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Beautiful villa with private pool in secluded gated location - car essential

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

2 double bedroom (both en-suite) 1 twin villa with 12m x 6m pool

Lovingly restored and extended well equipped holiday home with air conditioning in secluded area on the outskirts of Carovigno, 20 mins Brindisi airport, just over 1 hour Bari airport, bars/shops/restaurants 5 mins drive, 10 minutes to beach; ideal for peaceful getaway. Arched stone ceilings to 4 rooms; excellent standard of accommodation set in over 2 acres of olive, fruit and ornamental trees edged with dry stone walls + pine and oleander fringed driveway through secure gates. 12m x 6m pool with internal lights, spring board + solar shower. 7 sun loungers + patio table and 8 chairs. 2 double en suite bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom (can be double), separate family bathroom, sitting room with two large sofas and two wicker chairs, dining room, well equipped kitchen. 2 covered terraces overlooking pool and driveway, roof terrace, pizza oven, bbq, outdoor sink. CAR ESSENTIAL. Pool cleaned twice weekly. MEET & GREET + WELCOME PACK INCLUDED. Wooden cot and travel cot available. Put-u-up extra £25 each per week. Discounts available on application for 3 week stays.

Full mid-stay cleaning extra.

With British Airways and Easyjet now flying into Bari from Gatwick as well as the Ryanair flights from Stansted, Puglia is becoming more accessible. The region is renowned for its food, with many famous chefs having their roots in the South. Food is taken seriously here, but in the relaxed way of the South, and Carovigno and the surrounding towns offer many opportunities to sample the wonderful food and wine of the region, between relaxing in the sunshine and visiting some of the beautiful towns and villages within easy driving distance.

Staying in: The villa is perfectly located for a quiet holiday within easy reach of the town, which can be seen from the garden and the roof terrace. However, a car is essential.

2 covered terraces offer shade for eating and relaxing. The terrace at the front of the villa was used by the people working the land for eating their lunch, and the curved stone seating benches are still there. Small cushions are provided to make make the seats more comfortable. The side terrace is newly built with stone archways, and overlooks the swimming pool - the ideal place to watch the sunsets. The large sitting room has views through two double French doors to the terrace and the pool area. The roof terrace offers the perfect vantage to enjoy a chilled drink and enjoy the sunset. A small wooden table and two chairs are available for use on the roof terrace.

There is a very large selection of DVDs, from old favourites to new, and paperbacks, plus travel and information books and maps of the area. Also available Nintendo Wii with refundable security deposit. Enquire on booking.

Your surroundings: Part of the villa is well over 100 years old, and was originally built for use during olive harvest. It has been extended to the owners design, incorporating stelle volte stone ceilings in two rooms to echo the ceilings in the existing building and stone archways to the terrace. The area on which the villa stands is a protected zone with unusual traditional houses, each standing on approximately 2 acres of land. The villa is the only property which is inhabited on a regular basis at present, although two neighbouring houses are undergoing renovation by their owners. The lane on which the villa stands finally ends at a small nursery growing vegetables for local shops. Traffic is practically non existant.

If you enjoy a game of golf, the area offers the following courses:

San Domenico Golf Course at Savelletri di Fasano. Par 72 6220m.

Acaya Golf Club at Acaya, San Cataldo, Lecce.

Riva dei Tessali Golf Resort at Castellaneta. Par 72 5947m.

Metaponto Golf Club at Metaponto. Par 72 6284m

Olives and other produce: It is reported that 70% of the olive oil in Italy is produced in the Puglia region: if you like olive trees you will love Puglia. These magnificent trees are everywhere. Some of the trees at the villa are mere babies at over 450 years old. There is wonderful freshly grown produce everywhere. You will see locals selling from the boot of their car or the back of their van. Always negotiate - most will expect it. Use the big supermarkets, but once you know your way around try the local speciality shops for cold meats, cheeses, bread, fresh meat, freshly caught fish and freshly made pasta. The antipasti is a must, but be warned - there will be plenty of it.

To take full advantage of all that Puglia has to offer, you will need to adopt the lifestyle. Rise early, because all the shops other than the large supermarkets will close at 12.30 for a long lunch and reopen from 4.30pm. Restaurants stay open late all year round but close 1 day per week. Most small shops are closed on Sunday.

More Details

Corinne and Barrie Winwood
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Corinne and Barrie Winwood

We fell in love with Puglia after a visit following our eldest sons wedding. We went against advice when putting together the furnishings, and tried to make it feel like a home, rather than a rental property. It certainly feels home to us, and we hope you will feel that way too if you choose to visit.

Corinne and Barrie Winwood purchased this villa in 2007

Why Corinne and Barrie Winwood chose Carovigno

We asked ourselves the same question. Why buy a tiny house which had a sitting room, a kitchen, a shower, a shed....and no bedrooms. We can't give you an answer really - all we can say is that we knew immediately that this was where we wanted our second home to be. Maybe it had something to do with the kitten who was living there, who we adopted. Maybe it was the Ape...the olive trees... All we know is that it felt right.

What makes this villa unique

Although only 5 minutes from the town, it is so peaceful at the villa. Cosimo our builder exceeded all our expectations when he built the beautiful stelle volte ceilings and the stone arches on the terrace. Although the greater part of the villa is new, you can feel the history behind the building somehow. Sitting on the stone benches on the front terrace, you can imagine the family sitting there in the evening, sorting through the olives, sharing delicious food and wine. We try to fill the house with family and friends as often as we can.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our group had a wonderful time at Villa Mimosa. From the moment we walked in the door it felt like home. Everything was beautifully clean, comfortable and well cared for.

We certainly could tell that this was your home away from home.

We were sorry not to have met your friend Vincenzo. We all hope he makes a speedy recovery. Giustina and Madeleina went out of their way to help us, from directing us to the grocery shop the first night, to taking my husband to their doctor when he wasn't feeling well. They were wonderful!

We enjoyed a few pool days but also enjoyed visiting Alberobello to see the trulli houses and Locorotondo where we had an amazing meal at La taverna de Luca.

We would highly recommend your villa to anyone either wanting a place from which to explore or just a place to thoroughly relax and enjoy the villa's amenities.

Thank you so much for allowing us to spend the week. And say hi to your gato. I hope we did not overfeed her.

Please thank Giustina and Madeleina again for us.
Sep 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Carovigno in Province of Brindisi

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Family bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite
    Shower - Outdoor Shower , Solar heated shower by pool
  • The large family bathroom has a large shower cubicle, wc, bidet and washbasin. An automatic washing machine is also in this room. There is also a solar powered shower by the swimming pool.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 Large Double Bed , Ensuite with bath
    Second - 1 Large Double Bed , Ensuite with shower
    Third - 2 Single Bed , Can be double
  • Bedroom 1 with large double bed, 2 bedside tables with lamps, chest of drawers and free standing wardrobe - en suite bathroom with small bath, over bath shower, wc and basin. Delightful room with 'stella volte' ceiling. Possibility of adding Put-u-up bed. Bedroom 2 with large double bed, 2 bedside tables with lamps, chest of drawers and free standing wardrobe - en suite bathroom with shower, wc and basin. Possibility of adding travel cot. Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds, bedside table with lamp, dressing table and wardrobe (beds can also be made up as large double bed) Wooden cot and travel cot availalbe. Must provide own linen. Put-u-up available on request for child at extra charge of £25 per week. Prices shown are for 6 persons + cots. If there is a turnover of persons within the group, an extra linen charge will be made. All rooms have an airconditioning with individual controls.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 7 deck chairs
  • Singles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
From the front terrace, doors lead into the dining room with archways to kitchen and sitting room, from which double patio doors lead onto large covered terrace . The kitchen has a 4 ring gas hob, electric oven and microwave. As well as table settings for up to 12, including glassware,there are numerous pots and pans, a dishwasher, filter coffee machine, espresso machine, Bialetto espresso pots, caffetiere, hand mixer, hand blender, toaster, large fridge/freezer, small fridge for drinks. To help you to enjoy the wonderful fresh produce which is available there are cookery books from Jamie Oliver, Ursula Ferrigno, 'Silver Spoon', Contaldo, and the Two Hungry Italians. The dining room overlooks the front terrace, driveway and front gates; side terrace overlooks the flower beds and swimming pool. In addition to the air-conditioning which may also be used as heating there are floor fans and a gaz heater for use in cooler weather. All windows and patio doors have mosquito shutters.


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Beautiful villa with private pool in secluded gated location - car essential
average rating of 4.9 based on 21 reviews

Villa Mimosa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Mimosa from 3-10 June 2012, and had a wonderful time - one of our best holidays ever. The villa is extremely comfortable and well equipped with everything you could wish for, from plentiful kitchen equipment to books, DVDs and an ipod dock  - it feels like a real home from home. Everything was beautifully clean and well maintained, and the owners had provided us with detailed information about everything we needed to know. The gardener/caretaker Vincenzo came every day to check that all was well, and to maintain the pool and gardens. The pool is perfect - large and deep, with a diving board and lovely stone edges. The villa is in an extremely peaceful location, surrounded by olive trees - perfect for a quiet and relaxing holiday. The gardens are lush and beautifully maintained. We were able to sit by the pool and watch butterflies, swallows or bats, depending on the time of day. There is plenty of space to sit in the sunshine, or in the shade of the lovely covered terrace, whichever you prefer. This was our first visit to Puglia, and there was more to see within easy driving distance than we could manage in a week - the beaches we went to were clean and undeveloped, backed only by sand dunes (although there are plenty of beach clubs if you prefer sunloungers and beach bars), and the local towns are magical, with an endless choice of restaurants, cafes and ice-cream shops. I  heartily recommend Villa Mimosa, and look forward to returning to Puglia in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and your recommendation, and we hope to be able to welcome you back at some point in the future.
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Lovely villa set amongst olive trees with a show piece swimming pool

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in a number of villa's over the years and irrespective of destination we try to tick the same wish list. Private, not overlooked location. Spacious and air conditioned accommodation with on-suite bathroom and a well equipped kitchen. Beaches and attractive local towns within a short drive. Tranquil gardens are a bonus and most importantly a large pool with good outside areas for lounging and dining. Suffice to say we chose well and all our hopes were fulfilled. We had a wonder 10 night stay at Mimosa, Carovigno and in particular Ostuni are lovely places to visit and eat out, while the kids where rarely out of the fantastic pool. Communication with Corrina was great and their local friend Vincenzo was always on hand for any localised assistance and took great care of the pool and gardens early in the morning before we surfaced. We really liked our first experience of Puglia, the good value and delicious local food and wine, the countryside of endless ancient olive groves and the friendly locals make for a relaxing holiday choice.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday in a beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at Villa Mimosa, end of June/beginning July (myself, husband and 2 teenage boys). We all loved it. It,s a truly beautiful house. it is very well maintained and in a beautiful country setting. To be honest when we first drove up the country lane I felt we would be absolutely miles from everywhere, but the town is less than 10 minutes away and it is 15 minutes to Santa Sabina which has several lovely little beaches, none of which are crowded and a lovely atmosphere at night. The boys, and us indeed, loved the 'street barbecue' food there. It is lovely to relax outside surrounded by local and visiting Italians enjoying a beer and fresh barbecued food.

The villa has such a peaceful setting and is a perfect location from which to explore the surrounding area. It is beautifully maintained, very clean and very well equipped. Vincenzo came regularly not clean the pool and look after the garden and was very helpful. The pool is lovely with a great poolside space and a covered terrace beside it.

A change of bed linen and towels at the end of week one was a treat. Vincenzo's sisters are lovely, friendly and efficient.

We visited some of the surrounding towns including Alborobello, Cisternino and Ostuni. we also visited Lecce and while it was stunning during the day it was even more so at night and well worth going there in the evening, it's balsa cooler for walking around!

We did visit other beaches but preferred not got to Santa Sabina. The water is clean and clear and there are several small beaches not choose from. There is a wonderful bakery there, great fresh home made snack food for the beach.

This is one of the nicest villas we have stayed in, you can feel that it is more than a rental property. We had a great 2 weeks that just flew by all too fast. We would love to go back as there is so much more we have to see. We would certainly recommend this villa, and the area. 5 stars⛱

Michelle and Martin Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review Michelle and Martin. I am so glad that you and your boys enjoyed your stay in our holiday home, and we look forward to maybe welcoming you again in the future.
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Ryarsh Kent

Great holiday villa

  • 5 of 5

This property is a real home from home very well equipped in

every way.The pool was great and was a very welcome relief from the scorching temperatures.

If I was to be really picky the door to the first bedroom sticks a bit so makes it difficult to enter and exit without making a noise.Recycling is also a bit of a trial!! Carvigno itself has a lot more to offer than is first apparent my favourite restaurant was La Loggia but others enjoyed Mama Lenas and Cartina.,Evo in Alberobello was another good find.Could not have stayed much longer I would have been enormous!!!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review - we are glad you liked the villa. We will make sure that the door is 'lifted' when we return in September (did you mention it to Vincenzo while you were there?). The changing temperatures in Puglia can cause problems with the wood, but it is easy to fix.
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An Oasis of Calm

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful three weeks at Villa Mimosa in Puglia. The villa was just perfect with everything you could possibly need and the pool is just fab many hours spent swimming and relaxing. The covered patio area is ideal for eating lazy evening bbq's and playing games afterwards. It really is a very beautiful, peaceful and tranquil setting just what is needed to recharge the batteries after a busy year at work. Puglia surprised us with it's beautiful old towns and villages, all within easy driving distance. We ate at lots of restaurants both in Carovigno and Ostuni and the food and wine are both excellent. The best thing about the area is the lack of tourists it seemed to be mainly Italians, hardly any Brits !!! Many days were just spent at the villa, reading, relaxing, swimming, sunbathing and sleeping. All in all a perfect holiday. A big thank you to Corinne and Barry for letting us share their lovely home and for making it so easy to book and also all the help and advice given.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves Becca and Tim. It is always a pleasure for us when our guests feel at home. Hopefully you will visit our home again sometime in the future.
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One May week at Villa Mimosa

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Villa Mimosa with our friends at the end of May 2015 and were enchanted with the whole atmosphere of the location. The villa was easy to find using the map coordinates provided and we were happy to find that Vincenzo, the local contact, was there to greet us and provide us with a detailed tour of the house to acquaint us with all the facilities.

Villa Mimosa is very well equipped with all you could need for a comfortable holiday. The pool is larger than we expected and well-maintained, in keeping with the rest of the property and surrounding gardens. The bedrooms (we only used two) are spacious with clean en-suites and air-conditioning although we did not need to use this.

The owner, Corinne, was very helpful throughout the booking process, before, during and after our stay and dealt with all our enquiries promptly and concisely.

This was our first visit to Puglia and we very much enjoyed the surrounding towns and countryside. In particular, Ostuni, one of tne of the closest sites and Lecce, somewhat further away, are 'must-sees'. We did not actually go into the centre of Carovigno until our last day and we realised what a gem we nearly missed as you do not get a fair impression of the town from the roads in and out

We would heartily recommend Villa Mimosa to any potential visitors.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review Steve. It is always good to know that guests enjoy our villa as much as we do.
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Santa Sabina
Car: necessary

The villa is well situated for any kind of holiday - relaxing by the private pool, swimming or snorkelling from one of the nearby beaches, playing golf or visiting the many interesting towns. For children there is the Zoo Safari at Fasano, the nearby go karting track, or one of the water parks.

Evenings can be spent eating at one of the wonderful restaurants, drinking wine tucked away in a stone-hewn alcove in one of the bars, dancing with the locals at one of the hostelries, watching a local festa, or simply relaxing at the villa.

Whilst here be sure to visit:

Ostuni - built high on the Murge overlooking the Adriatic, the tiny streets are full of shops, bars and restaurants, winding their way up to the 15C cathedral. Always lively,whatever the season.

Lecce - Some call it the 'Florence of the South'. A baroque town with extensive Roman ruins.

Alberobello- UNESCO heritage site packed with trulli, reminiscent of 'Middle Earth'

Grottaglie - famous for its pottery

Other Activities: Go Karting


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Carovigno, Puglia

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season Early
26 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Rates are for up to 6 people for 7 nights or multiples of 7 nights. DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR THREE WEEKS OR MORE. Rates inclusive of bed linen, bath and beach towels, water, gas, 45 kw of electricity per day, pool maintenance, gardener, meet-and-greet service, welcome pack, mid-stay linen change. Extra charge of £25 per week for use of cot or put-u-up.

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