In the magical Italian heart of Cisternino
Stephen or Kate
About Stephen or Kate
We first visited Cisternino in 1994 with our young family and instantly fell head over heals in love with this beautiful town, the way of life and its people. So much so we decided to buy and restore this charming apartment. We have worked hard and continue to work hard to keep this property up to a high standard for our family to enjoy as well as our guests.
Stephen or Kate purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Stephen or Kate chose Cisternino
This property captured our hearts, mainly due to its fantastic location within the historic centre of Cisternino. It was in need of much TLC and total renovation but we could see its potential. Once the old plasterwork was stripped back we could enjoy the beautiful stonework that had been hidden for so many years. The high vaulted ceilings, the light and the space.
What makes this Apartment unique
The main benefit of this property is the location. The social aspect of the open-plan living area, and the attention to detail in the way it has been tastefully and comfortably furnished throughout. The roof-top terrace gives you private outside space to enjoy a glass of wine, read a book or enjoy a home-cooked meal.
Children not allowed
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
The property is in the perfect location for walking around Cisternino. Great markets and restaurants just a few steps away.
Gem of an apartment
This is a splendid apartment, beautifully restored and fitted out. It is fully equipped, with the possible exception that there is no dishwasher (not a problem for us), and very comfortably furnished. It is also extremely well located, just on the corner of the 'centro storico', and within easy walking distance of numerous restaurants, bars and cafes. Yet it is always quiet and peaceful inside. The rooftop terrace is a real bonus.
A couple of things to bear in mind - (1) the steps leading up to the entrance are very steep and considerable care is needed; (2) the owners have put a nice large bed in the bedroom, which is fine, but it leaves limited space to move around, and access to the stairs up to the roof terrace is particularly tortuous; (3) it is difficult to find parking close by, and we were content to park in an unrestricted area about 5 minutes walk away.
Don't let these minor quibbles put you off, though. It really is an excellent apartment, right in the heart of one of Puglia's lovely 'white towns'.
Great location and apartment
We enjoyed our 5 day stay at this well equipped apartment. Centrally located to Alboborello, Locorotondo and the coast. Parking is within easy reach of the apartment. There are also many good eating places close to this apartment. Angelo was an extremely helpful host. We would happily return to this lovely apartment.
Beautifully restored apartment in excellent location in town.
Wonderful holiday, Cisternino lovely town itself and perfectly located for visiting surrounding towns/villages/countryside. Markets wonderful, eating out a real pleasure, apart from Monday's when nothing open! Only issue with apartment was lack of wardrobe space.
Thank you for your review of Casa Maria. Glad that you enjoyed your stay and we hope that you will visit again. Maybe staying at Trullo Stefano just 3 kilometres outside Cisternino in Marinelli contrada. This property is very spacious and can accommodate 6 people. Thank you for your comment about wardrobe space which we will review.
Wonderful Accomodation in Cisternino
We had a lovely 10 day stay in Casa Maria in Cisternino. The apartment is cozy, spotless and very well located in the town -- steps away from the enoteca, forno, butcher, fish market, and restaurants... everything you need for immersion into the local 'scene' and culture. The market on Mondays was a wonderful window into local life. We were able to use the flat as our base for exploring much of Puglia including the nearby white towns of Martina Franca, Alberobello, Ostuni, etc. (which are generally less than 30 minutes away). We enjoyed hiking in the countryside through the olive groves and paths and in the small national park located on the road out of town, and noted that there are a number of small marked biking roads that would be fabulous to explore. The only issue we had with Casa Maria was that the wifi was very spotty. We needed to go to the local bar for fast and dependable wifi in order to download directions etc. as we did not have cell service from the US while vacationing. (Check out the Mozzarella Bar!). We much appreciated the central heat, as the nights were very chilly in April. The casa is very well equipped, and we even made a few meals from our purchases at the markets. Angelo, the caretaker, was very responsive and service oriented. We enjoyed our time in Cisternino at Casa Maria immensely, and have fallen hard for Puglia. Thank you for our home away from home.
Thank you for your comments about Casa Maria which future guests will find very helpful. Apologies about the wifi connection which there were problems with, but these have now been fixed I understand from Angelo. We look forward to welcoming you back to Puglia in the future and especially Casa Maria.
An absolute gem of a property, brilliantly restored.
We are at risk of running out of superlatives to describe our stay in the historic centre of Cisternino. The standard of the property's restoration and the owners attention to detail in providing virtually every item, gadget or utensil to make our stay totally relaxing and effortless is commendable. My only concern would be being able to book again as Casa Maria merits a long long reservation list.
The owners ticked every box from our initial enquiry right through to the booking and beyond.
Thank you to Stephen & Kate for ensuring a wonderful holiday.
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Casa Maria which we agree has been beautifully restored by our Italian friend and builder Vito. We hope that you will visit us again and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Italian gem which is Cisternino