About the property
- Villa22000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Villa, 10 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 20)
Villa Cappelli promises you an unforgettable, authentic stay in a truly undiscovered part of Italy. Relax and immerse yourself in Italian indulgence — the food, the people, the fun.
The Villa sits majestically on the ancient Via Appia in the town of Terlizzi, just northwest of Bari in the region of Puglia.
No one is quite sure when the villa first sprung up but some historians believe the garden to have once been a 13th century monastic garden. The “farm” buildings on the property probably date to the 14th and 15th centuries. While the newest additions were probably built in the 17th or 18th centuries, one peculiar location in the villa is believed to be pre-Christian.
The land, filled with fossils from 10 million years ago, is covered by ancient olive groves, vineyards, and fruit trees. The entire villa is completely enclosed by an 18 ft. wall and features a formal half-acre garden planted almost exclusively with citrus trees, roses and lavender.
While steeped in history, the villa also features modern conveniences like free WiFi, a fully stocked kitchen, plus cooking and cleaning services.
Relax in comfort with plenty of room for all your friends and family. There's over 10 bedrooms and 6 full baths for up to 20 guests. You can enjoy lots of common rooms and spread out to enjoy the entire 22,000 sq ft (2000 sq m) structure. Everyone will find their favorite space, with reading rooms, an enormous full kitchen complete with a wood-burning brick oven, an extraordinary large terrace with magnificent views, and a loggia that overlooks the luxurious 40x20 ft pool (12x6 metres), and a huge monastic garden full of citrus trees and fresh herbs. You also find Villa Cappelli is conveniently located close to many major attractions.
You can rent the villa by the day, week or longer. It is also available for private functions, parties, banquets, conferences and feasts.
During your stay, you'll have use of a washer, fridge, dishwasher, oven, microwave and more. Maid service as well as shopping and cooking services are also available to make your stay extra enjoyable.
We've had a range of guests enjoy the villa from all over the world, including members of the British royal family, Bob Tuschman of The Food Network, world famous photographer Paul Freeman, stage and TV director Scott Ellis, reality TV star Fredrik Ekland and the music group Elbow.
So whether your looking to relax with family or go exploring with friends, you can create the perfect holiday here at Villa Cappelli.
We have a small apartment on the premises, so we are always available to ask any questions and provide concierge services. We are fluent English, Italian and the local dialect, and know the area well, so we can help with any concierge services you might need, from cooking and cleaning to van rentals and dinner reservations.
You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 05, 2018
About Property Manager
We discovered a crumbling villa near our family's hometown in Puglia, Italy. The 22,000-square-foot property lacked doors, windows and running water, but it had a vineyard and groves of almond, olive, and fruit trees that were among the finest in the region. From the moment we stepped foot on this property, we felt that we needed to restore its soul. In the process, it ended up restoring ours.
Property Manager purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Property Manager chose Terlizzi
This town, this entire part of Italy in fact, is so real, so amazing, so untouched, it just feels like you are transported back in time. A simpler time. Where it’s all about family. It's all about natural, locally grown food (nothing is ever eaten out of season). It’s all about slowing down and enjoying life. While very private and secluded, the villa is just a quick drive to many big towns, including the capital city of Bari. And there are several great day trips you can do in the morning (Polignano a Mare, Castel del Monte, etc.) and be back in time for a great lunch by the pool with friends and family, old and new.
What makes this Villa unique
You can take amazing walks along the ancient Via Appia, enjoy some great food at the villa and in town (Terlizzi is renowned for its butchers and grilled meat), or just sit by the pool with a good book and great view. Sitting on top of a hill, you always have amazing views of the surrounding countryside from the villa. We have connections throughout the town and the region, so we can direct you to the best spots to make your stay extra special. And with enough notice, we can set up all kinds of activities. We also speak fluent Italian and English and a bit of French, so we are always available to help with any translating or guidance. When you're all done, at the end of the day, you can enjoy a glass of limoncello or grappa and play a round of Scopa, our favorite Italian card game.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect Italian countryside retreat!
We just loved our stay at Villa Cappelli and hope to be back someday! We were traveling with 2 young kids (ages 6 and 1.5) in the off-season and Paul and Steven were so helpful in answering my many questions about anything we might need to bring for the girls (we didn't need to bring much--they supplied a crib for us, and put us in a wonderfully cozy adjoining-room suite. Paul and Steven are just the perfect hosts: laid-back but friendly, and incredibly sweet to our kids. My older daughter still refers to Paul as Uncle Paul and his amazing secret garden. The cats and the PUPPIES were the biggest hit of our entire trip. We even had a wonderful dinner prepared by our hosts on our last night--what a memorable and delicious treat! Hope to be back again when it's warm so we can lounge by that beautiful pool. Oh, a tip if you travel in the winter--definitely bring slippers and cozy pajamas/robe. The floors in the gorgeous old villa can get mighty cold!
We were treated like family. Can't wait to go back
Where do I start...I've been all over the world, on cruises, on tours, in B&B's, yet our trip to Villa Cappelli felt like no other vacation. It felt like coming home and spending 10 days with
Our family. And I think that's the highest compliment you can ever give. Paul, Steven & Casey went out of their way to make everyone feel like a relative. We really were "Italians" for 10 days.. From gathering wild mushrooms in the hills, to helping to harvest their liquid gold olive oil, to helping prepare classic meals..To even watching a late night "domino" game to biking thru ancient towns.. It was a dream come true. We will definitely return. I give it a 10 plus plus.. Mille Grazie Ville Cappelli
Thank you for such an awesome week. We LOVED it there. The kids had the best time they have ever had in the 10 years they have been doing this. The kittens blew their minds. Indeed we all had the best time. Great food, amazing drinks and really great people all in a gorgeous location. I’ll be honest, we are always a little dubious about on site owners, we’ve had some odd experiences in the past but you guys really were the stars of the show. It was really great to meet you. We all agreed there were another few nights on the getting-to-know-you-Martinis in order.
So happy you had such a good time. Can't wait to have you guys back for those martinis!
What a day!
Ho conosciuto i proprietari della Villa Cappelli, Paul e Steven, per il loro impegno nella promozione turistica e la salvaguardia della Via Appia Traiana, sulla quale la Villa si affaccia. Sono stato così attratto dalla loro passione per il territorio che ho deciso di fare della Villa il set privilegiato per il mio matrimonio pugliese. Amo la Puglia, da tempo. Il clima, il cibo e l'accoglienza: Villa Cappelli ha riunito queste pregevoli virtù della tradizione del Sud Italia per poi consegnarle ai miei ospiti. Un matrimonio fantastico, ricolmo di cultura, attenzione e prodotti della terra.
Ho smosso mezzo universo per farlo venire a visitare questo luogo benedetto da Madre Natura, mancavano solo gli alieni! :-) Australia, Cina, Giappone, America, India e Europa... tutti ospiti a me cari che hanno goduto dello splendore del luogo. Paul e Steven sono stati unici, capaci di rendere il mio giorno davvero speciale e stupendomi con la semplicità, il gusto e l'eleganza dell'ambiente sereno e rustico da loro creato. Ero al settimo cielo, era proprio quello che volevo, la vera terra, la vera Puglia!
La cerimonia è iniziata tra gli ulivi, nella distesa di quegli alberi millenari che hanno assistito al nostro giuramento d'amore. I nostri ospiti seduti su sedie bianche di stoffa e i gentleman inglesi in piedi di spalle delle loro donne che reggendo un ombrellino bianco per ripararle dal sole. Davvero un tocco di classe! Allo scambio delle fedi tra gli applausi e l'emozione dei nostri cari, amici e colleghi, sono arrivati i suonatori di pizzica che con una fisarmonica ci hanno accompagnato all'ingresso della villa dove un catering professionale e preparato ha offerto ai miei ospiti le gioie della terra. Tutto il cibo era freschissimo e preparato a vista, sul momento. La mozzarella, il caciocavallo, i tanti tipi di panzerotti e chi più ne ha più ne metta. Era davvero una festa, e per me condividere la gioia di quel giorno e donarla anche ai miei ospiti è stato un momento importante.
Potrei continuare per ore nella descrizione di quell'incredibile giorno che mi accompagnerà per tutta la vita, ma in questa recensione volevo solo scrivere che questo è stato il posto da sogno che auguro ad ogni innamorato dell'universo, anche agli extraterrestri! :-)
Grazie di cuore Paul e Steven, evviva Villa Cappelli e il vostro palpabile amore per la bella terra di Puglia.
Grazie mille. Torna presto per il vostro anniversario!
A unique, authentic Italian experience
Our visit to Villa Cappelli was the highlight of our trip. We arrived on Mothers Day and were treated to an authentic Italian luncheon that included guests and family of our hosts, Paul & Steven. The homemade wine, fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden, Italian and English conversation made us feel like real Italians, not just tourists. The property dates back to the 6th century and maintains much of the original architecture but modern comforts like high end shower heads are integrated seamlessly into the setting.
Villa Cappelli is on the Appian way and there is plenty to do in the area. Paul graciously escorted us to several local spots and provided tons of facts and stories about the history of this locality. It is a post card perfect location that we would recommend to anyone.
Thanks, guys! It was so much fun having you here. Please come back soon!
Villa Cappelli is AMAZING!
The first thing I remember when I think about Villa Cappelli are its owners, Paul and Steven. Not in memory have I ever felt so welcomed and included in the lives of these two perfect strangers. It just seemed like the moment I checked into the villa, I was part of the family, and the day to days activities that happen there: sometimes there is olive picking, other moments the lavender in the garden is being harvested or tomatoes are being dried on the terrace. This is a place for travellers to visit if they are into committed to seeing the real Italy, which is more about breaking bread with beautiful friends than seeing the coliseum or the grand canal.
Paul and Steven are amazing cooks. When I visited, it sort of felt like every day was thanksgiving, or some celebration of friends and food. It goes without saying that the villa itself, positioned as it is on the ancient Roman road, Via Adriana, is an incredibly stunning and special place. The road is lined with umbrella pines, and I remember seeing a group of bikers staying at the villa, ridding it off into the acres and acres of olive groves that surround the villa in every direction. I know these guys have put great care into revealing and preserving the history and traditions of this part of the world, evident in the care they took with repairing and pouring all their energies into breathing life back into a place that they originally found in absolute ruin.
Honestly, what I can say about the villa, and recommend to friends, is that if you're in the market for a vacation that actually has another dimension to it; learning about a community, its food, its history, this place ticks every box. But it also is an amazing spot if you just want to loaf by the pool, have cocktails and catch up on reading. I am not a cyclist myself, but I know that Paul organises extensive bike excursions for guests throughout greater Puglia, as I saw many of them coming and going when I stayed there. They were also planning a wedding during my visit and I watched how excited the bride to be was as she walked through the villa's courtyard out into the rose covered garden, and I thought to myself, how awesome it would be to get married here!
The other cool aspect of staying at the villa was that you could make it as fancy or laid back an affair as you wanted. These guys will cook your meals, or let you run the kitchen. I will come back to see Villa Cappelli again, both for the beauty of the place and its owners.
Come back soon! You are always welcome!
We are here to help make your stay extra special. Here are just a few ideas on what you can do with us: • take a culinary tour with us including cooking classes • help harvest our extra virgin olive oil • take a bike tour (we can provide bike rentals and guides) • enjoy all the nearby 'must sees' like Castel del Monte, Polignano a Mare, Gravina, Matera and more • Find your roots. We can help you find out more about your ancestors providing transportation to their town and a translator. • Have your wedding here or renew your vows • Have a business retreat. • And more! Just ask. We're here to help.
Additional information about rental rates
Looking to rent on a per room basis? Contact us for more information and availability. Several rooms available for summer 2016.