I grew up in Cheshire and have lived in Shropshire with my husband Alan all our married lives. We have always enjoyed travelling and getting to know the local people. We were teachers in a former life but now we like gardening, music, theatre, cinema and I still act as Tour Manager for an American company taking High school students to France. I play tennis and attend a book club. Most of our time on the patio is spent reading!
Jo Fullwood purchased this house in 2004
We first came to Puglia after an American friend told us about it. We rented a trullo just outside Ceglie and I fell in love with it. This resulted, some time later, in my arranging a short, property-seeking break in the area, with my lump sum in mind!. I had little imagination for crumbling ruins in the middle of fields and this house was habitable immediately even though it was basic back then. On returning home, I tried to find financial means with which to buy it and if it had not been for my adventurous 90 year old father giving me the money, I would never have secured it. My parents travelled at 91 to see what their money had been spent on! Consequently the house is of great sentimental value to me. We have had many holidays there and we have made wonderful friends. The Puglian people have been so generous with their time and help, their produce and hospitality that it is almost embarrassing. We love the simple life they lead, the family values, the lack of ageism and their genuine interest in us. We love the fact that there is little commercialism and no nearby hotel complexes or gawdy attractions. The little town comes alive at night with music festivals, traditional toy festival, celebration of the saints, dancing and the town band. There is usually something interesting happening on the little square and the range of restaurants is varied. We are a car ride away form several good beaches and lovely places to visit but the house is beautifully relaxing and a joy to spend the days in.
The house has a welcoming feel to it and I knew immediately that it was the house for me. I love the huge,private garden full of Mediterranean flowers and produce; the three cones of the trullo are so quaint and picturesque; the verandah is a wonderful extra dimension affording us the luxury of sun, shade, shelter from the odd shower, and barbeques! Trulli do not exist in any other region and the Itrian valley, just around down the road, is full of them. Apart from local attractions like Ostuni and Alberobello , places like Bari, Brindisi, Naples, Matera, Gallipoli are all accessible from Ceglie, by train even if you don't want to drive. It is possible to get to Sicily, Croatia and Greece on ships from nearby ports.