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Il Volo dell' upupa

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4 bedrooms
1 bathroom
9 guests
2 nights minimum
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This house is magical inside and out; the area is like the land of hobbits - its unique charm imparted by the 'cones' (of the roofs) nestling amongst the olives, vines and fruit trees and the red earth. Note that there is room for up to 9 to sleep, using the sofabeds in the big living room area. This is a real 'get away from it all' spot, deep in the beautiful valley of Ittria. You can taste the life of the local people who live simply but well on the fertile land. Peace reigns, and children return to the natural life of sun, games in the courtyard, splashing in the outside shower, and visits to wonderful beaches and beautiful little towns with historic buildings, a zoo, and the most amazing caves in Europe. Stone walls keep the temperature comfortable in hot summer; the water is heated b...This house is magical inside and out; the area is like the land of hobbits - its unique charm imparted by the 'cones' (of the roofs) nestling amongst the olives, vines and fruit trees and the red earth. Note that there is room for up to 9 to sleep, using the sofabeds in the big living room area. This is a real 'get away from it all' spot, deep in the beautiful valley of Ittria. You can taste the life of the local people who live simply but well on the fertile land. Peace reigns, and children return to the natural life of sun, games in the courtyard, splashing in the outside shower, and visits to wonderful beaches and beautiful little towns with historic buildings, a zoo, and the most amazing caves in Europe. Stone walls keep the temperature comfortable in hot summer; the water is heated by a solar panel; the high curved, vaulted ceilings and arches between rooms, along with the profound peace that seems to pour from the walls have enhance meditation, the practice of yoga, tai chi etc, and creative activity. Olive oil from the garden is supplied. Note its grassy and peppery flavour. Bea, 13, says: 'It was beautiful. I loved the shower outside and it felt completely at home. Can we go again?' Her father: 'Great place for a family holiday....the region feels quite untouched and gives you a taste of Italy that is affordable, ...beaches are great... the local food delicious.' There is a profusion of things to see in the surrounding area; a variety of lovely beaches about 30 minutes away, Savelletri on the Ionian coast, Guaceto (with a nature reserve) and the little gem Capitolo on the Adriatic, and many others. All the local towns have beautiful 'old towns' which dominate the landscape, with clean white buildings, and polished golden cobbles or marble paving. Martina Franca, like Lecce (the 'Venice of the South', so called because of the beauty of its architecture) has wonderful Baroque architecture. The four bedrooms make it perfect for families or groups, and up to 9 people can be accommodated using the sofabeds in the main living area. But its intimate beauty means that a couple, or a single person, do not feel out of place, rather cosy and inspired by the beauty both inside and out. I feel spoilt when I stay there alone. The heating system is via a wood burning stove, and this is part of the character of a place where almost everything can be used or reused. When branches are removed or fall from the trees outside, they fuel the fire (most of the wood is delivered from a local source). The water for household use comes from the land, and only biodegradable cleaning products are used, to keep the supply unpolluted. The surrounding area is studded with good, reasonably priced, restaurants serving generous portions of excellent local specialities and Italian favourites. Walking or driving, it is fun to explore the local area, and a cup of tea or glass of wine at sunset on the roof terrace, from where you can see across the valley, is pure magic.More
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Louise L
Languages spoken:German, English, French, Spanish
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2010
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

My kids thought it would be torture living without the internet for a few days - I absolutely loved it; for once the kids couldn't drown in electronic devices and were happy to sit around a barbecue or on the roof watching the stars at...More

Date of stay: May 2014
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Reviewed 30 July 2019
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Reviewed 4 December 2012
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Date of stay: August 2012
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Refrigerator
Central Heating
Washer
Towels Provided
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
Average summer temperatures range from the 20s in May and September/October to the 30s in July and August; there are fluctuations; top temperatures of 40 in June and July are not unknown. Generally it is hot from May to September, and reasonable in April, October and November.
How to get there
‘Il Vol della Upupa’ is about 4.5 km from Locorotondo and Martina Franca, in the Valley of Itria. Ryanair operates budget airline services from London Stansted to Bari and Brindisi, which are both just over an hour away from the property by car. British Airways also flies to Bari from Gatwick. You can also fly to both Bari and Brindisi with Alitalia, but this involves changing in Rome or Milan. For late bookings during the summer, it’s worth looking on holidaygenie.com, as flights through Rome and Milan are often available at half the price the budget airlines are charging. Italian rail services are excellent, and the line down the western coast, basically from Trieste to Brindisi (or across from Rome or Naples down), connects with a branch line from Bari to Locorotondo, Martina Franc...
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