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Set on an Acre of Private Land, Pool, BBQ, walled citrus garden, olive grove



Updated: 06-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Villa near Cutrofiano, Lecce, Puglia - Set in the Idyllic Salento Peninsula

Villa 'Casa blanca' is in beautiful grounds and set back from the road. It is ideal for a peaceful private stay but also only 2 miles from both Cutrofiano and Collepasso. The coast is nearby, the closest beach being in Galipoli only 15 mins drive away. Other cities such as Otranto are a short distance from the villa, as are ancient caves, the tip of the boot, Santa Maria de Leuca and the baroque jewel Lecce. At the front of the property is a patio covered by a grapevine whilst the back citrus garden contains lemons, limes, oranges, figs and pomegranates. Behind the garden is a small olive grove.

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About the Owner

Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
6 June, 2017

Why Rory chose Lecce province

We really fell in love with Italy from the first time we visited

17 Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)


Spacious, relaxed villa, well placed to explore the area

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time here. The villa is really spacious and the open plan kitchen/living area works very well. The pool provided welcome early morning and evening dips and it was also lovely to eat out on the patio and read/lounge under the trees in the garden. A great 'goody bag' greeted us which saved our lives when we arrived - many thanks for that! The villa is really well placed to explore the area. Highlights for us were Gallipoli, Lecce, Otranto, Castro (including a boat trip), Matera (a longish drive - wouldn't have done it with young children) and the many different beaches, from wide sandy ones to little rocky coves. It feels like real value for money in terms of the space that you get. Dave was very responsive and helpful too. Thanks for helping us to have a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house in a peaceful area.

  • 4 of 5

A lovely house in a peaceful area, very well managed by Rory and of course Dave! We would certainly return.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the kind review. It is really appreciated. We would love to welcome you back any time to Villa Casa Blanca.
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Amazing villa for our family holiday!!

  • 4 of 5

We arrived earlier than scheduled, but dave was great and had pretty much everything sorted. We had problems with a hire car and so got taxi transfers instead. When we got to our villa, Dave sorted out a hire car for us snd drove us to collect it. He went above and beyond. The villa itself was quite isolated (nearest shope 50min walk/5/10min drive ) , but had everything you needed and actually the quiet was lovely! Fridge had milk, eggs, butter and jam etc.. and the all important bottle of wine! The back garden was lovely for sunbathing complete with shadey areas that the kids enjoyed. The pool was lovely if not a little chilly at first due to end of season. We enjoyed the front patio, enjoying breakfasts and lunch etc out there and a few evening drinks. The villa had all towels etc that you could need. We visited the local town of cutrofiano and enjoyed pizza at arnolds and Ice cream and delicious cakes over at snoopy bar! We enjoyed Gallipoli, especially the less popular beach areas complete with free parking. It was a lovely sandy beach which the kids loved with lots of large rocks providing shade the waters were clear blue. The labratory in town has the most amazing cakes! We also visited lecce and muro, sightseeing and enjoying local foods and more gelato!! Castro is a must as swimming in that cove was by far one of the best highlights..although not great for kids or elderly. Would totally recommend the villa and area to others!! We didnt want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for that fantastic review of our villa. We are especially glad that you enjoyed the gardens, pool and the stunning surroundings. We are indeed 3.5km from Cutrofiano, and so we provide bicycles to enjoy the flat roads into town if our guests fancy a change from driving. Thank you again for your review and please do consider staying with us again when you return to beautiful Puglia.
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Lovin'' Puglia

  • 4 of 5

The house was exactly as described by Rory- very clean, a lovely pool area and plenty of outside secure space , both in and out of shade. It was very hot while we were there, so the many shaded spots were in high demand , as were the ceiling fans! Contact with Rory was easy as all emails were responded to quickly and in a helpful manner. Dave met us at the house and showed us around. We spent the week exploring the area- Cutrofiano itself was great at night. We were lucky enough to be there for the concerts in the square - amazing entertainment for €3!!! And as for pizzeria Mauro!!! Delicious.!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful villa - a perfect base for exploring

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Villa Casa Blanca (we are a family of four with two boys aged 14 and 11). The villa was easy to find due to the superb directions and we were greeted on arrival by Dave who is very friendly and helpful. A great welcome pack awaited us with all the essentials and a bottle of local wine. The villa is spotlessly clean, comfortable and well-equipped. It's bright and spacious and set in lovely grounds with a citrus orchard to the rear and a patio area at the front with BBQ, table and chairs - perfect for outdoor breakfast or evening meals as there is outside lighting. It was brilliant having the pool and outdoor shower (both areas spotlessly clean). All the beds were very comfortable and there was plenty of linen and towels provided. The nearest town is Cutrofiano ( a couple of minutes drive) where you can find supermarkets, shops, post office and restaurants. Maglie and Gallipoli are worth a visit and Lecce is a must (beautiful, stunning architecture)! We also spent a lovely evening at the port in Brindisi. The beaches we visited were beautiful with white sand and warm crystal clear sea. We loved the area and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Villa Casa Blanca as a fantastic place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our villa, and got to see the beautiful surrounding towns and villages. The beaches are some of the best in Europe! Best Regard Rory
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Fantastic vial i

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time at Rory's villa, it is in a great location, accessible to both coasts in 30 - 40 mins. Rory is a great host and made sure everyone was ready for us as well as an amazing welcome fridge of bread, milk, water and other treats. Dave who lives nearby was very helpful when we needed him but that wasn't much. The pool is just right and big enough for a play and dip. Our kids are 15 and 19 and it was great for even them. After a day at the beach it was lovely to come back to. The garden area is lovely and there is a great outside space to relax, sunbathe and eat. We explored the nearby towns. They come alive after 8pm and we experienced some alarming cultural celebrations in various places while we were there. It does very busy at the beaches in the middle of August with Italians visiting from all over so get to them early. The coastal areas are also stunningly beautiful with warm, clear and clean sea. All in all, I recommend both Rory as an owner and host and his villa as well as the area of Puglia.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: On behalf our family (and Dave!), please accept our gracious thanks for this review. We really want to ensure that guests enjoy their stay and we are very happy that you have done so. It is also fantastic to hear that you explored the area, as Salento has some of the best beaches in Italy. It does get busy in August, but that is also when the villages really come alive in the evenings with plenty of festivities. We would love for you to come and stay with us again some time. Best Regards Rory
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From the Owner

We really fell in love with Italy from the first time we visited

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Brindisi at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Jack n Jill, Cutrofiano at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Brindisi at 50 Kilometres Nearest Train : Corigliano D'Otranto at 7 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Lecce-Maglie Motorway at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Nobilterra at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Galipoli at 18 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We can organise Italian cooking lessons on request.


Only 15 minutes to the Ionian coast (Gallipoli) and 25 minutes to the Adriatic coast (Otranto). The Salento peninsula has the largest number of unspoilt beaches in Italy.


45 minutes from Brindisi airport (Ryanair from Stansted). 120 minutes from Bari airport (Ryanair from Stansted, BA from Gatwick).


3km from Cutrofiano, 3km from Collepasso, 18km from Gallipoli. Situated in Salento, the 'high heel of Italy’s boot', in the very south-east of the country, within the larger region of Puglia (or Apulia as it is sometimes called in English).

Further Details:

This is a perfect area for cycling, as it is extremely flat. We have two adult bikes for use at the property. Please enquire as part of your booking

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Apr-Jun 17
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Jul 17
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Aug 17
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Sep 17
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Oct 17
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Deposit of 30% of the total cost of your holiday will be required to secure the reservation. Total cost should be paid no later than 8 weeks before start of your holiday. Upon receipt of full payment we will provide you with a comprehensive information pack containing local information, directions and contact numbers of people and services. A refundable security deposit of £150 is payable payable when total payment is due, to cover loss/non return of keys, damages, breakages or extra cleaning.

Changeover Day:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 06-Jun-2017


Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with modern walk-in shower.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Living room with double sofabed.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...


  • Notes on accommodation: Please let us know in advance if a high chair or cot is required. Outside: Front patio with grapevine covering, back patio in walled citrus garden. Private outside shower, BBQ, dining furniture at front with parasol, dining furniture at back with parasol. Extra parasol for beach provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh towels, inc beach towels and linen are provided and included in the cost. Extra linen is provided during your stay. If further cleaning is required during your stay, please contact us.