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Historic mansion with pool and secret garden near the sea of Otranto-Castro


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Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Historic mansion with pool and secret garden near the sea of Otranto-Castro

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Santa Cesarea Terme - Palazzo Umberto

Former Palace Sleeps 10 ( max 14) 5 bedrooms - 5 bathrooms 3 km from the sea

Umberto is a historic building of great value lies in the medieval village of Poggiardo, among the best in the Salento, near the sea of Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro (3 KM) and the golden beaches of Otranto (KM 10). Behind the palace is a garden enclosed 'secret' and intimate, with a beautiful swimming pool set in white stone of Trani, with Jacuzzi. A pool is a citrus that acts as a natural umbrella and relaxing on comfortable beds. The old structure has a strategic position within each day you can choose a different beach raggiugere of the most beautiful. Inside you will find comfort, nature and confidentiality; out of the Baroque Piazza offers folkroristici events, festivals, exhibitions, musical concerts, flea markets, folk dances of pinches, parties with fairy lights, nightlife, workshops, etc. .. . Enchant architecture of the house of beauty and craftsmanship of the time of the original floors of the time ......

The building of 400 square meters spread over two floors and an attic:

0 - ground floor: entrance, garden and orchard, swimming pool (with whirlpool and shower - foot-washing), relaxation area , living 80 m with librery, tv, music sourraund, 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms. At request living room turns into a double bedroom en suite bathroom. Total capacity 5.

1 - the main floor: elegant lounge furnished with comfortable sofas and antique furniture room, dining room with homemade dishes, antique kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a beautiful local stone terrace with barbecue for fantastic al fresco dining . In the wide spaces of the living area are available on request other 2 comfortable beds for a total capacity of 5 on the first floor.

2- attic panoramic on the castle: 1 double bed and 1 adjoining twin room for a total of 4 beds which feature a large bathroom with shower and corner bath, a kitchen with laundry facilities and a fantastic 'Lamia' (terrace Salento ) overlooking the medieval castle for an unforgettable dinner under the stars.

Spectacular views of the parties folkroristiche with lights that shine on the fireworks and the baroque castle.

A great place to build your ideal vacation: beach, culture, traditions, relaxation, etc..

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
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Historic mansion with pool and secret garden near the sea of Otranto-Castro
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
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Poggiardo treasure

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place.The house is like a small castle with modern amenities.The charming atmosphere of Italy is all through it.The decor is tasteful and professional. We were six adults and we could enjoy our own privacy or gather together in the central spaces and be quite comfortable.

We loved the setting in the town of Poggiardo, it has everything you need.There were a choice of grocery shops within walking distance, there was the best pastry shop just around the corner.There were fresh bread shops and Coffee bars, and meat markets and fresh cheese shops all very close with delightful personnel to help you.

The tourist center in our piazza was most helpful and dependable.Thank you Fabio for going tge extra mile for us.The regular Wednesday Market was a wonderful added bonus for us.We loved it!

The people of the town were generous and helpful and treated us with every kindness.Maria and Andrea provided us with four bikes to ride around the town and countryside which we enjoyed doing often.

We used the pool area for three sunny weeks in October.Towards November it got a little chilly, but overall we were thrilled with the weather.

The sites to see in Southern Italy are beautiful, plentiful and easily reached from Poggiardo.The Adriatic Coast drive is spectacular and compares easily with the Amalfi coast.Lecce is a must see and is clise by car or train.

Our memories of this holiday will delight us for a long time to come.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

Ten of us stayed at Palazzo Umberto the last week of April/first week of May. We found it to be as advertised -- a centrally located place for the 10 of us to spend a quiet week in southern Salento, and comfortable enough for us to enjoy in the evenings relaxing on the terrace or sitting by the pool. The pictures on the website are fair but do not do it justice; it was much larger than I had anticipated. We were there in late spring, and because of the ever-changing spring weather, we were able to avail ourselves of all the features of the property, from sunbathing for a few hours some days, to sitting around the fireplace on a cold and wet evening, or biking in the countryside. The five double bedrooms are spread over three floors and so afforded privacy and quiet. The kitchen had everything I needed to cook a meal.

The location is great, easy driving to Leuca, Gallipoli, Lecce, and Castro. Grocery shopping is just a few blocks away,

Maria was very punctual and met us even before the time we had agreed to. There was some confusion about reservations for lunch, and Maria managed to entice the local restaurant just down the street to open just for our ten hungry and weary travelers. When she turned things over to Mariarosaria for us to go shopping and prepare supper and meet us for checkout inspection, Mariarosaria made every appointment on time. As an expat living in southern Europe and north Africa for several years, this was most welcome and appreciated. She and her mother cooked for my wife’s 50th birthday supper, and it was an exceptional meal. I highly recommend Palazzo Umberto.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Dave ... I think the walls of Palazzo Umberto have absorbed your happiness! Thank you for choosing us for your wife's 50 birthday. I am honored! Good live! Maria e Andrea
Oxnard, CA/USA


  • 5 of 5

Our well-traveled family of five stayed in Poggiardo at Palazzo Umberto for six days earlier this month during a three week Italy adventure. We live in Los Angles, California but always enjoy traveling abroad with our kids when we can. Our "kids" are now ages 20, 22, and 23. Upon arrival, we were happily greeted by Maria who gave us a tour around her grand home. Needless to say, Umberto is even more beautiful in person than the photos depict! The house is spotless and is well equipped with everything to make any visitor's stay comfortable and enjoyable. While staying there, our family rented bicycles for several days to sightsee around the area. Traveling by bicycle was quite enjoyable for our group. It was a lovely way to visit the small towns surrounding Poggiardo. We especially enjoyed riding the bikes along the Adriatic Sea and eating lunch in Santa Cesera Terme. After each day's ride, we were happy to come home to a sparkling clean salt water pool to cool off. We spent several hours throughout the week in the garden seating areas enjoying wine with appetizers before heading into one of the many delicious restaurants for dinner in the neighborhood. You can't go wrong with any of the food establishments! All the restaurants prepare fresh food and are very generous with the portions they serve! The pastry and gelato shops in town are also quite fabulous! It was a good thing for us that we stayed active during the days because no one ever left much food on their plates! Each member of our family would love to return to Poggiardo and stay in Palazzo Umberto again. We cannot thank Maria and her husband, Andrea, enough for their wonderful hospitality and kindness to our family. Mille grazie! We hope to return someday soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

My wife and I visited the beautiful Palazzo Umberto in Poggiardo in June, and we absolutely loved it! From the minute we arrived, when we received a warm welcome from Maria, and we were shown all the beautiful rooms and the gorgeous “secret” garden we knew we’d made the right choice.

First the Palazzo – so grand and ornate, every room lovely to look around.

There is a rooftop terrace over-looking the square with a lovely bathroom with a huge bath, a bedroom, sitting room and kitchen on the top floor. Then, down an ancient staircase you come to the main floor – a kitchen fitted out with everything you could possibly want, from a coffee maker, a dishwasher, crockery and cutlery - every mod-con you would need; a grand dining room, a grand sitting room with a balcony, again over-looking the square, 2 more lovely huge bathrooms, and 2 bedrooms with air-con…all leading out onto a terrace over-looking the garden equipped with a BBQ and large seating area – we sat and ate there every day soaking up the sun and the atmosphere.

Then down to the ground floor – this is more open plan, with thick stone walls and gorgeous stone ceilings, lending a very cool feeling to this floor, despite the heat outside – it has air-con, of course, but you hardly needed it so effective was the stone-work. We based ourselves on this floor – it too had a fantastic shower-room, a further bathroom, a small kitchen, 2 bedrooms, dining area and sitting area – as the early morning swim was so much closer!!

The “secret” courtyard garden also is lovely, with a fantastic swimming pool, numerous comfortable seats, various citrus trees and flowers everywhere.

During ours stay we used the 2 bikes provided and explored the peaceful countryside. Poggiardo itself is quite a quiet, small town that comes to life on market Wednesdays – we became “locals’ popping to the supermarket daily to stock up on fresh produce for lunch, whilst in the evenings, wandering out to the local restaurants for gorgeous Italian meals.

You can probably tell we loved our holiday here – the house, the town, the sea, the countryside, the food, the friendly people – wish we were there now, and hope to return soon! Maria and Andrea gave us a wonderful holiday in a wonderful house.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi simon and veronica, thanks for how you have kept the House. I hope you will save quite a memory of this holiday. You are a beautiful couple and I wish you to achieve all your dreams.When you return you will be welcome. A hug, maria and Andrew


  • 5 of 5

We spent the New Years week in the beautifull and warm house of Maria and Andrea in Poggiardo. A great winter stay in the historic center (on the main Piazza) with choice of bars, shops, hairdressers, ... within walking distance.

The weather was great, sky steel-blue, sun shining every day (were we lucky or is this Puglia-winter?) and we spent several hours trying to get a tan on the rooftopterrace.

The house is a spacious and beautiful old palazzo, restored in a refined way with perfect artcrafts-finishings. The palazzo offers all comfort, with several bathrooms, equiped kitchens, cupboards, classic and authentic furniture which suits perfectly to the style of the house ... It's a pleasure to find a place where as well the interior, the objects, the decoration, the chocolats and bottle, as the towels and the sheets, ... all meet the same standard of luxury in every single detail which is, believe me so rare...

The recommandations for restaurants turned out to be delicious, and New Years-eve - we were kindly invited in the ground floor loft - was an unforgettable party. That loft as the rest of the building, has been beautifully restored,and has a great fireplace.

The swimming pool and garden look very welcoming and quiet for warmer months...

Thanks Maria and Andrea, hope we'll meet again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest, it was an honor to host new year an important architect like you, and know your beautiful family. Now, Salento, you have friends. See you in the summer. Hugs maria and Andrew

Not only a house - it is fairy-tale.

  • 5 of 5

Me and my friends visited Palazzo Perla Bianco at the end of the october 2012. Fortunately the weather was amazing – very warm at days and nights. Sun was shining and Adriatic sea was clear as expected and enough warm to go swimming. Although the high tourist season ended already at end of the september. South-Italy, where the Perla Bianco situated, is quite different then Middle- and North-Italy. It is clean and spacious, locals are friendly and there is enough amusements for days, evenings and nights. We enjoyd the Poggiardos local night life, fairs in multiple cityes, beaches, caves and architecture accross the province of Salento. This area is fantastic to have a vacation.

Owner of Palazzo Perla Bianco, hostess Maria is beautiful and friendly woman. She is very helpfull if you need any kind of assistance. And the house...it is not just the house – it is a fairy-tale. This 400 year old villa looks discreet from outside, but as medieval castle inside and it is big enough to accommodate comfortably even a big coterie. The inner yard with little garden and pool, is the place so nice, that first days you dont want to go anywhere else. The villa is equipped with everything you need – TV, internet, multifunctional music player, and so on. I really hope to come back there some day, because one vacation is not enough to enjoy all what the villa and this area can afford to you.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Maïdo, you are a wonderful person! As a traveler, I'm amazed! Departing by car from Estonia, cold you crossed Europe, then all the Italian sea coast, to the heart of the Mediterranean, where the land ends and the dreams begin! I'm very happy that so many houses, you have chosen Umberto Palace. I hope you will forever remain a wonderful memory. Good life, Mary e Andrew.


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
Bar della Piazza
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Stazione Poggiardo
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Ristorante della Piazza
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Castro Marina
Car: not necessary

Poggiardo, not far from clear sea and unspoiled Castro and Otranto, contains almost camouflaged, great wealth of historical, artistic and natural Messapi the Museum, the Museum of Culture, the Archaeological Park of the Warriors, the Castle, the Botanic Park, the park of olive trees, the Churches, crypts that hold absolute masterpieces of Byzantine painting (the Virgin and Child, St. Michael, etc..) in the Medieval Village in the summer at the Baxta Theatre Festival with performances of famous Old international. Numerous restaurants and inns on the road of wine and oil. On Wednesday morning you can visit a picturesque market of origin, where Renaissance artisans, farmers and fishermen meet to provide the best products of Salento. Umberto Palazzo is a really nice place to go after spending a day in the sandy beach of Porto Miggiano (4 km), the baths of Santa Cesarea (5 km), the Baia dei Turchi in Otranto (15 km), or after a trip boat Caves Catro Marina (3 km), or the Maldives of Salento (20 km), or in the inlet wild dell'Acquaviva (3 km), etc. etc. etc.. Valid alternatives to natural sea Poggiardo find a public park of ancient olive trees where you fantastic outdoor walking, cycling, horse riding. From here you choose the ideal vacation, but do not forget to see the mosaic of life in the Cathedral of Otranto (10 km) and the Church of Santa Croce in the city of Lecce (30 km). A few meters away from home 'you' is the historic railway station of the line that connects Poggiardo South Salento in Lecce-Gallipoli-Otranto through a wild and unforgettable ...


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Prices for this holiday villa in Santa Cesarea Terme, Lecce province

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
First sea
2 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 june
30 May 2015 - 5 Jun 2015
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
6 Jun 2015 - 12 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Alta stagione
15 Aug 2015 - 22 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Aug 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Sep 2015 - 25 Sep 2015
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Bassa stagione
26 Sep 2015 - 24 Oct 2015
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee €50.00
Notes Caparra del 30% alla prenotazione e saldo all'arrivo.
Cauzione di 500 euro che verranno restituite alla partenza.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santa Cesarea Terme in Lecce province

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , vicino alla piscina
    BathRoom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Doccia swimming pool - Outdoor Shower , vicino alla piscina
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Air condit.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Air condit. En suite
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , panoramica
    Living 80 m - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Living en suite
    Living 1 floor - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , posto aggiuntivo su richiesta
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Air condition. en suite
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , a richiesta due posti aggiuntivi
  • The rooms have air conditioning. There are 5 bedrooms e 5 bathrooms for 10 people. At the request of the ground floor living room of 80 metres turns into a double bedroom en suite bathroom. Max 14 people on request.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Steam Shower
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Car Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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