This was our third visit to Villa Rosa and we are already planning to return next year. We have fallen in love with the villa and indeed with the whole of the Salento region! Once again the welcome package was amazing and means you can immediately relax and start to enjoy your holiday – it not only includes the essentials like milk, cheese and cold meats but an incredibly generous amount of delicious local wines, homemade limoncello and lemonade, pasta, snacks and even your first meal, made by the local Puglia Chef. Bob and Debbie, the owners work so hard to ensure your holiday is perfect. We arrived late at night due to flight delays but Bob was still there to meet us with a friendly greeting – he’d even put our wine in the fridge to chill!
This year we once again took advantage of Bob and Debbie’s wide range of local contacts and enjoyed some amazing days out. We went wine and food tasting, visited a beautiful local masseria for an alfresco lunch and an afternoon around the pool. We made salsa with a local family and ended up being invited by them first to a local festival and then to a meal at their house! This is typical of the friendly welcome we received from the locals. The food and wine in the area is wonderful and there are loads of local markets and restaurants to explore. If you wanted to just chill out by the pool or on the many nearby beaches then that is very easy to do too, or explore gorgeous local towns and cities like Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli and ( a new discovery this year) Squinzano.
I really can’t recommend this villa more highly, unlike some other places we have visited there is no false advertising, what you see on the website is exactly what you get, or no, actually it’s far better than that! The ultimate compliment I can give is that part of me wants to keep this villa and the Salento region to myself – it’s so unspoiled. But Bob and Debbie deserve to have people beating down their doors to stay here. We certainly cannot wait to return!eastendbird - Aug-2014