The Morella Residence

ostuni, puglia
3 bedroom - 2 bath
(3 reviews)
Travel dates:
£145 - £425 per night (GBP)
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This stunning white stone Puglian Trullo with a pool sleeps up to 9 and has been beautifully renovated to display the best of the ancient stone and provide a contemporary luxury stay. Surrounded by two acres of rural fields, olive, almond and fig trees and with the classic stone cones of the building standing out from it all, it has luxury bathrooms and modern interior design inside. Add to that a full array of equipment for children, plus a 15-minute drive to the coast, and you can see why it makes a great location for a family getaway. Surrounded by a large patio and orchards and well stocked with kids toys and games, it's a classic and memorable residence for a family stay in one of Italy's most desirable locations.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
2 queen
4 twin / single
sleeps 2
2 baby crib

What we love

  • A gorgeous setting surrounded by wildflower meadows and fruit trees for pick your own in season
  • Historic and unique residence with fully remodelled contemporary interior design
  • Private unheated pool with small kids pool/jacuzzi in the garden, lit at night
  • Architectural features include barrel vaulted ceilings and arched doorways
  • Modern design includes Sputnik lights and Basher art, mid-Century design and Kartell chairs
  • 3 double bedrooms, furnished with modern luxury fittings and all with double beds. One can be made up with twin beds as needed, and all the beds have Egyptian cotton sheets
  • 2 wetroom bathrooms with modern power showers and fluffy towels
  • Living room with TV and comfortable sofas
  • Snug sitting room with ancient arches, vintage Danish sofas, fireplace and Pac Man wall art
  • Large patio terrace with alfresco eating area, barbecue and hammocks in the garden
  • Ibiza-style bamboo shaded dining area with comfortable sofa outside
  • Fully-equipped family kitchen with dining table

Things to know

  • 40 minutes from Brindisi airport; 1 hour 15 minutes from Bari airport
  • We would recommend car hire for this residence; there is off street parking
  • The Adriatic Sea and its sandy beaches are 10km away; beaches on the opposite coast are 30km away
  • Ostuni and Ceglie Messapica, two local towns with bars, shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants, are 5 minutes' drive away
  • The pool is unheated and ungated but set away from the house
  • Guests receive a welcome hamper on arrival with beer, prosecco and local artisanal meats and cheeses
  • All bedrooms accommodate extra beds and cribs and all have air conditioning
  • Babysitting, additional cleaning, catering with Mama Suma and yoga can all be booked for an extra fee
  • Full array of kids equipment including cribs, high chairs, crockery, cutlery, potties, books and toys
  • Outdoor toys include a trampoline, table tennis table, basketball, pool toys and numerous ride-on toddler toys
  • TV, iPod loaded with music, Teac music system and movies provided
  • Some rural quirks: mobile/cellphone reception may be patchy, depending on operator, and there are very occasional electricity outages
  • Babysitting, a mid stay cleaning, catering and yoga sessions are available for an additional fee
  • The host requires a damage deposit of 30% of the total cost of the booking sent to them separately. Please contact the host for further information before submitting a booking request

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Mel M.
Member since March 20, 2014
The Morella Residence is a Saracen Trullo, situated directly between two very distinct towns, beautiful baroque Ostuni and gastronomic Ceglie Messapica, and situated between the Ionic and Adriatic seas. Ostuni caters more for the tourists, whereas Ceglie, really off the beaten track, is an authentic, working Puglise town. Both towns offer an array of wonderful restaurants, bars and shops. The Adriatic is approximately 10km from the Morella Residence and the Ionic 30km. Mel and Simon Massey bought The Morella Residence as a restored shell from a local builder, Grazio. It is thought to be over 200 years old and was empty for 30 years before being brought back to life by Grazio and then Mel and Simon. We loved Puglia from the moment we set eyes on it, the amazing architecture, history, culture, charming people, wonderful food and wine. These elements, in a beautiful rustic setting dominated by olive trees and still that innate style Italy is famous for! The fact that tourism is low-key and less commercial is particularly appealing, especially in the peak tourist season. A search for the annual rude postcard for my brother drew a blank, something I was very pleased about! We fell in love with The Morella Residence for its history and location. It is a traditional, original stone Saracen Trullo with two newer lamia (vaulted rooms) attached either side. The simplicity of the materials belies the craftsmanship within the building. The stones have definitely got lots of stories to tell.

3 reviews

Russell M.
Visited in July 2017
We had a great two weeks in the Morella Residence. Lovely villa in an old Trullo which has been really well restored and modernised.. It is really nicely fitted out inside and loads of toys, games, films for the kids. Really nice area as well. Lots of places to visit and excellent restaurants that are all very close. Would definitely recommend for a family break.
Claire R.
Visited in August 2016
Simply AMAZING! We came for some much needed R&R, and this place did not disappoint. The accommodation has a very 'funky' appeal. I loved the leather couches and the art work. I'm pretty fussy when it comes to bathrooms, and they were so clean and clearly well maintained. The preloaded iPod and superior sound system was on pretty much all he time. My children loved the pool and the trampoline, and most definitely the basketball hoop! The owners have really thought 'out of the box' when it comes to hospitality, and the small extras, ie prosecco and essential groceries on arrival really took the edge off after an early flight out of London. I really look forward to another visit in the future. Claire
Bastian W.
Visited in May 2016
Just a perfect stay. The Villa is lovely and the set up great. There is loads to do in the area and Ostuni and Ceglie Messapica are within a short drive and have all you need including weekend markets, restaurants, supermarkets, ice cream, etc... The villa is superb and has all you need for a young family. Pool, toys, trampoline, outside dining (with highchair), shaded area and also a hard drive with movies and an Ipod full of tunes that can be played via the indoor and outdoor speakers. Wifi works well and the rooms are all spacious with shutters that make it totally dark (which was a plus for our two young children). Cosimo and Mimmo were impeccable at helping and assisting us with queries and advice on the region and overall we had a lovely time. Besides the villa the whole region of Puglia is excellent for sights, beaches, food and wine and if you like fresh produce and lovely warmhearted people then go. For us five stars all round.

Ostuni, Puglia

The Citta Blanca

This beautiful Baroque town 10km from the Adriatic Coast is surrounded by rural areas and is a hub for the community, with restaurants, bars, markets and pizzerias and stunning white stone churches. Treat the kids to a gelato and explore the meadows of wildflowers, pretty off-the-beaten-track villages and pristine beaches nearby.