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We stayed four nights at this absolutely charming little farmhouse in Puglia. The cottage is set on its own and there is complete privacy. There is a lovely patio that looks out onto olive groves. It is so lovely to sit outside and enjoy the view. The cottage itself is wonderful. It is modern, tastefully decorated, and spotlessly clean (which is of upmost importance to me). The owners have thought of every convenience and it takes no time at all to feel at home in this charming villa. There is a town nearby (5 min drive?) Cutrofiano, which is convenient for groceries, etc; however, the owners graciously have fresh milk, pasta, and other bits to get you settled so you don't have the sense to arrive and then have to leave again to get supplies. The location, as far as I was concerned, was fabulous. And easy drive to either coast. The owners live nearby but we did not see them once, except upon arrival; however, they are available should we have needed anything. In all, I completely recommend this great little place and will definitely suggest it to my friends if/when they travel to this gorgeous region. Thank you Bill for providing such a wonderful place to stay in Puglia!!
I have just returned from staying at Jim and Paul's appartment in Galatina. First of all, the town. As soon as I arrived in the Piazza de San Pietro and got my first glimpse of Galatina, I knew it was going to be a great place to stay. Beautiful baroque churches, palazzos and all the shops you could need and more. A genuine, well conserved, deep South Italian experience.
As for the appartment, it was everything you see in the pictures and more. Very well finished with great attention to detail. Comfortable bed, very effective air-con, central but quiet, two great terraces to choose from and everything else you want to take on holiday but don't have room for; beach umbrella, coolbag etc. What I really liked was that no expense or thought had been spared. You didn't need to go out and buy loads of loo roll, dishwasher tabs, olive oil etc, it was all there. If you go in summer, you will live in the kitchen and first roof terrace till late in the evening. A suberb place to stay which I will recommend and return too!
Galatina is well placed for great excursions to either coast. All trips can be done in about an hour. Try Gallipoli, Sta Maria de Leuca, Porto Badisco, Porto Selvaggio and Torre Ulizzo.
I am really fussy when choosing holidays off the internet, trust me this place and its surroundings are top-notch. I actually preferred this region, The Salento, to the area that we went on to next, around Ostuni and Martina Franca. I will be back soon. Thank you Paul and Jim for being so professional in every respect.