Trullo Falco

Brindisi, Puglia, Italy
Abandoned Agricultural Outpost Made Beautiful, Inside and Out

Trulli homes are undeniably enchanting, and this one is no exception, a garden-forward villa for rent in Italy named for its owner’s resident hawk, Sisco. Homeowner (and avid falconer) Jon Gourlay is also a professional gardener whose showmanship is on display at the trullo, a standout outdoor living destination on a quiet Puglian hilltop. The home’s harmoniously restored interiors are more the domain of Jon’s wife, Laura Lapadula, who summered in the region as a child with her Italian father. Laura’s love of the local area is evident in her update of the lovely country estate, where treasures of yesteryear combine naturally with local stone and the beautifully curated outdoor living areas.

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The owners' love of nature and the local environment is on full display at this trullo home, purchased in 2008 in a state of abandon and dotingly brought back to life over the years. The couple collaborated with a local architect and teams of regional tradesmen to restore the original stacked-stone structure and its attached lamia, once a rustic cattle hold, into a genteel, garden-party estate, an ideal destination for rest and relaxation. Surrounded by lush flowers, trim beds, expanses of green turf cut by pebbled and flagstone pathways, plus heritage orchards and groves extending into the valley below the pool, this villa for rent in Italy is a veritable oasis of calm.

Once upon a time, Laura was a nurse at a Scottish hospital where Jon worked as the gardener. The two eventually married and, sharing her ancestral love of Puglia, they discovered their future home during their travels. They knew that by combining their love of nature and love of the sundrenched Italian countryside, they could transform the crumbling agricultural outpost into a showplace. They dove headlong into the trullo and lamia restoration, ultimately relocating to Puglia where they created a serene estate in the fertile Valle d’Itria.

Their stony hilltop residence is situated outside the hamlet of Laureto, a land of rolling hills and Mediterranean vegetation, where fruit orchards and olive groves intersect idyllic agricultural fields and landscaped estate gardens. Best described as modern rustic in style, the home charms with locally sourced antiques and objets d’art decorating its simple, stone-lined rooms. It sleeps six across three private suites. 

A spacious pool terrace sits high on the property, with pebbled pathways and patios stretching out below it, and a fully-equipped alfresco kitchen and dining room located a few steps above it. Separated from the pool by grass and herb-filled stone planters, the elevated outdoor kitchen features a prep island with an electric cooktop and fridge, a classic, woodfired pizza oven, and barbecue grill adjacent to a shaded dining pergola. 

The interior dining and living room space is tidy and bright—a study in bone, beige and whites under a vaulted ceiling, with a wide hearth created from recycled local stone. Bedrooms and baths also feature vaulted or conical ceilings typical of traditional trullo architecture, and simple furnishings are accented by interesting antiques and natural textiles.

Outdoor living spaces set the home apart, with built-in sofa seating flanked by flowering beds, pebbled terraces with views over the estate, and poolside terraces of bleached stone offset by ornamental grasses, sculptural cacti, and the silvery shimmer of olive groves, leafy fig trees, and citrus orchards.

Read a short history of the trullo in our Stories section here.


EXPERIENCES

Extra services include private chef, pizza evening, and in-villa spa services, including massages. Prices available on request.


AROUND

Set elevated in the hills above Fasano, the home features privileged views from its many terraces, pool deck, outdoor kitchen and dining area. The popular hilltop towns of the Valle d’Itria, including whitewashed Locorotondo, the iconic bleached streets of Ostuni, dramatic Cisternino and UNESCO heritage-classified Alberobello, are all quick drives from the property, as are beaches along the crystalline Adriatic coast and the sparkling Ionian shores. Timeless port destinations include Polignano a Mare and Monopoli. The region is famed for its conical trulli homes, the fairytale-like, stacked stone roofed, former agricultural storages that now pop, newly whitewashed and restored, from its many hillsides.


LOCATION

Selva di Fasano, Brindisi, Puglia, Italy. Nearest airport: Brindisi, Bari


BEST TIME TO VISIT: April to October

 
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Trullo Falco
Brindisi, Puglia, Italy
High-Flying Restored Garden Home

Trulli homes are undeniably enchanting, and this one is no exception, a garden-forward holiday home named for its owner’s resident hawk, Sisco.

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Overview Outdoor cooking facilities, shaded pergolas, private enclosed gardens. Included: a small welcome hamper on arrival, a guide on things to do and see in the area, weekly cleaning and linen change, twice-weekly pool cleaning.
TV Smart TV plus Netflix
Air Conditioning Available in all bedrooms
Heating Full gas central heating
Kitchen With dishwasher, stainless steel gas hob and oven, family-size fridge freezer; stone worktops
Internet Free WiFi/ internet available in all rooms and externally
Washer Available in bathroom
Pool 8m x 4m private pool
Indoor Fireplace Traditional Puglian stone working fireplace for burning logs (available on request)
Bedrooms 3
Bed Type 2 kings, 2 singles (can be combined to create a third king)
Kitchen With dishwasher, stainless steel gas hob and oven, family-size fridge freezer; stone worktops
Bathrooms 3
Accommodates 6
Kid-Friendly Families are welcome, but please note that the pool terrace is not gated so children must be superrvised.
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 7 nights
Check-In 4:30PM
Check-Out 10:00AM
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit €500
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required prior to check-in via electronic transfer to owner
Sec. Deposit Returned Refund of deposit by owner within 7 days after stay
Cancellation Policy Firm
The guest will receive a refund if the booking is canceled at least 60 days before the time of check-in. If the guest cancels 30-60 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 30 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.

BoutiqueHomes service fee is refundable in line with the booking cancellation policy, minus a 3.25% credit card transaction fee which 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 canceled at least 14 days before the 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 Stays are Saturday to Saturday, with a minimum of 7 nights. There is more flexibility outside high season, so please inquire. Currently there are no tourist tax charges for the municipality of Locorotondo. Should these charges be introduced before the arrival date, the relevant charges will be applied. The prices shown include a generous allowance for electricity for air con use (June-September) as well as gas heating (April/May and October). However any consumption used beyond the inclusive allowance will be charged for (at local rate) and must be paid in euros at check out.

Only the number of guests booked are allowed to stay at the villa. No parties or events. No smoking inside the villa. Follow our house rules and safety guidance as indicated in our villa guide which will be issued to the lead guest approximately 8 weeks before arrival (a copy is available within the villa).

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