La Scuderia accommodation is really not villa, apartment nor villetta. With real skill and a feel for the traditional vernacular architecture, La Scuderia has been transformed into a small hamlet of stuccoed pajare-type buildings. For outdoor living, each (apart from No. 105) has its own terrace, with built-in barbecue and as much privacy as allows. They really are a delight.
The style is pleasingly rustic, a quite fashionable simplicity, which enhances the character. This is adorned with antique pieces, local artisan carpentry for doors, shutters and some of the furniture, and handmade mother-of-pearl tiles. The effect is stylishly simple and rather “Country Living”.
All (except 105) have kitchens with oven, hob, fridge-freezer, iron & ironing board, Italian TV, terrace with outside table & chairs, outside shower.
No. 101 & 102 (sleep up to 6)
One en-suite double bedroom, one twin/double bedroom & main shower room. Large living/dining room (possibility of 2 extra single beds) & kitchen area. Air-conditioning and fans in both bedrooms and in the living/dining room.
No. 103 & 104 (sleep up to 4)
One double bedroom & one shower room. Large living/dining room (small sofa-bed suitable only for children) & kitchen area. Air-conditioning and fans in the bedroom and in the living/dining room.
No. 105 (sleeps up to 2)
One bedroom & one shower room, without kitchen, but with a small area with fridge (no freezer) and small stove-type hob. Air-conditioning and fan in the bedroom.
No. 100 (sleeps up to 6)
Absolutely detached & quite separate from the other pajare, enjoying great privacy, in a part of the grounds next to the paddocks, this is an original pajara-cum-trullo, with very thick dry stone walls, masses of character and lots of outside space to itself. These buildings, by their very nature, usually remain naturally cool, but, in any case, there are climate control machines in the two main bedrooms and kitchen/dining room. No.100 is not over-furnished and is rustic and simple, with some amazing antique pieces.
The original layout of the pajara has been respected in its restoration, causing some inevitable compromises in how the rooms work, but nothing insurmountable. It is worth remembering that, in a Mediterranean summer, it is usually perfectly feasible to go outside to use shower rooms and other facilities, so, if bedrooms have doors to the outside, you will use them. You’ll see what I mean – read on!
The main door is into the large kitchen/dining room, which is the most impressive part of the pajara, oozing with original character, with the original fireplace (not used now), an antique woodburner (which still works), a massive stone sink with brass taps, a copper oven and 4-ringed hob and a mighty curved exposed stone wall. Off this, there is the small and simple shower room, with washing machine.
A fascinatingly narrow and small corridor leads through the stone wall to a small room, with two single beds (can be made into double). There is an external door and this room also leads off to the double bedroom, which also has an external door. Off that room leads another narrow corridor to a tiny single room/sleeping area, with just a bed (another could be squeezed in, if needed). Honestly, this room might be acceptable for small children, but I really envisage it as storage space for suitcases and so on. The double bedroom’s external door gives easy access to a small room with loo and wash basin, on the verandah.
For me, No.100 is a conundrum. I love it for its location in the grounds, its privacy and its character – for me, the kitchen is special. However, it is only for folk, who love antique, traditional things and can work with the layout.