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

Bedrooms 2
Space 16,500 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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.

More Details

John Messer
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
4 April, 2017

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 Taranto

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 Puglia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 16500 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
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 + cot (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 large and airy with king size double bed. Bedroom 2 large double room with twin beds. 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.

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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in Italy and we chose to do a 2 centre holiday.

We visited Rome for a couple of days, crazy but excellent. Then we wanted a week of relaxation.

And if you are looking for shear relaxation, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then John and Suzies Trulli is absolutely the place.

The Trulli is gorgeous, loved it.We wanted to stay in one of these traditional houses, and we were not disappointed.

It is a home from home. Everything you need for a great holiday is provided.

A really well equipped kitchen, again, everything you need. The living area is very comfortable we a great choice of books(one of which I have since purchased since I came home)

We spent a lot of time by the beautiful pool, and If you are traveling with children you will struggle to tear them away from here. It's a great size with a diving board to boot!!

John and Suzie are the perfect hosts, always there if you need any support about the local area, or suggestions for restaurants etc. Genuinely lovely people(with some great bread making skills, thank you)

We had such a wonderfully relaxing holiday in your Trulli, thank you.

If you are reading this review and considering going to John and Suzies Trulli, we absolutely recommend you do. You can't fail to come away relaxed and wanting to move to Italy.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you had such a relaxing holiday and enjoyed staying at Casa Settmbre. We think that Puglia really is a very special area and clearly you did too. We still have guests swimming in the pool (mid October) in this little slice of paradise. Thank you for leaving the villa so clean and tidy. Come back soon!
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A wonderful, countryside oasis!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful week on this property. The traditional style vacation home was immaculate and well equipped with everything we needed. There was much attention to detail and we felt like we were at home! John and Suszie were gracious hosts and very helpful when asked about exploring the area. We are so grateful we found this little jewel. Thanks again!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It really was such a pleasure to have you here. Come back anytime. Enjoy the rest of your exploration of Puglia. Best wishes, John and Susie
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Amazing villa in idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

A stunning villa, absolutely perfect for a family holiday or a trip with friends. Beautiful location too, nice and rural and the nearby town was a fun day out as well.

Property was well looked after and we had no problems whatsoever. If you're looking for somewhere to escape to then this is ideal!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you enjoyed this lovely part of Itay. Yes, we think that Puglia is Paradise.
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What an amazing place....

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic week in Casa Settembre with our two teenage sons and have to agree with all of the previous comments made, this is truly an amazing place to stay and un-wind. The villa is beautiful, far bigger than the description suggests, immaculately clean and extremely well equipped. The welcome pack, including home made bread and local wine was a very nice touch. The villa is located a few kilometres from the centre of Martina Franca in a very quite, peaceful rural area. John and Susie were most welcoming, the perfect hosts, on hand to offer friendly advice. The large pool, table tennis table and the wifi kept our boys entertained. The gardens around the villa and pool are beautifully kept. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. It's great that we have such lovely families coming to stay. Yes, many guests have said that the villa is far bigger than they expected from the description and photographs. Maybe we need bigger photographs.
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Quiet retreat close to an interesting town

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 2 weeks at this comfortable house, which has been developed from a typical trulli dwelling. The house is full of character with high domed ceilings with arched supports and very thick walls .It is well furnished and has a well equipped kitchen, with a large patio for outside eating.It was clean and well maintained.Most of the outside space was available to guests, and we had exclusive use of the pool and most of the garden. The owners, John and Susie, had their own garden area, entrance gates etc. and so we only saw them when needed. They were most helpful with local information but were not intrusive.There was a lovely welcome pack on arrival, including home made bread, local wine, and provisions for an evening meal.The pool and pool area were large and private.The location of the house, several kilometers from Martina Franca,meant that there were lovely walks in wooded surroundings in the immediate vicinity but was close enough to the town for the market, shops and the evening stroll in the most interesting town centre. We thoroughly recommend this holiday venue.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. Yes, Martina Franca is a very interesting town, steeped in history and adorned with beautiful architecture. The intriguing maze of narrow lanes in the old town hide superb restaurants. We particularly love walking in the nearby forest in spring and autumn. It's also great to walk for miles along the beaches when they are virtually deserted out of season. It is now mid November and the days are still warm and sunny. Yes, we love it here.
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Absolutely Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

The villa is exactly as described and it really does provide five star comfort. It is spotlessly clean, immaculate in every respect and extremely well equipped. The photos don’t really do it justice, it is much larger than we expected. The extensive gardens and wooded areas are glorious. It really is an oasis of tranquillity. We found it very restorative. What better way for stressed out commuters to recover their equilibrium. The water in the magnificent pool sparkles a clear duck egg blue. The trulli in this part of ‘The Shire’ are magical. We half expected to meet Bilbo Baggins striding down the country lane outside the villa.

Our hosts, John and Susie, are extremely discreet and unobtrusive, in fact we only saw them when we wanted help with local knowledge. They clearly know the area well and were very helpful.

There are loads of excellent restaurants in and around the elegant town of Martina Franca. Our favourites were Torre di Angelucca and Osteria del Coco Pazzo. We also loved the Gran Caffe as it is a perfect place to watch the world go by whilst sitting in the sun having our morning coffee.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We also think that Martina Franca is elegant and it is really vibrant when it comes to life in the evenings. There are so many wonderful restaurants that it is always difficult to decide which one to choose. We are glad that you found the villa quiet and peaceful.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low A
23 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid A
28 May 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid B
19 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid C
3 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
24 Sep 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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.

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