-20% off on all available weeks in July and August 2024

Price Starting from € 700 per day (more information) Price on request.
Sleeps 7 (+2)
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Accessibility This property is not suited to less mobile guests.
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Casa Salento

This exquisitely restored townhouse offers the perfect stay for guests who seek culture and history, as well as comfort and sophistication, in an authentic Salentine setting

Casa Salento is a magnificent 17th century palazzo in a quiet village in the heart of Puglia. Its enviable location means guests can shop and dine with ease while also having access to the immense beauty and wilderness of the Salentine peninsula and its two coastlines.

The property was recently bought and renovated by a distinguished architectural practice. Soaring vaulted ceilings, lime plaster walls, terrazzo tiles and historic details and décor have been lovingly restored to offer an authentic stay fit for 21stcentury discerning guests.

As much as could be saved of the house was, including the beautiful floors, some of the 400-year-old doors, chairs, beds, a glass-fronted bookcase full of books, some of the kitchen units and characterful old portraits. Even a little desk that sat below an arched niche at just the right height has been brought back to life with the lightest of touches.

Layers of paint were stripped from the building’s façade to reveal the beautiful pietra leccese stone and new external doors were created by artisan woodworkers from Lecce. All the rooms have lime plaster walls in gloriously slubby colours that complement the Pugliese surroundings, while draped linen adds depth and texture. A careful edit of modern pieces has been included, including furniture from Jesús Blasco, jute rugs from Armadillo and Co, and even three exquisite paintings by Eleanor Herbosch that were created for the house using soil from under the floors of the living room.

The house is spacious with a living room, media room, kitchen, dining room and garden room on the ground floor and three en-suite double bedrooms on the upper floor, accessed by the steps in the courtyard. While guests will be wowed by the building and its restoration as well as the art and furniture, it’s also a house for holidaying in, with its garden and neat plunge pool, chilled atmosphere and connection with the incredible landscape, towns, villages and coastline that surround it.

Rooms description


The upper floor is reached by an external staircase from the courtyard that takes you to the ‘green room’, a spacious landing that connects the three double bedrooms that lead off it. The internal doors have been restored and the walls are all lime plaster in muted shades, with terrazzo floors. The comfy beds are made up with fabulous linens, much of the furniture is original to the house and all the bedrooms are beautifully calm spaces in natural colours with a careful edit of furniture, lighting and textiles.

Bedroom 1
This double has bedheads that are original to the property that have been carefully restored and the room connects to a small living space with a sofa that doubles as a single bed.

Bedroom 2
The largest room is also a double and has its own private terrace overlooking the garden.

Bedroom 3
A beautiful double that overlooks the street and the church.


While the fixtures and fittings are up-to-the-minute modern, the bathrooms are an homage to the simplicity of a past time.

Bathroom 1
The en-suite nods to the tiled bathrooms of the Sixties, with a distinctly old-school feel.

Bathroom 2
A large en-suite that has an iron clawfoot bath with an overhead shower. Linens at the tall window add to the understated elegance.

Bathroom 3
A simple en-suite with a shower.


Wishing to change little of the kitchen that was already here, the architects had the kitchen units lovingly restored, while new ones were made in the same style to hide the fridge and dishwasher, making this simple ‘nonna’s’ kitchen, with an Ilve range cooker, Nespresso machine and handmade ceramics, suitable for 21st century living. Guests can eat in the dining room or at the table outside in the courtyard which is accessed through double doors from the kitchen.

Living rooms

Behind the kitchen is the media room. Previously used by the family living here as a chapel, it dates back over 400 years. Two single beds form the base of the huge sofa, and, with its chocolate brown plaster walls, it is the ideal spot for a quiet chat, a siesta, a film or just to stare in awe at the architecture. This room can also be used to accommodate two further guests as it has a private loo and access to an outdoor shower. (It also gives access to a laundry room.) The living room, with its 5m-high vaulted ceiling, has a pared-back elegance thanks to the lime plaster finish on the walls and the simple sophistication of the sofa and armchair from Jesús Blasco’s studio. The dining room was also once a chapel and, thanks to its careful restoration and decoration, it still retains a monastic feel in a good way, especially when the nearby church bells ring. The lime plaster walls are complemented by the original terrazzo tiles, warmed by a jute rug from Armadillo and Co. The table is from a monastery in Abruzzo. Finally, the garden room with its all-green palette, provides a further calm and cosy place to relax, in this instance overlooking the garden.

Other rooms

There is a laundry room next to the media room.



Cleaning every two days, Final cleaning, Change of bedding and towels mid week


private pool, air conditioning, nespresso machine, hob/stove, fridge, fridge with freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron+board, wifi, central heating


This property is not suited to less mobile guests.


Casa Salento is in the centre of the sleepy village of Soleto and parking is available 100m from the property. A wooden door provides access from the street into a courtyard from where another door leads into the sitting room and external stairs lead up to the bedrooms. The kitchen doors lead out to the courtyard, too, where there is an outdoor table that seats up to eight. The small, private garden (80m2) has a plunge pool (3mx2m), a sun terrace and an outdoor shower. There is also a small roof terrace that can be accessed from the main bedroom.


Pets are not allowed.

Availability & Pricing


-20% off on all available weeks in July and August 2024

daily prices
from 6 January 2024 to 29 February 2024 € 700
from 1 March 2024 to 29 March 2024 € 900
from 29 March 2024 to 5 April 2024 € 1071
from 1 April 2024 to 30 April 2024 € 900
from 1 May 2024 to 31 May 2024 € 1000
from 1 June 2024 to 30 June 2024 € 1071
from 1 July 2024 to 31 August 2024 € 1214
from 1 September 2024 to 30 September 2024 € 1071
from 1 October 2024 to 31 October 2024 € 900
from 1 November 2024 to 21 December 2024 € 700
from 21 December 2024 to 4 January 2025 € 1071
Price on request.
Min stay 3 nights except for August 7 nights

Mid-week and final cleanings included in the rental price

Security deposit: EUR 1000 to be paid to SU before arrival as specified in the booking confirmation.

Deposit: 30% upon booking, balance 30 working days before arrival.
Sustainability For every booking we make on this property, we will plant a tree through our charitable partner, Trees for All.
Arrival & Departure Saturdays (depending on other bookings) arrival from 3 PM to 6 PM and departure latest 11 AM.

Leisure & Activities


The house’s central village location means that there are pasticciotti and coffee available on the doorstep, and lots to do in the vicinity. Halfway between two pristine coastlines – untouched sandy beaches with great beach clubs to the west on the Ionian coast and rocky coves to the east on the Adriatic coast – you can be swimming in the sea within 25 minutes. If you drive to Castro, you can take the boat to Grotto Zinzulusa, a spectacular cave full of colourful stalactites and stalagmites. Back on dry land, for a round of golf, Golf Club Acaya is 36km away or San Domenico, at Savelletri di Fasano, is 122km away. Closer to home is the ASD Eden Ranch for riding (16km), while the countryside offers excellent cycling routes. All of which will help you work up an appetite to enjoy the delicious food and wine that the Salentino region is famed for.


We would be delighted to help you plan the details of your stay at Casa Salento in advance. The following are available on request: private chef, daily cleaning, driver, bike and boat rental, horse riding, massage therapist, yoga instructor and tourist guide.


More information

Please take a look at our SpecialPuglia Tips.


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The house is in Soleto, a small, authentic village steeped in culture and history where Griko, a Greek-Italian dialect, is still spoken. There is plenty of local produce available including a well-stocked supermarket just two minutes from the front door and a couple of restaurants, too. Galatina is five minutes away by car with a bigger selection of restaurants and a cathedral worth investigating for the frescoes. Nardò, meanwhile, is only 20km away and its rich history can be explored through its byzantine and baroque architecture that includes palaces, chapels and churches. Lecce, otherwise known as the Florence of the South, is also a must. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in southern Italy, it is heralded for its baroque splendour and the incredible light as the sun bounces off the white stone. On either coast, take your pick of beautiful places to swim and eat. Spiaggia della due Sorelle (24km) and Baia dei Turchi (32km) are splendid rocky coves on the Adriatic, while Porto Cesareo (37km) and Porto Selvaggio (34km) offer sandy beaches on the Ionian side. Enjoy the hot springs and the Moorish architecture of Santa Cesarea Terme and beautiful local beaches such as Cala dell’Acquaviva.


The nearest airports are: Brindisi[BDS] (73km) and Bari[BRI] (177km). Train The nearest train station to the property is in Lecce (20km), where car hire is available. Road Take the SS16 from Lecce.


Galatina (4km); Galatone (14km); Lecce (20km); Nardò (20km); Santa Maria al Bagno (21km); Spiaggia delle due Sorelle (24km); Gallipoli (26km); Otranto (27km); Castro (30km); Baia dei Turchi (32km); Porto Selvaggio (34km); Porto Cesareo (37km); Santa Caterina (41km); Punta Prosciutto (54km); Santa Maria di Leuca (54km); Brindisi (73km); Ostuni (100km); Bari (177km); and Naples (439km).

Your villa and Covid-19

To prevent any possible spread of Covid-19 and to enable you to enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday, all our villas are cleaned to the highest standard possible, and according to the latest Italian health and safety regulations.

Perfect hygiene: to ensure an exceptional level of hygiene in all our villas, we’ve worked with our owners to create a Covid-19 villa management protocol. Based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation, and in compliance with current Italian national law, this protocol goes above and beyond our usual rigorous cleaning standards.

Prior to arrival, your villa will have been fully sanitised, including all surfaces, objects, kitchen items, curtains, sofas, throws, pillows, toys, and in and around the pool. You are welcome to ask for a detailed list of the entire cleaning procedure we do after each departure and before welcoming new guests to the property.

The owner of this house has complied with the following standards:

  • To ensure the necessary information concerning social distancing and the use of masks is available to all guests
  • To guarantee availability of and accessibility to hand hygiene systems with hydro-alcoholic solutions and soaps in all inside areas of, and pertaining to, the villa
  • To guarantee cleaning and disinfection of all areas according to national authority guidelines. Further information is available on request
  • For the swimming pool: to guarantee the efficacy of the water treatments, while respecting legal limits (the parameter for free active chlorine in the pool is between 1.0 – 1.5 mg/l; combined chlorine ≤ 0.40 mg/l; pH 6.5 – 7.5 or equivalent oxygen)
  • For air conditioning systems: to guarantee the air re-circulation function is switched off and, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, with the plant in off-mode, to clean the air filters of the heating/cooling plants that use heat pumps, fan coils and convectors, at the end of each stay

For more general information about Covid-19 in Italy, please click here.

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