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Maura Watson

Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks English


Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Brindisi area - Villa Carlotta

Luxury 150 sqm villa, 30 ft lounge, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, aircon, sleeps 6

Recently refurbished to an impeccably high standard, Villa Carlotta is a spacious hillside home perched some 400m above sea level, with spectacular uninterrupted views to the sea. At the end of a private road, this villa offers perfect luxury with its 30 ft atmospheric open living area with 6 large stone arches around a raised and open central stone hearth, chic Italian cream leather sofas, travertine stone dining table & matching coffee table, romantic luxury bathroom with oversize roman spa, mosaic surround, rain shower, *his & hers* stone washbasins,

This property is on one level with multiple access to the 100sqm patio terrace which has a large covered dining area and is a perfect spot for relaxing in the gentle sea breeze or eating mouthwatering fresh food from the BBQ. The private solar heated swimming pool and sun bathing terraces offer absolutely stunning panoramic sea views and complete seclusion due to its location some 30m from the villa amidst the mature terraced garden. A large games room leading off the courtyard with competition-standard Garlando air hockey table and table football plus a Sony PS3 games console with large flatscreen TV and beanbags provides hours of fun for young and old.

What makes Puglia special : Put simply, Puglia remains one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Puglia, ancient Apulia, is a land of sun, sea, vines, and olive groves, and has a wealth of natural, historical and cultural heritage that makes it one of the most exciting areas of Italy. Like most visitors before you, once discovered you will fall in love with the people, the food and wine, the beaches, the whitewashed “Trulli” towns and the rolling countryside with its olive/orange/lemon groves and vineyards. Puglia is right there at the heart of it all yet is still unspoiled by the ravages of mass tourism. It is a place where the local shopkeepers and the villagers still smile as they greet you. With over 300 days sunshine each year it has a slower but endearing pace of life with the siesta as part of the daily routine. After a long lazy lunch and a glass of “Primitivo”, the silence falls until late afternoon when the cobbled streets come to life and there is a hubbub in even the smallest villa

Food and local cuisine: Puglia’s micro-climate produces some of Italy’s tastiest food, for years appreciated only by the locals, but now a hot destination for gourmet travelers. Puglia produces much of Europe’s pasta, presses most of Italy’s olive oil, catches the bulk of the country’s fish and is the sixth biggest wine-making region in the world. Specialities of the region are orecchiette, the small ear-shaped pasta, braciole al sugo (stuffed veal parcels in a fresh tomato sauce), puree di fave (broad bean puree) and cheese lovers will be in their element with the selection of fresh mouth watering ricotta and mozzarella, burrata (Puglia’s famous cheese with a creamy interior) provolone and Cacioricotta. Fresh fish is in abundance and you will see a selection of oyster, mussels, octopus and even sea urchin dishes on most menus. Pugliese people love to share their wonderful cuisine and most restaurants serve a range of antipastas giving you the opportunity to sample all these delicious dishes

General Information: Puglia gets close to 300 days sunshine a year with the warm weather starting in April and going right through until the end of October. The hottest months are July and August but with two seas around the area the air does not feel too oppressive during these months, especially at Villa Sofia which benefits from a gentle sea breeze at all times. Spring and autumn is glorious- sunny and warm with wild flowers in abundance. Italians are unashamedly devoted to celebrating everything Italian - religion, food, wine... and they show it with festivals, filling the summer nights, celebrating everything from classical music to grapes. These family orientated events provide great free outdoor entertainment and gives you an insight into the wonderful hospitable Pugliese people. Puglia is something authentically Mediterranean and very Italian, come and find out for yourself and see why more people are recommending it.

Further notes on accommodation: Villa Carlotta is a 150 sqm independent villa set in its own garden with its own private drive accessed through electric gates and its own private solar heated swimming pool and private outside entertainment areas. Due to its spectacular hillside location, the villas in the area are necessarily arranged on terraces which means that there is another villa with its own postal address and separate access arrangements, part of which is indeed situated directly above (and connected to) Villa Carlotta. This is actually a very typically layout for this part of Italy and can be seen clearly from some of the photos included on the website.


We have arranged access for our guests to the exclusive Coccaro Beach Club, Coccaro Golf Club and Masseria Torre Coccaro AVEDA Spa. These private facilities are normally available only to guests who stay at the 5* boutique hotel Masseria Torre Coccaro which is regarded as the best in Puglia. You will need to make a reservation - so simply ring the relevant number in the information pack and inform them that you are a guest at Villa Carlotta. There are guest charges for some services (watersports, green fees, golf carts, spa treatments, etc.) so please check current rates when you call.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Maura Watson (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Maura Watson

We fell in love with Puglia in 2005 for its fabulous food and perfect weather and the lovely old fortified masseria amidst the ancient olive trees and vineyards around Fasano and bought the mayor’s summer residence in the Selva Hills above the town as our dream holiday home from which to enjoy the Italian way of life. So when the opportunity arose in 2011 to re-furbish another spacious villa within the same 2 acre private hillside estate, we grabbed it with both hands and set about realising the perfect romantic retreat so that we could use it for visits from our own extended family and also let it out for others to share the dream.

Maura Watson purchased this villa in 2011

Why Maura Watson chose Brindisi area

The villa location itself is amazing, hidden away at the end of a private road which winds its way up to the very top of the hill to surprise you with the most incredible views over the olive groves towards the blue sea beyond – views which you can enjoy every day from the main rooms, from the outside dining terrace and from the private heated pool and surrounding sun terraces. The Fasano area is now very fashionable with many A-list celebrities buying houses or getting married nearby, and is the ideal base for exploring the lovely old ‘white towns’ of Alberobello, Martina Franca, Locorotondo dotted around the famous Valley of Itria. There is always lots to do and a great choice of restaurants serving excellent food.

What makes this villa unique

We have totally re-furbished the property from the ground up with the help of our Italian architect to create a unique luxury villa in the contemporary Puglian style with design references to the ancient stone Masseria farmhouses nearby. The villa is very spacious and airy and is finished throughout in marble, travertine, stone, Bisazza tiles and Venetian glass. We have installed every luxury that we could think of - including full air conditioning, broadband wi-fi, large flatscreen TV and DVD, oversize spa bath, designer rainshower, luxury linen, stylish leather italian furniture, bean-to-cup coffee machine, separate laundry, en-suites for all bedrooms. There are multiple outside entertainment and dining areas around the house and overlooking the private heated pool which is set nearby in a secluded forest setting with panoramic views of the sea. Many of our guests have said that it is the perfect place to unwind,

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely vacation - this is such a pretty place and we are thinking about coming back.

Family Stegemann (Germany)
Aug 2011
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based on 18 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 4.8333335 based on 20 reviews

Fabulous Villa and fantastic customer service

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in Puglia staying at Villa Carlotta.

The villa is in a great location with spectacular views and various restaurants either a short drive or walk away. The villa was beautifully clean with great facilities including the outdoor kitchen area near to the heated pool, coffee machine and games room.

The manager of the villa provided a welcome hamper with all the essentials. She also gave us various recommendations for places to eat, had an excellent knowledge of the surrounding area and generally went above and beyond to ensure that we had a wonderful week.

We would definitely recommend staying at this villa!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A taste of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We were absolutely delighted with our stay at Villa Carlotta. It's always difficult to know whether the photos on the website truly represents a property, but I can say that, in this case, they absolutely do! The villa is spacious and well-equipped, with spectacular views. The welcome basket was a wonderful touch, especially since we arrived late. It was so peaceful basking in the sun and swimming in the pool. It is very private, in spite of having a another place above.

The location is great. Close to grocery stores and a short drive from beautiful and historic towns and beaches.

Maura was also wonderful. Incredibly warm, welcoming and a mine of information on anything from restaurants to local attractions.

Finally, I have to mention the coffee machine. Our 17 year old son has subsequently developed a taste for fine coffee and has requested a similar machine for his bedroom!

We would definitely recommend Villa Carlotta!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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WOW!!!! An Amazing villa

  • 5 of 5

Wow Is the only word to describe this amazing villa. We have rented some lovely villas in Europe but this has to be by far and away the best with its spectacular views, spacious accommodation and being furnished throughout to an extremely high standard. It is found down a particularly narrow and windy road, very much off the beaten track but once negotiated it would be impossible not to think other than it was well worth the find. The three seated terraces afford beautiful but different viewpoints for lunch /dinner– while quality sun loungers surround the well-maintained pool - the latter of which provides a welcome and cool relief from the heat of the midday sun not to mention the constant, wonderful panoramic views across Puglia to the sea.

The local shop is merely a walk away and seemed to sell every household necessity as well as freshly baked Panini’s, local cheese and wine. The larger supermarket is a short drive as is the best pizzeria in the vicinity; where a beer/ glass of wine and a pizza will set you back a mere 7/8 euros!!! Maura is on hand should you need anything and Angelo, her trusty right hand man, will arrange anything from wine/ cheese tasting & boat trips (both recommended) to offering a taxi service to local points of interest - and all at your convenience. Highly recommended restaurants are Osteria Del Porto in Savelletri and for a great Italian Sunday lunch experience try La Grand Quercia in Selva di Fasano.

If you are thinking of a villa holiday in Puglia - look no further - Villa Francesca will not disappoint.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing Views

  • 5 of 5

The villa was easy to find using Maura's excellent directions - we drove there from Brindisi and found the trip to be very straightforward. The villa is situated on a hillside with stunning views across olive trees to the sea. There is a terraced garden with lots of different places to sit. The swimming pool also shares the views to the sea and is located close to a decking area which was equipped with a top end barbecue, fridge, sink and plenty of seating. We decided to pay for the extra heating that Maura offered us and it was well worth it, the pool remained at a good temperature throughout our stay even though the weather was a bit disappointing (the pool also has solar heating).

The villa itself, although situated underneath another villa, is very secluded and we didn't see the guests in the upper villa at all. In fact, we didn't see anyone while we were there apart from the pool chap and Maura who came to check that we had settled in ok. There is a games room which my 7 and 9 year olds were delighted to use with air hockey and table football as well as a play station.

While we were there we visited some beautiful local towns including Alberobello , Ostuni, Polignano and Locorotondo, all of which are well worth a visit. There was a supermarket just five minutes up the road.

Overall we had a great time and enjoyed the relaxing pace of life in Italy.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious luxury in a beautiful hill top setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with my parents and 2year old son during the summer. The villa was marvellous - huge, immaculate, luxurious and with stunning views from the windows, terraces and pool. Given that there are a lot of steps and the pool is a little way from the house, we accepted it might not be ideal for a toddler but wanted to spoil ourselves a bit for what was our second week of holiday. We needn't have worried. There are gates to stop escaping little ones and the pool and decking areas were great for our son (whilst supervised). The Villa is well equipped and the main bathroom just spectacular. Maura was great (even supplying a DVD of "In the Night Garden"!) The local towns are all worth exploring & we had a couple of trips to Zoosafari which is......er..... Interesting. We were slightly appalled at the standards of the enclosures/animals etc but had to admit that our son loved it. And whilst you know full well it is slightly wrong that a giraffe can stick its head into your car, it was still kind of exciting.....if you go just be warned - it's not London Zoo....!

Overall we had a lovely week at the Villa Carlotta. We usually stay in hotels for our holidays but (post kids) have to admit sometimes self catering is easier. Villa Carlotta gave us the luxury feel of a hotel but with all the facilities of a self catering villa. With Maura's warm welcome and advice on what to do in the area, we were set for a fabulous week. But to be honest, floating in the pool, gazing out over the countryside and down to the sea a few miles in the distance, it was hard to persuade me to leave the villa! It was our first time in Puglia and we will undoubtedly return.

I would recommend the Villa Carlotta for almost anyone (except perhaps anyone very old and doddery who also wanted to use the pool!). Our toddler loved the space and the pool, teenage kids would enjoy the games room and pool area, and adults will just relish the luxury, the views and the peace!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Villa and Beautiful part of Italy

  • 5 of 5

This was our first "DIY" trip abroad with the children (ranging in ages from 2 though to 13) and more than exceeded our expections. The Villa is located near Fasano which is a very straightforward drive from Bari Airport. Upon arrival it was lovely to receive a hamper of local produce, including balsamic, olive oil and bottle of wine from Maura who manages the property.

The Villa is spacious, clean and with many luxurious touches and soft lighting. My 13 year old son loved the bathroom which I can only describe as decadent! I confess we have just bought the same fresh coffee machine since returning as we were missing it so much!

The pool and sun terrace have beautiful views over the local area and the Adriatic coast. The setting is perfect for familties just wanting a bit of R&R as well as for visiting the local towns and villages.

Maura gave us lots of pointers on where to visit and what restuarants to go to (though there are so many good ones its difficult to choose). Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Savelletri are both worth visiting. You need to park up and go to the historic centres by foot to see these properly - all very Italian and best seen in early evening when the towns come to life.

A highly recommended and well managed property. Thanks Maura.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
55 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
San Domenico, Savelletri
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Villa Carlotta is in close proximity to many of Puglia’s famous hilltop towns, each with their own character and historical centres quite unspoilt by new development. Within 10 minutes is Fasano, a modern town with a range of banks, supermarkets, restaurants, Locorotondo, a town of remarkable circular design and famous for white wine, Alberobello a UNESCO heritage site and a unique and fascinating place to explore its thousands of trulli. For the gourmand, fresh fish and seafood restaurants are in plentiful supply in the many fishing villages dotted along the coastline and for beach lovers, miles of unspoiled, virgin coastline is right on your doorstep, from rocky coves to long stretches of white sand and crystal-clear water. Other local towns worthy of a visit are Martina Franca, an elegant baroque town that hosts Puglia’s famous outdoor musical festival, and the ‘”White City’ Ostuni with its whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. The famous Fasano Zoo Safari nearby provides good family fun, or why not spend a day exploring the internationally famous limestone caves at Castellana Grotte which is just 30 minutes away by car.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Fasano, Brindisi area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Break
30 Apr 2016 - 27 May 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
28 May 2016 - 1 Jul 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
2 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Quoted Weekly Rate includes – Wi-Fi; Weekly Cleaning; Exclusive Use of Solar Heated Pool (Apr 1st to Oct 31st); Aircon in Peak Season, Luxury Linen, Towels & Beach Towels; Weekly Linen Change; Refreshments on arrival. Additional charges - Aircon outside peak season *29/6 to 30/8 (if required) £150 per week; Gas for central heating outside peak season ((if required) as per meter.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Brindisi area in Puglia

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , luxury family bathroom with large spa bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jack & Jill en-suite bathroom with toilet, shower
  • • Large luxury family bathroom is 4.0 x 3.5 metres finished in natural stone, travertine and glass mosaic tiles. Oversize 3 sq metre sunken spa tiled in Bisazza glass mosaic with travertine and local stone surrounds, easily acommodating two persons with overhead rain shower, recessed into natural stone and glass mosaic walls with glass shelving. Separate flexible spray for hair and body wash. Twin designer heated towel rails. Multiple recesses for romantic candles and overhead star-effect fibre optic lighting system. Separate 'His and Hers' washbasins in natural stone with full height mirror behind. Wall-hung toilet and bidet. Separate area with dressing table, chair and full height mirror behind. • Second bathroom (Jack & Jill) has shower, toilet and sink, travertine tiled walk-in shower with Thermostatic shower mixer and separate flexible hair and body spray, vertical Telo designer towel rail. En-suite access from bedrooms one and two.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , air conditioned.and en-suite access
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , air conditioned and en-suite access
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , air conditioned and en-suite access
  • Bedroom 1 with large built-in floor-to-ceiling wardrobe, king-size cream leather bed. Access to Jack and Jill en-suite. Large window with inside shutters opening onto terrace with sea view . Fully air-conditioned. Separate dressing table with large mirror above and hair dryer. . Bedroom 2 has large built-in floor-to-ceiling wardrobe & double cream leather bed,. En-suite access to luxury family bathroom. Large fixed window with inside shutters overlooking small enclosed yard with ventilation window above. Fully air-conditioned. Separate dressing table with large mirror above and hair dryer. Bedroom 3 is irregularly shaped with max dimensions of 3.8 x 3.5 metres including built-in floor-to-ceiling wardrobe & twin white metal single beds with natural rattan headboards which can be joined together to form double bed if preferred. Access to Jack and Jill en-suite. Window with inside shutters opening onto terrace with view sea view.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Fully air-conditioned lounge & dining Room (open plan with stone arches) 30 foot x 18 foot (9.3 metres x 5.5 metres) – plus recessed stone alcoves beyond. Natural travertine stone dining table 8 cream leather chairs,Italian cream leather sofas seating 6 persons. Central raised stone hearth with feature gas living flame burner and remote control. Natural travertine stone coffee table. Large (42 inch) flat screen TV, DVD Player/Satellite connection, iPOD/iPAD docking station, underfloor heating. Open-plan Kitchen (13ftx8ft) leads off the dining room through a stone arch. built-in gas hob/separate electric oven with grill, full size dishwasher & fridge/freezer, automatic bean-to-cup coffee machine, microwave, kettle, toaster. Worktops are tiled in distinctive local tiles with ample storage units above and underneath. large walk-in cupboard for food storage directly off the kitchen.Separate laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, sink, & ironing station with steam generator.

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