Price From € 4325 per week (more information)
Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 6
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Altomuro



Life at Altomuro is for us a dream come true. The estate is a place of personal discovery where you can get back in touch with nature, reconnect with a simpler way of life and enjoy the most delicious food. Relax on the hammocks under the Mediterranean pine trees flanking the olive orchard, take in the views from the pergola with climbing roses, rejuvenate in the infinity pool overlooking the glorious countryside, go for a bike ride at sunset in the olive orchards and vineyards surrounding the property, and let the staff prepare you a wonderful ‘farm to table’ meal. You will forget you came here to sightsee!

Altomuro is located near the towns of Squinzano and Campi Salentina and very easily reached via the freeway that connects Brindisi and Bari to the city of Lecce which is just 15 minutes away. The house and estate sit on the edge of a beautiful ridge that overlooks a valley filled with olive orchards and vineyards. In the distance you can see the towns of Campi Salentina, Novoli, Guagnano and Salice Salentino which are all renown for their excellent wine production with some of the major wine producers of southern Italy such as Paolo Leo, Leone de Castris, Cantele and Due Palme. The surrounding countryside is ideal for long walks in the orchards and vineyards, bycicle riding (provided at the house), jogging, etc... The closest towns, Squinzano and Campi Salentina (1knm and 3 km away respectively) have all that you will need for your stay at Altomuro: from grocery shopping to banks, shops of all kind, markets, etc... Lecce is a 15 minutes drive and its historic centers offers some of the best restaurants in Puglia and great nightife. Also called the Florence of the South, Lecce is a city famous for its beautiful baroque architecture, Roman ruins and museums and a wonderful Italian Dolcevita! 

The house in a state of semi-abandonment in 2016 and renovated it for almost 2 years to bring it back to its original beauty and to infuse new life into it. It is now a 6 bedroom villa with all modern comforts and an intriguing design yet with the restored patina of an old mansion which makes the home feel at once inviting, comfortable, elegant and true to its southern italian roots. Most rooms have stone vaulted ceilings typical of the area and terazzo or crushed concrete floors. The exterior is an example of early 1800’s neocalssical architecture complete with wonderful stonework, grand proportions and unique details. The villa was built by a noble or merchant family from nearby Lecce on the site of an older 17th century chapel, which is still standing today and that we fully restored, to celebrate and enjoy the gentle breezes and amazing views of the valley below in the hot summer months, away from the city.

Rooms description


Bedrooms

The 6 bedrooms suites are all very spacious and comfortable with extra large king size beds and sitting areas, private bathrooms (2 of which have also freestanding tubs and double sinks), large windows to take in the breezes and the lovely views. Each bedroom has air conditioning, plenty of closet and drawer space, personal safes for valuables, and unique design features. Pictures speak a thousand words and show the pleasure the owners had in had renovating this historic country villa ... there is always a combination of modern design and furnishings with fun local color, decor and interesting elements that make each bedroom unique and personal.

Bathrooms

6 en-suite bathrooms, very well equipped and beautifully designed.

Kitchen

We like the feel and look of a modern kitchen. Blending the look of a modern functional kitchen with an older “envelope” is always a rewarding design challenge. The kitchen is at the core of all the essential functions of this special vacation home and it is connected to the outdoor dining in the portico as well as the indoor dining, the gardens, the pool area and the views of the valley and the lounging terraces. The kitchen is equipped with all modern comforts to satisfy even the most accomplished cook. The portico can sit 12 people comfortably around a rustic table and this is the space where you will probably enjoy most of your meals day and night. It does not get much better than this to savor the beauty and charm of the Pugliese dolcevita! Just add a bottle of local Primitivo wine from the cellar and enjoy!

Living rooms

The current living spaces of the house are a composition of formal and less formal spaces that allow for a cool and comfortable indoor retreat away from the hot summer days. Elegant yet playful and comfortable these spaces have been infused with modern furnishings and beautiful art and are visually connected to the gourmet kirchen. The restful interiors include areas of different yet integrated functions: a small library for those who still like to feel a paper book in their hands, a stereo sound system with MP3 player, a TV area and comfortable lounging. The formal entrance is an unusual octagonal vaulted room reminiscent of a Palladian villa, while the dining room is most beautifully connected to the outdoor terrace with its magnificent view of the valley below rich with olive orchards and vineyards.

Other rooms

Facilities


Cleaning

Included: final cleaning, 3 midweek cleanings, use of all appliances and equipment.

Amenities

Private pool, Air conditioning, Hob/Stove, Oven, Fridge, Fridge with freezer, Dishwasher, Washing machine, Tumble dryer, Iron+board, Television, Wifi, Central heating, Cot, High chair, Barbeque

Accessibility

Outside

The land around the house is filled with olive trees that produce valued extra virgin olive oil. Fruit trees of all kinds including figs, pommegranates, quinces, citruses and prickly pears are scattered around and with them the owners seasonally make home made jams for you to enjoy. The organic vegetable garden is available to all the guests to use as much as they like and our formal gardens are filled with Mediterranean flowering plants, herbs, roses, cacti that infuse the summer air with am amazing fragrance. The pergola facing the old chapel is clad in delicious edible grapes; our citrus orchard made of older and newer specimens is filled with varieties of oranges, lemons, tangerines and kumquats available throughout the year. Palm trees are everywhere mixed with wild olive trees, Mediterranean pines and coastal plants, laurel trees, oleanders and many others. The estate spans for approximately 10 acres and will soon double its size through the purchase of surrounding olive trees and fields. Outdoor portico for al fresco dining with fireplace, Infinity pool 55’x15’ (18x5 meters) with patio and sun loungers, Private formal garden with viewing terraces, hammock area, pergolas, great views. Organic vegetable garden, orange & citrus garden, olive grove with 250 trees.

Notes

When reserving your stay at Altomuro you will have the guarantee of a great concierge service to help you plan your stay ahead of time, and the best attention to your needs while vacationing at the house. The cook will be available for any meal of the day and she will delight you with the best of Pugliese and Mediterranean cuisine with fresh and genuine ingredients. The manager and gardeners will assist you with any of your needs while staying at the villa. Private drivers, massage therapists, yoga instructors, tourist guides, and the vineyards & wine producers selected for wine tours and tastings are all very professional and the best in their field. All to help you in making your vacation in the Salento a quiet self catered one away from it all, or one fully catered to your wishes and level of activities!

Availability


Pricing & Booking


weekly prices
from 5 January 2019 to 6 April 2019 € 4325
from 6 April 2019 to 11 May 2019 € 6610
from 11 May 2019 to 1 June 2019 € 8400
from 1 June 2019 to 31 August 2019 € 9650
from 31 August 2019 to 21 September 2019 € 8400
from 21 September 2019 to 19 October 2019 € 6610
from 19 October 2019 to 21 December 2019 € 4325
from 21 December 2019 to 4 January 2020 € 6610
The price of rental includes gas, water, electricity, Wifi internet, bed linens, bath & hand towels, pool towels, soaps, shampoos, detergents and exclusive concierge service. It also includes final cleaning, 3 midweek cleanings, use of all appliances and equipment.
The price does not include house heating costs in winter or AC use in the summer. These are considered extra charges based on KW used.
Security deposit: EUR 1000,00 to be paid to SU before arrival as specified in the booking confirmation.
2 extra beds available: EUR 60 per day per bed.
Deposit: 30% upon booking, balance 30 working days before arrival.
Arrival & Departure Altomuro is available on a weekly basis from Saturday to Saturday year round, and for long weekends during low season only.

Leisure & Activities


Activities

WINE TOURS & TASTINGS This area of Puglia is particularly know for its wonderful wines, especially red and rose’ with grapes such as Primitivo, Negroamaro, Susumaniello, and more. The views from Altomuro are a patchwork of fields, olive orchards and the vineyards that produce some of the best of them! At the house you will find an underground cellar with selected local wines and a price list for your use. Feel free to drink all you want and you will be charged accordingly for their use after your departure from the house. If you have any specific wine requests let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

Specials

WELCOME DINNER, BREAKFAST, COOK On the evening of your arrival, or on any other night of your stay, one of the cooks can welcome you with a home cooked scrumptious 5 course meal, including wines, made exclusively with fresh, local ingredients mostly from our organic vegetable garden and in the most authentic Pugliese Mediterrean style. The meals are fully served and customized for your group. You can also indulge in a wonderful breakfast delivered to the kitchen or the portico, complete with fresh baked goods, juice, coffee, cereal, yoghurt and more. Prices upon request. COOKING CLASS We are lucky to have wonderful chefs in the area with whom we organize cooking classes for our guests in the comfort of Altomuro as well as in selected restaurants and culinary centers. The home chef is an especially wonderful experience if you want to explore the secrets of superb Italian Pugliese food . Dinner with wine is served after class and wine pairings can be requested. Ask us about the available custom menus! The local cuisine has a very rich history and the focus for every chef is to use seasonal ingredients, local flavors and recipes to make this a fun convivial experience

Surroundings


Location


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Surroundings

Travel

Airports: Bari 70 min. drive and Brindisi 25 min. drive.

Distances

Lecce: 15 min. drive Tirrenian coast: 15 min. drive Brindisi airport: 25 min. drive Oria: 25 min. drive Nardo’: 30 min. drive Galatina: 30 min. drive Porto Cesareo: 30 min. drive Ostuni: 40 min. drive Grottaglie: 40 min. drive Gallipoli: 40 min. drive Otranto: 40 min. drive Polignano: 50 min. drive Taranto: 50 min. drive Alberobello: 60 min. drive Locorotondo: 60 min. drive Martina Franca: 70 min. drive Bari: 70 min. drive S. Maria di Leuca: 70 min. drive Trani: 80 min. drive Matera: 90 min. drive


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