Situated on a ridge overlooking miles of olive groves and vineyards, this villa for rent in Italy was once the country residence of a noble family from Lecce, complete with its own chapel and rambling gardens, orchards and vineyards. Following two years of renovation, the villa and grounds have been fully restored and reimagined as an expansive vacation retreat, that is at once inviting, comfortable, and elegant.
Dating back to the early 19th century, the entire property had been abandoned and was a stunning but challenging candidate for restoration.
The grand arched entry leads to the great room with soaring cupolas and beautiful stone construction throughout. The room is divided to include a fireside sitting area and a fully equipped kitchen and dining hall that seats fourteen and a grand terrace overlooking the estate.
All of the historical integrity has been preserved with modern design elements and amenities that skillfully integrate into the antiquity of the home. From the colorful terrazzo tiles and frescoes to the locally sourced antiques, old and new are perfectly calibrated. There are a total of six en-suite bedrooms that can accommodate up to twelve guests.
The grounds are designed for seclusion and escape, with a formal garden and viewing terraces, a hammock area, pergolas, an infinity pool, outdoor dining and living areas, an abundant vegetable garden and orchards.
A remarkable find, this property is a stunning example of elegant history re-imagined for today.
Concierge service, daily housekeeping, private chef and cooking classes. Wifi throughout, cable TV, Mp3 player and audio system, games, children’s toys, laundry facilities. Private parking for up to five cars, wheelchair accessible.
Just fifteen minutes from the coast, this region of Puglia sits below the ancient Appian Way between the Ionian and Adriatic.
A mix of rich, layered cultures from over two thousand years of invasion, conquest and settlement, the Salento Peninsula features some of the most interesting historical sites in southern Italy.
The charming and unique UNESCO trulli dwellings, and the medieval city of Ostuni of Alberobello are less than an hours drive, and the stunning Baroque city of Lecce, known as the Florence of the south, is thirty minutes south.
The Torre Guaceto beach and marine reserve is within a half hour drive north and Porto Cesareos on the Ionian side is a thirty minute drive to turquoise waters.
The big city port town of Brindisi is within a half hour and the capital city of Bari is just over an hour’s drive. And don’t miss the spectacular underground caves of Castellana Grotte.
Puglia, Italy. Nearest Airport: Brindisi Airport (38km)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall
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