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Luxury Villa With Large Private Swimming Pool And Optional Separate Cottage

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa Palma. Villa near San Vito dei Normanni, Puglia, Italy - Tranquil, Rural Setting In Private Olive Grove, Only 10 Mins Drive From Torre Guaceto Beach

Modern villa, and separate 'cottage', equipped to a very high standard. Large 13m x 7m swimming pool. Only 10 mins from beach. Extensive, secluded grounds with olive trees, almond trees etc. A roof terrace with fantastic views to sea and surrounding countryside. Large verandas to front and rear of the villa, perfect for outdoor living. Main villa provides spacious accommodation which sleeps up to 7. In addition, there is also a small, separate open plan 'cottage', which sleeps 2 on 2 comfortable single sofa beds, and has its own fridge with tea and coffee making facilities and large en-suite shower and wc - perfect for teenagers (or adults) who want some independence from the main party. Guests may rent either the main villa on its own, or both the main villa and small house. (The small house would not be rented out separately, so guests can enjoy complete privacy even when renting only the main house). Pool open mid May to Sept). Both properties are air conditioned. Free wi-fi.Travel cot and high chair available.

Gillian Goodlad
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
November 12, 2017

About Gillian Goodlad

We first visited Italy with our 2 children in 2002 and fell in love. We discovered Puglia a few years later. We loved the fact that it was still relatively undiscovered by the rest of Europe, and decided to take the plunge and fulfil a long held ambition of owning a property abroad. We bought a 'shell' in 2008 and spent a year finishing the villa, the pool and the small cottage to provide a wonderful second home in a beautiful setting. We have ben renting out the villa since 2011. We have been encouraged by the fantastic comments from our guests and have been delighted that they have found as much pleasure as we have in the villa, its setting and Puglia itself.

Gillian Goodlad purchased this villa in 2008

Why Gillian Goodlad chose Carovigno

Puglia is still relatively uncrowded, even during high season. Even then, the vast majority of visitors are italians. We found the local people friendly and welcoming. The pace of life is wonderfully slow, so it is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine and beautiful local produce.

What makes this villa unique

The villa truly has the best of both worlds, combining all the benefits of modern, high quality accommodation with a traditional Puglian setting. It is unusual in that the villa is in a slightly elevated position and so there are fabulous views from the roof terrace of the coast and surrounding countryside. It is ideally situated near the coast, accessible from Brindisi and Bari airports, but is still very rural and peaceful.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here are some comments from our guests:

"Great location. Everything you need is in close proximity and beaches are stunning. The owners have gone all out to make the stay as effortless as possible with nice little touches everywhere. This is definitely one of the very few places we would come back to." Mr and Mrs Nash and family, Wiltshire.

"We have had a lovely holiday enjoying this beautiful villa and Puglia region. What a wonderful place to have a holiday." Mr and Mrs R and family, Norfolk

"Superb villa, everything was perfect. Loved Puglia...excellent towns and distinctive countryside." Mr & Mrs H and family, St Albans.
Feb 2012
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Carovigno Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 3 - toilet , shower , in separate guest house
  • Main villa has 3 bathrooms: En-suite to bedroom 1 with shower and WC. En-suite to bedroom 2 with shower and WC. Separate family bathroom with bath, bidet and WC. Small cottage has large en-suite with shower and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Separate guest house. Beds can be mde up as 1 double bed.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7/9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main villa has 3 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 with large double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed and optional single 'sofa' bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Separate, small cottage has 2 comfortable sofa beds which can either be made up as 2 singles or 1 lge double.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Whilst we welcome children, parents should note that small children should be supervised at all times as the pool and the roof terrace are readily accessible directly from the verandas. No smoking. No pets. Outside: The main house benefits from large covered verandas to both the front and rear of the villa, so shade or sun can be found at all times of the day, for eating, relaxing and general outdoor living. The large swimming pool (open mid May - September), can be accessed directly from the rear veranda via a wide tiled area. The pool has Roman steps into the waist deep shallow end, and slopes down to the deep end approx 1.8m.. There is a wide tiled and gravelled area surrounding the pool with potted plants etc. Sun loungers and comfortable sun chairs and pool towels are provided.The house has a roof terrace which is easily accessed via a staircase, and from which there are fabulous views to the sea and surrounding countryside.The small house has an outdoor seating area to the front. The property is set in a large private olive grove covering an area of approx 10,000 sq m. The property is fenced all round for privacy. There is ample parking space. Utility Room: A washing machine and separate sink are provided in the outside cupboard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are provided, (including beach and pool towels). Price includes cleaning. For stays of 2 weeks or more a mid-stay clean and linen change is included in the price.


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Luxury Villa With Large Private Swimming Pool And Optional Separate Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

A spacious, well equipped villa in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to relax and unwind. Beautiful setting and fabulous pool. You definitely need a car, but the local supermarkets are easy to find. Just make sure your phone is fully charged if using Google maps to navigate!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. We so appreciate it when guests take the time to submit a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Great villa in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This was a lovely villa - clean and well-maintained - just right for our group of 7 friends with everything we needed for a relaxing holiday. We took all our meals outside and made good use of the pool. We liked the quiet location and even though this meant that a car was essential, the local roads were quiet and we quickly found our way around the area. In fact it was well-placed to access major roads to explore this part of Italy which was a first for all of us.

The big plus for us was the excellent support and help provided by the local manager Amanda and her husband Renato on our first day when we had a car accident. They gave above and beyond what you might reasonably expect.

We certainly would recommend it to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled to receive such a wonderful review - particularly as your stay began with your unfortunate car accident. We are also delighted, but not surprised, that our local rep Amanda and her husband were so helpful and kind when you needed their support. We are glad you enjoyed puglia and look forward to hopefully welcoming you back in the future!
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Another wonderful Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time in 2013 that we had to come back. Villa and Puglia once gain did not disappoint. The villa had been decorated and upgraded since our last stay and was spacious, comfortable and clean. Pool beautiful and peaceful. Surrounding area has so much to offer and even stumbled upon a music and food festival in the surrounding towns. Great Holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay as much as the first time and that you found the villa so comfortable. We try very hard to ensure everything is just right for our guests.We look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
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Fabulous pool - peaceful villa location

  • 5 of 5

A clean, spacious villa set in a rustic olive grove. The rooms were large, beds comfortable and the lounge cosy. The back garden has a wonderfully long swimming pool - perfect for our family of 5. There was also a shallow step area so that our 5 year old could hop about in the water without going out of her depth. The pool is also surrounded by olive trees and even has an organic vegetable patch full of tomatoes, chillies and courgettes growing nearby that you can pick from. You need a car to get around, and should try to explore Carovigno town for quaint places to eat, as well as the closer town of San Vito Dei Normani. Nearby beaches are plenty - ranging from free ones to exclusive, expensive ones with restaurants. To try something different we drove due south toward Gallipoli - only an hour away - where the beaches are more Carribean, white sands and shallow sea. All in all, a great stay in a lovely, peaceful villa in the heart of real Southern Italy.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's lovely to have such a thoughtful review. We try very hard to ensure that our guests have a great stay and we're glad you and your family had such a lovely time.
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Perfect Villa and Location

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful holiday. Quiet, spacious, amazing pool and all perfectly located to see the area. Everything you could possible require for a relaxing holiday in a well equipped and comfortable Villa.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. It's great to get the new owners direct system off to such a wonderful start. We will certainly be trying our hardest to ensure that our guests continue to be comfortable and happy in our villa. Gillian and Neil Goodlad
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
9 Kilometres
San Vito Dei Normanni
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
San Vito Dei Normanni
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Brindisi to Bari SS379
Nearest Restaurant
9 Kilometres
San Vito Dei Normanni
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Torre Guaceto
Car: necessary


Our nearest beach is Torre Guaceto, which is approximately 10 mins drive (7km) - or an easy bike ride away. (It can be seen from the roof terrace). This is also a local nature reserve, so no development is allowed and the beaches are beautiful. There are many other beaches to explore up and down the coast, all within easy reach of the villa.


Nearest airports: Brindisi approx 22km (20mins), and Bari approx 120km (1hr 15mins). Easyjet and BA do direct flights from Gatwick to Bari. Ryan Air and Easyjet have direct flights from Stansted to both Brindisi and Bari. Alitalia and Lufthansa have indirect flights from London Heathrow to Brindisi and Bari with a change at Rome or Milan. Naples and Pescara airports are an easy 4hr drive. Given the villa's rural setting, we consider a car essential for reaching local amenities.


The nearest village is Serranova, 2km. San Vito Dei Normanni is 10 mins drive away. Other nearby towns include Carovigno, Ostuni, Mesagne and the city of Brindisi with its historic port, (approx 20 mins drive). Further afield, you will find a number of pretty towns inc Ceglie Messapica, Fasano,and the town of Lecce with its historic baroque centre. There are also a number of pretty coastal towns and ports including Otranto, Polignano, Monopli, San Cesareo etc.

Further Details:

The nearest shop is in Serranova, only 2km away. The small 'alimentari' sells fresh bread and cold meats, together with a basic range of groceries. In high season, you will also find a covered outdoor restaurant serving local specialities of roasted meats and oven baked pizza.

For more extensive amenities, San Vito Dei Normanni is only 10 mins drive away. San Vito is a bustling little town with a number of supermarkets, cafes, a few restaurants, banks, a post office and a wide range of other shops. There is also a go-karting track just outside San Vito. During the summer months, you will almost always find some kind of local concert, event or festival complete with parades and fireworks taking place in the main square in San Vito. This is also true of many of the other nearby towns. All the local towns have lovely central squares with gelaterias and restaurants. A wonderful way to spend the balmy summer evenings.

Further afield, (approx 20 mins drive), you will find 2 large shopping centres, on the Mesagne to Brindisi road, and also the city of Brindisi itself, with its lively port and marina. The surrounding countryside and small roads are ideal for bike rides and walks.There is an equestrian centre near Carovigno, and Zoolandia at Fasano is a theme park and zoo. Most of the surrounding towns also hold weekly markets.

To the south is Lecce which has a beautiful historic old town centre and is well worth a visit. The hill towns of Ostuni, (the white city), and Ceglie Messapicca are also nearby and have very pretty histic centres and a good range of restaurants and cafes etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $266.92

Notes on prices:
The rates above are per property for the main villa which sleeps up to 7. This price is payable irrespective of number of guests (up to a maximum of 7). Should you also wish to book the small cottage in addition to the main villa, (which sleeps an additional 2 people), then an additional charge of £250per wk applies.
Payment can be accepted by cheque or online bank transfer. We can also accept credit/debit card payments via Paypal. A £200 security deposit is required, paid at the time of the final balance. This is held and returned once the agent has checked the property on departure.
Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred changeover day during high season, but this is flexible during mid and low season.
Entry to the villa is usually after 4pm, and departure is required before 10am. (some flexibility may be possible with advance notice.)

A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance payable 6 weeks before the date of the stay.

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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