About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Extremely spacious Villa near Cisternino, Puglia, Italy - Beautiful rural setting with own Olives, Figs, Pomegranates and Almonds, 1
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.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Philip Marvin
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
What makes this Villa unique
Peace and quiet and SO MUCH space!
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 6:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Fantastic house but terrible communication with Owner
This was my first time ever using Home Away and after this experience I will never use it again. While the house is exactly as stated in the pictures (even bigger actually, there is tons of space) I was completely put off by the terrible communication with the owner and the millions of rules the property has. I emailed the owner 3 times without a single response, simply asking for the directions to the property because we were a large group of people flying in from different countries and needed to coordinate how we were all getting there. As I did not get a response for weeks and the stay was starting shortly thereafter, I called HomeAway who had the owner finally email me. He responds saying that he was pretty sure that he sent it, to check the spam and if not he can resend as he is traveling at the moment. I responded saying that I did not receive the email and had checked my spam to please resend. Days go by and nothing. I had to call HomeAway AGAIN to have them get in touch with the owner and have them send the directions. He finally sends it arrogantly saying, "Here we are again!" 6 days before my arrival date - no apology or anything. The stress and annoyance of having to deal with this situation made me regret choosing this location, there are plenty of other options that would have been suitable.
When we finally arrived to the house (there were no GPS coordinates or real address, a series of pictures and written directions that were confusing) we found the keys easily and the house was great. The pool is bigger than in the pictures but the tennis court smaller. The check-in and check-out policy (6pm check in and 10am SHARP checkout or you are fined) was over the top. The other rules like if you move the furniture and dont place it in its exact location you will be charged, if you place kitchen utensils in a different room then they assume it was broken and charge you for the item and a variety of other rules, made it so that our time was not as relaxing and enjoyable as it should have been for the amount of money spent for the vacation rental. Small things like not having soap in the bathrooms, no garbage bags and strong restrictions on water (with a limited water heater) made it just more annoying than we would have all liked when on vacation to a new place.
We are so happy you enjoyed the house and pool, however, it is SUCH a shame none of the other concerns were voiced at the time, this is why we provide two home phone numbers to avoid any such misunderstandings.
*The 15 page Information Pack was sent three times; in which there are full instructions, with photographs, on how to find the house, we have only received compliments thus far.
* It is a full-sized tennis court.
* Check-in and check-out times for a whole-house booking are given to allow the cleaners time to prepare the house for the next guests - not unreasonable surely?
As is the request to return furniture and utensils to their original apartment, not room!
* "a limited water heater"? We have two boilers and solar panels up on the roof, that provide ample hot water 24/7.
We do emphasise that it is a self-catering property, but it is a shame that there should have been such unnecessary distress, and for that we are sorry.
Philip and Suzie
Perfection in Puglia
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.
Stunning location for a stress free 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.
We were very happy to welcome you to our lovely 'piece of paradise' and will be delighted to see you again!
Spacious, comfortable and peaceful
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.
Staying at Mirtillo
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.
There was a temporary problem with the chemical balance of the swimming pool. It is not true that we were slow to respond. The issue proved more complex than is normal and we did everything we could to resolve the problem. The water is being completely replaced for the new season. The internet connection is variable in that part of Italy - some days it is fine, some days it is not. There are internet cafes five minutes away as back up. The grounds are lovely and yes untamed. That is the whole point and their very appeal. Not suitable for the elderly or infirm but perfectly walkable for anyone else.
Toller Urlaub in tollem Haus !!!
Wir haben 10 Tage zu dritt als Familie in der Villa Santa Aninna verbracht und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Haus liegt bisschen außerhalb zwischen hunderten von Olivenbäumen,der Ausblick von der Sonnenterasse ist Wahnsinn!!
Der Pool liegt direkt am Haus ,ist groß und erfrischend. Wir hatten die Wohnung Limone gebucht,welche sauber und ordentlich war.Zwar nicht auf dem allermodernsten Stand ,aber trotzdem schön.
Die Vermieter Philip Marvin und Suzie waren zauberhaft,höflich und absolut liebenswert !!!!!! Sie hatten auch viele Tipps bezüglich der Umgebung und Restaurants für uns.
Wir können die Villa Santa Aninna empfehlen !
"Great holiday in a great house!
We spent 10 days a third as a family in the Villa Santa Aninna and felt very comfortable. The house is a bit outside between hundreds of olive trees, the view from the sun terrace is madness !!
The pool is directly at the house, is large and refreshing. We had booked the apartment Limone, which was clean and tidy. It was not on the most modern stand, but still nice.
The landlords Philip Marvin and Suzie were magical, polite and absolutely lovely !!!!!! They also had lots of tips on the area and restaurants for us.
We can recommend Villa Santa Aninna!"
Thank you Susi, you were all delightful company! Please come and visit us again.
Special interest holidays: We will be running 2 'Shakespeare in Italy' weeks in 2018. Please contact us for future details Coast/Beach: 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. Travel: 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. Distances: 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. Further Details: 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 mid May til end September, but exact dates depend on weather.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: 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. Changeover Day: 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.