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This lovely house in Puglia was the perfect answer for our 3 week stay in Puglia. While the characteristics of the house are unique, comfortable and truly memorable, it was the interaction and attention we received from both the hosts as well as the caretakers which will be our most cherished memories. Questions about local stores, sights and restaurants were answered immediately and we enjoyed as many of the suggestions as we could fit in. The caretakers were wonderful in translating and interpreting my poor attempt at Italian and we enjoyed dining at their family's restaurant in the nearby village as well as being treated to a tour of the olive oil cooperative in our own village. All in all, we felt as though we have gained some wonderful new friends. The house was better than what is shown in the pictures, the grounds very well kept, and it is very well located for exploring both the Ionian and Adriatic coastlines.
This is a beautiful villa and the gardens and pool are well maintained with the pool being cleaned daily. The interior is rustic and original but the bathroom is modern and clean. There are two bedrooms and the beds are comfortable. I would suggest new pillows would be in order as the ones we had were pretty poor. There is plenty of crockery and pots and pans for cooking and the kitchen is fit for purpose. Although there is a gas hob, there is no oven but it was fine for our needs. There is WiFi but it is very temperamental dependent where in the villa you are.
The villa is looked after by Salvatore and his wife Rosie who visit the villa daily from their villa next door to clean the pool and remove any waste. Although they can’t speak English and our Italian was non existent, we managed to understand each other by way of a smattering of French, Spanish, google translate and sign language. You can opt for Salvatore and Rosie to make you a meal, which costs 14.5 euros per adult, which we did. The meal which included wine was lovely. Salvatore recommended a restaurant called Amelie in nearby Maglie, which was superb.
The villa is in a great location being only 20 minutes or so by car from Lecce and Otranto and 45 minutes from Leuca at the very tip of the heel where we went on a boat trip.
Communication was very good from Alessio and the friendly engaging nature of Salvatore and Rosie was superb. Thanks for a great stay.