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A beautiful luxurious villa (trullo) with salt water pool . Free wifi

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

The villa is self -catering offering luxurious accommodation in a rural setting.

A beautiful and luxurious villa with salt water swimming pool. The villa ' ILGelso' is set in a large private garden. There is a spacious paved patio surrounding the beautiful salt water pool. There are two gazebos on the patio, one for dining al fresco, the second has built in seating where you can sit and watch the sun go down. Perfect for those warm balmy evenings.

The Trullo has been lovingly restored maintaining many of the original features. Furniture is stylish with a relaxed elegance. IL Gelso has beautiful spacious rooms throughout. The accommodation comprises of a large master suite with en suite, french doors leading out onto the patio. 1 Double bedroom with its own dressing room and access to the Jack and Jill bathroom. A twin room with separate dressing room and access to the J & J bathroom. A beautifully appointed lounge with views onto the pool. A spacious comfortable dining room. The kitchen is very well equipped with top of the range equipment.

The villa is perfect for groups of friends or families looking for stylish luxury

Extra interests for children: Zoo Safari in Fasano a great day out for children, with animals a funfair and a theatre

Castellana Grotto underground caves . Believed to be amongst the largest in Europe,. Interesting for all the family.

Egnazia , Ruins of a Roman encampment and port

Matera , Cave dwellings which were inhabited by the Troglodyte's The place where Mel Gibson filmed the Passion

More Details

Anita Cecere
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

The most gorgeous house we have ever stayed in. We had an amazing, relaxing time. Thank you for being such warm welcoming hosts. Our highlights were Matera, Polignano a Mare, Martina Franca and Ostuni.We had two great dinners at Gli Ulivi round the corner.

We will be recommending to our friends and hope to come back again one day
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Martina Franca in Province of Taranto

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower
  • The bathrooms are spacious with modern top of the range fixtures and fittings. Large walk in showers. The Jack and Jill bathroom has two basins
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Cot
  • We have furnished all the rooms in a stylish comfortable manner mixing old with new to give a relaxed ambience The bedrooms are a master suite en suite a double and a twin The double beds are large and the two singles can be made into a double if required .There are also cots and a childs bed . Linens and towels are provided along with pool towels which are changed on a weekly basis for guests staying longer than one week. Extra linen changes can be arranged if required at an additional charge.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 9 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Free Wi-fi Included in the kitchen is a coffee machine, kettle, juicer and a toaster. The microwave is available on request. There are two hairdryers Central heating is available in the cooler months at an extra charge. Pool towels are provided, change weekly. A docking station for your I Pod is available. English to Italian adapter available.


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A beautiful luxurious villa (trullo) with salt water pool . Free wifi
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

Fantastic Villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay. Our party consisted of 3 married couples and the villa was very perfect in every way for us and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending it. The villa is as good, if not better than it looks in the photograph's. It is a great base for exploring the area but it was so nice just relaxing by the pool it was hard to tear yourself away from it. Anita was very helpful during our stay and booked taxi's for us on a few occasions when we went into Alberobello for dinner in the evenings. The local restaurants that Anita recommends are excellent and great value.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and Well-Equiped Villa

  • 5 of 5

This was a lovely rental property that was beautifully renovated and was extremely well equipped. The owners, Anita and Pino were very welcoming and nothing was too difficult. We loved the villa layout which was perfect for the four of us, however there were sometimes fights for the linked bathroom between our grown up children! The outside pool area however, was just perfect. Outside was very private and we enjoyed this space throughout the day with covered eating area, a lovely barbecue pit, a comfy seating area and plenty of sun loungers. The pool was great and although we had some reservations over the fact that it was salt water, we never noticed this other than to note that we didn’t always smell of chlorine, which was lovely.

If we were to find fault we would have preferred a proper double bed in the master bedroom rather than two singles that push together; you can never get away from the lump in the middle! We also had an issue with traffic being rerouted due to roadworks and this made the country road beside us busier. It was only an issue because it was warm at night and we needed to keep doors and windows open as there was no air-conditioning. Our final comment would be that we are always nervous when having to make bank transfers to pay for villas as this affords the customer no protection and opens you up to fraud and abuse; Anita puts your fears at bay very quickly once contacted, but it would be a shame if they are losing any potential customers because of this.

That all said, this was overall a fantastic stay and one of the nicest villas that we have had the pleasure of staying in, thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect villa in ideal location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Il Gelso for 1 week in mid July. From initial booking Anita was great with information etc. I was concerned that I couldn't pay by PayPal so I rang her and we discussed it, and she put my mind at ease.

When we arrived the villa was immaculate. As other reviewers have said, it's better in reality than the photos; and that's saying something.!

It is ideally located approx 1.5 miles outside Alberobello on a country road. It is very peaceful, yet convenient to the shops, restaurants etc in the town. I took walks along some of the adjoining country lanes in the evening and it was so picturesque.

All the furnishings and equipment in the villa are top notch, including excellent, free wifi coverage.

The outdoor area around the pool is ideal for BBQ's and the pool itself is a good size. Our 3 boys (9, 11 and 13) loved it.

Great location for exploring Puglia. We visited the caves at Castellana, Ostuni, Lecce and Polignano a Mare. The beaches are good, but not spectacular on the Adriatic coast and are a 25 min drive.

Anita and Pino were excellent hosts, offering great recommendations for restaurants etc.

I would definitely recommend this villa.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Holiday, Lorraine F.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned to Ireland after spending 12 wonderful days in Il Gelso. This villa is everything and more than the pictures show. We were a family of five with three young adults in their early 20s. This is a place to truly relax and get to see the wonderful area of Puglia. Anita and Pino are exceptional owners and were so helpful from the moment we made our booking. We have been booking our holidays through VRBO for years and we would have to say that the owners of this property are the kindest, friendliest and most professional we have dealt with. This villa will not disappoint. We really hope we can return some day.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

Amazing week in a beautifully & tastefully decorated luxury villa. Anita & Pino are incredibly welcoming, friendly & helpful, advising on super places to eat & visit. They have thought of everything you need for a relaxing & peaceful stay. IL Gelso is quite frankly a magical place to stay, the only downside was a week was not long enough!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Stay

  • 5 of 5

I found Il Gelso on HomeAway about a year ago and was immediately drawn to it because of the stunning pictures and fantastic reviews across the board that it has received. I have to say that it doesn't disappoint in any way at all, the place itself and location is just fantastic. So close to Alberobello, yet beautifully set in the wonderfully rustic Puglia countryside.

It really looks better than the pictures when you arrive, the attention to detail, the gorgeous pool, kitchen and bedrooms are just fantastic and the outside area for al fresco dining is so atmospheric in the evenings. Anita and Pino are so helpful and welcoming and only a call away should you need them.

I would absolutely recommend il Gelso to anybody looking for an authentic family Trullo experience. Just fantastic!

p.s Apologies for such a late review


  • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Bari or Brindisi
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Gioia del Colle
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The villa is situated in the beautiful country side of Alberobello Puglia.Approx 2km from the town .The area offers a diversity of cultural and social activities.Alberobello is a world heritage site,Capital of the Trullo.A beautiful town with a great choice of excellent restaurants and bars.The villa is situated within easy reach of other towns of interest Martina Franca,with elegant Baroque architecture, and great shopping. Locorotondo famous for its white wine,with a Centro Storico(old town). Ostuni known as The White City sits on a hillside overlooking the sea. Castelana Grotto a fine example of stalactites and stalagmites.A must is the historic town of Lecce with fine examples of Baroque Byzantine and Roman architecture.The coast offers something for every one from long sandy beaches to rocky coves and caves,also a nature reserve.Puglia is an agricultural area with some of the most fantastic olive groves and vine yards, yielding some fine wines and rich olive oil. 'Buon Appetito'


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Martina Franca, Puglia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
16 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Aug 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Bookings require 25% deposit. The balance plus a £200 / 250 euro security deposit to be paid 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday. The security deposit is returned within ten working days of leaving the property, subject to inspection.

Easter week 2014 £1600
Gas Electricity and water are included in the rental rate ( fair usage policy applies)All services are metered

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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