Trullove your perfect holiday rental in Puglia
We are now back in the US, wishing we were still sitting around the pool at Trullove!! By the way, the salt water pool was a very nice surprise... everyone loved it!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were very pleased with the service we received from Anna Maria. She was exceptionally nice to work with and very accomodating. For example, we made a last-minute decision to have the cook come Saturday night (our last night) and Anna Maria was able to make the necessary arrangements. The meals prepared by your chefs were outstanding and representative of the region's cuisine. What could be nicer than enjoying a beautifully-prepared meal outside with the gentle mountain breeze and superb setting?
The consensus among everyone in our group was that Trullove looks great in the website photos, but is much more impressive in person. During our drives, we noticed other Trulli in various stages of renovation and can only imagine the amount of work it took to create such a marvelous vacation property that remains authentic. If there are any review sites that are linked to your property, please let me know so that we can add our comments.
As we may have mentioned, our Daughter's Husband is a Michelin-starred chef and he found the kitchen very nice to work in. We were able to take full advantage of the local produce, seafood, and meats to create some memorable meals! I've included some photos of his Puglia-inspired creations that had us all drooling.
Once again, thank you for all of your help in making our vacation so fantastic!
- Snead Circus
As part of the "Snead Circus", I would like to thak you and your family for allowing us to stay in your wonderful paradise! We had the most perfect holiday, away from the whole world, cooking up Italian food, following the amazing recipe books,... It became quite a cometition!
Trullove is such an oasis and your welcoming touches made us feel as tho', for just ten days, we were part of it... I don't know how you can bear to share it with anyone! I just want you to know that we were so appreciative that you did... but we will never tell a soul! Nobody could love it as much as we did! Although you are generous enough to open the doors to everyone else, as far as we were concerned, it was OURS!!!! What an idyllic setting, and so beautifully and sympathetically renovated and preserved...
You have no idea how we all so needed this holiday together and how so very perfect it all was.
THANK YOU from all of us!!
- Laura J.
This is a lovely villa with charm and character and a stunning pool and lovely surrounding countryside. It's very quiet and relaxed.
- George C.
It was amazing to stay in a trulli villa after seeing many trulli on the way there. It was very comfortable and well kept. The large infinity pool was amazing with a very safe shallow end for children. All our meals were at the huge outdoor stone table provided with shade at lunch time and outdoor lights for the evenings.
The villa is a distance from other properties so the only noise was our own. The main trulli town of Alberobello is not far and the closer Martina Franca has a good supermarket for restocking once the generous amount of food and drink provided was all gone. We managed a day by the seaside to the north too.
- Jamie W.
The villa is perfectly located - in the countryside, with no distraction, but only 15-20 mins drive away from two picturesque towns in the heart of Puglia. The rooms were spotless, well furnished, and spacious and the whole place could comfortably accommodate 14 people. From the moment we arrived, you could tell the owners had put a lot of thought into making the villa as comfortable as possible - complimentary wine and bread, bottles of water to save us going to the supermarket on our first night, and lots of books (including their own on Puglia). The swimming pool was exceptional - a beautifully-lit, large infinity pool that couldn't have been any better.
- Hardy M.
My family (15 persons from 3 to 83), and I stayed in Trullove for one week in October. As soon as we arrived, we felt like at home thanks to Zora. Enough space and privacy for everyone. An amazing swimming pool, a full equiped kitchen, surrounded of olive trees ... space, nature, freedom, nothing was missing ... A definitly recommended address for big group/family.
- Erik S.
We stayed for a week with 4 adults and 6 kids and had an amazing time. There was lots of exploring on foot for the kids - even go to see the grapes being harvested next door. The pool is absolutely beautiful - in pristine shape. Another highlight (for the kids especially) is the rooftop where they spent hours climbing and playing.
Very comfortable interior design and a highly functional kitchen. Fast wifi. The house manager arranged for a chef to cook our anniversary dinner which was lovely. Also a nice vegetable and spice garden we availed ourselves of. Otherwise we had fantastic meals everywhere we went. Martina Franca is both a destination in itself and a nice nearby town to enjoy restaurants/cafes/walks and take care of errands.
We will definitely be back to Puglia.
- Maryke V.
I planned a three week holiday with my friends and the last week was at this magnificant villa in Puglia. The swimming pool provided fantastic entertainment for all, both young and old. The heat provided the perfect excuse to stay in the pool untill midnight on one or two occasions. We were a party of 13 with 6 kids and had more than enough space to have some privacy when needed. The villa is located very close to Martina Franca and perfectly situated close to many of the most amazing towns. August was the perfect time to go as there were festivals in Lecce, Ostuni and Alberobella. The vibe in each of these towns with lights and live music was amazing and only a short drive from the villa. For the keen beach goers it was an easy drive to spend some days on the beach before we headed out to the towns at night. The large pool and big table under the shade provided a perfect setting for those days we decided to linger at the villa.
I celebrated my 40th birthday just before arriving and having mentioned this to Lu (owner) who promptly surprised me with proseco and birthday cake. What an amazing special thing to do.
We will definitly go back!!
- Régis A.
En phase avec les commentaires élogieux qui précèdent ! Certes c'est un peu cher mais vriament très beau, avec la garantie d'un séjour réussi sous tous aspects.
Autres points positifs à relever : outre la très belle et charmante rénovation de trullis anciens, la maison offre plusieurs espaces qui préservent la tranquillité de chacun, avec en point central la table extérieure où l'on prend les repas, et la vraiment superbe piscine. Par ailleurs il y a vraiment une bonne situation générale en pleine campagne, et à équidistance des différentes et nombreuses curiosités de la région (mais pas orienté mer qui est à 30 mn mini).
Enfin, l'accueil (quelques spécialités locales et un "kit de courses de démarrage" sont offerts) et le suivi (résolution très rapide d'un problème d'alimentation en eau) ont été parfaits. Nous avons passé une très belle semaine.
- Chris & Niki
Quiet location, stylish interiors and if you want to unwind in authentic surroundings, this Trulli is the place to stay. The layout is well designed to provide privacy for everyone. The buildings were tastefully refurbished. The kitchen is large and very well equipped with all the necessities. There is even a wonderful herb and vegetable garden that the owners allowed us to use. The tomatoes were plentiful and delicious! A huge swimming pool with sun loungers is neatly situated at the back of the villa. A washing machine, table tennis and barbecue were welcome additions as we spent a lot of time at the Trulli, the outside dining table was perfectly located between the kitchen and the swimming pool. The nearest town is Martina Franca and is absolutely delightful. There is no shortage of restaurants to visit and a local supermarket is nearby. We would recommend this Trulli to those wanting to experience the heart of Puglia and enjoy authentic surroundings. A Big thank you to Zoha the house representative in Puglia who was always available to help !!
- Jacky L.
Très belle maison ,bien équipée,avec une magnifique piscine. Nous étions un groupe de 10 personnes et tout le monde a adoré. Zohard, la concierge très sympathique est aux petits soins.Un grand merci à Lu et Éric pour leur disponibilité.
- Bertie P.
We were a group of 16, staying in Trullove in August 2012 and August 2013. 16 People means 4 families with kids from 1 to 16. What can I tell: It was like 'Paradise on Earth'. The house, the pool, the surrounding...
A lovely swim in the morning - then cycling (yes we brought our bikes!) with the kids to the mini-market at the fuel-station for a 1st coffee, getting lovely buns for the breakfast at the huge stone table in front of the house. Then you could decide: Stay at home (And we felt like home!) and spend a relaxing day at the magnificent pool or discover all the beautiful towns in the neighborhood. We went cycling (find the way along acquedotto Pugliese!) went to the Adriatic beaches near Ostuni and Monopoli or Pulsano on the Ionian Sea. Martina Franca, Ceglie, Ostuni... so many lovely towns to visit, Don't forget to go to Bari, Lecce or Matera... There are many good restaurants in the area - so no problem if you don't want to cook. But it was the house that made us feel like home: A perfect kitchen with everything to need for preparing a dinner for 16!. Everything was tidy and clean and decorated with love. The place is large enough to give enough privacy for everyone but you have inside and outside the opportunity to sit and eat together. One night we had our personal chef preparing a fantastic dinner. So lt was like paradise on earth. And what you can feel: It is not like staying in a hotel or ordinary holiday home. It is the home of Lu and Eric and they share it with you.
We can highly recommend the place and will definitely come again.
- Dan & Terri
Trullove is more than a private resort in the middle of fields of ancient rocks and olive tree groves. It is more than bright stars with air that is soft and clear. It is very much a private estate/home lovingly created and designed by Eric and Lu, who have become our very good friends.
The property is a miracle. It is ancient trulli, that Eric and Lu has carefully renovated, according to Italian law to preserve its historic integrity while creating a space that is beautiful, modern, and extremely comfortable. I loved the rich meditation colors used in what we called the “honeymoon cottage.” The property is large enough that we were able to enjoy a 17-day vacation with our entire family, which numbered between 8 and 16 at any given time. The modern kitchen and great room allowed us to spend a lot of time together while at the same time gave us privacy and freedom to “do our own thing.” This is important when you have guests aged between 5 and 81. This would also be an amazing place for a business retreat. Zohar, the caretaker, was really friendly and gave wonderful advice on how to spend our days. Eric has written a travel book on Puglia which we kept by our side and constantly referred to. During the day we walked the streets of many nearby villages, shopped in open-air markets, and took home fresh seafood to prepare in the beautifully appointed kitchen at Trullove. Though a bit of a drive, don’t miss Matera and Lecce.
We usually ate dinner at Trullove, having purchased our foods at the markets and grocery stores at Ceglie Messapica or Martina Franca. Our hosts were very generous and fully stocked each fridge with very nice wines, which we enjoyed very much. For Americans, it is important to understand that the pace of life is very different in Puglia. Best shopping and visiting takes place early in the morning and then late afternoon. The towns sleep between noon and 4. Do your sight seeing while the locals are up and around. Otherwise, you can miss meeting some of the friendliest people. Also, make sure you reserve a couple of days to stay at Trullove to enjoy the huge Olympic sized infinity pool. We also enjoyed eating the prickly pears, picking tomatoes, cooking on the barbeque and eating at the amazing outdoor marble slab table.
We miss Puglia and Trullove, a beautiful experience. We highly recommend this paradise and hope to return someday.
We (a group of 6 friends) spent an unforgettable week at Trullove at the end of September this year (2014). The site is located on top of a (small) mountain, isolated but yet not far from 2 historical villages. There is nothing that could surpass its atmosphere : a complex with the picturesque and comfortable trulli cone house - houses typical of the whole valley and region (Unesco heritage) - in the midst of a wealth of flowers, fruit and olive trees and located right in the heart of Puglia, a region rich with history.
Not only did we enjoy the peace and quiet of this location but we also stretched our legs making a few cycling trips. Either we went on one of the signposted cycle routes (Alberobello, Locorotondo, Cisternino), or we ventured on routes we had mapped ourselves. On our return to 'our Trullove home' a dip in the large swimming pool was always our reward.
As we were on holiday we preferred eating out (though the kitchenettes in our trulli houses were excellently equipped). Within reasonable driving distance there are plenty of not at all expensive but still classy restaurants with honest food, typical of the region.