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Villa with pool, great views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Self-catering rental, sleeps 7, all en-suite, rural location 25 min to beach

Villa Bellavista is located on a hilltop in Puglia, southern Italy, close to the medieval towns of Ostuni and Ceglie Messapica. Set in a hectare land comprising of olive, fruit and nut trees and gardens with dry stone walled terraces. Out on the land is a torre ostunesi style trullo with a wood-fired pizza oven (forno) and a fire-pit. There are a variety of areas to relax in and out of the sun with loungers, hammocks, futons and sunbeds. The property has unrivalled recreation areas including swimming and plunge pools, badminton/volleyball court, mini golf course, boules/bocce court, croquet ‘lawn’, yoga/exercise platform, trullo music room, even darts and a punchbag!

.There are exceptional panoramic views away to the coast, taking in a valley that is a sea of olive trees with little white trulli cones piercing the surface. On the adjacent hill is an imposing masseria (fortified farmhouse).

Bellavista has free wifi internet, TV with Apple TV and DVD and libraries for music, film and literature. There are numerous terraces for dining and relaxation each one suited to different times of the day.. The covered pool terrace has a large alfresco living area with lounge, dining table and cooking area with gas BBQ and large gas ring with and pans for paella and risotto, all lit by dimmable chandeliers for those warm summer evenings.. The wifi covers all rooms and the pool area. All the main communal areas have sound systems with connections for iplayers. All bedrooms are ensuite and air conditioned.

The Villa has 3 en-suite air-conditioned, double bedrooms a fully equipped kitchen and lounge diner with bifold doors opening onto 2 large terraces with dining table, easy chairs and BBQ. Two of the bedrooms have their own direct access to terraces via French windows and one of the double bedrooms can be converted to a twin if required. A folding single bed can be added to one of the doubles.


There is a wide spectrum of excellent restaurants ranging from cheap and cheerful family cooking and lots of it to award wining fine dining. There are also plenty of cafes and bars in the area and in adjacent towns. Ask to be mailed our restaurant list for more details.



Giovanna at the farm across the road sells eggs, ricotta and hard cheese by the truckle.

Masseria Fragnite about 2km away has a wider selection of cheeses including mozzarella, They also have homemade salami, ham and flour. You can buy fresh milk here if you ask for it in the cheese shop (take a bottle to put it in)

Macelleria Aziendale is a farm butcher is about a km down the road towards Antimo’s and you can get just about anything here from a whole goat to a beef burger.. All excellent quality and reasonably priced. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is a fornello pronto here where you can choose your meat and they bbq it for you and you eat it in an outside dining area with wine, water, beer or bread or take it away.

Ceglie and Ostuni street market on Saturday morning are good for food, clothes and odd bits and pieces.

Both Ceglie and Ostuni have lots of specialist shops that you will find just by driving around: Pescheria-fish, Macelleria-butcher, Ceisificio or fromaggeria-cheese, Panificio –bread, foccacia and cakes, Pastificeria-fresh pasta, Pasticceria- cakes, Gelateria-ice cream and frozen cakes, Frutti/vedure-fruit & vegetables, Cantina-wine, Enoteca-wine & olive oil.

SUPERMARKET: The closest (and best with the best range of goods) local supermarket is DOK (5 mins).


The Saturday morning markets in Ostuni and Ceglie have reasonably priced fashionable clothes as does Grottaglie market on Thursday morning. There is a good selection of shops in the Shopping Malls (see below). The main street in Ostuni has a good selection of designer shops. Grottaglie market on Thursday morning is good for clothes. At the far end of the market there are tables of clothes, a bit like a jumble sale, and you can pick up some designer bargins here for just a few Euros. Wear a swimsuit and a brave face if you want to try things on as there are no changing rooms.


More than you can shake a stick at in the trulli town of Alberobello and Centro Storico in Ostuni


There is an Auchan near Mesagne (30 mins drive) on the Brindisi to Taranto motorway and another mall just outside Brindisi (40 mins drive) on the same road. There is a good selection of shops at both.


All the local town have an abundance of these during the summer months and some nights you can stand on the roof terrace and watch a succession of distant firework displays from all directions. The events are not very well publicised and often only at short notice


PLACES TO GO ( a small selection)


North Coast

Beaches: Torre Guaceto ( a nature reserve, no cafes or kiosks so you will need to take everything with you, Pantanagianni, Egnazia (just the Savelletri side of Egnazia). The beach with the young buzz, loud bars, pizzeria and fish restaurant is Lido di Bosca Verde near Pilone.

Octopus BBQ (and other seafood’s)-La Rotunda: Between Torre Canne and Savelletri

Towns: Villanova: a little fishing port. Polignano Al Mare (perched on cliffs). Trani and Monopoli have interesting small harbours, Otranto has an unusual church with skulls and a tree of life in the floor.

The big towns of Bari and Brindisi have extensive port areas and old centres. They are both ferry ports.

South Coast

Beaches: take your pick anywhere between San Pietro di Bevagna and Campomarina (between Porto Caesareo and Taranto)

Taranto has an large port are and old centre and extensive mussel beds.


Ostuni, and Ceglie with their medieval Centro Storicos are confusion of winding streets and alleys. Ostuni also has impressive views away to the sea and is the more cosmopolitan of the 2 towns. But Ceglie has a more ‘real’ Italian feel.

Carovigno has an old centre with a small castle that has a very picturesque courtyard. There are tours round the castle (last one at 6pm).

Lecce, named Florence of the south by the Lecce tourist board which may be stretching it a bit but does have lots of interesting and unusual buildings: can be reached by train from Ceglie which makes for a nice day out. In the other direction the train goes to Martina Franca.

Oria, good castle, museum, gardens and surrounding old town, Vecchia Oria is a good seafood restaurant

Matera (Sassi), a semi deserted town of cave dwellings. The location for Mel Gibson’s film The Passion Of Christ

Alberobello, a completely unique town made almost entirely of trulli. A must even though it is very touristy.

Grotte di Castellano, spectacular limestone caves, Italy’s longest cave system.

More Details

Peter Hawkins
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2017

About Peter Hawkins

We had careers in music and travel and as such had been to many places and sampled a wonderful variety of accommodations, food and cultures. We have always enjoyed entertaining and wanted to 'bring home' from our journeys the the most appealing experiences and incorporate them into a place where friends and family could come and have great time and socialise as well as relax and recharge if required.

Peter Hawkins purchased this villa in 2006

Why Peter Hawkins chose Brindisi area

We visited Puglia several times before buying this property as we were helping a friend renovate a villa they had bought here. We fell in love with the area, the food, the wine, the weather and the people. The kids had left home so we thought what the heck and started house hunting. After weeks of being driven around the countryside by Lewis Hamilton wannabe estate agents and looking at dingy (but very pretty) trulli we were losing the will to live. Then last stop on a blustery December day we came up the pine-flanked drive of Bellavista, There at the end we found an L-shaped vila with a large veranda and an adjacent barn. Our interest was pricked. A tour of the land revealed a series of terraces going up a hill with interesting paths and views, a old trullo and pizza oven and grotto that had been sealed on the orders of the town hall to prevent its use for nefarious activities. The outside tour finished on the flat roof of the barn and we were transfixed by the views. The vast expanse of olive trees that were swaying in the breeze covered the undulating countryside like a living green sea. Here and there hilltop towns and trulli cones broke the surface. The 3 bedroom villa looked like splendid accommodation for visitors. The property was owned by a doctor who had taken up a new position in Rome and within a month it was ours. The villa was renovated to create 3 ensuite bedrooms with a kitchen and a veranda suitable to use as a lounge and dining area. At the back we built a large pool, volleyball court and boules court. The old cisterna for the trullo became a plunge pool and the pizza oven was refurbished and fired up. We created lots of different areas on the land and around the building where people could chill and contemplate or gather together to enjoy each others company.

What makes this villa unique

The land and views are hard to better. Dry-stone terraces with olive, almond, pine, oak, fig, pomegranate and prickly pear have vistas reaching away to the sea. In the morning when the sun is low cruise ships can often be seen making there way up and down the coast. The hammocks at the top of the hill are close to heaven in more ways than one and there are seats and sun beds and futons set out in various locations across the property that suit different times of day, different size groups of people and different moods. There are also 4 separate dining locations including one by the pizza oven which also has a stone fire-pit for evenings round the 'camp fire'.

Many visitors come with sight-seeing plans but find they hardly leave the campus as there is so much to keep them occupied and so many changes of scenery.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Ceglie Messapica in Puglia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to Courtyard bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to Olive Tree Bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - Outdoor Shower , Secluded private shower enclosed with bay hedge
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to main bedroom with hip bath
  • The water is solar heated with electric immersion heater back up and set at a maximum of 50 degrees C to avoid scalding and temperature variations. All the water in the property is sourced from our own artesian well and is purified through a system of filters and a steriliser making it safe to drink.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Courtyard bedroom - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Can be a double or twin and French windows, air conditioning
    Main bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , air con, single is a fold-away and only used if required
    Olive tree bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Overlooks giant olive tree, pool and grounds, air-con.
  • All bedrooms en suite and air conditioned with fans and shutters. The main bedroom has French windows opening onto a private terrace over-looking the pool and grounds.One of the bedrooms also has French windows opening on to a courtyard. There is a flexible room that can be a twin or double and another double can fit an additional single bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
12 Apr 2017 - 6 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
7 Jun 2017 - 19 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2017
20 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
26 May 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 3 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

The only additional charge is for wood used in pizza oven and/or fire-pits

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