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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.
We spent most of the summer of 2018 at this amazing home in Poggiardo. It makes an outstanding home base to explore Salento!
First, Poggiardo is a perfect town to call "home" in Salento. The people are welcoming, the town is not pretentious or touristy, most things are walkable for your daily needs. You can easily have coffee and pastry, explore local streets and shops, fix lunch al fresco at the villa, and then dine out deliciously in any number of great restaurants just steps from your door.
Then head for the coast -- most of Salento's beaches are an easy day trip. Do you want rocky pools or sandy stretches? Maria can answer any particular questions you have. There are many free beaches within 30 mins as well as numerous "Lido" establishments that offer a range of amenities for a fee.
The nearby towns are breathtaking. You can wander happily for hours with some new charm around every corner. We especially loved Castro and Lecce. Most have great choices for Salento cuisine -- with crazy fresh ingredients from the nearby sea and farms. We even made a day trip up to explore Trulli country -- also amazing. The driving is easy and parking is manageable for free or for a small fee (paid at a kiosk with cash or card).
The house is more amazing than the photos show. It is spacious, and it offers everyone someplace to relax. Maria and Andrea have done such a tasteful job throughout. We frequently had a houseful (including children) and made the most of the pool and all the outdoor spaces.
Maria and Andrea respond immediately to questions or concerns you may have. They are committed to being great hosts and sharing this spectacular part of the world with visitors.
Stay longer than you think you should. There is so much to enjoy.