Villa Santoro

 “The wonderful pool, amongst the finest in Puglia, and beautiful setting ensure its reputation as one of the most exceptional villas in Puglia”.

Villa Santoro sits on a hillside with panoramic views over the olive groves and spectacular countryside that surrounds the hilltop towns of Cisternino and Locorotondo. The construction combines the traditional styles unique to Puglia, with the modern and comfort conscious design of architect design duo Bricchi-Marksteiner. The often awkward and pokey interiors of a traditional trullo have been transformed into a luxurious, airy and comfortable holiday home.

Surrounded by 2 acres of garden and filled with olive trees and fruit trees such as pomegranate, fig, apricot, almond and pear, Villa Santoro provides an incredibly calming setting for even the most assiduous of guests while they relax around, or immerse themselves in, the vast beach pool. Overlooking the pool and leading directly off the kitchen is the external dining area with kitchen and barbeque facilities and impressive marble dining table. After lunch guests can move over to the decadent sofa space nearby, under the shade of the large bamboo and vine covered pergolas.

Sleeping areas – sleeps 8-9

  • Four double bedrooms (one of which has two single beds)
  • Three bathrooms (two of which en-suite)
  • One bedroom and bathroom suite is completely detached from the rest of the property providing extra peace or privacy if needed.
  • Queen sized sofa bed in living room
  • Air conditioning in all bedrooms.
  • Stone baths and showers in all bathrooms.

Kitchen, living and dining areas

  • Open plan internal living, kitchen and dining space.
  • Choice of large internal or external dining tables to enjoy big group dinners.
  • Oven, hob, kettle
  • Dishwasher and washing machine (located in laundry room accessed from outside)
  • American style fridge-freezer.
  • TV, DVD in living area.
  • Wifi

External areas

  • Extra large pool with beach style access and varying depths throughout.
  • External shaded sofa area
  • External shaded dining table and chairs
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbeque
  • Bocce game court
  • Surrounding gardens and olive trees
  • Covered off-street parking.


  • Local mini-market and bar 5 minute drive
  • Local pizzeria and restaurant 5 minute drive
  • Beaches 20 min drive
  • Martina Franca 10 minute drive
  • Cisternino 15 minute drive
  • Ostuni 30 minute drive
  • Alberobello 30 minute drive
  • Bari airport 1 hr 20 min drive
  • Brindisi airport 45 min drive
  • Lecce 1 hr 30 min drive

Villa Santoro has been a favourite for many groups and families for years with regularly returning guests. One of the defining features is the magnificent swimming pool, the sort of pool you don’t find at just any holiday villa. The large rectangular pool is equipped on each side by an extra beach style paddling area, each of a different depth allowing children of all ages to enjoy it. Pop some arm bands on them and watch them splash about for hours! Villa Santoro is for groups that want to spend just as much time round the pool and enjoying their holiday accommodation as exploring the surrounding areas.

As you arrive at the villa you can park your car under the shade of the parking pergola or you can continue up the drive and park directly outside. From here you can enter the living/dining area of the main villa or you can access the ‘lamia’ which is the fourth bedroom suite next to, but detached from, the main villa.

Once inside the main villa and from the reception and living areas you can turn left up two steps where you will find three rooms, two bedrooms of equal size (one with a double bed, the other with two singles) and a large bathroom between them. Otherwise turn right and go down a step into the trullo suite where you will find a large double bedroom with access to the pool area and en-suite bathroom. All bedrooms have private access out to the garden.

Back in the living area you will see the large open plan kitchen dining space with extra-large dining table and three sets of French doors to bring the sunshine inside. From here you have easy access out to the other side of the property where you can enjoy outdoor dining and relaxing. The living and dining areas are divided by one step and a central feature fireplace.

The property is situated along the famous Pugliese aqueduct, over two hundred kilometres of water way which is used in parts to cycle, walk, run and horse ride the spectacular Valle D’Itria. Although the property is not visible from the pathways you may hear passers by chatting from time to time. We strongly urge guests to take an early morning walk to see the beautiful countryside and trulli dotted near and far. Turn immediately right out of the gates onto the road, from there you can choose to take the aqueduct either left (east) or right (west) for as long as you feel like walking, both paths offer beautiful scenery to admire. Otherwise, the best place to enjoy the spectacular Pugliese sunsets is while relaxing under the pergola with a glass of something local.

The property in equipped with fully functional kitchen, including full size dishwasher, American style fridge freezer and coffee making facilities. If you exit the property through the main entrance and turn right you will find the laundry room, and continuing round to the side of the property from here you will find washing lines.

The Valle D’Itria and surrounding areas are easy to navigate however you will require a hire car to get about. The property is located almost equidistant (approx. 60 minutes) between Bari International airport and Brindisi airport. You can fly to one or the other using British Airways, Alitalia, Ryanair and EasyJet among other airlines although they may only fly during peak season.

This part of Italy is not well equipped with taxi services, however if you do require a driver or taxi please contact VillaPuglia directly for help and information.

Similarly, if you would like to book any tours or catering for your stay please contact VillaPuglia directly at the point of booking or before arrival.

Once you arrive at the property our local hosts can give you directions to the nearest mini markets and services. You can use our Whatsapp number to request a dropped pin or directions to anywhere, just send us your location and the directions of the service required.

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