Villa Essence is an exceptionally stylish 4 bedroom villa enjoying the most incredible views of the Ionian sea across fields of olive trees. Both the interior and exterior are immaculately presented and it provides a peaceful and relaxing base for a stay in this famous wine region of Italy.
The villa is set behind secure electric gates at the end of a gravel driveway. Inside, the villa is laid out over three floors. On the ground floor, there is a modern, spacious and contemporary kitchen. This is a lovely room with light wooden units and plenty of crockery and utensils. A picture window has delightful views over the countryside towards the sea in the distance. There is also an open plan living and dining area on this floor. This has comfortable cream corner sofa as well as a circular dining table. The sofa is positioned to make the most of the wonderful views over the pool towards the coast and for those looking to admire the view more closely, a stylish telescope is provided. For those staying in the cooler months, a modern fireplace is built into the wall. The room is neutral, stylish and inviting. Doors lead from this room to the terrace and pool area. Finally, this floor is also home to a bathroom with shower. Stairs lead from this room to a mezzanine level. The first two bedrooms are on this upper floor and share a bathroom with shower and double sink. The other 2 bedrooms are on a lower floor and have ensuite bathrooms. Outside, there is a private infinity pool (17 metres x 4.5 metres) set within extensive gardens. Much of the grounds are planted with olive trees and is farmland. The owners produce wonderful extra virgin olive oil from the trees each year. There is also a covered terrace which provides welcome shade both in the early morning at breakfast time and when the sun is at its peak in the early afternoon. This stretches the full length of the front of the house and is a spacious and welcoming area. Plenty of loungers are provided at the poolside and hammocks stretch between the columns of the terrace. Comfortable outdoor sofas and chairs provide a place to sit and relax with a pre dinner drink and there is also a more formal dining table which can seat up to 14 guests which is perfect for al fresco dining. A set of outside steps lead up to an amazing roof terrace. Here, plenty of cushions are placed on bench style seating. Overall, the setting provides complete privacy for guests staying at the villa but, at the same time, it is not isolated.
The villa is within easy reach of Manduria. The latter is the perfect base for any wine lovers. The town even boasts a museum dedicated to the famous Primitivo di Manduria wine. It is an authentic town with charming streets and busy piazzas. It is also just 3 kilometres from the nearest beaches and beautiful Ionian sea. Particular places of interest nearby include the Punta Proscuitto, Torre Colimena, Torre Lapillo, Porto Cesareo and the Chidro Nature Reserve.
A note from Jo
This is the perfect fusion of good design, luxurious furnishings and a stunning setting. We particularly love the roof terrace with views across the flat Puglia landscape to the sea.