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Marina Sansonetti Ferrante

Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

Villa with 2 ha park, pool & tennis court - accommodates groups of 8 to 18

Bedrooms 9
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 9 bedroom holiday villa in Mottola - CASINO SANSONETTI

19th century family-friendly and self-catering villa

The villa is our family country house (www.casinosansonetti.it) 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

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

By plane with Ryanair's low-cost flights or any other flight to Palese international airport (Bari).

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.

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Marina Sansonetti Ferrante (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

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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Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)
Villa with 2 ha park, pool & tennis court - accommodates groups of 8 to 18
average rating of 4.3 based on 11 reviews

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: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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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: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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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: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Villa in Puglia

  • 4 of 5

We spent time in this masseria at the end of April. We were a large group of families with children. The location is very convenient, close to the town Mottola, where you can buy groceries and it is also a good starting point for exploring the area.

We loved the kitchen, which is very good for preparing meals for a large group and dinning room with fireplace. House was very clean. Rooms are spacious with comfortable beds. We had some small inconveniences with water pressure in some of the bathrooms and on the first day we couldn’t flush the water in one of the toilets. The second one was solved by caretaker Peppino immediately after we advised him about it.

Surrounding of the house is beautiful. Our older children loved the tennis court while the younger ones were spending time playing on the garden. The garden, full of trees and the pool must be even greater benefit during summer.

Peppino, the caretaker, was very nice and we were happy that he was always close and available in case of need. He was also the source of information. It is really good that you have the local, who can advise you on anything, especially if he does it with pleasure.

It was also very nice communicating with the owner Marina, who made our renting procedure easy.

We enjoyed our stay!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Unique historical villa

  • 4 of 5

We rented this villa for a family wedding in the small town of Mottola. It is a unique property with an interesting history, there is even a small chapel inside the property. The owner was very accommodating about our arrival/departure days and it was a pleasure doing business with her.

The rooms are very large and spacious and filled with beautiful antique furniture. The kitchen and dining room had tables big enough to entertain many people and we took advantage of that while we were, inviting many friends and family to spend meal times and evenings with us.

The villa was exceptionally clean with plenty of linen, towels, crockery etc. Peppino the caretaker looked after us very well during our stay. He called every day but was not at all intrusive. He made sure we had plenty of logs for the open fire, which was very welcome, as the weather was cold during our visit. We loved the grounds, filled with olive and pine trees -very peaceful and tranquil to walk around with beautiful views to the countryside around. Sadly because our visit was in the wintertime we were unable to use the pool or tennis court, but they make a great addition to the property.

We would love to visit this villa in the spring/summer when this property would be at its most charming.

There is plenty to see and do in the area, although a car is essential. It is a 5 minute drive to the small town of Mottola which is a typical old southern Italian town perched high on a hill overlooking a great plain. The surrounding countryside is agricultural, beautiful old farmhouses and rolling fields with old limestone walls. Cheese, meat and wine are specialities of the area.

Nearby are the towns of Alberobello with its trulli; Matera with its troglodyte caves, and Castellaneta with its underground caves of stalagmites, stalactites and underground lakes, and the white towns of Ostuni and Trani.

We would love to give this five stars, but the water heating system for the some of the ensuite showers could be problematic. However there are so many showers in the villa its not a huge issue!!

If you are looking for an extra large property full of character and history then this is the one for you.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
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Spacious and very comfortable villa in Puglia

  • 4 of 5

Our group of 14 people including 5 teenagers had an opportunity to stay at this lovely property for 2 weeks in beginning of August. The house is lovely and spacious and had everything we needed for the 2 weeks. The owners were very easy to communicate with and very helpful prior to our arrival. The property was clean and well maintained - we had the pleasure of communicating with the care taker Peppino who was very helpful and did a great job in arranging help when we needed minor repairs. Everything went very smoothly and our group was happy with the accommodations. The teenagers were a bit disappointed with the lack of internet access but the adults found it refreshing to get away from the technology and we had an excuse to venture out to cafe Dolce Vita in nearby Mottola to access our e-mails etc. The town had some lovely restaurants that easily accommodated all of us for dinner at great prices and some fabulously tasting food. The many beaches around Taranto were great during the hot summer days but if we didn't feel like driving we could simply enjoy the lovely park-like setting and lovely pool at the villa. The area is nice and quiet but offers many tourist attractions for those who want to get a feel of the Puglia region. Overall we had a great time and would recommend the property to anyone wishing to feel like a local and getaway from it all for a couple of weeks.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Owner's Response: It was good to read your comments and we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at our house. I just want to underline your remark on "found it refreshing to get away ..." because for us it is a real compliment to hear that the house and its surroundings allowed adults and perhaps also the kids to get away from it all. Thank you!
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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, Taranto

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4 Jul 2016 - 4 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £255

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mottola in Puglia

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking 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
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • 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.

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