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We believe our villa to be a rare amalgam of the unique qualities of the ancient trullo and masseria styles typical of this part of Puglia with the luxury of sophisticated modern living. The trulli are built in dry-stone construction, the roof being built up of decreasing concentric rings of limestone slabs. Having fallen under Puglias spell we were fortunate to be introduced
to a husband and wife architect designer team who undertake very small numbers of projects such as the rebuilding and renovation of Villa Santoro.

A Veritable Fairyland
This part of Puglia is also known as Trulliland. It is protected, as are the trulli due to their quite unique looks and construction. There is a fantastical quality to groups of sometimes whitewashed conical houses dotting the rolling valleys with their olive groves and vineyards. This is a region of Italy quite unlike any portrayed in the usual tourist guides. It is as yet unspoiled by tourism, combining a slice of real Italy with beautiful countryside and superb beaches, mostly within easy reach.

Architecture to Zen
There are a myriad things to do and see in Puglia. Beautiful hilltop towns exhibiting all kinds of architectural flair Greek, Norman, Romanesque and flamboyant Baroque. Superb wines abound from the whites of Locorotondo to the strong reds of the Salentine peninsula. Open air weekly markets in all towns offer huge varieties of superb local grown fresh produce. The restaurants to be found in all the nearby towns range from the friendly family trattoria to the more sophisticated, all exceptionally good value. Cycling, rambling, horse riding, watersports of all sorts are just a few of the endless activities available. Extra services like Ayurvedic massage and an in house chef are available by request. This part of Puglia and Villa Santoro in particular also offer the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and relax in wonderful surroundings, which include the superb natural style pool.


A beautiful stone villa with stunning views, sleeping 8, incorporating the trullo and masseria styles typical of Puglia with lake style pool.


Property type: Villa

Room details


4 bedrooms, sleeps 8

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds
Bedroom 4: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 double sofa bed located in Living room, 1 cot
Room for 10 in the dining area
Room for 10 in the living area
3 bathrooms, 3 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Open fire
Clothes drier
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Outside lighting
Private garden
Extra information (There are panoramic views over olive groves and almond groves towards Cisternino Young children under the age of eight must be constantly supervised for safety reasons due to the accessibility and size of the pool Pool towels are provided)


Suitable for
Restricted mobility (The villa is on a number of levels and it is impossible to classify people's ability to cope on the basis of pigeon holed "disability". It depends entirely upon the type of disability as to whether the property is likely to be suitable. A quick email to the owner will answer any questions regarding this matter.)

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Horse Riding
Sports Center
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site

Prices and availability

Last updated 19.12.2012

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Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 3 Weeks 10%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 4 Weeks 10%


Compulsory extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Central Heating charged at Euros 150 per week All year N/A £0.00 per week

Paid locally

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Extra cleaning service, in addition to the once a week inclusive All year person per hour

Paid locally


This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest bar: 1.5km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Bari Airport: 65km
  • Martina Franca: 12km
  • Cisternino: 10km
  • Ostuni: 15km
  • Alberobello: 35km


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6 out of 6 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 09 June 2007
Superb villa with excellent facilities. We took advantage of the availability of a chef arranged by Christina who was brilliant and would thoroughly recommend. The only thing we would change is the addition of sun loungers as the deck chairs are ok but not terribly comfortable.
Stayed Saturday 18 June 2005
Cassa Rossa is a beautiful property. The house has been designed by a gifted architect, incorporating two of the conical-shaped stone Trullis that are characteristic of the mysterious Puglia region of Italy. White limestone fireplace, floors and counters, beautiful hand-crafted wood cabinetry and french doors and luxurious fittings combine with comfortable furnishings and great-quality beds to make this a heavenly place to vacation for a couple or a group. The outdoor entertaining area is a dream---the largest, most unusual and beautiful pool you have ever seen, music and spectacular lighting for late evenings around the pool, a contemporary palapa with cushioned seating for 10 and a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen that will tempt you away from the wonderful restaurants of the area to eat at home! The owner has thought of everything and the quality is that of a much-loved, exquisitely- designed second home, not at all reminiscent of the durable-but-bland decor of the typical villa rental property. This property is a must for the discerning traveller to this beautiful region of Italy. We are still dreaming about Cassa Rossa and will be back!
shared the villa amongst 3 couples. found the accommodation to be great. well equiped kitchen, terrific bathrooms and outstanding pool and grounds! great area for cycling.
Lovely property in beautiful surroundings. A lot to do around the area, though anyone expecting a nightlife more exciting than going to a restaurant would be bored. We loved it.
A stunning property in a lovely spot, we spent a great week here in September '07. We cooked caught-that-day fish on the BBQ and ate al fresco most evenings and felt very spoilt. Cristina was so helpful, and nothing was too much trouble. The restoration is superb, highly recommended.
A beautiful property, tastefully renovated. Fantastic pool- all we could want for a relaxing break. would definitely go again !!
1 other reviews
"Congratulations on your new 'home'. It is fantastic-beautifully done! We had a terrific time, though altogether too brief"............................................. Kamal from Karachi "Thank you for a wonderful time! The quality and beauty of the Villa speaks for itself. We look forward to returning to see the results of the planting....hard work in this heat!".............................................................................. Philip from Cambridge "So difficult to avoid those puns, "trulli" this, that and everything-but si, it "trulli" is private, peaceful and all so tasteful. The "poolia" with it's own beaches, a vital cooldown in the heat of the day. An excellent location as a base to visit local towns and even the magnificent baroque of Lecce"................................. Nick from London "We have had a wonderful week in your stunning Villa and have enjoyed eating "al fresco" most evenings and the pool has been a definite highlight. The surrounding towns and vilages have offered us great trips"....................... Penny from Harpenden "It is difficult to add anything to the superlatives already expressed by previous visitors about the villa, pool and surounds-we merely endorse them all. The attention to detail, both internally and externally do your designer and architect credit-the views from each and every window are wonderful"....................... Sylvia from Hertfordshire What a lovely surprise Puglia is! Beautifully lush and green at this time of year (October), lots of work going on in the fields, fantastic food and wine and fairytale trulli over every hlll. Thanks John for giving us the opportunity to stay here. The villa is lovely. In fact we love it here so much we have bought our own ramshackle trullo to restore!"....................................................................... Dagmar from Los Angeles


About the owner
Having been in the art world as an auctioneer and paintings dealer for 25 years we bought our villa in Puglia as a holiday home for rental. I am now a partner to, for the Puglia and Basilicata region where with my knowledge of the region and its amenities I now promote other owners properties as well as my own.
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Located in: United Kingdom
Joined: October 2004