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Lalapanzi  near Ostuni, Puglia

Converted trulli with stylish accommodation and great private pool.


Many ancient trulli have been converted into holiday homes but few to the standard of Lalapanzi. The English owners have ensured that this trullo maintains many of the original, local features while incorporating a contemporary feel and modern comforts. The addition of a beautiful swimming pool makes this outstanding property a benchmark for quality accommodation in Puglia.

The house is made up of three separate buildings, one housing the living room and kitchen and the other two the sumptuous bedrooms. In the main house entry is into either the living room – complete with dining alcove and wood burning stove – or small but well-equipped kitchen, with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer, hobs and oven. There is a lovely outdoor dining area with a wonderful stone table and barbecue, with the pool is just a few metres from the house. Lalapanzi is located along a bumpy country track on the brow of a small hill with views over the surrounding countryside. Open external steps lead you to the roof, complete with traditional conical roof-tops (not advisable for children).

The three double/twin bedrooms are located in the two trulli just metres from the main house – the owners have ensured that the design and decor is of the highest quality. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with shower and independent access to the gardens. The larger trullo has a separate living area with two sofa beds, perfect for children during high season (we are unable to offer Lalapanzi to parties of 8 out of high season due to limited internal dining space.)

The beautiful pool has been constructed from local Puglian stone with India sandstone terracing ensuring it blends in with the natural surroundings (it’ll encourage you to practise your tumble-turns and get in 50 lengths before breakfast). The gardens have been sympathetically landscaped to make the most of the natural, rugged Pugliese countryside.

As tempting as it will be to stay put at Lalapanzi, the wide selection of superb local restaurants is sure to tempt you out to enjoy the fresh cuisine and local wine. The location is ideal for exploring this fascinating area – the villages of Locorotondo, Cisternino, Ostuni, Alberobello and Martina Franca are all just a short drive away, and the coast, with its sandy and rocky beaches is less than 30 minutes away. Further afield – the stunning Baroque town of Lecce (known as the ‘Florence of the South’), and Taranto ensure that you’ll have no problem planning day trips.

The owners have lived in Zimbabwe – this influence is reflected in some of the decor – and Lalapanzi is Zimbabwean for ‘sleep well down there’, very appropriate for this lovely house.