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Luxury Villa, Private Heated Pool, Hillside Location, Spectacular Sea Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious 250sqm villa, incredible 40ft lounge, 3 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Tastefully restored to its former glory as the summer retreat of the Mayor of Fasano, this extremely spacious luxury villa offers contemporary living to the very highest standard. Set in 2 acres of secluded terraced gardens, Villa Francesca is perched on the edge of the Selva hills 400m above sea level and benefits from uninterrupted views over the olive groves to the sea beyond. Enclosing this stunning villa is an expansive south facing L shaped veranda with traditional stone arches, perfect for relaxing in the Puglian sunshine or dining ‘al fresco’ Italian style. The fully air conditioned interior offers an incredible 40 ft open plan living area inter-connected by stone arches with stone floors, chic Italian leather sofas, marble dining table seating 10 people, masseria-style stone fireplace, marble bathroom with jacuzzi. The private heated swimming pool set in an enclosed garden courtyard has paved terraces offering multiple living & dining areas with spectacular sea views.

General: Puglia gets close to 300 days sunshine a year with the warm weather starting in April and going right through until the end of October. The hottest months are July and August but with two seas around the area the air does not feel too oppressive during these months, especially as the property is located above the coastal plain. Spring and autumn is glorious- sunny and warm with wild flowers in abundance. Italians are unashamedly devoted to celebrating everything Italian - religion, food, wine... And they show it with festivals, filling the summer nights, celebrating everything from classical music to grapes. These family orientated events provide great free outdoor entertainment and gives you an insight into the wonderful hospitable Pugliese people. Puglia is something authentically Mediterranean and very Italian, come and find out for yourself and see why more people are recommending it.

Activities: Whether you prefer soaking up the sun, shopping, sightseeing, enjoying culture or something more active, the area has much to offer. Beautiful architecture, ancient castles and Baroque churches can be found in all the local towns and eating is an activity in itself as the region is a food and wine lovers paradise . With over 400 miles of coastline, Puglia has a huge selection of sandy beaches and coves (all of which have blue flag status). For golfers Puglia has five major courses. The 5* 18 hole par 72 San Domenica Golf resort and spa near the fishing village of Savelettri, is the closest (just 7km) and newest. For children there are lidos with children's facilities, and a major tourist attraction is the Zoo Safari Park of Fasano. For classical music lovers there is the famous Itria Valley Festival in Martina Franca towards the end of July, and the newly-reopened Bari Opera house is fantastic. All sorts of music and theatre festivals abound in the summer in the nearby towns.

Distances and other information: Under 50 minutes -Bari Airport. Under 40 minutes - Brindisi Airport. 10 - 15 minutes - Alberobello, Locorotondo, Fasano/Zoo Safari, beaches. 15 -25 minutes- Martina Franca, Ostuni, Polignano al Mare, Castellana Grotte, the ancient site of Egnazia and the Marine Nature reserve of Torre Guacheto. Further afield, but all making easy day trips - Matera, a town of 13th century cave dwellings, the 'sassi' used in the film 'The Passion' , and churches with medieval wall frescoes - Lecce, famous for its unique architecture and known as the 'Florence of the South' - the Norman cathedral towns of the Bari coast - Laterza, the 'Grand Canyon of Puglia' - Taranto, with its atmospheric historical centre - the list goes on... We do recommend that you hire a car to ensure you explore the area and get the most from your Puglia holiday, this is easy to arrange in advance from the airports.

Further notes on accommodation: Villa Francesca is a 250sqm independent villa set in its own garden with its own private drive accessed through electric gates and its own private swimming pool and private outside entertainment areas. Due to its spectacular hillside location, the villas in the area are necessarily arranged on terraces which means that there is another villa with its own postal address and separate access arrangements, part of which is indeed situated directly below (and connected to) Villa Francesca. This is actually a very typically layout for this part of Italy and can be seen clearly from some of the photos included on the website.

More Details

Maura Watson
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

About Maura Watson

We fell in love with Puglia in 2005 for its fabulous food and perfect weather and the lovely old fortified masseria amidst the ancient olive trees and vineyards around Fasano. So when we heard that the mayor’s summer residence in the Selva hills above Fasano was coming on the market, we jumped in and bought it on the spot – and then spent five challenging years renovating it to the highest luxury standard for our own use. Recently, we have decided to make it available for others to enjoy as we do.

Maura Watson purchased this villa in 2005

Why Maura Watson chose Brindisi

The most compelling reason for buying this property was the location. It is perched right on the edge of the hillside overlooking olive groves and has the most breathtaking panoramic sea view that you could never tire of. It is also very central and close to the hill towns - Alberobello, Martina Franca, Locorotondo - so there is always lots to do and see and a great choice of restaurants serving excellent food.

What makes this villa unique

We wanted to create a beautiful holiday home to match the spectacular location. The sheer space and luxury throughout which includes full air conditioning, wi-fi, marble bathroom with hydromassage jacuzzi, large heated swimming pool overlooking the sea, luxury linen, multiple outside entertainment and dining areas overlooking the pool and romantic gardens, makes it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We want to thank you for your excellent recommendation to rent the villa in Laureto. It was fabulous and was everything you said it would be. Please also send our regards to the owner whom we met and tell him that he does have great taste in the design and fitting of his property. Anyway its back to the grind with work and children to summer camp. Thanks again for a great time in Puglia.

Robert K
Jul 2012
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Selva di Fasano Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , en-suite bathroom to bedroom 1
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , bidet , en-suite access to bedroom 2
  • Opulent large marble bathroom with jacuzzi, Jack and Jill hand basins with top of the range fixtures and fitments, toilet, bidet and a large walk in shower. Second family bathroom with Bisazza glass mosaic tiles, large walk in shower, toilet and bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , air conditioned, with twin beds
    Living room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , two oversized leather single bed settees.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , air con with luxurious cream leather bed & en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , air con with luxurious cream leather bed & en-suite bathroom
  • The modern, spacious, fully air conditioned bedrooms are tastefully furnished, with contemporary cream leather beds in bedroom 1& 2 and twin beds in bedroom 3, specially-selected high-quality bed linen and floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes with generous hanging space. All bedrooms have wonderful views either to the sea, the Selva hills or overlooking the courtyard swimming pool and are fully air conditioned, in addition the windows have wooden shutters inside and out with built in mosquito screens in bedroom 1 & 2 so that they can be left open at night if you prefer to enjoy the fresh gentle sea breeze. In addition there are two oversized single bed settees in the living room which when pushed together make a very large double All linen and towels are changed weekly.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
On one level, this property has a spacious entrance lobby with stone arches and stone floor that leads to an impressive 40ft open plan living space, which interconnects to a large open plan kitchen/dining area with a large travertine stone table seating 10 and a full range of modern kitchen appliances - hob, oven, dishwasher, oversize fridge/freezer and a delightful bean-to-cup coffee machine! - and there is a separate utility room with washing machine/tumble drier. Further stone arches lead to the bedrooms and bathroom. At the other end of this amazing living space is a comfy seating area with chic Italian sofas, satellite 42” & DVD, iPOD/iPAD docking station, open masseria-style fireplace (with free logs for the cooler months or for romantic evenings) and double doors that lead to the L shaped veranda, which is ideal for evening cocktails or watching the stunning sunsets across the Adriatic. Other luxury touches include a large Jotul wood-burning stove with double doors


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Luxurious luxury

  • 5 of 5

Forrester’s returned from Villa Francesca and Puglia on the 18th August, having spent the first week of our holiday in Praiano. Forrester’s being Mum, Dad and three teenage boys!

The villa certainly lived up to all expectations, the attention to detail, fixtures and fittings beautiful thick fluffy towels (and loads of them) gorgeous white bedding, all very 5 star!! Everything was clean bright and airy and comfortable for a leisurely holiday.

The seating and dining area’s both inside and out were perfect, and we often enjoyed having our meals outside with the stunning views.

The BBQ was a great favourite with us, so convenient and easy to use, Maura had organized charcoal, lighters and citronella candles to guard off the mosquitoes) for guests use.

Not only a welcome pack left of ham cheese milk wine bread etc. but also in the utility room, washing liquid (laundry)was available and I don’t know how many toilet rolls in the cupboards ( I know we were in Italy on holiday, but who wants to trudge around buying toilet rolls !)

The pool was fabulous, as was the views from the pool area.

We tended to eat in and bought most of our food in the supermarket just down the road with lovely music playing in the car park. The local wine is amazing and can be bought in 3 litre canisters for 6 euros, as it is organic and without preservatives, there is no hangover!

A great library of DVD’s (I know we were in Italy on the holidays but if you have teenager’s you will understand!)

We visited Alberobella, Locorotonda and Matera all great visits especially Locorotonda very beautiful had a great lunch there, and Matera was awesome. We went to a small fishing village Maura recommended on the way to Bari and had a great sea food meal.

We would without a doubt recommend this villa to anyone who loves luxury and luxurious surroundings.

Being the only female, a quick retail therapy session was needed in Bari before our flight home for that Fendi handbag! I was in Italy you know!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed lunch at the sea food restaurant on your last day and of course no better way to finish your holiday than with a bit of retail therapy - how could you miss out on those wonderful shops in Bari.! I know that you spent some time in Italy before arriving at Villa Francesca and I am glad that having left the 'best till last' lived up to your expectations in every single way. We are looking forward to seeing you again!
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A beautiful villa in the hills of Puglia, overlooking the beautiful Adriatic coast.!

  • 5 of 5

If you want the luxury of feeling like a princess, or prince, that is an easy drive to anywhere in the area, this is the place. Very private, luxurious, and well appointed, sitting above Fasano. The caretaker, Maura, is a phone call away for any questions or recommendations, and is ray of sunshine. The welcome provisions were a wonderful addition to this lovely villa, and if you need more space for larger families, a sister villa below, and very private itself, can accommodate. Walking gardens, a beautiful pool, well-appointed home with large showers and ample towels (yay!), several terraces, all with a spectacular view, along with the most charming people you'll meet in the area, are all you need right here. Thank you Maura, (and your very charming GianCarlo) for your help, information and mostly, what we hope will be a long and lovely friendship . We WILL be back!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful view of Puglia

  • 5 of 5

We three couples arriving from different countries, very much enjoyed being together in this beautiful home, the perfect vantage point not only for fabulous views, but also for exploring the best of Puglia. The property manager, Maura, was very thorough and had us completely organized for our stay. The house is just as gorgeous in reality as in the photos. With the beaches only 15 minutes or so from the house, this is a perfect location!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful villa in beautiful Italy

  • 5 of 5

We ( a family of 5) had a wonderful holiday. The villa is absolutely beautiful with an amazing view. We spent a lovely day at White Beach, recommend by Maura ( the villa manager ), the sea was lovely and clear and warm 😁. Maura also recommend lots of places to visit. We went to several towns all of which were beautiful. We will definitely be going back 😁

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place in a great region!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in Villa Francesca during July 2016. In this case, "we" means a family of five, including parents and 3 young adults.

The house is clearly very well maintained. It is extremely clean, spacious and comfortable. It is fitted with sober, quality furniture, as depicted on the website. Instructions on how to use the various appliances (air conditioning, etc.) and the house in general are extremely well laid out in a manual that one is well advised to review in detail upfront.

We enjoyed the opportunity of the terraces available to eat outdoors, the large barbecue and of course the pool with a magic view overlooking the olive groves and the Adriatic sea a little further away!

We very much appreciated the welcome hamper and the leave behind document offering useful tips on the many points of interest nearby (e.g. Locorontondo, Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano a Mare, Egnazia, etc.).

All communications with Maura Watson were fluent prior, during and post the rental process. During our stay, we had a small problem with the water boiler, but this was fixed without delay while we were away.

We would certainly return and definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Affordable Luxury

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 10 night stay in Villa Francesca. It really is a beautiful place. We stayed as a family of four with two boys aged 6 and nearly 9 and it suited us all. I was originally drawn to the Villa because of the heated pool. It's so hard to find a private heated pool in Italy or indeed most other European holiday destinations that is actually anything more than a solar cover heating the top layer of water and those with proper heaters are usually out of our price range. I loved the fact that we could have control over the boiler heating and pay for what we used. You really could have it as warm as you liked. Maura was great from our first enquiry. She was able to offer us some flexibility on arrival / departure dates which helped a lot. The instructions to get to the villa were spot on and everything was as expected on arrival. The welcome pack was much appreciated particularly the coffee capsules and wine! There was washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets too - very thoughtful. The kitchen was very well equipped and we particularly liked the large fridge. The beds were extremely comfortable and the towels lovely and soft and in plentiful supply. We loved the inside of the villa particularly the master bathroom, but the real draw was the outside areas. There were so many different places to sit, relax and eat. I loved that you could always find somewhere in the sun and always somewhere in the shade for when you wanted to cool down. The children loved exploring the terraced garden areas. Great for hide and seek, although perhaps not suitable for very small children as the steps are quite steep, but the area is behind a lockable gate so very safe. Did I mention the pool? It's amazing. I really miss that pool!

There is so much to do in the area and Maura was able to give several recommendations. We loved the caves, the Truli houses at Alberobello and most of all the ZooSafari in Fasano. If you have children it is a must. We were feeding Zebra from one car window and a camel from another, then a Shire horse, then a Llama - all in together. It's bizarre but brilliant. The Zoo area is fantastic too and there is a whole theme park with roller-coasters and other rides on site as well. We did two full days here.

When we did eat out the food was amazing but you'll find a great selection available in local supermarkets. The people are really friendly and the weather when we went was just perfect! Thanks Maura. It was great.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
55 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The Selva hills overlook the Fasano plain, an area of ancient olive groves, beautiful at any time of the year but particularly stunning in Spring when the groves are filled with red and yellow blossom. For beach lovers, miles of unspoiled, virgin coastline is right on your doorstep, from rocky coves - ideal for snorkelling - to long stretches of white sand and crystal-clear water. For the gourmand, fresh fish and seafood restaurants are in plentiful supply in the many fishing villages dotted along the coastline and if you are feeling energetic, there are a selection of superb golf courses in close proximity including the 5* San Domenica course near the small fisherman village of Savelletri. The Italians love socializing and have made an art form out of it. The nearby historic hill top towns, within easy driving distance, buzz with activity, as the locals take their evening ‘Passegiata’ and in the summer provide free street entertainment & music to enjoy.


Rates & Availability

Selva di Fasano Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
May 28 2017 - Jul 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak season
Jul 2 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
High season
Aug 27 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
low season
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
early break
Mar 31 2018 - Apr 27 2018
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Apr 28 2018 - Jun 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
high season
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
peak season
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
high season
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 28 2018
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Sep 29 2018 - Nov 2 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $646.81

Quoted Weekly Rate includes – Wi-Fi; Weekly Cleaning; Exclusive Use of Pool (Apr 1st to Oct 31st); Aircon & Pool Heating in Peak Season; Luxury Linen, Towels & Pool Towels; Weekly Linen Change; Refreshments on arrival. Additional charges - Aircon outside peak season (if required) £150 per week; Gas for pool heating & central heating outside peak season (if required) as per meter

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