Palazzo Ducale Guarini

Palazzo Ducale at Scorrano
Sleeps    12
Bedrooms  6
Bathrooms    4
8 Reviews
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Service Daily cleaning included, cook on request.
  • Historic Palazzo in Town
  • Large Private Garden
  • Swimming Pool
  • More features

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 1/59 The pool has been built in place of the original irrigation tank in the garden.  2/59 Looking across the pool to the gardens and the Palazzo.  3/59 Approaching Palazzo Ducale Guarini...  4/59 A close up of the facade of Palazzo Ducale Guarini.  5/59 The beautiful shaded al fresco living area...  6/59 ...seen from up close!  7/59 The historic garden is beautifully designed.  8/59 Breakfast at Palazzo Guarini.  9/59 Lunch in the shade by the pool...  10/59 ...surrounded by beautiful trees.  11/59 The pool, with the Palazzo Ducale in the background.  12/59 The garden access from the living areas.  13/59 Life in the Mediterranean!  14/59 The high-ceilinged, airy entrance hall.  15/59 The entrance hall leads into this bright reception room.  16/59 Comfortable sofas in the first reception room.  17/59 The sofas in front of the TV.  18/59 The TV and fireplace in the main living room.  19/59 The living room leads to the dining room.  20/59 The dining table laid for lunch.  21/59 The large, well-equipped kitchen.  22/59 The first bedroom...  23/59 ...and from another angle.  24/59 The sitting area and fireplace in the first bedroom.  25/59 The second bedroom.  26/59 The dressing table and garden entrance to the second bedroom.  27/59 One of the en-suite bathrooms.  28/59 The third bedroom.  29/59 The stone spiral staircase leading from the third to the fourth bedroom.  30/59 The fourth bedroom.  31/59 The bed in the fourth bedroom is in an alcove with a low ceiling.  32/59 The two single beds in the fifth bedroom can be made up as a double.  33/59 One has to pass through the fifth bedroom to reach the sixth...  34/59 ...the sixth bedroom!  35/59 The sixth bedroom, and its conservatory.  36/59 Another of the bathrooms.  37/59 All bathrooms are of a high standard.  38/59 The entrance to one of the bedrooms.  39/59 Breakfast is being prepared!  40/59 The practical outdoor kitchen.  41/59 Another shot of the outdoor living area.  42/59 An original fountain in the historic garden.  43/59 The garden features a wide array of Mediterranean plants, shrubs and trees.  44/59 The palazzo seen from the beautifully tended gardens.  45/59 One last shot of the lovely gardens and pool.  46/59 Al fresco dining in the shade of the garden.  47/59 A glimpse of the Palazzo through the trees in the garden.  48/59 One of the many shaded areas.  49/59 A shaded pagoda...  50/59 Another shot of Palazzo Guarini from the surrounding gardens.  51/59 An Ape parked outside the palazzo.  52/59 A view down the quiet street in front of Palazzo Ducale Guarini.  53/59 The clock tower in the town square.  54/59 Approaching Palazzo Guarini through the old town centre.  55/59 A seafront promenade on the defensive walls of nearby Otranto  56/59 Enjoying the sun, sea and sand at Balelido, Torre Mozza.  57/59 A detail of the beach at Torre Specchia on Salento's Adriatic coast.  58/59 A view of the town of Castro at sundown.  59/59 One of many lovely coves near Castro.

A superb historic oasis in the centre of a charming Puglia town.

The ground floor suites of historic Palazzo Ducale Guarino, 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.

"An exceptional property." Shelley Hornstein, Canada, July 2013

Palazzo Ducale Guarini in the press:
Architectural Digest, July 2011 >>

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About the Property

Inside: the guest accommodation, which was totally refurbished in 2009, is on the ground floor of the Palazzo and set around the garden. It has a private entrance from the street, and both accommodation and gardens enjoy complete privacy from the rest of the palazzo and the town. The living areas, two double bedrooms and two suites each comprising a double and a twin bedroom all have independent access from the garden.
The living areas include a large entrance hall leading from the garden to a reading room featuring two sofas, a living room with 14th century vaulting, an open fireplace and inviting TV corner, a large dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. The first double bedroom is a large room that has a sitting area in front of the stone fireplace and an en-suite bathroom. The second double is just as large, with a sitting area and en-suite bathroom. The third and fourth bedrooms share an entrance from the garden and a bathroom. They are very comfortable, though slightly smaller than the first two. The third room is a double and the fourth room, a twin which may be made up as a double, is located up a spiral stone staircase from the third, and has a particularly low ceiling. The fifth and sixth bedrooms also share an entrance. The entrance hall hosts twin beds that can be made up as a double, and the main bedroom has a large double bed.

Outside: much of your time at Palazzo Ducale Guarini will probably be spent in the superb private garden, which is very much at the centre of life in the guest’s accommodation. 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 amongst the fruit trees and flowering plants, a beautifully designed fountain, and the recent edition of a pool, built on the basin once used for irrigating the garden. Breakfast may be taken at the wrought iron tables in the shade of the citrus trees, supper poolside making use of a shaded barbeque area.
Walk out of Palazzo Guarini and you're in the middle of Scorrano, a charming town to explore.


Accommodates (max) 12 Dishwasher 
Bedrooms 6 Microwave oven 
Double/Twins 6 Satellite TV 
Bathrooms 4 DVD Player 
... of which en suite 4 Stereo 
Daily cleaning  ADSL Wi-Fi Internet *
Cook  iPod docking station 
Pool (LxW in meters) 12x6 Barbecue 
Air Conditioning  Think Puglia local support 24/7 
Open fireplace  Walking to shops/restaurants 
Washing machine 

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

*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.

The Area

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


8 clients have rated Palazzo Ducale Guarini

Christopher Law, United States of America, 28 September 2013
"A perfect villa. Perfect hosts. Perfect staff. Perfect Puglia."

Walter Rupinski, United States of America, 7 September 2013
"Grounds were outstanding, rooms were good. We didn't use the inside living areas very much because we had great weather."

Tamela Schmalz, United States of America, 10 August 2013
"The town of Scorrano was great. The owners were very nice and friendly. The villa was beautiful and very clean."

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2014 Prices

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Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6

Bedrooms: 6
Sleeps: 12
01 Jan - 03 Jan:    ----->€ 5,390
04 Jan - 04 Apr:    € 3,420€ 4,330
05 Apr - 23 May:    € 3,690€ 4,940
24 May - 27 Jun:    € 4,170€ 5,530
28 Jun - 18 Jul:    € 5,650€ 7,130
19 Jul - 29 Aug:    ----->€ 7,850
30 Aug - 26 Sep:    € 4,170€ 5,530
27 Sep - 31 Oct:    € 3,690€ 4,940
01 Nov - 19 Dec:    € 3,420€ 4,330
20 Dec - 31 Dec:    ----->€ 5,390

Prices include all sales taxes, electricity and gas, linen, bath towels, pool and/or beach towels, a comprehensive written guide to the villa and the local area, our award-winning service and specialist knowledge pre and post-booking, the opportunity to book our unique Think Experiences and 24/7 local support while you’re on holiday.

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