4 BEDROOM MODERN AND SPACIOUS VILLA WITH PRIVATE POOL,NESTLED WITHIN OLIVE TREES
The proud father of a young family, I enjoy nothing more then splashing around in the pool with my daughter, as my wife leisurely reads from a sunbed (avoiding the odd splash for our 4 year old) on the pool side, before enjoying the view (and a glass of wine) from the terrace ahead of heading out for dinner in a local restaurant
Russell purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Russell chose Carovigno
Tranquility, space, modern facilities. the villa is set a beautiful and authentic part of the world, which makes you feel miles away from the busy modern day, yet the villas facilities, (including wifi, sky TV, outdoor kitchen, pool), and services are second to none - including on site horse riding, cookery lessons and private chef, as well as a private message on site (all bookable locally and subject to a fee)
What makes this Villa unique
Outdoor kitchen, 2 acres of Olive Groves, spacious modern, large pagoda, fantastic curation of services including personal chef, massage and horse riding all available at the villa (payable locally)
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - children swimming MUST be accompaniedchildren swimming MUST be accompanied
Max guests: 8
Everything was super great
Excellent stay at villa, excellent amenities, everything there you would need, excellent facolitied
We really enjoyed our stay at villa, will plan to go back again. D&T
Not perfect but we love it
We have stayed here twice and have had great holidays. It’s secluded which suits us. An easy 5-10 minute drive to San Vito (Monday market, supermarkets) and similar to Carovigno (great fish shop, bakeries and green grocer) to get your shopping and go out for an ice cream. There is nothing within walking distance from the property but the beautiful terrace for your evening aperitivo meant we didn’t miss this.
The new kitchen is attractive and well equipped (along with every holiday property ever it could benefit from sharper knives or a steel- amazing knife shop in Ostuni near Pink Lady Cafe if you decide you need to buy your own - but) we enjoyed cooking every night. Issues occurred with the electrics repeatedly tripping if we tried to use the oven and hob at the same time which was frustrating but we learnt to deal with it and the manager of the property was going to look into it.
The washing machine damaged several items of clothes and on inspection was found to have a hole in the drum, I expect this will have been dealt with quickly.
The house could benefit from an up to date guide with proper details of location of rubbish dump and collection, doctors/hospital, how to use the alarm etc.
The beds and bedding are disappointingly not in keeping with the high spec of the rest of the house, they are cheap and tired and as a result pretty uncomfortable. We all had disturbed nights sleep.
The setting is beautiful. Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on the terrace looking across the pool to the olive groves is a joy. The unheated pool is such a luxury. We were in it daily even in May, when it was bracing but refreshing. Watching swifts diving for insects was a happy part of our evening ritual.
Overall we would recommend this villa, we have returned and would again.
Thank you for taking the time to leave some feedback, this is especially helpful being a return guest.
We are delighted that you enjoyed the new facilities and a steady stream of investment since your last visit, the main change being the kitchen; handbuilt using the very best materials combined with exquisite local craftsmanship it puts the kitchen in the heart of the home. Although we are of course very sorry you experienced some challenges with the power and the washing machine, which has now been replaced, as well as the offer of replacing your items.
I also hope that the private chef we laid on for you and your family helped ensure that these unfortunate issues were put into context with the rest of the stay.
We thank you for taking the time to feedback your comments on the guide, your information on the linen has also been taken on board, and we hope to welcome you back once again.
Comfortable and secluded
We finally arrived at Villa Ulivo at 10 o’clock at night, due to taking a wrong turning in the dark despite the clear directions. The owner’s agent, Antonio, was there to show us around the villa. We were pleased to find a chilled bottle of Prosecco in the fridge and a welcome pack of food. The villa is comfortably furnished, and there’s ample space, both inside and out. The kitchen has most appliances, including a dishwasher and washing machine; a microwave would be a useful addition. The bedrooms are simply furnished and have air-con that’s welcome at night. The two shower rooms are small but adequate. The living room has a generous sized leather sofa on which we enjoyed watching DVDs on the flat screen TV.
The large swimming pool is kept crystal clear and is flanked by olive trees and aromatic bushes of lavender, sage and rosemary plus some aloes. It’s generally private and peaceful apart from the intermittent barking of dogs a few km away and the occasional activity of tractors. There is a neighbouring house—with its own sports pitch, bizarrely—but this seems to have been abandoned. The outside seating area is perfect for chilling out during the day in between dips in the pool and getting some sun. There’s also a gazebo-like area (perhaps once used for al fresco video screenings) that’s excellent as a spot for lunch.
The Familia supermarket in nearby San Vito dei Normanni is comparable to a large supermarket in the UK and has everything one needs for self-catering. Specchiolla has some beach clubs, but most appeared closed during our stay in mid-September. The one-way system in Specchiolla takes some getting used to. We stopped by the three-star Hotel Belvedere in Specchiolla between checking out from the villa and leaving for the airport. La Lampara in Specchiolla is an unprepossessing but decent seafood restaurant with a fresh fish counter. Ostuni has an attractive, white-painted old part with a cathedral but parking is a nightmare and there’s the usual urban sprawl around it. Restaurants in Ostuni are aplenty, but those in the main piazza are pricey. We enjoyed some unusual but delicious vegetarian Puglian food at Garibaldi.
I’m afraid we succumbed to feeding a malnourished black cat and her three young kittens that had made the villa their home. Future guests are sure to encounter them and it’s better that they’re healthy and get used to people. We’ve left the bowls behind. But the cats should really be spayed.
We had a lovely week near Caravigno. The villa is modern and comfortable and the location is quiet (apart from a lot of dogs barking two or three times a day about a kilometre away.) Antonio met us at the villa and showed us round. We didn't need his help during the week but I'm sure he would have been great had we done so. There are neighbours but we didn't see anyone and enjoyed having privacy and the chance for the children to be as loud as they wanted.
We enjoyed visiting Ostuni (40 minutes away) and Martina Franca (about an hour) and were regulars at Lido Bianco beach at Specchiolla. (avoid Laguna Blu, the first beach club you come to like the plague! Keep driving, go,past Hippocampo pizzeria and Lido Bianco is the next building on your left. 15-20 euros in July for 2 sunbeds and an umbrella. The only bad thing is you're not allowed to take any food in- the restaurant is good though.) We loved the pool at the villa too- refreshing and clean and had lovely barbecues in the evenings. Plenty of restaurants in San Vito and Caravigno although you must book in July.
The transfer from Brindisi is really easy- about 20 minutes by car and Russell provided great instructions which we should have followed, rather than letting our sat nav try to take us down a so-called short cut!
The villa is located under 4 km from the sea, in the countryside between Carovigno and the coastal resort of Specchiolla, 20 minutes from Brindisi airport and 65 minutes from Bari. Carovigno is the last town on the edge of Le Murge - the upland plains of Puglia - before the land gradually falls in height to meet the coastal plain of Brindisi. Close by are various beach resorts, small ports, and the internationally protected nature reserve of Torre Guaceto. Carovigno itself is an historic town, rich in folkloric festivals. For a small town (circa 14,000 inhabitants) it is surprisingly lively, and a real centre for gastronomy, with numerous good restaurants and shops, and a market on Tuesday mornings. It is also within a short drive or cycle ride of several fine beaches, and well-situated for many places of interest, such as Alberobello, Lecce, Martina Franca, Ostuni, and Castellana Caves.