Read our Puglia Holiday Villa reviews

If you have ever thought about visiting Puglia then my advice is to book this villa now. All the financial arrangements beforehand were handled in a polite and professional manner and any questions we had were immediately answered. Instructions on how to get there were clear and easy to follow and the villa is a short and straightforward drive from Brindisi airport. The villa itself is fantastic: clean, cosy and comfortable. As other reviewers have mentioned it is superbly well-equipped – the only thing we added to the kitchen was an extra large lemon squeezer to tackle the huge fresh lemons growing in the back garden! Bob and Debbie (the owners) were so kind and helpful. They gave us our privacy but we always knew they were there to offer help and advice – I think this level of service would make this a particularly good villa to rent if you were a first- timer to the region, or even to Italy. Casalabate itself is small seaside resort but we there is a good restaurant and shops 5 minutes walk from the villa and many more a short drive away. We were amazed at how reasonable prices were and we also enjoyed using the wonderful, cheap local produce to cook our own meals. Puglia itself is amazing. The Salento region is not glamorous or upmarket but it has beauty and enormous charm. We needed our Italian phrasebook as few people speak English but the locals were always friendly and helpful. We alternated between relaxing and enjoying the fantastic pool or nearby beaches and visiting towns in the area. In particular we fell in love with Lecce which is a must see. I cannot believe this area is not full of tourists from all over the world, I have a feeling in the future it will be! So do yourself a favour and go there now whilst you can still have the feeling of discovering a new and wonderful part of Italy.

eastendbird - Aug-2010