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Voted inTop 10 Unusual Holiday Homes from HomeAway Holiday-Rentals ( see website-Link above Review Section),Trullo Bellissimo, a bijou experience, is ready to welcome you to its unique blend of luxury and ethnic charm. The property, with two double bedrooms (one with a 4-poster bed) and each with its own en-suite bathroom will comfortably accommodate 4 people.Two daybeds offer additional flexibility, if required. Set in its own olive grove, with stunning terraces, gardens and private heated swimming pool, Trullo Bellissimo offers the ideal location to explore and enjoy the culture, food and people of Puglia. Originally three separate buildings, the oldest 300 years old, Bellissimo has been sympathetically restored and joined to reveal original stone walls, arches and vaulted ceilings. Only 8km from Ostuni in Puglia and 18km from the sea. Reached by direct flights from the UK as well as flights via Rome or Milan, only 40km and 90km from Brindisi and Bari airports. www.trullobellissimo.com.
History and Culture: Whether your interests lie in history, museums, art, or gastronomic endeavour, you will find everything and more in the local towns and region. Much of this has been incorporated into a helpful booklet you will find at Trullo Bellissimo. However, just to whet your appetite, the whole area has a strong Norman influence dating back to the crusades, when Trani and Brindisi were important embarkation points for the Crusaders, and this can be seen everywhere from the names of towns to the fortified cities and watchtowers intended to repel the Saracen. If churches and religion inspire you can visit, amongst others, the beautiful Basilica di San Nicola in Bari and the old Crusader church in Ostuni, You will also find fascinating towns such as Matera within easy driving distance.This is a World Heritage Site located in the Basilicata region, was the subject of Carlo Levi's 'Christ Stopped at Eboli' as well as being the backdrop for Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ'.
Local Hill Towns : Ostuni 8km- is one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses. It is a genuine and charming example of Mediterranean architecture.Cisternino 15km- surrounded by fields of olive groves and vineyards, some of the most abundant in Puglia. The old historic centre is characterised by architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries. Martina Franca 22km-is one of the most characteristic towns with its fabulous and completely intact baroque buildings. Locorotondo 23km-overlooks the entire valley of Itria, with a panorama which encompasses the traditional trulli houses scattered among the olive trees and the grape vines. Ceglie Messapica 9km-A settlement since the fourth century before Christ, Ceglie boasts many ancient monuments and is famous for it;s gastronomic excellence..
Local Hill Town Restaurants: They will rustle up lots and lots of little appetizer dishes, which The following is a selection of our reviews-all details and more at the villa; Ostuni: Ristorante Odissea-The restaurant is partly a grotto, and partly enclosed terrace constructed out of the old city ramparts. Al Solito Posto-You will often see suckling pig or wild boar roasting on a spit, but there is, in addition a wide range of daily specials depending upon what has been delivered, caught, or shot within the last 24 hours. ORistorante Ippocampo-This is our favourite place to have lunch. you hope will be all, until the pastas and ‘secondi’ start to arrive! Cisternino; Il Cucco-Fuses local tastes with a more international approach, and provides a chic, contemporary setting for a great evening out. The food is impeccable, although not fussy, the wine cellar extensive. steria Bell’Italia-Located in the medieval alleyways behind the centro storico’, internal/external dining, with an international range of dishes.
There are two principal bedrooms, but for additional flexibility there are two day beds;
The newest part of the house, this bedroom boasts a four poster bed, complete with drapes, glazed Italian floor tiles and a ceiling fan.
The oldest part of the property, with two smaller cone alcoves and a large central cone, has been furnished with an ethnic feel. A low wrought iron double bed and matching daybed are complemented by oriental fabrics, an Arab coffee table and big cushions to nestle on, under the gentle breeze of a large ceiling fan. The day bed can be used as a single bed, if required. The trullo bedroom has its own door to the front patio, but is also reached from the Ethnic room.
Ethnic Room:This room has a wrought iron daybed, and is dressed in sumptuous oriental fabrics and wall hangings. The day bed can be used as a single bed for a smaller person, if required....moreless
A small vestibule with large wardrobe leads into the adjoining bathroom with stunning blue and green glass mosaic tiles lining the walls, a walk in shower, large shower head, hand crafted washbasin, bidet, toilet and heated towel rail.
The bedroom leads direct into the shower/wet room clad in rose marble, a walk in shower with large shower head, toilet, heated towel rail and beautiful sink carved from granite, sitting on a pedestal of marble....moreless
This integrated building with 300 year origins, was designed to stay cool in summer with thick stone walls and conical/vaulted ceilings. The three original buildings are joined internally, but have doors to both the front and rear terraces. Both bedrooms have ceiling fans for additional comfort. Soft furnishings have been designed to add a splash of colour and an ethnic feel to the natural stone canvas provided by the walls and marble tiled floors.
The external amenities include a sun terrace with seating for those ‘sundowner’ moments looking over olive groves to Cisternino, where the sun sets in a blaze of glory. Also, there is a lower terrace with a large marble dining table and outdoor kitchen with barbeque. Both terraces are linked by your own 10m x 5m private swimming pool with sun loungers and rustic shower. A selection of fruit trees and herbs, are there for the picking. There is a separate building adjoining the villa, that offers a washing machine and ironing facilities....moreless
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Stunning formal gardens sorround the pool and terrace areas....moreless
There are two BBQ's, wood & gas, outside sink, frigge and large marble table....moreless
High Season Jun 13 - Sep 11, 2015 7 night min stay
Mid Season Sep 12 - Oct 30, 2015 7 night min stay
Low Season Oct 31 - Dec 11, 2015 7 night min stay
Mid Season Dec 12 - Jan 1, 2016 7 night min stay
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A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required on booking, to be received within 7 days of confirmation. The balance must be paid no less than 60 days prior to arrival.
Prices include all utilities plus changes of; Bed Linen - Once a week, Bath Towels - Once a week, Pool Towels -Once a week.
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Trullo Bellissimo is ideally situated for the beach and local towns. The sea is wonderfully clear and safe with beaches where you can rent loungers etc to those where you can explore secluded coves. Within only 10 to 20 minutes drive there are many hill towns that offer a host of historical and other tourist attractions as well as a selection of some of the finest restaurants and osteria in the region.Pugliese dishes will astonish you, and you won't be able to resist their unique, fresh and genuine flavours, because in Puglia there's a deep-rooted culinary tradition, composed mostly of simple dishes, made with local products. Within easy reach are the towns of Brindisi, Gallipoli and Lecce, with castles, amphitheatres and many other remains from the days of the crusades and roman settlement. Ostuni, known as the 'citta bianca' is only 8km away, with views to the sea, an old town to explore, regular festivals, markets and some of the friendliest people.
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: The owners of Trullo Bellissimo live in Somerset, England. who have travelled extensively and lived abroad. Returning from a two year assignment in Asia in 2004, purchased and renovated a large, 200 hundred old property in the west of England in a rural location where there are only five other homes, surrounded by woodlands and farmland. We have a lunatic English Springer Spaniel, who takes full advantage of the woods and fields to chase just about every critter that moves, always without success.
Why the Owner Chose Ostuni: Having travelled to the north of Italy and Rome for many years, we read ‘Christ Stopped at Eboli’ by the great physician, painter, parliamentarian and novelist, Carlo Levi, which detailed in such heart-rending prose his internal exile in the south, during the early years of Mussolini, the poverty and humanity of its people. So we said, we must go south – need to meet these people. And so we did. Eight years later and the journey has been awesome. we have neighbours who hug and treat us as family, a social life that is inexpensive, barely literate craftsmen that fill us with awe, and am surrounded by the silliest, most frustrating but ultimately endearing people that we have met anywhere in the world!
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House: The tranquility and privacy offered by Bellissimo is perfect for just pure relaxation, yet we are only 5 minutes from the stunning old hill town of Ostuni ( La Citta Bianca) and 20 minutes from the wonderful beaches of the Adriatic. With an outside kitchen and marble table that can easily seat 10 people, entertaining is great fun with, of course, the swimming pool to cool off in on hot days, yet solar heated for those chilly days. We also have about 80 olive trees and do our own olive harvest. Last year we picked 2,000 kilos of olives and returned to England with 230 litres of the most wonderful Extra Virgin Olive Oil you could imagine. We always leave samples for our guests so that they can taste oil from our land along with eating olives, figs, pomegranates, quince, strawberries, sun dried tomatoes and more. The local restaurants serve some of the tastiest and reasonably priced food and local wines, which only adds to the overall experience. Probably the thing that we enjoy most, is the friendly and warm local Italians, who we have grown to respect and love.