Chosen TOP INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN EUROPE and featured on Italian Real Time TV's Cerco Casa disperatamente (Desperate House Search) in November 2012. This luxurious country home, which was a cover story for the UK's Homes and Gardens magazine, is set in a romantic estate of over 5 acres of ancient olive groves.This allows complete privacy and yet you are just a 5-minute drive from historic villages with everything you need - markets, restaurants and food shops - and just 5 miles from the sea and some of the best beaches in Italy.
The interior has been professionally designed and decorated to make sure your every need is catered for. Most bedrooms have 4-poster beds and bathrooms have walk-in rain showers.The living room has a Sony 40' LCD TV and DVD surround sound system.There is a 15m infinity pool if you are feeling active, or just laze around on one of the Vincent Sheppard sun-loungers or take a walk in the ancient olive grove.There is a spacious outdoor kitchen area with a large stone wood-burning pizza oven, gas barbecue and a large table which seats ten. Enjoy the expansive roof terrace with 360 degree views of Puglian sunrises backed by the sea and gorgeous sunsets and gorgeous star-lit evenings. During festivals, Pugliese love to put on grand firework displays, and it is not unusual to be able to view these shows from the roof terrace.
If that is not enough, our property manager will make your holiday as relaxing and as hassle-free as possible. We can arrange for any grocery shopping to be done in advance of your arrival and have it unpacked in the kitchen waiting for you.
If you desire, he will gladly arrange restaurant reservations, in-house catering, pizza parties, housekeeping, spa treatments, boat hire, wine tours, babysitting and more. These extra services can be paid for locally at very reasonable prices.
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Our property manager will arrange to meet you at a convenient place, lead you to the the property, show you around and give you your keys. He will also arrange for any extra services you should desire. He will agree with you a convenient time to visit you during the week to check you have everything you need, but he is also just a phone call away.
Best nearby beaches & activities: Torre Del Orso: Intimate cove over looking the famous two sisters which are great mounds of stone that jut out of the water, a back drop of cliffs makes this the prettiest of local beaches. Don't forget to visit Dentoni's on the beach for the best gelato of your life!
Santa Andrea: Great beach clubs and good seafood and pizza restaurant.
Alimini: Crystal clear waters, great stretch of sandy beach, endless sand, and perfect for walking/running and sand castle-building, all set against huge sand dunes and wild pine forests. Very good amenities, excellent seafood and pizza restaurants and of course the mandatory espresso bar. A favourite of ours and 5 minutes from Otranto.
Also available: Golf, Horse riding, Tennis, Wine Tasting, Wind Surfing, Painting, Cycling, Cooking Lessons, Private Chef, historical tours.
Amazing places to visit: There is plenty to do and see in Salento, discover the buzzing Baroque city of Lecce known as the 'Florence of the South' for a cosmopolitan experience with its many pavement cafes, contemporary and traditional restaurants, shopping and street entertainment. A must see is the vibrant historic town Otranto (a UNESCO world heritage site), a seaside town and port with a lovely harbour and Romanesque cathedral with its famous twelth century mosaic.
Santa Maria Di Leuca: is on the southern most tip of the pernisula, a wonderful seaside town known for its lighthouse. Alternated by cliffs and small sandy coves and its many grottos make for the most wonderful and natural landscape.
Alberobello: Further north of Salento, remarkable little cone-roofed whitewashed dwellings that mushroom around Alberobello are a sight to behold and are now protected as a UNESCO world heritage site.
If you are going to Alberobello, you must visit Martina Franca and Locorotondo. These are both beautiful cities surrounded by stunning rolling hills, vineyards and trulli. Excellent restaurants in Martina Franca are not to be missed.
Ostuni: referred to as the white city is a hilltop town to rival those of Umbria, with Frederick II's 13th century castles.
Shopping: A welcome hamper of goodies and basics comes with the villa. For everything else you might need, Carpignano Salentino is our local village, three minutes by car or 15 minute walk and has everything you need including Sidis supermarket, bakeries, beauty salons, ATMs, pharmacy, restaurants, a local weekly market.
Borgo del Gusto: for salamis, prosciutto, cheese, dry and fresh pasta.
The Macelleria: for good meat and day-to-day needs, including milk products.
The Panetteria: This local bakery is excellent for all your bakery needs.
Martano, a local village 10 minutes by car, go for: Weekly food market every Tuesday between 8am and 1pm. It is a fantastic experience and the local stall holders are only to happy to encourage you to try their home grown produce. Great for olives, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, salamis, mozzarella and fish. For the best coffee, pastries, ice cream and cakes, Marconi’s is a MUST, our local hangout. Sidis supermarket found on the road going out of Martano towards the motorway for Lecce is in our opinion the best local supermarket for all your needs.