Architect: Martin Brett

Itria Villa, Puglia, Italy
Sleeps 8 (+2 on sofa bed)

From £870 per week

Completed in 2010, this property is a private Italian villa which occupies a hilly rural site.

Property
The house is designed by architect Martin Brett, a retired senior associate at Chamberlin, Powell & Bon and Austin-Smith Lord following the amalgamation of the practices.

In response to the local vernacular of simple geometric stone and white rendered forms, the villa makes use of traditional materials. The style is typical of Puglia, ‘the heel of Italy’, where ubiquitous flat roofs betray the region’s proximity to north Africa.

Great care has been taken to integrate the building with its hilltop location and the ancient dry-stone walls, which delineate the surrounding terraces of olive and almond trees. It offers its guests total privacy.

Accommodation
The property has four bedrooms: two with king-size double beds, one double with an option of two single beds and one with bunk beds. A cot is also available for any bedroom.

The villa’s accommodation is arranged on two levels. The upper floor (and entrance floor) is comprised of a light, spacious, open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. Sliding doors and French windows open onto an external balcony and sun-shaded dining terrace and BBQ area, with views to the neighbouring woodland and hills beyond. Also on this floor, through a stone archway, is a suite made up of two bedrooms and a shower room.

From the upper floor, stairs lead down to the lower level, where there are two further double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom or shower room. French windows lead off each lower-floor bedroom onto the lower terrace and adjacent swimming pool, which measures 4m x 10m. The lower floor also has a utility room with washing machine and sink.

The villa is set in its own gated private grounds, 0.75 ha in size, with parking space for several cars. The garden areas, close to the house and pool, are planted with herbs, flowers and shrubs, and overlook the wilder olive groves.

Roof-mounted solar panels heat the water, supplemented by a gas boiler which supplies radiators in the cooler months. There is a wood burning stove in the living room.

Location
Ostuni, ‘The White City’, and its excellent supermarkets, delicatessens and Saturday market, is a convenient ten minute drive away from the villa. Ostuni also has a charming hilltop visitor attraction, ‘Centro Storico’, with cobbled alleyways and streets full of shops, restaurants and bars. Other nearby towns include Martina Franca, famous for its baroque centre, and the historic town of Lecce.

The villa is located up in the hills of the Itria Valley, a region of Puglia renowned for stone cone-roofed ‘Trulli’. The centre of Albelloberro, the nearby World Heritage town, is comprised of these unique buildings, and they can be seen in clusters along the country roads.

The villa is around 8km from the coast, with its sandy beaches, lidos and nature reserves. An adventure playground for all ages, with zip-wires through the trees, is only 2km away, and the nearest golf course is a 30 minute drive away.

Transport links
The villa is a 40 minute drive from Brindisi airport, with direct flights from Stansted. It is 70 minutes from Bari airport, with direct flights from both Stansted and Gatwick. Flying from other airports such as Heathrow usually involves a change at Rome or Milan.

Prices

1 Jan-29 Apr £975 per week
29 Apr-27 May £1,600 per week
27 May-1 Jul £2,100 per week
1 July-2 Sep £2,550 per week
2 Sep-16 Sep £2,100 per week
16 Sep-30 Sep £1,600 per week
30 Sep-31 Dec £975 per week
Standard bookings run Saturday to Saturday, but other periods are available subject to agreement

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