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LUXURY VILLA, PRIVATE HEATED POOL, HILLSIDE LOCATION, SPECTACULAR SEA VIEWS

Maura Watson

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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LUXURY VILLA, PRIVATE HEATED POOL, HILLSIDE LOCATION, SPECTACULAR SEA VIEWS

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Laureto - Francesca

Spacious 250sqm villa, incredible 40ft lounge, 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Tastefully restored to its former glory as the summer retreat of the Mayor of Fasano, this extremely spacious luxury villa offers contemporary living to the very highest standard. Set in 2 acres of secluded terraced gardens, Villa Francesca is perched on the edge of the Selva hills 400m above sea level and benefits from uninterrupted views over the olive groves to the sea beyond. Enclosing this stunning villa is an expansive south facing L shaped veranda with traditional stone arches, perfect for relaxing in the Puglian sunshine or dining ‘al fresco’ Italian style. The fully air conditioned interior offers an incredible 40 ft open plan living area inter-connected by stone arches with stone floors, chic Italian leather sofas, marble dining table seating 10 people, masseria-style stone fireplace, marble bathroom with jacuzzi. The private heated swimming pool set in an enclosed garden courtyard has paved terraces offering multiple living & dining areas with spectacular sea views.

General: Puglia gets close to 300 days sunshine a year with the warm weather starting in April and going right through until the end of October. The hottest months are July and August but with two seas around the area the air does not feel too oppressive during these months, especially as the property is located above the coastal plain. Spring and autumn is glorious- sunny and warm with wild flowers in abundance. Italians are unashamedly devoted to celebrating everything Italian - religion, food, wine... And they show it with festivals, filling the summer nights, celebrating everything from classical music to grapes. These family orientated events provide great free outdoor entertainment and gives you an insight into the wonderful hospitable Pugliese people. Puglia is something authentically Mediterranean and very Italian, come and find out for yourself and see why more people are recommending it.

Activities: Whether you prefer soaking up the sun, shopping, sightseeing, enjoying culture or something more active, the area has much to offer. Beautiful architecture, ancient castles and Baroque churches can be found in all the local towns and eating is an activity in itself as the region is a food and wine lovers paradise . With over 400 miles of coastline, Puglia has a huge selection of sandy beaches and coves (all of which have blue flag status). For golfers Puglia has five major courses. The 5* 18 hole par 72 San Domenica Golf resort and spa near the fishing village of Savelettri, is the closest (just 7km) and newest. For children there are lidos with children's facilities, and a major tourist attraction is the Zoo Safari Park of Fasano. For classical music lovers there is the famous Itria Valley Festival in Martina Franca towards the end of July, and the newly-reopened Bari Opera house is fantastic. All sorts of music and theatre festivals abound in the summer in the nearby towns.

Distances and other information: Under 50 minutes -Bari Airport. Under 40 minutes - Brindisi Airport. 10 - 15 minutes - Alberobello, Locorotondo, Fasano/Zoo Safari, beaches. 15 -25 minutes- Martina Franca, Ostuni, Polignano al Mare, Castellana Grotte, the ancient site of Egnazia and the Marine Nature reserve of Torre Guacheto. Further afield, but all making easy day trips - Matera, a town of 13th century cave dwellings, the 'sassi' used in the film 'The Passion' , and churches with medieval wall frescoes - Lecce, famous for its unique architecture and known as the 'Florence of the South' - the Norman cathedral towns of the Bari coast - Laterza, the 'Grand Canyon of Puglia' - Taranto, with its atmospheric historical centre - the list goes on... We do recommend that you hire a car to ensure you explore the area and get the most from your Puglia holiday, this is easy to arrange in advance from the airports.

Further notes on accommodation: Villa Francesca is a 250sqm independent villa set in its own garden with its own private drive accessed through electric gates and its own private swimming pool and private outside entertainment areas. Due to its spectacular hillside location, the villas in the area are necessarily arranged on terraces which means that there is another villa with its own postal address and separate access arrangements, part of which is indeed situated directly below (and connected to) Villa Francesca. This is actually a very typically layout for this part of Italy and can be seen clearly from some of the photos included on the website.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Maura Watson (Owner)
Advertiser since 2006
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About Maura Watson

We fell in love with Puglia in 2005 for its fabulous food and perfect weather and the lovely old fortified masseria amidst the ancient olive trees and vineyards around Fasano. So when we heard that the mayor’s summer residence in the Selva hills above Fasano was coming on the market, we jumped in and bought it on the spot – and then spent five challenging years renovating it to the highest luxury standard for our own use. Recently, we have decided to make it available for others to enjoy as we do.

Maura Watson purchased this villa in 2005

Why Maura Watson chose Laureto

The most compelling reason for buying this property was the location. It is perched right on the edge of the hillside overlooking olive groves and has the most breathtaking panoramic sea view that you could never tire of. It is also very central and close to the hill towns - Alberobello, Martina Franca, Locorotondo - so there is always lots to do and see and a great choice of restaurants serving excellent food.

What makes this villa unique

We wanted to create a beautiful holiday home to match the spectacular location. The sheer space and luxury throughout which includes full air conditioning, wi-fi, marble bathroom with hydromassage jacuzzi, large heated swimming pool overlooking the sea, luxury linen, multiple outside entertainment and dining areas overlooking the pool and romantic gardens, makes it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We want to thank you for your excellent recommendation to rent the villa in Laureto. It was fabulous and was everything you said it would be. Please also send our regards to the owner whom we met and tell him that he does have great taste in the design and fitting of his property. Anyway its back to the grind with work and children to summer camp. Thanks again for a great time in Puglia.

Robert K
Jul 2012
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 22 holidaymaker reviews

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Luxury Villa, Private Heated Pool, Hillside Location, Spectacular Sea Views
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews
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Luxury Villa, Private Heated Pool, Hillside Location, Spectacular Sea Views
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Laureto Brindisi area
4

A Fabulous Holiday Home!

  • 4 out of 5
We have just spent the most wonderful 2 weeks at Villa Francesca. We are a family of 4 with 2 children aged 3 and 5. The grandparents came out to share the first week with us then we had some friends for a few days of the second week. The weather was hot and glorious every day so we made full use of the pool with its breath-taking views of the sea, the Selva hills and the town of Fasano. The pool was lovely and warm and it's large shallow end made the perfect play area for the kids. We had BBQs most nights but tended to have lunches out at the many beautiful and nearby towns and villages. We went to the Cocorra Beach Club twice as the kids loved the white sandy beaches and the lovely shallow warm water. We also visited a local water park and some nearby caves. It was a wonderful holiday and Villa Francesca provided the perfect base in terms of its location and the comfort factor. We loved sitting out on the various terraces and it is very handy for nearby supermarkets. Maura extended us a warm welcome and was helpful and accommodating. We would definitely recommend the villa and Puglia. We loved it! Nadia, Phil, Joey and Lara Wilkinson
  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you had a lovely holiday Nadia, look forward to seeing you again. Maura
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Luxury Villa, Private Heated Pool, Hillside Location, Spectacular Sea Views
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Laureto Brindisi area
5

Beautiful villa

  • 5 out of 5
Beautiful villa especially the outdoor areas which have some fantastic views. We loved having our BBQ's outside in the evening. The villa is very well looked after and we loved all the fluffy towels there.
On our last night we hired a chef to come to the villa which was wonderful.
  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxury Villa, Private Heated Pool, Hillside Location, Spectacular Sea Views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p63861
+39 3341745881
Laureto Brindisi area
5

Fantastico

  • 5 out of 5
The villa accommodated us family of five for two weeks. It is open and very spacious and all on one living level .. Every amenity is catered for including a very friendly and caring agent called Maura.... The villa is set up on hillside with wonderful far reaching views ...the location is tranquil and secluded ... You will need a car to venture out ... The pool is delightfully warm and maintained to a high standard with none of that horrid chlorine residue. The villa caters very well for family or romantic getaways .. Thank you Maura for taking your time to make sure everything was as it should be.. From the Drake family .
  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxury Villa, Private Heated Pool, Hillside Location, Spectacular Sea Views
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Laureto Brindisi area
4

A high quality Villa in a spectacular position

  • 4 out of 5
Along with another couple we booked a one week holiday based on the recommendation of my daughter who had stayed there in 2013.

Whilst the Villa itself lived up to her recommendation in terms of the high standard of furnishing, due to the extreme weather conditions we experienced we were unable to fully appreciate either the views or take full advantage of either the private pool or terraces. Due to an electric storm we lost all power at one point (emergency lighting came on) and we cannot speak too highly of Maura who sorted out the resultant problems and organised an electrician who was with us in a couple of hours. It should be stressed that the weather, storms. heavy rain etc are not typical of the area at this time and we were just unlucky.

The Villa itself is well situated for visiting both the coast and the many interesting small towns which frequent the area - the Trulli houses are a must visit as is Pouligny-sur-Mar.

Then only minor criticism we would make is that the Villa is advertised as having two luxury bathrooms. The reality is that it has one luxury bathroom which is "shared" by the two main bedrooms and a shower room , however this as we say is a minor criticism and did not detract from the holiday
  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard what a terrible shame about the weather but you did rather enjoy the spectacular skies over the sea at the time .... Regarding the bathrooms, interestingly this was quite a discussion point at the time of the refurbishment as guests generally prefer showers to baths. However,the owner was quite insistent on putting in a top-end luxury Jacuzzi bath as well as a gigantic walk in shower in the over sized family bathroom to cater for all preferences. I agree that the second bathroom is more compact and of a standard size but I would still describe it as luxury with the fabulous Bisazza tiling and the top end fitments. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay despite the extraordinary weather conditions and look forward to a return visit in the future.
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Laureto Brindisi area
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5

Loved it; loved Puglia

  • 5 out of 5
Villa Francesca

My wife and I rented Villa Francesca overlooking Fasano for six nights this past May. It is an excellent house that is exactly as represented, inside and out. It is perched at the edge of the Selva Hills and has spectacular views across nearby towns and olive groves to the sea. The décor is tasteful, modern, spare, and no expense seems to have been spared – the bathroom is worthy of a luxury hotel, the linens are top-notch, there were a ton of towels, and the kitchen is spacious and well stocked. The best feature, though, is the set of three terraces, each comfortably furnished and all looking out to the sea. As May was cool, we paid to have the pool heated (less expensive than we expected), and it was great to have, although not deep enough for diving or even laps. We cooked, savored the weather and the views, and used the house as a perfectly positioned base from which to visit the many interesting towns nearby. Each day we’d pick a town as a destination for a long lunch at one of the excellent local restaurants and a walk through its old town’s streets (shops, churches, and other sights close for the better part of the afternoon). Maura, the property manager, welcomed us warmly, had stocked the fridge for our first night, was attentive, prompt, and professional, promising to speak to the owner about the only things we missed: a couple of comfortable reading chairs and good reading lights. One thing to note is that there is another house set into the hill right beneath this one, separate enough that it took us a while to figure out that they were actually part of the same building, though they are artfully divided; it wasn’t occupied while we were there but if both houses are full there could be some noise at pool level, where the second house’s terrace also sits, though not visible and separated by fencing and a small buffer zone of vegetation.
  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the villa exactly as represented. Regarding the house beneath, as you state the two properties are fully divided even down to visibility and there has never been a problem with noise when both houses are occupied. The properties have been very carefully planned ensuring the leisure/relaxing areas where people spend most of their time are completely away from each other i,e, the dining terrace/seating area in Francesca is at the back of the house whereas it is at the front of the house in the other property. There is also an outside kitchen further down the garden in the other property which people tend to use during the hot summer months.
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Luxury Villa, Private Heated Pool, Hillside Location, Spectacular Sea Views
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Laureto Brindisi area
5

Modern, well equipped, and beautiful!

  • 5 out of 5
We had the most fantastic family reunion at Villa Francesca! The young people totally enjoyed the pool and beach. There were also plenty of things to see and do for the whole family on short day trips. We cooked almost all of our meals at the villa, and the kitchen and dining area were perfect for our group - roomy and well equipped. We just loved our holiday and the chance to enjoy such a beautiful house. And thanks to Maura for making us so comfortable!
  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Bari/Brindisi
Nearest Ferry
55 Kilometres
Brindisi
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Fasano
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Fasano
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Savelletri
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Laureto
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Savelletri
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Laureto
Car: necessary

The Selva hills overlook the Fasano plain, an area of ancient olive groves, beautiful at any time of the year but particularly stunning in Spring when the groves are filled with red and yellow blossom. For beach lovers, miles of unspoiled, virgin coastline is right on your doorstep, from rocky coves - ideal for snorkelling - to long stretches of white sand and crystal-clear water. For the gourmand, fresh fish and seafood restaurants are in plentiful supply in the many fishing villages dotted along the coastline and if you are feeling energetic, there are a selection of superb golf courses in close proximity including the 5* San Domenica course near the small fisherman village of Savelletri. The Italians love socializing and have made an art form out of it. The nearby historic hill top towns, within easy driving distance, buzz with activity, as the locals take their evening ‘Passegiata’ and in the summer provide free street entertainment & music to enjoy.

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday villa in Laureto, Brindisi area

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
High Season
30 Aug 2014 - 26 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,845
for 7 nights
£1,845
 
 
Mid Season
27 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£1,068
for 5 nights
£1,495
 
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
Christmas/New Year
20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,750
for 7 nights
£2,750
 
 
Low Season
3 Jan 2015 - 27 Mar 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£711
for 5 nights
£995
 
 
Early Break
28 Mar 2015 - 1 May 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,295
for 7 nights
£1,295
 
 
Mid Season
2 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,495
for 7 nights
£1,495
 
 
High Season
30 May 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,845
for 7 nights
£1,845
 
 
Peak Season
27 Jun 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,950
for 7 nights
£2,950
 
 
High Season
29 Aug 2015 - 25 Sep 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,845
for 7 nights
£1,845
 
 
Mid Season
26 Sep 2015 - 30 Oct 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,495
for 7 nights
£1,495
 
 
Low Season
31 Oct 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
Christmas/New Year
19 Dec 2015 - 2 Jan 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,950
for 7 nights
£2,950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Notes Quoted Weekly Rate includes – Wi-Fi; Weekly Cleaning; Exclusive Use of Pool (Apr 1st to Oct 31st); Aircon & Pool Heating in Peak Season; Luxury Linen, Towels & Pool Towels; Weekly Linen Change; Refreshments on arrival. Additional charges - Aircon outside peak season (if required) £150 per week; Gas for pool heating & central heating outside peak season (if required) as per meter

Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Laureto in Brindisi area

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Activities Guide
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Hob
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Grinder
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Opulent large marble bathroom with jacuzzi, Jack and Jill hand basins with top of the range fixtures and fitments, toilet, bidet and a large walk in shower. Second family bathroom with Bisazza glass mosaic tiles, large walk in shower, toilet and bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , air conditioned with luxurious cream leather bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , air conditioned with luxurious cream leather
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , air conditioned, with twin beds
    Living room - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , two oversized leather single bed settees.
  • The modern, spacious, fully air conditioned bedrooms are tastefully furnished, with contemporary cream leather beds in bedroom 1& 2 and twin beds in bedroom 3, specially-selected high-quality bed linen and floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes with generous hanging space. All bedrooms have wonderful views either to the sea, the Selva hills or overlooking the courtyard swimming pool and are fully air conditioned, in addition the windows have wooden shutters inside and out with built in mosquito screens in bedroom 1 & 2 so that they can be left open at night if you prefer to enjoy the fresh gentle sea breeze. In addition there are two oversized single bed settees in the living room which when pushed together make a very large double All linen and towels are changed weekly.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • veranda
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horse riding
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • outlet shopping
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • diving
  • fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
On one level, this property has a spacious entrance lobby with stone arches and stone floor that leads to an impressive 40ft open plan living space, which interconnects to a large open plan kitchen/dining area with a large travertine stone table seating 10 and a full range of modern kitchen appliances - hob, oven, dishwasher, oversize fridge/freezer and a delightful bean-to-cup coffee machine! - and there is a separate utility room with washing machine/tumble drier. Further stone arches lead to the bedrooms and bathroom. At the other end of this amazing living space is a comfy seating area with chic Italian sofas, satellite 42” & DVD, iPOD/iPAD docking station, open masseria-style fireplace (with free logs for the cooler months or for romantic evenings) and double doors that lead to the L shaped veranda, which is ideal for evening cocktails or watching the stunning sunsets across the Adriatic. Other luxury touches include a large Jotul wood-burning stove with double doors
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