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Stylish Art Deco holiday home in historical Baroque old town palazzo, Puglia

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 2 to 8, prices according, near Ionian and Adriatic white beaches

Comfortably accomodating two to eight people, this spacious 5-bedroom art-deco styled town house was originally part of a 16th Century library and has since been renovated to an extremely high standard by award winning 'Puglia Estates' as seen on Grand Designs. The apartment spans back from a grand entrance and stair-case to reveal room upon room of living space. The modern kitchen is fully equipped with 5-burner gas stove, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer However, the real heart of the cooking/eating area is the original kitchen where once wood burning stoves were located and which leads out onto a beautiful dining terrace for enjoying breakfast or an evening bottle of wine al-fresco. The townhouse consists of a large lounge, 4 double bedrooms (two en-suite) mean you don't have to struggle with sofa-beds and a large spectacular roof terrace combined with two further private terraces allow a variety of sunbathing options. The apartment has aircon in smaller rooms.

Additional information: As with many old properties in Italy, there are lots of steep marble stairs between floors (the ceilings are very high and the house spans over 3 floors), and very high roof terraces with waist high walls. As a result, the apartment may be unsuitable for people of reduced/impaired mobility or young children (under 10). It is the guests' responsibility to ensure the safety of their children. Having said this, the apartment is full of character and original features, and the high terraces afford spectacular views of Galatina and the surrounding area. Smokers are welcome, but we do request that guests only smoke outdoors on the roof terraces.

Foodpacks and local knowledge: You will be met at the house with the keys and shown around by someone who has lived in the area for a few years. This allows us to impart some very local knowledge such as the best places to eat, or the nicest beach to get your suntan. We are also able to provide you with a food pack should you arrive late and just want to settle in without having to find supermarkets open. If you would like a little something special, such as a nice fizzy prosecco, we can accommodate any request.

More Details

Property Manager
Cristiano Cazzato
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Although it is now a couple of weeks since we left Galatina, I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay, even though the weather was a bit mixed, resulting in us perhaps not seeing this part of Puglia at its best.

The apartment is wonderful. Our only problem was that it took a little while for us each to decide which bedrooms to occupy! I see that you have refreshed the photographs on the website - they certainly go some way (but not all of the way) to presenting it in its full glory. I would be interested sometime to learn a bit more about the history of the building and how the restoration scheme came about. Anyway, I trust we left the place in good order.

By the way, Cristiano deserves a special mention. Our demands on him were not great but he met us on time, gave us a comprehensive guided tour, and responded quickly when we asked for a bit of heating (and an iron). We were extremely lucky every day in finding a parking space in the piazza outside the apartment (it all seems to be down to timing!)

Galatina itself had everything we needed (and little of what we didn't need - hoards of tourists!). The top experiences for eating out were 'Lupo' and Borgo Antico. The absence of menus certainly stretched our Italian language skills to the absolute limit - perhaps more so at Borgo Antico because we had first to understand and then make choices! Zona Franca does great pizzas, but as my wife pointed out to me, I seemed to be the oldest customer (by a margin!). My son has an internet-based business, so it was great that he was only a couple of minutes away from the internet cafe, where he was treated as a regular by the end of the week.

Best wishes,

Nov 2010
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Centro Storico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master en-suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Main bathroom/bedroom 4 ensuite - toilet , shower
    Private bedroom ensuite - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms are newly installed and beautifully finished with original tiles or clean modern tiles. Showers have large chrome shower heads for an extra luxurious shower. Those lucky enough to get the master bedroom also get a bath in their ensuite room. Towels are included.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large double bed with ensuite bathroom with bath/shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Separate private bedroom with aircon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom with 2 single beds or 1 double and aircon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Single bedroom with aircon
  • With 4 bedrooms this holiday home sleeps 2-8 comfortably. Each bedroom boasts original tiled floors and beautiful antique wardrobes, three bedrooms have en-suite with showers, the master en-suite also have a large bath. All bed linen and towels are provided.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Stylish Art Deco holiday home in historical Baroque old town palazzo, Puglia
average rating of 4.642857 based on 15 reviews

Wonderful apartment set in heart of Galatina

  • 4 of 5

Great apartment that well met our expectations. Logistics worked well with Cristiano, very helpful. Used as a base to explore the Salento peninsula - Lucca, Gallipoli, Otranto, Porto Cesaro, etc etc. Favourite restaurant, a must visit, is Percuoco A Santa Caterina, several minutes walk from the apartment. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Autumn holidays

  • 4 of 5

The house is beautiful, with a great roof terrace and in the old town. Very quiet! The kitchen needs a few minor renovations and the cleaning lady a little more enthusiasm. Duvet covers would be pleasant.

It might help to show photos of the bedrooms, one has no window and one is separate. When it rained, the rain came into this separate room under the door (quite a lot!). It was quite humid then. But we enjoyed our stay very much, thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
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Peaks Island ME

Wonderful apartment

  • 5 of 5

We have just finished a weeks stay in this wonderful holiday home owned by David and managed by Cristiano. The information packet sent when we booked was fabulous in orienting us to Galatina and the apartment....nothing was overlooked. The apartment is very spacious and we were a party of three couples and never felt crowded. The bedrooms were very separated and we never were aware of outside street noise.....oh, except in the top bedroom a neighbors cat could be loud occasionally. Parking is an added bonus that is for sure and a car is necessary. The beds were comfortable....the kitchen very well supplied with cooking utinsils. David and Cristiano were very responsive to any problems we encountered and wanted to be made known of corrections that needed to be done. All were minor and I am sure resolved by now. We would definitely return. If you do come be sure to look up L'Astore Masseria and take there cooking class and wine and olive oil tour......a highlight of our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stephanie, it's been a pleasure to have you in the house as guests, and I am sorry for the little problems you have encountered during your stay. I can confirm the y have already been solved! Thank you for your precious advise and for your wonderful comments. See you soon! Cristiano
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Again and again

  • 5 of 5

When a couple of friends from Germany spend two weeks in the Salento and decide to return again in the forthcoming year, even before their current stay is over, a lot of reasons might apply: The beauty of Galatina village, the hospitality of the Salento people, the delicacies in the local restaurants, the pureness of the Ionian Sea, the oustanding wines of local Santi Dimitri vineyards – and much more. All of that is true when it comes to this outstanding region of Italy. But the cherry on the top was our “home away” in this beautiful palazzo in the historic center, where we truly felt at home. A perfect place for people who love to buy food at the local markets, cook and dine at home; (but as well for for those who prefer to have some aperitivi on one of the terraces – and then have dinner outside ;o) It was the perfect choice for our group, and will certainly be the perfect choice again next year. Galatina, we are coming!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You will be wellcome back, Seb!
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Nashville, Tennessee

A lovely and spacious property

  • 5 of 5

We arrived much later than expected due to flight delays, and Cristiano came to our rescue, finding us after we got lost and escorting us to this large, bright, and airy palazzo. The house is beautifully restored, keeping its antique feel while being comfortable and equipped with everything you need. We (two couples) were there for two weeks and enjoyed getting to know the charming town of Galatina. We had one unfortunate incident when a roof drain became clogged, causing a cascade of water from the roof into one of the living areas, but the cleaning crew came out immediately and made everything right in a short time. This accident could happen to anyone, and the quick response turned it from a potential disaster into an adventure.

Most tourists seem to visit this area for the beaches, but we were more interested in the towns, the castles, the art, the archaeology, etc. There are many easy day-trips from Galatina to fascinating spots (and we did an overnight trip to Andria to visit the Castel del Monte). Highly recommended for an off-season visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much to you all! I hope I'll see you next year (with a special discount!). Ciao, Cristiano
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A very nice surprise

  • 4 of 5

A beautiful, quirky house. It really was just like home. Everywhere was spotlessly clean. Cristiano was very charming and helpful.

Given the date of our visit, parking was never a problem. Galatina has some excellent restaurants and we found the people so very friendly and helpful. It is perfect for exploring the many other towns and villages where the architecture and history is so fascinating.

We would return to this house in order to discover more about this part of Italy.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much! You will be always welcome back, and there is so much to discover!
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Santa Maria al Bagno / Santa Caterina
Car: recommended

Located in Centro Storico Galatina the apartment is within a few short steps to restaurants, cafes, bakeries, gelateria and shops. The town itself, being designated a Citta d'Arte, you'll find yourself surrounded by Baroque architecture with fine examples such as the beautiful frescoes of Basilica Santa Caterina. Further afield the bustling baroque provincial capital, Lecce, is only a 20 minute hop away, with it's Duomo and Roman amphitheatre, much more impressive than the larger northern Puglian towns of Bari or Brindisi. For sea, sand and gelato Galatina is also within easy reach of the Ionian (Gallipoli, Santa Maria al Bagno, Porto Cesareo) and the Adriatic (Otranto, Torre dell'Orso, Castro) coastlines. Find yourself amongst the Trulli at Alberobello, walking the old town of Ostuni, the White City, or gazing out where the Ionion and Adriatic meet at Sta. Maria di Leuca, the 'Lands End' of Puglia, all just a day trip away.

Golf: Acaya Golf Club, 20 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.