Self-catering apartment in heart of the Salento, near Adriatic/Ionian beaches
Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo
- English, Italian, Hungarian
About Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo
Paul and Jim bought the property on Channel 4's A Place in the Sun (filmed in 2006 and aired for the first time in April 2007). You may be able to see the show on Channel 4 on Demand (4oD), Series 5, Episode 3 (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/a-place-in-the-sun/4od#2924314).
Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo chose Centro Storico
This was the property Amanda Lamb (the show's presenter) loved .... and if you don't believe me, you'll find she's since bought a similar property in a nearby town, renovated by the same developer, Nigel Wilson of Puglia Estates ... the only 'place in the sun' Amanda has bought on all her travels and from all the properties she's visited over the years!!
What makes this Apartment unique
Apart from being able to preview your holiday by watching the show, you'll be able to live the sweet life in a beautiful 17th century property with the original features but all the mod-cons too. The apartment is in a quiet part of the historical centre, in a non-tourist town with fabulous restaurants (no 'tourist menus' in sight), wonderfully friendly people, minutes walk from amenities and the summer's open air concerts, and within easy reach of all that the Salento has to offer. Spend your days driving around either coast, visiting the ports and beaches and seeing some incredible architecture. Return to Galatina for a drink (and people watch) in one of the local squares before a very short walk to your home from home and enjoy an outdoor film on the roof terrace with local wine and food bought in a local market and cooked in our well equipped kitchen. Galatina really is the perfect central base for the Salento. It's easy to navigate and a beautiful, friendly, interesting and unspoiled historical town ...within easy reach of both coastlines but away from the evening seaside crowds.
Children not allowed
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
authentic old town house in the center of Galatina to give you a taste of local life in this very nice old town in the heel of Italy with plenty of character and charm.
Perfect hideaway in Galatina
Owners are helpful and informative and the house is in a perfect location in the middle of the old town. Parking not a problem with a permit that was easy to get. Galatina is a charming base to explore Puglia. Although the sun terrace is quite a bonus for the middle of the old town.
10 days stay in Galatina
A perfect place for a couple (see limitations of the flat) to explore Southern Apulia - Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Leuca etc. There are some reasonable restaurants in walking distance, but also a well equipped kitchen.
Can't wait to return
My husband and I stayed for five days — much too short! The apartment is beautiful, comfortable and so well-equipped. The location was perfect, too; between 20 and 30 minutes to each coast, and a two-minute walk to excellent pastries, sandwiches, and etc. Jim is a wonderful host, quick with excellent suggestions, We will definitely be back.
Excellent place to live in the south east of Puglia
This was an excellent apartment in the south east of Puglia. The apartment is in the old town of Galatina, the location is perfect for wandering around the town. Galatina provides an excellent location for exploring Puglia, including the beaches of both the Adriatic and Ionian coasts. The apartment is exactly as per the photographs. It is on the first and second floors with a roof top terrace, while the steps are steep, they are easier to use than many other Italian apartments., however do require consideration. The apartment is beautifully presented and very comfortable to live in, you could easily stay for any period from one day to months. The kitchen is fully functional. Using a mix of the installed shade cloth, the windows and covers and the air conditioning enables the temperature to be well controlled even on very hot weather. This was a perfect place to stay.
Quirky house in the centro storico
We spent 3 nights here without a car. Trains are frequent Monday to Saturday to Lecce and Gallipoli and fun to use. For a longer period though a car would be needed.
Cristiano very kindly met us as we were walking to the property. We were there in a heat wave and found that by keeping shutters closed in the day that there was no need to use air con. Rooftop terrace was too hot to use in the day but we got takeaways and ate up there in the evening. Good cafes and gelaterias nearby in the square.
Would have liked an electric kettle. Also water pressure is low on Sunday mornings but this is mentioned in the guide to the property.
Santa Caterina cathedral is definitely worth a visit.
Both Jim and Cristiano are quick to respond to any queries and a lot of effort has been put into making it a comfortable place to stay.
Located in the historical Centre of Galatina (a Cittá d'Arte), the property is within 5 minutes walk of the town's restaurants, cafes, bakeries, shops (not forgetting the gelato ice-cream shops) and fine examples of the beautiful churches the town is famous for. Further afield the bustling, baroque provincial capital, Lecce, is only a 20 minute hop away. Or, if you prefer the sea, sand and amazing fish restaurants (not to mention underground grottos, fishing villages and beautiful coastal walks), Galatina is also within easy reach of the Ionian (Gallipoli, Santa Caterina, Porto Cesareo) and the Adriatic (Otranto, Torre dell'Orso, Castro) coastlines. Alberobello, the home of the trulli, Ostuni, the White City, and Sta. Maria di Leuca, the 'Lands End' of Puglia, are also just a day trip away. Having said this, why not find your own secluded paradise by exploring the fabulous country/coastal roads. Bicycles are available to use (for free!) from Galatina's Tourist Information Office.