Within an idyllic area of olive groves and forest in the heart of Puglia countryside and close to historic cities and the scenic coast is grand Villa Salvatore. As well as being in a secluded and quiet part of the region, the villa itself sits within extensive outside grounds of over 20 acres. Tree-dotted and bordered gardens offer plenty of spaces to relax, socialise and soak up the tranquillity.
Villa Salvatore dates back to the 19th century, with it originally being the country residence of a noble family in the area. It has undergone a careful restoration to offer flexible accommodation for a larger group, with self-contained suites and a total of eight bedrooms sleeping up to 21 guests.
There's a feeling of light, space and heritage throughout each of the bedrooms and suites, with star-vaulted ceilings and a selection of antique pieces in several. They all offer a mix of traditional charm and modern comforts, with one suite being located in a separate building that's ideal for those wanting additional privacy.
You can unwind in your own private lounge area as well as enjoy use of outside spaces. The first-floor suites have access to a terrace with a choice of seating. Take in views over the gardens and out across the lush greenery that surrounds the estate as you sit back with your favourite drink. Down on the ground floor, the bedrooms and suites have access to patios with tables and chairs for al fresco dining.
Further into the lawned gardens, there's a swimming pool to enjoy refreshing dips in, along with gazebos that create shady spaces to recline on sun loungers. Elsewhere, there are rustic stone features, such as a wood oven and elegant archways that reflect the history of the estate.
Reaching both city and coast from Villa Salvatore is easy, with the nearest town of Otranto and many sandy beaches being within a 20-minute drive.
Historic Otranto sits on the coast and boasts a beautiful harbour, with plenty of sightseeing to do in the form of sites such as an impressive cathedral and 15th-century castle. Just up the coast is the Baia dei Turchi stretch dotted with beaches like Spiaggia Alimini, which has practically white sand.
Also enjoy day trips to the town of Galatina and the city of Lecce; which are both around 30 minutes away by car. Both are full of Baroque buildings and awe-inspiring churches, with Lecce being known as the 'Florence of the South' due to its wealth of art and architecture.
Surrounded by green and rambling gardens dotted with a range of typical Mediterranean trees and plants, Villa Salvatore is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. When you do want to explore the area outside of the vast estate, you'll find both city and coast within easy reach. And the nearest amenities, such as restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets are all within a 10-minute drive.
The coastal town of Otranto is just 15 minutes away by car. This laid-back town is a lovely place for a day out, with a harbour and an old town made up of narrow alleys and whitewashed houses. Otranto's most-known buildings include 15th-century Castello Aragonese and the cathedral. The Baia dei Turchi stretch with its sandy beaches is a little further up the coast. Spiaggia Alimini is one of the most popular and closest to the villa. Swim in calm waters, buy drinks and snacks, and hire sun loungers to relax on the immaculate sand.
Around a 30-minute drive from the villa is the town of Galatina. It has an impressive historic centre and is full of buildings that span the centuries. Some date back to medieval times, with most being from the Baroque period. Two of the most beautiful churches are the Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Grazia. Also enjoy strolling around the town, discovering tucked-away lanes and courtyards, as well as browsing its many shops.
The city of Lecce is another nearby historic hotspot. It's also famous for its Baroque architecture and art and is often referred to as the 'Florence of the South'. Must-sees include the city's ancient sites and structures, such as the Roman amphitheatre. Lecce is also full of majestic churches, with the Church of the Holy Cross having a beautiful façade with various animals and grotesque figures.
At Excellence Luxury Villas we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the
concierge request form or contact Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services
Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested in advance and that due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. Prices are on request. We will always do our best to fulfil your requests!