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Title / quote: Thanks for a lovely holiday

'written by Gill'

We have just recently returned from a two week break at Villa Magnolia in Puglia. Rarely have we experienced such a relaxing and unique holiday and thought it only right that we let others know of this newly opened little gem near Ostuni. The villa had recently opened, so we were rather fortunate to have the place virtually to ourselves for the majority of our stay.

Having said that it only has four rooms so even if it was fully booked it would hardly feel overcrowded since both the building and grounds are so spacious. The owners, Ron and Lesley, could not do enough for us managing to strike that difficult balance of staying discreetly in the background whilst ensuring all our holiday needs were met. We enjoyed many a late night conversation over a bottle of Lesley's homemade limoncello.

They have obviously worked very hard in converting what once was an old ruin into a lovely home and small hotel. The decor and furniture are in keeping with the age of the building with the added luxury of modern bathrooms. The attention to detail continues into the grounds where the salt water pool is to die for. It is easily large enough to justify accommodation three times the size that the villa actually provides. We have never experienced such a clear and fresh pool before.

Accommodation at the villa includes breakfast as standard and while we were there Lesley was kind enough to offer the odd lunch. The option to have an evening meal at the Villa is available, but not every night. When the option was there we jumped at it since Lesleys cooking was fantastic (most dishes being made from organic home grown produce from the grounds at the villa). The options to eat out are plentiful but a car is necessary to reach them.

The location of Villa Magnolia is great for getting around and seeing the sights of Puglia. You are just 10-15 minutes drive from Ostuni, 10 minutes from the coast and about 30 minutes drive from the Trulli town of Alberobello which we finally got around to visiting on our way home via Bari airport. We would certainly recommend Villa Magnolia to anyone who wants to visit Puglia.

Thanks for a lovely holiday, Philip, Gill & Malachy.

Rating: 4 stars

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