Highly recommended secluded villa; sleeps 13 plus new limonetto with outside kitchen
Pool / Spa
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
No parties/events - We do not have weddings at the villa. We do not have weddings at the villa.
Max guests: 14
- IF YOU HAVE TO CANCEL UP TO 8 WEEKS BEFORE, PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE WILL MARKET THE VILLA IN THE HOPE WE CAN GIVE YOU YOUR DEPOSIT BACK
- Smoking is allowed outside but please use the ashtrays provided
Wonderful converted Olive Mill and great hosts
The house, pool and gardens are wonderful. A real experience. Ottavio the property manager is always available and helped us when needed throughout the week. The views up to Ostuni from the house are just great, and its not far at all into the town by car or on foot. We had a really lovely week there. Ostuni is also a great place for a dinner out and a wonder around. A lovely old town.
Only minor negatives would be the weak wifi coverage which could be fixed easily with a few well positioned boosters, and also the lack of a microwave which was a bit inconvenient with a baby in the party.
Masseria Il Trappeto was even more beautiful than the photos on the website. Our extended family of 13 spent a wonderful week here in mid June. The spaces worked so well and were large enough for everyone to find somewhere to relax. A wonderful base to explore stunning Puglia. The owner Josephine was extremely helpful with local information which we used to plan our week in the area. The manager of the property Ottavio spoke fluent English and could not have been more helpful with any requests we had. He helped organise transport for our group, also a photographer for the family birthday and we had a great cooking class and dinner one night. The pool was just fantastic with the very warm weather. Although the property is a few kilometres from Ostuni several of our group made the 30 min walk there each morning coming back with wonderful pasteries.We would really love to return to this property one day - the restoration of this Olive Mill has been done perfectly..
We are so pleased you had a wonderful stay at Il Trappeto. Hope you can come back soon. Josephine x
A special location for a special celebration
Overall we had a fantastic stay at il Trapetto for my mother’s 70th birthday.
We arrived on an early flight and were kindly allowed to stay by the pool while the villa was cleaned.
Once we had settled in our contact Ottavio visited the next day to book taxis for the trips we had planned. During our stay he was responsive to our enquiries about local restaurants and beaches – he even arranged a pizza delivery for us!
The property was lovely, with well-appointed furnishings and a well-resourced kitchen. There was a generous amount of living and sleeping space for us all (9 adults and 4 children) and entertainment for kids like the table football was an added bonus. The limonatta was also a lovely place to hold our evening meals. The pool was wonderful – during the day and night – but did need a mid-week clean because it is natural sea water.
We had two relatively minor issues with the property. The first was the electricity, one of the dishwashers wouldn't work when the air conditioning was on in a few bedrooms. This meant that we couldn't put the dishwashers on at bedtime when we were all in our rooms. While we were there the electricity also tripped twice whilst we were out dining at the limonatta (there was a problem with the irrigation for the olive groves) which was frustrating. But in most instances this was resolved by Ottavio relatively quickly. The other issue was that due to the quite remote location of the villa there is no rubbish collection offered by the local council nor by the owners. In the end rather than using our holiday time to drive to the local collection facility we arranged for a private collection by Ottavio for €40.
Ostuni town itself was beautiful - perfect for just wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. We had a lovely dinner (all 13 of us!) at Osteria del Tempo Perso which we booked well in advance and the gelatos at Cremeria all Scalla were a big hit with the kids.
Hi Naomi, thanks so much for the 5 star review, we are so pleased you loved Il Trappeto.
Sorry about the electricity, it is a minor problem in Italy, they only supply you with a certain wattage, but we will look into it for 2019. One of the blessings of the property is it’s secluded location, even though we are a 20 minute walk to Ostuni. Therefore the large rubbish lorry does not come down to the villa. Therefore we are happy to supply a rubbish collection service for guests. Thanks so much for your helpful review. Josephine
Stunning villa in a beautiful location
Il Trappeto is a truly wonderful place to stay. A stunning villa with all we could have wanted, from beautiful and comfortable bedrooms to the magical outside dining room (limonetta).
The villa is beautifully furnished, inside and out, with different areas to sit and read or play some of the many games that are on offer. It is enchanting; surrounded by ancient olive trees and with jasmine growing around one the outside 'rooms' furnished with pale pink sofas and puffed up cushions.
Il Trappeto is in a great location near Ostuni (historic white-painted hill town with tiny, winding cobbled streets, fab food and funky bars) and the warm Adriatic dotted with superb fish restaurants (Rosa's being a particular favourite).
We were very well looked after by Ottavio - any query was never too much.
We had a wonderful week in this very special place and we highly recommended it.
Our best ever villa stay
Il Trappeto is a fantastic villa in the heart of Puglia. The villa is very neat and clean, spacious (indoor table-tennis table) and well set-up for large groups with 2 fridges.
With a few cool days we had the pool heated and this helped keep the kids wet and happy. We had a car to get in and out of Ostuni, but the villa's location is very convenient to the heart of the old Centro Storico and nearby parking.
Ottavio was very helpful when we had a question, and we would also recommend the Puglian feast which he could organise.
The villa stayed nice and cool on hot summer days, and to be surrounded by ancient olive trees added to the exotic feel. Shaded outdoor dining options meant we were rarely inside.
We have stayed in many villas across Italy, France and Spain and rate Il Trappeto as the best. We will definitely be returning to Il Trappeto soon.
Special interest holidays:
Ottavio our Manager can arrange a four course Puglian feast, cooking demonstrations and wine and cheese evenings for you.
He can also organise cycle hire.
You can drive to many long sandy beaches in 10 minutes. There is kite surfing near by.
Brindisi 30 minutes. Bari 55 minutes. We think car hire is recommended and bicycles are fun to hire (ask our key holder). You can walk to Ostuni on a very quiet road in 25 minutes.
Martina Franca, 30 mins by car.
30 mins, Locorotondo.
20 mins, Cisternino.
25 minute walk to Ostuni.
Market in Otuni on Saturday, Wed and Friday.
Lecce, 50 mins by car.
Ostuni, 5 mins by car
25 mins from Trulli country
2.5 hours from Matera
1.30 to Gallipolli
30 minutes, zoo
20 minutes, water park.
There is a folder at the villa with all the information you need for a fabulous holiday; restaurants, beaches, culture, markets and you can email us with any requests.
There is a supermarket 10 minutes drive from the olive mill which is open on Sundays in the summer.The lovely port of Villanova is 10 minutes away and has a small supermarket, fruit shop and the most amazing takeaway foccacia.
Ostuni is up the hill and has everything including at least 5 fresh fish shops, with piles of fresh fish and amazing seafood.
Wine is plentiful and cheap eating out is good valuel, a 3 course meal with wine about 15 euros. Or you can have a pizza in the evening for 3 euros.
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About Josephine Pembroke
Josephine and James Pembroke have two properties on Owners Direct as they are easily the best Website in the UK. We bought our cottage in Purbeck, Dorset (E1782) in 1995. The cottage had been owned by the estate and was in need of attention. We stripped off the old wallpaper and unearthed the original flagstones and added the large kitchen conservatory in 1992. We bought in Purbeck as James had gone to school there and we were married in St James opposite Kingston Cottage. In the mid 90's we started looking for a small villa abroad and by accident we bought Masseria Il Trappeto, (IT2578). Which was a very large ruin which had not been used since the 1940's. That was a vast restoration project, which was achieved amazingly swiftly by Italian craftsmen. We love the area and the food.
Josephine Pembroke purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2007
Why Josephine Pembroke chose Ostuni
We came to Puglia and fell in love with the food, the Italians and the climate. We were looking for a family villa not in need of much restoration. We found a very large two storey ancient olive mill, which had been derelict since the 1970s. Within a year we had totally restored Il Trappeto into a luxury villa while still retaining and enhancing it's strong Pugliese character. Without the fantastic enthusiasm and skill of the local craftsmen and our brilliant Project Manager Ottavio we could not have completed this vast project.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Masseria Il Trappeto is within an Ancient Olive Grove and is secluded and private. It has amazing views of the old town of Ostuni and the Adriatic Sea. It is a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute drive up to Ostuni with it's many restaurants, bars and fabulous shopping,. It is a 10 minute drive to the beaches and Villanova our nearest charming port with very good fish shops and the best foccacia. Il Trappeto is unique as most large properties in the area are b&b's but we are a private villa with a heated pool and an optional cook. Our villa is wonderful at low season we designed it with that in mind. We have underfloor heating, 2 working fires and piles of books and DVD's; we love it for Christmas, walks on the beaches and out for a long lunch (very reasonable too).