for families renting the villa since they are full of advice on the best places to visit, shop and eat in the region with or without little ones in tow.
With children of their own, the owners are mindful of the challenges of travelling with babies and toddlers. They have thoughtfully equipped the villa with an impressive list of baby and toddler gear (see Fast Facts for full breakdown), as well as offering a host of useful services such as babysitting, housekeeping and meal delivery, ensuring mums and dads get the relaxing break they deserve. There can be little to beat a warm evening enjoying a candle lit meal you didn’t make yourself, al fresco with a baby monitor in hand and memories of sunny days by the pool or beach.
Bedroom 1 is set under two of the Trullo cones, within the oldest part of the building, it can be arranged as a double or twin and has romantic fairy lights strewn over the beams. Bedside lights are set within original alcoves and the wardrobe is formed from the old well. It also has its own entrance from the terrace. Space for a cot.
Bathroom 1 is an ensuite with a third Trullo cone, high quality Italian-designed integrated bath and shower, WC and basin. The mosaic tiles in natural tones flow into the restored stonework of the Trullo roof.
Bedroom 2 has a lovely vaulted ceiling and can also be arranged as a double or twin. The window overlooks the terrace and original alcoves form the wardrobe. A third ‘put me up’ style bed or a cot can be placed in the room.
Bathroom 2 is also ensuite. It is spacious with a large walk-in shower, basin, WC and bidet. The modern fittings are offset by the stylish mosaic tiles and natural stone and plaster finish.
The Kitchen is well-designed with a vaulted ceiling, 5-ring gas hob, oven, under-counter fridge with freezer/icebox compartment and dishwasher (the washing machine is in an external laundry room). It also has a small dining table. A large table is provided on the terrace to dine al fresco.
The Living Room has doors opening to the terrace and a vaulted ceiling. It is furnished simply and stylishly and boasts TV and an Xbox to watch DVDs and play games. Wi-Fi is available although the service can be temperamental.
Outside the terrace has fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and a large stone dining table to seat 8, plus a BBQ and a shaded gazebo, which is large enough to lie down on. In addition, there are five acres of land where guests can enjoy picnics, sit and read or help themselves to seasonal organic fruit and veg from the raised beds for meals.
The Pool is a 4.5×11 metres salt-water swimming pool, adjacent to the house. It is sympathetically fenced to help keep small children safe and has a large gazebo to provide lots of shade.
New for 2017 - Larger groups can opt to rent the villa with the additional converted outbuildings the Hayloft (sleeps 2) and Stables (sleeps 5) for additional cost. See 'similar accommodation' tab for more details.
Located in the ‘heel’ of Italy, Puglia has miles of unspoilt coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, both an easy drive away. The region is covered in olive groves and vineyards, so the countryside is always green, and food features delicious seafood, fantastic antipasti and wonderful pizzas, all washed down with great local wines.
Ceglie Messapica is the nearest town to the villa and Cisternino, Martina Franca and Ostuni are close by. The towns are situated on top of a hill with beautiful views across the Itria Valley, with historic centres dating back centuries. All have wonderful old cobbled streets and fascinating architecture and, when all that wandering has worked up an appetite, there are plenty of restaurants so exploring will be well rewarded with plenty of the local delicacies. Ceglie has a supermarket stocked with all the basic groceries, but there's much more exciting wares to be sampled at the local market every Saturday, from 7am until 1pm.
The closest beaches are at Ostuni and Torre Canne, about 30 minutes’ drive away. There are public beaches which are free to access and some have cafes and restaurants backing onto them, and also miles of ‘lidos’ – managed areas of beach where, for a small entrance fee, there's access to family friendly services such as covered parking, loos and showers, bars and restaurants, umbrellas and sunbeds for hire, and lifeguards. Pilone, Lido Bizzaro, Lido Boscoverde and Lido Morelli are all excellent beaches. There’s also a nature reserve at Torre Guaceto which has a long sandy beach and some great shallows which are perfect for small children to play in. Between June and September there are guided snorkelling trips on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Getting There: The villa is 45 minutes’ drive from Brindisi airport, 90minutes from Bari and about three hours’ drive from Naples. Car high is essential.