Villa in Ostuni, Brindisi Province, Puglia, Italy - Sleeps 6 All EnSuite Sea Views of Adriatic & Castle Large Terraces Air Con Shade
- english, french, italian
About Will Sanderson
"From the start of booking to the return of our deposit the owner has been top class. His one concern being that we have everything we need plus giving very helpful advice for trips, eating etc." Trip Advisor 5 star review. "One more thing – the proprietor, Will Sanderson, is a true gem and the ultimate in hospitality. He very patiently acquainted us with the nearby town, showing us the supermarket, fish store, the better bread store and the not-so-better bread store, the best place to get local wine and the restaurants and night spots. Then, going one step beyond, he stepped in to help us through a medical emergency and assisted us in arranging some emergency flight plans, for which I am most grateful. If you book this villa, consider Will one its assets." Trip Advisor 5 star review
Will Sanderson purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Will Sanderson chose Ostuni
Very convenient but tranquil. Many properties in Puglia are remote to the extent of inconvenience when you wish to go anywhere. Villa Acacia is in a great location, away from it all yet within 5 minutes drive you can be in Ostuni or Carovigno and in 10 minutes at the beaches or on the motorway, to Lecce for example.
What makes this Villa unique
The olive grove here is particularly nice, of a good size with trees of over one hundred years, and with views out to the Adriatic. If you leave a review we will send you a litre of our olive oil to your home - you can taste the difference!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
No smoking inside please
Cots & extra bed for bedroom 2 available gratis
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
We had a really good week. Will was extremely accommodating in getting a couple of the bicycles tuned nicely for our use, because he knew that was important to us (we rode 30-50K every day). After exploring other parts of Italy, this area was low key and quiet - precisely what we had hoped for. We enjoyed the views from the rooftop terrace, the character of the trulli rooms, and the outdoor spaces. Will encouraged us to eat the ripened grapes off the vine (yum!) and we also collected and cracked a bunch of almonds from the almond trees on the property (excellent!). The location was good, between Ostuni and Carovigno, and worked well as a base for exploring the area. We had the antipasti for two (at Will's recommendation) at La Cantina, and it was a really fun (and filling) experience. Touring the countryside by bike was stress-free due to low-traffic roads, and it was so interesting to see the trulli dotting the landscape. We also visited Alberobello - touristy but not overly crowded, with lots of photo opps, and some of the other nearby towns. The Adriatic Coast was very scenic, and our timing was great because the weather was wonderful but the beaches were practically deserted because it was off-season. Overall if you are seeking a remote location with a bit more of a rustic feel, we recommend this! Thanks, Will!
Great property, a little disconnected for 6 people with limited indoor living space. Owner is a great guy and very accommodating.
Fabulous time at Villa Acacia, Ostuni!
Our group of 3 couples just finished a most wonderful relaxing 2 weeks at Villa Acacia! From the onset of discovering the villa online a year ago and everything in between, Will has been the most accommodating and tireless perfect host answering all of our questions and making suggestions. WhatsApp is a fantastic social media tool!
Will provided all the necessities for breakfast which made our jet-lagged first morning so enjoyable and easy. The villa is equipped with everything you need to make yourself at home and after a couple of days, the villa really felt like home. It is perfectly situated as we did many day trips to nearby towns and beaches. Who knew Puglia had so much to do and see? We lucked out on perfect weather the whole time and enjoyed all our meals outside on the patio. The morning swim in our pool was a refreshing way to greet each day. A highlight for us was a Italian cooking lesson taught by Annarita that Will arranged for us at the villa. That was great fun for all. Who knew pasta making was so simple! Also the many restaurant recommendations were appreciated as we sampled the delicious Puglian cuisine.
But more than anything ,dealing with Will was such a pleasure. That made the difference! We became friends from our initial queries to taking our farewells. Thank you and hope to see you soon Will.
Henry and Judie - Comox, BC, Canada
John and Lu - Comox, BC, Canada
Clay and Linda, San Jose, CA, USA
We really enjoyed our stay and the villa was clean and well looked after.
Villa was in a lovely peaceful area and there are many scenic villages and towns to visit by car.
Will the owner was on hand if you had any requirements and was the perfect host.
Villa was clean and well looked after and is beautifully set in olive groves , grapevines and fig trees giving a peaceful setting to enjoy by the pool.
Lovely accommodation with lots of outdoor areas. Great swimming pool. The owner is very nice, very accommodating and helpful.
Charming and rustic retreat
We have just returned from a 10 day stay at Villa Arcacia. Two adults and three children 10,10 and 14.
The Villa is really off the beaten track, hidden from the road by Olive and fig trees. This is a little more rustic than we would usually choose and it did take a couple of days to acclimatise, But once we did we had a thoroughly lovely stay at Will's Villa and Trullio.
The beds are all very comfortable and the air conditioning works well in all three bedrooms. The pool was was a pleasant area for all of us to unwind around.
There is plenty of outdoor seating. Not really much indoor space as the living room area is in the trullio - so you will need PLENTY of mossie spray as they are prolific in this countryside setting. The mossies were understandable but frustrating after about 5pm so we didn't BBQ at the villa.
The view from the terrace is lovely and we spent our last evening with the children watching shooting stars.
Will (as mentioned) is very knowledgeable about the area and made some good recommendations to us. He was kind enough to book us a table at a local restaurant on the first night - there was beer, water, milk and juice in the fridge - as well as crisps, bread, butter and a cheeky little tiramasu!
Our personal recommendations are:
Italians are NUTS at the beach - they really do like to sit super close to each other and they bring tables and chairs and full dinners with them - if you go with the flow and accept this then there are some nice beaches - we would recommend Pantanagianni beach - best water for swimming - and it is sandy - free parking is possible if you're happy to walk 3-5 minutes. The White Club at Monticello (private beach) refused us entry as we hadn't booked so I can't comment. Santa Sabina was silly crowded but a nice hour spent drinking cappucino and rockpooling for crabs. All the beaches were disappointingly covered in plastic waste and cigarette butts.
Loved Carovigno - looks down trodden in the daytime but lovely at night - Best restaurants are:
La Cantina - Antipasti and pasta amazing
Casa Mia - Best local restaurant we went to
Chocolate cafe - OH MY GOD that's worth several visits
Il Caminetto - Good, cheap family dinning.
We did not like Ostuni - gave it three visits -too touristy for us.
Castellana Grotto TOTALLY amazing - a definite must see.
YOU WILL NEED GOOGLE MAPS AND AN ITALIAN PHRASE BOOK - everyone is super friendly but zero English. We loved this about Puglia!
Special interest holidays:
We can provide various courses for a few hours or more. eg Yoga, Art, Stained Glass window making, Local History, Restoration, Tennis coaching, etc.
Nearest beaches are ten minutes drive away, and there are many more easily accessed from the main coast road. The beaches are sandy and tend to be within coves of limestone which rise 2 or 3 metres out of the sea.
Villanova (15 mins by car) is the larger of the nearby small fishing villages along the coast, Santa Sabina being the closest.
A vehicle is essential and car hire is available at the airports.
Brindisi airport is 18 miles (29km) and takes 25 minutes.
Bari airport is 45miles (72km) and takes 75 minutes.
Ryanair offer direct flights from London Stansted to Brindisi and Bari, or to many UK regional airports via Milan Bergamo.
Easy Jet fly Gatwick to Brindisi in July and August.
British Airways have direct flights from London Gatwick to Bari
Alitalia have indirect flights from London Heathrow, & City to Brindisi.
Ostuni is 4km and takes 7 minutes by car.
Carovigno is 3km and takes 5 minutes by car.
The beaches and harbour at Santa Sabina take 10 minutes by car.
The beaches and harbour at Villanova take fifteen minutes by car.
Brindisi is a 30 minute drive, Lecce one hour (less on the train from Carovigno or Ostuni railway stations), Otranto 90 minutes by car.
Ostuni, the "Citta Bianca" is a magical place especially in the evenings. The architecture is a mix of all things southern Mediterranean. It looks like a north African town. Eating, drinking and relaxing out in the open air late into the night is a joy, for all ages. In July and more so in August the main Piazzas of Ostuni and Carovigno have live entertainment of all sorts of high quality, culminating in the Saint Oronzo horse parade in Ostuni on August 25/26th. Martina Franca has an Opera festival in July. Ostuni and Carovigno are working towns that operate all year round. This is a mainly agricultural area. Northern Puglia grows most of the dram wheat for the pasta of Italy, & the region makes as much wine as Australia but, this particular area is best known for it's olive oil. Olive tress are everywhere which give the view a green 'carpet'. The soil here is highly fertile and wonderful vegetables are available. The Markets tend to be on different days in different towns. Carovigno's is Tuesday morning, Ostuni has a full market on a Saturday morning and a vegetable market on a Wednesday morning. There are good supermarkets and smaller specialist grocers, butchers, fish vendors, cheese makers, wine, and fresh pasta shops in both towns.
There are blue flag beaches within a ten minute drive, (Torre Pozzelle is visible from the olive grove), and many other lovely beaches and coves to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe. In the summer evenings the coastal villages come alive with music, street vendors, ice cream parlours, restaurants and bars.
The beautiful Baroque towns of Lecce, Martina Franca, Locorotondo and the Famous Trulli of Alberobello are all a short drive.