Villa Rustic Puglia

Villa Rustic Puglia Amenities

Villa Rustic Puglia Amenities

This charming 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 vaulted ceilings have been enhanced with high quality Italian bathroom fittings, marble-topped kitchen units and mod cons including Wi-Fi, portable air-con and the all important dishwasher.

Its location is equally idyllic, nestled amongst five acres of olive groves almond orchards, just 30 minutes' drive from the Adriatic coast and the famous ‘White City’ of Ostuni, and a short drive from bustling local towns 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, play on the swings or help parents harvest the organic vegetable patch from which guests can help themselves.

Claire and husband, Andy, relocated here from London and it’s easy to see the temptation that lead them to make such a leap. They lived onsite with their three children 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 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.

Accommodation Overview:

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, microwave, fridge with freezer/icebox compartment and dishwasher (a washing machine and dryer can be found in an external laundry room). It also boasts store cupboard essentials including the delicious olive oil that the villa owners produce on the estate.

The Living Room has doors opening to the terrace and a vaulted ceiling. It is furnished simply and stylishly. A toy box, plus a collection of books and games provide plenty to keep the family entertained. 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 6, 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 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.

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Contemporary Style with Traditional Architecture in Puglia, Italy

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The Owner / Manager

Claire Knapton James

Member since Nov 2010
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:13 minutes
  • Availability Updated:21 hours 47 minutes


Late Availability Discount

Bookings made within 7 days of travelling discounted by 40%


  • Lovely property. Our two and a half year old loved the swimming pool, chickens, dogs and picking his own zucchini for dinner from the vegetable patch!Review dated 18/06/2019

  • We've just returned from a weeks stay at Rustic Puglia, and had a wonderful time! The Trulli is beautiful and there is plenty of room for a family of five. The Trulli had everything we needed, including toys and books for our three young children, and was fairly toddler proof. My 22 month old loved helping to collect eggs from the chickens each morning, and he loved helping to pick vegetables from the garden for dinner. My eldest two loved the pool - it's shallow at one end but very deep at the other so good for all ages. There's also lots of space outside to sit and relax. The Trulli is a 10 minute drive to Ceglie Messapica which is a beautiful town (and a bit of a culinary hotspot - the best food I've eaten in Italy)! It's also within close proximity to lots of other beautiful towns, and a 30 minute drive to the beach. But more than anything, Andy and Claire were brilliant hosts. On our way from the airport, we managed to get a puncture (quite a stressful experience with three crying children in a hot car). Claire could not have been more helpful when I phoned. Once we'd arrived, Andy went out of his way to get us a new tyre. They really were brilliant hosts. Thank you for such a lovely week!Review dated 04/08/2018

  • Beautiful trulli and grounds in a lovely, quiet part of Puglia. The children loved playing with the animals, collecting eggs, bouncing on the trampoline and playing in the pool. Lots of toys, books and equipment for children. About 30-40 mins drive to a lovely beach and other fantastic beaches a bit further afield. The owners are very welcoming and helpful. Overall a great holiday!Review dated 31/05/2018

  • This is a lovely, lovely property. Gorgeous setting. Well equipped for babies, plenty of toys, swing and trampoline were very popular with our 9 month old, but not as popular as the 3 dogs and cat!! The pool area is beautiful. The owners are so nice, friendly and helpful, they live onsite but are in no way intrusive. I would highly recommend this property!Review dated 17/11/2017

  • We have had an incredible time with our 16 month year old who has thoroughly enjoyed terrorising the sheep, chickens and rabbits!Review dated 09/05/2015

  • We've spent a heavenly week here in Claire and Andy's gorgeous trullo and grounds, torn every day as to whether to explore the beautiful little towns nearby (we loved Martina Franca, Locorotundo, and Cisternino, with Locorotundo the favourite and a 'must see'), go the the beach, or enjoy the amazing pool with massive shallow end perfect for little ones, swings, trampoline, feed the animals, play with the toys, pick and cook the garden produce we were allowed to help ourselves to, lol about under the gazaebos etc here. Our 2 year old would quite happily have spent the week hanging about the trullo grounds and had the time of his life! When we ventured to the beach though, the beach at Torre Guaceto was amazing for kids - the water stays shallow for a really long way out, it's big but not too crowded, lovely warm water, and even a sweet little train that takes you down to the beach that the kids loved. We were spoilt for choice on the beach front but really loved that one. We went out for dinner one night while Claire babysat (wonderful!) and had one of the best meals we've had in years in Martina Franca at a place called 'Oseria Piazzetta Garibaldi'. We also chose to have the cook make a couple of meals for us for an even more relaxing holiday. Claire, Andy, and their children really do know how to be there when you need them (and it was lovely to know they were there to chat to, get all the local info from, and for our little one to tag along with Andy watering the 'bamatos' etc!) and yet you feel you have the place to yourselves too somehow. Everything you needed was there, it all just felt very easy. It was the best holiday we've had since having kids by far - the only one where we could use the words 'holiday' and 'relaxing' in the same sentence! We hope to come back in a couple of years time and will be recommending to all our friends!.Review dated 18/07/2012

  • As the name implies its Rustic but very stylishReview dated 11/10/2011

  • We had a wonderful week at Rustic Puglia and would recommend it highly! Andy and Clare (and the children) are great hosts who have done a fantastic job of restoring their historic 'trulli' home into a stylish, family friendly get-away. They are happy to share their experience of this unique region, which has so much to explore, from the unique 'trulli' houses which pepper the rolling landscape, to beautiful, sandy beaches - all within easy driving distance. However, much of our time was spent simply relaxing by the lovely salt water pool - which we had to ourselves. In the evenings, we ventured out to local restaurants, which all serve great quality, rustic food in family-friendly settings - it is virtually impossible to eat badly in this unspoilt area of Italy! Thank you Clare and Andy for a very enjoyable holiday : ))Review dated 15/09/2011

Fast Facts

The villa sleeps 4 + a cot/child bed in 2 double bedrooms both with ensuite bathrooms & twin/king-size double convertible beds. An additional child bed can be added to one of the rooms on request.

Airport under 2 hours drive

The villa is 45 minutes’ drive from Brindisi airport and 90 minutes from Bari airport.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Local beaches within 30 minutes drive.

Any Pool

The 4.5×11m salt-water swimming pool with 3 meter shallow end where it is just 80cm deep. The pool is fenced to help keep tots safe, has roman steps into the pool and has a large gazebo to provide lots of shade in the midday sun.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby gear available includes; 1 travel cots (additional foam mattress), bed guards, a highchair, baby bath, baby bouncer, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, plastic crockery/cutlery, sippy cups, a plastic step, hand held blender, toddler loo seat, bibs, and cot bedding.

Indoor Toys

Inside the villa there are kids books 0-5 years including cookery books, toys 0-5 years, U-rated kids DVDs and U-rated Xbox games. Adults will appreciate the provided WiFi, adult books including cookery books, IPod speakers, DVD & flatscreen TV.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

A cooking service can be provided with prices from €45 (minimum 4 diners).

Outdoor Toys

For outdoor use there are buckets, spades & swings,

Visiting Spa Therapist

yoga and shiatsu massage can be arranged on request.

Stairgates / no stairs

The property is set on one level.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The Trullo has its own terrace in front of the property with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. There is a large stone dining table, a BBQ and a shaded gazebo, Plus five acres of land.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WiFi provided.


The villa is equipped with A+ appliances, energy efficient bulbs, double glazing and recycling and composting.

Daily Cleaning

Additional cleaning can be provided for 15 Euros per hour