|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Santa Caterina is a distinctive and beautiful holiday home that has been restored with a rare appreciation of the simplicity and charm of the original ‘saracen’ trulli. What sets this house apart from others is the outstanding view of the sea over olive groves, the attractive garden veranda and the stylish yet simple interiors. The spacious garden, quiet courtyard and the generous swimming pool are perfect for outdoor living.
Situated between the two historic towns of Ostuni and Caravigno, it is in an ideal location for exploring all the delights of the Puglia area.
The house is properly equipped for relaxing in the shade and eating outside, whether on the roof terrace, the courtyard or veranda. Serious cooking is also possible with a proper selection of pans, utensils and local cook books.
Despite the heat in July and August the fact that the house stands at 300m means that there is often a sea breeze.
Both the bedrooms are light and airy high vaulted rooms with their own bathrooms and air conditioning. Recently we have added a third room at the front of the house - in the old style - that can be used as a third bedroom or an extra sitting room. If used as a bedroom it does not have its own bathroom, sharing with the second bedroom's.
Santa Caterina is a distinctive and beautiful holiday home that has been restored with a rare appreciation of the simplicity and charm of the original ‘saracen’ trulli. Saracen trulli have the same vaulted interiors as those with the conical roofs but the roof is either domed or flat. Our lovely trulli was improved about 100 years ago by the addition of a more imposing front elevation. In the restoration from a ruin 10 years ago the windows were added and the two trulli joined with a stone arch to create the kitchen/dining area and the sitting room. Since then we have added a further sitting room/ bedroom in the local style. Use of the room as a bedroom or sitting room is no compromise - as usual memory foam mattresses for the beds and Moroccan style for the sofas to match the rest of the house.
All the bedrooms are light and airy high vaulted rooms and two have their own shower room with toilet, bidet and sink - all have air conditioning.
The kitchen includes a gas hob and electric oven as well as a proper range of saucepans and implements. The crockery is from Grottaglie with a classic local design. There is a designer Italian dining table and chairs in the kitchen - fine for 4 or 5 but the table can easily be altered to take 8 in comfort.
The sitting room has a comfortable Danish sofa and plenty of other seats with Moroccan influenced cushions.
The veranda has a stone table with large stone benches. It is covered to provide shade from the midday sun and is also a perfect place to dine in the warm summer evenings. On the roof terrace there is also a stone sofa as well as a table and chairs – perfect for romantic dining.
On the other side there is a quiet courtyard with a curved stone seat framed by bougainvillea. The courtyard also has a dining table and chairs suitable for up to 8 dining.
The individually designed swimming pool is entered from large steps from one side ( the first being very wide and only a few cm deep for children to play on) and on the other there is a sunken seating area. The pool is 10m x 4m and the depth runs from 1m to 3m.
Around the property there are no other buildings close. The garden of the property is large and there is also an orchard adjoining which can be used.. The land around is otherwise either olive or almond groves. The track to the property is a dead end with a group of three villas further down on the opposite side of the road. There is therefore no traffic danger or noise.
Santa Caterina has been carefully designed to create high quality accommodation in a visually stunning setting.
N.B. This property is less suitable for small children who cannot swim as the pool is only fenced on one side. There is also an alarm for a child in the form of a wearable wrist sensor further details below.
• Welcome pack which includes enough for a simple supper and breakfast (including two bottles of wine)
• Weekly Linen change
• Linen, Towels and Pool Towels
• Electricity, Water, Gas for cooking
• Swimming Pool with Loungers
• Covered seating area
• Second dining area - seating for up to 8
• Television & DVD player
* WiFi 3Gb per week
• Sound system
• Private Entrance and Parking
• Washing and Ironing Facilities
• Master suite double bed and en suite shower room
• Twin Bedroom with en suite shower room with space for an extra bed. This bed is a narrow single but is suitable for an adult or child. This is NOT a cheap Zbed but a Danish designer creation. The two singles can be made up as a double.
• Third room made up either as a sitting room with coffe tables and two large comfotable sofas OR as a third bedroom with two singles or a double.
• All mattresses have memory foam toppers
• Kitchen/Dining room with seating for 4 -8
• Kitchen equipped with hob & oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
• Washing machine
• Sitting room with comfortable sofa (converts to full size double bed but we do not usually allow more than 7 people + baby), other seating and original fireplace.
• Television & DVD player
• Sound system
• iPod player
• Private parking and gates
• Swimming Pool with sun loungers
• Covered dining area
• Secluded sitting area beside house
• Barbecue facilities
• Roof terrace with stone sofa as well as table and 4 chairs
• Wonderful views from the roof, the pool, the dining area.
Children facilities include:
• Cot available together with high chair
• Car seat (2x)
• Child's swing
• Other useful items including a couple of toys, plastic plate and a potty.
For the pool safety the gate can be closed but the fence can be circumvented by walking round the other way - out into the car parking area and back across part of the garden, or climbing over the wall around the stone table on the veranda. For this reason we have a device that a child can wear all day ( like a watch) and that, if wetted, causes a very load alarm to sound in the house.
The other safety point is the roof. As can be seen from the photos the outside staircase is rudimentary and the parapet on the roof fairly low so we do not allow small children up the stairs.
We live in Exeter UK. We are both lawyers and went to Puglia for a long weekend. We fell in love with his this property and have never regretted buying it. We sometimes go with just us and our little one (now 5) and sometimes with the three other children and their partners. Both work really well.
Edmund Probert purchased this villa in 2008
This property has the charm of something ancient but without the usual drawbacks ( low ceilings, no light and pokey rooms) that you see in other modernisations. The open aspect to the sea view and the peace of the olive groves around clinched it.
Out favourite treat is dinner on the roof for two as the sun sets. We love the seclusion and the easy access to Ostuni for its medieval charm and great food (+ amazing fish shops) and markets. A trip to the beach takes 10 - 15 mins in the car depending on the choice.
We had a wonderful time in your home. The house, interior design and appliances are both marvellous and practical. We enjoyed the pool so much!
We are a family of 5 and have recently spent a week in Santa Caterina. A key requirement for us, with 3 young boys, is a good quality pool. The pool is a great size but on the day of our arrival, it was full of hundreds of dead woodlouse and there was no way we could dip a toe in it. To find this on day 1 was a real disappointment. We would have thought that the pool would be cleaned on changeover day. The owner was responsive but told us that the pool will have been cleaned on Saturday at the latest (2 days prior to our arrival). I spent a couple of hours most mornings netting the woodlouse so our boys could swim; due to this, we spent many more days at the beach than we otherwise would have done. The woodlouse were also very apparent within the villa itself and we had to place poison down, particularly in the kitchen area. We are seasoned travellers and to be told that we were 'in the wild' we found somewhat patronising. It was such a shame as the villa is lovely, well-equipped and homely. Ostuni is beautiful, as is Martina Franca, and we thoroughly enjoyed Monticelli beach and it's cool beach club (as adivsed by the owner). Sadly, we will not be returning and obviously cannot give it any sort of recommendation.
We stayed with our family (two grown up children and one teenager) in this beautifully modernised trullo. It was attractively furnished and comfortable with a variety of outside spaces. The photos on the website don't entirely do it justice. The pool was great - a good size and clean and well-maintained. One of the nicest aspects was the feeling of privacy - surrounded by olive groves with distant views of the Adriatic. Even on the hottest days there was a cooling breeze which was very welcome. The house is well-equipped and although we had some problems with air-con and alarms, Edmund was very quick to get them put right with the aid of the on-site manager. There are some very attractive towns to visit nearby and we used Edmund's recommendations to find some lovely restaurants and bakeries. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Second time to Santa Caterina, this time just my wife and I, for a 2 week get away from it all break. The Trulli is perfect for this. Its isolated location means if you've got food and drink you could go for days without seeing another person if you so wished.
The Trulli is so well equipped you want for nothing, the beds are so comfortable and the kitchen has everything you need.
The views from the roof terrace are fantastic and as I said in my previous review get up at 5 one morning just to see the sunrise!
Lazy days spent round the pool and bustling evenings spent in Ostuni make for a perfect holiday, but there's also plenty of great places to visit. We enjoyed the Monday market at San Vito Dei Normanni (20mins). Lecce,(1 hour) the Florence of the south is spectacular if a tad difficult to park but well worth the effort.
Caravigno has a great buzz in the evening with plenty going on but is also very nice for a stroll and a coffee in the morning before it gets too hot.
Ceglie Messapica (20mins) has some great views of the surrounding countryside and Cisternino (35mins) has some great restaurants, Sant'Anna and Belle Italia being our favourites. Our favourite restaurant in Ostuni (this year) was Casa de San Giacomo, half way up the hill to the Cathedral in an old Almond press building, but if you want posh try Osteria Piazzetta Cattedrale, we chose from the degustazione menu, a little on the pricey side but not too expensive. With wine we paid about 100euros for 2.
All in all another great stay at beautiful Santa Caterina, oh, and my iPod sounds great through the Bose!!
My wife, 5 year old son & I had the most wonderful week in this beautiful property. The quality of everything, from the fixtures to the comfy beds, was first class. The pool was the real draw as was the view (which the photos don't do justice to) & the welcome breeze which you can hear coming up from the sea through the trees. There are a vast number of different eating areas at the house. We just about managed a meal at each one over the course of the week. We loved the attention to detail when it came to the lighting. There are lights everywhere (very tastefully done) and really turn the house into something special when the sun has gone down.
We had 2 great trips to the beach - come off the dual carriageway at Torre Canne - immediately turn right as if almost doubling back on yourself - drive 100m & carefully park up on the side of the road to the right (we did this at around 10am). You can then follow a path across a field for 100m, over a dune and you arrive at a beautiful sandy beach & perfect sea. Take towels & a picnic. There is no cost and nowhere near the number of people as further north up the beach where you have to pay!
Ostuni really comes alive in the evening and there are no end of places to eat & drink. Get there in time for the sunset and be sure to get lost amongst the beautiful white washed alleyways. Locorotondo & Alberobello can be visited in a day. The old part of Caravigno is definitely worth an evening stroll with an ice cream.
The Trulli was exactly as described. The welcome pack was absolutely spot on! Communication with Edmund (the owner) was great. We were provided with every bit of information plus there is more at the house. We would absolutely recommend this property to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in this area.
Now to work off all that wonderful food & drink!!
We had a fantastic week at Santa Caterina. The Trullo has everything you could think of to make for a brilliant holiday. From the beautiful, well equipped interiors to the charming roof terrace and the fantastic pool, everything has been so well thought out, to make your stay perfect. We were a party of 4 adults (2 couples) so having 2 bathrooms made things very easy.
It's well worth getting up early one morning to see and photograph the sunrise over the Adriatic from the roof. The sunsets were pretty spectacular too.
We had brilliant weather during our stay, well up into the mid 30's so the aircon got some use.
Ostuni has a great vibe in the evenings and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
The whole area is great to explore with the coast only a short drive away and towns such as Alberobello well worth a visit, if a touch touristy.
We'd have no hesitation in recommending Santa Caterina as a great property with great facilities in a lovely area.
We would wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful and well-appointed trullo – the setting is truly charming, surrounded by olive groves with a view of the sea in the distance.
We found it very difficult to drag ourselves away from the trullo, so we spent most afternoons relaxing by the pool, and some wonderful evenings too! It’s in an isolated spot, so perfect for us, as we like to avoid the madding crowd.
Every need is provided for – air conditioning, DVD player, all necessary appliances and home comforts. The caretaker Angelo was also very helpful, and chatty.
Situated between the two historic towns of Ostuni and Caravigno, it is in an ideal location for exploring all the delights of the Puglia area. Ostuni (known as the White City) is a beautiful medieval city with charming narrow streets and wonderful resturants. Caravigno boasts the best restaurant in Puglia. There are other medieval cities nearby such as Martina Franca & Ceglie Messapica, Roman remains at Lecce and the amazing castle at Ottranto. At Gallipoli the fishermen mend their lines in the main streets as they have done for 1000 years and Grotteglie still produces a wonderful variety of ceramics.
Many of the beaches nearby are devoid of development with lovely sandy beaches. The nearby Torre Guaceco beaches and coast are protected as a site of special scientific interest. Also close by are the Faslandia ZooSafari with its performing dolphins and incredible range of animals. No visit to Puglia would be complete without a visit to Alberrobello and its incredible collection of Trulli - the cone shaped local houses. A slightly longr journey takes you to Matera, a city dug into the rock with a murky past. The rmains are breathtaking. Stopping on the way at Grotellie, the heart of the ceramic industry would be a great idea. There there are mediaeval kilns and an incredible array of potteries.
For children there is a local playground and several in Ostuni as well as ZooSafari with a great Dolphinarium closeby.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
We are happy to accept payment in Euro. We ask for 50% on booking with the balance 4 weeks before the date of arrival.
During standard and shoulder seasons you may use the heating and this is charged on a usage basis. The underfloor heating is on gas. The cost of gas used will be charged against the security deposit. There are no other charges.
Alternative periods and changeover