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“Lovely villa and great Puglian experience!”
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View from villa onto terraces,pool and  acre of olive grove in distance
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14 reviews
View from villa onto terraces,pool and  acre of olive grove in distance
Villa Katia-Rosa entrance and driveway
Side view of the villa leading to the swimming pool
Illuminated pool at night
Kitchen with american fridge/freezer.dishwasher/microwave
Comfortable seating for 6-8
Dining area leading through archway to double bedrooms 1 & 2
En suite bedroom (1) with Kingsize bed & air con
En suite (1) bathroom with wc, wh basin and shower
Kingsize Bedroom (2) with fold-up single bed
Main bathroom with wc, wh basin and shower
Bedroom (3) 2 singles or  1 double, walk in wardrobe & air con
Front of house at breakfast time in Villa Katia-Rosa
Chill and relax right outside the villa
Pool beside villa with dry stone wall enclosure & gate
Gated  pool
Outside barbeque area
One acre of olive grove and fruit trees surrounding villa
Torre Guaceto-15 minutes takes you to our beautiful Adriatic coast-coves beaches and Lidos
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
San Vito dei Normanni, Province of Brindisi, Puglia

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Very good - based on 14 reviews
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lovely villa and great Puglian experience!”
Reviewed June 1, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Our family of 5 (including a 6 and 3 year old and 7 month old) stayed in Villa Katia-Rosa at the end of May. Despite what could have been a disastrous start to the holiday due to being stranded at the airport for 3 hours with no hire car (we didn't bring any credit cards to leave as security which was required despite pre-paying!), the situation was soon rectified due to the kindness of the housekeepers Tina and Richard. They arranged for their friend to fetch us in her people carrier (much needed with 3 children, lots of luggage and car seats!) and her son privately rented his car to us for the week. This was such a saving grace, as although we had to dip into our spending money, at least we had a car which was a must with being located in the countryside and with our intention to do lots of travelling whilst in Puglia!

The fridge had been stocked with drinks and enough food to make a lunch, which was very appreciated. The villa was clean, tidy and more than spacious for us all. We were very impressed with the lovely big pool - my 2 boys' eyes lit up on seeing it!
I appreciated the sun terrace for hanging clothes out to dry - it would have been lovely to sit up there with a glass of wine in an evening but with the 3 children we didn't quite manage this! However we did enjoy lots of al fresco dining and even made use of the BBQ - we cooked a lovely fresh sea bass and shrimps on it one day!
The housekeepers had decorated a few of the trees outside with twinkling fairy lights that came on when it was dark which was a sweet touch.

During our stay we did a lot of sight seeing and thoroughly enjoyed discovering new towns and cities in Puglia. My favourite was probably Ostuni, only 20 minutes away from the villa. I loved 'The white city' as it's known especially in the evening time walking around the historical centre. Nice restaurants and an amazing little Artist's studio where the Artist draws/engraves scenes of Ostuni's streets into local limestone - we just had to buy one as a souvenir of our time there!

We also visited Polignano di mare - a delightful coastal town with great views, Bari - capital of Puglia, Alberobello - very pretty picturesque town made up of trulli traditional cone-roof houses, Galipolli - another seaside town which I recommend (apart from the restaurant we dined in which sneakily charged us 13 Euros seating/service fee!), San Maria di Leuca - a quiet harbour town at the Southern tip of Italy, Brindisi (where we arrived at the Airport) - walked around the port/harbour, the local beach 15 minutes away (we unfortunately didn't get a chance to discover the natural beach the villa owner recommended but heard it's lovely) and of course the nearest town of San Vito dei Normanni (recommend Vulcano restaurant, made use of the supermarkets, petrol station etc there).
As you can tell from our expeditions the sat-nav provided with the villa was essential!

The weather was pretty good all week although we had a couple of overcast days with a bit of rain - hence why we didn't make it to as many beaches as we would have liked. Luckily we managed many hours in the pool on several occasions which was glorious, especially as we had it all to ourselves without being overlooked either.
Somehow we managed to set off the villa's security alarm a couple of times (!), once due to my husband accidentally forgetting to swipe the tag at the entry gate and apparently a silent alarm was activated to the security firm (alerted the housekeepers) without our knowledge so I'm not sure what happened there! The number to dial in case of the alarm going off (which was in the Guest information file) wasn't valid, so I suggest texting the housekeepers immediately to let them know all is ok if this happens to you!
Overall we had a superb week, sampled some brilliant Italian food, saw several glorious sights and really felt we had gained an all-round Puglian experience.
Thank you to the owners for all your suggestions and making our stay so comfortable. We will definitely recommend you to those we know!

Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 6, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

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Liked best: The Pool
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
7 Oct 2013
Thank you so much for your review, we are delighted we were able to help you with your last minute booking and that you considered us a good value for money holiday; especially as a property owner in Italy yourselves- we take that as a compliment. Look forward to your return trip in the future. Maureen and Martin
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LBD69
Brighton
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fabulous pool area & comfortable home”
Reviewed August 26, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

My family of 6 enjoyed a great holiday at the villa this year. The villa is comfortable and the pool and outside area is fantastic. The owners were incredibly helpful when making our booking and with queries we had leading up to departure. The housekeepers were also extremely helpful. We saw Michael most days and he did an amazing job at keeping the pool clean especially as we were experiencing some high winds. He was very helpful with directions and gave us good recommendations for restaurants etc. Nothing was too much trouble for him. The BBQ and terrace were lovely. We made full use of the sat nav although at times it took a long time to find a signal - usually when we were half way to our destination! The villa was very well equipped and included pool towels, cool bags, beach umbrellas etc. Our only criticisms (although I must emphasise that they did not detract from a fantastic holiday) are that we could have done with some shade around the pool and we would like to have had a change of linen and towels after the first week, other than that the owners have thought of everything and we would not hesitate in recommending the accommodation to friends and family.

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: No linen change
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Sep 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to for write such a lovely review. We are happy to to point out that there are extra parasols stored in the laundry area along with beach equipment and inflatables. We have left these items to be brought down to the pool when and if needed. The shaded terraces are also only steps away from the pool and can be utilised with loungers if the direct sun is too strong. The Sat-Nav has been checked and is functioning, Michael and Ellen our house-keepers have a spare one in case there is any problem in the future. We take all our visitors reviews seriously and strive to continually maintain our standards at Villa Katia-Rosa for all to enjoy. We do hope you return in the future when we will do all that we can to ensure you have another great stay. Kindest regards Martin and Maureen
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Luboox
West Midlands UK
2 reviews
“Wonderful homely villa in a rural setting”
Reviewed June 12, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Five of us stayed at the villa including a 3 year old. Everything we could need was provided. Whilst in a rural setting it is still only 5-10 minutes from the town.

There was plenty of information to hand regarding local amenities such as supermarkets, restaurants etc and interesting places to visit. We made full use of the sat nav provided.

Michael who greeted us with the keys at the villa made us very welcome. He was only 10 minutes away if there was a problem. He also gave us useful tips on local restaurants and was always very happy to give us any advice.

The pool and poolside area was a lovely place to relax and soak up the rays.
And we spent many happy hours doing just that!

We went to Polignano a Mare just up the coast to see the old historical town which is worth a visit and also to the safari park which was very entertaining for the little one.

We also explored San Vito dei Normanni and sampled some of the delights there.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and really hope to return to the villa next year.

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Liked best: Staying in typical Puglian villa in beautiful surroundings
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Reviewed April 30, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

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Liked best: Tranquil setting, and fabulous pool area. Very comfortable villa
Liked least: Nothing it's a great place for holiday
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 16, 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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Liked best: The huge pool much bigger than any othe villa we stayed at
Liked least: Driving in Italy!!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Cork, Ireland
Reviewed October 7, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: Nothing. All was great
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
26 Oct 2012
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our "3 bedroomed 2 bathroom cosy country retreat with luxury pool" and that you enjoyed the many sights of Puglia as we do. We are also pleased to hear that you found everything as advertised as we strive to maintain our standards and add new features each year. Bought in 2008-Villa Katia-Rosa was refurbished in 2009, a new kitchen and 2 bathrooms were constructed, upgrading features inside and outside the villa including the building of our new pool, shower and laundry room and then finally all new furnishings/fittings ready for holiday rentals in July 2009. We want to maintain this standard of home from home comforts, for all our guests to enjoy.We have now had our 4th successful year and met so many lovely guests from all over Europe. It was a pleasure having you as our guests and thank you for appreciating and looking after our Villa during your stay, we do hope that you return to us soon.
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