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Villa with pool, great views

Overview

Property

Updated: 07-Dec-2016
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 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.

EATING OUT

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.

SHOPPING

FOOD

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).

CLOTHES

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.

SOUVENIERS

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

SHOPPING MALLS

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.

FESTIVALS AND FAIRS (FESTA, SAGRA, FIERA)

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

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PLACES TO GO ( a small selection)

ON THE COAST

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.

INLAND

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
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Pets considered
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

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.

Speaks English, Italian

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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Brindisi at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Illy Bar at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Brindisi at 40 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ceglie Messapica at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : SS16 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Antimo's at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Villanova at 20 Kilometres

Only 10 min away is Ostuni, also known as the White City, a classic ancient Italian hill town with narrow cobblestone streets curved stairways and spectacular views over the Adriatic coastline. A great selection of restaurants, bars, antique shops and a 15th-century Gothic cathedral. The heel is only 30km wide making it easy to explore both coastlines of the Ionian and the Adriatic seas. The transparent sea with sandy beaches and rocky coves and the hillsides sweeping down in a glorious green spectrum create a cloak of olive groves and vineyards. Also within easy reach is Alberobello, the spectacularly bizarre Trulli Town, historic hilltop towns of Locorotondo and Martina Franca with its excellent shopping. Slightly further a field is Lecce, the ‘Florence of the south’ and the picturesque fishing harbour of Monopoli with it excellent seafood, Matera with its cave dwellings, Grotte di Castellana Italy’s largest cave system and romantic Polignano al Mare on the Adriatic cliffs.

EATING OUT

There are lots of good restaurants, cafes and bars in the area and in adjacent towns. Ask for our restaurant list for more details.

THE summer coffee drink is an Espressino Freddo – try one – you will be hooked.

SHOPPING

LOCAL SHOP HOURS: are quite variable

Mon to Fri they open doors somewhere between 8 & 10 am closing for lunch at 1pm, re-opening at 4 or 5pm until about 8 or 9pm. However, Thursday is half-day and shops close at 1pm for the rest of the day. Sunday most places are closed all day and garages switch to self service. DOK supermarket is an exception and open all day.

BANKS: tend to be open from about 8.15am to 4.15pm with an hour break for lunch about 1.15pm Mon to Fri.. Ceglie has several banks all of which are hard to find: the best suggestion is to go into town and follow signs for ‘Oespidale’, when you get to the Hospital ask . A bank is easier to find in Ostuni: on entering the town from the Ceglie road you will come to a roundabout with an Agip garage off it, cross that roundabout and the next one, straight across 2 sets of lights and then on your left you will see a Banca di Napoli. NB not all cash machines accept foreign cards you may need to shop around!

FOOD

Giovanna at the farm across the road sells eggs, ricotta and hard cheeses by the truckle (large and small).

Masseria Fragnite about 2km away has a wider selection of cheeses including mozzarella. They also have homemade salami and ham. You can buy fresh milk here if you ask for it in the cheese shop (take a bottle to put it in).Good local wine is also available here and occasionally bread, eggs, pasta, vegetables and meat depending on what is happening on the farm at the time.

Macelleria Aziendale. Is about a km down the road towards Antimo’s. This is a farm butcher that opened at the end of 2009. You can get just about anything here from a whole goat to a beef burger.. All excellent quality and reasonably priced. Most evenings, the farmer, Guiseppe runs a fornello pronto where you can choose your meat and he bbqs it for you and you eat it in an outside dining area or take it away. .

FARMERS MARKET: Ceglie every Thursday morning in the yard of an Olificio. See map for location.

CLOTHES

The Saturday morning markets in Ostuni and Ceglie have reasonably priced fashionable clothes as does Grottaglie market on Thursday morning.

FESTIVALS AND FAIRS (FESTA, SAGRA, FIERA)

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 NORTH COAST

Beaches: Torre Guaceto ( a nature reserve), Pantanagianni, Egnazia (just the Savelletri side of Egnazia).

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.The waterfront in Brindisi at the end of the Appian Way is being restorded is a good place for a passagiata and eating,

SOUTH COAST

Beaches: take your pick anywhere between San Pietro in Bevagna and Campomarina. Taranto has an large port are and old centre and extensive mussel beds.

INLAND

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

Carovigno has an old centre with a small castle that has a very picturesque courtyard.

Lecce, named Florence of the has lots of interesting and unusual buildings:

Oria, good castle, museum, gardens

Matera (Sassi), a semi deserted town of cave dwellings.

Alberobello,unique town made almost entirely of trulli. A must even though it is very touristy. Explore up the hills both sides.

Grotte di Castellano, spectacular limestone cave system

Prices and 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
£675
for 3 nights
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£225
£1,575
 
 
Summer 2017
7 Jun 2017 - 19 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
Fall 2017
20 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£675
for 3 nights
From
£225
£1,500
 

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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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • villa

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • 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

Floor Area

  • 100 m²

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.

Bedrooms

  • 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,, with fans and shutters. main bedroom has French windows opening onto a private terrace over-looking the pool and grounds.One bedroom has air conditioning.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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