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From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome by our hosts. They had thought of everything to make our two week stay special.
Villa Maria was spacious and extremely well equipped. A beautiful outside sitting/ eating area made the accommodation perfect. The property was very secure with plenty of off road parking.
We travelled extensively using Villa Maria as a very convenient base and would have no hesitation in booking this property again in the future. Finally, this location made for a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
The trullo has a feeling of being VERY rural, but is actually only about 10 mins from Castellana, and an easy walk to the nearest Maseria Centrone Picolo (and my goodness the food was amazing there!!) We took the car up (laziness really) and the staff were happy for us to leave it overnight and collect the next day (make sure you take the torch from the trullo for your walk home!) A stay in a trullo has been on my to do list for a while and this didn't disappoint. The property was very comfortable and easily accommodated 4 adults. The location is ideal for visiting the surrounding area and further afield. Stating the obvious I know, but a car is absolutely essential! We had an epic thunder and lightening storm on day one and the trullo was struck by lightening with an almighty crack!! The whole area was out of power for 4 or 5 hours but our lovely neighbour Rocco a few minutes away gave us some candles so this was not an issue (gas hob, so we didn't starve!) I believe from speaking to him that the power can often fail when it is particularly stormy so some candles and a few more candle holders in the trullo would be nice (I do appreciate that the owners are perhaps concerned about fire hazards tho, so this may be why they aren't supplied) This is the first holiday I can remember where I didn't come home having put on half a stone and craving fruit and veg (and believe me it wasn't for lack of trying!!) The local produce is just fabulous, the local veg amazing and the meat and seafood top notch. A lot of the local restaurants have a 0km policy for produce, not as a trendy selling point, like some other places I have been, but just because that is what they do here.
David was fantastic in the run up to our holiday. Nothing was too much trouble, and the deluxe hamper and wine and beer pack waiting for us, as arranged, meant we could completely chill for the first couple of days. The meal left in the fridge was a Godsend due to our flight being delayed (tho I must confess, there was so much that it also gave us lunch the next day!) An absolute 5 star service, that could not be faulted and made us feel very special. I am VERY picky when it comes to accommodation and a few small tweaks would take this review from 4 star to 5 star. The roofing over the outside dining area still lets rain through (would have been nice to sit out and stay dry even if raining) and the screening to the side needs to be stronger. (As I said VERY picky! Fabulous holiday tho)