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We stayed 12 nights at the Trullo Elia and it was wonderful!
Situated only 3km from the hilltop town of Ceglie Messapica the Trullo is nestled amongst olive and walnut trees. Staying in the Trullo is a special experience; the skill and craft that was involved in its unique construction as well as the sense of history of those who lived in the dwelling before now.
The Trullo and it’s adjoining structure are surrounded by neatly landscaped low walls and driveway with lots of herbs and other plants growing in the beds. A few steps leads to the lovely pool with sun beds and a hammock beneath a veranda. The pool is perfect for cooling off and the surrounding trees add to the tranquility of the residence. The Trullo itself has everything you need - a kitchen with all the cooking facilities, a neat bathroom with a washing machine,
comfortable couch in the main living room and a very comfortable bedroom adjoining. The Trullo contains several old pieces of decorative furniture which adds to the ambiance.
Outside the kitchen is a paved and covered patio area where you can dine in the evening to the sound of crickets!
Trullo Elia is a true haven to relax and unwind in and also a great base to visit several nearby hill top towns of Cisternino, Ostuni and beyond. Indeed Ceglie, only a few minutes by car, has some lovely restaurants and a delightful main piazza where you can watch the locals gather and socialise in the evening.
Our hosts Lucia and Pietro were delightful, willing to help with any queries and we even got a present of a large bag of freshly harvested walnuts before leaving. The Trulli have been a labour of love restoring both properties for Lucia and Pietro and it was our absolute pleasure to stay there and enjoy this special place. We will remember fondly and would recommend this residence to anyone interested in staying in this lovely part of Puglia.
Jacinta and Brian
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!