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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.
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.