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Bedrooms 9
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

19th century family-friendly and self-catering villa

The villa is our family country house ( which was originally built in 1848 to serve as a 'palamento' for making wine but it was soon converted into a comfortable villa to become the family's summer residence. The vineyards around it were converted into a park of about 2 hectares. Oak trees, pines, cypress, strawberry trees and other Mediterranean species grow in it making it a very special green spot. There is also a pinewood on one side and a tennis court on the other. The house is made of the typical Apulian tufa stone. It consists of a ground floor, first floor and second floor. It has thick walls and high vaulted ceilings which make it naturally cool in summer. All rooms are very spacious and bright. On the ground floor there is also a small chapel which used to be the place where people would gather for mass on Sundays and other religious feasts. The house overlooks the road to Mottola on one side and the park on the other three sides.

Tap water is not drinkable as stated under facilities

How to get to Casa Elisa: By car through the highway Napoli-Bari-Taranto or Bologna-Bari-Taranto exit 'Mottola Castellaneta'.

The two international airports near Mottola, more or less at one hour by car, are the airport of Bari/Palese and the airport of Brindisi. Low-cost companies fly into both of them.

Sea resorts: West of the Gulf of Taranto there are sandy beaches stretching for about 100 kilometres up to Metaponto. The nearest beach is Chiatona (15km away) but less crowded are beaches between Chiatona and Castellaneta Marina e few km towards Metaponto. South of Taranto the coast is more rocky but still with small sandy coves. Sea resorts on the Adriatic sea are also very impressive and can be reached in about 40 minutes by car driving through the very pleasant country side of this corner of Apulia towards Ostuni, Torre Canne, etc

Mottola: Mottola is the nearest town built on a hill (about 400 m above sea level). It has a beautiful belvedere over the Gulf ot Taranto on the left and the Calabrian coast far on its right. The old part of the town called Schiavonia, with its very narrow streets and white houses is very characteristic and has an Arab flavour. Many cultural and gastronomic events are organized throughout the year. You can eat the typical Apulian cuisine at very reasonable prices.

The climate is temperate. From January to April it can be cold but sunny, then the weather becomes mild and pleasant. In July and August it is warm, but at night it cools down and often a sweater is needed when going out in the evening even in the middle of summer.

IMPORTANT NOTICE (also mentioned under "Rates"): RENTAL RATES REFER TO THE WHOLE PROPERTY. For rental of ground and first floor (max 8 pax) fee is reduced by 20%. Rates include linen, use of tennis court and pool (open from June to September ). Final cleaning and laundry are charged at €300,00 (up to 18 guests) to be paid in cash upon arrival. Utilities (gas, electricity, water) are paid according to actual consumption

More Details

Marina Sansonetti Ferrante
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Chère Madame,

Je voulais vous remercier de votre confiance pour la location de votre charmante maison.

Nous y avons passé un séjour merveilleux avec nos amis : reposant et dépaysant. Votre maison familial respire les souvenirs et la vie. Nous avons beaucoup joué au tennis, profiter de la piscine et de la terrasse pour les repas et la farniente.

La région de Puglia nous a conquise. Les villes y sont somptueuses (Matera, Martina Franca, Polignano a mare, Gallipoli...)

J’aimerais y revenir un jour au printemps pour y voir le maquis en fleurs.

Pépino a été charmant avec nous ; c’est un homme précieux, curieux et toujours prêt à rendre service. Je vous enverrai bientôt une photo prise le dernier jour de lui avec nous tous…

Si un jour, vous venez à Paris ; nous serions très heureux de faire connaissance.

Jul 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mottola in TA

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Querce - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Pini - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Lecci - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Pozzi - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    mezzescale - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Celeste - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Rosa - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Gialla - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Verde - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    ground floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Each bedroom has its private bathroom. In addition, there is a bathroom located opposite the kitchen with bathtub with shower.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Stanza a Mezzescale - 1 Single Bed
    Stanza dei Pini - 1 Large Double Bed , cot can be added
    Stanza delle Querce - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , cot can be added
    Stanza dei Lecci - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , cot can be added
    Stanza dei Pozzi - 2 Single Bed , bunk bed
    Stanza Celeste - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Stanza Rosa - 1 Large Double Bed
    Stanza Gialla - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Stanza Verde - 3 Single Bed , one bunk bed one single bed
  • There are three bedrooms on the first floor (Stanza delle Querce, dei Lecci, dei Pini), five on the second floor (Stanza a Mezzescale, Celeste, Rosa, Gialla, Verde) and one on the ground floor (Stanza dei Pozzi), All bedrooms with a a double bed (see above) consist of a large room, a small dressing room and a private bathroom. The others are furnished with single beds or double-decker beds and have their private bathroom. Double beds can be converted into two single beds if required and in some rooms an extrra bed or a cot can be added.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 30 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen is a large room which has a table that can accommodate 10/12 people. The dining room can accommodate 16 people and next to it there is another room 'il Tinello' with a table accommodating 6/8 people (used for kids). In addition to the living room on the first floor, there is a small studio on the first floor furnished with a desk and a sitting corner, a TV room on the ground floor as well as two other common areas with armchairs and tables for leisure time. A small Chapel is also located on the ground floor. Access to wheelchairs is limited to the ground floor. Maid service can be arranged on request. Tap water comes from a cistern which is regularly filled with acqueduct water but it is not drinkable: a few mineral water bottles will be available upon arrival of guests


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average rating of 4.25 based on 17 reviews

Mottola - Property ID 70248

  • 4 of 5

Very enjoyable stay - enormous amount of space and met all our needs for a great cycling holiday for 8 guys.

Couple of small moans - the showers did not run hot for longer than 60 sec's in SOME of the en-suites.

The house keepers didn't speak any English - if they had, we would have been able to understand the showers better and they may have had a solution. Given the Villa is bound to attract an international custom and given English is increasingly a common language I think it would help if the Villa had house keepers with basic English. We know the owner Marina Sansonetti had very good English and was very helpful throughout the booking but you needed someone on site to talk you through things like the shower.

In general though a lovely Villa with great character in a beautiful, yet little know/visited area of Italy compared to the honey pots of Tuscany etc.

Would recc for any big party.

Graham Everson

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Storico Casino Sansonetti

  • 4 of 5

E' stata una vacanza memorabile di cui conserveremo sempre uno splendido ricordo. Ricordi che si vanno a sovrapporre alla ricchezza di storia che si respira in questa grande casa di famiglia.

Grazie - soprattutto a Peppino - e a tutti. Con affetto.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Nice big old traditional family house in a very beautiful garden

Perfect for several families

Marina is very helpful

We spent wonderful holidays

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maison enchantée

  • 5 of 5

maison magnifique. le genre de lieu pour lequel vous ne souhaitez pas faire trop de publicité afin qu’il reste disponible...

parfait pour plusieurs familles, parfait pour une fete d’anniversaire avec des amis, parfait pour se ressourcer, la cuisine vous donne envie de cuisiner avec un petit verre de vin pugliese dans la main...

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Casa Sansonetti! A house full of history (the pictures look like the family Von Trapp), spacious bed rooms, well equipped kitchen, plenty of space inside and outside the house. Clean and well maintained. And whenever we had a question, Pepinno was there to help out (for instance to find the lightening of the tennis court). It is a beautiful region. We enjoyed the lovely historical city centres, the grottes de Castellana, the coast in Polignana di Mare, sandy beaches, ... But as well we spent great times in the garden, at the swimming pool, at the tennis court.

We would definitely recommend the house for holidays with friends or family. We stayed over there with 3 families with teenager children.

Thank you Marianna and Ludovica for the lovely casa. Thank you for the smooth communication! Thank you Pepinno for taking care!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sejour agréable et conforme aux attentes

  • 4 of 5

Villa spacieuse permettant à chaque couple d'avoir ses aises. La piscine est agréable, eau encore un peu fraîche mais pas de souci pour des gens du Nord comme nous! Cuisine bien équipée. Accueil chaleureux. Position géographique permettant de visiter plusieurs sites sans trop de temps de route.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Riva dei Tessali (Castellaneta)
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Casino Sansonetti is located in a hilly area, 2km from Mottola, a small town on top of a hill before the road descends towards the Gulf of Taranto. The area has been declared a natural and archaeological park due to the many rupestrian Bizantine settlements with caves where frescoes can be admired particularly those of the rocky churches (one of them being called the Sistine Chapel of he rocky culture). It is also possible to visit the Castellana caves with their beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. The countryside is famous for its 'trulli', the houses with cone-shaped roofs and going towards the Ionian sea you reach the ruins of the ancient Greek settlement of Metaponto. Sandy beaches on the Ionio are at around 15km from the house while the Adriatic seaside is at about 40km. Daily excursions can be made to Alberobello (UNESCO site for its trulli), Martina Franca, Noci, Ostuni, Taranto, Bari, Matera, Trani and many other locations still within easy travel for a day out.

Other Activities: go karts, climbing.

Golf: Of the five major golf clubs existing in Puglia, the nearest are Riva dei Tessali and Metaponto Golf Club at less than 30 minutes' drive from Casa Elisa (one of these two golf courses is an 18-hole championship course) as well as the Barialto Golf Course (30-40 minutes' by car) renowned for its course winding through palm trees, olive groves and five lakes. A must for any golfer visiting Puglia. On the Adriatic coast, one hour away by car, there is the Gof Club San Domenico located between the fishing village of Savelletri and Egnatia.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Mottola, Puglia

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
high season
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season
1 Sep 2018 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
high season
1 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

RENTAL RATES REFER TO THE WHOLE PROPERTY. For rental of ground and first floor (max 8 pax) fee is reduced by 20%. Rates include linen, use of tennis court and pool (open from June to September ). Final cleaning and laundry are charged at €300,00 (up to 18 guests) to be paid in cash upon arrival. Utilities (gas, electricity, water) are paid according to actual consumption

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