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SELF-CATERED HOLIDAY HOME IN PUGLIA, ITALY, NEAR BEACHES

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Mark

Speaks English
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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SELF-CATERED HOLIDAY HOME IN PUGLIA, ITALY, NEAR BEACHES

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Galatina - Giardino Segreto

Giardino Segreto in historic centre with private garden and roof terrace

This recently renovated 17th century property was once part of the neighbouring monastery about 400 years ago and the 13-foot high garden wall remains one of the oldest surviving structures in town dating back 1000 years. The property is located in a secluded courtyard. You will find tranquillity in the historic centre of Galatina surrounded by beautiful Baroque and Romanesque architecture. This townhouse features all of the modern conveniences: 5-burner gas stove, convection oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, and washing machine. The kitchen also has direct access to a patio with herb garden which expands into a private fruit grove with orange, clementine, pomegranate and lemon trees. The master bedroom has a balcony, en suite bathroom with shower and tub, and air conditioning. There are a total of 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a sitting room with sofa bed. The living room has a projection TV and large library of DVDs. The kitchen is well equipped for mastering Italian cooking (classes available).

The newest addition to the property in the spring of 2014 is the construction of a swimming pool in the garden. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the start of May.

GALATINA RESTAURANTS:

La Tana Del Lupo - This tiny restaurant is just a minute walk from the house. It only has about 4 tables and feels as if you are dining in the home of the owner. There really isn’t a menu. Instead, Francesco will just start bringing you food and wine the moment you sit down. The only choice to make is the type of wine and pasta you want. (Via Del Balzo, 26)

Corte del Fuoco (Galatina) – The “Court of Fire” is located on a small street that runs directly behind Santa Caterina and is one of the newest restaurants in Galatina…and possibly the most posh. The environment is a mix of ancient medieval architecture with modern décor, and the food is very innovative. This is the place to go for a romantic evening out. (Piazza San Lorenzo, 5)

Rosticceria Pizzeria - The best place for thin crust pizza. Just a few minutes from the house outside the historic centre, this small take out place offers some of the best (and cheapest) pizza available anywhere. It's a great option if you want to stay home and watch an al fresco film on the rooftop cinema. (Corso Maria D'Enghein, 47)

LECCE RESTAURANTS:

Le Zie (Lecce) – Located just outside the historic centre near the Santa Croce basilica, this restaurant was once the chef-owner’s home. She converted it into a simple dining room serving traditional Pugliese meals. It’s been written up in several international travel magazines. Some people are so protective of it that they refuse to reveal the location. It’s a must for either lunch or dinner. You need to buzz the door when you arrive and it’s closed on Sunday and Monday. (Via Colonnello Archimede Costadura, 19)

Mama Lupa – Located in the historic centre of Lecce, this small, family-run restaurant has fantastic grilled meats. Be sure to try the sampler plate of bruschetta. Afterward, walk over to the Roman amphitheatre at the end of the street, and continue down to either Santa Croce or Piazza Duomo. Lecce is buzzing with outdoor bars and cafes. (Via Degli Acaya, 12)

OTHER PUGLIA RESTAURANTS:

La Maruzzella (near Santa Maria al Bagno) – This seaside spot is a must for lunch. You may have to wait a while before the busy staff notice you standing on the steps, but it’s well worth the wait. The spaghetti vongole is perfect in its simplicity and the white wine is simply served in plastic cups. This place is very popular for its raw sea urchin (ricci), but other favourites include grilled octopus and fried calamari. (Via Cristoforo Colombo, Sannicola 73017)

A Casa tu Martinu (Taviano) – Located in the heart of Taviano, this restaurant is a wonderful stop as part of a tour of the Ionian coastline. This restaurant was written up in Conde Nast and is one of the best in the region with fresh ingredients and a very selective wine list. It may be best to call and make a reservation: +390833913652. (Via Corsica 95, Taviano 73057)

Le Stanzie (Cutrofiano) - Located in an ancient masseria in the middle of the countryside, this restaurant doesn't have a menu, but they just start bringing the antipasti as soon as you sit down...and the traditional Pugliese dishes just keep coming. Be sure to walk around the grounds after dinner and explore the caves under the building where olive oil and wine were once stored. +393401088978 (Strada Statale 476, between Cutrofiano and Supersano)

Trattoria I Corsari (Villaggio Resta) – Located in the equivalent of an Italian ghost town near Nardo, this tiny restaurant is a great out-of-the-way seafood place. In fact, it may be the only inhabited building in the village, which makes it so charming and intimate. Best to call ahead to make sure they are open, since the hours are unpredictable. +39 330 907267. (Road 112 west of Nardo)

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Mark

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2009
Speaks English

I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, and earned a degree in toxicology and analytical chemistry from the University of California. Shortly thereafter I gravitated toward internet marketing in the 90's as the web boom took off. Soon after moving to London in 2006 I discovered Puglia while on a weekend holiday and immediately connected with the landscape, climate, warmth of the people, deep appreciation for great food, and rich history.

Mark purchased this house in 2007

I love the predominantly baroque architecture of the historic centre, as well as the fact that the community has a very active social calendar with festivals all year long. The large, private garden is also a very rare feature in the historic centre.

The key benefit of this property is that there is a great deal of space, peace and privacy, yet it's located in the historic centre of a beautiful, small town, with all of the convenience of being close to restaurants, shops and markets.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday house rental in Galatina, Italy

23 Reviews Write a Review
Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews
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Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p407601
Galatina Lecce province
5

Outstanding Holiday Villa

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
We had a fantastic stay in Mark’s lovely house in Galatina. Quiet location but only a couple minutes walk to the action. Beautiful walled in garden out back with a patio and barbeque. The kitchen was outstanding and fully equipped. Master bedroom and bath were spacious and the bedroom was air conditioned, which is great to insure a sound night sleep even in the heat of summer. The living room had a video projection system and a DVD library for movie night. Galatina is a vibrant city, with families, and young and older people out and around town. The town’s people were very friendly and helpful to us. They made us feel like part of the community.
The house is located near several local dinning establishments including Tana Del Lupo and Tre Grazie, and just a short walk to the lively family pizza place, Zona Franca. Roughly equidistant between both coasts allows one to select the leeward beach for great experience. Lots of coastal and interior day trips to be made, exploring small and larger towns along the way. A number of very good wineries to visit and sample local wines and olive oils are close by. The house, Galatina and Puglia all exceeded our expectations. Looking forward to return.
Helpful votes: 7/7
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Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p407601
Galatina Lecce province
5

Our holiday in Galatina

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
We had a perfect holiday in a perfect house. Everything was just like it was promised in the pictures! We liked the interior very much and the equipment was fabulous, there were even capsules for the nespresso machine, so that we could enjoy our first cup of coffee immediately.
The recommendations from the owner were very helpful and the places we have been to were all worth visiting.
We were very sad that we had to leave already after one week and we would love to come back.
Helpful votes: 5/5
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Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p407601
Galatina Lecce province
5

Fantastic stay

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
We had a great week at Mark's lovely town house. The accommodation is nothing short of beautiful. Wonderful kitchen, vaulted dining area, high quality interiors and we were amazed at the size of the orchard! Mark has made the place very special and it was just lovely spending evenings cooking, relaxing and chilling out. Galatina is beautiful and we were lucky to be there for the festival of Saints Peter and Paul, when the whole town is lit up and comes to life. It was a great base to explore the coast down to the South, Gallipoli, Lecce and - my favourite place - Otranto. You must see the mosaic floor in the cathedral. A truly historic wonder.

Mark, thank you so much for sharing your marvellous place with us. I hope maybe one day we will come back for more.

Miles and Ben
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p407601
Galatina Lecce province
5

Fantastic place to visit Puglia from

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
Puglia is a fantastic region to visit: sunny weather, wonderful blue sky, whites villages, historic cities, great food and wines... and this place in Galatina is fantastic: superb renovation in the center of the historical city, great attention to details, making your stay easy and relaxing. Also, Galatina, is close to fantastic cities like Lecce, coastal villages like Gallipoli, many masseria around, and Trulli villages less than 1h drive away. The owner gave us very precise details on great restaurants (from pizza place to gourmet places), places to visit and directions to get there. Puglia is a very authentic region, with a great historical legacy. I recommend this property and this region to couples, but also family (I was travelling with a baby). Access from Brindisi airport is very easy, and you can get a parking authorisation very easily... If you enjoy the magical combination of a historical region, good food&wine, sun (and limited tourist presence), don't look anywhere else: this is the right region and this is the right place!
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p407601
Galatina Lecce province
4

My review of my stay at Giardino Segreto

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2012
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2011
I found the listing description very accurate in every way,the property was very well maintained and kept very clean.Customer service via the owner was 1st class and nothing was to much trouble.I would recommend this property to my family and friends and I would stay there again.
The property was in a great location in the centro storico walking distance of the historic buildings and restaurants ,bars cafe`s of Galatina also perfect for exploring Salento.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Brindisi
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Brindisi
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Galatina
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
SS101
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Gallipoli
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Galatina
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Galatina
Car: recommended

Puglia (aka Apuglia and Apulia) combines warm weather, beautiful architecture, and the freshest food available in Italy. Most of Italy's wine, pasta and produce comes from this region. You can spend days exploring the small, winding streets of Galatina, but don't miss the nearby island fortress town of Gallipoli. The long stretch of sandy beaches south of Gallipoli called the Lido are perfect for relaxing in the sun. Visit the city of Lecce to see the Piazza Duomo, Roman amphitheatre and the famous Baroque Santa Croce Basilica. The Adriatic port town of Otranto has a stunning historic centre with a view of the Albanian coast in the distance and the Otranto Cathedral with a 700 square foot mosaic of the tree of life covering the entire floor. Continue south to the tip of the peninsula toward Santa Maria di Leuca for a drive that rivals the Amalfi coast. There are many fantastic seaside restaurants, or pack a picnic and stop along the way. The bridge grotto at Gagliano is a particularly great place to stop for a swim.

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Availability & Rates

Rental rates for this holiday house in Galatina, Lecce province

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate Minimum Stay
 
Spring 2014
29 Mar 2014 - 6 Jun 2014
€140
€875
€3,300
4 nights
 
 
June 2014
7 Jun 2014 - 27 Jun 2014
€1,200
7 nights
 
 
July 2014
28 Jun 2014 - 1 Aug 2014
€1,500
7 nights
 
 
August 2014
2 Aug 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
€1,600
7 nights
 
 
September 2014
30 Aug 2014 - 26 Sep 2014
€1,300
7 nights
 
 
October 2014
27 Sep 2014 - 24 Oct 2014
€170
€900
4 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
€140
4 nights
 

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Galatina in Lecce province

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • rural
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Historic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Living Room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Local Maps
  • Linens Provided
  • Basic Soaps
  • Washing Machine
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Iron & Board
  • Paper Towels
  • Sofa Bed
  • Internet
  • Toilet Paper
  • Activities Guide
  • Laundry Soap
  • Heating
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Thermos Flask
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Pantry Items
  • Toaster
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Lobster Pot
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • There are two full bathrooms upstairs and one half bathroom (sink and toilet) on the ground floor. The master bathroom has a large glass-enclosed shower with marble tile, separate bath tub, and skylight. The guest bathroom has a shower with marble tile and is accessible by the guest room and also for anyone staying in the sitting room. All beds have bedside tables with reading lights and all rooms have iPod speaker systems.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Guest Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • The beds in the master bedroom and guest bedroom are European king size beds that are 160 cm wide and 200 cm long. The master bedroom has stone floors, a large balcony overlooking the garden, and en suite bathroom. Air conditioning is available in the master bedroom, but there is also a ceiling fan. The guest room has antique tile floors and stone vaulted ceiling with a small balcony overlooking the private courtyard and also has a large floor standing fan. Both bedrooms have iPod speaker systems. The sitting room overlooks the garden and has a sofa, chairs and projection TV with DVD player. There is also a large fan in the sitting room. All rooms have access to the roof terrace and all bed linens and towels are provided.
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Video Library
  • Radio
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Deck Chairs
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • naturist beach
  • winery tours
  • ruins
  • caves
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • surfing
  • fishing
  • bay fishing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • cycling
  • water skiing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
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