We scoured the internet for our dream spot for a Puglia holiday.

The beach nearby was the first requirement. Tick one! Fall out of the Villa and land on the beautiful unspoilt, virtually empty beach, with a lovely clear warm safe sea!

Secluded, but with amenities near by next on the list. Tick two! Totally secluded and private, and just a short walk either way up the sun kissed beach for local shops and restaurants, Ok, not top gourmet restaurants and bars but really nice and clean and run by genuine locals with local produce, which is amazing!

Spacious,clean Villa,with well equipped kitchen another top requirement. Tick three! Not only is the kitchen a cooks delight, it is stocked with equipment worthy of a professional kitchen! And then some with Debs & Bobs welcome basket! Meatballs and pasta with home made sauce for the weary traveller, and everything else you need to get you started on your rustic Puglian culinary adventure. Special mention goes to Debs amazing home made Casa Mare produce, especially the Limoncello made from lemons growing in the villa grounds, lost a complete night on the stuff.

Pool and nice outside area next. Tick four! Beautiful large pool, deep and shallow ends, lots of pool fun equipment, sun beds, seats,chairs,alfresco dining on the terrace, flowers and shrubs, again catering size BBQ. All well maintained and pristine, really nice place to eat,cook and relax.

Historical Towns and Villages with lots of gorgeous architecture to visit. Tick 5 in abundance! I am not going to list them, far too many to mention and everything covered in the extensive information folders compiled by Debs & Bob, you could not wish to be better informed on what is on where and when.

And talking of Bob & Deb,they are discretely on hand to help, advise or answer any questions you may have, their knowledge of the local area boundless. The cats are a welcome distraction from lazing around but they only come if you encourage them. There is a book that has been written about them,and some of their stories are quite remarkable. My husband is not the biggest fan of cats and was totally not bothered by them.

Casa Mare is a great base to explore Puglia from,or just to laze and relax, it really is the place that has it all. Book up and go,families or couples or friends there is something for everyone, just go with the flow and I am sure you will end up loving Puglia, Casa Mare and the superb hosts Debs & Bob just like we did.This holiday ticked all our boxes and I am sure it will do the same for you

Jane and Nick, June 2014, June 2015, June 2016