Villa, 10 Bedrooms, 8 Baths, (Sleeps 20)
- english, italian
About Property Manager
We discovered a crumbling villa near our family's hometown in Puglia, Italy. The 22,000-square-foot property lacked doors, windows and running water, but it had a vineyard and groves of almond, olive, and fruit trees that were among the finest in the region. From the moment we stepped foot on this property, we felt that we needed to restore its soul. In the process, it ended up restoring ours.
Property Manager purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Property Manager chose Terlizzi
This town, this entire part of Italy in fact, is so real, so amazing, so untouched, it just feels like you are transported back in time. A simpler time. Where it’s all about family. It's all about natural, locally grown food (nothing is ever eaten out of season). It’s all about slowing down and enjoying life. While very private and secluded, the villa is just a quick drive to many big towns, including the capital city of Bari. And there are several great day trips you can do in the morning (Polignano a Mare, Castel del Monte, etc.) and be back in time for a great lunch by the pool with friends and family, old and new.
What makes this Villa unique
You can take amazing walks along the ancient Via Appia, enjoy some great food at the villa and in town (Terlizzi is renowned for its butchers and grilled meat), or just sit by the pool with a good book and great view. Sitting on top of a hill, you always have amazing views of the surrounding countryside from the villa. We have connections throughout the town and the region, so we can direct you to the best spots to make your stay extra special. And with enough notice, we can set up all kinds of activities. We also speak fluent Italian and English and a bit of French, so we are always available to help with any translating or guidance. When you're all done, at the end of the day, you can enjoy a glass of limoncello or grappa and play a round of Scopa, our favorite Italian card game.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Can smoke outside or in the kitchen.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
When food and friends are the occasion
I had the good fortune to visit Villa Cappelli with friends this late summer. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime visits I hope to repeat! I live in New York, so the chance to spend a few days with friends in the calm, stunning beauty of this villa was pure gold. My room was clean and beautiful, decorated with amazing taste (it turns out our host Paul has 'the eye' for thrift finds and amazing decor). From my window, I was amazed to watch an owl swoop across the garden one night, and hear the owls pip to one another after dusk. The plants, the vegetables, the fruitful trees, it is all so magnificent and reminds you of the simple pleasures of life all around you. Paul and Steven are the most excellent hosts, breakfast was always delicious and abundant, and since they didn't have many other guests when we were there, making lunch became an adventure we all got to take part in, riding into town to see the cappuccino lady, the bakery man, the mozzarella man, the butcher man, and the thrift store ladies (just for fun!) - Amazing to see this community in action and feel so welcome in it. Then lunch - each day, a new creation in the kitchen, a new delicacy to enjoy with friends around the table. Villa Cappelli has lots to see and do, it's historic and relaxing - but I have to say the food was the #1 for me. And the owls a close #2. :) We'll be back again for sure.
So happy you able to return and had such a good time! We'll be sure to keep the food coming and the owls close by for your next visit!
Our best big family holiday location yet
A holiday where everything was perfect. We were a large family group of 20+ ranging from 83-10 years old. The house is spectacular, as are the views of the surrounding olive groves, direct on the Appian Way. Just a few minutes drive from Terlizzi. It has a beautiful pool, large covered outdoor dinning area, cooled by fans, looking out onto the Roman gardens. The kitchen was fabulously stocked. Our hosts were incredibly generous, taking us shopping, giving us site seeing tips and generally making our stay extremely enjoyable. We will definitely come again. Thank you
Hi Charlotte. We are truly honored by this review. Your family was a joy to host, and we are so happy everyone had such a great time!
Perfect Italian countryside retreat!
We just loved our stay at Villa Cappelli and hope to be back someday! We were traveling with 2 young kids (ages 6 and 1.5) in the off-season and Paul and Steven were so helpful in answering my many questions about anything we might need to bring for the girls (we didn't need to bring much--they supplied a crib for us, and put us in a wonderfully cozy adjoining-room suite. Paul and Steven are just the perfect hosts: laid-back but friendly, and incredibly sweet to our kids. My older daughter still refers to Paul as Uncle Paul and his amazing secret garden. The cats and the PUPPIES were the biggest hit of our entire trip. We even had a wonderful dinner prepared by our hosts on our last night--what a memorable and delicious treat! Hope to be back again when it's warm so we can lounge by that beautiful pool. Oh, a tip if you travel in the winter--definitely bring slippers and cozy pajamas/robe. The floors in the gorgeous old villa can get mighty cold!
Thank you so much! We really appreciate it! It was so nice to meet and get to know you guys. I hope the move to England happens and you guys can jet down to play with the puppies!
We were treated like family. Can't wait to go back
Where do I start...I've been all over the world, on cruises, on tours, in B&B's, yet our trip to Villa Cappelli felt like no other vacation. It felt like coming home and spending 10 days with
Our family. And I think that's the highest compliment you can ever give. Paul, Steven & Casey went out of their way to make everyone feel like a relative. We really were "Italians" for 10 days.. From gathering wild mushrooms in the hills, to helping to harvest their liquid gold olive oil, to helping prepare classic meals..To even watching a late night "domino" game to biking thru ancient towns.. It was a dream come true. We will definitely return. I give it a 10 plus plus.. Mille Grazie Ville Cappelli
How did we not see this review until now?! Anway, thank you sooo much. It was a pleasure to host you guys! Can't wait until you come back!
Thank you for such an awesome week. We LOVED it there. The kids had the best time they have ever had in the 10 years they have been doing this. The kittens blew their minds. Indeed we all had the best time. Great food, amazing drinks and really great people all in a gorgeous location. I’ll be honest, we are always a little dubious about on site owners, we’ve had some odd experiences in the past but you guys really were the stars of the show. It was really great to meet you. We all agreed there were another few nights on the getting-to-know-you-Martinis in order.
So happy you had such a good time. Can't wait to have you guys back for those martinis!
What a day!
Ho conosciuto i proprietari della Villa Cappelli, Paul e Steven, per il loro impegno nella promozione turistica e la salvaguardia della Via Appia Traiana, sulla quale la Villa si affaccia. Sono stato così attratto dalla loro passione per il territorio che ho deciso di fare della Villa il set privilegiato per il mio matrimonio pugliese. Amo la Puglia, da tempo. Il clima, il cibo e l'accoglienza: Villa Cappelli ha riunito queste pregevoli virtù della tradizione del Sud Italia per poi consegnarle ai miei ospiti. Un matrimonio fantastico, ricolmo di cultura, attenzione e prodotti della terra.
Ho smosso mezzo universo per farlo venire a visitare questo luogo benedetto da Madre Natura, mancavano solo gli alieni! :-) Australia, Cina, Giappone, America, India e Europa... tutti ospiti a me cari che hanno goduto dello splendore del luogo. Paul e Steven sono stati unici, capaci di rendere il mio giorno davvero speciale e stupendomi con la semplicità, il gusto e l'eleganza dell'ambiente sereno e rustico da loro creato. Ero al settimo cielo, era proprio quello che volevo, la vera terra, la vera Puglia!
La cerimonia è iniziata tra gli ulivi, nella distesa di quegli alberi millenari che hanno assistito al nostro giuramento d'amore. I nostri ospiti seduti su sedie bianche di stoffa e i gentleman inglesi in piedi di spalle delle loro donne che reggendo un ombrellino bianco per ripararle dal sole. Davvero un tocco di classe! Allo scambio delle fedi tra gli applausi e l'emozione dei nostri cari, amici e colleghi, sono arrivati i suonatori di pizzica che con una fisarmonica ci hanno accompagnato all'ingresso della villa dove un catering professionale e preparato ha offerto ai miei ospiti le gioie della terra. Tutto il cibo era freschissimo e preparato a vista, sul momento. La mozzarella, il caciocavallo, i tanti tipi di panzerotti e chi più ne ha più ne metta. Era davvero una festa, e per me condividere la gioia di quel giorno e donarla anche ai miei ospiti è stato un momento importante.
Potrei continuare per ore nella descrizione di quell'incredibile giorno che mi accompagnerà per tutta la vita, ma in questa recensione volevo solo scrivere che questo è stato il posto da sogno che auguro ad ogni innamorato dell'universo, anche agli extraterrestri! :-)
Grazie di cuore Paul e Steven, evviva Villa Cappelli e il vostro palpabile amore per la bella terra di Puglia.
Grazie mille. Torna presto per il vostro anniversario!
We are here to help make your stay extra special. Here are just a few ideas on what you can do with us:
• take a culinary tour with us including cooking classes
• help harvest our extra virgin olive oil
• take a bike tour (we can provide bike rentals and guides)
• enjoy all the nearby 'must sees' like Castel del Monte, Polignano a Mare, Gravina, Matera and more
• Find your roots. We can help you find out more about your ancestors providing transportation to their town and a translator.
• Have your wedding here or renew your vows
• Have a business retreat.
• And more!
Just ask. We're here to help.