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This area may have travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
Sleeps 10 in 5 double bedrooms, 3 modern bathrooms, modern conveniences
Beds 1 and 2 are built on a traditional threshing floor. All the beds have local bespoke handmade mattresses. Bed 5 is again handmade and entirely circular with a 210 centimetres diameter. Bed 5 is reached from outside the property as trulli have outside steps to the roof. This room should not be used by children as they would have to come down the steps at night to reach their parents. All bedrooms have either side tables or stone alcoves with reading lamps. Each bedroom has a stone floor and bespoke windows with integral mosquito nets and shutter. All the doors are handmade wooden with traditional locks. There are wool blankets, eiderdowns and 2 pillows for each person. Every bedroom has a conical trullo ceiling. There are hanging alcoves/chains with plenty of hangers to hand clothes and chest of drawers. There are mosquito 'zappers' provided in each bedroom. Bedrooms 1 and 4 have en suite bathrooms. There are two hairdryers. Each room has a fan.
Pool / Spa
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Pool has steps but no life guardPool has steps but no life guard
Max guests: 10 (sleeps up to 10 adults) - Babies and under 2's in addition to 10 adult maximBabies and under 2's in addition to 10 adult maxim
Minimum age of primary renter:
- Please do not run around the pool, go onto the roof or swim unsupervised. Thanks
- Contract must be signed, completed and returned within 48 hours of receipt otherwise rental will not be confirmed regardless of booking on line.
- Our own cancellation policy must be accepted. SPECIAL CANCELLATION POLICY FOR COVID. PLEASE ASK FOR DETAILS.
Minimum one-day vacancy between guests’ stays
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC
Cleaned with disinfectant
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)
Follows regional health guidelines: Safe Hospitality National Protocol (Italy)
Contrada Fantese is an old masseria (old farm), consisting of only three properties/homes. Our neighbours are locals who farm the land and mend the surrounding trulli. It lies in the middle of the valley d'Itria, surrounded by fields and there are superb views of Locorontondo and Cisternino from the garden. The area is close to all the famous towns of the area, Martina Franca, Alberobello, Ostuni and Ceglie Messapica (renown for its restaurants). The sea is about 25 minutes drive away with beautiful sandy beaches. The area is full of wild flowers, olive, fig, walnut and almond trees and local vineyards.
Cycle on the famous Italian cycling routes (2 minutes from the villa), visit the Bhole Baba buddhist centre for yoga and meditation, run through the countryside, visit the vineyards, cheese shops.
Our neighbours are the managers so they are on hand all day and night for anything you might need.
We provide a safe pool area for children with locked fences around the pools. We have cots, linen, toys, bottles, plug covers, books, potty, stroller, wendy house, pool toys, trike, in fact almost everything parents need to make life easy with small children. We can provide campbeds for older children who want to share with their parents. If you need anything bought for you in advance of your trip like nappies or formula, just let us know. You will be presented with a large welcome basket which includes wine, milk, tea, bread, coffee, biscuits, fruit and much more.
Puglia has wonderful, child friendly towns with the best food in Italy. Ostuni, Locorotondo, Lecce, Otranto and so, so many more. Meander leisurely before dinner with all the locals, chatting, stopping for an aperitive, seeing local architecture which has been influenced by Swabians, Arabs, Normans, Spanish.....
The ice cream you will buy in gelaterias is invariably made in house by local people with ingredients that they have grown!
You can visit the markets in each of the towns to buy your fruit and veg.
This is Italy as it used to be 30 years ago but the North has changed, Puglia much less so. The people are charming and helpful.
Local wines can be bought in cooperativos for as little as 2 euros a bottle. For just a little more you will enjoy really excellent primitivo, negroamaro and malvaisia wines. Wines in restaurants are rarely marked up like they are in the UK, a joy!
Your children can run about in the fenced gardens/fields whilst you sit by the pool and read a book, watching the swallows swoop down for a drink from the pool and the butterflies landing on the lavendar bushes. Life should be so tough!
- english, swedish, Danish, norwegian
About Sharon Bierer
A family from London and Denmark who love their home in Italy. We have local friends now to whom we speak dreadful Italian but we speak it enthusiastically! We love the local food and wine and always try to buy from local shops. Please enjoy our home.
Sharon Bierer purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Sharon Bierer chose Ostuni
We bought it as a wreck and it has taken years to restore. It has been a school, a home and housed animals in its past. It is surrounded by countryside, is quiet, has beautiful views and wonderful neighbours who have lived in this contrada for centuries. The house is 200 years old and has such character. It is so close to Cisternino and shops but still very 'unknown'.
What makes this Villa unique
Character, beautiful trees and country life going on around one. Sitting on the roof drinking a glass of wine watching the sun go down over the valley. Reading a book on the hammock or lazing in the pool. Neighbours, not an agent, who live next door and who are available immediately for any issues. Eating on our 16' (4 metre table) stone table, watching the butterflies.