Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2007: Apulien Trulli, Priest's House (Apartments A & B)
Two apartments near Castellana Grotte, Puglia
March 2006, 1 week
Located in the country, about 12KM from the sea. Right outside the town of Castellana Grotte.
Supermarket at the top of the long driveway (500 KM). Restaurant is a little further, and a car is required to get there due to traffic on main road making it not ideal for walking.
Historical stone farmhouse, with modern amenities. A bit rustic/stark, but fitting the surroundings. We stayed in the big apartment (A) with our kids, and my parents had their own apartment (C).
It had a lovely, fenced/gated outside area, with nice terraces, sheep grazing, etc. Large piece of property, offering a lot of privacy and territorial views.
It was clean, although the furniture was a bit limited for bigger groups. One small 2-person couch in each apartment. Plenty of dining chairs/tables and beds.
Each apartment had a bathroom with a washing machine. Apartment A had a tub.
The kitchens were very well equipped.
Problems or Bonuses
Hot water and heat were unreliable in Apt A when we were there, because both relied on solar power and a fire that the owner had to feed twice a day. It was winter and very cold when we were there - yes, even snow one day.
Apartment C had a separate heat/hot water system that was fueled by an internal fireplace, so my parents were able to feed it and keep their radiators working, etc. We tended to gather for meals in that apartment.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Valeria speaks excellent English, and was wonderful to work with! The website has detailed floorplans and photos of all the rentals, so you know what you are getting.
We paid 710 Euros for one week in early March, which included Apartments A and B, and included heat, linens, cleaning. We got a discount of 10% for renting two units.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, but I would have to say to go during warmer months if you are sensitive to the cold. I would not return there in March again, even if the weather we experienced was unusual. I bet June or July would be amazing.
Things to do in this area
The immediate area is famous for the underground limestone caves (the grottoes). Also, lots of great towns nearby, such as Ostuni, Polignano a Mare, Martina Franca, Alberobello. We also easily drove to Lecce one day, and over to Taranto on another.
The best thing to do in this area is EAT the antipasti at every restaurant. Each has its own variations and it is some of the best food we've had. The local Primitivo wines, made with zinfandel grapes, are terrific as well.
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