Specialists in Southern Italy, Sicily & Sardinia
From £1,965 pw
Two in one and as cute as they come, a pretty stone trullo and a traditional stone lamia in a magnificent spot. Annie loves this property’s charm, its location and the brand new pool. Ray loves those views.
Almost equidistant between Cisternino and Martina Franca (about 6km), Trullo Palma & Lamia Mario are perfect for those who dream of a rural location, but still want to be within easy striking distance of two wonderful towns. The property is approached down an unmade, but perfectly fine, track of approximately 400m, so is secluded and private. About 500m down the road from the start of the track is a recently completed section of the “Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto Pugliese”, a cycle way and nature trail of 10km or so, which runs through the countryside. This is a truly wonderful path for a stroll through nature or a bike ride. It wends its way through woods, open undulating landscapes and dry stone walls, taking you past trulli and masserie, in complete traffic-free safety. It really is a joy.
Two beautiful, traditional Pugliese buildings, recently restored and with a brand new pool, the whole property offers a wonderful compromise for friends or families who appreciate a little space of their own. Detached and separate but still close by, everyone can enjoy their holiday together but have their own space to retreat to. Trullo Palma and Lamia Mario are at their absolute best when booked together. The Italian owners are very proud of what they have achieved and rightly so.
Lamia Mario is the hub of the property and is a superb example of a truly charming traditional stone building, brought up to modern day standards. Vaulted ceilings and honey-coloured exposed stone create a delightful interior, full of character. As you enter the pretty lamia, the spacious sitting room is quite impressive, with its masses of stone and vaulted ceiling, as well as double sofa-bed. A door leads to the generous double bedroom, with a floor of antique tiles and yet another vaulted ceiling. An arch from the sitting room leads to the very roomy and well-equipped kitchen/dining room, which also has a large decorative fireplace and an amazing barrel-vaulted ceiling. Just off the kitchen is a small utility/storeroom, which houses the washing machine. In the same corridor is the shower room, with a large shower.
Outside, Lamia Mario is in an elevated position and its panorama is spectacular. The really large stone-flagged terrace immediately in front of the lamia is perfect for outdoor living. Just a few paces to the side lead you to the swimming pool and yet another large panoramic terrace. Both are a dream, with views towards a wooded hillside and Martina Franca, in the distance.
Trullo Palma sits just below the Lamia and is a perfect example of how wonderful things can be made out of small spaces. Undeniably dinky, with lots of exposed honey-coloured stone, low headroom in places and on different levels, it is really cute. As you enter the pretty trullo, the sitting room, in a cone, is cosy and comfortable, with a sofa-bed. The shower room is on this level and then, up a couple of steps, the bedroom is in a compact barrel vaulted room. From there, duck and lift your knees (!!) to another few steps under a low arch to the galley kitchen, which is really quite charming and has a door to the outside as well as table and chairs for two (four at a push). This all sounds far more acrobatic than it actually is and all of it just seems to add to its immense charm.
Outside, two stone-flagged terraces immediately in front and to the side of the trullo give ample space for relaxing and dining al fresco – a cosy niche for two, if you get fed up of the rest of the gang (...as if...!). Gravelling wraps around it too, providing yet more outside space and all of these areas have uninterrupted views over open countryside. Steps around the back of the trullo and gravel paths lead to the swimming pool and large panoramic terrace.
Are you a family with teens who stay up later than Mum & Dad, watching telly and stomping around to grab a late night snack? No problem, the Lamia and Trullo are independent from one another and fully equipped so you will be blissfully unaware of any night-time foraging! Or are you two couples or generations, who enjoy each other’s company, but appreciate your own space now and then? No problem there either – the Lamia and Trullo will be your perfect combination for an idyllic holiday. With loads of space for those fun family barbecues and with private niches for those who need peace now and again, this is the perfect family choice.
Smoking – we ask smokers to smoke outside only please.
The one-bedroomed Lamia Mario is a superb example of a truly charming traditional stone building, brought up to modern day standards. Vaulted ceilings and honey-coloured exposed stone create a delightful interior, full of character.
Trullo Palma is a perfect example of how wonderful things can be made out of small spaces. The detached trullo is undeniably dinky, with lots of exposed honey-coloured stone, low headroom in places and on different levels, so it is really cute.
• Children under 12 stay free of charge • Use of sofa beds for children 12-16 years, £65 for one child or £100 for two children • Weekly clean, bed linen and bath towels changed every Saturday • Pool towels included for duration of stay (please note these will not be changed during a stay) • Heating €10 per day, per building, payable locally
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