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Hilltop property near Ostuni, S. Italy with pools & panoramic views

Peter Hawkins

Member since: 2007
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Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Peter Hawkins

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Hilltop property near Ostuni, S. Italy with pools & panoramic views

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Ostuni Villa Rental Photos and Description

Self-catering rental, sleeps 10, all en-suite, rural location 25 min to beach

Bellavista comprises of a 3 bedroom villa and a 2 bedroom adjacent house (a barn conversion) located in southern Italy (the heel bit). All bedrooms are en-suite with the master bedrooms in each building having their own terraces that overlook the pool and catch the rising sun. The villa and the house each have their own independent kitchens, lounge and dining areas. The property sits on a hilltop between Ostuni and Ceglie Messapica with a panorama that takes in 3 ancient hilltop towns & distant views to the sea. On the neighbouring hill is a typical masseria (farmhouse) & peeping through the surrounding sea of olive trees are the cones of several trulli, a type of rustic conical stone building unique to this region. Set in a 2.5 acres of gardens, olive, fruit & nut trees and furnished in a cool, comfortable and contemporary style. Features include a roof terrace, swimming pool, plunge pool, BBQ, wood-fired pizza oven, fire-pits & volleyball/badminton & boules/bocce courts. there is a round-the-clock, 6 hole mini golf course on the pine terrace. The slope of the hill is terraced and the upper terraces have been left semi-wild and have several strategically placed, secluded relaxing areas with splendid views. Other facilities include free WiFi internet connection, laundry & numerous alfresco dining places.


Besides the main pool and the plunge pool there is plenty to occupy guests. There are dedicated volleyball/badminton and boules/bocce courts, mini golf course, darts board, board games. croquet, films, books and CDs. At night the roof terrace is an ideal location for star gazing and chilling.

Nearby there are skilled potters who offer tuition and a little further away there is 5star golf course and boat hire.


There is a wide spectrum of excellent restaurants ranging from cheap and cheerful family cooking and lots of it to award wining fine dining. There are also plenty of cafes and bars in the area and in adjacent towns. Ask to be mailed our restaurant list for more details.


There are 2 well-equipped kitchens with hob, oven, toaster, kettle, juicer, slow cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher etc. which gives groups of guests the opportunity to be flexible and independent or share the catering. Outside there is a charcoal only BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven. The pool terrace also has a portable BBQ. There are several outdoor seating areas around the pool, on the land , on the roof on the terraces in sun or shade as well as indoor dining areas in both buildings.



Giovanna at the farm across the road sells eggs, ricotta and hard cheese by the truckle.

Masseria Fragnite about 2km away has a wider selection of cheeses including mozzarella, They also have homemade salami, ham and flour. You can buy fresh milk here if you ask for it in the cheese shop (take a bottle to put it in)

Macelleria Aziendale is a farm butcher is about a km down the road towards Antimo’s and you can get just about anything here from a whole goat to a beef burger.. All excellent quality and reasonably priced. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is a fornello pronto here where you can choose your meat and they bbq it for you and you eat it in an outside dining area with wine, water, beer or bread or take it away.

Ceglie and Ostuni street market on Saturday morning are good for food, clothes and odd bits and pieces.

Both Ceglie and Ostuni have lots of specialist shops that you will find just by driving around: Pescheria-fish, Macelleria-butcher, Ceisificio or fromaggeria-cheese, Panificio –bread, foccacia and cakes, Pastificeria-fresh pasta, Pasticceria- cakes, Gelateria-ice cream and frozen cakes, Frutti/vedure-fruit & vegetables, Cantina-wine, Enoteca-wine & olive oil.

SUPERMARKET: The closest (and best with the best range of goods) local supermarket is DOK (5 mins).


The Saturday morning markets in Ostuni and Ceglie have reasonably priced fashionable clothes as does Grottaglie market on Thursday morning. There is a good selection of shops in the Shopping Malls (see below). The main street in Ostuni has a good selection of designer shops. Grottaglie market on Thursday morning is good for clothes. At the far end of the market there are tables of clothes, a bit like a jumble sale, and you can pick up some designer bargins here for just a few Euros. Wear a swimsuit and a brave face if you want to try things on as there are no changing rooms.


More than you can shake a stick at in the trulli town of Alberobello and Centro Storico in Ostuni


There is an Auchan near Mesagne (30 mins drive) on the Brindisi to Taranto motorway and another mall just outside Brindisi (40 mins drive) on the same road. There is a good selection of shops at both.


All the local town have an abundance of these during the summer months and some nights you can stand on the roof terrace and watch a succession of distant firework displays from all directions. The events are not very well publicised and often only at short notice


PLACES TO GO ( a small selection)


North Coast

Beaches: Torre Guaceto ( a nature reserve, no cafes or kiosks so you will need to take everything with you, Pantanagianni, Egnazia (just the Savelletri side of Egnazia). The beach with the young buzz, loud bars, pizzeria and fish restaurant is Lido di Bosca Verde near Pilone.

Octopus BBQ (and other seafood’s)-La Rotunda: Between Torre Canne and Savelletri

Towns: Villanova: a little fishing port. Polignano Al Mare (perched on cliffs). Trani and Monopoli have interesting small harbours, Otranto has an unusual church with skulls and a tree of life in the floor.

The big towns of Bari and Brindisi have extensive port areas and old centres. They are both ferry ports.

South Coast

Beaches: take your pick anywhere between San Pietro di Bevagna and Campomarina (between Porto Caesareo and Taranto)

Taranto has an large port are and old centre and extensive mussel beds.


Ostuni, and Ceglie with their medieval Centro Storicos are confusion of winding streets and alleys. Ostuni also has impressive views away to the sea and is the more cosmopolitan of the 2 towns. But Ceglie has a more ‘real’ Italian feel.

Carovigno has an old centre with a small castle that has a very picturesque courtyard. There are tours round the castle (last one at 6pm).

Lecce, named Florence of the south by the Lecce tourist board which may be stretching it a bit but does have lots of interesting and unusual buildings: can be reached by train from Ceglie which makes for a nice day out. In the other direction the train goes to Martina Franca.

Oria, good castle, museum, gardens and surrounding old town, Vecchia Oria is a good seafood restaurant

Matera (Sassi), a semi deserted town of cave dwellings. The location for Mel Gibson’s film The Passion Of Christ

Alberobello, a completely unique town made almost entirely of trulli. A must even though it is very touristy.

Grotte di Castellano, spectacular limestone caves, Italy’s longest cave system.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Peter Hawkins (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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About Peter Hawkins

We had careers in music and travel and as such had been to many places and sampled a wonderful variety of accommodations, food and cultures. We have always enjoyed entertaining and wanted to 'bring home' from our journeys the the most appealing experiences and incorporate them into a place where friends and family could come and have great time and socialise as well as relax and recharge if required.

Peter Hawkins purchased this villa in 2006

Why Peter Hawkins chose Ostuni

We visited Puglia several times before buying this property as we were helping a friend renovate a villa they had bought here. We fell in love with the area, the food, the wine, the weather and the people. The kids had left home so we thought what the heck and started house hunting. After weeks of being driven around the countryside by Schumacher wannabe estate agents and looking at dingy (but very pretty) trulli we were losing the will to live. Then last stop on a blustery December day we came up the pine-flanked drive of Bellavista, There at the end we found an L-shaped vila with a large veranda and an adjacent barn. Our interest was pricked. A tour of the land revealed a series of terrace going up a hill with interesting paths and views, a old trullo and pizza oven and grotto that had been sealed on the orders of the town hall to prevent its use for nefarious activities. The outside tour finished on the flat roof of the barn and we were transfixed by the views. The vast expanse of olive trees that were swaying in the breeze covered the undulating countryside like a living green sea. Here and there hilltop towns and trulli cones broke the surface. Inside the voluminous barn was ripe for conversion and the 3 bedroom villa looked like splendid accommodation for visitors. The property was owned by a doctor who had taken up a new position in Rome and within a month it was ours. The barn was converted into a 1 bed ensuite house with a voluminous open plan living space (we like lots of entertaining space). The villa was renovated to create 3 ensuite bedrooms with a kitchen and a veranda suitable to use as a lounge and dining area. At the back we built a large pool, volleyball court and boules court. The old cisterna for the trullo became a plunge pool and the pizza oven was refurbished and fired up. We created lots of different areas on the land and around the building where people could chill and contemplate or gather together to enjoy each others company.

What makes this villa unique

The land and views are hard to better. Dry-stone terraces with olive, almond, pine, oak, fig, pomegranate and prickly pear have vistas reaching away to the sea. In the morning when the sun is low cruise ships can often be seen making there way up and down the coast. The hammock at the top of the hill is close to heaven in more ways than one and there are seats and sun beds and futons set out in various locations across the property that suit different times of day, different size groups of people and different moods. There are also 4 separate dining locations including one by the pizza oven which also has a stone fire-pit for evenings round the 'camp fire'.

Having 2 separate buildings each with its own kitchen, dining and lounging areas gives the kind of flexibility not found in many other properties. When we have friends staying in the villa they can sort their own breakfast and we can take it in turns to cook lunch or dinner. Or if our kids turn up with a bunch of mates we can retire to the house while they can carry on doing their own thing without feeling they are disturbing us. Our guests have included groups of old school friends having reunions, families with grand parents (children in the villa, parents and grand parents in the house), two separate friendly families on holiday together each with their own property. Many visitors come with sight-seeing plans but find they hardly leave the campus as there is so much to keep them occupied and so many changes of scenery.

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Hilltop property near Ostuni, S. Italy with pools & panoramic views
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

There are so many different places to chill out, relax and enjoy the hill top view that we found it increasingly difficult to summon the energy to leave the property and the gorgeous pool - (favourite is the Moroccan rooftop lounge!) but when we did we were rewarded with some great local entertainment, brilliant markets and a ridiculous number of gorgeous restaurants in any of the surrounding hill top towns, all within 10 or 20 minutes drive

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Absolutely fabulous

  • 5 of 5

We had an exceptional holiday at Bella vista. The villas are set in large grounds with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.We were staying as a group of friends and the facilities and the layout of the property was first class. There are so many areas to eat, drink and relax that there is always a place to sit as a group and always a place to escape with a book. The property is maintained to a high standard as can be seen by the photographs on the site which reflect the real charm and versatility of the place.The pool is beautiful and looks quite spectacular when lit up in the evening.

We had a really relaxing holiday here and would definitely recommend it to friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Although there are loads of interesting hill top towns, markets, historic buildings, fantastic restaurants and the beach within 5 - 20 mins drive, the biggest problem we had was tearing ourselves away from the pure relaxation of lounging by the pool or in any of the areas cleverly designed for just chilling out. We were a party of 7 friends and although we came together for meals and outings, the property is also big enough to lose yourself around the land: up on the flat roof, up the hill looking out across to the surrounding hilltop towns, under the huge olive tree, or in the poolside gazebo lounging on comfy cushions. We ate out some nights - the local cuisine is amazing and you can be full on just the selection of delicious starters. We also shoppped for fresh produce at the markets and at the local farm for freshly made Mozzarella and dined al fresco at one of the four dining areas and terraces. Sunset drinks on the roof before supper most nights were quite magical with the swallows swooping. That's it I think - oh and the pool is the perfect size for doing an early morning 30 lengths or just floating about it! Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

We will return to Bellavista...

  • 5 of 5

Two families – or maybe one large extended family – fit easily into Bellavista, with stacks of wiggle room. You can swim or sunbathe around the pool, cool your toes in the secluded plunge pool, play boule, badminton or mini-golf, ride a swing in the trees, go walking or even running, cook with the pizza oven or the barbecue, eat and drink al fresco in one of the shady dining areas that you will come across as you stroll the grounds. Much later, you can even spend the night under the stars on the Moroccan-themed roof terrace.

Today I am sitting on a rustic bench, shaded by an ancient olive tree and lulled to indolence by the soft movement of the tree’s branches which cascade with tiny white flowers that the breeze blows over my toes. At my feet sway poppies, daisies and graceful grasses. Leaning back I glimpse, through the dense green points of almond branches, feathery patterns of slight clouds across an improbably blue sky. I can hear nothing but birdsong, the hum of crickets and the splashes and shouts of happy children in the pool. I become absorbed in watching an ant energetically and purposefully carry a leaf twice its size through the crunchy grass of the upper terrace.

Tomorrow, or maybe the next day, we will continue to explore the area. We’ll visit the wide empty beaches on both coasts where driftwood trees lie bleached and inviting in the shallows. Or Alberobello, the unique and beautifully preserved trulli town where we’ll climb up cobbled streets and be dazzled by the stark whiteness of these extraordinary buildings. We’ll explore Ostuni and sample truly local cuisine, spend practically nothing on mountains of local fruit and veg in Ceglie market, and visit the nearby farm for diet-busting local cheeses.

Or perhaps some of the group will just be happy to stay by the pool,. chat, do crosswords, soak up the sun and the beauty.

But whatever we do or don’t do during our week, there is one decision we’ll all make – we will come back to Bellavista.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Second visit

  • 5 of 5

This was our second family holiday get together at Bellavista and proved to be even better than last year. My wife and I and our 2 children were joined by my mum and dad and the 2 separate buildings arrangement worked perfectly for us. We were in the villa with the kids while my parents stayed in the converted barn. The 2 lounges 2 kitchens enabled us all to do our own thing a bit but come together for lunch and dinner. There were plenty of eating places to choose from - the villa terrace, pool terrace, on the roof or by the pizza oven. After a bit of trial and error last year we became quite expert at the wood fired pizza oven and the kids loved making up their own toppings. The family competitive spirit was given full reign most evenings on the boules court which was new this year as were some very comfortable lounging areas by the pool. There was so much to do that we didn’t get to do as much beach or sight seeing as originally planned. We’ve already booked again for next year so maybe some sights will get seen then!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased you and your family enjoyed yet another stay at Bellavista. By the time of your next visit there will be another shower room in the villa making every bedroom at the property en-suite. There will also be a new enlarged stone veranda and a new terrace at the back of the villa. Pete & Jen

Tres tres belle villa

  • 5 of 5

Accueil tres gentil des proprietaires, villa tres confortable et tres grand jardin tout autour avec plein d'amenagements. Piscine grande. Environs tres touristique. On a envie d'y rester plus longtemps et surtout d'y revenir.


P.S. Nous y étions en Juin 2012

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Illy Bar
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Full course Fasano, mini golf at the property
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Ostuni / Ceglie Messapica
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Only 10 min away is Ostuni, also known as the White City, a classic ancient Italian hill town with narrow cobblestone streets curved stairways and spectacular views over the Adriatic coastline. A great selection of restaurants, bars, antique shops and a 15th-century Gothic cathedral. The heel is only 30km wide making it easy to explore both coastlines of the Ionian and the Adriatic seas. The transparent sea with sandy beaches and rocky coves and the hillsides sweeping down in a glorious green spectrum create a cloak of olive groves and vineyards. Also within easy reach is Alberobello, the spectacularly bizarre Trulli Town, historic hilltop towns of Locorotondo and Martina Franca with its excellent shopping. Slightly further a field is Lecce, the ‘Florence of the south’ and the picturesque fishing harbour of Monopoli with it excellent seafood, Matera with its cave dwellings, Grotte di Castellana Italy’s largest cave system and romantic Polignano al Mare on the Adriatic cliffs.


Rates & Availability

From £386 Per night

Ostuni Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 2/15
May 16 2015 - Jun 5 2015
6 night minimum stay
Rate 3/15
Jun 6 2015 - Jul 10 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 4/15
Jul 11 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 5/15
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 3 2015
6 night minimum stay
Apr 23 2016 - Jun 16 2016
6 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2016 - Jul 15 2016
6 night minimum stay
Jul 16 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 3 2016
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £400.00
Notes There is a £400 security deposit payable with the final rental payment and returned within 7 days of departure after full inspection of the property.
Firewood can be purchased at the property if required.

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Ostuni Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 205 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , In the house
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In the villa
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , In the villa
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , In the villa
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , In the house
  • Bathroom 1 is in the house and has a large double ended bath. There is also a separate shower enclosure with a deluge shower. It is en-suite to bedroom 1. Bathroom 2 has a hip bath with shower is en-suite to bedroom 2 Bathroom 3 is en-suite to bedroom 3 Bathroom 4 is en-suite to bedroom 4 Bathroom 5 is en-suite to bedroom 5 There is also a shared outdoor shower with hot & cold water
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Own bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Own bathroom and french windows opening onto pool terrace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Own bathroom and french windows onto a private terrace
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Own bathroom. This room can be a twin or double.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Twin or extra large double, own bathroom
  • Bedrooms 1 & 5 are in the house. Bedrooms 2, 3 &4 are in the villa. All bedrooms en-suite All bedrooms have fans, fly screens and hair-dryers Bedroom 4 has TV & DVD player. Free WiFi internet available in all bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 12 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
There is a kitchen in the house and also a separate kitchen/diner in the villa. Both are well equipped with hobs, ovens, fridges and freezers so it is easy for 2 groups of people to operate with some independence if desired. There is a laundry cupboard with washing machine, basket, pegs, ironing board, iron, etc., and a washing line round the side of the villa. Water is solar heated with immersion heater back up. All tap water is safe to drink and comes from our own well and is purified. The property is surrounded by hedges and walls and is gated. There are 2 BBQ (1 portable), 2 fire-pits (1 portable) and a wood-fired pizza oven. There is a large olive tree for shaded sitting as well as a hammocks and 2 rope chairs. The villa terrace has a sun sail for shade and the poolside and terraces have gazebos. The roof terrace has 3 double futons and is great for sundowners, star gazing or even sleeping. As well as great communal area there are secluded spots just chilling.

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