“In countryside near Fasano, this restored boutique trullo has 3 bedrooms, a pool and fabulous views of Puglia’s Adriatic coast (sleeps 4-6)”
From the flat coastal plains of the Valle d’Itria, a steep drive limbers up to Mandorla, with its 4 distinctive trulli cones – a curious vernacular feature unique to this region. Inside, restful living spaces and 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 twin) blend contemporary furniture with the pale greys and sun-bleached limestone of original stonework. French windows open onto a Mediterranean-style herb garden, planted with lemons and beds of scented lavender. On an upper terrace, there is a saltwater pool and lawns that merge into olive groves.
Enjoy the rich local cuisine of Puglia - home to Italy’s finest pastas and olive oil, alongside fresh-caught fish and luscious red wines. Sleep under a barrel-vaulted trullocone. Relax under a pergola on a cool alfresco sofa. You will never tire of the million-dollar views.
- The combination of quirky trullo architecture and stylish modern design is beautifully done
- Gorgeous outdoor living spaces - including a kitchen, dining area and glamorous sea-view lounge
- Private pool terrace with su-loungers on clipped lawns and a hammock slung between olive trees
- Close to Puglia’s must-see towns and villages: Cisternino, Ostuni, Alberobello and Polignano a Mare, among others
- Great value, especially if you fill it
- You’ll need a car – or a bike – just for essentials: Fasano’s shops and restaurants are close but it’s a bit too far to walk (5km)
- The house is out-of-the-way but not entirely private: you share a drive with a neighbouring property
- Rentals run strictly from Saturday to Saturday (a 7-night minimum stay)
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- Trullo Rental
- 3 bedrooms
- Self catering; restaurants nearby
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 23 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Laundry Service
- Weekly cleaning
The house is planned around a central living-dining space, which leads into 3 bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen. Two of the bedrooms are doubles (one with an ensuite shower room), the third is a twin, and all are set inside a trullo cone. They are on the small side, but cosy and well-planned, with plenty of storage space (antique chests and curtained hanging space), luxury linen on queensize beds, a generous supply of towels (including pool towels) and high pointy ceilings to gaze at. There is also a luxurious family bathroom with a shower over a deep square bath lined with mosaics.
The living room is light and spacious, furnished with a big comfy sofa, a cow-hide rug on a polished stone floors, and Italian glass and pottery set into niches or on neat shelves. There's a wood-burning stove for chilly winter evenings.
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- DVD player
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Ipod dock
- Mosquito net
- Swimming pool
- Washing machine
The sleek indoor kitchen has cream-coloured cupboards and worktops arranged under the dome of a trullo roof, and is equipped with an American-style fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, dishwasher and washing machine. As well as a welcome pack of basics (bread, butter, ham, cheese, milk), it’s stocked with oil and seasonings, and there are fresh fruits and herbs in the garden. With advance notice, you can book a convenient shopping service (particularly useful for late arrivals).
The outdoor kitchen is equally impressive, with a gas hob, barbecue and sink alongside a huge stone dining table, set on a shaded patio with enough room to seat 6 in comfort.
The owners have compiled a handy list of local restaurants, but those who’d rather stay put can hire the service of a chef who will whip up a 5-course Pugliese dinner while you sit on the terrace sampling the region’s excellent wines.
- Chef on request
- Coffee / tea making
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Shopping service
- Welcome hamper
- Relax and chill: with its pool terrace, loungers, cushion-clad outdoor sofas and dreamy views, this place is designed for doing a lot of nothing much
- Head for the coast: there are lovely, child-friendly Adriatic beaches within 10-20 mins' drive
- Wander the narrow streets of the region’s historic towns: the wine town of Locorotondo, the dazzling white-stone villages of Cisternino and Ostuni, or cliff-top Polignano a Mare
- Explore old-town Monopoli, with its churches, cobbled streets and pretty fishing harbour – a good place to buy fresh seafood straight from the boats for your barbecue
- Don’t miss Castellana Caves: one of Puglia's most celebrated attractions, it’s a natural wonder of subterranean grottos, caverns, fossils and extraordinary calcified rock formations
- Although it’s not quite in the spirit of Mandorla, Fasano’s low-key Zoo Safari theme park is right on the doorstep
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
- Wine tasting
Trullo Mandorla is made for families. The British owners have children themselves and have furnished the house accordingly. In drawers and cupboards, you will find a high chair, baby-bouncer, travel cot, toddler-friendly plastic dishes and cutlery, as well as DVDs, books, toys and inflatable toys for the pool. There is a washing machine and a drying rack in an outhouse.
Family friendly accommodation:
The twin room is ideal for kids of any age and has space for a baby cot, too; and there is room for grandparents, teenagers or extended family in the 2nd double bedroom.
- Travel cot and baby bedding
- High chair
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities on site:
- Kids DVDs
- Kids books / toys
Kids Activities nearby:
- Zoo Safari Fasanolandia (just 5km away): 50 species, from hippos to penguins, plus dolphin displays and amusement rides; gets rave reviews (though it's not cheap)
- Acquapark Egnazia Water Park (12km): Good for teens or when the sea in windy, with slides, splash pools, wave machine, water aerobics, dancing/DJ; pre-book umbrellas online; often busy and noisy, but always fun
- Several beaches, including sandy lidi with cafés and beach volleyball, 10-20 mins' drive away
Families Should Know:
The pool is unfenced.
- Airport: 45-60 mins' drive (Bari/Brindisi)
- Hospital: 5km
- Shop: 5km