Old trulli stone villa, one of only three houses in the contrada, deep in the Puglian countryside. Set in the beautiful Valley d'Itria it has five double bedrooms, handmade super king size mattresses, 3 modern bathrooms (2 with bidet), kitchen set in local stone, stone flooring and towering conical ceilings crossed by old wooden beams. Handmade wooden doors to each room. Modern white goods, windows with integral mosquito nets. The house has its own cistern (well) under the house, bbq, forno for cooking outdoors (pizza and foccacia), 15m x 5m pool (with deep end) and jumping board, pool toys, outside seating for 20 on 16 foot long local stone table with pergola. Seating area around the pool with large umbrellas. The kitchen is completely equipped for cooks, including cookery books in English.
The famous Italian cycling path is 2 minutes from the house and is the one the official 'The Way of the Trulli' section.
Or visit our local buddhist centre, world famous Bhole Baba where you can practise yoga or join in the meditation.
Sit under the ancient olive trees or pick your own figs whilst watching the sun set over the valley with a glass of local Primitivo wine, which can be bought from the local Upal cooperativa at ridiculously low prices.
Evening meals can be catered for an extra charge directly to the local cook. They can also provide local food cookery classes.
Also all the fruit or nuts in our fields that are ripe are free for your use, please help yourselves. We also leave dried foods in the pantry, if they are there you are free to use them.
We have lots of cook books, dictionaries and maps for your use as well. We leave plenty of DVDs, CDs, stationery, extra lightbulbs and batteries. Please use all the games (Articulate, Chess, Draughts, cards, Risk etc) and well over 60 books some in foreign languages.
We have volley ball, pool ball, football (and mini goals) in addition to the full size ping pong table.
There is plenty to see around the area and the beaches are lovely, but for peace and quiet, just sit by the pool watch the buttlerflies and housemartins whilst looking at the view or take a stroll around Cisternino late at night after a wonderful dinner at Il Taverna del Torre, picking up a handmade iceceam on the way in Glaciale Era. Check out some of the trendy bars in Cisternino or just visit a traditional cafe for an espresso and cornetto (cream filled crossiant).
Please note bedroom 5 on the roof has not got a bathroom next to it.
The pool man comes twice weekly.
The pool is fenced and locked and the whole garden (garden and one field) is also fenced.
The flowers are beautiful around the pool and we have pomegranate trees and oleander bushes along the fence on one side, creating a lovely colour wall.
We have two outdoor showers (hot and cold water) so that you can wash before and after a swim and there is plenty of space to dry clothes.
You will find wood and kindling for the pizza forno and details of how to make the dough and cook the pizzas at the house.
We have plenty of pool toys and childrens' toys.
There is a lovely little terrace at the back of the house on the first floor which overlooks the garden and miles of the Valle D'Itria which adults can use to drink a glass of wine as the sun goes down.
We have a large hammock to sit in and read.
Each bedroom has side tables, reading lights, chest of drawers and hanging space. Every room has a fan, and a mosquito zapper should you need them.
All the doors and windows have integral mosquito nets so you can have fresh air without the mozzies.
Because the trulli is made entirely from local stone, the buildings are considerably cooler than the temperature outside.
The sitting room has an alcove with a leather sofa and tv/dvd. The dining room table is made from rosewood with a glass top so you dont need to worry about marking it. We leave lots of games, books and useful items of stationery etc in there for your use.
You can also turn the light on in the cisterna (well) which lies below this room and look down into it. There is a padlocked metal grille over the entrance so you don't need to worry about anyone falling in!