Luxury boutique trullo/villa styled with rustic-chic panache in Puglia
Jon Gourlay & Laura Lapadula
- english, italian
About Jon Gourlay & Laura Lapadula
Trullo Falco is owned and run by Jon Gourlay and Laura Lapadula (husband and wife team). Both from Scotland, they met when Laura was nursing and Jon was a gardener at the local hospital. They both share a love of nature, and being outdoors particularly when the sun is shining with Jessie their Border Collie. Laura’s interests include restoring old items of furniture and interior design (which is evident around the Trullo), whilst Jon is a keen gardener, falconer and owner of Sisco his Harris Hawk.
Jon Gourlay & Laura Lapadula purchased this Villa in 2010
Why Jon Gourlay & Laura Lapadula chose Fasano
We initially bought the Trullo as a holiday home and future retirement option for ourselves in 2008. It was in a real mess at the time but we saw its potential and in particular, its peaceful setting, elevated views and great proximity to the local hilltop towns and beaches sold it to us. However, the attraction for buying in Puglia extended beyond the house. Laura’s father is Italian and from this region. As a child she travelled every summer from Scotland to Italy with her parents and 3 sisters (by car!) and has warm memories of spending family summer holidays there. She is therefore very familiar with the local area and customs. In the years that followed we used local tradesmen to carry out essential works on the house to make it comfortable for us to stay in and also started some restoration work to reveal the true beauty of the building such as revealing the original stone both inside and outside the Trullo and attached “Lamia” rooms (originally used for keeping cattle). We came out on holiday as often as we could, but on each occasion, we found it more and more difficult to leave. We use the term “holiday” loosely, as on each visit we spent cleaning up after various stages of work had been completed, and working on our garden and land which had become overgrown with years of no-one living there, as well as olive and fruit trees that desperately needed pruning and brought back to life. But to us it was still a holiday as it somehow brought us both back to nature, something that we are both passionate about. It was then we realised and made the decision to plan for a permanent move to Puglia. Our Trullo provided us with an opportunity of making this happen, so we contacted a local architect in 2015 to develop our Trullo as a luxury holiday rental.
What makes this Villa unique
The Trullo occupies an enviable south facing position, with elevated unbeatable countryside views overlooking a valley that meanders far to the west as far as you can see. Sunsets on the terraces are simply stunning set amidst an Olive grove that catches the last shards of light as the sun sets... pure bliss. No sounds of passing cars here!. Plus we have mains fresh drinkable water (just like back in the UK) a rare find in these parts.
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Beautiful family villa for restful holiday
Trullo Falco is well located for easy access to the hilltop towns of the area and 20 minutes from the coast which made for easy and varied day trips or convenient to pop out for evening meals, morning coffee or gelato! Staying around the villa was also a popular family option with a lovely pool area and selection of terraces for different times of the day. The overall location is tranquil, the villa furnished to a high standard and Jon and Laura charming hosts ever ready to offer advice if needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and in Puglia.
Villa Falco Summer 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our two-week holiday at the Villa Falco. The house is in an excellent location for exploring the region around Fasano and its small towns and restaurants. The villa itself possesses a great panoramic view of the olive trees and whitewashed Truli houses in the valley beyond. Jon and Laura are attentive hosts and we would highly recommend their property for those wanting to watch the sun go down with a glass of prosecco in the evening.
We had a lovely stay at trullo falco. The trullo is beautifully decorated and immaculately clean. We enjoyed many days relaxing around the pool and many evenings enjoying the wonderful sunset. The trullo is conveniently situated near the popular towns and we had a lovely family holiday. Thank you Jon and Laura for your hospitality. Kind regards From The Holland Family
From the moment we arrived we were delighted with both the Trullo and our hosts. Jon and Laura were both fantastic and the location was perfect. We had a wonderful time, and made some unforgettable memories. There was only one problem...... we had to leave 😢! Thank you again Trullo Falco for the holiday of a lifetime, we will most certainly return! Love Steve and family x
Exceptional Pugliese vacation house
The house and surroundings were beautiful - a perfect place for our family of 3 couples to spend a special vacation for a week. The hosts, Laura and Jon were responsive and welcoming and wonderful to work with in arranging things beforehand. The property shows their love of it and their thoughtful care.
Thank you very much for reviewing our holiday home so favourably, we would like to invite you all back some time soon and we wanted to say just how we appreciated the way you left the villa in such a tidy and clean condition. We sincerely hope we will be able to welcome you all back here some day.
Jon and Laura Trullo Falco
Simply Stunning...a paradise in Puglia
We honestly could not have had a more perfect stay at Trullo Falco. Jon and Laura made us, and our two young children, feel so incredibly welcome and went above and beyond to ensure we had a fantastic stay, from emailing us a list of family friendly days out before we arrived, to the gorgeous hamper of goodies we arrived to, complete with treats for the children. We could not have asked for more welcoming and helpful hosts.
The Trullo itself is stunning. Decorated with such beautiful and tasteful style, and very well equipped. The outdoor kitchen area is fantastic - particularly the pizza oven - and we loved sitting out on the terrace admiring the breathtaking views and sunsets.
The trullo is excellently located for exploring all that Puglia has to offer - beautiful hilltop towns (Martina Franca, Monopoli and Locorotondo among our favourite), beaches and the breathtaking Matera. We loved returning to the house each evening to relax and even managed a few dips in the pool despite it being the end of October!
Thank you to Jon and Laura for an unforgettable holiday, we cannot recommend Trullo Falco highly enough and will be sure to be back!
To visit Puglia and appreciate all it has to offer, you need to be central to its main attractions. The main tourist area is known as the Valle d'Itria, and Trullo Falco sits right at the heart of this area
The most famous towns of the Valle d'Itria are Alberolbello, Cisternino, Ostuni, Locorotondo and Martina Franca which are within 10-30 minutes drive from our renovated Trullo.
The beautiful beaches are only 15 minutes away and for the kids (and adults alike!) the Zoosafari is less than 5 minutes away. The world famous 18 hole golf course of San Domenico is widely regarded as talys most famous golf course and home to the PGA European Challenge Tour Grand final. The course is set over 6300 mtrs of lush grounds featuring undulating Bermuda grass with magnificent sea views from every vantage point and less than 20 minutes away ,making Trullo Falco a perfect location for sporting activities,sightseeing and touring etc as well as being set in a peaceful hamlet amidst our very own Olive grove.
For stocking up on essentials the nearest supermarket is less than 5 minutes drive away and Locorotondo (your nearest town) is 10 minutes away. Here you can find a great selection of restaurants, wine bars and local shops, not to mention the weekly market which is every Friday, the town is at its best on market days. The surrounding area is famous for its white wines and local cheeses, no visit to Puglia should not include tasting these local delicacies.