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This stunning country estate is easily accessible, yet completely private, and set in over 5 acres of ancient olive groves. It has 5 air-conditioned bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps up to 10 adults (+ 1 infant), as well as a 45ft X 15ft infinity pool surrounded by exquisite flowering gardens. Our property was a cover story for the prestigious UK's Homes and Gardens magazine, Chosen BEST PROPERTY in Italy ( as a single residential home) by the International Property Awards based in London (propertyawards.net/Europe). This luxury property is romantic, yet modern, professionally designed and decorated, and allows complete privacy and security. You are just a 3-minute drive (or a 15 minute walk) from historic villages with everything you need - markets, restaurants, shops - and just 10 miles from the sea with some of the best beaches (both sand and stone) in Italy and the Salento peninsula. The terrain is easy to maneuver, and you can bike to the nearest beach within 25 minutes. Be forewarned -- this property is hard to leave! The beautiful natural landscape as well as the inner courtyard garden paradise will provide many hours of pleasure and relaxation. There is a strict non-smoking policy.
The Main House
The interior has been professionally designed and decorated to make sure your every need is catered for. This building is L-shaped and has two separate wings: the bedroom wing and the kitchen/living area. The main house has 3 bedrooms (all with beautiful Leccese stone-star ceilings and air-conditioned with individual thermostats)/ 3 full bathrooms: 2 bedrooms have large king size 4-poster beds with ensuite bathrooms having walk-in rain showers and Phillip Starke fittings. The master bedroom has a free-standing hammered copper tub at the foot of the bed for the ultimate bath!
The middle room in the main house is multi-purpose: it can be used as a separate bedroom (with a single bed and space for a portable cot for a baby/toddler) or a dressing room or as an extra lounge for the master bedroom if a 5th bedroom is not necessary. This room has a large stone fireplace and solid oak built -in wardrobes.
In the middle of the bedroom wing is a full family bathroom with a low tub (ideal for children) that is accessible not only to the middle bedroom, but also has a separate, direct entrance to the courtyard. This assures privacy and is convenient for guests dining outside or using the pool area.
For ultimate privacy and convenience, every bedroom has its own entrance to the main courtyard and access to the kitchen and living area wing of the main house.
The Kitchen/ Living area
The main house has a separate wing containing a utility room, a large, fully-equiped modern cook's kitchen and a comfortable living area. This wing is open space with a long vaulted barrel stone ceiling and large shuttered windows to enjoy the sentient olive trees which completely surround the house. Each tree is a natural work of art, and are selectively illuminated for maximum viewing pleasure and contemplation from every room in both buildings.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a luxurious rustic feel, having multiple solid oak cabinets, granite worktops, antique sideboard, and a reclaimed antique wood table seating 8 with a large arc lamp hanging over the table.
The utility room has a long sandstone working surface, sink, lovely antique cupboards, large LG refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee pots, tea kettle, toaster, clothes dryer, clothes washer and dishwasher.
The living area has a smart 40" TV and DVD, two down sofas, large reclaimed wood coffee table, two large Vincent Sheppard side chairs with ottomans and a large stone fireplace at the end of the room. Next to the sofas are two large french doors which open directly to the courtyard. The view from this perspective is enchanting and romantic: three rows of fragrant flowering plants and bay trees, backdropped by the large illuminated infinity pool, and the courtyard walls covered in jasmine and bougainvillea. Words do not do this area justice!
The Guest House
The completely private guest house shares the inner courtyard with the main house. This building is covered on one side with vines of fragrant jasmine and is shaded by a beautiful blooming vine-covered canopy. Each bedroom has beautifully vaulted star ceilings made of Leccese stone as does the main house. With two bedrooms and a shared full bathroom, it is perfect for a family of 4/5. Each bedroom has its own entrance to the courtyard as well as a central main door that provides private access to the separate bathroom. One bedroom has a 4-poster queen size bed with large wardrobe and table. The second bedroom has three large twin beds and wardrobe. Two of the twin beds are Cantinori can be made up as a queen-size bed if desired. The shared bathroom has a large stone walk-in shower. Each bedroom has air-conditioning.
All rooms throughout the property have shutters and screens. If guests prefer, fans are also available if they do not wish air conditioning.
Beautifully landscaped and completely enclosed by stone walls and a large decorative gate, the main courtyard is a private haven that is difficult to leave! Both the main house and the guest house are contained within this lovely court. There is a 15 meter illuminated infinity pool if you are feeling active, or just laze around on one of the Vincent Sheppard sun-loungers (enough for 8 adults); or take a walk just outside the courtyard in our private ancient olive grove, fruit trees and herbal gardens. Back in the inner courtyard is a spacious outdoor kitchen area with a large stone wood-burning pizza oven, gas barbecue and a large table which seats ten. Also enjoy the expansive roof terrace with 360 degree views of Puglian sunrises backed by the Ionian Sea and gorgeous sunsets and star-lit evenings. During festivals, Pugliese love to put on grand firework displays throughout the summer and these grand shows are visible from the roof terrace.
If that is not enough, our property managers will make your holiday as relaxing and as hassle-free as possible. They can arrange for shopping to be done in advance of your arrival and have it unpacked in the kitchen waiting for you.
The manager will gladly arrange restaurant reservations, private chef, pizza parties, housekeeping, babysitting, spa treatments (services can be performed at the villa for your convenience and comfort), yoga instruction, boat hire, wine tours and tastings, cooking lessons, golf, horse riding, painting instruction, cycling, cooking lessons, historical tours and more. These extra options can be paid for locally at very reasonable prices.
We compile local information and use our knowledge of the area to make sure you have the best, most up-to-date information at hand to help you plan your holiday.
The manager will arrange to meet you at a convenient place, lead you to the the property, show you around and help get you settled. They will also be happy to arrange for any extra services you should desire. You will be contacted prior to your arrival to coordinate your arrival and handle any special requests you may have. The manager is just a phone call or email away should you need help or information during your entire stay.
Best nearby beaches & activities: Torre Del Orso: Intimate cove over looking the famous "two sisters" which are great mounds of stone that jut out of the water, a back drop of cliffs makes this the prettiest of local beaches. Don't forget to visit Dentoni's on the beach for the best gelato of your life!
Santa Andrea: Great beach clubs and good seafood and pizza restaurant.
Alimini: Crystal clear waters, great stretch of sandy beach, endless sand, and perfect for walking/running and sand castle-building, all set against huge sand dunes and wild pine forests. Very good amenities, excellent seafood and pizza restaurants and of course the mandatory espresso bar. A favourite of ours and 5 minutes from Otranto.
Amazing places to visit: There is plenty to do and see in Salento, discover the buzzing Baroque city of Lecce known as the 'Florence of the South' for a cosmopolitan experience with its many cafes, contemporary and traditional restaurants, shopping and street entertainment. A must see is the vibrant historic town Otranto (a UNESCO world heritage site), a seaside town and port with a lovely harbour and Romanesque cathedral with its famous twelth century mosaic floor.
Santa Maria Di Leuca: is on the southern most tip of the pernisula, a wonderful seaside town known for its lighthouse. Alternated by cliffs and small sandy coves and its many grottos make for the most wonderful and natural landscape.
Alberobello, Martina Franca and Locorotondo: further north of Salento, beautiful cities surrounded by stunning rolling hills, vineyards and trulli (remarkable little cone-roofed whitewashed dwellings that mushroom around Alberobello are a sight to behold and are now protected as a UNESCO world heritage site)
Ostuni: referred to as the white city is a hilltop town to rival those of Umbria, with Frederick II's 13th century castles.
Shopping: A welcome hamper of basics comes with the villa. For everything else you might need, Carpignano Salentino is our local village, 3 minutes by car or 15 minute walk and has everything you need including DOK supermarket, bakeries, beauty salons, ATMs, pharmacy, restaurants, a local weekly market. If you would like to have your grocery shopping done before you arrive, our property manage can arrange this for you as well. This is as an optional service.