Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Spacious trullo and integral villa, with pool, set in olive grove 2km from town

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

2 main double bedrooms, 1 double sofa divan, 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 4-6

This picturesque, rural , air-conditioned property, consisting of a romantic 200 -year- old trullo and its integral but independent, modern villa is private without being isolated. The new pool is completely hidden from the lane and neighbours can barely be seen as the house is set amongst olive trees, yet the town of Ceglie is visible from the edge of the land.Whenever you visit, there is garden produce: figs, almonds, cherries, beans, peas or mediterranean vegetables. Barbeque peacefully at the shady, garden table; lounge in the sunshine on the big veranda or sunbathe at the poolside. Sun or shade is accessible all day long.The trullo, has its own separate facilities, a large double bed, cane furniture, hanging space, linen, games, television, wifi and books. The villa has two comfortable rooms and a bathroom: one is a king-size bedroom with drawers and wardrobe; the other a living room with generous dining furniture,fitted kitchen, sofa-bed and character fireplace. There is a portable music centre with CDs. and books. It is possible to rent either the trullo, or the villa or the whole property

Higher rates are charged for a larger group of renters ie 6-8

This quaint Italian home is particularly suitable for people who like the countryside and who would like to see the real Puglia. It is comfortable and homely, being our much-loved second home and not just an empty rental property. The neighbours and the couple who maintain the house are generous and hospitable. They are genuinely interested in our guests and want to make their stay memorable but if you wish they will keep their distance. There are many places of interest within easy reach besides those already mentioned: noteably the caves at Castellano Grotte; Matera, the cave- town setting for the Passion of Christ and the whole of Salento with its picturesque resorts and beaches, together with the many fortified medieval sea-side towns like Otranto and Gallipoli. Bari and Brindisi are the big ports for Croatia and Greece. Sicily is near enough to visit for a short stay. Nearer to home, in Ceglie town itself, the Banana Club is a pretty swimming pool with restaurant, cafe showers and toilets. There are also caves nearby. The town has tennis courts and there is a good variety of quality eateries spanning the complete price range.

More Details

Jo Fullwood
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 May, 2018

About Jo Fullwood

I grew up in Cheshire and have lived in Shropshire with my husband Alan all our married lives. We have always enjoyed travelling and getting to know the local people. We were teachers in a former life but now we like gardening, music, theatre, cinema and I still act as Tour Manager for an American company taking High school students to France. I play tennis and attend a book club. Most of our time on the patio is spent reading!

Jo Fullwood purchased this house in 2004

Why Jo Fullwood chose Ceglie Messapica

We first came to Puglia after an American friend told us about it. We rented a trullo just outside Ceglie and I fell in love with it. This resulted, some time later, in my arranging a short, property-seeking break in the area, with my lump sum in mind!. I had little imagination for crumbling ruins in the middle of fields and this house was habitable immediately even though it was basic back then. On returning home, I tried to find financial means with which to buy it and if it had not been for my adventurous 90 year old father giving me the money, I would never have secured it. My parents travelled at 91 to see what their money had been spent on! Consequently the house is of great sentimental value to me. We have had many holidays there and we have made wonderful friends. The Puglian people have been so generous with their time and help, their produce and hospitality that it is almost embarrassing. We love the simple life they lead, the family values, the lack of ageism and their genuine interest in us. We love the fact that there is little commercialism and no nearby hotel complexes or gawdy attractions. The little town comes alive at night with music festivals, traditional toy festival, celebration of the saints, dancing and the town band. There is usually something interesting happening on the little square and the range of restaurants is varied. We are a car ride away form several good beaches and lovely places to visit but the house is beautifully relaxing and a joy to spend the days in.

What makes this house unique

The house has a welcoming feel to it and I knew immediately that it was the house for me. I love the huge,private garden full of Mediterranean flowers and produce; the three cones of the trullo are so quaint and picturesque; the verandah is a wonderful extra dimension affording us the luxury of sun, shade, shelter from the odd shower, and barbeques! Trulli do not exist in any other region and the Itrian valley, just down the road, is full of them. Apart from local attractions like Ostuni and Alberobello , places like Bari, Brindisi, Naples, Matera, Gallipoli are all accessible from Ceglie, by train even if you don't want to drive. It is possible to get to Sicily, Croatia and Greece on ships from nearby ports. Hopefully, the new pool will make the property even more attractive, in that we will all be able to stay cool on those blisteringly hot summer days, as well as getting some exercise in readiness for all that gorgeous Italian food.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ceglie Messapica in Province of Brindisi

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , The bath is a half-bath with shower facility
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Villa bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Trullo bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Extra bed - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , In living room
  • One double and one twin/triple plus the sofa/bed in the living room, so that it is possible to arrange the beds to suit yourself if friends are with you or if you have a family of several children
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
The dining table has capacity for 18 when fully extended but in the house, it seats 6. However, it is possible to take it out of doors in the summer and put all the garden chairs around it aswell for entertaining guests. The sofa divan will accommodate two more guests sleeping in the living room, making facility for eight in all. Both bathrooms have toilet, bidet, basin and bath or shower. The cooker is gas or electric so that you are never without the means to cook. A clothes rack and pegs are provided for washing. An electric radiator and a gas heater can be moved around as required in cooler months and there are stacks of olive wood to burn in the fireplace. Beach towels, bag and umbrella are provided. The house and garden are maintained by a couple who live in the town and who will prepare for you and clean when you leave. They will organise a meal for your arrival if required. About five minutes away, there is a pretty little communal pool and billiard room called the Banana Club


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

66% Complete
20% Complete
12% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Spacious trullo and integral villa, with pool, set in olive grove 2km from town
average rating of 4.5416665 based on 24 reviews

A magnificient two week family holiday in Italy

  • 5 of 5

Our delightful Trullo is just fifty minutes from the airport at Brindisi. Next time, should we be fortunate enough to come again I would take a taxi to the Trullo and hire a car in Ceglie Messapica the absolutely stunning, medieval town, almost unblemished by time and technology which is no more than 2Km away. A combination of delightful, traditional accommodation which has been tastefully modernised to incorporate an impressive canopy which provides shade in the middle of the summer, air conditioning in two of the rooms and the recent addition of a beautiful pool. There is everything you need within the property including two kitchens, two bathrooms, two bedrooms but sufficient accommodation for up to eight people, we were seven and very comfortable. It is the location that takes your breath away, in the heart of its own grove of Olive trees and other delights with views across to Ceglie and all the privacy in the world without the sense of isolation. Finding it late at night was a challenge, but the only challenge, everything else was very straightforward including setting the security system and locking up as we joined the locals in the evening following their (and after a day or two our) long afternoon siesta. That took a day or two to get used to, but the heat of the day demanded that you take things easy. Ceglie really is a gem with loads of places to eat cheaply and well. A litre of the local good wine costs as little as 3 and a much as 5 euros! And despite the poor exchange rate everywhere was incredibly affordable. During our visit we were able to look forward to a series of festivals and celebrations. The friendliness of the locals made you feel very welcome at all times and the restaurants' were grateful for your business. Its not often you feel you want to stay at a holiday home for ever, but I certainly did. Its a home which is what the owners want it to be and my family are just very grateful that they are willing to share this little piece of paradise in the heart of Italy.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so gratifying to see guests make the most of, not only the house, but the little unpretentious town. To be here any time between Easter and September, ( but mostly July/Aug) one gets involved in the lovely processions and fiestas that spring up with their decorative lights, musical events and much people-watching. These guests obviously discovered that all the action takes place after 8pm and that children, from babes -in -prams to teenagers,enjoy the lively atmosphere. So glad you liked it and had a good time.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Nice traditional house with lovely pool.

  • 3 of 5

Overall we had a lovely stay at the house. The trullo part of the house is so special. The pool was really nice and the kitchen has everything you need. We also used the barbecue outside. As we were 7 we used the bedsofa which was very hard to sleep in for two adults and as we wanted aircondition we put it in the second kitchen with very little space.

The town Ceglie nearby is really nice in the evening. As the house is a bit far out you need a car to go in. We also visited Alberobello and Ostuni which is near by and really beautiful.

We went to the sea nearby and there are nice beaches. Also possible to visit Matera from the house if you don't mind 1 1/2 h drive.

We think the house is a good location for trips in Puglia.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am pleased that the house, it's pool and location pleased the guests. It is, as the description suggests, much more comfortable for six people who can sleep in the two large double beds and two singles. Four adults and two children is perfect, for example. Using the sofa bed is ok but not ideal as it occupies the living room. The bedrooms are air conditioned too. Perhaps a larger property would have been advisable for 7 people.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 1

A home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Trullo di Giovanna for one week and enjoyed every moment of it, starting from the booking back in January and the kindness of Jo (the owner) explaining in details about the property and surroundings. We were greeted by Antonietta and her husband on arrival, which offered support and suggestions for a great stay. The new addition of the private pool proved fantastic: we used it a lot to relax after a long day visiting towns (Alberobello, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Ostuni and further away Polignano, Lecce and Otranto!) or even spent at nearby beaches. There is plenty of restaurants to chose from and we even used the BBQ on the patio for an evening of fun with the family: fresh fish and local mozzarella are the best buy ... and so cheap! We will definitely be back and I could not recommend more this property, it is really as having a second home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the trullo, and that the new pool proved to be such an asset. As guests, you were very straightforward to do business with and your emails were warm and friendly which made our transactions a pleasure. I hope you do book again. It would be a pleasure to receive you. Thank you for your review.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Idyllic holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just enjoyed a wonderful week at this idyllic property. Everything about our stay was excellent, from the service we received from the owner to the warm welcome from the caretakers on our arrival. Jo, the owner, answered our initial enquiry very promptly and provided comprehensive information about the property and surrounding amenities.

The trullo is obviously a much loved place. It is well equipped, spotlessly clean and has everything that is needed for a great holiday. The recent addition of a pool is a major plus and it gave us great pleasure to sit by the pool in the late afternoon watching the swallows and swifts swooping down to collect water.

The property is secluded but not isolated, being just a few minutes from the delightful town of Ceglie. There are many excellent places to eat - we had very good meals at Osteria di Giuseppe, Osteria il Capitolo and Pizzeria da Mimma. In all of these the food was very good and reasonably priced.

We will return and heartily recommend this holiday accommodation to anyone wanting a tranquil, beautiful place to stay in Puglia.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that our most recent guests have enjoyed the house and its location. The pool is new and we have enjoyed planting the surrounding garden, so I am pleased that our guests found it an asset. It is very private and totally peaceful and I was hoping people would enjoy it just as we have. Ceglie is well-provided with good and varied eateries which are not hard on the pocket. It is obligatory to try them as these guests have!! Thank you for your obvious pleasure in our little home.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

excellente semaine dans un cadre magnifique

  • 3 of 5

We were a group of 6 friends and we enjoyed the place ,the surrounding villages.Maison accueillante beau cadre de vie.Très bons restaurants.Vie meilleure marché que dans le reste de l'Italie.Trullo très propre.Voisins charmants.La description des lieux était très précise donc pas de mauvaises surprises.A la fin du séjour Antonietta est venue faire le ménage ,merci aux propriétaires

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

un coin de paradis

  • 5 of 5

Le trullo di Giovanna fait partie de ces rares endroits qui ont une âme. Plus qu'une confortable maison de vacances c'est un lieu où l'on se ressource en toute tranquillité et simplicité. De plus la propriété est très bien située pour découvrir la région entre mer Ionienne et Adriatique. Jo, la propriétaire est très sympathique et fait tout afin de rendre le séjour parfait . Le seul risque est que vous n'ayez plus envie de quitter le trullo ! Nous espérons déjà y retourner !

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Ceglie Messapica
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Villa Nova
Car: necessary

The local area is characterised by the stony red earth and olive groves, typical of Puglia. The property benefits from refreshing breezes, situated as it is on a low hill. Within a few miles, you find the undulating hills of vines or wheat fields populated with clusters of trulli houses. The Itria valley with attractions like the Trulli town of Alberobello; the round gabled town of Locorotondo or elegant Martina Franca, is only twenty minutes away by car. Ostuni, the lively, famed 'White City' is 11km away and Lecce, the Florence of the South, is an hour away, whereas there are several different types of beaches within easy reach. Ceglie itself is a quiet little town slightly off the tourist route and very unpretentious, yet it comes to life at night with festivals and illuminations. It has an historic centre with narrow, cobbled streets and a good variety of places to eat.

Other Activities: Sight seeing


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

If a larger group of 6-8 people want the house, slightly higher rates will be negotiated. The price includes heating, power, weekly cleaning as well as basic essentials like soap and detergent, beach umbrella and chairs, beach bag and towels.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.