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Palazzo Ducale Guarini

Palazzo Ducale at Scorrano
Sleeps    12
Bedrooms    6
Bathrooms    4
16 Reviews
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Service Daily maid service and weekly linen change
  • Historic Palazzo in Town
  • Large Private Garden
  • Swimming Pool
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A superb historic oasis in the centre of a charming Puglia town.

The ground floor suites of historic Palazzo Ducale Guarini, parts of which date back to the 14th century, has been beautifully restored to offer an extremely high standard of accommodation. The elegant interiors, the mature, beautifully tended walled gardens and the inviting pool all make for a privileged, refined atmosphere.

"A fascinating house and garden. The rooms were really special, unique, easy, comfortable and good for all ages. It was so good that it was difficult to tear ourselves away to see the area. Although in a small town, it was very quiet and secluded" Christopher Meynell on Feefo, 2015

Palazzo Ducale Guarini in the press:
New York Times, December 2015 >>
Architectural Digest, July 2011 >>


Inside: guest accommodation is on the ground floor of Palazzo Ducale Guarini with most rooms directly accessing the wonderful gardens. The main entrance takes one into a generously proportioned hall, whose high vaulted ceilings, pristine white walls and immaculate finish set the tone for the rest of the property. Five broad steps lead up to an elegant, luminous drawing room with French windows opening out into the gardens. A small hallway accessed from the drawing room leads to the first bedroom, Foglia, a double with an en-suite shower room and doors leading out to the gardens. Back in the drawing room a second door leads to the 14th century heart of the palazzo, now home to a voluminous living area with open fireplace and an inviting TV corner. The living area flows into the impressive barrel-vaulted dining room, which is served by a well-equipped kitchen. A corridor leads from the dining room to an internal winter garden, which provides access to two more bedrooms. To the left is Stella, a double with en-suite shower room and a sitting area in front of a fireplace, while to the right, up a few steps, is Luna, a suite comprising a double bedroom and a sitting room leading to an en-suite shower room. The sitting room, which also accesses the garden, may be transformed into a twin (the fourth bedroom) and is suitable for children whose parents are staying in Luna. The fifth bedroom, Seme, is a double with en-suite shower room, accessed only from the gardens. A stone spiral staircase leads from Seme to the sixth and final bedroom, a twin bedroom with low ceilings, suitable for children whose parents are sleeping below.

Outside: much of your time at Palazzo Ducale Guarini will undoubtedly be spent in the superb private garden, which is very much at the centre of life. It is an historic garden based on the original 19th century plan and features a vast array of trees and plants, including some unexpected and rare species. Following the paths between the trees and flowering plants one soon comes across an antique fountain, a vegetable garden from which you may pluck produce for your meals, and, the lovely pool, built where there was once an irrigation basin. Near to the pool is a dining area, an outdoor kitchen and a large covered sitting. Breakfast may be taken at the wrought iron tables in the shade of the citrus trees to one side of the house. Walk out of Palazzo Ducale Guarini and you're in the middle of Scorrano, a charming town to explore.


Accommodates (max) 12 Microwave oven 
Bedrooms 6 Satellite TV 
Double beds 4 DVD Player 
Twins 2 Stereo 
Bathrooms 4 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet **
... of which en suite 4 iPod docking station 
Daily cleaning  Barbecue 
Cook  Vegetable garden 
Pool (LxW in metres) 12x6 Cookery classes 
Air Conditioning * Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
Open fireplace  Walking distance to shop(s) 
Washing machine  The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 

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**in the communal areas.

Pool open from Easter to end of October

Think About

Between 4th-9th July the centre of Scorrano plays host to a spectacular festival of illuminations in celebration of Santa Domenica. Famous for its production of decorative lights used in hundreds of towns and villages all over Italy for local celebrations, Scorrano's festival is quite something. Apart from the illuminations, there is food, wine, processions, music and a great atmosphere.

Palazzo Ducale Guarini provides totally private accommodation for up to 8 people in four double rooms. The palazzo can sleep up to12 people. However, since the fourth and sixth bedrooms use bathrooms accessed through the third and fifth bedrooms, these bedroom pairs may be most suitable for families with children as some loss of privacy may incur. A small, very minor road running past the far end of the garden can occasionally be heard in the pool area, though does not, in our experience or that of our many clients, disturb.

Please note that there is no real shallow end in Palazzo Ducale Guarini's pool, whose minimum depth is 1.4m.

Exploring the local Area

One of the great attractions of Palazzo Ducale Guarini is its location in the centre of the town of Scorrano, which has a charming square, a market, an osteria/restaurant and assorted bars and shops. Scorrano itself is in an excellent position for exploring all that Salento has to offer. It's just twenty minutes drive from the fortress city of Otranto on the Adriatic coast, and half an hour from "the capital of Baroque" that is Lecce. The neighbouring town of Maglie, just 3km up the road, is a jewel of Baroque in itself, and famous locally for its evening passeggiata and all the fashionable activity that goes with that. The Ionian cost is not far either, with the stunning town of Gallipoli just 40 minutes drive away.


Brindisi Airport: 84km - 52miles - 1hr10
Bari Airport: 199km - 125miles - 2hr25
Beaches at Otranto: 20km - 12miles - 20mins
Maglie: 3km - 2miles - 8mins
Lecce: 34km - 21miles - 30mins
Gallipoli: 31km - 19miles - 40mins

Palazzo Ducale at Scorrano

Sarah Crowley, Ireland, 19 September 2015
"The staff were fantastic and the rooms fabulous."

Helen Sheridan, United Kingdom, 15 August 2015
"We loved the Palazzo, and the owners were charming, gracious and hospitable. It was expensive but everything was first class. Our holiday? There are probably no more superlatives left to use! We are recommending The Thinking Traveller to friends."

Katherine Britton, United States of America, 27 June 2015
"We loved Palazzo Ducale Guarini and hope to be able to go again. The in-villa cook provided a wonderful meal and a great way to start our holiday. We might do it more next time."

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Week starting:Sat 13 Feb 2016 €3,530 - €4,490per week*

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Week starting:Sat 13 Aug 2016 €8,810per week
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Week starting:Sat 27 Aug 2016 €4,330 - €5,770per week*
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Week starting:Sat 17 Dec 2016 €5,610per week

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Bedrooms: 3
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Bedrooms: 6
Sleeps: 12
02 Jan - 25 Mar:     € 3,530 € 4,490
26 Mar - 27 May:     € 3,850 € 5,130
28 May - 24 Jun:     € 4,330 € 5,770
25 Jun - 15 Jul:     € 5,810 € 7,530
16 Jul - 26 Aug:     € 8,810
27 Aug - 23 Sep:     € 4,330 € 5,770
24 Sep - 04 Nov:     € 3,850 € 5,130
05 Nov - 16 Dec:     € 3,530 € 4,490
17 Dec - 06 Jan:     € 5,610
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