|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
We were really bowled over when we first looked around the apartment which exceeded expectations. It is extremely spacious - we only had 4 people in it but could have comfortably had 5 more.
It is well furnished and decorated and we had a really comfortable stay in Galetina. One of the perks was the projector which we used to watch a couple of old movies on the terrace during the warm evenings.
The apartment is well located in the town with easy access to the surrounding restaurants and shops . Galetina itself offered a choice of coastlines although we favoured the Adriatic side where the beaches were a little more rugged.
All in all the apartment was the perfect location to explore the surrounding area and was cool and comfortable when we opted to stay nearby. Thank you!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest|
Oct 1 2016 - May 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|