This recently renovated 17th century property was once part of the neighbouring monastery, and the 13-foot high garden wall is one of the oldest surviving structures in town dating back 1000 years. The property is located in a secluded courtyard, so you will experience tranquillity in the historic centre of Galatina surrounded by beautiful Baroque architecture. This townhouse features all of the modern conveniences: 5-burner gas stove, convection oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, and washing machine. The kitchen also has direct access to a patio with herb garden which expands into a private fruit grove with orange, clementine, pomegranate and lemon trees. The master bedroom has a balcony, en suite bathroom with shower and tub, and air conditioning. There are a total of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a living room with large flat screen LED TV and extensive DVD library. The kitchen is well equipped for mastering Italian cooking (classes available). There is also a great roof terrace with views of the monastery belltower and surroundings.
- House1614 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
Giardino Segreto in historic centre with private garden and roof terrace
Jon & Rebecca
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- English, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 18, 2018
About Jon & Rebecca
Hi, we're Jon and Rebecca. We live in London with our little daughter and son, and are great lovers of Italy, and in particular of this beautiful region. We're proud to offer our house in Galatina for you to enjoy too.
Why Jon & Rebecca chose Centro Storico
It's a lovely house to stay in, to enjoy the town and to use as a base for exploring the Salento region. The large, private orchard garden is a very rare and beautiful feature in a centro storico, while the roof terrace is perfect for cocktails in the evening sun. There is a great deal of space, peace and privacy, yet it's located in the historic centre of a beautiful town with all of the convenience of nearby restaurants, shops and markets.
What makes this House unique
This beautiful region is famous for its landscape and climate, its rich history, the warmth of its people and deep appreciation for fresh, locally-grown food. We love the baroque architecture of the historic centre, as well as the fact that the community has a very active social calendar with festivals all year long. And we're bang in the middle of the beautiful Salento region, with easy access to the many stunning beaches on both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great house in a great location
The house is tucked away in a little courtyard, but once you enter the door it is airy and spacious. It has been renovated and maintained to a high spec and is very well equipped, both for entertainment and for cooking, so you can choose to cook for yourselves and eat in the peaceful and shaded garden (complete with lots of orange trees) or eat out in the towns several good restaurants. Parking in the nearby square was easy and it's safe to leave the car there.
Galatina itself is an attractive town (we were there during the 3 day tarantella festival which was good fun) and don't miss the amazing frescoes in the church of Santa Caterina . The town is also a great base from which to explore the rest of Salento - the beautiful city of Lecce and the coastal towns of Otranto, Gallipoli and Leuca - all worth a visit.
All in all, a very enjoyable holiday in a great property. Highly recommended.
Incredible home, Incredible hosts, insanely good location and wonderful neighbor
This home is one of the most well done and appointed we've ever stayed in, and we travel extensively worldwide. Once you get your parking pass and get acclimated to the neighborhood it's very easy to find yourself at home and comfortable. Internet works great in all 3 bedrooms, and hot water abounds. The kitchen is gourmet in nature and has every conceivable pot, pan, and accessory you can imagine. Very hard to come up with a dish that you couldn't prepare in this space. Great television and tons of sound. These owners are at the top of their game. I rent out homes in the US and this is exactly how I represent my properties. We couldn't have been more pleased either personally or professionally. There were six of us.
Thanks so much John, it was our pleasure to have you and Dorothy stay with us and we hope to see you again some day. Jon
Amazing stay in Galatina!
We absolutely loved Galatina--a beautiful, lively town--and Giardino Segreto was the perfect base for our adventures in town and around Salento. The house is old, with high ceilings and worn stairs, but it's as comfortable as any modern home, with excellent plumbing, a well-equipped kitchen, and very comfortable beds. Even at the end of October, we enjoyed fruit from the garden and spent a lovely afternoon on the rooftop patio. We were two couples travelling together and it was a perfect size for us, but it would also be comfortable for more. There are three good queen beds.
Hosts were very helpful and gracious. We look forward to returning one day for more Puglia food and wine!
Thanks Janice! Glad you enjoyed your stay at the house and see you again in Puglia some day soon! Jon
Sandy & Brian's October visit
This house is lovely; it certainly has the best-equipped kitchen we've ever found in a rental, complete with a little library of good cookbooks as well as that most elusive of vacation home wants - good knives and pots/pans! All three of the bedrooms are very spacious, so a group sharing would be happy regardless of which room they ended up with. Between the large garden and the rooftop terrace there's a lot of room to spread out, so everybody can have their own space if they want it. Unless you have a really tiny car, best to go get the parking permit from the police station and park in the adjacent piazza - the ingress to the courtyard is a bit hairy. Mark (Jon and Rebecca's friend who was staying next door) was very friendly and helpful, and Galatina is a good base for exploring the nearby beach towns and Lecce. Thanks Jon and Rebecca for your hospitality.
Thanks so much, Sandy and Brian! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again one day.
Very good overall
4.2 out of 5 overall. Villa-5, Garden-4.5, Kitchen-5, bedrooms & bathrooms-4.5, view from roof top garden-1, stairs-2, Corte Sta. Maria-2, nearby restaurants-3, next door neighbour-5. Galatina is off the beaten track. Very nice but need a car to get around. Day trips to Gallipoli and Otranto outstanding. Galatina not a foodie destination but a nice, historic town. Glad we made the trip. Would not repeat. Grazie.
Beautiful home - an authentic Italian experience
Jon and Rebecca have created the most beautiful home, tucked away in a quiet courtyard in Galatina's Old Town. The house is spacious and light-filled with vaulted ceilings in most rooms. We especially loved the well-equipped kitchen which was a joy to cook in and the lovely walled garden. It really is a home-from-home with a huge flatscreen TV and large collection of DVDs if you fancy a film night in with pizza from one of the local restaurants. The house is right in the centre of the Galatina and within walking distance of restaurants, bars and gelaterie. This was our first time in Puglia and we found Galatina to be an excellent base for exploring the Salento region, including trips to Lecce, Gallipoli, Otranto and any number of gorgeous beaches. There is a fabulous drive from Martina de Leuca along the coast road to Otranto which rivals Amalfitana. Having spent years going to Tuscany we're now converts to Puglia and would love to return to Giardino Segreto with family or friends.
Thanks Pam! We're so glad you and Stuart had a great time, and that you've been won over to Puglia! Come again soon. Jon
Puglia (aka Apuglia and Apulia) combines warm weather, beautiful architecture, and the freshest food available in Italy. Most of Italy's wine, pasta and produce comes from this region. You can spend days exploring the small, winding streets of Galatina, but don't miss the nearby island fortress town of Gallipoli. The long stretch of sandy beaches south of Gallipoli called the Lido are perfect for relaxing in the sun. Visit the city of Lecce to see the Piazza Duomo, Roman amphitheatre and the famous Baroque Santa Croce Basilica. The Adriatic port town of Otranto has a stunning historic centre with a view of the Albanian coast in the distance and the Otranto Cathedral with a 700 square foot mosaic of the tree of life covering the entire floor. Continue south to the tip of the peninsula toward Santa Maria di Leuca for a drive that rivals the Amalfi coast. There are many fantastic seaside restaurants, or pack a picnic and stop along the way. The bridge grotto at Gagliano is a particularly great place to stop for a swim.