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Four lovely luxurious apartments in the centre of the 18th century area of Ostuni, each a few minutes' walk from the main Piazza and from the Centro Storico, each very different and each special in its own way. They are called Casa Esmeralda, L'Alcova, La Terrazza and L'Ombroso, all part of a house called Casa Tavani that was built between the 17th and 18th centuries. Our photos have captions showing you views of each apartment.CASA ESMERALDA (see captioned photos) is a separate self-contained house on two floors with high exposed stone ceilings showing its 18th century origins:we often have honeymoon couples who say how romantic it is But it's also ideal for a couple with two older children who love sleeping on the mezzanine floor. It has two fabulous roof terraces with stunning views of Ostuni Cathedral and the vast olives groves and sea beyond.LA TERRAZZA (see captioned photos) is a very luxurious and delightful open plan apartment, also with two fabulous roof terraces with the same panoramic views as Casa Esmeralda. Guests have compared it to a boutique hotel. L'OMBROSO (see captioned photos) is a very pretty first floor apartment which is ideal for a romantic holiday but also perfect for a couple with one or two small children. L'Alcova, also on the first floor, has beautiful vaulted stone ceilings and a pretty balcony for al fresco meals. It is also ideal for a couple though there is a separate small bedroom which can accommodate one child.The four apartments are all available for rent throughout the year, offering guests the opportunity to find the ideal summer or winter/Christmas/New Year break - ideal for couples, friends or families.
L'Ombroso is a beautiful apartment on the first floor of an 18th century house. It is light and airy with high celings and lovely arches in honey coloured stone. It has a pretty balcony and a large open plan living room/kitchen area with a circular dining table and four chairs. The romantic bedroom has a muslin draped wrought iron double bed and lovely white tiled floor. There is an ensuite shower room and also in the bedroom is a white free-standing clawfoot slipper bath, also draped. The kitchen area is extremely well equipped with utensils, serving dishes etc, and has a Smeg gas hob and electric fan oven, fridge and washing machine. There is air conditioning in the bedroom and gas central heating for cool evenings. The day bed in the sitting room area can be used as a comfortable single bed and we can supply an extra single bed plus a cot, high chair and buggy plus toys. L'Ombroso is ideal for a couple, a couple with up to 2 children of any age, or a couple with one or two friends.
We fell in love with Ostuni on our first visit to Puglia for Christmas 2003 and bought the main house in April 2004, at first living in La Terrazza and having family and friends to stay in the two smaller apartments below, L'Ombroso and L'Alcova. The following year we bought the ground floor of the house, where the Greco family used to make wine, so when we converted into another apartment we called it La Cantina and decided to move there ourselves and to rent the other three apartments to holidaymakers. A year later Casa Esmeralda in the next street came up for sale and as its terraces were adjacent to La Terrazza's we bought it too, completing our portfolio of five apartments in all. We now spend about half the year in Ostuni and the other half at our home in the Old Town part of Hastings. We have four children, two girls and two boys,and 6 grandchildren, all of whom visit us for seaside holidays in Italy and the UK. We run a small educational consultancy promoting educational charities and thanks to technology we can work equally well from both countries.
Angela Devlin purchased this apartment in 2004
We had travelled in Italy and Tim's brother, married to an Italian, lives in Rome. But until 2003 we had never travelled further South. As soon as we arrived, a few days before Christmas, we were struck by the warm and friendly welcome we received everywhere we went. (We were also amazed that in late December we could sit outside in the sunshine eating icecream!) We were struck by the exotic landscape with its prickly pear cacti and the fascinating trullo houses, so different from other parts of Italy we knew. We decided however that we wanted to live in a town to help us learn the language and get to know the people and the culture of the region, and indeed our neighbours are some of the kindest people we've ever known. When we first saw Ostuni, shining on top of its hill like a beautiful white wedding cake as we drove from Brindisi airport, it was a love affair which has never faded, and every time we make that same drive we know we made the right choice. It's been our great pleasure over the last 8 years to share our discovery with so many guests from every corner of the globe.
When we saw our house it was a wreck! A builder had bought it and was half way through the renovation, so we were faced with mounds of rubble in every room. But where the old plaster had been stripped off we saw stunning vaulted ceilings in honey-coloured stone and we knew this could be something special. The real revelation was when we got to the top of the stairs and walked through the door of what is now La Terrazza, on to the vast roof terraces. As soon as we saw the sapphire blue Adriatic glittering in the winter sun, our minds were made up. And when you see that view for yourselves, you'll understand why!
Ostuni is a beautiful little hill town known as 'The White City' because of its many white buildings. The ancient centre is like a romantic kasbah full of alleyways and there are dozens of bars and restaurants. Ostuni has lots of shops and a wonderful Saturday market, one of the largest in Southern Italy, as well as a monthly flea market for antiques and bric a brac. There are lovely beaches 10 minutes' drive away and many other pretty towns to visit in the lovely Valley of Itria and further south, such as the trulli town of Alberobello and the baroque city of Lecce, as well as the beautiful coastal towns of Otranto, Gallipoli and S. Maria di Leuca, and the vibrant city of Bari and beautiful harbour towns like Monopoli, Polignano and Trani further north. Many can be reached by train or bus. Ostuni overlooks wonderful plains full of olive trees leading down to the azure Adriatic, and you can drive for miles in stunning countryside full of prickly pear cacti. Guests love discovering Puglia!
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