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Hilltop property near Ostuni with pools & panoramic views. Great amenities

People11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Space 2,206 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Self-catering, sleeps 11, 5 bedrooms all en-suite with air con great amenitie

Bellavista comprises of a 3 bedroom villa and a 2 bedroom adjacent house (a barn conversion) located in southern Italy (the heel bit). All bedrooms are en-suite and air conditioned with the master bedrooms in each building having their own terraces that overlook the pool and catch the rising sun. Other bedrooms have there own outside entrances onto a courtyard or large porch. The villa and the house each have their own independent kitchens, lounge and dining areas. Both have full wifi coverage and TVs with DVD and Apple TV The property sits on a hilltop between Ostuni and Ceglie Messapica with a panorama that takes in 3 ancient hilltop towns & distant views to the sea. On the neighboring hill is a typical masseria (farmhouse) & peeping through the surrounding sea of olive trees are the cones of several trulli, a type of rustic conical stone building unique to this region. Set in a 2.5 acres of gardens, olive, fruit & nut trees and furnished in a cool, comfortable and contemporary style. Features include a roof terrace, tiled swimming pool, shallow relax/splash pool, large covered pool terrace for alfresco living with lounge, dining table, bar and cooking on BBQ or large gas ring with huge pans for paella or risotto plus outside fridge. This terrace has dimmable chandeliers forgetting the atmosphere just right on those warm summer nights. On other terraces there are more BBQs, a wood-fired pizza oven, fire-pits. For the active there are volleyball/badminton & boules/bocce courts. there is a round-the-clock, 5 hole mini golf course on the pine terrace, croquet and darts. On a terrace facing the rising sun there is a covered exercise/yoga platform serenely overlooked by Buddha. The trullo has been converted to a music room with a few basic instruments, it has a lovely acoustic The slope of the hill is terraced and the upper terraces have been left semi-wild and have several strategically placed, secluded relaxing areas with hammocks and loungers affording splendid views away to the coast. Other facilities include free WiFi internet connection in all rooms and the pool area, laundry & numerous other alfresco dining places.There are 2 roof terraces one arranged as a roof garden a round table, bar stools and loungers the other sunken with futons for relaxing on and decorated in a Moroccan style. The colour of the lighting up there can be changed to suit the mood or turned off if you just want to star/moon gaze. Perking is plentiful and secure behind lockable gates. Guests are welcome to help themselves to any of the herbs of fruits in the gardens that may be in season during their visit.

THINGS TO DO

Besides the main pool and the plunge pool there is plenty to occupy guests. There are dedicated volleyball/badminton and boules/bocce courts, mini golf course, darts board, board games. croquet, films, books and CDs. At night the roof terrace is an ideal location for star gazing and chilling.

Nearby there are skilled potters who offer tuition and a little further away there is 5star golf course and boat hire.

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.

EATING IN

There are 2 well-equipped kitchens with hob, oven, toaster, kettle, juicer, slow cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher etc. which gives groups of guests the opportunity to be flexible and independent or share the catering. Outside there is a charcoal only BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven. The pool terrace also has a portable BBQ. There are several outdoor seating areas around the pool, on the land , on the roof on the terraces in sun or shade as well as indoor dining areas in both buildings.

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 bargains 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.

SOUVENIRS

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 publicized 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 harbors, 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

Owner
Peter and Jenny Hawkins
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
3 November, 2017

About Peter and Jenny 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 socialize as well as relax and recharge if required.

Peter and Jenny Hawkins purchased this villa in 2006

Why Peter and Jenny Hawkins chose Ceglie Messapica

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 villa with a large veranda and an adjacent barn. Our interest was pricked. A tour of the land revealed a series of terrace 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. Inside the voluminous barn was ripe for conversion and 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 barn was converted into a 1 bed en suite house with a voluminous open plan living space (we like lots of entertaining space). The villa was renovated to create 3 en suite 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 hammock at the top of the hill is 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'.

Having 2 separate buildings each with its own kitchen, dining and lounging areas gives the kind of flexibility not found in many other properties. When we have friends staying in the villa they can sort their own breakfast and we can take it in turns to cook lunch or dinner. Or if our kids turn up with a bunch of mates we can retire to the house while they can carry on doing their own thing without feeling they are disturbing us. Our guests have included groups of old school friends having reunions, families with grand parents (children in the villa, parents and grand parents in the house), two separate friendly families on holiday together each with their own property. 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

In a charming regional setting completely untouched by tourism. We couldn’t have been happier with the property – accommodating our group of family and friends with ease in the main house and separate villa offering five bedrooms (each with its own bathroom), modern indoor kitchen facilities and outdoor dining and entertaining. If you’re a food lover this place is a true paradise. Nestled among olives, almonds, and figs there is also a well established kitchen garden offering an abundance of herbs, and fresh berries for breakfast each morning growing virtually outside the door. We scootered through country lanes for fresh milk and mozzarella from a nearby dairy each day, which also sold local cured meats and regional produce. A wheel of home-made Pecorino from Giovanna over the road lasted our whole stay with fresh eggs also in constant supply. Giuseppe the butcher - just a few minutes away sells meats straight from his farm, and then it's just 5 mins. to Ceglie Messapica for everything else. I will never forget our feast nights at Bellavista – dining outside on the terrace, by the charcoal BBQ or by the original wood-fired pizza oven. And if cooking isn’t your idea of a holiday Ceglie Mesapica has some of the best eateries in Puglia too. So much love, care and attention has gone into the design of the grounds and outdoor spaces at Bellavista. Set over multi-levels the huge pool creates a natural centrepiece with a number of break-out areas offering complete privacy. You really can find a new patch of solitude each day - whether its napping in the afternoon breeze on a hammock, sun baking naturist-style by a private plunge pool or early morning yoga sessions on the rooftop. What a view!! And if you’re feeling active there is mini-golf in the cypress grove, badminton, bocce, and darts thoughtfully dotted throughout the two acre surrounds - perfect for keeping the kids well-occupied. The nearby medieval towns of Ceglie Messapica, Ostuni, Carovigno, Cisternino, Martina Franca and Alberobello are all within reach. I thoroughly recommend Bellavista and felt like I had experienced ‘real’ Italian life. The owner provided really comprehensive information regarding the house, the region, and recommendations for local restaurants and shopping. You can also purchase olive oil cold-pressed from Bellavista olives – green and peppery and amazing! Bellavista definitely earned a five star rating from us. The only problem now is how to get back there!

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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Brindisi
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Illy
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Brindisi
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
mini-golf on site or Fasano
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Ceglie Messapica
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Bari-Brindisi or Brindisi-Taranto
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Antimo's Restaurant or Guiseppe's Bracceria
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Villanova
Car: necessary

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

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Ceglie Messapica in Province of Brindisi

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2206 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • En-suite to House Pool Terrace Bedroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Toilet, Basin,Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, daylight
    En-suite to House Porch Bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Toilet, Shower Enclosure , basin, natural daylight
    En-suite to Villa Master Bedroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Outdoor Shower , Natural Daylight
    En-suite to Villa Olive Tree Bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    En-suite to Villa Courtyard Bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom to the House Master bedroom has a large double ended bath. There is also a separate shower enclosure with a deluge shower. Bathroom to the Villa Master bedroom has a hip bath with shower There is also a shared outdoor shower for all guests with hot & cold water
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Villa Courtyard Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be a double or twin and French windows, air conditioning
    House Porch Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , extra large double or twin/triple, own bathroom, air con,
    House Pool Terrace Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Own bathroom, french windows open to pool terrace, air con
    Villa Olive Tree Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Own bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fan
    Villa Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , French windows to a private terrace, air con
  • 2 Bedrooms are in the house/barn conversion. and 3 are in the villa. All bedrooms en-suite All bedrooms have air conditioning, fans, fly screens and hair-dryers Free WiFi internet available in all bedrooms. 2 of the bedrooms can have a comfortable folding bed added to make a triple. A travel cot is also available for a baby. 4 bedrooms have direct access to the outside with terraces
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • 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
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There is a kitchen in the house and also a separate kitchen/diner in the villa. Both are well equipped with hobs, ovens, fridges and freezers so it is easy for 2 groups of people to operate with some independence if desired. There is a laundry cupboard with washing machine, basket, pegs, ironing board, iron, etc., and a washing line round the side of the villa. Water is solar heated with immersion heater back up. All tap water is safe to drink and comes from our own well and is purified. The property is surrounded by hedges and walls and is gated. There are 2 BBQ (1 portable), 2 fire-pits (1 portable) and a wood-fired pizza oven. There is a large olive tree for shaded sitting as well as a hammocks and 2 rope chairs. The villa terrace has a sun sail for shade and the poolside and terraces have gazebos. The roof terrace has 3 double futons and is great for sundowners, star gazing or even sleeping. As well as great communal area there are secluded spots just chilling.

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Hilltop property near Ostuni with pools & panoramic views. Great amenities
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
5

Gorgeous property, fab holiday

  • 5 of 5

Eleven of us stayed at Bella vista for two weeks. Six adults, four boys aged 5-10 and a 1 year old baby. From the moment we arrived the owners, Peter and Jen, could not have been more accommodating. Peter had even picked up a large Boots delivery of nappies, baby food etc that I had delivered and had stored it for a week before.'The house and villa were even better than the pictures and the surroundings boasted everything you could need for a fab holiday. A great swimming pool, badminton net, boxing bag, boules court, miniature golf, tree house, croquet set (I am sure that I have forgotten something else) which kept our boys entertained for hours. Our family is a family of foodies and the pizza oven, outdoor BBQ and other cooking facilities were fab and enabled us to try out different things each evening. There were multiple places to eat too although the area by the pool was our favourite and enabled us to keep a good eye on the kids. There are two great places to eat within a couple of miles although you would certainly need a car if you were staying here as there are no buses or taxis from and to the nearby town. The beach was approx a 30 minute drive away and Ostuni is very picturesque and well worth a visit.

The roof terrace is a gorgeous place to sit with drinks of an evening looking at stars and the owners have even wired speakers up here. They really have thought of everything and were happy to make reservations for us in Italian and made some great recommendations of places to go and to eat. We wouldn't hesitate in recommending this place to anyone and really enjoyed our stay. Thank you Jen and Peter!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic retreat in Puglia

  • 5 of 5

We usually go on holiday in France and decided to explore something different in Puglia. We are very pleased we did as we had a wonderful time in this unique region and property. We didn't know much about Puglia before we went, and were therefore very grateful for the owner, Peter's detailed recommendations and responses to our enquiries from the outset. The property is easily reached from either Bari or Brindisi airport and is 20mins drive from some great beaches and towns. Peter provided us with a list of recommended restaurants and places to see and each of his recommendations was excellent and we had great fun exploring the region. The property itself is a peaceful haven with expansive outdoor area with plenty of activities for kids and adults. The pool area is large and well maintained. There house and villa are both very well appointed in terms of facilities and cleanliness and it provides very flexible accommodation for groups of families, friends sharing. We had three generations staying at the property and it worked very well. There are plenty of outdoor locations well set-up for meals (by the pool, in the villa courtyard, by the pizza oven) which allows for great variety throughout the stay. Each bedroom is en-suite which is also an added bonus in a property of this size. We loved exploring the nearby town of Ceglie M, as well as Ostuni, Caravigno and Lecce (a little further afield). Driving around the region is very easy. We had two great days with the family at Guna Beach Club which is a 30 min drive and is a lovely beach club for the family to set up camp for the day. All in all we had a super stay and would recommend to others. Many thanks to Peter and his team for making us feel welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful peaceful retreat, excellent facilities

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place, every detail has been thought of; amazing music system that plays outside and inside to help you set the mood of your holiday, different spots to eat and relax throughout the property and plenty of activities to keep everyone amused!

A peaceful retreat with everything provided so you don't really have to leave! There are plenty of quiet corners under shady trees or in the sun for everyone to relax and find a space as well as different communal places to eat, drink and enjoy each others company. We loved the hammocks especially! There are plenty of places to eat; the pool terrace for lunch, the courtyard for a bbq and the terrace beside the pizza oven. Roof terrace and sunken roof terrace great for sundowners and after dinner drinks.

The rooms are well appointed, would be nice to have aircon in all the bedrooms but fans are very appreciated and do help in the summer heat.

The children loved the covered seating area by the pool and spent many hours lazing there reading and drinking and chatting long after the adults had given in for the day!

Short drive to local town where there is a good supermarket and local shops not to mention a great gelateria. We hired a boat for the day from Monopoli harbour which was about 45 mins away - a great day out with great memories made which we will never forget. Ostuni about 15 mins away and well worth a visit, pretty old town.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Suzi. So please you and your family had such great holiday and made the most of all that Bellavista and the surrounding area had to offer. As of next summer all the bedrooms will have air conditioning in addition to the fans.
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Didn't we have a lovely week in Puglia

  • 5 of 5

We have just enjoyed one of our best holidays ever here and would heartily recommend it to anybody wanting to get a little bit off the beaten track in Southern Italy.

Although it is less than half an hour’s drive away from the sea - and considerably nearer historic old hilltop towns like Ostuni and Ceglie and their bustling open-air markets, narrow streets, pretty squares and surprisingly inexpensive family restaurants serving great local cuisine - the Bella Vista estate itself is so well-appointed we could very easily have not ventured outside its gates for the duration of our stay and still had the most wonderful time!

The exceptionally comfortable villa and its adjoining barn lacked for nothing. With bedrooms (and bathrooms) enough to serve at least ten couples we immediately realised that it would be perfect for an extended family trip with children in tow. Maybe next year for that?

As it was we went in a party of six adults at the beginning of June just as the weather began to get nicely hot and were able to spend as much time together by the pool as we wanted or else lose ourselves in the various sheltered nooks and crannies which are a feature of the estate. And even the most unsporting of us enjoyed coming together in the late afternoon to play boules, badminton or pitch and putt prior to lighting up the barbecue or the authentic outdoor pizza oven.

Not surprisingly none of us wanted to go home!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

PERFECT LOCATION AND PERFECTLY RELAXING

  • 5 of 5

There are so many different places to chill out, relax and enjoy the hill top view that we found it increasingly difficult to summon the energy to leave the property and the gorgeous pool - (favourite is the Moroccan rooftop lounge!) but when we did we were rewarded with some great local entertainment, brilliant markets and a ridiculous number of gorgeous restaurants in any of the surrounding hill top towns, all within 10 or 20 minutes drive

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolutely fabulous

  • 5 of 5

We had an exceptional holiday at Bella vista. The villas are set in large grounds with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.We were staying as a group of friends and the facilities and the layout of the property was first class. There are so many areas to eat, drink and relax that there is always a place to sit as a group and always a place to escape with a book. The property is maintained to a high standard as can be seen by the photographs on the site which reflect the real charm and versatility of the place.The pool is beautiful and looks quite spectacular when lit up in the evening.

We had a really relaxing holiday here and would definitely recommend it to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Ceglie Messapica, Puglia

Rental Basis:
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1/18
23 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
6 night minimum stay
£3,300
for 6 nights
From
£550
£3,850
 
 
2/18
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£4,900
for 7 nights
From
£700
 
 
3/18
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
£3,300
for 6 nights
From
£550
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

There is a £400 security deposit payable with the final rental payment and returned within 7 days of departure after full inspection of the property.
Wood for the pizza oven and fire-pirs can be purchased at the property if required.

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