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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 centre


Last updated: 03/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Giardino Segreto in historic centre with private garden and roof terrace

This recently renovated 17th century property was once part of the neighbouring monastery, and the 13-foot high garden wall is one of the oldest surviving structures in town dating back 1000 years. The property is located in a secluded courtyard, so you will experience tranquillity in the historic centre of Galatina surrounded by beautiful Baroque 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). There is also a stunning roof terrace with views of the monastery belltower and surroundings.

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 and his wife Iole will just start bringing you food and wine the moment you sit down. (Via Del Balzo, 26)

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. (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 are a testament to it's growing popularity. You need to buzz the door when you arrive and it’s closed on Sunday and Monday. (Via Colonnello Archimede Costadura, 19)

Alle Due Corti – Located in the historic centre of Lecce, this small, family-run restaurant has been rightfully mentioned in the New York Times for its authenticity. (Corte dei Guigni 1)

Le Macàre - Extraordinary food and flawless service. The attention to detail is impressive and every course memorable. It's difficult to show restraint when everything on the menu is so great: +390833282192 (Via Mariana Albina 140, Alezio)

Gustavo Braceria (Galatone) - It's ideal to visit in the summer when all tables are outside in front of the restaurant, but the fresh and local food is fantastic any time of year. It's prix fixe dining at it's best. +393456155711 (Strada Statale Salenina Gallipoli, Galatone)

Le Stanzie (near 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)

Loquita (Santa Maria di Leuca) - If you are planning a drive to the tip of the heal, this is a perfect place to stop for lunch. Fresh seafood and a fantastic view of where the Ionian and Adriatic seas meet. +390833758394 (Via Sciesa - Marina di Leuca)

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 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)
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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 150 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Events Allowed
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef


  • Groups
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

  • 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


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic


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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Town

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Small cars can park in the courtyard. Otherwise, there is parking available just outside the courtyard. Guests must register their car at the local police station for a free parking permit....moreless

  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch integrated....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot


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

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Terraced


Write a review 4.9
from 37 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Mar 18 - Apr 28, 2017
4 night min stay
May 2017
Apr 29 - May 26, 2017
7 night min stay

June 2017
May 27 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

July 2017
Jul 1 - Jul 28, 2017
7 night min stay

August 2017
Jul 29 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

September 2017
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay

October 2017
Sep 30 - Oct 27, 2017
7 night min stay

November 2017
Oct 28 - Dec 1, 2017
3 night min stay
Winter 2017/2018
Dec 2 - Mar 16, 2018
4 night min stay
$966 $2,682
Spring 2018
Mar 17 - Apr 27, 2018
4 night min stay
May 2018
Apr 28 - May 25, 2018
7 night min stay

June 2018
May 26 - Jun 29, 2018
7 night min stay

July 2018
Jun 30 - Jul 27, 2018
7 night min stay

August 2018
Jul 28 - Aug 31, 2018
7 night min stay

September 2018
Sep 1 - Sep 28, 2018
7 night min stay

October 2018
Sep 29 - Oct 26, 2018
7 night min stay

November 2018
Oct 27 - Nov 30, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included

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Last updated: 03/29/2017
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70 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
70 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

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

About the owner: Hi, we're Jon and Rebecca. We live in London with our little daughter and son, and are great lovers of Italy, and in particular of this beautiful region. We're proud to offer our house in Galatina for you to enjoy too.

Why the Owner Chose Centro Storico, Galatina LE, Italy:
We discovered Puglia on holiday and immediately connected with the landscape, climate, warmth of the people, rich history and deep appreciation for fresh, locally-grown food. We love the 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. And we're bang in the middle of the beautiful Salento region, with easy access to the many stunning beaches on both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
It's a wonderful house to stay in - we fell in love with it as guests ourselves, before taking it over from our friend Mark who renovated it some years ago. The large, private orchard garden is a very rare and beautiful feature in a centro storico, while the roof terrace is perfect for cocktails in the evening sun. There is a great deal of space, peace and privacy, yet it's located in the historic centre of a beautiful town with all of the convenience of nearby restaurants, shops and markets.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

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  • Located on a secluded courtyard in the historic centre

    Located on a secluded courtyard in the historic centre

  • Professionally equipped kitchen

    Professionally equipped kitchen

  • Bedroom 3

    Bedroom 3

  • Master bathroom shower, tub and skylight

    Master bathroom shower, tub and skylight

  • Private orchard garden

    Private orchard 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

  • Endless olive groves and vineyards

    Endless olive groves and vineyards

  • Frescoes of Santa Caterina just around the corner in Galatina

    Frescoes of Santa Caterina just around the corner in Galatina

  • The beach in nearby Santa Maria al Bagno

    The beach in nearby Santa Maria al Bagno

  • Spring poppies near the local winery in Galatina

    Spring poppies near the local winery in Galatina

  • Dining for 6

    Dining for 6

  • Bedroom 2

    Bedroom 2

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Kitchen opens to a private patio and garden.

    Kitchen opens to a private patio and garden.

  • Punta della Suina beach near Gallipoli

    Punta della Suina beach near Gallipoli

  • Beach at Torre dell'Orso

    Beach at Torre dell'Orso

  • Detail of Santa Croce Basilica in Lecce

    Detail of Santa Croce Basilica in Lecce

  • Piazza San Pietro in Galatina

    Piazza San Pietro in Galatina

  • Roman amphitheatre in Lecce

    Roman amphitheatre in Lecce

  • Galatina palazzo

    Galatina palazzo

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