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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.
Thoughtfully restored family property with original features in the historic centre of this small town. Many rooms and large garden. We stayed in July with temperatures at 30+ and the house was cool due to the beautiful high vaulted ceilings. There were also some fans provided if you needed them. Single bathroom and kitchen were clean and in keeping with the property. We cooked a few times and everything was at hand. You will need a car to stay here and we were able to park nearby. The coast was about 30 mins away and the beautiful city of Lecce even closer. Good road links just outside the town to the rest of the peninsula. The coastal town of Otranto to the south is beautiful, as is the coast road all the way to the tip of Italy and round to Gallipoli on the west coast. Ostuni to the north is also fantastic. The whole area is undeveloped compared to other parts of Italy and is renowned for its seafood and local produce and dishes. A few words of Italian will be useful, but everyone we met was welcoming and friendly. Pantaleo the property owner ( the property has been in his family for hundreds of years) is very friendly and helpful. We would recommend the house and location for exploring the area and experiencing real Italian life. The first weekend we arrived was the towns festival with a huge open air meal and music in the town square. This was celebrating the Greek heritage of the town and the local area.