Country house with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and private pool in Martina Franca, Italy
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"As featured in A Place in the Sun Magazine Oct 2010!" Trullo Patrizia is a 300 year old trullo and a romantic southern Italian farmhouse surrounded by 5 private acres of lush greenery.
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Trullo Patrizia is a 300 year old trullo - a romantic Southern Italian stone farmhouse - renovation was completed and a fantastic pool (12M x 6M) installed in December 2005.
Unlike many other recently renovated properties, Patrizia has not been extended with modern extensions and is completely original.
We have furnished Patrizia with traditional local furniture and avoided spoiling the atmosphere with a modern chic look!
The trullo is set in its own private 5 acres of olive, walnut, fig and cherry trees, on top of a hill, in a beautiful, unspoilt rural
location near Alberobello, Puglia.
It has two double bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms, and one bedroom with double sofa-bed and ensuite toilet/basin (a cot is available on request).
ESSENTIALLY WE REGARD THE TRULLO AS SLEEPING 4 + 2 GUESTS, AS THE SMALL BEDROOM HAS ONLY SMALL DOUBLE BED AND ENSUITE TOILET AND HANDBASIN.
The pool is open from mid-May to September - and longer if weather permits.
How to Get There
Ryanair: Flying from London Stansted airport to Bari takes around 2.5 hours.
Also Manchester to Brindisi and Liverpool to Bari.
Alitalia: Flying daily to Bari and Brindisi from Heathrow, via Rome or Milan - often cheaper than Ryanair!
(Also Brindisi on Thursday and Sunday)
EasyJet: Flying Spring to Autumn Gatwick to Bari
British Airways: Flying Spring to Autumn, direct to Bari from Gatwick and Brindisi from Heathrow
Both Bari and Brindisi are small provincial airports so collecting your luggage and car is quick and easy.
Our Italian property managers, Rossella and Gavin are also good friends.
They run their own B&B with a trullo and apartment if you need additional guest space.
So what is a trullo?
A trullo (plural trulli) is an ancient stone building, peculiar to Puglia and particularly the area surrounding the town of Alberobello.
They are dry-stone laid, using local limestone with conical roofs, and are reputed to have been created by local farmers to avoid tax in that they could easily be pulled down on a visit from the tax inspector.
However, when you see a trullo you would see why this is an unlikely story - the walls can be six feet thick!
The family would typically live in the main trullo, with a fire place/oven and storage on a wooden floor overhead in the cone.
Animals or produce would be kept in adjoining trulli or a stone lamia (extension).
No two are the same, as although they were built to a similar design, with one or more cones formed over a double wall of stone, they are built across the undulating countryside according to the local conditions and requirements.
Some are whitewashed and some have mystical signs painted on the roofs.
Trulli are very cool in the Summer due to the thick stone construction
Puglia is the "heel" of Italy, the South-East peninsula reaching out into the Adriatic and Ionian seas.
The area is very rural and traditional, and is regarded as the "garden of Italy".
Most of the countrys wine and much of the worlds olive oil is produced here, along with oranges, lemons, cherries, and countless other fruit, nuts, vegetables, wheat and a whole range of other agricultural produce. And one should not fail to mention the rich variety of seafood available in local markets and restaurants.
The world famous Italian cuisine (as captured recently in the series by Jamie Oliver) is available in abundance and surprisingly cheaply, thanks to the wealth of produce.
It also helps that the holidaymakers from Western Europe have not yet arrived, with prices to suit!
The locals are very laid-back and friendly. In combination with hot summer sun, over 500 miles of unspoilt sandy beaches and coastline, and a generous sprinkling of mediaeval towns, villages, churches and castles, this makes for a very popular holiday destination, especially with the Italians.
Holidaying here is only just catching on with the British, due to the introduction in the last 18 months of direct daily flights by Ryanair to the regional airports of Bari and Brindisi, and several weekly flights by British Airways to Bari and Brindisi.
There are numerous sites of cultural and archaeological interest, which reflects in the styles and designs of the villages, towns and cities of the region.
History and Places to Visit
The Romans, Goths, Lombards, Byzantines, Saracens, Normans, the Crusaders, French, Greeks and Spanish have all had ownership of Puglia at some point in time, and left a mark on the region.
The whitewashed buildings and towns, with narrow alleys and flights of steps that are more reminiscent of those in Greece
There are magnificent cathedrals, castles (the octagonal 11th Century Castel Del Monte of Frederick II, Baris 13th Century Swabian Castle) and cities with Baroque influences. The Roman amphitheatre in Lecce of 1st Centrury BC is one of the oldest remaining.
Places to Visit
Alberobello - the focal point for the trulli! Alberobello boasts the greatest number of trulli in one place, with around 1,500 nestling in the cobbled streets around the gentle hills on which the town is built.
Trulli are protected by the World Heritage Organisation. Those in Alberobello have been lived in for several hundred years up to today.
There are many shops, restaurants, a church and even hotels to be found in trulli in the town.
Brindisi - a bustling modern port, home to the 15th Century Aragones Castle and some medieval and Baroque churches. Daily ferries to Greece, Turkey and Albania.
Castellana Grotto - the largest cave complex in Italy, with dazzling white walls of pure crystals.
Ceglie Mesapica - an ancient Messapian centre lies in the old town.
Cisternino - with a pretty old town, typical of the area.
Gallipoli - (from the Greek kalli poli, meaning beautiful city) with a Byzantine castle, a Baroque cathedral and an ancient Greek fountain.
Lecce - the "Florence of the South", described as the most beautiful city in Italy, in a Baroque style with golden stone building in quiet winding streets.
Locorotondo - arranged in a circular style, with narrow winding streets, trulli and a Gothic church
Martina Franca - another Baroque city with an interesting old town centre
Ostuni - the "white city", with whitewashed buildings set on top of three hills overlooking the Adriatic. Many bars, restaurants and shops.
Otranto - South of Lecce, with an award winning beach, lots of restaurants and shops.
Polignano - a beautiful seaside town, north of Monopoli
Taranto - standing on a central island between two canals, with narrow winding streets, Roman ruins, an Aragonese castle, 11th Century Baroque cathedral and Doric column from the Greek temple of Poseidon.
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This country house has 38 verified reviews.
38 out of 38 people recommend staying here
We had a great week in Trullo Patrizia. We were 6 adults and one of the bedrooms was not suitable for 2 adults. The room was cramped and the bed was worn out. There were also some minor shortcomings in kitchenware and tableware.
Otherwise it was a wonderful place and we would go back, but when we arrive in daylight. We drove with sat nav and arrived in the dark. Then we drove 10 meters next to where we actually went in to mess a lot before we got out. The entrance from the road is unmarked and does not look like a driveway. Should have been a photo of the entrance along with driving instructions.
Trullo Patrizia lived up to our expectations! The trullo has been restored so authentically without the ugly extensions which we saw in our travels around the area. The golden stones seem to glow beneath the blue sky. The peace is restorative. The pool is elegant and inviting, whether for that first swim of the day when the rest of the family are still asleep or, in the evening, with the lights on. We still regard it as a privilege to have watched the swifts swooping down in formation to sip whilst still on the wing.
We did drag ourselves away from the pool to visit Ostuni, Matera, Martina Franca and Grotte do Castellana. The highlights of these visits were the cucina povera, the fact that the other holiday makers are generally Italian not British, and the friendliness and welcome we met everywhere.
No review of Trullo Patrizia would be complete without mentioning Pasquale who seems to embody the friendliness, hospitality and generosity of southern Italy. When he learnt that we loved figs (and those in the garden were not yet ripe), he brought us a bag of figs fresh from his own trees and still warm from the sunshine. When we asked for recommendations for our last meal of the holiday, he drove home to get the directory of local restaurants so that we had the correct address for Casa Nova in Alberobello. We had a fabulous meal there!
We didn't manage to fit in a visit to Lecce - an ideal excuse for another stay!
A lovely property and wonderful facilities, many thanks.
Gill and I enjoyed our week in TP very much - it's a most unique property in a very different part of Italy to those that we both know from previous visits, located well away but not too far from the well-known Alberobello and an excellent base for touring around Puglia and surrounding areas.
The building (and its environs) in general really are something to behold, the only slight thing on the downside was (believe it or not) the weather which was very English!
We thoroughly recommend this holiday with a real difference, if you want to get away from it all for sure.
Lovely location - secluded but near to several towns and wonderful restaurants. There are good supermarkets nearby. The pool is enormous, but if you want the beach, a 30 minute drive will get you there. The facilities at the trullo are excellent and the grounds are beautifully maintained. The local help / advisors for the property were great. They responded quickly to the few problems we had. A wonderful place to stay!
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Outside this country house in Martina Franca, ItalyThis country house is in the countryside and in a quiet area. It has a pool, a barbecue, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.
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Updated 10 July 2018
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Changeover days and minimum stays
- 17 August 2018 - 28 March 2019: changeover day is Saturday, bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
- 29 March - 30 March 2019: changeover day is Saturday and bookings must be for whole weeks only.
- 31 March - 29 October 2019: changeover day is Saturday, bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
- 30 October - 1 November 2019: changeover day is Saturday and bookings must be for whole weeks only.
- 2 November 2019 - 28 March 2020: changeover day is Saturday, bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
- 29 March - 30 March 2020: changeover day is Saturday and bookings must be for whole weeks only.
- 31 March - 27 October 2020: changeover day is Saturday, bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
- 29 March - 30 March 2021: changeover day is Saturday and bookings must be for whole weeks only.
- 31 March - 6 July 2021: changeover day is Saturday, bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
Early booking discounts
- Receive 5% off if the booking is made 52 weeks before the arrival date.
Late booking discounts
- Arrive between 31 August - 2 November and receive 15% off if the booking is made within 40 days of the arrival date.
Long stay discounts
- Receive 5% off if the booking is for 3 weeks or more.
- Receive 5% off if the booking is for 4 weeks or more.
If more than one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.
1 January - 31 January: £75.00 per week, paid with booking
1 February - 28 February: £75.00 per week, paid with booking
1 March - 31 March: £75.00 per week, paid with booking
1 April - 30 April: £75.00 per week, paid with booking
1 October - 31 October: £75.00 per week, paid with booking
1 November - 30 November: £75.00 per week, paid with booking
1 December - 31 December: £75.00 per week, paid with booking
Five or six person supplement
£75.00 per booking for each additional person if there are more than 4 people, paid with booking
3 bedrooms, Sleeps 6:
- 1 double bed and en suite
- 1 double bed and en suite
- 1 double sofa bed and en suite
There is also 1 cot
3 bathrooms including 3 en suites
Private pool, Size 12m x 8m, Depth 2m
CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, Radio, TV Languages in English, Local, Satellite / cable
Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 6, Central heating, Clothes drier, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Car hire essential
Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster
Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden
Trullo Patrizia is a beautiful 300 year old trullo - Southern Italian stone farmhouse - a high standard of renovation was completed in November 2005. This romantic trullo is set in its own private 5 acres of olive, walnut, fig and cherry trees, on top of a hill, in a beautiful, unspoilt rural location near Alberobello, Puglia.
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