Situated off the beaten track in the peaceful Puglian countryside, Trullo San Paolo is as tranquil as it gets. The 250-year-old trullo has been lovingly restored into a luxurious six-bedroom retreat, complete with spacious pool and a secluded two-hectare garden filled with olive and almond trees. Laura checked in for a sun-filled week a few years ago and has been dreaming about it ever since.
The trullo has four bedrooms in the main house, the largest of which features the traditional domed roof and beautiful exposed brickwork, as well as a library with original fireplace. The remaining three bedrooms are made up of two doubles and one twin (perfect for kids), plus there are two bathrooms and one laundry room with a WC. For larger groups or visiting guests there’s also an annex with two small but perfectly formed double bedrooms and an additional bathroom.
The kitchen is the hub of the house and has all the equipment needed for preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sit around the farm-style dining table or open the double wooden doors and dine on the terrace where two 100-year-old myrtle trees provide shade. Traditional Puglian stone flooring runs throughout the house, which not only looks beautiful but keeps rooms cool and comfortable (air-con can be switched on for especially hot days). Local homewares give the serenely pared-back interior a homely touch. There’s also WiFi for remote working.
You won’t be short of places to unwind outside. Catch the sun on a lounger, have a shady break in one of the two pergolas, or cool off with a dip in the large swimming pool. Ready for a party? The BBQ area is the perfect spot for summer evening entertainment.
If you can tear yourself away from the trullo, there are a handful of beaches only 20 minutes’ drive away. It’s also worth taking an excursion to the nearby picturesque towns of Ceglie Messapica, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Alberobello (the ‘trullo town’) and Ostuni – also known as the White City. Visit the weekly markets to stock up on local food and crafts, or stop off in one of the many cafés and restaurants serving specialities such as caciocavallo, pettole and orecchiette. Don’t miss a trip to Grottaglie, where you can see the town’s famous ceramics – and buy some keepsakes to bring home.
Stay at Trullo San Paolo from £1,500 per week, Saturday-Saturday. Booking can be made via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closest airport is Brindisi’s Papola Casale Airport. The Trullo can also be reached from Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport.
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