Last minute price for the last week of August, peak summer: € 3.550 from € 4.580. "Il Giardino degli Aranci", belonging to the XVIII th Century, is a charming rural historic "Masseria" in Salento, south Apulia region, 45 km far away from Lecce, the Baroque Capital. Located in the noble village of Spongano, Il Giardino degli Aranci has been published - December 2016- in one of the most important books of Historic Houses in Salento. Due to its characteristics, cured in furnishings, full of suggestive corners, it offers to those who experience an intimate and romantic atmosphere. It has 270 square meters indoor and about 850 square meters of outdoor with citrus gardens and private pool, It's a real "corner of Paradise". Air Conditioning, Heating, WiFi, Barbeque, two gardens, complete outdoor furniture with tables, one for 10 people and another for 4 people for breakfast and other tables in gardens with chairs, barbecue, high chair for baby, cot, armchairs, sofas. Very close to the sea of Castro Marina and its beautiful little medieval town up, just 10 minutes driving, it's located in the center of Spongano, an historic little village, The Salento region, said "the board of Apulia" for its level extension, is considered 0 at risk for earthquakes, as described in the charts in Google. The Orange Garden, totally restored and renovated, respecting the original architecture, has 6 double bedrooms for 10 + 2 people and 5 private bathrooms en suite . Very well equipped with all comforts, private pool, WiFi, air conditioning, Barbecue, high chair for baby, cot, heating for the winter, ancient stone fireplaces, living area inside and outside, is the ideal house to comfortably accommodate groups of families with children. It has 6 double bedrooms and 5 bathrooms en suite. One of these rooms, indeed, the Suite Bouganville, is a suite with 1 large double bedroom and an adjoining living room annex but reserved by the door, with two single beds sofa ( the 6th bedroom). The Villa is located at the top of an hidden alley of the central street, (that makes it very private and reserved ) and with all the facilities and amenities at a few steps . All the rooms of the house are very well furnished and equipped, with original stone fireplaces. Going out from the house, within walking distance, there are super markets, boulangerie, coffee shop, bank, drug store, grocery, restaurants, pizzeria, bar, squares, etc.
Two "secret gardens", that's typical of the Salento houses, with citrus, orange and mandarin groves, prickly pears, pomegranate, apricot and figus tree, bougainvillea and other native plants. One, very big, in front of the kitchen, where the dinner area with tables and chairs and the pool is set and the other, " a secret garden", where all the bedrooms overlooking. The original ceilings in stone forming star-shaped and arch. The kitchen inside, designed in an old fireplace, includes table for 8 people, chairs, 1 high chair, cooker with 4 rings, double sink, oven, dishwasher, plenty of more services of plates, cups, glasses, pots, dishes, large platters, teapots, coffee pots mocha and everything to make the stay of the numerous families very comfortable . The washing machine with dryer is in a separate compartment. The living room inside with library, TV sat, DVD, has an original fireplace. The decor is a rural chic Salento style, typical of the farmhouse, with some ethnic appeal. The swimming pool is set in the local stone and located in one of the two citrus groves, in front of the kitchen. The garden has table for dinner, 1 table with chairs for 10 people, plus another for 4. a big barbecue. Near the pool, a comfortable external living with sofa and chairs and other tables with chairs to enjoy the warm summer salentin evenings, poolside. Dry stone walls, typical of the Salento country, surrounding the villa, making it very safe even for children. Big terrace on the first floor, with suggestive view on the roofs and the cathedral, where the double bedroom "Menta ", with bathroom ensuite, is set. Leaving the villa in a few steps you can reach the two main squares, admiring the Baroque churches, the baronial Castle and other monuments of the place. The house has no a private Park but no problem to find it in the streets near the house, free. To reach the sea of Castro Marina there are about 10 minutes driving through delicious country lanes, shortcuts for paved roads, or 30 minutes walking in country lanes surrounded by the country in a mediteranean spot of green rich of olive groves, preackly pears, figus, grapes, blackberries, between the old stone walls so typical and beloved of Salento. Castro Marina, considered the Pearl of the Adriatic Sea, has well and comfortable equipped beaches of rock and many free beaches on the crystal clear sea. From Spongano it's very easy to reach other villages as Diso, Marittima, Surano. You can go walking or by car. Castro Marina has the medieval village at the top with its fortified Castle where there is an historical museum to visit, its small Romanesque cathedral, shops, restaurants, and a spectacular view across the coast to Santa Cesarea Terme. Driving from Castro Marina to the long beautiful coastal road , in twenty minutes you arrive to Otranto, enchanting medieval town which is "The Oriental door " as it is the first town to see the sun. Before Otranto, through Santa Cesarea Terme, a renowned Central Spa, Porto Badisco, which according to legend was the landing of Aeneas fled from Troy in flames, you reach the beautiful white beaches of Alimini, with the Caribbean Sea.
Salento has about 450 km of sea coast and to go to the opposite coast on the Ionian Sea, the time driving is about 40- 45 minutes and reach the old town of Gallipoli.
In this part of Salento you can enjoy of food and beverage and have wine tasting in the rinomate cellars or having oil tasting visiting major mills that produce extra virgin olive oil. There are many festivals that celebrate the Saints Masters with spectacular lights, the brilliant lights of many colors which recover all the streets of the villages. You can have also cooking class during periods of April, May, September, October to explore the taste and secrets of our renomate cooking. It 's a land rich in history and tradition where time seems to stand still. A magic land to live and to love.