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Luxury private Villa, baby friendly, grand pool, swimup bar, large gdns.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

5* Villa sleeps 7 + 2. Plus 2 cots. English speaking housekeeper

Villa Diana is a XVII renovated villa, situated down a quiet cul-de-sac, is like a small bit of paradise with its amazing pool with a swimup bar, and separate paddling pool for children. A place for you to relax knowing your children are safe and have gardens to run around in, toys to play with. Rarely do you find a villa that is so very private & secure being reached along its own 120m long mature eucalyptus & pine tree-lined driveway, through two sets of gates, to a 3m high wall which encloses the villa in its own beautiful garden. This 300 year old stone villa, built by a noble family as their holiday home, lovingly restored & renovated to a very high standard, was filmed by Grand Designs - Trade Secrets. See the transformation video of before & after under 'sites & videos'. Inside the villa all your creature comforts will be found. The large kitchen is fully equipped for you to experiment with the local delicacies, it has a large fridge freezer, double oven, five gas hob with steak grill. The Villa has full aircon/heating units, is fitted with high quality fixtures & fittings, has entry system, security system, bug nets & window shutters for those all important lie-ins, a comfortable sitting room, a separate lounge with flat screen Sky TV, three double bedrooms one with ensuite. A large bathroom, and a study area, with desk & free WIFI. Most rooms have high vaulted ceilings. All original stone features have been retained & it has been recently tastefully furnished with luxury solid furniture. The marble bathroom has an inviting jacuzzi bath & large shower. All rooms are accessed internally.

An area around the villa of over one & a half acres has been enclosed by a 3m high wall to create a Masseria-style property. There are 600 square metres of tiled patio, which is fenced off from the parking/paddock area by dry stone wall, trees & decorative fencing. The walled garden retains many ancient trees such as Carob, date, crab apples, pomegranate, figs, olives, vines, almonds, nespole, lemons & mandarins and original plants such as aloes, pittosporum, lilies, & other bulbs. A further 800 plants; bushes & trees have been planted inside the Villa’s walls. To the front of the villa an Italianate Garden has been created which is divided into four quarters each with its own individual design.

Walled garden : Within the walled garden there is a stunning 15 x 7 m swimming pool with 'wet' bar & spa/paddling pool. Illuminated at night. The pool has a safety fence and locked gates around it. There is a slide into the pool which is two metres deep at that end. A pool volley ball game & inflatables are provided for your fun. Quality sun loungers on non-slip paved sunbathing area surround the pool.The sunken poolside bar has sink, fridge, , pool box with toys. Sitting in the pool on the bar stools sipping cocktails (or even lunch) are a must! Near the pool al fresco dining is made possible by a fabulous wrought-iron shaded pagoda with stone circular table & lazy Susan - seating for 16. There are comfortable settee, and a further set of tables & chairs for seating under the covered terraces around the villa. Steps down over the rockery lead to a large lawn and outside covered games area, with table tennis, and large trampoline. From here a vine covered pergola leads to the Italianate garden with well-stocked fish pond which is protected by wire netting, where one can walk amongst the many flowers and trees. The garden & land has many fig trees: There's nothing nicer than picking fresh figs for breakfast!

An ideal retreat for those wishing to get away from it all, but near to the town of San Vito with its many restaurants, bars & entertainment. The famous white city of Ostuni is only a short drive away so are the many sandy beaches of Puglia.

At Villa Diana we are environmentally friendly. We have solar panels to heat our water. Photovoltaic panels to supply us with electricity, a biological system for treating wastewater from ORM a leader in production of biological water treatment. Our own artesian well for domestic water and the irrigation system. Extra cleaning, laundry and babysitting can be arranged with our English housekeeper. New from May 2017 BA flying direct Heathrow/Brindisi book early for fares from £37!

More Details

Edwina, Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Edwina, Manager

Villa Diana is a detached stone villa that has remained in the same family since being built over 300 years ago. It was owned by landed gentry who owned many properties and land in the area of San Vito dei Normanni; they used the villa as their holiday home. It belonged to a friend of the current owner who did not wish to part with it. Rarely do properties of this type come onto the market & it had laid empty for twelve years since her mother died.

Edwina, Manager purchased this villa in 2002

Why Edwina, Manager chose Brindisi

The owner bought this country home because it is of Puglian heritage. Not only because of its many Mediterranean characteristics but the long driveway makes it is so unusual to find a property with such seclusion within a mile of a town and 15 minutes from an international airport - but not on the flight path!

What makes this villa unique

There are many wonderful photographs to take from every angle of the property and gardens but best of all its seclusion & privacy means you can swim & bathe as mother nature intended without anyone seeing you. Large spacious lawns for children to play around.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The holiday in your beautiful villa was perfect thank you so much. We spent days exploring the surrounding towns - we all loved Puglia and its people. Our days were spent lazily around the villa, trying to creep up on the frogs without disturbing them (6 was the most we saw at any one time) picking the delicious fruit and vegetables, watching the birds swoop over the pool and generally enjoying the pool and gardens. Long lazy lunches around one of the well appointed tables - it was difficult for us to tear ourselves away. Wherever we go for our next holiday its going to be a hard task finding a villa as homely and welcoming with such delightful gardens and pool - Villa Diana will be our benchmark from now on!
Aug 2014
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San Vito dei Normanni Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Outside Shower - outdoor shower , Solar powered
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Mosaic tiled vanity unit with mirror above and cupboards
    Laundry/wc - toilet , Outside room with washing machine, laundry tub & wc
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub , bidet , two person bath tub in large bathroom
  • Two large bathrooms: New En-suite has large walk-in shower enclosure, wall & floor cupboards, mirror over mosaic tiled basin - room size 3m x 2.70m New Main bathroom is completely tiled in stone, has a tiled shower enclosure, and a jacuzzi bath, wrought iron fixtures. Room size - 3.80m x3.20m. Outside there is a detached building housing WC, basin, mirrored wall cupboard, iron & board, pegs, and washing machine. From the pool a tiled pathway leads to an external solar shower with hot & cold water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Aircon.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Aircon, ensuite shower room, washbasin, wc & bidet
    Double bed in an alcove in lounge - 1 queen , Suitable for two children, or one teenager.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Aircon.
  • The Master Suite has a superking size bed. Chest drawers. Door to rear of property. Air Conditioning unit, and door to newly built fully tiled en-suite with shower, bidet, wc & tiled vanity unit. Bed 2 has a king size bed with vaulted ceiling, wall w/robe, air con, chest of drawers, Bed 3 has double size bed & chest of drawers and is also inter-communicating lockable door with Bed 2. Alcove bed has a king size mattress (where traditionally the occupants used to sleep) could sleep 1 teenager or 2 children. All aircons have heat facility.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 26 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Smoking is allowed outside. Outdoor Full size Table Tennis; outdoor divans. American Gas BBQ New for 2016: Large trampoline. All photos are done by normal camera - not wide-angle lens.


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Luxury private Villa, baby friendly, grand pool, swimup bar, large gdns.
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 21 reviews

Family friendly holiday

  • 5 of 5

The Villa (and outside space) was equipped with everything we needed for a family holiday. The pool was so lovely we only ventured out a couple of times. Proximity to the airport is a huge plus point, as is the nearby PennyMarket.

The Mosquitos are the only downside, but the owners of the villa have done all they can to help - mosquito repellents in each room. My tip would be to bring as much spray etc as you can and smother yourselves in it.

All-in-all we had magical week. Happy memories have been made.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Villa, super pool and lovely gardens

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of six adults and four little children. The villa was perfect for us in all aspects. The villa is completely secure with high walls. Plenty of lawns for the kids to run around and play. A lovely baby pool where our 2 and 3 yr olds spent many hours splashing about. The fenced off pool made us feel secure. We were welcomed by the manager, Edwina, who was most helpful. The children loved the cave bed and we loved the aircons, sat tv and fast internet. We will return!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful private villa in total privacy

  • 5 of 5

We made a last minute booking just 24hrs before our arrival and Diana couldn't have been more helpful. Everything was exactly as described, perfect pool and wonderful gardens, where we could relax and there was no need to see another soul! Air conditioning in all rooms was a major blessing the first few days. There was an enormous amount of outside seating, both by the pool and for outdoor dining, so there was never a problem finding a place to relax either in the sun or the shade. The hammock by the pool was my favourite in the evenings, with the smell of honeysuckle and jasmin drifting over me!

Made use of some of the lovely veggies in the garden and very much enjoyed the tastefully decorated interiors and very well equipped bathrooms.

I would recommend this villa to anyone who wants to get away from it all, indulge themselves and feel indulged for a while. Edwina was also extremely kind and helpful, everyone did their best to make this a perfect holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beyond Expectation

  • 5 of 5

Villa Diana has an elegant charm. The Italian kitchen welcomes you into the home. And it just gets better with vaulted ceiling to each spacious rooms. Everywhere was spotless and the facilities excellent.

It was a difficult choice to stay by the pool in the lovely gardens, go to the nearby seaside or visit one of the many old towns and villages in Puglia and sit in the square drinking coffee and watch the Italians. Lecce. Orsini, and the caves at Matera are well worth a visit but we particularly enjoyed discovering the town of Narbo which seemed to have a magnificent church on every corner and we were the only tourist in sight.

I would certainly recommend Villa Diana and Puglia to anyone who wants to enjoy relaxing, eating and exploring this lovely part of Italy

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Une villa magnifique

  • 5 of 5

La villa est magnifique : cuisine très agréable, chambres bien décorées, grand confort, jardin immense, piscine fantastique (même si l'eau était encore un peu fraiche en avril), table de ping pong très appréciée,... L'endroit est très très calme et isolé mais la ville la plus proche à 3km offre tout ce qui est nécessaire. L'accueil de Diana a été très chaleureux (le plat de lasagne et le tiramisu pour le jour de notre arrivée ont été très appréciés). Une maison à recommander sans aucune hésitation.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou so much for your great review. I am so happy you chose to stay in Villa Diana and that you enjoyed your stay and liked my tiramisu! Weather in April can be changeable so please come back in the summer we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Great villa with fabulous pool and garden

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a splendid week at Villa Diana. The villa is very well equipped, comfortable (not always the case with villa rentals), and obviously has been lovingly restored. We spent most of our time outdoors enjoying the pool and gardens, appreciating the range of shady places for reading when not toasting by the pool on the sun loungers. The pool is fantastic. Our teenage girls had lots of fun on the slide and everyone enjoyed sitting at the swim up bar with a cold drink from the nearby fridge. The baby pool and numerous toddler toys would also make this a great place for families with younger children. The garden is amazing and we loved watching the lizards and frogs in the pond. The super abundance of figs completed our happiness!

I have no hesitation in recommending Villa Diana to anyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, it gives us great pleasure to know that you have had a wonderful relaxing holiday at Villa Diana, and you enjoyed all the facilities it has to offer. We hope to see you again.
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Hotel Resort dei Normanni, San Vito dei Normanni
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
XFadda, San Vito dei Normanni
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Specchiolla & Torre Guaceto
Car: necessary

Villa Diana is only 2 mins drive away from San Vito with its many speciality shops, bars, & restaurants yet quietly tucked away from the rest of the world. It is in an ideal location, driving distances: 15 mins Adriatic beaches; Ionian sea 45 mins;, Brindisi airport 15 minutes; Baroque City of Lecce 40 mins; famous ancient hilltop town of Ostuni, called the White City, with its many superb restaurants & wonderful views of the sea 20 minutes. The Puglian beaches have won many blue-flag awards, the sea is crystal clear - the cleanest in Italy. The villa is under an hour's drive from major tourist resorts of Alberobello - the trulli town, Zoo Safari & San Domenico Golf at Savelletri, Castellana Grottoes, Torre Canne, Acaya Golf , Monopoli, & Polignano - a seaside town perched on a cliff with many fish restaurants & Taranto with its Archeological Museum. Cities nearby include Brindisi, Lecce, Mesagne & Oria. Further afield are the Sassi of Matera in Basilicata (ancient cave homes & churches), Otranto, Santa Cesarea Terme, Gallipoli & Santa Maria di Leuca.

Strategically placed the villa's nearest blue flag beaches are less than 10 km away at the nature reserve at Torre Guaceto, Specchiolla & Santa Sabina on the Adriatic Coast. Whereas the Ionian sea is about 45 mins away where you can find Porto Cesareo, & Santa Caterina. Further down the coast there are many wonderful beaches & harbours - like Torre San Gregorio where you can sip wine & watch the sunset. Shopping Malls are less than 20 mins drive away near Mesagne & Brindisi. Local Markets are held most days of the week in nearby villages & towns.

Golf: Puglia is the Southern region of Italy with most golf courses. There are five within an hour away. 18 hole golf courses are found at San Domenico, near Fasano, Acaya Golf Club near Lecce and Riva dei Tessili, Metaponto nr Taranto.

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Rates & Availability

San Vito dei Normanni Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 21 2018 - Sep 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $644.75

Non-refundable deposit 40% payable upon booking no later than 90 days before holiday start date and full payment required at least 60 days in advance of start date. In case of cancellation the deposit will be refunded if the property is re-let. Otherwise no refund of monies paid in case of cancellation.
Price includes all linen, towels including pool towels. Cleaning, Pool & garden maintenance, & utilities. Changeover day Saturday check-in at 4 pm, check-out at 9am but can be flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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