“Traditional and contemporary, glamorous and rustic: a gorgeous trulli villa that’s perfect for friends and families (sleeps 8-10)”
There are 2 double and 2 twin rooms. The trullo double has an impressive black-lacquered Lombok 4-poster bed, which draws the eye up to the high-ceilinged pale-stone dome. The ensuite has double sinks and a large, square-cornered bath plus shower. The second double has additional privacy, as it’s separate from the main house, in a traditional building known as a lamia. This room has a spectacular Venetian blind-shaded view across olive groves from a large plate-glass window, and an ensuite bathroom, again with double sinks and big sunken bath and shower.
The twins are back in the main house, leading off the main living area, with French windows giving onto the front or back of the house. They share a central bathroom, which has a large round tub and shower. Floors throughout are Cisternino limestone. There's air-con throughout.
The lounge and dining room are open plan, with cream leather sofas centred on a minimalist open fireplace in the sitting room and a large oak dining table.
The open-plan kitchen is a self-caterer’s delight, with state-of-the-art appliances and lots of work surface and cupboard space. It leads onto the dining room with its large Rovere dining table. Basic ingredients are in the cupboards (like salt, pepper, dried herbs etc) and you'll receive a welcome pack that includes wine, bread, butter, olive oil, eggs, coffee, tea, milk, pasta and fruit.
The external dining area has a spectacular table hewn out of Trani marble - it’s thought to weigh around 4.5 tons, so don’t try to pick it up! There’s also an external kitchen (hobs and work services) and barbecue. There's a small grocery store a 3-minute drive away or you can head to Cisternino for its supermarket (10-minute drive).
If you don’t feel like cooking, however, the owners can arrange for a chef to come in - a practice that's had excellent reviews in the visitors’ book. Most guests like to try Pugliese cuisine and leave it to the chef to conjure up a menu, but they will happily cook to requirement if you prefer. Otherwise there are some recommended restaurants in nearby towns, all tried and tested and listed in the villa book. Note that John makes his own wine and extra virgin olive oil, which is available to purchase.
Children are very welcome at this private villa. It sleeps 8 in total and they have 2 cots to borrow if you need. It is probably better for older children than younger ones, primarily because of the steps and unfenced pool, but if you're happy to keep an eye on little ones, it shouldn't be a problem.
What to do? Have a relaxing family holiday, cook together, eat together in the sun or shade, and swim in the pool. Take daytrips to the sea or nearby villages and enjoy each others' company. This is a great place for 2 families to holiday together.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Trullo is the largest bedroom if you want to add a cot but all rooms can take one. The rooms are all doubles or twins and all bathrooms have a bathtub.
Available by arrangement with English-speaking sitter. See Rates.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
It's a great place for family cooking, with a fabulously-equipped modern kitchen (including microwave), barbecue and outdoor kitchen, nearby well-equipped mini-market just 2 minutes' drive away, and the option of takeaway food or a visiting chef. There are restaurants, markets and shops in Martina Franca, Cisternino and Ceglie Messapica, just a 10 minutes drive away.
The pool is unfenced and there are a lot of steps and small drops in the villa garden area.