“Charming restored trulli cones with gorgeous gardens and cool pool, set in tranquil countryside (one sleeps 2-4, one 4-6, or together 8-10)”
The villa is set up to provide flexibility for all configurations. A family or 2 couples or a group of friends will fit happily into the showcase Trulli which consists of 6 trulli cones, beautifully restored with thick white-washed walls and earthy accent tones plus a new flagstone floor. The 4 largest domes are inhabited by a dining/living space and 3 double bedrooms, the third of which only has a small window opening high up in its cone. Wardrobes are in recesses with a curtain for a door, or take the form of wooden crucifix hangers on pegs. Quirky collectables such as old irons, vintage scales or glass bottles sit in alcoves; amphorae in corners. Pillows are plump, although we found the beds a little hard. There are candles throughout for that romantic touch.
The bathroom in the Trulli is small and consists of a concrete resin sink, a power shower and a bidet. Plentiful towels are supplied, as are eco-toiletries.
Behind with its own entrance sits the two-bedroom Lamia apartment in the 1970s extension, which would suit a couple with (or without) a child or two. Each chic double bedroom has a super-sleek modern ensuite shower bathroom, and along a corridor is its galley kitchen. Note that there is no inside living room.
Both the Trulli and Lamia accommodations have their own outdoor dining area and share the pool, large gazebo and outdoor kitchen. You can book both together or separately – see Rates.
The Trulli's kitchen is under the smallest dome, just off the living/dining area and past the original heating stove. It has a gas stove and oven, a square sink, a coffee maker, a fridge-freezer, a toaster, pots and pans, blue and white crockery, a dresser of cutlery, disposable plates, napkins and place mats, oven gloves, dish-soap, tea towels, kitchen roll and foil. Seasoning, garlic, sugar, tea, coffee and Enzo's home-produced extra-virgin olive oil are also provided.
The Lamia's kitchen is in galley form and is similarly equipped. Each Trulli and the Lamia has their own barbecue and outside shaded dining area.
The welcome basket for booking through i-escape will contain a bottle of local wine, locally made artisan jam, fruit, taralli (southern Italian baked crackers/pastries), olives, milk and butter, plus a yummy crostata.
Enzo drove us to the supermarket in Cisternino so we wouldn't get lost, and we stocked up on local produce including antipasti and Puglia's famous orecchiette pasta. You can also order breakfast consisting of tea, coffee or cappuccino, yoghurt, bread, butter, jam, biscottini and fresh fruit - see Rates. A chef can be booked if you have a special occasion to mark, and a shopping service can be requested, too. Generally, we ate out for lunch and cooked up a storm in the evenings, imbibing that most excellent bottle of wine chosen by Enzo - we had not sampled the negroamaro grape before. Note that the circular table in the Trulli can fit 6 at a pinch; clearly alfresco living is the go here.
There is a good (and very well-priced!) pizzeria in Cisternino; Enzo also has a list of recommended restaurants in town and can make reservations on request. Some local establishments can deliver takeaways.
Children are welcome at Boutique Trulli Villa and will get a kick out of living inside trulli cones. Enzo, like all Italians, is genuinely fond of children. The grounds are safe to run around and there are a couple of swings as well as the lovely pool. Cots and extra beds are available on request.
Note that you are only charged for rooms occupied, and there is no additional cost to add a baby cot or an extra bed into a room.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Families should take the Trulli as it has 3 double bedrooms, the largest of which can also take a baby cot or extra bed. A couple with a baby or small child could take the Lamia apartment, which can take a baby cot or an extra bed. Note that none of the bedrooms can be made up as twins.
English-speaking babysitters can be booked on request - see Rates.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pool is unfenced, and there is a drop down from the front driveway to the car park below, although this is fenced.