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“Culture and seaside- a glorious combination”
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Ostuni, Province of Brindisi, Puglia

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london
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“Culture and seaside- a glorious combination”
Reviewed July 26, 2009 for a stay in July 2009

We stayed in L'Alcova, the studio apartment owned by Angela and Tim Devlin. It waqs brilliantly equipped, with great decor and the thoughtfulness of the owners made our stay for a mere 4 nights so easy/ There were beach towels provided, soap, tea,coffee and a welcome pack to get us started! Also DVDs and VHS tapes to provide in-house entertainment.
Ostuni itself is a great base from which to explore the other cities like Lecce. To return in the evening gave us a choice of so many restaurants and just sitting in a bar watching the people go by!
It's also close to the sea- some 15 mins by car or bus and that gave us what we wanted- morning swims before heading off sight-seeing.
We'd strongly recommend it to couples wanting to get away from it all and enjoy the delights of this part of Italy.
We'd strongly recommend

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SCOTLAND
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“Magical roof terrace”
Reviewed July 20, 2009 for a stay in July 2009

We spent only 2 nights at Casa Esmeralda but loved every minute. Before we arrived, Angela had sent us every possible bit of information to make our holiday go smoothly.The best bit was the roof terraces - yes, there were 2! The view of the old town was magnificent. The apartment was extremely well-appointed and clean with lots of personal touches. A perfect romantic hideaway for 2!

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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london
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13 reviews
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“Fantastic stay at Casa Esmeralda”
Reviewed July 3, 2009 for a stay in June 2009

We had a fantastic holiday in Ostuni, Puglia and what made our trip so great was Casa Esmeralda. The apartment is split over two floors with a lovely balcony and two roof terraces from which you can enjoy the wonderful view of Ostuni. It's located just behind the main square in the historic centre which is ideal for reaching all the restaurants, cafes and bars which the town has to offer. The Owners (Tim and Angela) are lovely people and great hosts, they are always on hand if you need anything and make you feel very welcome from the off.

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Visit was for: Leisure
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charlton
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“Wonderful week in Casa Esmeralda”
Reviewed June 30, 2009 for a stay in June 2009

Ostuni is a medieval gem characterised by its whitewashed buildings and defensive walls, narrow alleyways and splendid cathedral at the summit of the hill on which it is built. Inspirationally designed internally, Casa Esmeralda makes a great base from which to explore this small city and the surrounding area. The accommodation is ideal for two(as we were), but perhaps a little tight for three or four, particularly the kitchen which had been ingeniously fitted into what appeared to be a former inglenook. There are though many good restaurants to enjoy. The roof terrace had superb vistas of the cathedral and old town from where it was great to enjoy breakfast with freshly baked bread from the fabulous nearby bakery or a bottle of Prosecco in the evening! (Buy Prosecco for 3 Euros in the little supermarket at the top of the street!)

Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Extended Family
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SUSAN L
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding apartment, location and hosts!”
Reviewed June 10, 2009 for a stay in June 2009

We have just returned from 2 weeks in wonderful Ostuni. We stayed in La Terrazza and have been completely spoiled for any other accomodation in the future. There is a wonderful amount of space which has been delighfully decorated keeping the orginal features whilst providing every comfort. The terrace itself is exceptional with fantastic views of the historic centre which is just a few paces away. Tim & Angela were marvellous with their recommendations of restaurants and shops. They were available whenever we needed assistance whilst being invisible otherwise, the perfect hosts. They also arranged a Pughlian cookery lesson for us in the apartment which was facinating and ended with a lovely meal eaten on the terrace. We are hoping to return very soon and there can be no better recomendation!

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Hennamari...
London
1 review
“A Wonderful Holiday!”
Reviewed June 4, 2009 for a stay in May 2009

We went to Ostuni to a friend's wedding and stayed in Casa Tavani's apartment L'Alcova,which totally exceeded our expectations! It was beautiful, modern but very Italian, and had lots of charm. We specially loved the balcony, where we would have our breakfast or lunch every day.

The apartment was located right in the centre of Ostuni but in a quiet street. Ostuni itself was a charming city with it's white houses, narrow streets, romantic restaurants for candle lit dinners, and funky bars with jazzy house music and friendly waiters!

We felt especially lucky to have stayed at L'Alcova when we found out that the other wedding guests had paid more for their accomodation and were disappointed with their hotels on arrival! On top of that Angela and Tim were really lovely hosts and gave us great tips for places to eat and visit.

What a wonderfull holiday! We only regret not staying longer...

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Your age range 35-49
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Claire_UK...
London
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“If you want a beautiful but relaxing holiday, this is it!”
Reviewed May 25, 2009 for a stay in May 2009

Just back from a 4 day stay in Puglia and loved every minute of it. We stayed in the Terraza Apartment - everything you could want from an away from home stay and more. Bright, breezy and spacious with a huge outdoor terrace with stunning views.
Tim and Angela have done an amazing job at keeping the traditional aspects in tact but complemented with a real sense of style and modern furnishings. There is an abundance of handy info. available from beaches to shopping to restaurants to help you make the most of your visit and enjoy the local life.
Highly recommended!

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Your age range 25-34
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