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2 main double bedrooms, 1 double sofa divan, 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 4-6
One double and one twin/triple plus the sofa/bed in the living room, so that it is possible to arrange the beds to suit yourself if friends are with you or if you have a family of several children
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 7 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
No smoking - Smoking is permitted in the garden only.Smoking is permitted in the garden only.
Max guests: 7 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter:
- No one should enter the house dripping wet. Please dry off outside, using the pool towels provided. If you use all the towels, please wash some.
- Try to conserve water and electricity. Water is in short supply and electricity is expensive. Shut outside lights off in the daytime.
- Lock all doors and windows, as well as shutting shutters before going out otherwise insurance is null and void.
The local area is characterised by the stony red earth and olive groves, typical of Puglia. The property benefits from refreshing breezes, situated as it is on a low hill. Within a few miles, you find the undulating hills of vines or wheat fields populated with clusters of trulli houses. The Itria valley with attractions like the Trulli town of Alberobello; the round gabled town of Locorotondo or elegant Martina Franca, is only twenty minutes away by car. Ostuni, the lively, famed 'White City' is 11km away and Lecce, the Florence of the South, is an hour away, whereas there are several different types of beaches within easy reach. Ceglie itself is a quiet little town slightly off the tourist route and very unpretentious, yet it comes to life at night with festivals and illuminations. It has an historic centre with narrow, cobbled streets and a good variety of places to eat.
Other Activities: Sight seeing
- english, french, italian
About Jo Fullwood
I grew up in Cheshire and have lived in Shropshire with my husband Alan all our married lives. We have always enjoyed travelling and getting to know the local people. We were teachers in a former life but now we like gardening, music, theatre, cinema and I still act as Tour Manager for an American company taking High school students to France. I play tennis and attend a book club. Most of our time on the patio is spent reading!
Jo Fullwood purchased this House in 2004
Why Jo Fullwood chose Ceglie Messapica
We first came to Puglia after an American friend told us about it. We rented a trullo just outside Ceglie and I fell in love with it. This resulted, some time later, in my arranging a short, property-seeking break in the area, with my lump sum in mind!. I had little imagination for crumbling ruins in the middle of fields and this house was habitable immediately even though it was basic back then. On returning home, I tried to find financial means with which to buy it and if it had not been for my adventurous 90 year old father giving me the money, I would never have secured it. My parents travelled at 91 to see what their money had been spent on! Consequently the house is of great sentimental value to me. We have had many holidays there and we have made wonderful friends. The Puglian people have been so generous with their time and help, their produce and hospitality that it is almost embarrassing. We love the simple life they lead, the family values, the lack of ageism and their genuine interest in us. We love the fact that there is little commercialism and no nearby hotel complexes or gawdy attractions. The little town comes alive at night with music festivals, traditional toy festival, celebration of the saints, dancing and the town band. There is usually something interesting happening on the little square and the range of restaurants is varied. We are a car ride away form several good beaches and lovely places to visit but the house is beautifully relaxing and a joy to spend the days in.
What makes this House unique
The house has a welcoming feel to it and I knew immediately that it was the house for me. I love the huge,private garden full of Mediterranean flowers and produce; the three cones of the trullo are so quaint and picturesque; the verandah is a wonderful extra dimension affording us the luxury of sun, shade, shelter from the odd shower, and barbeques! Trulli do not exist in any other region and the Itrian valley, just down the road, is full of them. Apart from local attractions like Ostuni and Alberobello , places like Bari, Brindisi, Naples, Matera, Gallipoli are all accessible from Ceglie, by train even if you don't want to drive. It is possible to get to Sicily, Croatia and Greece on ships from nearby ports. Hopefully, the new pool will make the property even more attractive, in that we will all be able to stay cool on those blisteringly hot summer days, as well as getting some exercise in readiness for all that gorgeous Italian food.