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Villa with Large Pool in 2.5 acres. Beautifully Renovated. Wi-Fi.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,654 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa near Martina Franca, Puglia, Italy - Perfect Location for Exploring Unspoilt Puglia's Lovely Towns and Resorts

Casa Settembre is a luxury villa in a rural location. Totally renovated. There are two large airy bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, sitting room and two bathrooms. Large 12m x 6m pool. Thick walls make it cool in summer and cosy in winter. Full central heating and wood burning stove. Set in 2.5 acres of orchard, gardens and woodland, it is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday and for exploring this fascinating region of Italy. The beautiful Baroque town of Martina Franca is about 10 minutes drive away and there you will find fantastic restaurants, an impressive cathedral, a vibrant market and excellent shops. The magical trulli capital, Alberobello, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is about 20 minutes drive. Casa-Settembre is midway between lovely beaches on the Adriatic coast and sandy beaches in the Gulf of Taranto, on the Ionian Sea. International airports, Brindisi and Bari both about 60 minutes away. Guests in this villa have exclusive use of the private pool whilst they are on site.

The villa has two trulli and is extremely comfortable and well equipped. There is Wi-Fi, television with Sky, DVD player and DVD library.

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John Messer
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018

About John Messer

We are a recently retired couple with a grown up family and grandchildren living in England.

Susie is a painter and John says he is a gardener and as Puglia is 'the garden of Italy' both of us find plenty of opportunity to hone our skills.

John Messer purchased this villa in 2006

Why John Messer chose Martina Franca

We moved to live permanently in southern Italy in 2006 and chose Puglia for its friendly people, delightful trulli, peaceful rural life and wonderful beaches. We love it here. The local wines from Salento and Maduria as well as the fresh fish, cheese and meats and the abundant, local vegetables and fruit of our area are delicious. The famous, regional dish of fave and cicoria is not to be missed!

With easy flights into the two main airports of Bari and Brindisi we often see our family, two grown up sons and two grandchildren. Our grandchildren can never wait to be here. We are not quite sure if we are the attraction or the pool is!

Our property is on a plateau, the Murge, well above the summer baking plains of Taranto and Fasano so we invariably have a gentle, cooling breeze.

What makes this villa unique

Our property is very peacefully and conveniently located. The loudest sound is usually the gentle peal of cow bells. Although in the country, we are five minutes by car from one of the loveliest towns, Martina Franca with its many restaurants, shops and cafes. The villa has cool, tiled floors throughout, two trullo cones and high barrel vaulted ceilings to keep you cool. Clean white walls, crisp white sheets and fluffy white towels help to keep guests comfortable. The villa has been renovated to a very high standard and is very well equipped. Our secure parking, boule court under shady trees, outdoor table tennis and a bigger than usual private pool, means that we offer our guests the best facilities. We have two and a half acres of orchard, gardens and woods to explore.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Quotes from our visitors' book 2013.

'Casa Settembre has been the perfect place to relax, unwind, and forget our hectic lives back in the UK. John and Susie are wonderful hosts - unobtrusive, yet always welcoming when we had a question. We would highly recommend Casa Settembre to any of our friends wanting to explore this wonderful part of Italy' (Alison, Chris, Rebecca and Ben)

'We have stayed in many villas over the years and this has been voted the best by the whole family. It has everything you need to make a lovely, relaxing family holiday including excellent hosts!' (Liz, Mark, Isaac and Esme)

'We have had a wonderful two weeks. We have done less exploring than we first planned, preferring the immediate and tranquil surroundings of Casa Settembre. We cannot fault it. The swimming pool is magnificent.' (Steve, Clare, Henry and Felix)
Jan 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Martina Franca in Province of Taranto

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1654 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Wash Basin, Hip Bath with shower over
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Wash basin
  • White tiled, modern shower with wc, bidet, washbasin. Blue bathroom with hip bath, shower attachment, wc, wash basin and bidet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 + cot (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 large and airy with king size double bed. Bedroom 2 large double room with twin beds. Single occasional armchair/sofa bed. Cot available on request. Crisp, white cotton sheets and fluffy towels. Swimming towels also provided. Very comfortable rooms with ample storage.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The villa has been renovated to a very high standard. Very safe and secure with gated parking. Suitable for children. Very thick trullo walls help to keep the interior cool in summer and cosy in winter. Full central heating. This is a no smoking site. Owners on site to offer guidance and advice if needed. This is a peaceful, luxuriously appointed villa, perfect for exploring Puglia. Outside: Large 12m x 6m private pool and sun terrace, extensive orchards and woods. Barbecue, patio dining, sun loungers and chairs, access to roof area. Outdoor table tennis and boule court under shady trees. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Crisp, white cotton sheets and fluffy towels provided weekly. Beach/pool towels also provided weekly.


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Villa with Large Pool in 2.5 acres. Beautifully Renovated. Wi-Fi.
average rating of 4.9 based on 31 reviews

Everything you could wish for......and more!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Settembre is sublime. The location perfect for exploring the surrounding area. The villa extremely well appointed and ideal for lazy days in the gardens or around the pool. John and Susie are perfect hosts. Very knowledgeable about the area. Attentive without being intrusive. Helpful when help was needed.

The Trullo house is a delight. Cool and comfortable in a warm environment but with the option of heating should that be required. Bedrooms are spacious and bathrooms convenient. The kitchen is well equipped and the open plan lounge and dining area well furnished.

The area is interesting with a variety of splendid and accessible towns, villages, nature reserves and beaches within easy reach.

Cafes and restaurants abound and local produce provides excellent cuisine. Local supermarkets are within easy reach and parking generally cheap and convenient.

In summary. If you like variety, exploring or simply lazy days, this delightful villa is for you. As well travelled people, we rate this villa and it’s owners one of the very best! Thank you John and Susie. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear, dear Chris, Jill, Michael and Georgie, It is really great that our efforts to provide a great holiday home are so fully appreciated. We loved having you to stay and thoroughly enjoyed our all to brief chats. It would have been interesting to explore the Sassoon connection a bit further and to find out more about Hong Kong. Ah well, perhaps another time. Thank you so much for leaving the villa in such an immaculately pristine condition. You make a truly lovely foursome. Hope you have loads more exciting explorations. All best wishes, John and Susie.
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Beautiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

John and Suzie have a beautiful villa which was perfect for our honeymoon. We spent four days in Florence before heading to Martina Franca for 10 days exploring and relaxing by the pool. The villa is very well equipped and furnished to a high standard. The pool and gardens are lovely and private,but we knew our hosts would be available if we needed them.

The welcome pack was much appreciated after our long journey.

The villa is ideally located for the local restaurants and exploring the area.

We would highly recommend this villa and hope to return again.

Thank you John and Suzie so glad we chose your wonderful villa.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had such a lovely honeymoon. We would welcome you back anytime.
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Delightful, quiet trulli with wonderful pool

  • 4 of 5

Just what we wanted - an out of the way escape in a lovely trulli. Only 5 minutes drive to nearest restaurants and 10 minutes to the beautiful town of Martina Franca (which is the best of the 5 traditional Puglian towns in the area). A great spot for mixing relaxation with exploring Puglia!

The wonderful pool (bigger than most) was a particularly big hit with the kids. As was the food.

Our trulli hosts were also very helpful with advice on local restaurants and sites.

All in, we loved our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you loved your stay and found everything so delightful. It really is a great place for both tranquil relaxation at the villa and adventurous exploration of Puglia. We rated you as five star guests.
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great place

  • 5 of 5

A lovely quiet holiday close to Puglia's lovely hilltop towns in a lovely property. John and Suzie very welcoming and helpful - had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a happy holiday. Yes, this part of Puglia really is an unspoilt treasure.
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Wonderful villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a great relaxing holiday, the villa gardens and pool were fantastic and the owners John and Susie where lovely and very helpful. Martina Franca is a lovely town with plenty of good restaurants and great atmosphere when it comes alive at night.

Tom Stewart

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes, Martina Franca is such a vibrant town isn't it. There's always something going on. We love living here. It really is a slice of paradise.
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Martina Franca - Villa Settembre

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely spotlessly clean and spacious trulli run by a wonderful couple originally from England (John & Susie). The place is little out of the town but close enough for a quick drive in to see the sights and take in the old town which is beautiful. A good central base for the whole of Puglia too. The place is tranquil with its own pool and entertainment so is fabulous for a restful break should you decide to just relax instead. Highly recommended if your standards are high for accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, it really is a great place to unwind, isn't it? Sky blue sunny skies, clear sparkling water in the pool, quiet corners of tranquility - it all adds up to peace, perfect peace. Who could want for anything more? So glad you enjoyed staying here. We'd really love to see you again.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bari and Brindisi
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Martina Franca
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Martina Franca
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Martina Franca
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Lido Azzuro
Car: necessary


Lovely beaches and lidos either on Adriatic coast - about 20 miles away, or Ionian Sea, again about 20 miles away.


Car essential. Two international airports, Brindisi or Bari, both within easy distance. Car hire available from either and car can be collected from one and dropped off at the other. Some guests find flights to Rome or Naples more convenient and drive from there.


The centre of Martina Franca is about 3 miles away. It is a beautiful Baroque town where you can sit with a coffee or a wine and watch the world go by. There is a magnificent cathedral, excellent restaurants and lovely shops. Alberobello, a must, is about 10 miles away. There are wonderful walks through the Bosco delle Pianelle nature reserve 6 miles away.

Further Details:

Martina Franca boasts small supermarkets, fruit, vegetable stalls, pizzerias and a wide range of restaurants in town as well as excellent shopping for stylish Italian clothes and shoes. One can dine in any one of the many restaurants in Martina Franca cheaply and extremely well. For example the top end restaurants, with food all locally sourced, will cost around €30 per head including a litre or two of the wonderful, local Primitivo wine. One of the best pizzarias in Italy serves piazza by the metre with a choice of three flavours on it and charges around €10. Good fun and great for children. There is a weekly enormous, bustling market on Wednesdays full of every conceivable type of goods; clothes, shoes, meat, vegetables, fish and dairy goods. There is a beautiful, newly renovated hotel and restaurant a few minutes drive or walk up the road. For those who enjoy exploring the historic centres of the local hilltop towns or a visit to the vast Pianelle Forest is a must. The forest is particularly wonderful in Spring and Autumn. We can provide maps and compasses. Sturdy shoes are essential. You can hire bicycles from the visitors' centre for just €3.50 per hour. Abandoned farmsteads and ancient trulli, alongside caves that were inhabited by stone age man and more recently local brigands, can be discovered along the tracks. A large water park is about ten minutes drive away. There is a really good go-kart track which is also about ten minutes drive away. To explore the enchanting Valle D'Itria electric bicycles, with a maximum speed of 25 kph, can be hired in Martina Franca. Cycle hire and horse riding are available for the more energetic. The whole area is steeped in history, mystery and legend.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Martina Franca, Puglia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid B
17 Jun 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
15 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Later Summer
2 Sep 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Summer/Autumn
24 Sep 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas 2018/19
17 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
1 Jan 2019 - 14 Jan 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
15 Jan 2019 - 9 Mar 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Spring
10 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
31 Mar 2019 - 4 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer
6 May 2019 - 24 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer 1
25 May 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Summer 2
15 Jun 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
13 Jul 2019 - 7 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
8 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Later Summer
29 Sep 2019 - 26 Oct 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Autumn
27 Oct 2019 - 23 Nov 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Winter
24 Nov 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Your reservation will be confirmed on receipt of your deposit. Your deposit confirms that all persons intending to occupy the villa accept these terms and conditions.
REFUNDABLE SECURITY DEPOSIT A refundable security deposit of €200 will be required to cover damages and/or any additional water or cleaning requirements. This is conditionally refundable and cash should be paid on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection. Any defects found on arrival must be reported to the owners within 24 hours or you may be held liable. The villa must be checked on your departure and any damage or excessive cleaning required will be deducted from the security deposit.
WATER Water is scarce in Southern Italy. It is not advisable to drink it from taps as it is topped up by tanker, rural aqueduct and rainwater from the roof. Please, therefore, use water wisely.
LIABILITY We accept no responsibility whatsoever for personal injury, loss or damage to persons or personal effects however caused. Please supervise children and young people in the grounds and do not allow them to climb the steps to the roof terrace or use the pool unsupervised.
SWIMMING POOL Use of the swimming pool is strictly at your own risk. No liability will be accepted for injuries, illness or accidents howsoever caused as a result of its use. For your own peace of mind, please do not allow children to use or play near the swimming pool unsupervised. No glass or sharp objects of any kind are allowed in the pool area. Plastic cups/glasses are available. Please remember that the pool has a deep area. Guests are asked to avoid the use of sun creams prior to using the pool.
SECURITY During your stay or whenever you leave the property, for your own security, you are expected to ensure that the front door and the back door are locked, all windows closed and the gates locked. Please do not leave valuables unattended.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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