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Peaceful Rural Stay in beautiful flat within an estate with salt-water pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

First Floor Apartment With Huge Terrace, 2 Bedrooms, Kitchen/Diner And Bathroom.

A peaceful stay in your high quality and fully equipped 'second home'. Immersed in a secluded garden with wonderful views of century old olive trees, pine garden and palm trees, you are at the heart of an the olive farm with our own extra virgin olive oil free for you to use. Diddy's Country is strategically well placed a short drive away from many beautiful towns. You are also right at the start of 'Trulliland' with the first trulli's to be seen after just a couple of kilometres from the house.

The flat occupies the whole first floor of a rural villa and you have access to the swimming pool and toddler pool, most of the gardens and groves. The first floor has it's own huge terrace with custom made sun roof, evening drinks area and it's own big Weber BBQ. The terrace is very romantic in the evenings. The flat consists of a master bedroom with a doube-size bed, a big wardrobe, a TV and a two-seater sofa, the flat has also got a separate bathroom with shower, a second bedroom with a very stable bunk bed (top bed 70cm wide x 200cm long, bottom bed 80cmx200), and the possibility to add a third (proper) bed or a wooden or travel cot bed (depending on availability). The cot bed can also be placed in the master bedroom (we also had twin babies staying). The two bedrooms are off the kitchen, which also features a dining table for cooler evenings. The flat has got no living room, the terrace is it's living room, hence the flat is not suitable for the cooler months! The flat has been furnished with high quality furniture and kitchen items such as designer furniture, reclaimed furniture, stokke chair, Nespresso machine (with up to 30 free nespresso capsules per week), Nespresso cappuccino maker, Dualit toaster and kettle, Alessi Glases, artisan-made plates; utensils such as WMF cutlery and knifes and other cooking utensils, and other brands include Bodum, and Joseph. In the kitchen you will find our own extra-virgin olive oil for you to use (it comes from the century-old trees you see around you), coffee and tea, a pack of pasta and one tomato passata to start your holiday in style. We will also leave a bottle of wine or prosecco as a welcome. Basics such as salt, sugar, vinegar are also available. Your towels are from Frette for Adults and Orla Kiely for juniors, there are thin cotton hamam towels for the beach and sports towels for the tennis. There is a beautifully soft baby alpaca blanket to make you feel really cosy on cooler evenings.

The flat has it's own flat screen TV with cable TV (foreign chanels), microwave, washing machine, dishwasher and a cool "Bose" blue-tooth boom box for streaming your own music with quality sound, even when you are on the terrace.

The property has many fruit trees and we plant seasonal vegetables every year; if available in abundance, you are welcome to pick your own, such as tomatoes, figs and plums in the summer and oranges in the winter months.

We can give you access to the wood-fired pizza oven and free wood, however, this needs to be pre-arranged with the owner.

There is a tennis court with flood lights, changing room and showers. Rackets and balls are also available in the changing room. There are lots of other balls available in the changing room such as footballs, beach volley balls, basket balls.

The salt-water infinity pool is open from Easter to end of October (season can be extended upon request, but the pool is not heated, there is a plan to heat it for 2018). The use of the pool is at your own risk, please do not run on the solarium (can be slippery when wet) and no diving (pool only 140cm deep).

You are welcome to use the trampoline, but please note, this is at your own risk. The trampoline is on the playground and surrounded by safety standard river stones, but please be vigilant at all times, the trampoline has no net because of the heat. Adult supervision is highly recommended. The playground also features a mud-kitchen for our smaller guests, merry-go-round, swings, slide and our own dinosaur!

The property is just off the most amazing cycling path that can take you all the way to Brindisi for example.

Old bicycles can be borrowed free of charge with owners pre-approval. There are bicycles and other ride-ons such as pedal go-carts available for kids of all ages. Kids can use the internal roads with care (guests parking cars).

A parking spot has been allocated for our guests' cars and more parking space for our guests' guests is also available.

There is an exclusive al-fresco dining area for Piccinnu just in front of the stairs to the apartment. The "Aia" used to be the area where wheat would be dried and beaten to collect the grains for the winter. It is covered by a beautiful wisteria with thick green leaves in the summer. This is a cooler area to have breakfast of lunch.

The property is approximately a 20 minutes drive away from Brindisi airport or 1 hour away from Bari airport. It will take you 15 minutes to drive to the local beaches of Torre Guaceto, Specchiolla or Torre Santa Sabina and many beautiful towns are within easy reach: the world-renowned 'white city' of Ostuni and the culinary centre of Ceglie Messapica are just 20 minutes drive away. The amazing villages of the 'trulli-shire' area of Valle D'Itria, such as Alberobello, Cisternino and Martina Franca, are also close-by. The remains of the Roman city of Egnazia and its interesting museum is also close-by. The historical and culinary treasures of the Bari, Brindisi and Lecce would surely warrant a day trip even if they are only up to 1 hour away. Otranto is another amazing town not to be missed and Santa Maria di Leuca, at the tip of the heel, will transport you directly to the Caribbean. Likewise the amazing waters and varied coastline of the Adriatic and Ionian seas, where crystalline waters contrast with either golden sandy beaches or rough and unspoiled rocky spots!

Discover the cultural and culinary attractions of the coast, Valle d'Itria and Salento and don't forget San Vito's own treasured food specialised food shops such as the 'Slow Food' rated Caseificio Lanzilotti (cheeses and mozzarellas) where you can find the wastes and most succulent choice of mozzarellas and the likes you have ever seen. San Vito also has it's own amazing pasta producer and an incredible gelateria!

Unless guests plan to spend their stay at the property, for guests arriving by plane or train it is highly recommended to hire a car for the duration of the stay.

More Details

Alexandra Mele
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 April, 2018

About Alexandra Mele

The property has been in our family for at least 5 generations, and we, as the next generation, took it on in 2006, even though we live in London and don't get to go as much as we would like to. We do visit about 3 times a year during UK school holidays and especially spend the whole summer there. Alessandro grew up in Brindisi and spent his holidays and weekends at Diddy's Country, roaming the fields with his friends during the hot lunch hours. Traditionally the family would spend the morning at the beach, come back for lunch, rest and spend the afternoon and evenings at the property. A lot of beaches are very well equipped and some also have a basic restaurant. There are some nice restaurants on the beach front as well. Italians would typically go back home for lunch or bring a pick-nick to the beach, they would only occasionally go to the restaurant.

Alexandra Mele purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Alexandra Mele chose San Vito dei Normanni

We decided to buy the family's estate so that we could give our kids some sense of freedom and adventure. We also believe that the home grown food, fresh air and beach will give them the necessary strength for the winter months in the UK. We believe that the beach is very good for them and therefore never built a swimming pool for fear of not going down to the beach anymore. We love to do sightseeing every year with the kids and friends, there is such a breath of beautiful historic towns, scenic beaches and tourists attractions. The kids can grow up learning about nature, picking fruits and vegetables, seeing and interacting with animals (there are two very kind labrador-like dogs in an enclosure on the property, and we currently have four cats that live outside and get fed by us). Remember this is countryside, animals come and go on the property, in fact, we seem to be rescuing animals every year!

What makes this apartment unique

This property is set in the midst of olive groves, and our property has about 200 olive trees of which about 100 are century-old olive trees. The salt-water infinity pool is new and the stones for the wall came out of our ground. The solarium stones are from a local "Cava" in Ostuni. The gardens are beautiful and there are many flowers everywhere, you are very welcome to pick the seasonal fruits and vegetables. The views from the flat's terrace are endlessly beautiful. You can follow the sun setting and at night the skies are very clear for star gazing and seeing shooting stars. The house itself has grown over generations from a small traditional farmhouse from the late 1800s to what it is today.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in San Vito dei Normanni in Province of Brindisi

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom with good size shower cubicle and bidet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Cot bed could be added if needed.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk bed is a very stable, architect designed.
  • The master bedroom has a comfortable large double bed (170x200cm), a flat screen TV, a big wardrobe and a luxurious small sofa. The second bedroom can easily accommodate a third adult single bed or cot bed for that 5th person/child.
  • Books ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There is a cycling trail just outside the property that spans kilometres through centuries-old olive groves and could take you all the way to Brindisi. If you wish and for a fee, a local lady can come and cook in front of you to teach you how to make gnocchi for example or she can prepare food for you and leave it in the kitchen. Details and cost to be discussed. The cleaning is free of charge after your departure, please ask if you would like a cleaner to come more often at your own charge. We can show you how to use the wood-fired pizza oven, please ask us if you are interested. The wood is free of charge. The cats are roaming free outside and pose no problem to allergic subjects unless they touch the cats directly.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

A brilliant holiday: fun for kids and relaxing for adults!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at Diddy’s Country in the two bedroom apartment for a week in August 2017.

The hosts have created a welcoming, beautiful, fun and relaxing place, with exceptional attention to detail. All the furnishings and fittings are excellent quality, and the new swimming pool is very beautiful and a joy to swim in.

The apartment has a comfortable double bedroom, a bed with bunk beds, a sit-in well equipped kitchen, a modern shower room, and a lovely terrace with seating. Everything was incredibly clean.

We had good contact via message with the owner Alexandra, and in person with Pamela who looks after the property and couldn't have been friendlier.

The hosts’ generosity extended to Nespresso pods to last our whole week’s stay, charcoal and wood for the BBQ, and being able to help ourselves to ripe fruit and vegetables growing in the garden. Pamela even lit the fire in the outdoor pizza oven for us one day so we could try our hand at making our own pizzas.

But Diddy’s Country’s major selling point is its provision for children. Our 5 year old daughter had a brilliant time swimming in the pool, riding around on the go carts, playing in the outdoor ‘mud kitchen’ and jumping on the trampoline. Also playing with the trucks, lego and games indoors. This goes so far beyond the usual high chair and plastic plates level of child friendliness!

We felt like we had the facilities of a whole campsite or hotel complex, but for just two properties: our apartment and the downstairs 5 bedroom villa - an incredible luxury!

The location feels very rural, but is only a couple of kilometres from a nearby town and good supermarket. Its around a 20 minute drive to beaches. To be honest, we hardly left, as there was so much to enjoy at Diddy’s Country.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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A wonderful place to stay in Puglia

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Diddy's Country. The apartment is beautifully designed and equipped and is very comfortable. It had everything we needed, plus home produced olive oil and local pasta. The terrace is a great spot to sit outside, and the garden and the grounds are lovely, with fresh figs, tomatoes and herbs. We enjoyed trips to the nearby beaches, the caves at Castallana, and towns such as Polignano and Lecce. We also liked the pasta shop, with its many different varieties of fresh and dried pasta, and the cheese shop, with local specialities, in the nearby town. Alexandra, Alessandro and their family were fantastic hosts and we would recommend a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
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A place with a soul

  • 5 of 5

If places of one's soul ever exist, surely this is one of them. Its peaceful location, where the garden gives way to the olive tree grove without a break in continuity, the elegant simplicity of the villa and its secluded position instil a sense of calm and well-being. From this good country retreat it's easy to reach the nearest village, the dunes and the sea, as well as the most picturesque places of Puglia. Diddy's country has a perfect position for always fascinating itineraries among the Byzantine, Norman and Baroque arts, but also for refined music events and flokloristic and gastronomical discoveries.

If you meet the people who made Diddy's Country so snug and enjoyable, you will understand why this place has a soul.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
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A great place in the Puglia countryside

  • 5 of 5

Diddy's country is not just a very nice villa, with every comfort, beautifully located in the heart of the Puglia countryside. It's a place where I find everything that makes me feel well, thanks to its wonderful view of the flowers and of the olive trees surrounding the house as far as the eye can see, but also to the nice sandy beach and the transparent sea that can be easily reached from there.

I enjoy spending my days at the sea side, and then relax in the fresher air of the countryside. This make my pace slow down so much that it is hard to decide to devote some time to the visit of the nearest towns, and there are plenty of, though! I always enjoy visiting Alberobello's “Trulli”, the white hill of Ostuni, Oria (with its “Palio” horse race in August), Grottaglie with its ceramic's laboratories, Cisternino (worth of a tour in the evening to enjoy the food specialties in its peculiar restaurants!), just to mention some of them. There's not a better place to recharge my batteries during the holidays!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
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An unforgettable stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week at this property in August 2013. The weather, the landscape, the beaches and the home itself were warm, beautiful and thoroughly inviting. The first floor apartment is very comfortable and provided everything we needed as a family of five for a memorable and fun family vacation. The roof-top deck for relaxing in the sun and enjoying the birds-eye views was fantastic. And, our kids loved playing tennis and splashing in the above-ground swimming pool.

The grounds are stunning with huge palm trees, fruit trees and ancient olive trees.

Our hosts made the trip perfect. They are so welcoming and incredibly knowledgeable about the local area.

We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
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Amazing stay in the Apulian countryside

  • 5 of 5

The flat proved to be a perfect place for our holiday: a charming and relaxing spot in the wonderful Apulian countryside, that simply enchanted us. The apartment is handy, very well managed and clean (and fresh too!); from its terrace you can admire the beautiful garden full of ancient olive trees that surround the villa.

Strategically situated, from there we could easily reach beautiful beaches (only 10 min. by car) as well as the most beautiful and interesting historical cities and sites, such as Lecce, Ostuni, Brindisi. Moreover, the amazing tennis court placed inside the garden gave us the possibility to just relax and have some fun even when we decided not to move from there.

Last but not least, Alessandro and Alexandra are the most welcoming and easy-going hosts: you can't possibly imagine better ones.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Brindisi Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Kilometres
In San Vito dei Normanni
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Brindisi Port
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
San Domenico Golf - approx.
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
San Vito dei Normanni
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Spechiolla / Sabbia d'Oro
Car: recommended

San Vito dei Normanni is within easy reach of great towns such as:

Alberobello, Ostuni, Martina Franca, Lecce, Bari, Otranto, Gallipoli, Brindisi, Cisternino, Mesagne, Francavilla Fontana, Savelletri.

It is within easy reach to the Zoo Safari in Fasano, Selva di Fasano, water parks such as the new one in Egniazia and Curtispatrizilandia in the south. Curtispatrizilandia also has a dinosaur trail.

You can easily access beaches on both sides of the heal, the adriatic and the ionic sea (Italians go to either side depending on where the wind comes from). Some beaches are very cool.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in San Vito dei Normanni, Puglia

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
16 Mar 2018 - 17 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 May 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Jun 2018 - 16 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
17 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Subject to all requirements being fulfilled, you will receive the entrance code for the gate and the code for the key safe about a week prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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