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IL Gelso
Suite over looking the pool and patio
Sitting room over looking the pool and patio
IL Gelso
Perfect place for a sun downer
Double bedroom with dressing room
Twin room with dressing room
Ready to start cooking
Lazy days
Trullo dining room
Time for a swim
Some where cool to sit
Trullo kitchen
Sun down
Trullo kitchen
Jack and Jill bathroom
Sitting room
Suite
Dining room
Dining Al Fresco
Double bedroom
Suite
Just olive trees
Parking area
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Trullo -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Alberobello, Province of Bari, Puglia

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gyoshev
Sofia, Bulgaria
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing villa!”
Reviewed July 6, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We loved our stay in the villa! The whole place is very well thought out, and Anita (the host) was very friendly. I personally loved the lavender bushes around the house. The villa is located a short drive from Alberobello, and there is a lot of stuff to do in the region.
We hope to return one day!

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Sandralou...
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“The best villa we've ever stayed in”
Reviewed September 16, 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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When I saw the photographs I thought it couldn't possibly be as nice in reality, but the reality is even better! Beautifully restored trullo in great location just outside Alberobello. All the arrangements went without a hitch, Anita and Pino were fantastically kind and welcoming and there was literally nothing that we needed during the week that wasn't in the trullo. The kind of place that you see in a glossy magazine and dream about staying in.
The most amazing part is the pool. Impossible to drag yourself away, even though there are lovely places to visit in the area. We found the best plan was to stay around the pool until about 4.00 pm, then go out to one of the local villages for the 5.00 pm passagiato, when everyone is out and about and all the cafes and shops are open again. Matera and Cisternino were our favourites, but the whole area is beautiful.
This is money well spent - you will not find a better villa anywhere.

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Sandy R
Banchory
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Even better than we had hoped”
Reviewed June 27, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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Having been recommended Puglia by a friend who is steeped in Italy and its beauties we spent a long time researching where to go. We could not have been more pleased with our choice of Il Gelso. Anita and Pino were perfect hosts, booking was very straightforward and information and instructions were clear and precise.The Trullo is perfect in every aspect and cannot be faulted. The bedrooms were comfortable, the living areas very pleasant, the kitchen very well equipped and well laid out and, of course, the outside area and pool were fantastic.
Sadly, were only there for a week but we spent a lot of time by the pool and
we also visited Matera, Ostuni, Monopoli, all of which were beautiful towns with whitewashed buildings and narrow streets.
The last day of our stay was my wife's 70th birthday and Pino cooked and served us a wonderful meal and even made a very tasty birthday cake.
We cannot thank Anita and Pino enough for all their kindness and help and for the care and love they have lavished on Il Gelso to make it such a special place to stay.

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Liked best: Everythinv
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Sara D
Perth, Australia
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59 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Luxurious country retreat”
Reviewed October 17, 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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We spent a week at Il Gelso at the end of Septmber and had a really wonderful time. The house more than surpassed our expectations and genuinely looks as good as the photos on the rental website.

My sister and I had been looking for a place in Puglia to holiday with our respective partners and spent a long time trawling the net for a place that would provide two decent-sized double bedroooms with their own bathrooms - so we could each have some privacy and not argue too much over who got the best room! We also wanted a decent size communal living space for if the weather was bad and a properly equipped kitchen. We got all of this and more.

After researching several properties in this area and after a bit of lively negotiation, we decided to stretch our budget to go for this place and all agreed it was an excellent decision and worth every extra penny. Even my doubts about renting a place with a pool at the end of September were allayed by the hot weather - it was admittedly a little bracing in the water, but once you got going we thawed a little...

The property location - about 3 km's outside of Alberobello was perfect - out in the countryside and away from the main roads and the tourist but with quick and easy access to the town for shopping or ice cream or sightseeing! The villa was immaculately presented and furnished to a very high standard - I was initailly a little daunted by the perfection of it all and worried about putting my wine glass down and craeting a ring or marking the pristine white sofas, but soon relaxed into the experience of living like a feature in 'House and Garden' magazine and made the most of the luxury.

As the weather was so good, we spent most of our time outside and the exterior living area is just as highly thought out and comfortable as the inside. We had both an undercover seating area and a shaded dining area with its own gazebo and barbecue as well as a hammock and luxury pool loungers. The garden was shaded with olive trees and not overlooked at all - mostly surrounded by fields, with a distant view of Alberobello from the roof. The nearest other property was a good distance away and on the other side of the road so no noisy neighbours. The house is quite close to the road and there is a bit of traffic going past, but nothing too disturbing and not visible or audible from the back of the house where you spend all your time.

My sister dealt with the booking and this all went smoothly. We rang the owner Anita when we first arived in Alberobello and she came and met us in town and drove with us to the villa to let us in and show us around. We met her again when we left and she was very friendly and helpful both occasions.

The house has electronic entrance gates, a burglar alarm and security grilles on the doors, which we had to close up each time we left the house - a little onerous at first, but better than having to hide all our valuables or take them with us. There was wifi which was a little temperamental and a TV we never got around to turning on but I believe had satellite.

The surrounding area is fascinating and completely unknown to us, so we did get around quite a bit visiting other towns - including Martina Franca, Cisternino, Ostuni, Lecce, Polignano sul Mare and Matera. Alberobello was also celebrating its' Saints Days while we were there and it was great to be part of these week-long celebrations.

Altogether this was the perfect holiday home and it was quite a wrench to leave at the end of the week and head back to reality. There is still a lot more to see in the area and I would also love to go back and just spend more time relaxng in and around the house and pool. Saving up for the next trip already!

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Wabma
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fabulous holiday”
Reviewed July 30, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
1
person found this review helpful

We have just spent a week at the Trulli El Gelso.and were very sad to leave I wish we had booked it for longer. The Trulli is beautiful. It is very comfortable, clean, and the photos don't do it justice! The owners have furnished it to a very high standard with a great eye for detail and design. There is everything you need and more The exterior matches the interior for beauty. The garden is wonderful mix of olive trees, fruit trees, fragrant lavender and other plants. The pool is fantastic! It is satiated amongst olive groves and is an easy drive to Alberobello which has a great weekly market, fruit/veg shop, butchers shop, a cheese shop, small and larger supermarkets, wine shops and a selection of very nice restaurants etc etc etc! A great base to explore this wonderful region of Italy. A PERFECT 10/10!

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Liked best: the pool, the Trulli furnishings, the level of cleanliness, the location, EVERYTHING
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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glasgow
Reviewed November 12, 2011 for a stay in October 2011
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: Decor and comfort plus outside area
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed September 12, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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Liked best: The pool,gazebo and spaciousness of villa.
Liked least: Nothing.
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
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