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Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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)

More Details

Jon & Rebecca
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Jon & Rebecca

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 Jon & Rebecca chose Apulia

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Centro Storico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 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.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , This is a shared bath with bedroom 2.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
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


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Self-catered holiday home in Puglia, Italy, near beaches
average rating of 4.8717947 based on 39 reviews

Beautiful home - an authentic Italian experience

  • 5 of 5

Jon and Rebecca have created the most beautiful home, tucked away in a quiet courtyard in Galatina's Old Town. The house is spacious and light-filled with vaulted ceilings in most rooms. We especially loved the well-equipped kitchen which was a joy to cook in and the lovely walled garden. It really is a home-from-home with a huge flatscreen TV and large collection of DVDs if you fancy a film night in with pizza from one of the local restaurants. The house is right in the centre of the Galatina and within walking distance of restaurants, bars and gelaterie. This was our first time in Puglia and we found Galatina to be an excellent base for exploring the Salento region, including trips to Lecce, Gallipoli, Otranto and any number of gorgeous beaches. There is a fabulous drive from Martina de Leuca along the coast road to Otranto which rivals Amalfitana. Having spent years going to Tuscany we're now converts to Puglia and would love to return to Giardino Segreto with family or friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pam! We're so glad you and Stuart had a great time, and that you've been won over to Puglia! Come again soon. Jon
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent location for Salemto. Accommodations wonderful. No complaints.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Candiac, Quebec

Charming location in historic downtown,

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Jon& Rebecca for sharing your home..Communication was easy and accurate.

Well appointed, gourmet kitchen, high quality All Clad, Wusthof. etc. Quite a collection of cookbooks you don't even want to dine out...

Very relaxing home.comfortable, roomy lots of DVDS , books , CDS...

Galatina has several pastecerrias gourmet shops, pesceria and super mercado all whitin walking distance.

Its very nice to have and consult the house infos beforehand.

Very large outdoor area, we couln't really take advantage, because of cooler weather in March.

You do need a permit for parking from the local police, its free...

Highly recommend for your vacation

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andree, Thankyou for your kind comments! We're so delighted you and your family enjoyed your stay at the Giardino Segreto. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. A la prossima, Jon & Rebecca
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Stunning historic home

  • 5 of 5

We loved it- a terrific renovation of centuries old building in charming town! The house is AMAZING! We were so relaxed and had everything we needed (who knew until now that a rooftop terrace was something I needed!)

Excellent location for exploring southern Puglia, and so nice to come home to your garden or terrace and chill.

Highly recommended !

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Justine, it was our pleasure to have you. Do come again, and please give our love to beautiful Melbourne. Jon
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Beautiful architecture and delicious food

  • 5 of 5

We were so relaxed on this holiday, mainly because the house is exceptionally attractive with its intelligent decor and high vaulted ceilings --the old stones seem to make time stand still-- and we were happy not to jump into the hire car every day but to just chill in the living space or garden or stroll around the historic centre of town, taking in the gorgeous baroque stone-carving on the old patrician townhouses.

I really enjoyed the fact that I could flip through one of the many mouthwatering cookbooks in the kitchen and create something indulgent for supper with everything at my fingertips. We stocked up on fresh produce (which is outstanding, especially the veg, cheeses, prosciutto and artisan bread) from the supermarket up towards the railway station or the outdoor market out to the east of it (Thursdays, behind the flea market). The kitchen is a pleasure to use. Fresh herbs are growing in the garden. In fact, everything you need to relax --books, DVDs, internet, garden, roof terrace-- is just ready and waiting. Eating out is also easy, walkable and delicious, with a range of prices from pizza/gelato on Piazza Alighieri to regional top dining in a historic setting at Anima & Cuore.

Lecce’s architecture and cafes are deserving of a daytrip to themselves. We took the train (a tad too relaxed in terms of timetable – take a book in case the train is delayed/replaced) so that we could enjoy a glass or two of wine there before heading back.

I loved Sant Isidoro beach (coastal drive north of Gallipoli) because the sea is clear and ridiculously shallow. You can always touch down in soft sand underfoot: a pleasure for me as I’m not so confident a swimmer as I used to be.

Many thanks to Jon for making such a great holiday possible and to Mark for creating such a nurturing place.

PS, very smart restaurant Percuoco (with glass picture-windows straight onto the narrow cobbled streets) adjacent to the Basilica, just a short walk from the house. Opens from 21h00 to 23h00 in the evenings – we preferred to eat earlier, but next time perhaps ...

PPS, tip: pack mozzie repellent for night-time outdoors.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Denise, So glad you had a great time! Thanks for your great review, and we look forward to having you come again soon. Jon and Rebecca
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Incredible house in a great location for exploring Galatina, Lecce and the Salento

  • 5 of 5

We hired the house as a group of friends and used it as a base for trips to the beaches at Gallipolli, the historic centre of Lecce, and jaunts around the area. The house is beautiful, the best equipped holiday rental I've ever been to, and is decorated beautifully. The garden and roof terrace are perfect.

Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tom. We're delighted you had a great time - and look forward to having you back soon! Jon and Rebecca
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
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.


Rates & Availability

Centro Storico House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
August 2017
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
October 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
November 2017
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017/2018
Dec 2 2017 - Mar 16 2018
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Mar 17 2018 - Apr 27 2018
4 night minimum stay
May 2018
Apr 28 2018 - May 25 2018
7 night minimum stay
June 2018
May 26 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
July 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 27 2018
7 night minimum stay
August 2018
Jul 28 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
September 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 28 2018
7 night minimum stay
October 2018
Sep 29 2018 - Oct 26 2018
7 night minimum stay
November 2018
Oct 27 2018 - Nov 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.