|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Comfortably accomodating two to nine people,this spacious 5-bedroom art-deco styled town house was originally part of a 16th Century library and has since been renovated to an extremely high standard by award winning 'Puglia Estates' as seen on Grand Designs. The apartment spans back from a grand entrance and stair-case to reveal room upon room of living space. The modern kitchen is fully equipped with 5-burner gas stove, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer However, the real heart of the cooking/eating area is the original kitchen where once wood burning stoves were located and which leads out onto a beautiful dining terrace for enjoying breakfast or an evening bottle of wine al-fresco. The townhouse consists of a large lounge, 4 double bedrooms (two en-suite) mean you don't have to struggle with sofa-beds and a large spectacular roof terrace combined with two further private terraces allow a variety of sunbathing options. The apartment has aircon in smaller rooms.
Additional information: As with many old properties in Italy, there are lots of steep marble stairs between floors (the ceilings are very high and the house spans over 3 floors), and very high roof terraces with waist high walls. As a result, the apartment may be unsuitable for people of reduced/impaired mobility or young children (under 10). It is the guests' responsibility to ensure the safety of their children. Having said this, the apartment is full of character and original features, and the high terraces afford spectacular views of Galatina and the surrounding area. Smokers are welcome, but we do request that guests only smoke outdoors on the roof terraces.
Foodpacks and local knowledge: You will be met at the house with the keys and shown around by someone who has lived in the area for a few years. This allows us to impart some very local knowledge such as the best places to eat, or the nicest beach to get your suntan. We are also able to provide you with a food pack should you arrive late and just want to settle in without having to find supermarkets open. If you would like a little something special, such as a nice fizzy prosecco, we can accommodate any request.
Although it is now a couple of weeks since we left Galatina, I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay, even though the weather was a bit mixed, resulting in us perhaps not seeing this part of Puglia at its best.
The apartment is wonderful. Our only problem was that it took a little while for us each to decide which bedrooms to occupy! I see that you have refreshed the photographs on the website - they certainly go some way (but not all of the way) to presenting it in its full glory. I would be interested sometime to learn a bit more about the history of the building and how the restoration scheme came about. Anyway, I trust we left the place in good order.
By the way, Cristiano deserves a special mention. Our demands on him were not great but he met us on time, gave us a comprehensive guided tour, and responded quickly when we asked for a bit of heating (and an iron). We were extremely lucky every day in finding a parking space in the piazza outside the apartment (it all seems to be down to timing!)
Galatina itself had everything we needed (and little of what we didn't need - hoards of tourists!). The top experiences for eating out were 'Lupo' and Borgo Antico. The absence of menus certainly stretched our Italian language skills to the absolute limit - perhaps more so at Borgo Antico because we had first to understand and then make choices! Zona Franca does great pizzas, but as my wife pointed out to me, I seemed to be the oldest customer (by a margin!). My son has an internet-based business, so it was great that he was only a couple of minutes away from the internet cafe, where he was treated as a regular by the end of the week.
Located in Centro Storico Galatina the apartment is within a few short steps to restaurants, cafes, bakeries, gelateria and shops. The town itself, being designated a Citta d'Arte, you'll find yourself surrounded by Baroque architecture with fine examples such as the beautiful frescoes of Basilica Santa Caterina. Further afield the bustling baroque provincial capital, Lecce, is only a 20 minute hop away, with it's Duomo and Roman amphitheatre, much more impressive than the larger northern Puglian towns of Bari or Brindisi. For sea, sand and gelato Galatina is also within easy reach of the Ionian (Gallipoli, Santa Maria al Bagno, Porto Cesareo) and the Adriatic (Otranto, Torre dell'Orso, Castro) coastlines. Find yourself amongst the Trulli at Alberobello, walking the old town of Ostuni, the White City, or gazing out where the Ionion and Adriatic meet at Sta. Maria di Leuca, the 'Lands End' of Puglia, all just a day trip away.
Golf: Acaya Golf Club, 20 minutes away.
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Oct 12 2014 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
(1) We accept Paypal (credit/debit cards), bank transfers or personal cheques.
(2) All the prices listed include cleaning, bed linen, towels, gas and electricity.
(3) A non-refundable deposit of £200/€300 per week is required at the time of booking, with full balance payable four weeks prior to occupancy.
(4) for occupancy exceeding 4 guests there is a surcharge of €7 a day per person.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.