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Restored Trullo Farmhouse With Pool In Idyllic Location



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Trullo in San Marco, Locorotondo, Bari, Puglia, Italy - A Magical Property With Stunning Views Over Open Countryside To The Sea

Trullo San Marco is a delightful, recently restored traditional trulli farmhouse with a private pool, sleeping up to 12 people in 4/6 bedrooms. A magical property with the most amazing views over open countryside to the sea, it is on the edge of the little village of San Marco and also near fascinating old towns with good restaurants and only 20 minutes from the sea. Providing a perfect solution for two families or a larger family or group, this is an unusual villa as although it is a seven coned trullo, its main living room is a large converted coach-house with a high barrel ceiling so it is spacious without being spoilt by modern additions. All the original features have been preserved, but it is also well equipped with mod cons. This lovely villa is situated just a few minutes' walk from a small village in the countryside where you can buy everything you need including delicious local produce and fresh bread from a wood oven. Next door to the shop, opposite a mediaeval chapel, is an authentic little bar/cafe with snacks and ice creams at ridiculously cheap prices. Trullo San Marco is also near the small town of Locorotondo (officially listed as 'one of the most beautiful in Italy' and Alex 'Secret Italy' Polizzi's favourite place in Puglia) and within short driving distance of many of Puglia's prettiest little hill towns like Cisternino, Ostuni, Martina Franca and the Trullo town of Alberobello.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I've spent thirty years making TV documentaries and have travelled widely both for work and holidays. We have a large extended family of four generations and needed a holiday home where large groups of us from great-grandparents to small babies could all be comfortably accommodated.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

What a trulli wonderful place! a real home away from home and yet so magical. The house was perfect for the 2 families, enough space for us all.We will be sure to recommend it to anyone heading your way ." Camilla

" The Trullo isfabulous and well equipped, we had a restful break in beautiful surroundings." L. K. London"We had a great time in your beautiful villa. All of us were impressed by the facility and the available equipment in the various rooms and in the kitchen. You can be sure that I'll recommend to all my friends." M. family "This is to let you know how much we enjoyed the delights of Pulia, San Marco and your trulli. the Trulli will be widely recommended." P+H. Conor"We had a lovely time in your house. We really enjoyed San Marco - spent the following week just outside Casalini, not as nice and how we missed that shop!" Jonny H.

I just wanted to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at

your villa. I will certainly recommend it to my colleagues at work. Kalpana

"Trulli, Trulli, Trulli lovely. Loved the location, the slow pace of life and perfect house for a group of friends and family. Thank you." Steve, Sandy and Families.

"We had a wonderful holiday in the Trullo, it is a charming home and felt so authentically Italian - looking at the pictures on the walls of how it once was - you have done a fantastic job of renovating it. The local people were so friendly to us, we spent many a morning with cornetti and coffee in the local bar but ventured out to local towns and the beach during our stay also. Everything we could have needed was in the house and it was so lovely and cool inside despite the scorching sun outside." Penny and Family
Nov 2010
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


What a great place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic family holiday in this beautiful house in a great region new to us. There were four couples aged 29 to 63 and all relaxing for a week. The pool was fantastic and the views sublime. It got stormy later in the week (the lightening was rather exciting) but that gave us a chance to visit the spectacular towns in the region and take advantage of all the culinary specialities. Everything was just great and the advice on what to see and do from the owner was really useful.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you all had a good holiday. We enjoy sharing our love of Puglia with people who've not been before.
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Just lovely

  • 5 of 5

We (a family of 5 - kids 12, 9 and 7) treated ourselves to this very special holiday over the May half term 2016. Right from the start the owner was attentive and helpful providing lots of information on the villa and on the local area, responding very quickly to emails we sent asking for their advice. On arrival we were met by the local agent who was also friendly and helpful. The villa itself I couldn't fault, very well equipped, clean and tidy with lovely, homely decor. The pool also is great - just the right size for us - the kids were in it most of the time having such fun. We concluded that the end of May is a good time to go for us - the weather was great but not too hot, the local area is rich in flora and fauna - there's so much to see - and the most magical smell of jasmine and honeysuckle filled the air in the garden, accompanied by the sound of bees. Locorotondo and the surrounding area offers loads to do. We were not short of places to visit with mornings spent mooching around a local town or city ( Ostuni, Monopoli, or the caves at Castellana Grotte) and then in the afternoon exploring the coast - great for snorkelling with the kids in the shallow clear,calm waters of the Adriatic - particularly lovely at Polignano a Mare. The locals, too, were all very friendly and helpful and welcomed our attempts at Italian, filling in when we were out of our depth. We spent most of our money in the local shop with its lovely cheeses, meats and local products. This is a place we'd love to come back to and to bring more of the family to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words. We would be more than delighted for you to come back again with friends and family and share our love of Puglia and especially San Marco.
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A 'Trulli' Sumptuous Taste of Italy

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at this beautiful trulli and would love to return. Two families went and in total there were nine of us. This part of Italy is stunning with fantastic weather and numerous whitewashed towns. The trulli itself is in a village called San Marco which is a small and quiet agricultural, working village in the region of Puglia. The trulli is full of character with many original features. When we arrived, the English property manager showed us around and was very friendly and helpful offering advice about local places we could visit etc. There was plenty of space in the trulli for all of us and was very well equipped, inside (board games, wi-fi, TVs, books etc) and outside (sun loungers, umbrellas, inflatables, outside shower etc) The trulli has a roof terrace which has gorgeous views and the outside dining area is sheltered with a bbq and outside sink. There is a local shop with very friendly and helpful owners. It is less than a five minute walk from the trulli. You can get everything you need there from local cheeses and meats to washing powder and alcohol! There are many local towns which are definitely worth a visit; Alberobello which has many trullis and is a UNESCO world heritage site, Locorotondo, a beautiful historic town with a labyrinth of white alleys, Martina Franca, another beautiful old town surrounded by stone walls with lots of piazzas and narrow, winding streets and Ostuni, built on top of a hill and commonly referred to as "the White Town" ("La Città Bianca") for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Another place worth visiting are the Castellana caves where you can go on a guided tour of the caves. We also visited a local water park called Acqua Splash which was close to Alberobello and was perfect for the age range of children we had (5-10 years). All of these places are close to the trulli and can be reached by car in under half an hour or so. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the peaceful poolside, there are many beautiful beaches too. The food was amazing and we ate out at many fine restaurants. The owners have helpfully left notes in the trulli detailing local restaurants and places to visit. This trulli is to be highly recommended and is home from home. It was our first visit to Italy and has definitely given us a taste and we wouldn't hesitate to return!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Italian Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our two girls spent a glorious week at this beautiful trullo.

The secluded peaceful location was just what we needed to unwind before the arrival of our third child.

The girls would have spent the whole week in the swimming pool if they could but we managed to convince them to try one of the amazing beach locations for the day which we all enjoyed, padding in the sea and collecting shells. Even though we don't speak Italian we always found somewhere to eat or drink with a waiter or waitress happy to use their English skills.

We would love to return one day to explore the coast line some more and indulge in the fresh sea food and lovely fine wine which we sampled only a small amount!

Another outing we would recommend is the Zoo Park, a fun packed day which is fabulous for anyone with or without children.

We found ourselves shopping at the local shop just a walk away for our supplies (wine, beer, ice cream etc.) and enjoyed some fantastic sunset dinners in the pergola area.

Anyone who visits this part of the world and stays in this home from home will book again I am sure.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic trullo

  • 5 of 5

This was an ideal holiday for us - the trullo easily fitted our two families with separate bathrooms and kitchens and it was all impeccable when we arrived. The kids spent most of the time in the pool which was very clean and well maintained. The pool looks out over the countryside at the edge of the village and you get even better views from the roof terrrace, which also has a separate ensuite double room. The trullo - actually eight trulli combined into one - is very beautiful and tastefully decorated, but it has a real family feel. The village has its own shop and bar, and everyone we met was very friendly. There are some lovely towns nearby with some outstanding restaurants and the beaches are a short drive away. Altogether a fantastic holiday home. We can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a wonderful week!

  • 5 of 5

Hello James and Jenny! I have been wanting to write since the first morning we woke up in your gorgeous trullo but havent had time until now that we are home, what a trulli wonderful place! (ha ha) And the love and thought that you have put into it is so appreciated, we felt so comfortable, a real home away from home and yet so magical and different from our normal life. It almost made me want to move to England so we can holiday there every year!! That is the one (only?!) problem with Australia, too far from everywhere else!! The house was perfect for the 2 families, enough space for us all and of course the Wii, DVD and satellite TV were well used, especially when another Irishman won the golf… We were very pleased to have left our youngest in London though I realise he would have been well catered for there, but not nearly as relaxing with him around! And Puglia was everything I had hoped and more, such fantastic food, beautiful towns and still so low-key without the hordes of people and glamour you find in other parts and that are not at all what we want at this time in our life. I hope it manages to retain its charm in the years to come and doesn’t get to over-run when the masses start coming as they are bound to do.

All your recommendations were taken up though we never got to Lido Bizarro though found a couple of others that suited us fine and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the beaches and water, we enjoyed them very much and was a nice change from the pool (which was well used, don’t worry!) The week went so fast, we didn’t get to the Arco Antico restaurant until our last night which was a shame as we could easily have eaten there a few times, such wonderful food and so CHEAP!! Coming from Sydney where everything is so expensive now we really couldn’t believe it… you are so lucky to have such as great place as your ‘local’… I could go on and on, but must reserve special thanks to Comasia who did her best to help me when I unexpectedly woke up on the morning of our departure with a seriously bad back problem that had me bent over like an old lady and barely able to move! Please tell her we did make our flight and the very kind Dr at the Pronto Soccorso in the airport gave me something that worked like magic and by the time I got to london was (almost) like new… apologies to her if we didn’t have things quite as spick and span as I would have liked when she and cleaners arrived.

Anyway, once again, thank you for letting us enjoy your

  • Review Submitted: Jan 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

When we decided to buy a holiday home we thought long and hard about all the lovely places we'd enjoyed visiting and Puglia - especially the Itria valley came out top. Beautiful countryside, fascinating old towns, every kind of beach, food and wine and friendly people - it ticks all the boxes.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Brindisi or Bari at 41 Miles Nearest Barpub : Bar San Marco at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : Brindisi at 41 Miles Nearest Golf : at 11 Miles Nearest Train : Locorotondo at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : A14 at 50 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Arco Antico at 800 Metres Nearest Beach : Savelletri at 11 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

A list of bookable services including meals at the house, cookery lessons, boating, cycling, tours etc is sent to all guests before arrival and a copy is at the Trullo. Most enjoyed by everybody is the Pasta making evening with a local expert and her daughter which includes a 4 course traditional meal (including your handmade pasta) with wine, cooked and served at the Trullo.


20 minutes drive to nearest beach. For beach lovers there are miles of unspoilt coastline, from rocky coves for snorkelling to long stretches of white sand with crystalline water. Choose between family friendly lidos or natural dunes in wildlife areas. 15 minutes to fishing village with waterside fish restaurants. 20 minutes to brand new aquapark with pools and slides for all ages


Nearest airports are Bari and Brindisi each about 50 minutes drive with flights from Stansted, (Ryanair) , Gatwick (BA and Easyjet) and Heathrow (Alitalia). Car hire is recommended. NB: there is little need to bring more than carry-on luggage as the house is well equipped and a well stocked village shop and pharmacy are within walking distance.


Few minutes walk to local food shop and cafe/ice cream bar and pharmacy. Just over half a mile walk to good, inexpensive local restaurant /pizzeria. Short drive to beautiful old towns like Alberobello (UNESCO World Heritage Site) Locorotondo, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Ostuni. 15 minutes drive to Safari Park and Theme park with Dolphinarium, rides etc. 20 minutes to well preserved remains of Roman town (Egnazia- a mini Pompeii.) 20 minutes to new Aquapark.

Further Details:

San Marco with a village shop/bakery, little bar, post office, pharmacy is a short walk away. The bar serves snacks, panini and panzerotti and delicious ice cream right into the late evening at very low prices. In the Summer there are charming dances held in the village centre. A good traditional restaurant which also serves wood oven pizzas and has tables in a garden is about 15 minutes walk away or 5 minutes drive. Locorotondo - one of Italy's officially recognised most beautiful small towns is 5km away. Cisternino, Martina Franca , Ostuni, Alberobello are also worth exploring. There is usually a festival on at one or other of these picturesque little towns at some time during the Summer. There are impressive caves at Castellana Grotte about 25 minutes away and the unique cave town of Matera, (like stepping back a thousand years in time) is about 40 minutes' drive away. For kids there is a Safari Park (Zoo Safari Fasano) and Theme Park (Fasanolandia) about 15 minutes drive away and a big new Aquapark about 20 mins away. We supply notes on the area , restaurants , sights etc when you enquire. There are lots of guide books and maps at the Trullo.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Sept October
6 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
winter 2016 to 17
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
April May 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May July 2017
20 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July August September 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
50% deposit payable at time of booking, balance 60 days before arrival.
Weekly cleaning and laundry contribution 100€ payable locally. From time to time there are special offers.

Changeover Day:
Saturday preferred but can be flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We spent years looking for the right property but fell in love with Trullo San Marco instantly. While it's a beautifully restored old trullo house with masses of character, it's also unusually spacious so that different family groups can spread out in their own parts of the house. Crucially, its one structure so that no one has to cross a courtyard to get to the bedrooms as is often the case with larger trullo properties. The location is spectacular with views across olive groves and woodland to the sea. Despite the tranquility of the setting it's just a five minute walk to a sleepy Puglian village with friendly neighbours, a wonderfully well stocked local shop, a bar, an excellent and good value restaurant/pizzeria and open-air dances in the school yard.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...


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


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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 200 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure, Outdoor Shower
  • 2 x bathrooms both with baths/showers over, WC and bidets and hairdryer. One ensuite shower room with W.C. Shower room by the pool with hot and cold water and enclosed for privacy.


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/12 (6/7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: B 1 double bed. B 2 double bed. B 3 ( Room on roof) double bed and en-suite. B 4 double or single bed plus single sofa bed. B 5 double sofa bed. B6 single bed and single pull-out bed. B7 double sofa bed. There are three cots available.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: You enter the house through the hall, which also has a double sofa bed in a coned alcove. On the right there is a large dining room living room with a high barrel vaulted ceiling , originally a coach house, with exposed beams and fireplace and French doors opening to paved terracing. Off the sitting room is a large family suite of conical ceilinged rooms, made up of a double bedroom plus a large room which has a single/double bed and a single sofa bed and a further room with a single bed and pull out single bed. To the left of the entrance hall there is a coned double bedroom and a coned room with double sofa bed and a smaller kitchen opening onto a terrace garden with pergola and large dining table. Each suite of rooms has access to its own family bathroom. On the roof terrace with safety railings, accessed by gated external stairs , there is a romantic double bedroom with en-suite, a/c , fridge/TV/DVD and breathtaking panoramic views over olive groves and vineyards to the sea. Outside: Terrace garden with large table /chairs for outside dining under shady pergola with grape vine and jasmine. Barbecue, traditional bread/pizza oven. Private 8m by 4m pool with solar cover and enclosed hot/cold shower. Plenty of sun loungers (some portable to take to beach), three parasols and one portable parasol to take to beach. Small poolside table and chairs and poolside drinks trolley. Garden adjoins meadows, orchards and olive groves. Utility Room: Many toys, inflatables, child swimming aids. Electric air pump for inflatables. Snorkels. Child's buggy. Child's car seat. Sunloungers. Sunshades, poolside drinks table. Portable parasol windbreak beach chairs. Telescope for spotting passing ships. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen, table linen and towels etc included. Beach towels also included. Weekly cleaning and bed linen changing but spare bed linen and towels are available at the house. Cleaning can be more frequent if requested. Other: There is air conditioning and a fridge and TV/DVD player in the roof room, the rest of the house is cooled by its 5 ft thick stone walls. Mains Gas and Mains Water - big bonuses in this area (no changing gas bottles or running out of well water).

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