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Villa Elia

Gallipoli, Puglia
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Sleeps    17
Bedrooms    8
Bathrooms    9
32 Reviews
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Service Daily maid service and weekly linen change
  • As seen in 'The Financial Times'
  • Large gardens and pool
  • Loving restoration
  • Historic building
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A fascinating, stylish, rambling Masseria with extensive gardens and pool.

Just a short drive from Gallipoli and some glorious sandy beaches, Villa Elia has recently been restored and refurbished to exacting standards. The interiors feature a very stylish blend of local, ethnic and contemporary pieces, many of which are originals from Brown's Hotel in London. The house is surrounded by acres of garden, fruit and olive trees and plenty of outside living areas making it a superb choice for reunions of family and friends.

"Villa Elia is a beautiful home, a haven of tranquility, elegance and exquisite beauty. The staff is fantastic, caring and attentive. " M.d.P., US, 2015

Villa Elia inspires contemporary artist Henry Hudson’s new ‘Pellegrino’ Exhibition, 26th November 2014 – 17th January 2015. Find out more >>

Villa Elia in the press:
ELLE Italy, August 2015 >>
Condé Nast Traveller, September 2015 >>
Telegraph Magazine, 11th April 2015 >>
Case & Country, August 2014 >>
Vogue Germany Art & Travel supplement, June 2014 >>
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The interior of Villa Elia is unique, rambling and a challenge to communicate in "technical" terms. So here goes:

Inside: the impressive monumental arch over the main entrance leads directly to a huge, vaulted living area which continues right through the house to the gardens on the other side. Also on the ground floor are two large bedrooms, a double on a mezzanine level and an en-suite bathroom with shower and separate sunken bath below, and a double/twin with a fireplace and adjacent shower room, a second living room, a huge country kitchen with open fire, a cinema room with DVD player, projector and Nintendo Wii console, a billiards table in the restored chapel, and a Turkish bath with relaxation room.

The original stone staircase, worn considerably by hundreds and thousands of footsteps over the centuries, leads first to a single room with shower room across the staircase, then up to the "dormitory" style quad room, with en-suite shower room and a large, panoramic terrace. On the same level as the quad, there is a large apartment with three double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms: one with shower, one with separate tub and shower (the master), and one with a tub and shower attachment. Accommodation on this floor is completed by a kitchenette, handy for preparing tea and coffee or breakfast and a central living area. Heading further up the stairs (which begin to narrow) one comes to a small double room with en-suite shower room and, further up still, to the large roof terrace with panoramic 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside.

Furnishings throughout are eclectic, stylish and exotic. Furniture from Brown's Hotel London rubs shoulders with wooden sculptures from the Gambia, Dogon masks, Jordanian carpets from the Queen Rania Foundation and much more besides, making it a colourful United Nations of artefacts.

Outside: the large gardens are completely surrounded by ancient stone walls and features a dining area outside the kitchen, several shady areas for relaxing, lush lawns, an orchard with fig, orange and apples trees and a wide variety of plants, including a superb selection of aromatic herbs for the kitchen. The pool, situated just beyond the original well, has a fully equipped pool house with showers. The pool furniture is of a particularly high standard and there is a shady pergola area just beside the pool providing a welcome respite when the sun is at its zenith.


Accommodates (max) 17 Satellite TV ****
Bedrooms 8 DVD Player 
Double beds 5 Stereo 
Flexible doubles/twins 1 Home cinema 
Single beds 1 Wine cellar 
Four single beds 1 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
Bathrooms 9 iPod docking station 
... of which en suite 6 Barbecue 
Daily cleaning * Wood-burning pizza oven 
Cook  Billiards 
Pizza chef  Table football 
Breakfast preparation  Bicycles 
Pool (LxW in metres) **18x5 Private Parking 
Hammam  Shopping service 
Air Conditioning *** Masseur 
Open fireplace  Yoga instructor 
Washing machine  Cookery classes 
Dishwasher  Wine-tasting 
Microwave oven  The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

*Mon to Sat. - 2 staff for 2 hours a day for groups of up to 10 guests, 3 hours a day for groups of up to 17 guests. Weekly change of linen and towels, extra service available on request.
**open from March 31st to November 2nd. The pool is also gated.
***in the bedrooms only (except the single)
****includes Sky Sport.

Think About

Villa Elia is a superb house for groups of friends or family. It would also be great for a wedding party. The owner's dogs live in a secure compound at the edge of the large grounds far from the house and will not disturb in any way.

Please note that there is no real shallow end in Villa Elia's pool, whose minimum depth is 1.4m

If you're looking to accommodate more than the 17-guest maximum capacity of Villa Elia, or simply need more bedrooms, why not take a look at Casina Elia, a 3-bedroom villa owned by the same family just across the road from Villa Elia (bringing maximum total group size up to 23). If you do go for this option, i.e. taking both houses, please note that there is an extra charge of €1,500 to be made directly to the staff on arrival to cover the extra cleaning and house management costs.

Exploring the local Area

Villa Elia is just 3 km from the charming town of Alezio and 7km from Gallipoli and the coast. Alezio has some superb baroque buildings, high quality shops and cafes, a market, restaurants and a relaxed, authentic feel. Gallipoli is a true jewel of a town, set on a fortified peninsular and featuring some fabulous architecture as well as lively night life and some great restaurants. The delightful baroque town of Lecce is just 40 minutes' drive, most certainly worth a visit.
Tennis courts and horse riding within a 10 minutes' drive from the villa!
We will also be pleased to organise several bespoke activites, such as wine tasting tours or day trips to Matera.


Brindisi Airport: 85km - 53miles - 1hr15
Bari Airport: 204km - 127miles - 2hr30
Shops, Market, Bars, Restaurant at Alezio: 3km
Nearest beaches at Gallipoli: 7km
Lecce: 42km - 26miles - 40mins
Matera: 216km - 135miles - 3hrs

Think Puglia map | Gallipoli

Michael Milbourn, 23 May 2015
"Brilliant house for our family of 17 from grandparents to babies. Local staff could not have been more obliging. Great cook. We had a fantastic holiday, we felt pampered something rotten, nobody wanted to leave and we have great memories.

Patricia Armstrong, Australia, 5 July 2014
"Just being at the villa was great... The cooks were great and the vast majority of the meals were fantastic. They did a great job for such a large numbers, always leaving the kitchen immaculately clean. "

Michael Darling, Australia, 28 June 2014
"It was a good property and the staff were helpful when required."

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Week starting:Sat 13 Feb 2016 €5,730 - €7,650per week*

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Week starting:Sat 26 Mar 2016 €7,160 - €9,090per week*
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Week starting:Sat 20 Aug 2016 €15,030per week
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Week starting:Sat 24 Sep 2016 €7,160 - €9,090per week*
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Week starting:Sat 05 Nov 2016 €5,730 - €7,650per week*

Week starting:Sat 12 Nov 2016 €5,730 - €7,650per week*

Week starting:Sat 19 Nov 2016 €5,730 - €7,650per week*

Week starting:Sat 26 Nov 2016 €5,730 - €7,650per week*

Week starting:Sat 03 Dec 2016 €5,730 - €7,650per week*

Week starting:Sat 10 Dec 2016 €5,730 - €7,650per week*

Week starting:Sat 17 Dec 2016 €7,160 - €9,090per week*

Week starting:Sat 24 Dec 2016 €7,160 - €9,090per week*

Week starting:Sat 31 Dec 2016 €7,160 - €9,090per week*

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Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10

Bedrooms: 8
Sleeps: 17
02 Jan - 25 Mar:     € 5,730 € 7,650
26 Mar - 27 May:     € 7,160 € 9,090
28 May - 24 Jun:     € 7,880 € 10,690
25 Jun - 15 Jul:     € 12,630
16 Jul - 26 Aug:     € 15,030
27 Aug - 23 Sep:     € 7,880 € 10,690
24 Sep - 04 Nov:     € 7,160 € 9,090
05 Nov - 16 Dec:     € 5,730 € 7,650
17 Dec - 06 Jan:     € 7,160 € 9,090
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