The scenery and the outdoor set up was very nice - there was a good sized swimming pool and an outdoor dining table. The amenities in the kitchen were good but it was quite small - this wouldn't be a problem if you planned on eating out everyday. There is only one very small bathroom which is tricky if you have four people staying. The main bedroom is lovely with lots of storage space. The second bedroom (the trulli) is in a separate building and was much smaller than expected. There is one air conditioning unit in the kitchen and fans in the bedrooms. Even with the fan, the trulli got very warm during the night. Overall it was a good base for us but we had expected the property to have been bigger.
Ok, it's a nightmare to find it. But the nice people at helloappulia.com who managed our rental were really helpful, meeting us 1km from the trullo and escorting us all the way. And at 11pm on a Saturday night.
The property was spotlessly clean, kitchen pretty well equipped, and the bathroom (shower only, no bath) was fine. Once you'd got used to the little quirks of local Italian plumbing The pool was large enough to keep us cool, and secluded enough so you weren't overlooked by neighbours.
Our only gripes were 1) that the aircon wasn't great (although there were a couple of fans; and 2) there wasn't a TV (the wifi was good enough though to watch Netflix on a laptop)
Puglia is a lovely part of Italy and this place nestled in the hills of olive trees overlooking the Adriatic is magical! It is an easy drive from Bari airport. It has a pool but you can also take a quick drive down to the many beaches along the Adriatic. A great place to relax. Supermarkets are nearby so you can make your own meals in a nice kitchen.
A great discovery and will definitely be back.
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We booked to stay in this beautiful pool villa in mid September 2016 and it was our first trip to Puglia. The villa is equidistant from Bari and Brindisi airports and around 45 - 50 minutes drive. It is located half way up a mountain and has beautiful views down to the coast.
We decided to fly to Bari as the flight times were more convenient for us and it was very easy to pick up a hire car there. The managing agents had been in touch with us to provide a meeting point - essentially at a point just off the motorway on the road which leads up to the villa. It was easy to find and the agent took us up to the villa. The final road up to to the villa is single track with passing points so I'd recommend getting a smaller car from the car hire - not the upgraded much too large SUV we got (as an unwanted upgrade)!
The drive up to the villa was well worth the effort. When we got to the villa we started to relax straightaway - the agent showed us the basics and gave us some information on the nearby supermarkets and restaurants (tip - the bakery is superb and does some lovely food to takeaway..it does a roaring trade with the locals!). The agent could speak good English so we had no worries dealing with him. He was very helpful throughout the stay.
We used the villa as a base to explore the region and managed to visit a few towns and tourist spots. The caves ("Grotte") at Castellana were particularly impressive (tip: take the longer 2 hour tour not the shorter one) and we enjoyed visiting the local coastal towns and their historic centres - Monopoli and Polignano a Mare. We also went to Alberobello, the world headquarters for "trulli" houses and an interesting archeological museum at Egnazia.
When we weren't out and about we were relaxing in the villa - and it was a lovely quiet place to be. We made sure to stock up on the cheap yet very drinkable local red wine and of course the prosecco. The wifi in the villa was strong and provided the necessary links to the outside world! We enjoyed a couple of dips in the pool too.
Overall we would recommend this villa as a place to relax and unwind and sample the gastronomical delights / sights of the region. There is much to see and we didn't fit it all in...we'll have to go back next year!
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