This recently renovated 17th century property was once part of the neighbouring monastery, and the 13-foot high garden wall is one of the oldest surviving structures in town dating back 1000 years. The property is located in a secluded courtyard, so you will experience tranquillity in the historic centre of Galatina surrounded by beautiful Baroque architecture. This townhouse features all of the modern conveniences: 5-burner gas stove, convection oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, and washing machine. The kitchen also has direct access to a patio with herb garden which expands into a private fruit grove with orange, clementine, pomegranate and lemon trees. The master bedroom has a balcony, en suite bathroom with shower and tub, and air conditioning. There are a total of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a living room with large flat screen LED TV and extensive DVD library. The kitchen is well equipped for mastering Italian cooking (classes available). There is also a great roof terrace with views of the monastery belltower and surroundings.
Giardino Segreto in historic centre with private garden and roof terrace
Jon & Rebecca
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Jan 2019
About Jon & Rebecca
Hi, we're Jon and Rebecca. We live in London with our little daughter and son, and are great lovers of Italy, and in particular of this beautiful region. We're proud to offer our house in Galatina for you to enjoy too.
Why Jon & Rebecca chose Centro Storico
It's a lovely house to stay in, to enjoy the town and to use as a base for exploring the Salento region. The large, private orchard garden is a very rare and beautiful feature in a centro storico, while the roof terrace is perfect for cocktails in the evening sun. There is a great deal of space, peace and privacy, yet it's located in the historic centre of a beautiful town with all of the convenience of nearby restaurants, shops and markets.
What makes this House unique
This beautiful region is famous for its landscape and climate, its rich history, the warmth of its people and deep appreciation for fresh, locally-grown food. We love the baroque architecture of the historic centre, as well as the fact that the community has a very active social calendar with festivals all year long. And we're bang in the middle of the beautiful Salento region, with easy access to the many stunning beaches on both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts.
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This beautifully-renovated, well-equipped and comfortable house, with its large roof terrace to enjoy the sun and its unique orchard garden for shade and calm, is not only a most pleasing place to spend time, but also the perfect base for exploring the historic towns, the countryside, and the coastline of this still largely unspoiled region of Italy. We loved it!
Fantastic property and location
Secret garden property is beautifully appointed, comfortable and filled with everything one could need. Jon’s helpful packet of information in the property and things to do and enjoy was most welcome since it was our first visit to Puglia. Suggestions for restaurants were spot on- we had amazing meals. Cristiano was very helpful introducing us to the property and offering suggestions. The town is charming and surrounding area well worth exploring. Weather was amazing- quite warm. I highly recommend this spot!!
Beautiful house in a charming town and region.
Perfect for our holiday - beautifully presented and very comfortable.
Great house in a great location
The house is tucked away in a little courtyard, but once you enter the door it is airy and spacious. It has been renovated and maintained to a high spec and is very well equipped, both for entertainment and for cooking, so you can choose to cook for yourselves and eat in the peaceful and shaded garden (complete with lots of orange trees) or eat out in the towns several good restaurants. Parking in the nearby square was easy and it's safe to leave the car there.
Galatina itself is an attractive town (we were there during the 3 day tarantella festival which was good fun) and don't miss the amazing frescoes in the church of Santa Caterina . The town is also a great base from which to explore the rest of Salento - the beautiful city of Lecce and the coastal towns of Otranto, Gallipoli and Leuca - all worth a visit.
All in all, a very enjoyable holiday in a great property. Highly recommended.
Idyllic home away from home!
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.
Incredible home, Incredible hosts, insanely good location and wonderful neighbor
This home is one of the most well done and appointed we've ever stayed in, and we travel extensively worldwide. Once you get your parking pass and get acclimated to the neighborhood it's very easy to find yourself at home and comfortable. Internet works great in all 3 bedrooms, and hot water abounds. The kitchen is gourmet in nature and has every conceivable pot, pan, and accessory you can imagine. Very hard to come up with a dish that you couldn't prepare in this space. Great television and tons of sound. These owners are at the top of their game. I rent out homes in the US and this is exactly how I represent my properties. We couldn't have been more pleased either personally or professionally. There were six of us.
Thanks so much John, it was our pleasure to have you and Dorothy stay with us and we hope to see you again some day. Jon
Puglia (aka Apuglia and Apulia) combines warm weather, beautiful architecture, and the freshest food available in Italy. Most of Italy's wine, pasta and produce comes from this region. You can spend days exploring the small, winding streets of Galatina, but don't miss the nearby island fortress town of Gallipoli. The long stretch of sandy beaches south of Gallipoli called the Lido are perfect for relaxing in the sun. Visit the city of Lecce to see the Piazza Duomo, Roman amphitheatre and the famous Baroque Santa Croce Basilica. The Adriatic port town of Otranto has a stunning historic centre with a view of the Albanian coast in the distance and the Otranto Cathedral with a 700 square foot mosaic of the tree of life covering the entire floor. Continue south to the tip of the peninsula toward Santa Maria di Leuca for a drive that rivals the Amalfi coast. There are many fantastic seaside restaurants, or pack a picnic and stop along the way. The bridge grotto at Gagliano is a particularly great place to stop for a swim.