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We have spent two weeks at Trullo Giancomino and have loved every minute. The house is quirky,but has everything needed for a comfortable stay. However, we would book again because of outside! We spent all our leisure time outdoors. Breakfast on the terrace, to the pool, which is great addition to the property, pre dinner drinks on the outdoor seating by the Trullo. We did have lunch in the trullo, but it is really a gorgeous showpiece. Huge grounds of olive, fig and lemon trees. Like having your own estate. It was hard to drag ourselves away to visit nearby towns, but all well worth it. Usually went out in the morning and back for a couple of hours by the pool. On arrival we were met by Domenico and Maria Pia, with a table laden with food and drink. Although they dont speak english and we have no italian, we managed, by charades to understand how everything worked.
The supermarkets are a couple of minutes away. The only negative was the pesky mosquitoes. Despite sprays and citronella candles, they managed to feast on us far too often. We would definitely come back here.....a very special place.
We finally arrived at Villa Ulivo at 10 o’clock at night, due to taking a wrong turning in the dark despite the clear directions. The owner’s agent, Antonio, was there to show us around the villa. We were pleased to find a chilled bottle of Prosecco in the fridge and a welcome pack of food. The villa is comfortably furnished, and there’s ample space, both inside and out. The kitchen has most appliances, including a dishwasher and washing machine; a microwave would be a useful addition. The bedrooms are simply furnished and have air-con that’s welcome at night. The two shower rooms are small but adequate. The living room has a generous sized leather sofa on which we enjoyed watching DVDs on the flat screen TV.
The large swimming pool is kept crystal clear and is flanked by olive trees and aromatic bushes of lavender, sage and rosemary plus some aloes. It’s generally private and peaceful apart from the intermittent barking of dogs a few km away and the occasional activity of tractors. There is a neighbouring house—with its own sports pitch, bizarrely—but this seems to have been abandoned. The outside seating area is perfect for chilling out during the day in between dips in the pool and getting some sun. There’s also a gazebo-like area (perhaps once used for al fresco video screenings) that’s excellent as a spot for lunch.
The Familia supermarket in nearby San Vito dei Normanni is comparable to a large supermarket in the UK and has everything one needs for self-catering. Specchiolla has some beach clubs, but most appeared closed during our stay in mid-September. The one-way system in Specchiolla takes some getting used to. We stopped by the three-star Hotel Belvedere in Specchiolla between checking out from the villa and leaving for the airport. La Lampara in Specchiolla is an unprepossessing but decent seafood restaurant with a fresh fish counter. Ostuni has an attractive, white-painted old part with a cathedral but parking is a nightmare and there’s the usual urban sprawl around it. Restaurants in Ostuni are aplenty, but those in the main piazza are pricey. We enjoyed some unusual but delicious vegetarian Puglian food at Garibaldi.
I’m afraid we succumbed to feeding a malnourished black cat and her three young kittens that had made the villa their home. Future guests are sure to encounter them and it’s better that they’re healthy and get used to people. We’ve left the bowls behind. But the cats should really be spayed.