Be welcomed by family Favuzzi: the house is a multi-generational labour of love. They’ll tell you about the best beaches (Costa Merlata) and where to cycle (the Ciclovia dell’acqua is close), then leave you to relax. An easy enough task, with hot tub, gardens to roam and an indoor pool with glass doors to throw open onto the bluest of skies.
It feels wonderfully isolated here, with just a few scattered masserie nearby, but you’re ten minutes from Baroque towns and half an hour from the coast. Hire bikes for a trulli tour of Alberobello and Locorotondo, then return home to sleep in one, each with its own bathroom. Inside it’s quaint, with a big fridge to stuff with goodies and a kitchen to gather the troops, plus Netflix if the weather turns.
The garden has twisted olive trees growing from terracotta earth and a spot where you can take a nap or drink aperitivo overlooking the valley. There are two areas for eating so dine together under the pergola or use the outdoor kitchen to make pizza and cocktails.