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Stylish luxury trulli with private pool and amazing sea view

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Three bedroom, three bathroom trulli with private pool and air conditioning

Santa Caterina is a distinctive and beautiful holiday home that has been restored with a rare appreciation of the simplicity and charm of the original ‘saracen’ trulli. What sets this house apart from others is the outstanding view of the sea over olive groves, the attractive garden veranda and the stylish yet simple interiors. The spacious garden, quiet courtyard and the generous swimming pool are perfect for outdoor living.

Situated between the two historic cities of Ostuni and Carovigno, it is in an ideal location for exploring all the delights of the Puglia area.

The house is equipped for relaxing in the shade and eating outside, whether on the roof terrace, the courtyard or veranda. Serious cooking is also possible with a proper selection of pans, utensils and local cook books. There is a BBQ in the garden.

Despite the heat in July and August the fact that the house stands at 300m means that there is often a sea breeze.

The original two bedrooms are light and airy high vaulted rooms with their own bathrooms and air conditioning. Recently we have added a third room to the side of the house - in the old style - that is used as a third bedroom or a second sitting room.. It has its own bathroom and air conditioning.

Santa Caterina is a distinctive and beautiful holiday home that has been restored with a rare appreciation of the simplicity and charm of the original ‘saracen’ trulli. Saracen trulli have the same vaulted interiors as those with the conical roofs but the roof is either domed or flat. Our lovely trulli was improved about 100 years ago by the addition of a more imposing front elevation. In the restoration from a ruin 10 years ago the windows were added and the two trulli joined with a stone arch to create the kitchen/dining area and the sitting room. Since then we have added a further bedroom in the local style.

All the bedrooms are light and airy high vaulted rooms and two have their own shower room with toilet, bidet and sink - all have air conditioning.

The kitchen includes a gas hob and electric oven as well as a proper range of saucepans and implements. The crockery is from Grottaglie with a classic local design. There is a designer Italian dining table and chairs in the kitchen - fine for 4 or 5 but the table can easily be altered to take 8 in comfort.

The sitting room has a comfortable Danish sofa and plenty of other seats with Moroccan influenced cushions.

The veranda has a stone table with large stone benches (and cushions). It is covered to provide shade from the midday sun and is also a perfect place to dine in the warm summer evenings. On the roof terrace there is also a stone sofa as well as a table and chairs – perfect for romantic dining.

On the other side there is a quiet courtyard with a curved stone seat framed by bougainvillea. The courtyard also has a dining table and chairs suitable for up to 8 dining.

The individually designed swimming pool is entered from large steps from one side (the first being very wide and only a few cm deep for children to play on) and on the other there is a sunken seating area. The pool is 10m x 4m and the depth runs from 1m to 3m.

Around the property there are no other buildings close. The garden of the property is large and there is also an orchard adjoining which can be used by residents. The land around is otherwise either olive or almond groves. The track to the property is a dead end with a group of three villas further down on the opposite side of the road. There is therefore no traffic danger or noise.

Santa Caterina has been carefully designed to create high quality accommodation in a visually stunning setting.

N.B. This property is less suitable for small children who cannot swim as the pool is only fenced on one side. There is an alarm for a child in the form of a wearable wrist sensor further details below.

Accommodation includes...

• Welcome pack which includes enough for a simple supper and breakfast (including two bottles of wine)

• Weekly Linen change - beds made for you of course

• Linen, Towels and Pool Towels

• Electricity, Water, Gas for cooking

• Swimming Pool with Loungers

• Covered seating area

• Second dining area - seating for up to 8

• Barbecue

• Television & DVD player

* WiFi - hi speed unlimited included

• Bose sound system

• Private Entrance and Parking

• Washing and Ironing Facilities

Accommodation details...

• Master suite double bed and en suite shower room

• Second Bedroom with en suite shower room with space for an extra bed. This bed is a narrow single but is suitable for an adult or child. This is NOT a cheap Zbed but a Danish designer creation. The two singles can be made up as a double.

• Third bedroom can made up as a sitting room with coffee tables and two large comfortable sofas. This would be done automatically if there were 4 or less occupants. It has its own bathroom with WC, basin and shower enclosure (complete with radio).

• All mattresses have memory foam toppers

• Kitchen/Dining room with seating for 4 -8

• Kitchen equipped with hob & oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher

• Washing machine

• Sitting room with comfortable sofa (converts to full size double bed but we do not usually allow more than 7 people + baby), other seating and original fireplace.

• Television & DVD player

• Sound system

• iPod player

• Private parking and gates

• Swimming Pool with sun loungers

• Hammocks

• Covered dining area

• Secluded sitting area beside house

• Barbecue facilities

• Roof terrace with stone sofa as well as table and chairs

• Wonderful views from the roof, the pool, the dining area.

Children facilities include:

• Cot available together with high chair

• Car seat (2x)

• Buggy

• Child's swing

• Other useful items including a couple of toys, plastic plate, cutlery and a potty.

For the pool safety the gate can be closed but the fence can be circumvented by walking round the other way - out into the car parking area and back across part of the garden, or climbing over the wall around the stone table on the veranda. For this reason we have a device that a child can wear all day ( like a watch) and that, if wetted, causes a very load alarm to sound in the house.

The other safety point is the roof. The outside staircase is rudimentary and the parapet on the roof fairly low so we do not allow small children up the stairs. There is of course a rope rail so that it is fine for all but toddlers.

More Details

Edmund Probert
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 3, 2018

About Edmund Probert

We live in Exeter UK. We are both lawyers and went to Puglia for a long weekend. We fell in love with this property and have never regretted buying it. We sometimes go with just us and our little one (now 9) and sometimes with the three other children and their partners. Both work really well.

Edmund Probert purchased this villa in 2008

Why Edmund Probert chose Ostuni

This property has the charm of something ancient but without the usual drawbacks ( low ceilings, no light and pokey rooms) that you see in other modernisations. The open aspect to the sea view and the peace of the olive groves around clinched it.

What makes this villa unique

Our favourite treat is dinner on the roof for two as the sun sets. We love the seclusion and the easy access to Ostuni for its medieval charm and great food (+ amazing fish shops) and markets. A trip to the beach takes 10 - 15 mins in the car depending on the choice.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time in your home. The house, interior design and appliances are both marvellous and practical. We enjoyed the pool so much!
Jun 2015
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Ostuni Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Third Bedroom Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Second Bedroom Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Thermostatic shower and heated towel rail
    Master Bedroom Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Thermostatic shower and heated towel rail
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Third Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , There can be a double or 2 singles.
    Second Bedroom - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , A double, two singles or, for children, three singles
  • Each bed (apart from the extra in the second bedroom) has a memory foam topper for extra comfort. The extra single is made by Bo Concept and is usually a square seat in the second sitting room. It is not like a 'Put -u-up' - it is solid and comfortable. All doubles are 'matrimoniale' - equivalent to a large double. The third bedroom is either 2 singles (with memory foam) or a double. If you are using it as a sitting room then there are two generous sofas with Morrocan cushions.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
All the crockery is made in Grottelie to a classic design. There are a couple of hammocks which are a real pleasure. There is a solar shower by the pool.


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Stylish luxury trulli with private pool and amazing sea view
average rating of 4.8125 based on 17 reviews

Beautiful villa and area

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic week in this villa. It was very comfortable, clean and well equipped with everything we needed for a relaxing stay.

The outside space was amazing photos can’t do the views justice and there were plenty of shady areas to eat and relax. The pool was a very good size.

We loved exploring nearby beaches and towns and would like to return to the area one day.

We found the owners extremely helpful and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a holiday here.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful property in a lovely location.

  • 5 of 5

We have just enjoyed a wonderful two weeks in Santa Caterina. The property is very well equipped, immaculately clean and the most comfortable beds we have ever had in a holiday property! Beautiful large pool and three lovely terraces. A fantastic location to explore the lovely hillside towns in Puglia and very easy to access from Brindisi airport.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Beautiful house, great location

  • 5 of 5

We, 4 adults, stayed for 5 days in September 2017 - and wish we could have been there longer. The house itself is beautiful - furnished stylishly, well equipped (especially the kitchen) and very comfortable. The outside space is huge - lots of options for eating outside comfortably at any time of day, and the pool was big enough to have a proper swim.

It's in a peaceful location but Ostuni and Caravigno are in easy reach and there's lots to explore within an hour or so's drive - more hilltop towns, places to eat or the sea.

All in all - a great stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful luxury property in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a 2 week fantastic holiday staying at Santa Caterina. The property has been redeveloped to the highest standards, giving plenty of space and amenities for our whole family. Edmund and Jo have clearly worked very hard to ensure that guests have the very best experience. The property feels very private and we loved the views to the sea and olive trees. However, both Ostuni and Carovigno are both in very close proximity and have a great selection of restaurants. We really enjoyed La Torre in Marina di Ostuni and also the local Masseria N'Zeta that is just over the road. The best bar (with beautiful views and an incredible cocktail list) was Tito Schipa in Ostuni's old town.

My 6 year old daughter learnt to swim whilst on holiday and we were in the swimming pool every day. As well as taking our own things, the property is equipped with balls, lilos etc - all that have created lots of fun in the pool. It was great to have a large number of towels - they certainly provide a lot! The temperature has been very hot during our stay so the shaded areas by the pool and in the seating area by the main doors are very welcoming. The views from the top of the roof are stunning and the area to the side of the property (that can include a sail) are pretty.

Santa Caterina is a great base for exploring. Ostuni (and its old town) are very picturesque. The market (on a Saturday morning) is very busy but well worth a trip. We found that the temperature in the afternoon is very hot - most places do not open until the evening when it is far more comfortable.

Two of our favourite trips were to the Alberobello market (this place is like nothing you have seen before and shows off the trulli style architecture) and to the Grotte di Castellana (very large caves). The latter is fascinating and the guided tour was very good.

Our favourite beach was Torre Guaceto. We parked in the main car park and got the train to the beach. The water is shallow and crystal clear - perfect for snorkelling. Torre Santa Sabina is also lovely.

As a family, we have done a lot of traveling over the years and have stayed in many locations. Santa Caterina is certainly among one of the best. It is a luxury house, well equipped in beautiful surroundings. It has been a perfect summer holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully located, characterful trullo, very comfortable and well equipped to a high standard.

  • 5 of 5

The perfect location from which to explore the best of Puglia. The property is private but not isolated and close to charming Carovigno for delicious local produce and the warm hospitality we encountered from all. A memorable evening spent watching vibrant pizzica performances in the town square was a delight.

All arrangements and communications with owner Ed were excellent and made for a stress free stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We are a family of 5 and have recently spent a week in Santa Caterina. A key requirement for us, with 3 young boys, is a good quality pool. The pool is a great size but on the day of our arrival, it was full of hundreds of dead woodlouse and there was no way we could dip a toe in it. To find this on day 1 was a real disappointment. We would have thought that the pool would be cleaned on changeover day. The owner was responsive but told us that the pool will have been cleaned on Saturday at the latest (2 days prior to our arrival). I spent a couple of hours most mornings netting the woodlouse so our boys could swim; due to this, we spent many more days at the beach than we otherwise would have done. The woodlouse were also very apparent within the villa itself and we had to place poison down, particularly in the kitchen area. We are seasoned travellers and to be told that we were 'in the wild' we found somewhat patronising. It was such a shame as the villa is lovely, well-equipped and homely. Ostuni is beautiful, as is Martina Franca, and we thoroughly enjoyed Monticelli beach and it's cool beach club (as adivsed by the owner). Sadly, we will not be returning and obviously cannot give it any sort of recommendation.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were really sorry abut this. The pool was cleaned on the changeover day, of course, and there were no woodlouse. To this day we are mistified by the problem because they disappeared as fast as they arrived. We have owned the villa for nearly 10 years and we have never had this problem. The house is in the country and the environment is not as controllable as in the city. We were really sorry that the family- who were very nice - had a disappointment, despite us getting the maintenance expert to the house several times.
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
34 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Ostuni or Caravigno stations
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Torre Santa Sabina
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Masseria Nzeta
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Torre Santa Sabina
Car: necessary

Situated between the two historic towns of Ostuni and Caravigno, it is in an ideal location for exploring all the delights of the Puglia area. Ostuni (known as the White City) is a beautiful medieval city with charming narrow streets and wonderful restaurants. Carovigno boasts the best restaurant in Puglia. There are other medieval cities nearby such as Martina Franca & Ceglie Messapica, Roman remains at Lecce and the amazing castle at Ottranto. At Gallipoli the fishermen mend their lines in the main streets as they have done for 1000 years and Grottaglie still produces a wonderful variety of ceramics.

Many of the beaches nearby are devoid of development with lovely sandy beaches. The nearby Torre Guaceco beaches and coast are protected as a site of special scientific interest. Close by is Faslandia ZooSafari with its incredible range of animals. No visit to Puglia would be complete without a visit to Alberrobello and its incredible collection of Trulli - the cone shaped local houses. A slightly longer journey takes you to Matera, a city dug into the rock with a murky past. The remains are breathtaking. Stopping on the way at Grotellie, the heart of the ceramic industry would be a great idea. There are medieval kilns and an incredible array of potteries.

For children there is a local playground, several more in Ostuni with the ZooSafari (with its theme park) and the Aquapark close by.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $382.46

We are happy to accept payment in Euro. We ask for 50% on booking with the balance 4 weeks before the date of arrival.

During standard and shoulder seasons you may use the heating and this is charged on a usage basis. The underfloor heating is on gas. The cost of gas used will be charged against the security deposit. There are no other charges for up to 4 people. We charge £10 per person per week for extra people This will be deducted from the security deposit since the system cannot cope with charging it.

Alternative periods and changeover can be accommodated out of the high season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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