PUGLIA, the SALENTO and the GASTRONOMY
In the far southeast of Italy lies the little known region Apulia or as the Italians call it Puglia. In the most southern part of it, in the "heel of the boot", is almost completely enclosed by two seas (Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea) the beautiful peninsula the Salento.
You will not be surprised, however, that the pugliese kitchen is based on puglies pastas such as "orecchieti", and tropical fruit based on many different tasty fish dishes. Be surprised by delicious, local dishes accompanied by a red, characterful red Primitivo (from Manduria, 10 km from Maruggio) or a Negromaro from the southern part of the Salento. A spicy white Malvasia or Fiano at eg a fish dish, all typical pugliese wines that have only recently become better known and, believe us, they more than deserve.
EXPERIENCE and EXTENDED INFORMATION
Our knowledge of the beautiful Salento, which is not yet known to the general public, is based on more than 12 years of experience and cooperation with local specialists. That is why we, as our valued guests, can accompany you very well during the preparation and during your holiday in our generous, traditional trullo. Therefore, you can expect the following information from us in preparation for your stay: references and addresses of local markets with local products, nightmarkets, shops, megastores, cantinas (wine shops), restaurants, nightlife, sights, suggestions for excursions, museums, wine route ideas , sport facilities. All this complete with addresses, websites and - if applicable - also opening hours.
In the Salento, the lovely rolling countryside is crossed by low walls of loosely stacked boulders to mark the grounds of the landowners. Here are the orchards where olive trees have been in the most erratic forms in the stone red (terra) tinted earth for centuries. The Salento is characterized in the interior by the countless olive groves and vineyards with here and there a Mimosa tree that bloom beautifully in the spring. Along the coast we find small-scale, atmospheric seaside resorts. Here you will not find tall buildings and large hotels on this still authentic coast. Do not confess mass tourism! Well cozy and modern beach clubs, where you can lounge on the sun beds or in the evening enjoy a cocktail or meal at the beach, for a pleasant contribution to your holiday pleasure.
The inhabitants of this peninsula still live mainly from agriculture and fishing. We see the blue-white fishing boats sailing and entering the coastal town of Campomarino, which is only 2 km from Casa Girasole. Tourism is still small on this beautiful, unspoilt coast. It is mainly (North) Italians who have been visiting this region with love for decades. Since recently, more and more Northern Europeans have found their way here to this great holiday region for both culture and beach lovers. Moreover, the airports of Brindisi and Bari are only 2.5 hours away from the Dutch airports. You can rent a car at both airports to explore the peninsula itself.
When you choose Casa Girasole, right behind the dunes of Campomarino, as your vacation residence, you choose not only for a very special house with a construction that can only be found in this part of the world, namely in the triangle Taranto - Bari - Brindisi, You are therefore assured of good assistance with your preparation of the trip and we are at your disposal every day of your stay in our beautiful holiday home (whether by message or by telephone) for when you have questions. We also offer this service for requests for a restaurant reservation, horse riding, bicycle and scooter rental or even a cook at home.
The caring managers of our trullo live within walking distance, so are always close if there is something urgent.
DE TRULLO - GENERAL
What this authentic holiday trullo has to offer is a spacious home where it is wonderful to stay with a maximum of five guests. A fantastic, large private garden of no less than 300 m2 which also offers a lot of privacy as it is located between a lemon orchard and a large meadow with old maritime pines. Incidentally, you can easily pick a few lemons for your dishes as far as our friendly manager is concerned.
The single-storey trullo is characteristic
due to its specific construction form. It is also very special that a trullo is rarely found on the coast. It is therefore a beautiful, very special holiday home only 900 m from the beach when you love the outdoors, nature, the beach and special living forms. However, if you are more of a person who may be frightened by lizards, salamanders or other small animals that populate the Italian countryside, then perhaps you better look forward to a sleek, luxurious, luxurious holiday villa, because you may feel less at home on the outdoors of Casa Girasole.
THE TRULLO - INTERIOR
What can Casa Girasole offer you during your holiday? The comfortable house has a Mediterranean-built kitchen with a 5-burner stove with an extractor hood, an oven and a large freestanding fridge with a large separate freezer compartment below. It goes without saying that a good pan set, a good knife set, ample (glass) crockery and cutlery in the house is waiting for you. Also a coffee maker, kettle and mixer are of course not missing. The living room is cozy with a reading corner by the fireplace, a dining area with comfortable chairs and a corner for the laptop with the TV.
There are three bedrooms, all of which have been carefully decorated with romantic, forged steel bedsteads, comfortable beds that have already been made for you and storage space and coat racks for your holiday clothes. In the spacious bathroom you will find a toilet, a bidet, a washbasin with mirror cabinet and a shower cabin.
Due to its specific design, the trullo has very thick walls of no less than 1.10 m. Thickness. This not only gives the special atmosphere in the nearly 300-year-old trullo, but also ensures a pleasant temperature. Both in summer and in winter when the heat stays inside better.
For additional comfort is also an air conditioning (with inverter for heating in the cooler months) in the house to the temperature in the house even better to be able to arrange. There are no additional costs for this as a guest. You can use it according to your needs.
Our rental rates include cleaning, towels (including kitchen linen), bed linen, air conditioning, internet, administration and supervision, gas, water and electricity!
THE TRULLO - THE GARDEN
As said, the garden is sheltered and gives you privacy so no problem if you would like to have breakfast outside in pajamas. A large part of the garden consists of two terraces, partly covered by two pergolas. The terraces cover a total of 125 m2. The remaining 175 m2 of garden are planted and there is ample parking for your car right next to the terrace. So no lugging with suitcases and groceries. If you would like to bring a tent for your (grand) children then there is certainly enough space for that, as well as a hammock (which can be hung in the smallest pergola -3 x 3 m).
Behind this smaller pergola is also a spacious roof where you can find fixed clotheslines and a washing machine. There is a traditional outdoor fireplace on the largest terrace. Very atmospheric, of course, but it is usually used to grill meat, fish and vegetables. The butcher is at the end of the street (500 m) and everywhere in the villages Maruggio and Campomarino (where Casa Girasole is located) you will find plenty of vegetable stalls. Does the olive trees touch wood for the grill / barbecue? No care; about 300 meters down the street you get so new. You will of course receive more specifications from us.
You probably already understand that this house is very complete, but we do not want to keep this last information from you. The terrace is equipped with a large parasol, five beach chairs and low tables for the sun terrace. When you want to go to the beach you can easily take the beach chairs with you and there are two extra beach umbrellas in the roof. There is also a large wooden dining table with six dining chairs on the terrace.
We hope that we can give you an impression with this very detailed description of this very special holiday home whether it matches your ideas of a nice and beautiful holiday home. If you have become enthusiastic and the period you have planned is also free, we will gladly help you with your plans. You are more than welcome as our guest at Casa Girasole.
From April to October, the daytime temperatures are at least 22 degrees. In the remaining, cooler months it will only occur sporadically that it dives below 12 degrees.
Casa Girasole with its garden are part of a larger estate that is walled and closed off from the public road through entrance gates. This estate is owned by the family of our managers; closed and quiet so. Upon arrival you will receive from our administrator the remote control of one of the fences for your convenience.
Vineyards are located both opposite this site and directly next to it (between the sea and Casa Girasole). The nearest beach is only 900 meters away from the crystal clear Mare Ionico / Ionian Sea, which you can easily walk to. The beach is slowly declining, which is often more pleasant for families with young children.