|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The whole villa can accommodate 20 people. Perfect for family house parties or groups of friends.
Please see detailed descriptions under the seperate units 2, 3 and 4.
'A gorgeous villa...Villa Sant'Annina is a magnificent restored country house set in wonderful rustic grounds with panoramic views' The Italian Magazine.
The property is set amongst olive, fig and other fruit trees and has a lovely big kidney shaped swimming pool, next to which is a full sized tennis court. Cisternino is five minutes by car, Ostuni, Martina Franca and Locorotondo around 15 minutes - all with their unique ancient centres/markets and a fabulous choice of food, restaurants and bars. The whole region is widely considered to be the most beautiful and unspoilt in Puglia. You are only 15-20 minutes by car from excellent sandy beaches.
The grounds are bound by natural stone walls and at the far end of the land there is a lovely view down to the sea. The Villa splits into four private wings sleeping 4, 4, 4 and 8 or can be rented as a whole.
We took over Sant' Annina on July 8th 2013.
It is set in a magical area with a beautiful drive down narrow lanes for about a mile before you arrive. It is private but not isolated with a couple of neighbours nearby. It is brilliantly positioned for the coast/beaches, two international airports and four beautiful old towns, all within easy reach. The wonderful local produce sold in vibrant, colourful local markets is a particular highlight. The villa is a relatively modern building which dwarfs the old lamia and trullo buildings. In the winter of 2013 we refined and expanded what was there - creating a proper tennis court and a new apartment which incorporated the garage, older lamia and trullo.
We hope to offer retreats and art courses of various kinds in the future.
Philip Marvin purchased this villa in 2013
Peace and quiet and SO MUCH space!
We travelled to Puglia as 13 cousins (ages 14 through 58) rediscovering the land of our grandparents, and Sant' Annina was a great choice as our home base. We had all three units in the main house (Melograno, Limone & Mandarino), and the amenities were spacious enough that we had no problem sharing the pool, tennis court and grounds with another family staying in the trullo/lamia at the same time. The upstairs units are smaller but were perfectly adequate, especially since we also had the spacious ground floor, where we did all our gathering, cooking and eating. The pool was delightful, and hiking the grounds to the spectacular view at the edge of the Murgia was a plus, as were the plentiful fresh figs, pears and walnuts picked from the trees on the grounds. We found the rooms and grounds clean and well-kept. Visitors from America might not be prepared for the lack of AC or bug screens, but that appears to be how things are done here, and really was no problem - even on the hottest days (upper 90s), the area cools off wonderfully in the evening, so sleeping weather was delightful. The only real drawback was that the villa is a fair distance outside of Cisternino and there is little besides other villas and farms in between, so you don't have the convenience of casually walking into town for shopping, etc. (we tried the walk once, and it was long and hot).
We had a great stay, and would recommend it especially for large groups looking to tour around wonderful Puglia.
Please contact owners to confirm availability as the property is advertised elsewhere. A returnable security deposit is also required. No smoking within the property is allowed at any time.
Normally Saturday, but flexible for longer stays and/or off season.
Notes on prices:
Discounts available where two or more units taken together outside July/August.
Any card charges will be added to the rental fee.
What a wonderful place. A beautiful, spotlessly clean and very comfortable house, surrounded by olive trees and the occasional cactus, Sant Annina is a perfect base for exploring a fascinating area. If you’ve never been to this part of Italy, go now, before everyone else discovers it. Cisternino, just a few minutes away, is one of a series of mediaeval, hilltop villages, all within a half hour drive (depending a bit on your sat nav – ours was inclined to persuade us to take short cuts which usually came to a dead end at the entrance to a field). Alberoberro, an entire village of Trulli, the conical igloo-like dry-stone houses seen only in this part of Puglia, is a must – combine this with the caves nearby for a marvelous day out. Then come home and have a swim in the pool before supper. You can certainly cook if you want to, the kitchen is very well-equipped, but Cisternino is full of small friendly restaurants and cafes. And we were on holiday.
Very considerate landlords who ensured that all our needs were met. The downstairs flat was spacious and airy. The property was clean , well stocked with all essentials and very comfortable. We were there early in Spring and so only looked at the inviting pool . We will be back when the weather is warmer. Even in April we were able to enjoy sunny breakfasts out on the secluded terrace .
Lots to see within an easy car drive.There are many interesting towns to wander around and plenty of delicious restaurants to chose from . Old town Bari is well worth a visit.
I booked the whole of Villa Sant'Annina as the venue for a residential music course. The house was perfect for the event - spacious and comfortable, with superb indoor and outdoor spaces for performing and rehearsing. Everyone enjoyed the peaceful environment and the wonderful acoustics, especially in the old stone trullo apartment, Mirtillo. The villa was a wonderful setting for our music making, and I would use the venue again.
We had a fantastic holiday in Puglia and Mirtillo was a very well appointed apartment with a beautiful conversion / integration with the Trullo. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the region close by - fantastic beaches especially at Torre Guaceto, great seafood and beautiful off road walks right from the the villa's gate.
There were two factors which meant the apartment did not match the explanation on line:
1. There were problems with the swimming pool - it gave children skin rashes (not just ours but other children staying in the villa). The balance was wrong and had been wrong for at least 3 weeks but the time of our departure. The owner seemed quite slow to take action and in any case he was based in the UK. We expected a much faster resolution of this problem.
2. The internet connection is very poor - too poor to function adequately and so if you want a good internet connection on your holiday this is not the place for you.
Otherwise, we had a great time. The area around Mirtillo is very rough and the whole plot would benefit from investment in planting, gardening and landscaping. It would not be suitable for anyone with trouble walking.
Special interest holidays:
We will be running a 'Shakespeare in Italy' week in 2016 ( July - fully booked). Please contact us for future details
The nearest beach is a beautiful 15 minute drive. This is the best family beach in the area, with water sports, fabulous beach restaurant, bar, sunbeds etc. The Puglian coastline offers some 500 miles of white sandy beaches. Whilst the local beach is our family favourite, there are beaches for every taste from tiny rugged coves to beautiful white sandy nature reserves.
Ryanair, Easyjet, Alitalia and British Airways fly to Bari or Brindisi airports. Brindisi is our favourite (Ryanair or Alitalia from Stansted or Heathrow) and is about 55 minutes away by car. There is also a port at Brindisi offering ferries to Greece. Bari airport is about 65 minutes away.
Villa Sant'Annina is wonderfully positioned to explore the whole region. It is a 5 mins drive to the beautiful old city of Cisternino with its lovely old cobbled streets, fantastic restaurants and bars and huge market. It is also a short drive to Ostuni, Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Alberobello (world heritage site/trulliland). The ancient site of Egnazia to the north is an easy drive and a must see stopping off at the port of Savelletri - great for buying fresh fish.
Activities locally available include: Fasanoland - a fantastic safari/theme park for kids, sea/ocean, watersports, tennis, Castellano caves (amazing), many wonderful towns to explore. We provide a detailed information pack for guests covering all aspects of the region. There is a huge 24 hour Conforama supermarket only 20 minutes away.
The swimming pool is normally open late April til mid October, but exact dates depend on weather.