Ostuni Apartment Rental Photos and Description
A romantic and fun getaway for couples, groups of friends and families
Three lovely luxurious apartments in the centre of the 18th century area of Ostuni, each a few minutes' walk from the main Piazza and from the Centro Storico, each very different and each special in its own way. They are called Casa Esmeralda, La Terrazza and L'Ombroso, all part of a house called Casa Tavani that was built between the 17th and 18th centuries. Our photos have captions showing you views of each apartment.CASA ESMERALDA (see captioned photos) is a separate self-contained house on two floors with high exposed stone ceilings showing its 18th century origins:we often have honeymoon couples who say how romantic it is.LA TERRAZZA (see captioned photos) is a very luxurious and delightful open plan apartment, also with two fabulous roof terraces with the same panoramic views as Casa Esmeralda. Guests have compared it to a boutique hotel. L'OMBROSO (see captioned photos) is a very pretty first floor apartment which is ideal for a romantic holiday but also perfect for a family. The three apartments are all available for rent throughout the year, offering guests the opportunity to find the ideal summer or winter/Christmas/New Year break - ideal for couples, friends or families.
Details for L'Ombroso 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
We fell in love with Ostuni on our first visit to Puglia for Christmas 2003 and bought the main house in April 2004, at first living in La Terrazza and having family and friends to stay in the two smaller apartments below, L'Ombroso and L'Alcova. The following year we bought the ground floor of the house, where the Greco family used to make wine, so when we converted into another apartment we called it La Cantina and decided to move there ourselves and to rent the other three apartments to holidaymakers. A year later Casa Esmeralda in the next street came up for sale and as its terraces were adjacent to La Terrazza's we bought it too, completing our portfolio of five apartments in all. We now spend about half the year in Ostuni and the other half at our home in the Old Town part of Hastings. We have four children, two girls and two boys,and 6 grandchildren, all of whom visit us for seaside holidays in Italy and the UK. We run a small educational consultancy promoting educational charities and thanks to technology we can work equally well from both countries.
We had travelled in Italy and Tim's brother, married to an Italian, lives in Rome. But until 2003 we had never travelled further South. As soon as we arrived, a few days before Christmas, we were struck by the warm and friendly welcome we received everywhere we went. (We were also amazed that in late December we could sit outside in the sunshine eating icecream!) We were struck by the exotic landscape with its prickly pear cacti and the fascinating trullo houses, so different from other parts of Italy we knew. We decided however that we wanted to live in a town to help us learn the language and get to know the people and the culture of the region, and indeed our neighbours are some of the kindest people we've ever known. When we first saw Ostuni, shining on top of its hill like a beautiful white wedding cake as we drove from Brindisi airport, it was a love affair which has never faded, and every time we make that same drive we know we made the right choice. It's been our great pleasure over the last 8 years to share our discovery with so many guests from every corner of the globe.
When we saw our house it was a wreck! A builder had bought it and was half way through the renovation, so we were faced with mounds of rubble in every room. But where the old plaster had been stripped off we saw stunning vaulted ceilings in honey-coloured stone and we knew this could be something special. The real revelation was when we got to the top of the stairs and walked through the door of what is now La Terrazza, on to the vast roof terraces. As soon as we saw the sapphire blue Adriatic glittering in the winter sun, our minds were made up. And when you see that view for yourselves, you'll understand why!