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Modern villa in Puglia. Terrace & sea view overlooking private pool.

Josephine Hale

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Josephine Hale

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Speaks: english
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Modern villa in Puglia. Terrace & sea view overlooking private pool.

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Lido Specchiolla Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 bedroom villa with pool / sleeps 6, close to coast of Puglia

This 5 year old, stunningly designed villa is situated in peaceful olive groves in the coastal resort of Specchiolla on the outskirts of Carovigno, in easy reach of shops and restaurants. It is 20 minutes drive from Brindisi airport and 10 minutes from the beach and offers a fabulously different Italian holiday experience. The villa has an elevated outlook to the Adriatic sea with beautiful arched stone terraces and steps leading down to the pool which is surrounded by a ceramic tiled patio area. It has three double bedrooms, with king sized beds + en suites in two, and twin single beds in the other + separate bathroom. The air-conditioned & centrally heated villa has an open plan fully equipped modern fitted kitchen, dining room and lounge. The villa is set in 1.2 acres of olive groves, with figs and almond trees in a quiet rural area. A dry stone wall and fencing surround the property which also has an extensive roof terrace, where views overlooking the property are amazing.

This area has such a lovely temperate climate that holidays at any time of the year are great. The temperature is mild compared with the cold British winters, and it is often possible to be sitting on the terrace enjoying breakfast in the winter, so makes an ideal early spring or late autumn break.

The early arrival of spring in March is also a wonderful time to visit. The olive groves are smothered in gorgeous yellow spring flowers, with grape hyacyths, and lilac cyclamens growing wild and profusely! Although the pool is not open until mid- May, there are wonderful beach and country walks to take and enjoy the sunny weather. It's a great place at any time of the year and can be a wonderful de-stressing break! There are so many interesting towns to visit and great places to eat,. The history of this region is extremely varied and intriguing due to the many invasions from other nations and their differing life styles. You could learn a lot by exploring the towns and villages in this lovely part of Italy, in temperatures that are very pleasant out of season and when you get to know the Italian people they make you feel very welcome indeed.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Josephine Hale (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
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About Josephine Hale

My husband and I have loved Italy all our lives and when the opportunity came up we looked for a property that we would love to own in this country. Puglia was an untried area for us, so we took a trip with my husbands sister and her partner to explore this part of Italy. What we discovered was a lovely rural countyside, with a gentler pace of life and warm and generous people. After looking at several properties we were taken to this lovely site by a good agent, who we now happily call a friend! We fell in love with it and decided to have our villa built as close to our specification as the laws in Italy allow.. Since embarking on this adventure I have retired from my busy job as the Head of a Procurement Department in the NHS and am now catching up on millions of tasks at home that have waited too long! My most favourite past-time is painting. I studied art at the Cambridge School of Art for 4 years and have taught Calligraphy at the West Suffolk College since 1990. Now most of my paintings are of Italy! My husband still works but took a less stressful job which he enjoys, but we both look forward to our trips to the villa. We manage several trips each year but spend most our our time doing the garden or working in the villa to make it more attractive and comforatble for us and our guests. We manage the bookings ourselves but have employed a family resident in Puglia to organise the cleaning, gardening, pool and maintenance and the welcoming for our guests.

Josephine Hale purchased this villa in 2010

Why Josephine Hale chose Lido Specchiolla

Because the plot has wonderful elevated views of the sea, it is quiet, and in a rural location and the prettiness of its position among the olive trees, captivated us. In the spring the ground under the trees is covered with wonderful wild flowers and the sound of bird song fills the air. It is truly a magical place.

We also designed the villa to our own specifications within the rules and regulations of Italian law, so it is ideal for a family to stay in. Many of our guests have said they prefer to stay in the villa instead of going to the beach as the pool is great, and the surroundings are extremely relaxing.

What makes this villa unique

It is very close to Brindisi Airport, just 20 minutes drive away and also only about an hour away from Bari Airport. It is close to the beach and to many nice coastal restaurants; it has lots of historically interesting towns. The most captivating sight are the many little trulli's that pepper the countryside. These little dwellings are now incorporated into many homes owned by Italians and other nationalities who love this part of Italy.

We love the tranquility of the area, its unique beauty has enthralled us, along with the lovely weather and the friendly people.

You can't fail to love it once you have visited it!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sorry Jo, I completely forgot to mention that we had a really good time and in fact saw more of Puglia this time than previously when we have stayed further north up around Cisternino – even allowing for the turn in the weather.
Aug 2014
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Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Modern villa in Puglia. Terrace & sea view overlooking private pool.
average rating of 4.5 based on 15 reviews

A great two weeks in August 2013

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful two week holiday in this excellent villa in Puglia. The open plan living area worked really well for our family of five as did the whole accommodation being on a single floor. Our three children (13, 11 and 6) loved the villa including and perhaps most importantly the superb large pool. We all enjoyed the stunning sea views particularly from the roof terrace where you get a true sense of the location of this property. The villa was extremely well appointed/maintained, was spotlessly clean and we were very well looked after by the English speaking house manager and housekeepers during our stay.

Accepting that the sound of our own children enjoying themselves in the pool may not be ideal for the relaxation of others, we had no concerns on this holiday. Despite this rural location, the property is close to the beach, not far from a large supermarket and only a short drive to a number of restaurants. Although the nearby coastline is rocky, there are stretches of sand and the small sandy beach we found benefited from not many people and a parking spot virtually next to where we were sat!

Aside from the villa, we enjoyed trips to Lecce, Gallipoli, Alberobello and particularly Ostuni. Ostuni is approximately eight miles away and has numerous places to eat and watch the world go by.

We would thoroughly recommend this villa and the local area to anyone considering a holiday in Puglia.

The Jones family

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

All is well, but there are nuances

  • 4 of 5

Basically it was all good. What surprised me:- Pool cleaned only once in two weeks of our stay;- An umbrella at the pool was broken, we were promised to fix it, but he did not.- When leaving the villa nobody can see off, after it was reported that we broke something and get back only a portion of the deposit.- Part of the deposit received only at the end of November (after 3 months)- We rested two families, and a set of keys is only one. Uncomfortable.- For a few days, turn off the gas - no compensation, and we have not received an apology.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Feedback Response We have been so fortunate since we started renting out our property as all our guests have said they have had a great time and we received lovely comments about their holiday experience at our villa. They also said how they appreciated the service from our agent and his team, and on our request they offered good suggestions on how we can keep on improving! The guests have all treated our home with the greatest respect and honoured the contract terms, for which we are delighted! Sadly the family from Russia failed to understand the contract or abide by its terms and conditions. By moving furniture and fittings (not permitted in the contract) they caused some serious damage, for which, and for the very first time, we had to hold back a sum in respect of that damage. The return of the deposit became very protracted due to missing information and two sets of muddled details of German and Russian banks. Once we had received the correct information for one bank it was sent promptly. Of course our agent is always there when guests leave to extend his good wishes and collect the keys. As a standard requirement he cleans and treats the pool twice a week. He responds to emergencies, such as the gas which did run out just before the family left and naturally he apologised twice for his oversight, as I did by e-mail. We were so upset when we heard! However he tells me the ladies said it was not really a problem as they were eating out. The agent records all his actions on a daily basis so he can report back to us. We welcome all feedback from our guests, which previously has been reported fairly, and continually look to improving their holiday experience. We use this feedback to improve our contract, so we can ensure that all guests fully understand the extent of our commitment to them and visa versa in the future.


Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The villa is situated approximately two kilometres from the sea where the land gradually falls from the upland plains of 'Le Murge' to meet the lower coastal plains of Brindisi. This coastline is among the most beautiful in the Brindisi area with the beach at Torre Guaceto designated a natural reserve protected by the WWF. The nearby town of Ostuni high on the Murge overlooking the sea is very popular and worth a visit, with it's tiny streets full of shops, bars and restaurants and the fifteenth century Cathedral sitting right at the top. Lecce is a beautiful baroque town, with many ancient Roman ruins and is a lively, bustling town buzzing with life at night. A visit to Alberobello is a must, to see the superb 'trulli' houses which are so unique to Puglia and for the children and young at heart the Zoo Safari Park at Fasano makes a lovely day out. Caravigno, our local town is a great place to eat and serves wonderful local produce such as fish, cheese, tomatoes and olives.


Rates & Availability

From £170 Per night

Lido Specchiolla Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Spring
Apr 26 2015 - May 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 31 2015 - Jun 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jun 28 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Aug 30 2015 - Sep 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 27 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

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Lido Specchiolla Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , seperate bathroom
    Open air pool - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet , en suite
  • All the bathrooms are fitted with towel racks, and towel rings near the wash basins.There is a large round mirror above the wash basin with lighting above or at the side of the mirror, a shaving mirror is also provided near the sink. A shelf above the wash basin is provided to keep your toiletries close at hand and a mobile triple shelf unit for your larger items sits near the sink. The bathrooms have central heating towel rails and the windows are fitted with Mosquito blinds. Towels are provided and changed weekly unless you request more frequent changes which will incur an small additional charge. Each person will be allocated a bath sheet, a hand towel and a beach towel to be used either when going out to the beach or for use at the villa's pool. we recommend placing the blue towels on the loungers to save getting sun tan lotion on the lounger covers, which can stain or be very hard to wash out.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , A cot is available so please ask and it will be made ready
  • There are three large double bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king size bed with two bedside cabinets, a large wardrobe and chest of drawers, an en-suite with shower and bath, it also has a patio door leading to a small terrace where you can enjoy a quiet breakfast in the morning sunshine. The second double bedroom is furnished the same as the master bedroom with its own en-suite shower room. The third has twin beds, two bedside cabinets, wardrobe and chest of drawers, and access to the separate bathroom. If the group is more than 6 people, or 2 guests cannot share a room due to relationship or differing sex, provision is made using the large king size sofa bed situated in the lounge. Guests can choose to make up every evening or leave as they prefer. All the bedrooms have central heating and air conditioning. There are mosquito blinds at each window, so you can sleep with the windows open if you prefer. The linen is changed weekly.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
The property is newly built and most of the garden has been landscaped. Because of the elevated position, access is by steps only making it unsuitable for wheelchairs, but it does benefit from having the most spectacular views from the roof terrace down to the sea, and is particularly wonderful at night. The pool is surrounded by a tiled terrace and has a spring board, a ladder at the deep end and steps at the shallow end. A cool outdoor shower is close for use before and after swimming, and a variety of outdoor furniture has been added for your comfort while enjoying the peace and quiet of the private pool. We have added railings around a large part of the pool to ensure safety for our guests, particularly the children. In the evening the pool area can be illuminated by internal and external lights. Renting a car is essential for access to shops, restaurants, site seeing and the beach. No diving allowed in the pool for your own safety. Please do not smoke in the villa or the garden.

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