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Overall we had a fantastic stay at il Trapetto for my mother’s 70th birthday.
We arrived on an early flight and were kindly allowed to stay by the pool while the villa was cleaned.
Once we had settled in our contact Ottavio visited the next day to book taxis for the trips we had planned. During our stay he was responsive to our enquiries about local restaurants and beaches – he even arranged a pizza delivery for us!
The property was lovely, with well-appointed furnishings and a well-resourced kitchen. There was a generous amount of living and sleeping space for us all (9 adults and 4 children) and entertainment for kids like the table football was an added bonus. The limonatta was also a lovely place to hold our evening meals. The pool was wonderful – during the day and night – but did need a mid-week clean because it is natural sea water.
We had two relatively minor issues with the property. The first was the electricity, one of the dishwashers wouldn't work when the air conditioning was on in a few bedrooms. This meant that we couldn't put the dishwashers on at bedtime when we were all in our rooms. While we were there the electricity also tripped twice whilst we were out dining at the limonatta (there was a problem with the irrigation for the olive groves) which was frustrating. But in most instances this was resolved by Ottavio relatively quickly. The other issue was that due to the quite remote location of the villa there is no rubbish collection offered by the local council nor by the owners. In the end rather than using our holiday time to drive to the local collection facility we arranged for a private collection by Ottavio for €40.
Ostuni town itself was beautiful - perfect for just wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. We had a lovely dinner (all 13 of us!) at Osteria del Tempo Perso which we booked well in advance and the gelatos at Cremeria all Scalla were a big hit with the kids.
We wanted to stay somewhere away from it all, in a characterful place. We really couldn't have asked for more: this beautifully restored trullo is surrounded by olive groves with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside, and really feels tucked away. You can step outside from your bedroom in the morning and you are surrounded by peace and quiet and lovely greenery. It's reached by a small track from the main road going up the hill, and the nearest neighbours are a little distance down the track, you can just about see their roof poking out from neighbouring olive groves. Though it felt nicely isolated, it was ideally situated to visit all the lovely places in the Itria Valley - Ostuni, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, Locorotundo, Martina Franca, Alborello, coastal towns (on average 10 minutes to maximum 30 minutes away by car - you need one). It was easy to reach from Brindisi airport. Matera, at 1.5 hours, is also definitely worth a trip.
The trullo and the grounds itself are absolutely gorgeous. The trullo is very tastefully decorated with little personal touches, It has a cute little kitchen and the bathroom is really lovely too with a nice shower. The bedroom is very pretty with a comfy bed. There are lots of sockets, good lighting, a safe, and fairly reliable wifi. Outside there are lots of places to sit down and find shade or sun, eat, drink, read etc. There's an outdoor shower, and the best of all - lots of hammocks! At night it's very peaceful to sit outside and listen to the crickets...
The hosts were very friendly and lovely people - they gave recommendations on where to eat in the area and were very helpful.
We love this place so much, we kind of want to keep it to ourselves and stay forever! We will definitely be back!