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Trullo in heart of Puglian Countryside

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Traditional trullo and lamia with large patio. 1 Bedroom and sofa bed in lounge.

Completely renovated trullo and lamia with all mod cons.; set in its own grounds planted with Olive, Almond and Fig trees.

Almost equi-distant from the historic towns of Ostuni, Ceglie Messapica and San Vito dei Normanni, but with village shops, restaurants, facilities and a weekly market one kilometre away in San Michele di Salentino.

The rocky coves and sandy beaches of the Adriatic Coast, the Gulf of Toranto and Ionian Sea are within easy reach.

Ideally suited for a couple looking for seclusion, but there is a sofa bed in the lounge for additional guests.

More Details

James Foster
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2018

About James Foster

We are retired and currently live in Scotland. We use our holiday home ourselves for extended periods and because of this we like to think of it as our home from home. We have travelled extensively throughout Italy but for us Puglia meets all our needs: good weather with hot summers and mild winters, good fresh food, good wine, nice beaches, interesting sites and friendly people who tolerate our attempts to speak Italian.

James Foster purchased this villa in 2005

Why James Foster chose Ceglie Messapica

Puglia is region of varied landscapes from hills to plains, rocky to sandy beaches, quaint old towns and modern shopping complexes. It has interesting history, art and cuisine so there is lots to do and see. All these things are within easy reach of the house yet it is in a tranquil setting amid the olive groves. We called it Casa Serendipita` because it means Serendipity (a lucky find). When we saw the property it was derelict but we saw the potential in it to be a comfortable and welcoming second home.

What makes this villa unique

We wanted a trullo with their high cone shaped ceilings, alcoves and arches but with this house we had the added bonus of a bedroom (not just a bed in an alcove), a kitchen (not just a kitchenette in the living room) and internal connections to these rooms, so no going outside in the cold and the dark. From the roof we have views to Ostuni and San Vito Dei Normanni across the vast expanse of olive groves. Casa Serendipita` has a patio the full length of the property from where you can appreciate the quirkiness of the outline the various extensions produce whilst lying in the shade of the old almond tree or whilst eating the pizza you cooked in the original forno (pizza/bread oven). The land hasn't been destroyed by spraying so we get beautiful wild flowers in winter and spring but the land has to be ploughed in summer to reduce the fire risk. The property is set close to but not next to good roads and is centrally located for access to San Michele, San Vito Dei Normanni, Ceglie Messapica and Ostuni .


Ceglie Messapica Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The shower room has a large shower enclosure. There is an electric shaver point and shaving/makeup mirror. Towels are provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double bed, large wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables. Remote controlled ceiling fan for warm nights. Good ventilation provided by large window with shutters at the front and a small one at the rear. Both windows have mosquito nets. All bedding, including sheets are provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hunting
  • swimming


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(3 traveler reviews)

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Trullo in heart of Puglian Countryside
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews

"Nous avons trouvé que le...

  • 3 of 5

"Nous avons trouvé que les photos de l'intérieur ne correspondaient pas vraiment à la réalité. En effet, le salon était très petit et sombre. Nous avons de gros ennuis avec l'alarme et l'équipement de la cuisine aurait pu être plus complet (vaisselle). Sinon, endroit très calme et nous avons apprécié qu'une dame, très gentille, soit venue faire un nettoyage intermédiaire et refaire le lit."

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The photos on the Homelidays website were taken with an ordinary camera with an ordinary lens. I do not say in the description, on the website, that it is large: it is a one bedroom place with a sofa bed in the lounge. By comparing common items in the pictures it is possible to ascertain that the living room/lounge is not large and I make no claim that it is. There are no large windows in the lounge (main trullo part) as traditionally they did not have them: there is, however, a half-glazed door which provides natural light and a 125 watt crystal chandelier (lounge) and a 75 watt one (dining area). The walls and ceiling cones are white. If the furniture is dark that is our taste and can be clearly seen in the photos. In the kitchen there is a duel fuel cooker; tall fridge/freezer; toaster; microwave; kettle; full set of crockery (dinner service) and cutlery enough for six people at one sitting; at least six pans; casserole dishes; wine glasses, large glasses, measuring jug, etc. etc. The property is advertised as accommodation for 1 to 4 people. There is nothing listed in the advert that is not there. Therefore I believe that it conforms to the advert. I am sorry about the alarm. There was a major problem with the unit and it has been replaced. I am happy that they found the cleaner nice as the previous manager/ cleaner was dismissed in July 2011 after complaints that the property was not clean plus other problems. The new manager and cleaner seem to be doing a better job.
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"Un bon nettoyage nécessa...

  • 5 of 5

"Un bon nettoyage nécessaire à l''arrivée (chasse aux araignées) et peu de place pour disposer ses propres affaires, la propriétaire s''étant réservé tous les tiroirs et le dessous du lit (coffre) + accueil rapide par la préposée, qui ne parle qu''anglais (en italie...).

Endroit très calme au coeur des oliviers et proche d''un village animé. Accès bien expliqué sur le roadbook"

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Un très joli cadre d''ol...

  • 5 of 5

"Un très joli cadre d''oliviers à perte de vue.

Une maison arrangée avec goût et très bien tenue

Peut être un peu chaud à l''extérieur l''été.

Il manque un endroit plus ombragé sur l''extérieur pour supporter la chaleur

Il manquait une nappe sur la table intérieure"

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
In San Michele
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Car: necessary

You will be met by the Caretaker at or near the property. Full directions will be sent upon booking.

Many restaurants offering traditional cuisine can be found in Ostuni, San Michelle and Ceglie but, if you prefer your own cooking locally grown produce is available at the Saturday Market in Ostuni or the Thursday Market in San Michele as well as the local village shops.

There are historic sites and historic churches and museums to visit in Ostuni, Ceglie Messapica, San Vito dei Normanni, Locorotundo, Lecce Taranto and Brindisi. There is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello and the archeological site at Egnazia as well as the even older caves of the Grotte di Castellana for visitors to explore. For something different to do there is Go'Karting near San Vito di Normanni, the Zoo Safari and Amusement Park at Selva di Fasano and a local vineyard at the Hotel Relias di Fontanina. There is a wide selection rocky coves to sandy beaches within about 30 minutes drive. Water sports and fishing are available on the nearby Adriatic and Ionian coasts.

Details of festivals and other activities is available in a Welcome Pack at the property and our local housekeeper is full of useful information.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $139.8

Downpayment / Deposit requested. Security deposit requested. Supplement for heating depending on the season. Owner not present on location. If additional cleaning or linen change is requested by the guest then payment must be made locally.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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