Just returned from a wonderful holiday in Ostuni. So many things to see and do. Ostuni itself is beautiful. Also there are so many nearby towns to visit within a short drive from Ostuni.
This is our second trip to Ostuni and we stayed in the same apartment,L'Alcova. This is a wonderful apartment. It has all the facilities we required and most comfortable.
Tim and Angela ,who own the apartment, have maintained the old world ambience and yet has all the modern utilities.We arrived late at night and they had left food for us in case the restaurants were closed.
We are a retired couple and could not have asked for a better holiday and will return.
Aidan and Alicia.
Started my search for accommodations in Ostuni wanting views from private terrace and found that even the most elegant boutique hotel could only offer maybe a window and many rooms not even that and for no views it was very expensive. I kept looking and came upon Casa Tavani. Angela and Tim have four apartments in a perfect location in Ostuni. I was most interested in La Terrazza for the space and most of all the fantastic terraces(yes plural) with day views including the "white city" and further to the sea and night views with the city illuminated. I have included some photos of that view...extraordinary. The location is just adjacent to the old town (fairly touristic) in a residential area within about 2-3 minutes of the main square. Perfect...quiet and you feel like a local. The Devlins provide much information before your stay and there is much to read in the apartment too. While I spent as much time as possible on the terraces the apartment itself is very comfortable and has everything you could want. It is an old building with lots of character (and stairs...seems to always go together!) but the apartment seems very new with modern comforts. What I really appreciated was the calm and relaxing feeling there and quiet for sleeping. Very private too. I found the price reasonable and during less busy months it is possible they may be able to rent for less than 7 days. We stayed 4 nights in May so I would ask depending on your needs. I do extensive research when renting an apartment and have had some not so great experiences. I can assure you the Devlins are well known in the town of Ostuni and many locals will recommend their apartments to friends visiting. Such an authentic place to stay in a very beautiful town. We really did not require anything but if you do Jane is your contact person and from other reports seems to be readily available to help guests. Were I to return to Ostuni I would stay in exactly the same place (or any of their properties) as it was exactly what I was looking for.
We stayed for a week in Ombroso and our friends stayed next to us in Alcova, and we were very impressed. Ombroso was spacious, comfortable and well-equipped, and our friends were very happy in Alcova. It is also very centrally located in the beautiful town of Ostuni, in a quiet (at least it was in October) and atmospheric part of town. We were provided with lots of useful information by Tim and Angela. We loved wandering around the old town, window-shopping and having coffee breaks. Went to some lovely restaurants too, and were made very welcome at the nearby cafe-bar Monna Lisa. We hired a car for the week and made good use of it with daily trips to the coast (we swam most days and were lucky with the weather) and visits to some very interesting sights (highlights were Monopoli and the fabulous Lecce). Once we got the hang of parking (thanks to Tim's detailed instructions) it was very straightforward, and we learned to ignore Satnav when it tried to take us into the warren of narrow streets close to the apartments. We would have no hesitation in returning to the apartments.
Second week in October 2013 - a week earlier or a week later and the weather would have been wonderful. But we'd arrived to torrential rain and thought the holiday was going to be a disaster. NOT SO!!
First, the apartment was charming, comfortable and ideally placed to explore the wonderful old town and restaurants of Ostunl. And the mountains of local information supplied by our hosts Angela and Tim left us in no doubt there were rich veins of culture and gastronomy to be mined in the region.
Ostuni is centrally placed to explore the many delights of Puglia, which we did in abundance, having only managed one successful sunny day on the beach. But we ended up being almost thankful for the inclement (but always warm) weather that forced us over the course of the week to thoroughly tour and investigate the southern area, from the delightful coastal towns of Polignano and Monopoli, down to the baroque gem of Lecce in the south, across to Taranto and back through the central areas and their magical hilltop towns - the stand-out one being, Locorotundo,
And now, for me, the most important part - the food. Boy was it good!! I'm half Italian and so is my wife so we are not easily impressed but I have to say we both thought it the best food we've ever had in Italy, and much to our amazement, the most reasonably priced. The meals were too numerous list but if if you like both sea food and pasta and you only eat out twice on your whole holiday, here's what to do.
For the ultimate Pasta (and here's a paradox) go to the DELFINO FISHMONGERS just up the hill from the apartment. It has a few basic tables outside, so if you don't want to cook their fish at home they will cook and serve your choice from its incredible array of fresh daily catches. I asked them to make me a sea food pasta with Rici (fresh sea urchin roe) - an idea I'd got from a Rick Stein food programme and always wanted try. It was so good we revisited another two evenings for the same dish, unheard of for us. I urge you try it.
For the ultimate sea food meal go to the Ristorante Miramare da Michele near the Torre at Santa Sabina. It's situated on a tiny harbour wall in a small cove with attendant beach where fishermen sell their daily catch direct from their tiny, beached boats beneath the restaurant's kitchen windows - and you don't get fresher than that! We eat there three times and it just got better and better. Difficult to recommend just one thing because it depends on the daily catch, but whatever it is, the level of cooking expertise and presentation are first class - and again - great value for money!
The beauty of Puglia was that it was the first time that an intended beach holiday having gone pear shaped(and there have been a few) where we found so much else to do to turn a disaster into a triumph. Puglia was a truly memorable destination to which we will certainly return and hope to incorporate the only missing ingredient of our recent trip - the wonderful southern Italian weather.
Thanks Angela and Tim, we couldn't have done it without your help, encouragement and spot on accommodation.
Kadi and Kim
Booking the apartment was easy and straightforward. Info received from Angela and Tim on Ostuni was very comprehensive.
The apartment was clean, very well equipped and spacious for the 4 of us.
We didn’t cook as we were so close to lots restaurants, only problem was choosing where to eat! Little shop just round the corner to get milk etc.
We had a perfect break for 4 nights. Hired a car – not the easiest roads to navigate in Ostuni, but we soon got the hang of it. Jane the house manager was most helpful. Would highly recommend L’Ombroso and can’t wait to go back.
This is our 4th stay at this beautiful apartment and we have booked for next year too! Once you have climbed two flights of stairs the apartment is then all on one level with the most beautiful terrace and an amazing view of the old town of Ostuni as well as its lovely Cathedral.
The apartment consists of an open plan lounge and kitchen (with every facility you could want to prepare family meals); there is a family bathroom off the lounge as well as a separate bedroom with canopied double bed and bath as well as an ensuite toilet and basin in the bedroom. The open plan area is full of light with 3 pairs of french doors; there are 3 sofas for lazing on (or for sleeping if you need more than the double bedroom).
The whole place is air conditioned and it really is a pleasure to stay there. On the beautifully paved terrace there is a large table/chairs and a huge parasol as well as sun loungers. There is also a staircase up to the roof terrace above the lounge and bedroom for even more stunning views (and hanging out the washing if you have used the washing machine!). Ostuni is a lovely town and La Terrazza is an amazing apartment.
Finally our only connection with the owners is as returning and satisfied guests.
Just got back from a wonderful weeks break in this delightful, perfectly located apartment. Everything has been thought of by Tim and Angela. Including a very welcome welcome pack. Prosecco included. Highly accurate descriptions and directions of sights and restaurants were also supplied. Which immediately get you involved in Ostuni life.
The apartment even has a washing machine on the balcony to rid shirts and blouses of the unavoidable tomato based sauce stains. (Or is that just us!!)
The town is very special. We slipped into the Italian lifestyle of long lunches, afternoons on the roof terrace, then unusually for us old fogies, very late nights in the really cool bars. A bar called Passion is a must. There you will find Franco, the flamboyant owner, who will keep you highly entertained!
Every place that we ate in was fantastic and I've got a hunch that there isn't a bad restaurant there.
We did have one very special evening dining at a farm called Masseria Il Frantoio. Ten minutes in a cab. Everything you eat there is grown on the farm. They rarely serve anything twice and I guarantee you will have a very memorable evening.
We became Italian for a week and it's something we can't wait to do again.