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“Luxury & Relaxation”
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IL Gelso
Suite over looking the pool and patio
Sitting room over looking the pool and patio
IL Gelso
Perfect place for a sun downer
Double bedroom with dressing room
Twin room with dressing room
Ready to start cooking
Lazy days
Trullo dining room
Time for a swim
Some where cool to sit
Trullo kitchen
Sun down
Trullo kitchen
Jack and Jill bathroom
Sitting room
Suite
Dining room
Dining Al Fresco
Double bedroom
Suite
Just olive trees
Parking area
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Trullo -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Alberobello, Province of Bari, Puglia

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ptlond4
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Luxury & Relaxation”
Reviewed 1 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We holiday in Italy every year and Il Gelso is definitely the best house we have stayed in. It feels very luxurious and everything you need to have a relaxing holiday has been thought of and provided. It is very clean and well kept. In fact it feels as if it has only just been renovated. It's a very private and peaceful location but is only a 5 minute car journey from Alberobello with its restaurants, cafes and supermarkets. The pool is lovely - large and very clean too. We often found it difficult to tear ourselves away from Il Gelso - although if you do there are many beautiful places to visit in the area. Anita and Pino (the owners), are so friendly and ready to help in any way if you need them. We will definitely be back again!

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Gabywiz
Bath, England, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Luxury and class in lovely Alberobello”
Reviewed 4 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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We had to meet the owner, Anita, in the nearby town of Alberobello, calling beforehand, & followed her to the trulli. A rather odd arrangement, when we could have met at the property. Still, the trulli was clean and comfortable, and the mild weather meant we were lucky enough to use the excellent pool in the early part of the stay, but the unheated water was bracing to say the least! Well equipped, but beds we all felt were a bit too firm for our taste, pillows inadequate & (uncovered) duvet too light for mid-October, when the evenings got decidedly chilly. The trulli has underfloor heating, but to use it incurs a charge (which I was warned by text during our stay), not something I had noticed on booking, but I strongly feel this could and should be included for the comfort of guests at the start and end of season, considering the price paid for what is classified as a 'luxury' trulli. A selection of interesting animals we discovered in the bedrooms - a few centipedes and a tiny but perfectly formed scorpion - not harmful I'm sure but some might be alarmed! Very convenient for the whole trulli area - Alberobello of course, which was Trulli central, nice shops, restaurants and bars; Lecce was 1.5 hours away, a little disappointing after a long drive, Monopoli (closest town) was similar, not much there, but Bari was better. Better information on where the nearest supermarkets are in Alberobello would be appreciated, and only found after looking up online! It must be remembered though that apart from the Trulli, this side of Italy is a very rural area and not much to see and do, so we took the decision to travel over to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast when the weather turned stormy. Would be better in warmer weather to enjoy the pool to the fullest, but there again, there would be many more tourists in Alberobello. You pays your money and takes your choice.

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Liked best: Well furnished, lovely pool, quiet area
Liked least: Having to constantly set the alarm on leaving (required), the low ceiling in parts
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
14 Nov 2014
Thank you for your review, we appreciate guests taking the time to comment on their stay.We have made every effort to make sure of our guests comfort.
The trullo has king size beds with bedding appropriate to the time of year. In the cooler months we add a duvet along with the top sheet and the quilted bedspread. There are also throws in all the rooms if required.Pillows, there are four to each K/S and two to all single beds. They are foam and are laundered regularly throughout the season.
Heating is available in the cooler months and there is a charge, which is outlined in the section Property Details - Further Details I am very sorry if this was not noticed.On this occasion there was no charge for the heating.
Puglia is a mainly agricultural area, growing most of the fruit and veg in Italy. With a diverse coast line including a nature reserve. Just a small snapshot of things to see and do
Matera- A town of caves. Mel Gibson filmed 'The Passion' here
Lecce- Famous for the amount of churches and divers architecture
Grottaglia- One of the three largest ceramics producers in Italy
Monopoly-A sea port , there is a castle at the entrance to the port and lovely walks through the old town.
Locorotondo- The closest town outside Alberobello famous for its white wine
Most towns have a Centro Storico (old town)
There is a book in the trullo with information about places of interest along with information about the house and pool safety.Also included are restaurants bars and shops.
All the guests have my contact number which I encourage them to use if they require information or any help.
Guests on departure have commented on how relaxed they are and batteries recharged.
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Lauren B
Akron, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The Best!”
Reviewed 7 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

I just can't say enough good about Il Gelso. The owner, Anita, has thought of every detail. You will not be disapointed. It is beautifully decorated and immaculately kept. Even though it has been a rental for some time, it is in like new condition. It is a spacious five cone trullo, with a new addition connecting the historic trullo to the original barn, which has been renovated to house the master suite. The two bedrooms in the trullo cones (with thier own bath) are separated from the master suite by the living room and dining room. It works well for a family or two couples. The kitchen is well equiped, and the garden has fresh rosemary and sage growing in it. The garden and pool are beautiful and surrounded by olive groves. The location is great, just outside the city of Alberobello. We will be back for certain!

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Liked best: Clean, Comfortable, Beautiful
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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gyoshev
Sofia, Bulgaria
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing villa!”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We loved our stay in the villa! The whole place is very well thought out, and Anita (the host) was very friendly. I personally loved the lavender bushes around the house. The villa is located a short drive from Alberobello, and there is a lot of stuff to do in the region.
We hope to return one day!

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Sandralou...
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“The best villa we've ever stayed in”
Reviewed 17 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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When I saw the photographs I thought it couldn't possibly be as nice in reality, but the reality is even better! Beautifully restored trullo in great location just outside Alberobello. All the arrangements went without a hitch, Anita and Pino were fantastically kind and welcoming and there was literally nothing that we needed during the week that wasn't in the trullo. The kind of place that you see in a glossy magazine and dream about staying in.
The most amazing part is the pool. Impossible to drag yourself away, even though there are lovely places to visit in the area. We found the best plan was to stay around the pool until about 4.00 pm, then go out to one of the local villages for the 5.00 pm passagiato, when everyone is out and about and all the cafes and shops are open again. Matera and Cisternino were our favourites, but the whole area is beautiful.
This is money well spent - you will not find a better villa anywhere.

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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