La Torre Bianca

Gagliano del Capo, Puglia, Italy
A Family Retreat Created by DOS Architects

Designed by Lorenzo Grifantini, a founder of London-based DOS Architects, this holiday home in Puglia was built as a family retreat, away from the "hustle and bustle" of life in the city.

Created as "a place of conviviality and play, where the central courtyard is the real heart of the house, the swimming pool and gardens reproduce the presence of natural elements, each contributing to its cohesive architectural synthesis," says Grifantini.

Located directly in line with the nearby church of San Rocco, in the small southern Italian town of  Gagliano del Capo, the home's central tower recreates the ancient fortified styles of the past with a spare aesthetic of glass, timber, metal and stone. 

Collaborating with his wife and interiors designer Allegra Figus, the home weaves a modern tapestry of traditional artisan elements from Salento featuring woodwork, textiles and crafts with contemporary Italian fixtures and designs by Viabizzuno and Campesato.

Surrounded by a low boundary wall, the stone paving of the courtyard extends into the interiors, blurring the lines between the spaces, creating an indoor/outdoor habitat, with the tower punctuated with square openings offering private views of the town and out to the sea.

La Torre Bianca, Gagliano Del Capo, Puglia, Italy | holiday lettings

Located in the center of the historic village of Gagliano del Capo, this holiday home for rent in Puglia is a unique, urban escape designed by Lorenzo Grifantini. Assembled in a cluster of cubist volumes, the interiors include light filled living, kitchen and dining spaces on the ground floor that open out to the interior courtyard and pool through large sliding glass doors.

The tower houses a stack of five en-suite bedrooms overlooking the courtyard which is the serene unifying heart of the property. Its small square windows are set deep into the walls, illuminating each room with sunlight and uniquely crafted views.

At the rear of the tower a stairway leads up to a rooftop terrace, while the outdoor living spaces are designed to emphasize the natural elements, with barrier walls lined with low planters and lounge areas, and cutouts in the walls that play on light and shadow while providing privacy and shelter.

There is a new garden with orange and lemon trees and Mediterranean vegetation that is ideal for outdoor dinners and barbecues.

La Torre Bianca was recently recognized as one of the National In/Architecture Award Winners for 2020. The prize was launched by INARCH, the Italian architectural board, who said of La Torre Bianca, it "expresses an extraordinary ability to insert into a historical context strongly characterized by the small town of Gagliano del Capo... While affirming the contemporaneity of language and typological solutions, the architecture... does not yield to easy camouflage and banal contextualisms but expresses its contemporaneity with quality."


ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Housekeeping included five days a week for 2 hours, Wifi throughout, satellite cable TV, kitchen and bath amenities, laundry facilities. 

Optional services available include: private chef, child care, tennis, horse riding and sailing lessons. Parking for two cars. 

 

AROUND

The small village of Gagliano del Capo, sits at the southernmost part of Italy’s heel on the Salento Peninsula. Initially settled in the 4th century by Greeks and then medieval noblemen, its strategic position atop a hill kept it safe from invaders. The central Corso Umberto with its tree lined plaza is the town's hub with good cafes, shops and pizzerias.

Just a few minutes' drive away is the lively village of Santa Maria di Leuca, known as the “end of the lands” it's the last bit of land where the Ionian and Adriatic seas meet at the very tip of the country where the shoreline alternates between sandy beaches, picturesque grottos and cliffs and flat rocky bays.  

To the north, the village of Torre Vado (Posto Vecchio) has long sandy beaches, a little harbor, and a scattering of markets, cafes and a nice pedestrian promenade to explore. Along the cape is one of the most beautiful areas of Puglia, characterized by a high rocky coast with impressive panoramas, hidden bays and small caves to explore. The stunning Baroque city of Lecce, known as the Florence of the South, lies an hour north, and the lovely UNESCO port town of Otranto on the Adriatic side of the peninsula is a 45-minute drive.

The Adriatic coast features some of Salento’s best beaches including Torre Del Orso Santa Andrea and Alimini as well as those of the Ionian coast. The luxurious seaside resorts of Leuca and Santa Cesarea Terme are 15 minutes south.

The port town of Brindisi is just over ninety minutes away.

 

LOCATION

Gagliano del Capo, Puglia, Italy. Nearest Airport: Brindisi Airport (14km)

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall

 
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La Torre Bianca
Gagliano del Capo, Puglia, Italy
A Place of Conviviality and Play

Designed by Lorenzo Grifantini, a founder of London-based DOS Architects, this holiday home in Puglia was built as a family retreat, away from the "hustle and bustle" of life in the city. 

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Overview Fully equipped
Kitchen Fully equipped with optional private chef available
Pool Yes
Internet Wifi throughout
Bedrooms 5
Bed Type Room 1: King, Room 2: 2 Single bed, Room 3: Double bed, Room 4: Double bed, Room 5: 2 Single bed
Kitchen Fully equipped with optional private chef available
Bathrooms 5
Accommodates 10
Kid-Friendly
Pets-Friendly No pets allowed
Family/Kid Friendly
Min. Stay 7 nights
Check-In from 16.00 H
Check-Out Before 10.00 H
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit €1500
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only In the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
Notes WATER: - Please try to be economical with water usage due to the severe water shortage in Italy during the summer months. CLEANING: - The following services are included: o 2 hours per day of wiping the external and the internal stone paving plus general maintenance of the swimming pool and the garden. o On a Wednesday, change of towels o On a Saturday, change of sheets and light cleaning of the house (only for 2 weeks booking ) - Any extra cleaning services like bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, etc. will have to be negotiated and paid directly to the housekeeper. A/C - Every room has air conditioning with a thermostat. The use is very simple: you can type the temperature you want the A/C unit to aim to and the machine will run accordingly. You can switch the thermostat on and off. ELECTRICITY USAGE - Electricity is taxed highly in Italy, so please make sure that you use the A/C without exciding your needs. Any consume beyond the 300KW per week will be charged at a rate of 0,40 per KW and will be detracted from the deposit allowance. The housekeeper will provide the meter reading at the check-in and at the checkout.

ENERAL - The house is looked after by Irene and Donato. They will both come on a regular basis to maintain the swimming pool, the garden, and the external stone paving. - Please do not move any furniture, object or anything else belonging to the house inside or outside the villa. If you want to do so, ask the owner in advance or, you will be charged for the inconvenience. - There is artwork in the house so make sure doesn’t get damaged. - Our Villas are inside Gagliano’s village centre, so we ask to respect our neighbour’s customs and traditions. In the south of Italy, after lunch, the siesta is precious time. We ask our guests to respect this quiet time and limiting the use of the pool between 2 pm and 4 pm. - The house will have to be hand over with the same general conditions before checking-in. FLOOR -KITCHEN ISLAND - The pavement is made of “Pietra Leccese” a beautiful and delicate stone. If you spill any colored liquid (wine, etc.) please make sure you pass some water and soap straight away (please don’t use any other products). - Do not use candles as it is impossible to remove wax from the stone floors. Deductions will be taken for any candle spillage. - The kitchen island is made of concrete micro-topping. Please don’t use cutlery directly on the surface and use the wooden cutting board provided. If you spill any colored liquid (wine, etc.) make sure you pass some water and soap straight away (don’t use any other products) RUBBISH: - Do not leave rubbish inside or outside during your stay as it will attract insects and mice. Take any waste and bottles to the collection point. - The collection point is next to the main driveway. We reserve the right to charge €30.00 each time a separate collection is not properly done; € 30.00 each time the rubbish is not left in the collection point. POOL: - The swimming pool is 1.40 deep. Toddlers and kids should always swim under adult supervision. TERRACES: - The house has two accessible terraces, one above the living room and one at the top of the tower. Kids should always access the terraces under an adult supervision PARTIES AND GUESTS: - Permission will have to be granted by the owner have a party with more than four external people. If the owner grants permission certain conditions will apply. - External guests are not allowed to sleep in the house. KEYS: - Each set of keys will include 1- the front door, 2- the double door in the kitchen, 3-the relevant bedroom. The double door in the kitchen is the only way to access the kitchen/living form the bedrooms in the courtyard. Any other key will be in a basket at the entrance. The house keys are specially made so, for each set of keys lost, the guest will receive a charge for the sum of 300€. WATER: - Please try to be economical with water usage due to the severe water shortage in Italy during the summer months. CLEANING: - The following services are included: o 2 hours per day of wiping the external and the internal stone paving plus general maintenance of the swimming pool and the garden. o On a Wednesday, change of towels o On a Saturday, change of sheets and light cleaning of the house (only for 2 weeks booking ) - Any extra cleaning services like bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, etc. will have to be negotiated and paid directly to the housekeeper. A/C - Every room has air conditioning with a thermostat. The use is very simple: you can type the temperature you want the A/C unit to aim to and the machine will run accordingly. You can switch the thermostat on and off. ELECTRICITY USAGE - Electricity is taxed highly in Italy, so please make sure that you use the A/C without exciding your needs. Any consume beyond the 300KW per week will be charged at a rate of 0,40 per KW and will be detracted from the deposit allowance. The housekeeper will provide the meter reading at the check-in and at the checkout.

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