Read our Puglia Holiday Villa reviews

What a wonderful house in such a wonderful part of Italy! I found Bob & Debbie’s villa in Casalabate near perfect (and infinitely better than an experience in Tuscany last year). They have created a holiday home that is both warm and inviting, while still practical and managed with great efficiency (and the complete privacy of the villa is a plus). The pool is divine, and a short drive will get you to any number of gorgeous beaches, including one that was perfect for early morning romps with my dogs (Lido Exotica, 3 min up the road, turning left – go very early and it’s all yours). The town itself is no great shakes, but the weekend market is pleasant (and do try the local cheese…very good). More importantly, it is very easy to get to many different locations of interest: I did the Salento peninsula and coast to Otranto one day; the Valley of the Trulli another; and Lecce anytime. Only improvement they could make was a little more air/con in the bedrooms, but it’s a small detail. The welcome basket was a really great touch as well – something other holiday rentals tend to omit. Thanks guys!

Tamara (Canada) : July-2010