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“Delightful first trip to Puglia”
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Villa Santoro over the beach pool
Villa Santoro through Almonds
Villa Santoro, evening over pool
Pool from seating through terrace
Villa Santoro dining terrace
Villa Santoro dining room and kitchen
Villa Santoro living room from dining room
Villa Santoro bathroom
Villa Santoro living room and fireplace
View from Villa Santoro
Sky from Villa Santoro
Panoramic view over pool from tarraces
Trullo stables near Ceglie Messapica
Villa terraces from the pool
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Pool and Villa at night
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Cisternino, Province of Brindisi, Puglia

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S-A-Willi...
Buckingham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Delightful first trip to Puglia”
Reviewed September 18, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We choose the villa because of its style and accommodation and found it to be in a wonderful location near to a great local shop, three charming towns and a manageable 40 minute drive with two little ones, 3 and 1yrs, to a choice of gorgeous beaches . We stayed for 2 weeks.John and Rosanna were excellent' hosts' sorting out the few problems we had as quickly as they could and we enjoyed Rosanna's delicious cooking on several occasions.
The pool here is stunning but its water was not warm enough for the children to swim in until the last 3 days but they happily wallowed in the shallow areas until then.

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Liked best: Loved the location and the setting of the villa
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Sep 19, 2016
Thank you Sarah for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves. May maybe a little early to enjoy the pool to the full! Do come back again from June on, we would love to see you here again. Glad you enjoyed Rosanna's cooking too. John
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Andrew W
Kent, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Fantastic Villa”
Reviewed September 5, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We had a wonderful holiday in Puglia. The Villa is perfect for a family group or couples and children, it is well appointed, well located for some wonderful local towns and an easy drive to the coast. A local supermarket is within a short drive and the wonderful town of Martina Franca is also near by. Martina is simply beautiful and has a large number of excellent restaurants. An absolute highlight was the pool, with its shallow beach effect, perfect for lazy afternoons relaxing in the shallows.

The owners are on hand and are always willing to give good advice on where to go and where to eat and their own wine is well worth buying

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Liked best: The villa was overall excellent
Liked least: The alarms and gate process
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 7, 2016
Andrew and Sophia, thank you so much for your very kind review. I am delighted that everything appears to have fulfilled your expectations. Very few people realise what a beautiful Baroque town Martina Franca is until they get here. Thanks for the plug for my Brigante wine too! I look forward to welcoming you back in the future. John
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Ben L
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Superb Villa”
Reviewed September 1, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We stayed for one week in a group consisting of four adults and six children. The villa is beautifully designed, both inside and out, with a fantastic pool and a wonderful position overlooking the local countryside. It was perfect for our group. Lovely towns within easy reach include Martina Franca and Locorotondo. The owner's partner, Rosanna, is available to cook meals if booked in advance - her cooking is not to be missed! Satnav or Google Maps is recommended when travelling to the villa as local navigation can be tricky.

Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 3, 2016
Thanks Jessica and Ben

Both Rosanna and I are delighted you enjoyed Villa Santoro so much. I think Rosanna has to pass on some recipe suggestions for you!

John
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erich802
Oakland, California
Level 6 Contributor
374 reviews
108 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Incredible Experience in a Charming but Updated Villa”
Reviewed December 16, 2015 for a stay in August 2013

I rented Villa Santoro for 5 weeks in the summer of 2013 with my wife to celebrate our 60th birthdays. We invited our family and friends and over the course of the 5 weeks had 29 house guests. Villa Santoro was the perfect venue for this as the 4 bedrooms plus 3 bathrooms, huge swimming pool and pool deck, loggia and outdoor dining table made the entire stay comfortable and memorable.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 19, 2016
Eric and Linda, a very late response from me. Of course we are glad you loved Santoro and as we feel we have become friends, would love to welcome you back. John
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LeslieDP
London
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Amazing week at Villa Santoro”
Reviewed August 31, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We have just returned from a beautiful week in Villa Santoro. John Dabney, the owner, was very helpful in booking and advising us on things to do during our stay. He provides a very detailed House Book with great restaurant recommendations, list of markets, nearest beaches and many other helpful tips. The villa is perfectly located near several beautiful towns: Ceglie Messapica, Martina Franca, Ostuni, Locorotondo, Alborobello, etc. We enjoyed visiting each of them as well as going to the seaside (Monopoli, Polignano and Torre Canne). John also helped us hire road bikes to cycle throughout the area taking in the olive groves, vineyards and many Trulli houses. There is also a convenient coffee shop and market only a few minutes away and a delicious restaurant with pizza and grilled meats (Sale e Pepe). The house itself has the most amazing outdoor space. The pool is fantastic. It has a great shallow area along the edges for young kids or those who just want to lounge in the cool water without fully committing! The pool is bigger than some hotel pools! The middle part is deep enough for diving games and long enough for family races. The views around the property are stunning. There is a beautiful outdoor dining table, a comfortable hammock and a large shaded lounge area. There is plenty of space for everyone to relax and enjoy. The inside of the villa is nice and comfortable as well, but who wants to be inside with such a beautiful outdoor space.

Liked best: The pool area
Liked least: The mosquitos!
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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H-doggie
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great week at Villa Santoro”
Reviewed August 24, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

The villa suited our family perfectly. The rooms were spacious and beds were extremely comfortable. The bathrooms were also fabulous-- with large showers and a huge bath too! The furnishings are simple yet fitting for a Puglian summer house. The stand out feature of the house is the pool and outdoors living area. The pool is the largest I have ever seen at a private home! There is a large table for external dining, a bbq, a large deckchair area and even an outdoor sitting area with a hammock! Highly recommended for a relaxed week. However, due to location I would not recommend the villa for those wanting an activity packed and culturally rich week.

Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Maud G
Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“The house is as beautiful as it looks”
Reviewed July 31, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We loved the house, airconditioning in the master bedroom will be added soon which is a must in this area. It is in the middle of "nowhere", but if you realize it is 10-20 minutes away from the very beautiful villages of Cisternino, Martina Franca, Ostuni, etc, it is a wonderful retreat. There is a bike- and runpath behind the house which is great (although some bycicles in the house would be practical). I can certainly recommend this beautiful villa for families of 8 people or two sets of adults with 4 children.

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Liked best: The beauty of the house, its well laid out plan and great pool
Liked least: No aircondition in the master bedroom (will follow) and no bicycles available
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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