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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.
From the moment we walked in, we loved this beautiful house. The stone and woodwork features are stunning. Excellent sleeping and living areas. The kitchen is fantastically equipped with everything you could need. It was a joy to walk from the kitchen into the gorgeous secret garden. where the citrus grove provided a wonderful source of fresh orange juice each morning, and a great place to relax throughout the day. We also enjoyed some delightful meals from the outdoor barbeque.
The house is well-located in easy walking distance to shops, supermarkets, and restaurants. We loved visiting the markets and stalls in the town squares and cobble-stoned streets. There always seemed to be some local festivity to enjoy! One night we stumbled into a wonderful street party. The local people were very friendly and welcoming.
We chose to travel without a car, and found Galatina to be very easy to get around, and the train and bus services were excellent.
Thanks to Jon and Rebecca for their hospitality, to Cristiano for his assistance and also to Leila the lovely neighbour.