About the property
- Villa2368 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
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.
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- May 21, 2018
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 Laureto
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.
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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!
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!
Trulli trulli scrumptious!
Villa Francesca is perfection. We loved the huge jacuzzi bath, exquisite pool, far reaching views, eating on the terrace(s), massive range of lighting options, mammoth clean windows, effective shutters, thoughtful range of novels, DVDs & games, the Lonely Planet guidebook, the Smeg fridge & cooker, the quality towels & loungers, the variety of seating indoor & out, the well-maintained driveway, the secure electronic gates.
Cinzia, the warm, charming & talented private chef, cooked for us on the first & last nights - what a terrific treat & experience, we can’t recommend her enough.
We loved the surrounding, idyllic neighbourhood and seeing how authentic Puglians live. There is life everywhere - olive trees, fruit groves, wildflowers, lizards, scenic trulli, winding roads, young and old Italians.
We did day trips to:
Locorotondo (beautiful. And great drinks, fresh doughnuts and friendly service at the Pasticceria)
Alberobello (very picturesque, a high concentration of trulli)
Monte San Angelo (stunning drive up the mountain, important Catholic pilgrimage site, a church in a cave, great café near the Sanctuary)
Matera (JAW DROPPING!!!!! And drive across to Belverdere - instructions in the Lonely Planet - for even more awe-inspiring views. Really, these are ‘pinch me’ scenes. And hike down the gorge too, we loved it, we followed an apparent dead-end dirt track from just in front of the monastery, bordered on the right by olive trees - find the rough details in the Lonely Planet)
Pogliano A Mare (friendly, close, pretty town; even better from the water)
Pompeii (3.5hrs drive one-way, but the ancient site is very beautiful, and very atmospheric)
Back to Villa Francesca - When you arrive it is as if you are the very first people to ever have been there.
Maura provides a great welcome pack (butter, tea, coffee, bread, washing up liquid etc) & useful arrival instructions. Her information on Sights & Sites is something to print & keep in your car.
There is *nothing* to complain about.
The road is bumpy, but we managed it daily in a big 9-seater van; if you want to stay in ancient Puglia scattered with trulli, then of course the roads won’t be major.
If you’re a v sensitive sleeper bring mask/plugs.
The water pressure is very good, the bathrooms lovely, the storage plentiful, the chill out spots numerous.
The whole place is an experience, so charming, vivacious & characterful.
If you don’t like this Villa, maybe you don’t like Italy...or life.
Beautiful house and setting
We enjoyed our stay very much and Maura was helpful/responsive. A few things that would have made it better include a good set of sharp knives (we cooked in a lot), some much needed repair to the road leading to the house and increased water pressure in bathrooms. For this level of high end house the water pressure in the showers was terrible.
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the villa so much and found Maura helpful and responsive. Part of the magic of this special property is its seclusion as the last property perched on top of the hill at the end of a road which winds up through an area of residential villas; the inevitable potholes do get repaired by the local commune in due course and the road is always perfectly manageable with a normal rental car. As regards the water pressure, the villa is connected to mains water which means the pressure can occasionally drop below normal levels for a while before it is restored by the water company, which unfortunately took longer than normal on this occasion. Many thanks too for your suggestion re a full set of knives which we have now provided, given that many of our guests do choose to cook in the well-equipped kitchen in order to take advantage of the multiple dining areas with beautiful views. We hope to see you back again soon.
Absolutely amazing! The Villa was exactly as the photos shown. The manager Maura was very helpful.
The Villa was very clean. Maura left a wonderful welcome basket, which we took advantage of after a long eventful travel experience from JFK. The binder in the Villa was extremely informative and useful. The location of the Villa was perfect for visiting several towns each day. Puglia is not a very popular destination for Americans but I loved how friendly the locals are and how immersed we were with the Italian culture, sightsee in the AM, lunch, pool, siesta, late dinner and stroll a new town! We loved everything about the Villa, Maura and the area so much that my husband wants to return again next year as there were several towns we wanted to see and didn't get the chance.
Beautiful villa, well equipped with high quality furnishings with a breathtaking view.
Beautiful well kept rooms and bathrooms. Very helpful, thoughtful guest manual with books and dvds.
Host was amazing at responding and meeting all our needs.
Swimming pool is perfect and amazing outside areas to lounge around on.
A beautiful villa in the hills of Puglia, overlooking the beautiful Adriatic coast.!
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!
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
Additional information about rental rates
Quoted Weekly Rate includes – Wi-Fi; Weekly Cleaning; Exclusive Use of Pool (Apr 1st to Oct 31st); Aircon & Pool Heating included 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