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An Ancient Trullo With Pool Nestled With Views Over A Beautiful Private Valley

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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House in Cisternino, Brindisi, Puglia, Italy - Peaceful Location, Not Overlooked, Near To Cisternino And A 15 Minute Drive To The Nearest Coastline

TRULLO TERRABRONZATA lies secluded and close to the pretty and historic town of Cisternino. The location is very rural.

It successfully merges the traditional, centuries old Trullo construction with contemporary living on two levels featuring all modern comforts and crisp interior design with antique appointments.

There are two bathrooms and a further guest bathroom with a shower. A twin bedroom and two double bedrooms sleeping six are located to provide cooler conditions, with central heating for the colder months. The oak kitchen is a bespoke Mark Wilkinson design, with quality appliances. A dining room next to the kitchen seats six and leads on to a large elevated dining terrace seating ten, and seating area. The sitting room is lateral with the dining and kitchen.

There is a television (for DVD only/ library on site ) but also with hundreds of Italian channels ! We have a CD/Ipod docking system and Wi-Fi. The sitting area has the view over a front terrace. The pool and dining/sunbathing terraces are located within almost two acres of garden with ancient olives.

We have recently installed a large custom designed barbecue and naturally, had to have anther table ! With three external dining areas and one internal, we could almost sit 40 people now.

The pool is 10 x 5 metres and has an adjacent shower, and a large shades pergola area.

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Stephen Ryan
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
11 February, 2017

About Stephen Ryan

As international interior designers we had travelled extensively seeking a suitable location for a holiday home. We longed to have a quiet retreat where we could install a pool and enjoy nature. We chanced upon Puglia about five years ago, it ticked all the boxes. Hailing from Yorkshire, my partner fell in love with the 'dry stone' walls throughout the region. Yorkshire in the sun. As the 'foodie' I'd found heaven. Fresh and plentiful local produce, great daily markets, excellent local wines and of course golden olive oil. There is much to enjoy here. The locals are delightful, we have made wonderful friends including our builder. We still speak!

We have loved creating this house that we share with family, friends and guests and hope that everyone will enjoy, share and cherish our dream.

Stephen Ryan purchased this house in 2009

Why Stephen Ryan chose Brindisi area

Finally, a place in the sun. Puglia offers the lot; great people, rustic food, wonderful scenery and baroque 'wedding cake' architecture. We enjoy Italy's largest coastline with the both Adriatic and Ionian seas, one a 15 minute drive the other 40 minutes.

The house is set within 1.5 acres of land with ancient olive trees producing delicious golden oil. Our landscaping programme has recently added fruit trees and an almond orchard. We are peacefully located in the beautiful Valle d'Itria and overlook our 'own valley' beyond, yet the lovely historic town of Cisternino is very close. The town is very centrally placed,surrounded by beautiful historic towns and World Heritage protected sites. Access by car, is 40 minutes drive from Brindisi airport,50 minutes from Bari airport. We invite you to come, share and enjoy this loveliest part of Italy.

What makes this house unique

The property is extremely well sited in the beautiful, picturesque heartland of Puglia, the Itrian valley.

We enjoy a peaceful rural setting, out of sight of neighbours,off a quiet road near the historic centre of Cisternino.

We have enjoyed interior designing and decorating this house from the ancient Trulli structures and a contemporary extension that enjoys far reaching valley views from the raised dining pergola.

Lots of terraces to enjoy, and a discreetly sited pool with its pergola and bathing terraces.

The nearby towns all offer something special. Gastronomy in Ceglie Messapica, chic shopping in Martina Franca, pretty Locorotando, Ostuni and baroque Lecce and the amazing 'hobbit central' beauty of the trulli capital, Alberobello. Lovely beaches and 'lidi' are a scenic drive away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

" I would like to lay on the earth in a trullo with golden vaults above and dream there "

Gabriele D'Annunzio


***** Star quality ***** star company, and the decor speaks for itself. We had a wonderful time and honoured to be the first guests to enjoy your 'gem' in Puglia.

Beijos xx CP

Thank you very much S & M for a 'trulli Julie' holiday, you were both marvellous hosts and we enjoyed a very special time with you and W. & C.. Lots of love S. & S.

Trulli, trulli, madly, deeply fantastico . O. & L.

I'm so inspired for our own home, lovely to see you and meet some wonderful locals. Cant wait to visit again. P.S. loved the chairs. D.N.T. & H

Just wonderful ! Spending a memorable Christmas together in your most beautifully restored trulli. Congratulations and or heartfelt thanks. M.& R.

The house is amazing, the countryside breathtaking, the trips to Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce made us understand how special this part of Italy is. Maravilhosa R.

What a wonderful setting for our precious family holiday. You've thought of everything from sharp tunes to soft towels and as for the views-so beautiful. The light, peace and quiet make this the perfect place to relax and enjoy the good life,good food, good wine, good fun, all in style and luxury. S.& R.

Lle prydferth iawn wedi cuddio yn y cwm - gwiriionddol hudolus. What a beautiful place hidden in the valley, trulli magical. We couldn't have asked for better hosts or a better holiday. The trulli is a credit to you.We don't want to leave. J.D. & A. Trulli bendigedig !

We have had an amazing time at T.T. this is a very special place, perfect to rest and unwind. The locals are most friendly and the food simply delicious. We loved the Vino Negro too ! We feel we've been away for a month. C.D.A.D.R. & O.

Thank you for a trulli wonderful week. The house & its position is really special.

The guide Mark, and the chef Stephen are also 1st class. We are really proud of what you have achieved. R. & P.
Mar 2012
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Manchester, United Kingdom

Beautiful, historic, luxurious holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to two embarrassing, drunken englishmen on our Ryanair flight our holiday experience started off with a delayed arrival at Brindisi Airport. This didn’t phase the estate managers of Trullo Terrabronzata, Costanza & David at all. They waited patiently for our arrival, communicated with us throughout and greeted us at the Trullo in a very professional and welcoming manner even though it was almost midnight.

Trullo Terrabronzata is a stunning property with three beautiful bedrooms each individually designed and stunningly decorated, we chose the master bedroom with a fourposter bed and ensuite bathroom and had a great night's sleep excited about what the morning might bring. We weren’t disappointed! The property stands in a couple of acres of land stocked with olive and citrus trees. The views are stunning and the surrounding silence is heavenly, we chose to breakfast on the rear veranda adjacent to the living room and kitchen but could have chosen any one of the five seating areas, each with different views and varying amounts of shade or sun.

The Trullo is well equipped, maintained to a very high standard and very, very comfortable. We stayed in early October when the nights are starting to get a little bit chilly and although Costanza and David had offered to come back and turn the central heating on we chose to light the log burner. The simple to use stove warmed the whole property through very quickly ensuring that we were warm and cozy every night.

The swimming pool is outstanding, detached from the property equipped with it’s own shaded seating area and several sun loungers it is an amazing place to pass the afternoon away. The pool was cleaned in the early hours of the morning, as we had been promised, so as not to disturb us during the day. Just another indication of the owners attention to detail and understanding of their customers needs.

Cisternino is a 20 minute walk away and has an abundance of trattoria and restaurants that will suit everybody’s tastes. Cisternino old town is made up of lots of tiny alleyways and squares that quickly transport you back to “real Italy” absolutely delightful. If you prefer to drive there is plenty of space to park.

We enjoyed visiting the surrounding towns of Alberobello, Ostuni and Torre Canne but best of all loved getting back to the luxurious surroundings of Trullo Terrabronzata. Don't hesitate book your stay this place is exceptional.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Les Thank you for your very kind words. I can only apologise for Ryanair's drunkards , very unusual I must say ! We often fly Ryanair with a better class of passenger, namely the Queen, ( albeit the lovely and talented actress who played her !) We are glad that our house managers looked after you accordingly , and that you had a lovely time at Trullo Terrabronzata , and we hope that you enjoyed many of the pleasures that Puglia offers .
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Perfectly relaxing location, Stylish interior

  • 5 of 5

I spent one of the most relaxing and enjoyable holidays in this Trullo . It’s just perfectly set in a quiet and peaceful location,with a wonderful pool and garden. Just a few minutes drive from Cisternino town and beautiful days trips to places like Arborobello, Fasano and Martina Blanca. I highly recommend this Trulli for someone looking for a relaxing time in a comfortable a stylish location.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paolo Thanks for your kind words. So pleased that you enjoyed Puglia and our house. Come back soon !
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A stylish gem in the heart of Puglia

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this property have really pulled the stops out to create a fabulous and picturesque Trullo that blends easily into the landscape and offers first class facilities for the guests. We have stayed there 3 times over the past few years and will stay there again. Great access to the local village, lovely pool and accommodation well set out to suit a family or six friends.The gardens are a delight and the tranquility creates a peaceful chilled holiday for all ages

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nigel Thank you so much for your kind review of Trullo Terrabronzata and we are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed your time in Puglia. Come back soon .
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Fantastic week!

  • 5 of 5

The week started on such a high note when we arrived at this enchanting house and didn't disappoint throughout our stay.

We were delighted with each one of our 3 beautiful rooms and perfect to each have our own bathroom! Lots of privacy!

The house was immaculate and beautifully styled, the kitchen was great which really added to the joy of making delicious breakfasts and lunches every day. There are numerous places outside to eat and enjoy your meal in the sunshine!

The house is near enough to the beach and quite close to some glorious and interesting towns which kept us busy when we chose to be. ( We were happy by the pool with our books)!

Everything worked, we had no problems and we look forward to returning!

I highly recommend this house for a wonderful week in a beautiful part of Italy.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wendy Thank you for your kind review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed Puglia and our house in Cisternino so much. The drive to the beach is fairly easy and the 'gravina' road descending from Cisternino has to be one of the prettiest routes I think. When we bought the 'project ' we thought the layout worked well, particularly the bedrooms and bathrooms, being on the lower and cooler floor. Do plan a return trip sometime.
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Fabulous artsy Trullo close to town

  • 4 of 5

The dive up to this impressive Trullo is perfect. We instantly felt like we were away from it all. The grounds are great, you can see there is work to be done, but as the planting gets established over the next few months it will be beautiful. The pool area is terrific. Enough shade and enough sun for all preferences. We tried all three of the terraces including the roof top! Eating out on the larger terrace for breakfast and supper was perfect.

Inside the Trullo, the artwork is great, some a bit risque but all very entertaining. The sitting room and kitchen are a touch small, but perfectly well equipped and we were outside most of the time so it didn't matter. The bathrooms were well designed with bold colours and with 1 full bathroom for each bedroom, there was little argument about who had the best room.

The bedrooms are in the lower part of the house so although a bit dark, they were nice and cool compared to the heat outside.

We loved how secluded it felt, but were only a 15 minute walk into Cisternino. This meant we could eat and drink in town and stagger back without taking the car, so the situation of the villa was fab.

All in all we had a great holiday and we would recommend this Trullo as well as the local area for a true taste of Puglia..

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks CE for your kind review. Everyone loves the tranquillity of the trullo and its rural feel, whilst being so close to Cisternino. Some people dislike sleeping with AC or fans, so our cool bedrooms are popular.
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Property is as described and pictured on the web

  • 3 of 5

It is with a caveat that I give this villa and its owner a good review and disappointment that I don't feel able to recommend it to friends and family. Villa is amazing, location is great, owner prior to holiday very communicative. HOWEVER, the property was not cleaned weekly as said in the details, bed linen was changed after the first week but I had to request clean pool towels, a shower that did not drain and flooded when used did not appear to be a problem to the site manager as no effort made to rectify this after I brought it to their attention, a ceiling fan did not work and we were left with noisy floor fans which were not as effective; I was told this will not be fixed! upper terrace dining area had no outside lights so difficult to eat there after dark. The first week we had gardeners cutting grass around us for 4hours, not so peaceful, surely this should be organised on changeover day. Apart from the above, Villa is well equipped, well presented, and very attractive to the eye, the lack of air conditioning was not a problem. On arrival home the owner has stopped communicating, he withheld a sum from our security deposit based on his site managers word without even discussing withus to gain a full insight in to our stay; apparently we left the villa untidy,( i feel this is unfair, I even descaled the kettle as it did not pour properly)the managers had to do a double linen drop( because they did not leave towels the first time when we were there) It is as a disappointed customer therefore that I would not recommend this Villa to my friends and family as the owner is now ignoring my efforts to discuss the withheld deposit.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dawn T Thank you for your constructive comments. We value feedback enormously and strive to maintain our property and the service of our house managers to the highest standards.
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Prices & Availability

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8 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
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1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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3 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
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28 Oct 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £420

Booking Notes:
Bookings may be made by email or telephone.

A 50% deposit will be requested with the balance due four weeks in advance of the confirmed booking. Short notice accepted bookings would be payable on application.

A refundable security deposit will also be requested.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days will be arranged as flexibly as each booking will allow.
We are currently operating a Saturday arrival and departure day.
Arrivals after 4:30pm /departures before 10:30am please,should be arranged with the Estate Managers regarding keys.

Notes on prices:
Availability is not shown on the calendar. Please contact the owner directly.
All prices are listed and are listed as weekly costs.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cisternino in Puglia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • There is an en-suite for Bedroom 1 with a shower and bath, WC and bidet Bedroom 2 and Bedroom 3 share a bathroom with a shower, WC and bidet There is a further Guest Bathroom/ Shower Room/WC in the Trullo. Bathrooms are mosaic tiled with heated rails.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a richly designed double bedroom (1500) with a Venetian four poster bed with en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. The Lilac Bedroom 2 has a larger double bed (1800). The Blue Bedroom 3 has two single beds, and two bathroom/shower rooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Our Estate Managers speak fluent Italian and English and will be on hand to welcome you to the property and explain the features and security systems. The house neither has, nor needs air conditioning. It's structure and design ensures that it remains reasonably cool. The bedrooms have ceiling fans. The house is fully centrally heated for the cooler months. A wood burning stove is installed in the old trullo hall. A welcome pack will be included and provided to negate the 'supermarket rush'. A visitors guide will be provided listing the 'must do' highlights. A Visitors Book will be on available on site and we would encourage and be very grateful for you to include your personal comments. FREE WI-FI now installed T.V. with Italian channels only. DVD player, CD/iPhone deck / Internal and External speakers Outside: The pool 10 L x 5 W x 2 D metres with steps is located discreetly to one side of the house and set in new landscaping with a 'sculptural' shower wall, amidst ancient olives. The pool is for the exclusive use of the house and is very private. It is currently unheated. There is pergola at the poolside and sunbathing terraces with outdoor furniture, sun-loungers and a large stone sofa shaded seating with large coffee table. There are three further large terraces, to both sides and to the rear of the property. A recently installed large barbecue with kitchen/prep area and a large table/console arrangement for dining for ten, provides overall seating externally for over 30, with internal seating 6. We have a small terrace with seating for four at the front of the house, directly off the Sitting Room, a great spot as the sun goes down. The rustic two acre site now features attractive new planting including fruit trees,a large lavender bed, an almond orchard and a horse sculpture ! Utility Room: The separate Utility Room has a Miele washing machine and Miele dryer. If you are unfamiliar with these machines please refer to the manual,it can be long-winded so try short washes, it is superior/quicker to dry on the line.Keep this room locked please Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: There is a weekly change over for fresh towels and linen, which are provided. The house is cleaned weekly. Extra laundry and cleaning can be arranged separately. The pool will be maintained regularly. If required,the fuse board is in the Utility Room. Other: The main entrance hall and guest bathroom are within the old trulli. there is a bright and spacious lower hall ( perfect for ironing), with double doors to the lower terraces. There is a contemporary glazed staircase with a neat little reading alcove.

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