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Self-Catered Holiday Home in Puglia, Italy, Near Beaches

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Located on a secluded courtyard in the historic center


Last updated: 07/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Lecce house description

This recently renovated 17th century property was once part of the neighbouring monastery and the 13-foot high garden wall remains one of the oldest surviving structures in town dating back 1000 years. The property is located in a secluded courtyard. You will find tranquillity in the historic centre of Galatina surrounded by beautiful Baroque and Romanesque architecture. This townhouse features all of the modern conveniences: 5-burner gas stove, convection oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, and washing machine. The kitchen also has direct access to a patio with herb garden which expands into a private fruit grove with orange, clementine, pomegranate and lemon trees. The master bedroom has a balcony, en suite bathroom with shower and tub, and air conditioning. There are a total of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a living room with large flat screen LED TV and extensive DVD library. The kitchen is well equipped for mastering Italian cooking (classes available).

La Tana Del Lupo - This tiny restaurant is just a minute walk from the house. It only has about 4 tables and feels as if you are dining in the home of the owner. There isn’t a menu. Instead, Francesco will just start bringing you food and wine the moment you sit down. The only choice to make is possibly the type of wine and pasta you want. (Via Del Balzo, 26)

Caty Bar (Galatina) – 'Caty' is the nicknamesake (if that is possible) of the nearby basilica, Santa Caterina. It would be an understatement to say that the cornetto con creme (cream-filled croissant) is addictive. The first batch is out of the oven at 7:30, so arrive soon after. (Piazzetta Orsini, 1)

Rosticceria Pizzeria - The best place for thin crust pizza. Just a few minutes from the house outside the historic centre, this small take out place offers some of the best (and cheapest) pizza available anywhere. It's a great option if you want to stay home and watch a DVD of Roman Holiday, Nights of Cabiria, La Grande Bellizza...obvious Italian theme, but also lots of South Park episodes. (Corso Maria D'Enghein, 47)

Le Zie (Lecce) – Located just outside the historic centre near the Santa Croce basilica, this restaurant was once the chef-owner’s home. She converted it into a simple dining room serving traditional Pugliese meals. It’s been written up in several international travel magazines and the pictures of Francis Ford Coppola on the walls seem to lend an awkward credibility to the place. It’s a must for either lunch or dinner. You need to buzz the door when you arrive and it’s closed on Sunday and Monday. (Via Colonnello Archimede Costadura, 19)

Mama Lupa – Located in the historic centre of Lecce, this small, family-run restaurant has fantastic grilled meats. Be sure to try the sampler plate of bruschetta. Afterward, walk over to the Roman amphitheatre at the end of the street, and continue down to either Santa Croce or Piazza Duomo. Lecce is buzzing with outdoor bars and cafes. (Via Degli Acaya, 12)

La Maruzzella (near Santa Maria al Bagno) – This seaside spot is a must for lunch. You may have to wait a while before the busy staff notice you standing on the steps, but it’s well worth the wait. The spaghetti vongole is perfect in its simplicity and the white wine is simply served in plastic cups. This place is very popular for its raw sea urchin (ricci), but other favourites include grilled octopus and fried calamari. (Via Cristoforo Colombo, Sannicola 73017)

A Casa tu Martinu (Taviano) – Located in the heart of Taviano, this restaurant is a wonderful stop as part of a tour of the Ionian coastline. This restaurant was written up in Conde Nast and is one of the best in the region with fresh ingredients and a very selective wine list. It may be best to call and make a reservation: +390833913652. (Via Corsica 95, Taviano 73057)

Le Stanzie (Cutrofiano) - Located in an ancient masseria in the middle of the countryside, this restaurant doesn't have a menu, but they just start bringing the antipasti as soon as you sit down...and the traditional Pugliese dishes just keep coming. Be sure to walk around the grounds after dinner and explore the caves under the building where olive oil and wine were once stored. +393401088978 (Strada Statale 476, between Cutrofiano and Supersano)

Trattoria I Corsari (Villaggio Resta) – Located in the equivalent of an Italian ghost town near Nardo, this tiny restaurant is a great out-of-the-way seafood place. In fact, it may be the only inhabited building in the village, which makes it so charming and intimate. Best to call ahead to make sure they are open, since the hours are unpredictable. +39 330 907267. (Road 112 west of Nardo)

Property Type

  • House
  • 150 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included
          • Private Chef
          • Housekeeping


          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Events Allowed
          • Groups
          • Singles

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5

          • Master Bedroom: 1 king


          • Bedroom 2: 1 king


          • Bedroom 3: 1 king

            This is a shared bath with bedroom 2....moreless

          • The beds in the master bedroom and guest bedroom are European king size beds that are 160 cm wide and 200 cm long. The master bedroom has stone floors, a large balcony overlooking the garden, and en suite bathroom. Air conditioning is available in the master bedroom. The bedroom 2 has antique tile floors and stone vaulted ceiling with a small balcony overlooking the courtyard and also has a large floor standing fan. Bedroom 3, also with air con, overlooks the patio and garden. All rooms have access to the roof terrace and all bed linens and towels are provided....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


          • Bathroom 3: toilet


          • There are two full bathrooms upstairs and one half bathroom (sink and toilet) on the ground floor. The master bathroom has a large glass-enclosed shower with marble tile, separate bath tub, and skylight. The guest bathroom has a sink, toilet, and shower and is accessible by bedroom 2 and bedroom 3....moreless


          • Television
          • Radio
          • Stereo
          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Video Library
          • Books
          • Games


          • Romantic
          • Historic
          • Luxury


          • Caves
          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Forests
          • Library
          • Marina
          • Restaurants
          • Winery Tours
          • Ruins
          • Nude Beach

          Leisure Activities

          • Walking
          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing

          local services and businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Medical Services

          Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
          • Town
          • Rural

          sports and adventure activities

          • Sound/Bay Fishing
          • Pier Fishing
          • Snorkeling
          • Hiking
          • Cycling
          • Wind-Surfing
          • Swimming
          • Tennis
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
          • Fishing
          • Water Skiing
          • Mountain Biking
          • Surfing

          catering options

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 6 people

              forms of payment

                  • Accept Credit Card


                  • Iron & Board
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Thermos Bottle
                  • Activities Guide
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Local Maps
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Internet
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Heating
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Sofa Bed
                  • Parking
                  • Living Room

                  house cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included


                      • Kitchen
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Freezer
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Lobster Pot
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Toaster


                      • Beach Chairs
                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Terrace
                      • Balcony
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Outdoor Furniture
                      • Porch Furniture
                      • Yard

                      property descriptor

                          • Terraced


                          Write a review 4.8
                          from 25 traveler reviews
                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          July 2014
                          Jun 28 - Aug 1, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          August 2014
                          Aug 2 - Aug 29, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          September 2014
                          Aug 30 - Sep 26, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          October 2014
                          Sep 27 - Oct 24, 2014
                          4 night min stay
                          My Standard Rate
                          4 night min stay

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                          Last updated: 07/30/2014
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                          70 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          70 Kilometres
                          Nearest Ferry
                          1 Kilometres
                          Nearest Train
                          5 Kilometres
                          Nearest Motorway
                          15 Kilometres
                          Nearest Beach
                          0.1 Kilometres
                          Nearest Barpub
                          0.1 Kilometres
                          Nearest Restaurant

                          Car: Recommended

                          Puglia (aka Apuglia and Apulia) combines warm weather, beautiful architecture, and the freshest food available in Italy. Most of Italy's wine, pasta and produce comes from this region. You can spend days exploring the small, winding streets of Galatina, but don't miss the nearby island fortress town of Gallipoli. The long stretch of sandy beaches south of Gallipoli called the Lido are perfect for relaxing in the sun. Visit the city of Lecce to see the Piazza Duomo, Roman amphitheatre and the famous Baroque Santa Croce Basilica. The Adriatic port town of Otranto has a stunning historic centre with a view of the Albanian coast in the distance and the Otranto Cathedral with a 700 square foot mosaic of the tree of life covering the entire floor. Continue south to the tip of the peninsula toward Santa Maria di Leuca for a drive that rivals the Amalfi coast. There are many fantastic seaside restaurants, or pack a picnic and stop along the way. The bridge grotto at Gagliano is a particularly great place to stop for a swim.


                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2007

                          About the owner: I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, and earned a degree in toxicology and analytical chemistry from the University of California. Shortly thereafter I gravitated toward internet marketing in the 90's as the web boom took off. Soon after moving to London in 2006 I discovered Puglia while on a weekend holiday and immediately connected with the landscape, climate, warmth of the people, deep appreciation for great food, and rich history.

                          Why the Owner Chose Lecce:
                          I love the predominantly baroque architecture of the historic centre, as well as the fact that the community has a very active social calendar with festivals all year long. The large, private garden is also a very rare feature in the historic centre.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          The key benefit of this property is that there is a great deal of space, peace and privacy, yet it's located in the historic centre of a beautiful, small town, with all of the convenience of being close to restaurants, shops and markets.

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                          • Located on a secluded courtyard in the historic center

                            Located on a secluded courtyard in the historic center

                          • Kitchen with dining for 6.

                            Kitchen with dining for 6.

                          • Bedroom 3

                            Bedroom 3

                          • Master bathroom shower, tub and skylight

                            Master bathroom shower, tub and skylight

                          • Punta della Suina beach near Gallipoli

                            Punta della Suina beach near Gallipoli

                          • Beach at Torre dell'Orso

                            Beach at Torre dell'Orso

                          • Spring flowers near the local winery

                            Spring flowers near the local winery

                          • Frescoes of Santa Caterina just around the corner

                            Frescoes of Santa Caterina just around the corner

                          • Nearby Santa Maria al Bagno

                            Nearby Santa Maria al Bagno

                          • Bedroom 2

                            Bedroom 2

                          • Master bedroom

                            Master bedroom

                          • Kitchen opens to a private patio and garden.

                            Kitchen opens to a private patio and garden.

                          • Roof terrace and monastery bell tower

                            Roof terrace and monastery bell tower

                          • Hiking the coastline in Porto Selvaggio

                            Hiking the coastline in Porto Selvaggio

                          • Countless olive groves and vineyards

                            Countless olive groves and vineyards

                          • Detail of Santa Croce Basilica

                            Detail of Santa Croce Basilica

                          • Piazza San Pietro in Galatina

                            Piazza San Pietro in Galatina

                          • Roman amphitheatre in Lecce

                            Roman amphitheatre in Lecce

                          €140 - €229 per night (EUR)

                          3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 5

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                          Minimum stay: 4-7 nights
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