Trullo San Marco is a delightful, recently restored traditional trulli farmhouse with a private pool, sleeping 10 to 12 people (and more) in 4/7 bedrooms. A magical property with the most amazing views over open countryside to the sea, it is on the edge of the little village of San Marco and also near fascinating old towns with good restaurants and only 20 minutes from the sea. Providing a perfect solution for two families or a larger family or group, this is an unusual villa as although it is a seven coned trullo, its main living room is a large converted coach-house with a high barrel ceiling so it is spacious without being spoilt by modern additions. All the original features have been preserved, but it is also well equipped with mod cons. This lovely villa is situated just a few minutes' walk from a small village in the countryside where you can buy everything you need including delicious local produce and fresh bread from a wood oven. Next door to the shop, opposite a medieval chapel, is an authentic little bar/cafe with snacks and ice creams at ridiculously cheap prices. Trullo San Marco is also near the small town of Locorotondo (officially listed as 'one of the most beautiful in Italy' and Alex 'Secret Italy' Polizzi's favourite place in Puglia) and within short driving distance of many of Puglia's prettiest little hill towns like Cisternino, Ostuni, Martina Franca and the Trullo town of Alberobello.
Trullo in San Marco, Locorotondo, - A Magical Property With Stunning Views Over Open Countryside To The Sea
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About James Cutler
I've spent thirty years making TV documentaries and have travelled widely both for work and holidays. We have a large extended family of four generations and needed a holiday home where large groups of us from great-grandparents to small babies could all be comfortably accommodated.
James Cutler purchased this Villa in 2009
Why James Cutler chose Locorotondo
When we decided to buy a holiday home we thought long and hard about all the lovely places we'd enjoyed visiting and Puglia - especially the Itria valley came out top. Beautiful countryside, fascinating old towns, every kind of beach, food and wine and friendly people - it ticks all the boxes.
What makes this Villa unique
We spent years looking for the right property but fell in love with Trullo San Marco instantly. While it's a beautifully restored old trullo house with masses of character, it's also unusually spacious so that different family groups can spread out in their own parts of the house. Crucially, it's one structure so that no one has to cross a courtyard to get to the bedrooms as is often the case with larger trullo properties. The location is spectacular with views across olive groves and woodland to the sea. Even the local people are amazed when they see the views from our roof terrace. Despite the tranquility of the setting it's just a five minute walk to a sleepy Puglian village with friendly neighbours, a wonderful well stocked local shop, a little bar/cafe, an excellent and good value restaurant/pizzeria and open-air dances in the school yard.
Pool / Spa
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The best villa in Puglia in my opinion
Greatest place for a holiday I've ever been to
As a large family of 11 people from 74 to 8 years old, this beautiful Trullo was the perfect house for us. Plenty of space for everyone, a fabulous pool and it was full of everything you may need. Just a short walk away from the local shops and cafe/bar. There are plenty of places to visit nearby, our favourite was Alberebello and it's Trulli Quarter. A great time was had by all just wished we had stayed longer!
We love to hear about extended families enjoying their stay at Trullo San Marco. The house and indeed that magic part of Italy, the Itria Valley, is very family orientated. You are all welcome to come back and stay longer next time maybe!
This wonderful sensitively converted Trulli house was just right for our three generation family gathering of 11 people. The owners and local contact were all very helpful and did all they could to make our stay very comfortable.
San Marco is ideally situated for pretty Locorotondo, the beaches north and south of nearby Fasano, the beautiful towns of Martina Franca, Ostuni and Lecce and of course the UNESCO heritage site of Alberobello. We enjoyed walking through the adjoining cherry orchards, meeting the friendly farmers and of course lazing by the pool in peace and tranquility. The village shop is exceptionally well stocked and the owner is friendly and helpful. The outside pizza oven was easy to use and the children loved the results which were followed by watching the stunning sunsets from the roof terrace.
We couldn't recommend it highly enough and are already planning a return visit. Fred & Mary
Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you and your extended family liked it. We love having families there. It would be great to have you back there again and we always automatically discount for returning guests!
We have returned form a week in Trullo San Marco and we had a wonderful holiday. The villa was clean, well equipped and spacious. The location is in a quiet country village with lovely views and a short drive to lots of towns and beaches The notes from the owner were very helpful in finding our way around. The local shop, 5 mins walk is well stocked and owners are friendly and helpful The pool was available but too cold at this time of year though we did get to sit by it most days. Overall we had a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Thank you! So pleased you liked the village and the house. We might even have pool heating installed for next year but if not you would be very welcome to come back between May and September when the pool is at its warmest.
What a great place!
We had a fantastic family holiday in this beautiful house in a great region new to us. There were four couples aged 29 to 63 and all relaxing for a week. The pool was fantastic and the views sublime. It got stormy later in the week (the lightening was rather exciting) but that gave us a chance to visit the spectacular towns in the region and take advantage of all the culinary specialities. Everything was just great and the advice on what to see and do from the owner was really useful.
So pleased you all had a good holiday. We enjoy sharing our love of Puglia with people who've not been before.
We (a family of 5 - kids 12, 9 and 7) treated ourselves to this very special holiday over the May half term 2016. Right from the start the owner was attentive and helpful providing lots of information on the villa and on the local area, responding very quickly to emails we sent asking for their advice. On arrival we were met by the local agent who was also friendly and helpful. The villa itself I couldn't fault, very well equipped, clean and tidy with lovely, homely decor. The pool also is great - just the right size for us - the kids were in it most of the time having such fun. We concluded that the end of May is a good time to go for us - the weather was great but not too hot, the local area is rich in flora and fauna - there's so much to see - and the most magical smell of jasmine and honeysuckle filled the air in the garden, accompanied by the sound of bees. Locorotondo and the surrounding area offers loads to do. We were not short of places to visit with mornings spent mooching around a local town or city ( Ostuni, Monopoli, or the caves at Castellana Grotte) and then in the afternoon exploring the coast - great for snorkelling with the kids in the shallow clear,calm waters of the Adriatic - particularly lovely at Polignano a Mare. The locals, too, were all very friendly and helpful and welcomed our attempts at Italian, filling in when we were out of our depth. We spent most of our money in the local shop with its lovely cheeses, meats and local products. This is a place we'd love to come back to and to bring more of the family to enjoy.
Thank you very much for your kind words. We would be more than delighted for you to come back again with friends and family and share our love of Puglia and especially San Marco.
Special interest holidays:
A list of bookable services including meals at the house, cookery lessons, boating, cycling, tours etc is sent to all guests before arrival and a copy is at the Trullo. Most enjoyed by everybody is the Pasta making evening with a local expert and her daughter which includes a 4 course traditional meal (including your handmade pasta) with wine, cooked and served at the Trullo.
20 minutes drive to nearest beach. For beach lovers there are miles of unspoilt coastline, from rocky coves for snorkelling to long stretches of white sand with crystalline water. Choose between family friendly lidos or natural dunes in wildlife areas. 15 minutes to fishing village with waterside fish restaurants. 20 minutes to brand new aquapark with pools and slides for all ages
Nearest airports are Bari and Brindisi each about 50 minutes drive with flights from Stansted, (Ryanair) , Gatwick (BA and Easyjet) and Heathrow (Alitalia). Car hire is recommended. NB: there is little need to bring more than carry-on luggage as the house is well equipped and a well stocked village shop and pharmacy are within walking distance.
Few minutes walk to local food shop and cafe/ice cream bar and pharmacy. Just over half a mile walk to good, inexpensive local restaurant /pizzeria. Short drive to beautiful old towns like Alberobello (UNESCO World Heritage Site) Locorotondo, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Ostuni. 15 minutes drive to Safari Park and Theme park with Dolphinarium, rides etc. 20 minutes to well preserved remains of Roman town (Egnazia- a mini Pompeii.) 20 minutes to new Aquapark.
San Marco with a village shop/bakery, little bar, post office, pharmacy is a short walk away. The bar serves snacks, panini and panzerotti and delicious ice cream right into the late evening at very low prices. In the Summer there are charming dances held in the village centre. A good traditional restaurant which also serves wood oven pizzas and has tables in a garden is about 15 minutes walk away or 5 minutes drive. Locorotondo - one of Italy's officially recognised most beautiful small towns is 5km away. Cisternino, Martina Franca , Ostuni, Alberobello are also worth exploring. There is usually a festival on at one or other of these picturesque little towns at some time during the Summer. There are impressive caves at Castellana Grotte about 25 minutes away and the unique cave town of Matera, (like stepping back a thousand years in time) is about 40 minutes' drive away. For kids there is a Safari Park (Zoo Safari Fasano) and Theme Park (Fasanolandia) about 15 minutes drive away and a big new Aquapark about 20 mins away. We supply notes on the area , restaurants , sights etc when you enquire. There are lots of guide books and maps at the Trullo.