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****PALECE UMBERTO****is a historic building (1700 d.C) of great value lies in the medieval village of Poggiardo, among the best in the Salento, near the sea of Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro (3 KM) and the golden beaches of Otranto (KM 10). Behind the palace is a garden enclosed 'secret' and intimate, with a beautiful swimming pool set in white stone of Trani, with Jacuzzi. A pool is a citrus that acts as a natural umbrella and relaxing on comfortable beds. The old structure has a strategic position within each day you can choose a different beach of the most beautiful (140 km of beach). Inside you will find comfort, nature and confidentiality; out of the Baroque Piazza offers folkroristici events, festivals, exhibitions, musical concerts, wednsday markets, caffè and restaurant walking distance, bakery, folk dances of pinches, parties with fairy lights, nightlife, workshops, old chemist, airdress, etc. .. . Enchant architecture of the house of beauty and craftsmanship of the time of the original floors of the time ......
The building of 400 square meters spread over two floors and an attic:
0 - ground floor: entrance, garden and orchard, swimming pool (with jacuzzi whirlpool and shower - foot-washing), relaxation area , living 80 m with librery, tv, music, sourraund, 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Living room turns into a double bedroom en suite bathroom. Total capacity 5 bed (Possible 1 extra bed and 2 cots)
1 - the main floor: 1 living room with wi fi, sky tv, elegant lounge furnished with comfortable sofas and antique furniture room,1 dining room with homemade dishes, antique kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a beautiful local stone terrace with barbecue for fantastic al fresco dining . In the wide spaces of the living area are available on request other 1 comfortable beds for a total capacity of 5 on the first floor. ( possibile 1 extra bed in living room and 1 cot)
2- attic panoramic view on the castle: 1 double bed and 1 adjoining twin room for a total of 4 beds which feature a large bathroom with shower and corner bath, a kitchen with laundry facilities and a fantastic 'Lamia' (terrace Salento ) overlooking the medieval castle for an unforgettable dinner under the stars.
Spectacular views of the parties folkroristiche with lights that shine on the fireworks and the baroque castle.
A great place to build your ideal vacation: beach, culture, traditions, relaxation, etc..
By Chris Valeo NY on 09-Oct-2018
We spent most of the summer of 2018 at this amazing home in Poggiardo. It makes an outstanding home base to explore Salento and Apulia!
First, Poggiardo is a perfect town to call "home" in Salento. The people are welcoming, the town is not pretentious or touristy, most things are walkable for your daily needs. You can easily have coffee and pastry, explore local streets and shops, fix lunch al fresco at the villa, and then dine out deliciously in any number of great restaurants just steps from your door.
Then head for the coast -- most of Salento's beaches are an easy day trip. Do you want rocky pools or sandy stretches? The owner can answer any particular questions you have. There are many free beaches within 15/30 mins as well as numerous "Lido" establishments that offer a range of amenities for a fee.
The nearby towns are breathtaking. You can wander happily for hours with some new charm around every corner. We especially loved Castro and Lecce. Most have great choices for Salento cuisine -- with crazy fresh ingredients from the nearby sea and farms. We even made a day trip up to explore Trulli country -- also amazing. The driving is easy and parking is manageable for free or for a small fee (paid at a kiosk with cash or card).
The house is more amazing than the photos show. It is spacious, and it offers everyone someplace to relax. The owners have done such a tasteful job throughout. We frequently had a houseful (including children) and made the most of the pool and all the outdoor spaces.
Tge owners respond immediately to questions or concerns you may have. They are committed to being great hosts and sharing this spectacular part of the world with visitors.
Stay longer than you think you should. There is so much to enjoy.... perfect holidays! C.V.
Submitted 9 ottobre 2018
By LUCA S. (FIRENZE) on 01-Apr-2018
Perfetta!!! Villa stupenda, immensa, in un posto incredibile!! Tutto profumava di pulito ed era cosí spazioso. Fuori la porta del palazzo ci stavano bar e ristorantini raggiungibili a piedi, botteghe di artigiani e negozi di orafi artigiani.... che bello!!! Dietro il palazzo il giardino era bellissimo, un eden, un grande prato verde dove i miei figli potevano giocare liberamente. La cosa piú bella la sala biliardo nella cantina che é stata una vera sorpresa. Abbiamo avuto modo di usare le bici messe a disposizione dal proprietario per raggiungere la bellissima spiaggia dell'Acquaviva. Una casa assolutamente perfetta per posizione e confort. Rimarrà un ricordo indelebile e speriamo di tornarci presto. Grazie L.S.
Submitted 11 aprile 2018
By DAVE SCOTT U.S.A. on 01-May-2017
Ten of us stayed at Palazzo Umberto the last week of April/first week of May. We found it to be as advertised -- a centrally located place for the 10 of us to spend a quiet week in southern Salento, and comfortable enough for us to enjoy in the evenings relaxing on the terrace or sitting by the pool. The pictures on the website are fair but do not do it justice; it was much larger than I had anticipated. We were there in late spring, and because of the ever-changing spring weather, we were able to avail ourselves of all the features of the property, from sunbathing for a few hours some days, to sitting around the fireplace on a cold and wet evening, or biking in the countryside. The five double bedrooms are spread over three floors and so afforded privacy and quiet. The kitchen had everything I needed to cook a meal.
The location is great, easy driving to Leuca, Gallipoli, Lecce, and Castro. Grocery shopping is just a few blocks away,
Maria was very punctual and met us even before the time we had agreed to. There was some confusion about reservations for lunch, and Maria managed to entice the local restaurant just down the street to open just for our ten hungry and weary travelers. When she turned things over to Mariarosaria for us to go shopping and prepare supper and meet us for checkout inspection, Mariarosaria made every appointment on time. As an expat living in southern Europe and north Africa for several years, this was most welcome and appreciated. She and her mother cooked for my wife’s 50th birthday supper, and it was an exceptional meal. I highly recommend Palazzo Umberto.
By M.N. on 10-Jun-2016
My family and I had a wonderful stay at this historic property! Even before we arrived, Andrea was incredibly helpful with information about the area and answered all of my questions. He greeted us (my husband, 2 young children, and parents) upon arrival and showed us around the house. And, the house is beautiful, spacious, beautifully decorated and furnished, well equipped. The location was fabulous, as we could walk to many different restaurants, caffetteria, bakery and supermarkets. Near the house, there are several beautiful beaches within short driving distance. I would absolutely recommend this property to others looking to get a taste of one of Italy's finest regions; it was relaxing and beautiful and all that we had hoped for. Thank you!
Submitted 10 gennaio 2017
By A. M. Los Angeles on 08-Jun-2016
We've been to Apulia a few times. This time my husband asked if there might be a place with a pool and be located where he didn't have to drive much. I searched for many hours and thought this historic mansion in Poggiardo would work, even though there was just the two of us. The listing descriptions were accurate but we found the reality even better than the pictures! Palazzo Umberto is immaculate and well maintained, inside and out! The owner was so kind and helpful and we found the information she provided about the area a great resource. We tried 3 restaurants that were easily walkable from the palace including one restaurant that is a slow food restaurant practically right out the door. All our meals were exceptional and reasonable. A well equipped grocery store was an easy walk, too. The medieval streets and the newer part of the city were interesting to explore. On Wednesday there was a street market with everything from food to shoes to furniture. We did venture out with gps and had some excellent adventures including visiting a winery, having a delicious seafood lunch in the nearby town of Castro, and we also drove south to put our toes in the water where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. Palazzo Umberto is an incredible value for what it offers! Before we even left we were asking Andrew about availability. We usually like to visit new places when we go on holiday but we enjoyed our stay so much, we are going back in September!
Submitted 8 giugno 2016
Great palazzo in a lovely town
By M.G. NY on 05-Jun-2016
We just got back to NYC from a lovely week in Apulia.
It was our first time there and we loved everything about it: the landscapes, the architecture, the sea and our palazzo. We stayed in the historic center of Poggiardo, a little town right at the center of Salento (southern area of Apulia). The town has everything you need: lovely cafes, a great street market on Wednesday and stunning architecture. It was pretty easy to reach the beach during the day (5km away) or just spend a fun evening in Lecce (30km away) or Otranto (15km).
The palazzo has everything you need: a fully equipped kitchen, a large living room andi a great garden with a swimming pool. We had breakfast outside almost every morning. We highly recommend the local pastry called pasticciotti. If you are looking to have a relaxing and charming vacation, this is a great place to stay.
A bit of Paradise in Puglia
By Jackie W. Vancouver Canada on 15-May-2015
Our family, which included 7 adults and 2 children, recently had the pleasure to spend three weeks at Palace Umberto in beautiful Poggiardo, Italy. The villa met and exceeded our expectations. There were more than enough bedrooms to accommodate our group with most being ensuite. Once we entered through the front door, it was like we were in another world. The courtyard is lovely and very private with several lemon and orange trees which add to the ambiance. The patio is large enough for relaxing or having a siesta and pool is great for cooling off in the warm afternoons.
Poggiardo is a quaint medieval village which is located in an area of many small to medium sized medieval villages all easily accessed by bicycle within 30 to 40 minutes, or 10 to 30 minutes by car, from Poggiardo. There are several restaurants in close proximity to Ty villa which offer excellent Italian fare and the people are very friendly and helpful. There are a number of bistros where you can get your morning cappuccino or espresso and a fresh pastry.
Maria and Andrea, our hosts, were very warm and welcoming and went out if their way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Maria was very helpful in letting us know the places of interest (of which there are many) to visit in the surrounding area. Many thanks to Rosa, our chef who came to the villa on two occasions to prepare authentic Puglia fare. The dinners were plentiful and delicious.
We had a wonderful time and were sad to leave when our time at Palace Umberto was over. If you are looking for a piece of "La Dolce Vita", we would not hesitate to recommend Palace Umberto.
By LIz Powassan Canada on 09-Nov-2014
We loved this place.The house is like a small castle with modern amenities.The charming atmosphere of Italy is all through it.The decor is tasteful and professional. We were six adults and we could enjoy our own privacy or gather together in the central spaces and be quite comfortable.
We loved the setting in the town of Poggiardo, it has everything you need.There were a choice of grocery shops within walking distance, there was the best pastry shop just around the corner.There were fresh bread shops and Coffee bars, and meat markets and fresh cheese shops all very close with delightful personnel to help you.
The tourist center in our piazza was most helpful and dependable.Thank you Fabio for going tge extra mile for us.The regular Wednesday Market was a wonderful added bonus for us.We loved it!
The people of the town were generous and helpful and treated us with every kindness.Maria and Andrea provided us with four bikes to ride around the town and countryside which we enjoyed doing often.
We used the pool area for three sunny weeks in October.Towards November it got a little chilly, but overall we were thrilled with the weather.
The sites to see in Southern Italy are beautiful, plentiful and easily reached from Poggiardo.The Adriatic Coast drive is spectacular and compares easily with the Amalfi coast.Lecce is a must see and is clise by car or train.
Our memories of this holiday will delight us for a long time to come.
Submitted 9 novembre 2014
By Beat N.Neuenkirch on 29-Sep-2014
Das gepflegte Haus mit einladender Poollandschaft ist wunderbar, inklusive Möglichkeit zur Beschallung. Es hat uns sehr gefallen im Palazzo Umberto. Alles war wie beschrieben und hat unsere Erwartungen übertroffen! Mille grazie
Tutto per tutti!
By SHARON B.Lakeland, TN on 30-Sep-2013
Our well-traveled family of five stayed in Poggiardo at Palazzo Umberto for six days earlier this month during a three week Italy adventure. We live in Los Angles, California but always enjoy traveling abroad with our kids when we can. Our "kids" are now ages 20, 22, and 23. Upon arrival, we were happily greeted by Maria who gave us a tour around her grand home. Needless to say, Umberto is even more beautiful in person than the photos depict! The house is spotless and is well equipped with everything to make any visitor's stay comfortable and enjoyable. While staying there, our family rented bicycles for several days to sightsee around the area. Traveling by bicycle was quite enjoyable for our group. It was a lovely way to visit the small towns surrounding Poggiardo. We especially enjoyed riding the bikes along the Adriatic Sea and eating lunch in Santa Cesera Terme. After each day's ride, we were happy to come home to a sparkling clean salt water pool to cool off. We spent several hours throughout the week in the garden seating areas enjoying wine with appetizers before heading into one of the many delicious restaurants for dinner in the neighborhood. You can't go wrong with any of the food establishments! All the restaurants prepare fresh food and are very generous with the portions they serve! The pastry and gelato shops in town are also quite fabulous! It was a good thing for us that we stayed active during the days because no one ever left much food on their plates! Each member of our family would love to return to Poggiardo and stay in Palazzo Umberto again. We cannot thank Maria and her husband, Andrea, enough for their wonderful hospitality and kindness to our family. Mille grazie! We hope to return someday soon!
By Sandrine F. ( Paris) on 27-Aug-2013
We would like to thank you for your warm welcome and your hospitality, we spent excellent holidays. Your house is fabulous, just like the photos, ideall located in the village with a gorgeous decoration. I can only recommend this great adress with high standard quality services. :-)
By Martina T. Germany on 13-Aug-2013
Wir waren über die Pfingstferien im Plazzo Umberto und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Wir waren mit insgesamt 9 Personen (5 Kinder unterschiedlichen Alters und 4 Erwachsenen) dort. Das Haus ist genau wie auf den Bildern. Es fehlt an nichts. Maria war immer für uns da, hat nachgefragt ob wir etwas brauchen. Die Lage ist super zentral. Direkt in der Ortsmitte, aber trotz allem hatte man keine Lärmbelästitung. Wir würden sofort wieder herkommen. Vielen lieben Dank an M.
A wonderful holiday in a wonderful Palazzo!
By Simon R. U.K.. on 24-Jul-2013
My wife and I visited the beautiful Palazzo Umberto in Poggiardo in June, and we absolutely loved it! From the minute we arrived, when we received a warm welcome from Maria, and we were shown all the beautiful rooms and the gorgeous “secret” garden we knew we’d made the right choice.
First the Palazzo – so grand and ornate, every room lovely to look around.
There is a rooftop terrace over-looking the square with a lovely bathroom with a huge bath, a bedroom, sitting room and kitchen on the top floor. Then, down an ancient staircase you come to the main floor – a kitchen fitted out with everything you could possibly want, from a coffee maker, a dishwasher, crockery and cutlery - every mod-con you would need; a grand dining room, a grand sitting room with a balcony, again over-looking the square, 2 more lovely huge bathrooms, and 2 bedrooms with air-con…all leading out onto a terrace over-looking the garden equipped with a BBQ and large seating area – we sat and ate there every day soaking up the sun and the atmosphere.
Then down to the ground floor – this is more open plan, with thick stone walls and gorgeous stone ceilings, lending a very cool feeling to this floor, despite the heat outside – it has air-con, of course, but you hardly needed it so effective was the stone-work. We based ourselves on this floor – it too had a fantastic shower-room, a further bathroom, a small kitchen, 2 bedrooms, dining area and sitting area – as the early morning swim was so much closer!!
The “secret” courtyard garden also is lovely, with a fantastic swimming pool, numerous comfortable seats, various citrus trees and flowers everywhere.
During ours stay we used the 2 bikes provided and explored the peaceful countryside. Poggiardo itself is quite a quiet, small town that comes to life on market Wednesdays – we became “locals’ popping to the supermarket daily to stock up on fresh produce for lunch, whilst in the evenings, wandering out to the local restaurants for gorgeous Italian meals.
You can probably tell we loved our holiday here – the house, the town, the sea, the countryside, the food, the friendly people – wish we were there now, and hope to return soon! Maria and Andrea gave us a wonderful holiday in a wonderful house.
Superb maison !
By Arnaud B (FRANCE) on 09-Apr-2013
Cette maison est idéalement située dans le coeur historique de Pioggiardo. Commerces et restaurants sont facilement accessibles à pied. Situation idéale aussi pour visiter les Pouilles.
La maison est spacieuse, calme, confortable et avec plein de charme et bien adaptée pour des petits enfants (piscine protégée, barrière enfant pour les escaliers, chaise haute...).
Merci à l'accueil de Maria, à sa gentillesse et pour le délicieux diner qu'elle nous avait préparé pour le soir de notre arrivée.
Nous espérons revenir découvrir la région en été.
Submitted 9 aprile 2013
Fantastic winter stay
By GOEDELE D. Brussel on 15-Jan-2013
We spent the New Years week in the beautifull and warm house of Maria and Andrea in Poggiardo. A great winter stay in the historic center (on the main Piazza) with choice of bars, shops, hairdressers, ... within walking distance.
The weather was great, sky steel-blue, sun shining every day (were we lucky or is this Puglia-winter?) and we spent several hours trying to get a tan on the rooftopterrace.
The house is a spacious and beautiful old palazzo, restored in a refined way with perfect artcrafts-finishings. The palazzo offers all comfort, with several bathrooms, equiped kitchens, cupboards, classic and authentic furniture which suits perfectly to the style of the house ... It's a pleasure to find a place where as well the interior, the objects, the decoration, the chocolats and bottle, as the towels and the sheets, ... all meet the same standard of luxury in every single detail which is, believe me so rare...
The recommandations for restaurants turned out to be delicious, and New Years-eve - we were kindly invited in the ground floor loft - was an unforgettable party. That loft as the rest of the building, has been beautifully restored,and has a great fireplace.
The swimming pool and garden look very welcoming and quiet for warmer months...
Thanks Maria and Andrea, hope we'll meet again soon.
Submitted 15 gennaio 2013
Not only a house - it is a fairy - tale
By Maido P. (Moscow) on 08-Nov-2012
Me and my friends visited Palazzo at the end of the october 2012. Fortunately the weather was amazing – very warm at days and nights. Sun was shining and Adriatic sea was clear as expected and enough warm to go swimming. Although the high tourist season ended already at end of the september. South-Italy, where the Palazzo situated, is quite different then Middle- and North-Italy. It is clean and spacious, locals are friendly and there is enough amusements for days, evenings and nights. We enjoyd the Poggiardos local night life, fairs in multiple cityes, beaches, caves and architecture accross the province of Salento. This area is fantastic to have a vacation.
Owner of Palazzo, Mary is beautiful and friendly woman. She is very helpfull if you need any kind of assistance. And the house...it is not just the house – it is a fairy-tale. This 400 year old villa looks discreet from outside, but as medieval castle inside and it is big enough to accommodate comfortably even a big coterie. The inner yard with little garden and pool, is the place so nice, that first days you dont want to go anywhere else. The villa is equipped with everything you need – TV, internet, multifunctional music player, and so on. I really hope to come back there some day, because one vacation is not enough to enjoy all what the villa and this area can afford to you.
Submitted 8 novembre 2012
By MAY D. ( New York) on 09-Oct-2012
5/5 Stayed 29 settembre 2012
We stayed in this absolutely lovely and fantastic vacation home at the end of Sept, beginning of Oct 2012 and the first word that comes to mind when I think about our time spent here is “perfect”. The very spacious palazzo is newly and completely restructured, beautifully and tastefully furnished, fully equipped in every small detail for living, dining, and enjoyment (including an in-ground swimming pool and free wi-fi internet connectivity) -- and above all, it’s immaculately clean !!! It’s perfect because the owners, Maria & Andrea, are extremely kind, helpful, and discrete – with lots of suggestions for interesting activities and places to eat which you won’t find on the usual tourist routes. It’s a perfect and central location from which to visit by car all the many spectacular sandy or rocky beaches (all with crystal clear emerald green water) and sites in the Salento area of Puglia. And for those times when you don’t feel like driving, it’s a maximum 2 minute walk from the palazzo to excellent restaurants, pizzerias, bars, bakeries (don’t miss the almond cookies !), supermarkets, newspaper stands, farmacies, and a bustling flea market in the center of town every Wednesday morning. Without a doubt, this is definitely the nicest vacation rental home that I have ever had the good fortune to experience and I really hope to be able to return here again sometime soon. I most highly recommend it to couples as well as families with children (pool has a folding safety gate to separate it from the rest of the garden area). Many many sincere thanks to Maria & Andrea for their kindness and warm hospitality.
Submitted 9 ottobre 2012
By Joachim Ö on 01-Aug-2012
... wir haben in deinem wunderschönen Haus einen tollen Urlaub verbracht. Alles haben wir so vorgefunden, wie es beschrieben wird. Die Einrichtung und Ausstattung des Hauses und deine Gastfreundschaft lassen keinen Wunsch offen. Poggiardo ist ein sehr schöner Ort, der mehr bietet als wir erwartet haben (Konzerte, Wochenmarkt, Restaurants, Infrastruktur,...) und ist durch seine zentrale Lage ideal für Ausflüge zu den Sehenswürdigkeiten und wunderschönen Stränden dieser Region.
Wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt, viele positive Eindrücke mitgenommen und können dein Haus, Poggiardo und Apulien für einen Urlaub nur empfehlen.