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Stylish luxury trulli with private pool and amazing sea view

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Three bedroom, two bathroom trulli with private pool and air conditioning

Santa Caterina is a distinctive and beautiful holiday home that has been restored with a rare appreciation of the simplicity and charm of the original ‘saracen’ trulli. What sets this house apart from others is the outstanding view of the sea over olive groves, the attractive garden veranda and the stylish yet simple interiors. The spacious garden, quiet courtyard and the generous swimming pool are perfect for outdoor living.

Situated between the two historic cities of Ostuni and Carovigno, it is in an ideal location for exploring all the delights of the Puglia area.

The house is equipped for relaxing in the shade and eating outside, whether on the roof terrace, the courtyard or veranda. Serious cooking is also possible with a proper selection of pans, utensils and local cook books. There is a BBQ in the garden.

Despite the heat in July and August the fact that the house stands at 300m means that there is often a sea breeze.

The original two bedrooms are light and airy high vaulted rooms with their own bathrooms and air conditioning. Recently we have added a third room at the front of the house - in the old style - that is used as a third bedroom. It does not have its own bathroom, sharing with the second bedroom's - but it does have air conditioning.

Santa Caterina is a distinctive and beautiful holiday home that has been restored with a rare appreciation of the simplicity and charm of the original ‘saracen’ trulli. Saracen trulli have the same vaulted interiors as those with the conical roofs but the roof is either domed or flat. Our lovely trulli was improved about 100 years ago by the addition of a more imposing front elevation. In the restoration from a ruin 10 years ago the windows were added and the two trulli joined with a stone arch to create the kitchen/dining area and the sitting room. Since then we have added a further bedroom in the local style.

All the bedrooms are light and airy high vaulted rooms and two have their own shower room with toilet, bidet and sink - all have air conditioning.

The kitchen includes a gas hob and electric oven as well as a proper range of saucepans and implements. The crockery is from Grottaglie with a classic local design. There is a designer Italian dining table and chairs in the kitchen - fine for 4 or 5 but the table can easily be altered to take 8 in comfort.

The sitting room has a comfortable Danish sofa and plenty of other seats with Moroccan influenced cushions.

The veranda has a stone table with large stone benches. It is covered to provide shade from the midday sun and is also a perfect place to dine in the warm summer evenings. On the roof terrace there is also a stone sofa as well as a table and chairs – perfect for romantic dining.

On the other side there is a quiet courtyard with a curved stone seat framed by bougainvillea. The courtyard also has a dining table and chairs suitable for up to 8 dining.

The individually designed swimming pool is entered from large steps from one side (the first being very wide and only a few cm deep for children to play on) and on the other there is a sunken seating area. The pool is 10m x 4m and the depth runs from 1m to 3m.

Around the property there are no other buildings close. The garden of the property is large and there is also an orchard adjoining which can be used by residents. The land around is otherwise either olive or almond groves. The track to the property is a dead end with a group of three villas further down on the opposite side of the road. There is therefore no traffic danger or noise.

Santa Caterina has been carefully designed to create high quality accommodation in a visually stunning setting.

N.B. This property is less suitable for small children who cannot swim as the pool is only fenced on one side. There is an alarm for a child in the form of a wearable wrist sensor further details below.

Accommodation includes...

• Welcome pack which includes enough for a simple supper and breakfast (including two bottles of wine)

• Weekly Linen change

• Linen, Towels and Pool Towels

• Electricity, Water, Gas for cooking

• Swimming Pool with Loungers

• Covered seating area

• Second dining area - seating for up to 8

• Barbecue

• Television & DVD player

* WiFi 3Gb per week

• Sound system

• Private Entrance and Parking

• Washing and Ironing Facilities

Accommodation details...

• Master suite double bed and en suite shower room

• Second Bedroom with en suite shower room with space for an extra bed. This bed is a narrow single but is suitable for an adult or child. This is NOT a cheap Zbed but a Danish designer creation. The two singles can be made up as a double.

• Third bedroom can made up as a sitting room with coffee tables and two large comfortable sofas. This would be done automatically if there were 4 or less occupants.

• All mattresses have memory foam toppers

• Kitchen/Dining room with seating for 4 -8

• Kitchen equipped with hob & oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher

• Washing machine

• Sitting room with comfortable sofa (converts to full size double bed but we do not usually allow more than 7 people + baby), other seating and original fireplace.

• Television & DVD player

• Sound system

• iPod player

• Private parking and gates

• Swimming Pool with sun loungers

• Hammocks

• Covered dining area

• Secluded sitting area beside house

• Barbecue facilities

• Roof terrace with stone sofa as well as table and 4 chairs

• Wonderful views from the roof, the pool, the dining area.

Children facilities include:

• Cot available together with high chair

• Car seat (2x)

• Buggy

• Child's swing

• Other useful items including a couple of toys, plastic plate, cutlery and a potty.

For the pool safety the gate can be closed but the fence can be circumvented by walking round the other way - out into the car parking area and back across part of the garden, or climbing over the wall around the stone table on the veranda. For this reason we have a device that a child can wear all day ( like a watch) and that, if wetted, causes a very load alarm to sound in the house.

The other safety point is the roof. The outside staircase is rudimentary and the parapet on the roof fairly low so we do not allow small children up the stairs.

More Details

About Us

Edmund Probert
20 Magdalen Road, Address 2
EX2 4TD Exeter
VAT Reg No

Owner
Edmund Probert
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
5 November, 2017

About Edmund Probert

We live in Exeter UK. We are both lawyers and went to Puglia for a long weekend. We fell in love with his this property and have never regretted buying it. We sometimes go with just us and our little one (now 5) and sometimes with the three other children and their partners. Both work really well.

Edmund Probert purchased this villa in 2008

Why Edmund Probert chose Ostuni

This property has the charm of something ancient but without the usual drawbacks ( low ceilings, no light and pokey rooms) that you see in other modernisations. The open aspect to the sea view and the peace of the olive groves around clinched it.

What makes this villa unique

Our favourite treat is dinner on the roof for two as the sun sets. We love the seclusion and the easy access to Ostuni for its medieval charm and great food (+ amazing fish shops) and markets. A trip to the beach takes 10 - 15 mins in the car depending on the choice.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time in your home. The house, interior design and appliances are both marvellous and practical. We enjoyed the pool so much!
Jun 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Ostuni in Province of Brindisi

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Thermostatic shower and heated towel rail
    Guest Bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Thermostatic shower and heated towel rail
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Third Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , There can be a double or 2 singles.
    Second Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , 1 Cot , A double, two singles or, for children, three singles
  • Each bed (apart from the extra in the second bedroom) has a memory foam topper for extra comfort. The extra single is made by Bo Concept and is usually a square seat in the second sitting room. It is not like a 'Put -u-up' - it is solid and comfortable. All doubles are 'matrimoniale' - equivalent to a large double. The third bedroom is either 2 singles (with memory foam) or a double. If you are using it as a sitting room then there are two generous sofas with Morrocan cushions.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Notes:
All the crockery is made in Grottelie to a classic design. There are a couple of hammocks which are a real pleasure. There is a solar shower by the pool.

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Stylish luxury trulli with private pool and amazing sea view
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5

Beautiful house, great location

  • 5 of 5

We, 4 adults, stayed for 5 days in September 2017 - and wish we could have been there longer. The house itself is beautiful - furnished stylishly, well equipped (especially the kitchen) and very comfortable. The outside space is huge - lots of options for eating outside comfortably at any time of day, and the pool was big enough to have a proper swim.

It's in a peaceful location but Ostuni and Caravigno are in easy reach and there's lots to explore within an hour or so's drive - more hilltop towns, places to eat or the sea.

All in all - a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful luxury property in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a 2 week fantastic holiday staying at Santa Caterina. The property has been redeveloped to the highest standards, giving plenty of space and amenities for our whole family. Edmund and Jo have clearly worked very hard to ensure that guests have the very best experience. The property feels very private and we loved the views to the sea and olive trees. However, both Ostuni and Carovigno are both in very close proximity and have a great selection of restaurants. We really enjoyed La Torre in Marina di Ostuni and also the local Masseria N'Zeta that is just over the road. The best bar (with beautiful views and an incredible cocktail list) was Tito Schipa in Ostuni's old town.

My 6 year old daughter learnt to swim whilst on holiday and we were in the swimming pool every day. As well as taking our own things, the property is equipped with balls, lilos etc - all that have created lots of fun in the pool. It was great to have a large number of towels - they certainly provide a lot! The temperature has been very hot during our stay so the shaded areas by the pool and in the seating area by the main doors are very welcoming. The views from the top of the roof are stunning and the area to the side of the property (that can include a sail) are pretty.

Santa Caterina is a great base for exploring. Ostuni (and its old town) are very picturesque. The market (on a Saturday morning) is very busy but well worth a trip. We found that the temperature in the afternoon is very hot - most places do not open until the evening when it is far more comfortable.

Two of our favourite trips were to the Alberobello market (this place is like nothing you have seen before and shows off the trulli style architecture) and to the Grotte di Castellana (very large caves). The latter is fascinating and the guided tour was very good.

Our favourite beach was Torre Guaceto. We parked in the main car park and got the train to the beach. The water is shallow and crystal clear - perfect for snorkelling. Torre Santa Sabina is also lovely.

As a family, we have done a lot of traveling over the years and have stayed in many locations. Santa Caterina is certainly among one of the best. It is a luxury house, well equipped in beautiful surroundings. It has been a perfect summer holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautifully located, characterful trullo, very comfortable and well equipped to a high standard.

  • 5 of 5

The perfect location from which to explore the best of Puglia. The property is private but not isolated and close to charming Carovigno for delicious local produce and the warm hospitality we encountered from all. A memorable evening spent watching vibrant pizzica performances in the town square was a delight.

All arrangements and communications with owner Ed were excellent and made for a stress free stay.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Disappointing

  • 2 of 5

We are a family of 5 and have recently spent a week in Santa Caterina. A key requirement for us, with 3 young boys, is a good quality pool. The pool is a great size but on the day of our arrival, it was full of hundreds of dead woodlouse and there was no way we could dip a toe in it. To find this on day 1 was a real disappointment. We would have thought that the pool would be cleaned on changeover day. The owner was responsive but told us that the pool will have been cleaned on Saturday at the latest (2 days prior to our arrival). I spent a couple of hours most mornings netting the woodlouse so our boys could swim; due to this, we spent many more days at the beach than we otherwise would have done. The woodlouse were also very apparent within the villa itself and we had to place poison down, particularly in the kitchen area. We are seasoned travellers and to be told that we were 'in the wild' we found somewhat patronising. It was such a shame as the villa is lovely, well-equipped and homely. Ostuni is beautiful, as is Martina Franca, and we thoroughly enjoyed Monticelli beach and it's cool beach club (as adivsed by the owner). Sadly, we will not be returning and obviously cannot give it any sort of recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were really sorry abut this. The pool was cleaned on the changeover day, of course, and there were no woodlouse. To this day we are mistified by the problem because they disappeared as fast as they arrived. We have owned the villa for nearly 10 years and we have never had this problem. The house is in the country and the environment is not as controllable as in the city. We were really sorry that the family- who were very nice - had a disappointment, despite us getting the maintenance expert to the house several times.
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5

An attractive and comfortable house with plenty to see and do

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our family (two grown up children and one teenager) in this beautifully modernised trullo. It was attractively furnished and comfortable with a variety of outside spaces. The photos on the website don't entirely do it justice. The pool was great - a good size and clean and well-maintained. One of the nicest aspects was the feeling of privacy - surrounded by olive groves with distant views of the Adriatic. Even on the hottest days there was a cooling breeze which was very welcome. The house is well-equipped and although we had some problems with air-con and alarms, Edmund was very quick to get them put right with the aid of the on-site manager. There are some very attractive towns to visit nearby and we used Edmund's recommendations to find some lovely restaurants and bakeries. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Great Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Second time to Santa Caterina, this time just my wife and I, for a 2 week get away from it all break. The Trulli is perfect for this. Its isolated location means if you've got food and drink you could go for days without seeing another person if you so wished.

The Trulli is so well equipped you want for nothing, the beds are so comfortable and the kitchen has everything you need.

The views from the roof terrace are fantastic and as I said in my previous review get up at 5 one morning just to see the sunrise!

Lazy days spent round the pool and bustling evenings spent in Ostuni make for a perfect holiday, but there's also plenty of great places to visit. We enjoyed the Monday market at San Vito Dei Normanni (20mins). Lecce,(1 hour) the Florence of the south is spectacular if a tad difficult to park but well worth the effort.

Caravigno has a great buzz in the evening with plenty going on but is also very nice for a stroll and a coffee in the morning before it gets too hot.

Ceglie Messapica (20mins) has some great views of the surrounding countryside and Cisternino (35mins) has some great restaurants, Sant'Anna and Belle Italia being our favourites. Our favourite restaurant in Ostuni (this year) was Casa de San Giacomo, half way up the hill to the Cathedral in an old Almond press building, but if you want posh try Osteria Piazzetta Cattedrale, we chose from the degustazione menu, a little on the pricey side but not too expensive. With wine we paid about 100euros for 2.

All in all another great stay at beautiful Santa Caterina, oh, and my iPod sounds great through the Bose!!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

The Trulli of Alberobello
"It is a fantastic place and worth seeing - but overrun with tourists and every house is now ..."
Osteria del tempo perso
"Great food and atmosphere. You need to book and to ask for the 'Grotto'. "
Zoosafari Fasanolandia
Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Brindisi
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Caravigno
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Brindisi
Nearest Golf
34 Kilometres
Savelletri
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Ostuni or Caravigno stations
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Torre Santa Sabina
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Masseria Nzeta
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Torre Santa Sabina
Car: necessary

Situated between the two historic towns of Ostuni and Caravigno, it is in an ideal location for exploring all the delights of the Puglia area. Ostuni (known as the White City) is a beautiful medieval city with charming narrow streets and wonderful restaurants. Carovigno boasts the best restaurant in Puglia. There are other medieval cities nearby such as Martina Franca & Ceglie Messapica, Roman remains at Lecce and the amazing castle at Ottranto. At Gallipoli the fishermen mend their lines in the main streets as they have done for 1000 years and Grottaglie still produces a wonderful variety of ceramics.

Many of the beaches nearby are devoid of development with lovely sandy beaches. The nearby Torre Guaceco beaches and coast are protected as a site of special scientific interest. Close by is Faslandia ZooSafari with its incredible range of animals. No visit to Puglia would be complete without a visit to Alberrobello and its incredible collection of Trulli - the cone shaped local houses. A slightly longer journey takes you to Matera, a city dug into the rock with a murky past. The remains are breathtaking. Stopping on the way at Grotellie, the heart of the ceramic industry would be a great idea. There are medieval kilns and an incredible array of potteries.

For children there is a local playground, several more in Ostuni with the ZooSafari (with its theme park) and the Aquapark close by.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Ostuni, Puglia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring Shoulder 2018
28 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
High Season 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
Autumn Shoulder
2 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£990
for 7 nights
£990
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

We are happy to accept payment in Euro. We ask for 50% on booking with the balance 4 weeks before the date of arrival.

During standard and shoulder seasons you may use the heating and this is charged on a usage basis. The underfloor heating is on gas. The cost of gas used will be charged against the security deposit. There are no other charges for up to 4 people. We charge £10 per person per week for extra people This will be deducted from the security deposit since the system cannot cope with charging it.

Alternative periods and changeover can be accommodated out of the high season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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