La Residenza is an absolutely stunning 8 bedroom property in Puglia, sleeping up to 16 guests. This is a high end villa, beautifully designed and offering a calm, relaxing and luxurious place to stay. The property consists of a 7 bedroom luxury and adjacent 1 bedroom luxury trullo.
The property is comprised of a main villa (sleeps 14) and a nearby trullo (sleeps 2). You enter the grounds of the estate through secure electric gates. Moving through the driveway, you pass through a walled garden up to the beautiful main villa. Guests enter the property into a large entrance hallway and living area furnished with two sofas. For younger guests there is a Sony playstation in this room with wall mounted TV. Three king-sized bedrooms lead from this living area, all with ensuite bathrooms with shower, stone sinks and toilet. Bathrobes and slippers are provided for all guests. All bedrooms on this floor also have patio doors leading to a small courtyard area. The fourth bedroom on this floor is the largest of the sleeping rooms and also boasts a large ensuite shower room. If guests prefer, this room can also be accessed from the outside. All bedrooms are tastefully furnished in a simple but elegant style using natural resources with handmade olive wood designs on the walls. Finally there is a separate WC on this floor. A flight of stairs leads to the first floor of the villa. This has a large living and dining area with open plan kitchen. This is a well equipped and beautifully designed space with natural wood units, large American style fridge / freezer, large stone sink, dishwasher, 2 electric ovens and 5 ring gas hob. Windows look out over the gardens. There is a large handmade dining table. The living area has an open fireplace with 50 inch TV around which are arranged comfortable sofas. Doors lead from the living room to a balcony and covered pergola where there is a large outdoor table seating up to sixteen guests. The canopy provides such welcome shade from the sun during the hot Summer months. For those that enjoy al fresco dining, there is a gas BBQ in this area too. Two steps lead up from the living room to the remaining three bedrooms in the main villa. Again, these all have kingsized beds and all are exquisitely designed with the same natural feel as the rest of the property. And again, all have ensuite bathrooms with shower and all open up onto a veranda with outdoor seating and views across the pool to the children's play area. There is also a separate WC on this floor. At the end of this corridor is a glass door leading to a herb garden where you are welcome to help yourselves to the homegrown herbs here including basil, thyme and sage. A separate trullo situated about 75 metres from the main villa sleeps a further two guests. This is a great space for a couple who are part of the travelling group but who wish for a certain degree of privacy. The trullo has a small kitchen area with electric hob, coffee machine and fridge. A cleverly designed table and two chairs is arranged in a small nook. There is also a double bedroom and ensuite bathroom in the trullo. The trullo is a good size and keeps cool even in the peak of the Summer due to the thick stone walls. Just above this trullo is another trullo which serves as a wine cellar. Guests are welcome to help themselves to the selection of local wine stored here and will simply be charged on departure based on usage. There is plenty to keep the children entertained. Outside, there is a park area with swings, slide, climbing frame and table tennis, all arranged on immaculately kept lawns. There is also a pool (4m x 11m) near the main villa which has a depth of just 30cm at the shallow end going down to 1.5 metres at the deep end as well as a second pool on the roof of the main house. However, if they are looking for entertainment away from the sun, inside the main villa there is a large wall mounted TV with playstation that they can enjoy. Please note: A 1000 euro security deposit is payable by credit card on arrival but is refunded on departure upon the property being left in satisfactory condition. A 30 euro late arrival fee is payable locally in cash for any arrivals after 9 p.m.
The property is situated just a few miles from Ostuni. Known as the 'White City', Ostuni is a lively town with an excellent range of shops, restaurants and bars. The villa is also perfectly placed to explore the Valle d'Itria and its towns including Alberobello, Cisternino and Locorotondo. We would also recommend driving North to explore the caves at Castellana and the seaside town of Polignano a Mare. Of course, it's also an easy drive down to the South of Puglia from here too where you can visit Otranto and Lecce.
A note from Jo
This is a stunning property. The owner has gone out of his way to use natural materials and the result is breathtaking. The decor is simple yet oozing with style. Someone once told me that you're sure of a good nights sleep when you stay in a building made of limestone and, from my experience when staying here, I am sure that it's true. The property is frequently used for weddings and celebrations and it's easy to see why. This is an incredible place to stay.