Owner: James Cutler
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We had a fantastic family holiday in this beautiful house in a great region new to us. There were four couples aged 29 to 63 and all relaxing for a week. The pool was fantastic and the views sublime. It got stormy later in the week (the lightening was rather exciting) but that gave us a chance to visit the spectacular towns in the region and take advantage of all the culinary specialities. Everything was just great and the advice on what to see and do from the owner was really useful.
We (a family of 5 - kids 12, 9 and 7) treated ourselves to this very special holiday over the May half term 2016. Right from the start the owner was attentive and helpful providing lots of information on the villa and on the local area, responding very quickly to emails we sent asking for their advice. On arrival we were met by the local agent who was also friendly and helpful. The villa itself I couldn't fault, very well equipped, clean and tidy with lovely, homely decor. The pool also is great - just the right size for us - the kids were in it most of the time having such fun. We concluded that the end of May is a good time to go for us - the weather was great but not too hot, the local area is rich in flora and fauna - there's so much to see - and the most magical smell of jasmine and honeysuckle filled the air in the garden, accompanied by the sound of bees. Locorotondo and the surrounding area offers loads to do. We were not short of places to visit with mornings spent mooching around a local town or city ( Ostuni, Monopoli, or the caves at Castellana Grotte) and then in the afternoon exploring the coast - great for snorkelling with the kids in the shallow clear,calm waters of the Adriatic - particularly lovely at Polignano a Mare. The locals, too, were all very friendly and helpful and welcomed our attempts at Italian, filling in when we were out of our depth. We spent most of our money in the local shop with its lovely cheeses, meats and local products. This is a place we'd love to come back to and to bring more of the family to enjoy.
We spent two weeks at this beautiful trulli and would love to return. Two families went and in total there were nine of us. This part of Italy is stunning with fantastic weather and numerous whitewashed towns. The trulli itself is in a village called San Marco which is a small and quiet agricultural, working village in the region of Puglia. The trulli is full of character with many original features. When we arrived, the English property manager showed us around and was very friendly and helpful offering advice about local places we could visit etc. There was plenty of space in the trulli for all of us and was very well equipped, inside (board games, wi-fi, TVs, books etc) and outside (sun loungers, umbrellas, inflatables, outside shower etc) The trulli has a roof terrace which has gorgeous views and the outside dining area is sheltered with a bbq and outside sink. There is a local shop with very friendly and helpful owners. It is less than a five minute walk from the trulli. You can get everything you need there from local cheeses and meats to washing powder and alcohol! There are many local towns which are definitely worth a visit; Alberobello which has many trullis and is a UNESCO world heritage site, Locorotondo, a beautiful historic town with a labyrinth of white alleys, Martina Franca, another beautiful old town surrounded by stone walls with lots of piazzas and narrow, winding streets and Ostuni, built on top of a hill and commonly referred to as "the White Town" ("La Città Bianca") for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Another place worth visiting are the Castellana caves where you can go on a guided tour of the caves. We also visited a local water park called Acqua Splash which was close to Alberobello and was perfect for the age range of children we had (5-10 years). All of these places are close to the trulli and can be reached by car in under half an hour or so. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the peaceful poolside, there are many beautiful beaches too. The food was amazing and we ate out at many fine restaurants. The owners have helpfully left notes in the trulli detailing local restaurants and places to visit. This trulli is to be highly recommended and is home from home. It was our first visit to Italy and has definitely given us a taste and we wouldn't hesitate to return!
|01/04 to 19/05||April and May||£1500|
|08/07 to 08/09||High season||£2350|
|30/09 to 31/10||October||£1500|
|20/05 to 07/07||MID SEASON||£1750|
|09/09 to 29/09||SEPTEMBER||£1650|
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