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Jon & Rebecca

Member since: 2009
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Speaks English, Italian

Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Galatina - Giardino Segreto

Giardino Segreto in historic centre with private garden and roof terrace

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 stunning roof terrace with views of the monastery belltower and surroundings.


La Tana Del Lupo - This tiny restaurant is just a minute walk from the house. It only has about 4 tables and feels as if you are dining in the home of the owner. There isn’t a menu. Instead, Francesco and his wife Iole will just start bringing you food and wine the moment you sit down. (Via Del Balzo, 26)

Rosticceria Pizzeria - The best place for thin crust pizza. Just a few minutes from the house outside the historic centre, this small take out place offers some of the best (and cheapest) pizza available anywhere. It's a great option if you want to stay home and watch a DVD. (Corso Maria D'Enghein, 47)


Le Zie (Lecce) – Located just outside the historic centre near the Santa Croce basilica, this restaurant was once the chef-owner’s home. She converted it into a simple dining room serving traditional Pugliese meals. It’s been written up in several international travel magazines and the pictures of Francis Ford Coppola are a testament to it's growing popularity. You need to buzz the door when you arrive and it’s closed on Sunday and Monday. (Via Colonnello Archimede Costadura, 19)

Alle Due Corti – Located in the historic centre of Lecce, this small, family-run restaurant has been rightfully mentioned in the New York Times for its authenticity. (Corte dei Guigni 1)


Le Macàre - Extraordinary food and flawless service. The attention to detail is impressive and every course memorable. It's difficult to show restraint when everything on the menu is so great: +390833282192 (Via Mariana Albina 140, Alezio)

Gustavo Braceria (Galatone) - It's ideal to visit in the summer when all tables are outside in front of the restaurant, but the fresh and local food is fantastic any time of year. It's prix fixe dining at it's best. +393456155711 (Strada Statale Salenina Gallipoli, Galatone)

Le Stanzie (near Cutrofiano) - Located in an ancient masseria in the middle of the countryside, this restaurant doesn't have a menu, but they just start bringing the antipasti as soon as you sit down...and the traditional Pugliese dishes just keep coming. Be sure to walk around the grounds after dinner and explore the caves under the building where olive oil and wine were once stored. +393401088978 (Strada Statale 476, between Cutrofiano and Supersano)

Loquita (Santa Maria di Leuca) - If you are planning a drive to the tip of the heal, this is a perfect place to stop for lunch. Fresh seafood and a fantastic view of where the Ionian and Adriatic seas meet. +390833758394 (Via Sciesa - Marina di Leuca)

La Maruzzella (near Santa Maria al Bagno) – This seaside spot is a must for lunch. You may have to wait a while before the busy staff notice you standing on the steps, but it’s worth the wait. The spaghetti vongole is perfect in its simplicity and the white wine is simply served in plastic cups. This place is very popular for its raw sea urchin (ricci), but other favourites include grilled octopus and fried calamari. (Via Cristoforo Colombo, Sannicola 73017)

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  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jon & Rebecca (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks English, Italian

About Jon & Rebecca

We live in London with our little daughter and are great lovers of Italy. Having ourselves enjoyed staying in the Giardino Segreto as guests, we were delighted to take over the property from our friend Mark, who lovingly and brilliantly renovated it some years ago. It's a beautiful house which we're proud to offer for others to enjoy too.

Why Jon & Rebecca chose Galatina

We discovered Puglia on holiday and immediately connected with the landscape, climate, warmth of the people, rich history 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.

What makes this house unique

It's a wonderful house to stay in - comfortable, welcoming and beautifully-equipped. The large, private orchard garden is a very rare and beautiful feature, 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.


based on 31 holidaymaker reviews

Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches
average rating of 4.83871 based on 31 reviews

Stunning property in a beautiful part of Italy

  • 5 of 5

We loved out stay in Galatina and would return in a heartbeat.

The house is absolutely beautiful and has everything you need for an incredible holiday inside. The kitchen is well equipped, the garden is perfect, nothing will beat sitting under the orange trees at siesta time sipping on some local red wine and if that wasn't enough the roof terrace is the perfect way to while away the hours on a hot summer evening. For us, it was the perfect spot to watch the local firework display.

The house is in the historical centre of Galatina, every time we saw the church in the main square it took our breath away - simply beautiful!

Galatia itself is very pretty and the perfect jumping off point for several incredible caribbean style beaches and other breathtaking towns, it was our first time in this part of Italy and we were blown away by the beautiful surroundings.

Thank you Jon and Reb for being such fantastic hosts, great at getting back to us and answered all of our questions with speed - we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Lovely house in relaxed small Italian town

  • 5 of 5

The house is very tastefully furnished and very well equipped within walking distance of a nice piazza. Traveling with kids, we loved the fact that it had a spacious garden for them to run around. The property is well managed and Jon as well as Christiano, the local agent, were friendly, helpful and uncomplicated, everything just worked out fine. There are some beautiful beaches, even though you have to drive a bit to get to them. We went in April and being clearly out of season, there was not much touristy infrastructure and we mostly had the beaches to ourselves with most restaurants etc. closed, but that was quite relaxed and we actually prefered it that way. We mostly drove to Gallipoli for restaurants and the nearby beaches but went to a couple of cafes in Galantina which were really nice. We particularly noticed how everyone from supermarket staff to restaurant owners was very friendly, communications always worked somehow even though there is little English spoken and we didn´t know any Italian. With three small and unfortunately not always well behaved boys, we particularly felt people in restaurants were relaxed and welcoming to children wherever we went. We recommend visiting the beautiful city of Lecce which is only a short drive away.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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Fabulous house with secret garden

  • 5 of 5

The house in Galatina is absolutely beautiful. It is in the old centre of this pretty Baroque town, and is deliciously quiet although just a short walk from the main square. Galatina is a great place from which to drive to the coast (either side of Puglia) and to visit the other towns and villages in Salento and beyond.

The house combines historic beauty (it has been extremely sensitively restored) with great comfort and practicality; the spacious walled garden is agreable even in the great heat; and the kitchen is lovely to cook in, as it is exceptionally well equipped. The roof terrace is a lovely place to sit, or indeed to sunbathe. We also enjoyed the large DVD library. Cristiano, who welcomed us, was most helpful and accommodating.

Many thanks to Mark for sharing his beautiful house!

Anna, Frank, Jonny, Stevie, and Jen (Brussels and Oxford)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Highly Recommend

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic house which has benefited from real consideration in the renovation.

Everything available to the discerning traveller but with all the home comforts, including spacious and tastefully finished rooms throughout, fully equipped kitchen, wonderful orchard garden and roof terrace.

Great location in a quiet town but within easy reach of the rest of Puglia.

Any questions we had, the owner was only to happy to answer.

Highly recommend a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
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This place is a foodie dream

  • 5 of 5

We had a magic two weeks at Mark's home in Galatina. The stay truly exceeded our expectations. The villa itself is spacious and tastefully decorated, with three large bedrooms, a roof terrace and a gorgeous enclosed back garden. Even though it was winter we still made good use of the outdoor spaces, especially in our first week which was really sunny.

But the best thing about this place was the foodie experiences that it gave us access too. The kitchen is extremely well equipped. I mean there was *nothing* you will not find in a drawer or a cupboard. There are several supermarkets around, including a near 24 hour one on the square near the train station. We also found a local grocer who delivered on truck, bakeries, you name it. Galatina has several good restaurants (We liked Anima & Cuore and Pasticceria Eros) but there are some stella places to try in Lecce, Gallipolli and further north too...

All in all, can't rate this place highly enough. We're super keen to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
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A must for anyone wanting to visit Puglia!

  • 5 of 5

Mark, We have had a wonderful two weeks at your beautiful apartment. It has been furnished with great attention to detail - echoing the Salento Style! It had everything one could possibly want to make a great holiday. The wifi and gps (loaded with places of interest, supermarkets and restaurants) were invaluable. The fully equipped gourmet kitchen was outstanding - a foodies dream! We had breakfast in the garden most mornings, having picked fresh mulberries and oranges to juice. It was a little oasis in the Centro Storico.

The apartment is in a great location - it is so convenient to reach the surrounding towns, Otranto, Lecce, Gallipoli & Santa Maria di Leuca.

We have particularly appreciated your restaurant recommendations, including your more recent additions. We tried most of them over the last two weeks, some even twice. La Maruzzella (near Santa Maria al Bagno) and Loquita (near Santa Maria di Leuca) and Le Zie (Lecce) were the standouts!

After a long day out, we loved the opportunity to relax and watch a movie or two with the home theatre you have installed.

We have been so impressed with Puglia that we will definitely be returning. Two weeks was not enough time to even skim the surface......

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: recommended

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Galatina, Lecce province

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
July 2016
2 Jul 2016 - 29 Jul 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 2016
30 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2016
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Galatina in Lecce province

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • There are two full bathrooms upstairs and one half bathroom (sink and toilet) on the ground floor. The master bathroom has a large glass-enclosed shower with marble tile, separate bath tub, and skylight. The guest bathroom has a sink, toilet, and shower and is accessible by bedroom 2 and bedroom 3.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , This is a shared bath with bedroom 2.
  • The beds in the master bedroom and guest bedroom are European king size beds that are 160 cm wide and 200 cm long. The master bedroom has stone floors, a large balcony overlooking the garden, and en suite bathroom. Air conditioning is available in the master bedroom. The bedroom 2 has antique tile floors and stone vaulted ceiling with a small balcony overlooking the courtyard and also has a large floor standing fan. Bedroom 3, also with air con, overlooks the patio and garden. All rooms have access to the roof terrace and all bed linens and towels are provided.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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