We were set on a trip to Puglia and found this property to be the perfect location to relax and unwind in rural Italy. Rather than a villa, it is a spacious, well equipped house in a quiet location just outside the "hamlet" of Serranova (which provided bread and basic provisions at Tonino's), with San Vito dei Normanni and Carovigno within a short drive, the former with 2 or 3 good supermarkets and the latter with excellent restaurants, especially Cantinoni Coppularossa which we visited 3 times. The best feature of the house is the large pool, with safety step all around and roman steps. The barbecue was well used and we did our best to use the wine fridge although the choice and quality of the local wines and beer saw regular re-stocking! Many thanks to Geraldine for use of the property and for Salvatore and Laura for help while we were there. We will return to Puglia soon I think!
Booking process was smooth and easy.
On arrival at the agreed time however no one was there to meet us. We had to go into the local town to find the man who looks after the property but had to wait an hour for him to appear - on a very hot day with 2 young children aged 2 and 5.
He was not welcoming in anyway and made us feel as if we were putting him out by being there.
The property itself was unfortunately not as clean as it could have been. Dishwasher filthy, smelly and lots of ants.
Upstairs sink was blocked and backed up.
Worst was the outside area - patio dirty and had cigarette buts/bottle tops. Tables not cleaned.
The garden are by the pool had numerous piles of animal faeces - unfortunately found first by our toddler.....
The owner was friendly and tried to remedy what she could from afar. However our visit was tarnished by trying to clean these things up and get them sorted. We were given a small refund as a gesture of good will.
Plus sides are that it is a good size property with a lovely big pool.
The winning feature of this house is the large pool and the quiet, secluded grounds surrounding it. Good quality wooden sunbeds and lots of towels and lounger covers available. The house itself is fine and is equipped with everything you are likely to need for this kind of holiday. We noted that the kitchen was better stocked than most rentals (sharp knives, plenty of pans & wine glasses) and there is a large wine fridge which came in extremely handy ! We didnt find a juicer but bought one for about £10 from the large Auchan supermarket to make fresh orange juice each day.
bedrooms and bathrooms are functional rather than special but are certainly fit for purpose. The house is very quiet at night so a good sleep can be anticipated. One does feel secure !
house is 20 mins drive from Brindisi airport and very easy to find (we had to meet the man who looks after it in the village - no problems there at all).
the general area is lovely. We did most of our shopping Carovigno ( a lot nicer than San Vito in our opinion) - two wonderful pescherias and lots of great bakeries. For cheese and salami we recommend the Fattorie Grottamiranda - not easy to find but less than 10 mins drive (check it out on Google & trust it).
The produce everywhere is excellent so we cooked at the house and hardly bothered with restaurants but most seem very inexpensive and the ones we did visit were great.
in summary, we greatly enjoyed our stay here !