|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
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.
PRIVATE LEISURE FACILITIES
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.
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
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.
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,
We had a lovely vacation - this is such a pretty place and we are thinking about coming back.
Family Stegemann (Germany)
We arrived at the villa pretty late. Everything was in order and the directions to get there and get in worked beautifully. We had a lovely welcome pack which was perfect after a late journey and there was shopping 10 minutes away on the Sunday to stock up. We had a few little problems with the villa, the PlayStation didn't work ( although saved me from having to drag one of my 11 yr olds off it to enjoy Italy !) and the alarm was faulty. Maura was fantastic though and completely looked after us. She responded really quickly to any queries and was a great source of local recommendations for visits/ restaurants etc. We were there at the end of October so we had mixed weather with some days a little cool but the heated pool meant we could use it every day regardless.
Always nervous when booking villas independently but had no regrets with villa Carlotta . The five of us had plenty of areas to sunbath and enjoyed the bbq , supermarket very close by with exceptionally fresh food . My wish if seeing he trulli came true with a short trip to alberobello , amazing. Our thanks to Maura for making us welcome and offering advice on the area
We usually stay in luxury hotels, so we were a bit worried about renting a house. This was perfect in every way. We had a wonderful time. Maura was very helpful. Villa is beautiful and very well maintained. 5 of us could not be happier with the arrangements.
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!!
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!
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.
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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.
|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.