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Villa Elia

Gallipoli, Puglia
Think Puglia map | Gallipoli
Sleeps      17
Bedrooms    8
Bathrooms      9
27 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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 The lovely pool seen from the roof terrace.  The handsome villa seen from the garden.  The pool seen from close up.   The shady gazebo by the pool.  Sensuous atmosphere at Villa Elia on a summer's evening. (ph.Massimo Listri)  Approaching Villa Elia.  The main living room has wonderful vaulted ceilings...  continues right through the house to the garden. (ph.Massimo Listri)  One of the bedrooms on the ground floor, with its original church clock!  A timeless room.  The staircase to the sleeping area of a room on the ground floor.   The room below seen from the mezzanine sleeping area.  The huge country kitchen.  The kitchen from another angle.  A shady spot for al fresco dining close to the kitchen and living room.  The lovely terrace to enjoy al fresco Mediterranean meals.  The beautiful façade emerging from the gardens.  A detail of the home cinema room.  The cinema room.  The time-worn stone staircase that leads to the upper levels.  The single room has the bathroom across the staircase.  The living room on the first floor.(ph.Massimo Listri)  Stylishly furnished.  The master bedroom on the first floor.   Its en-suite bathroom.  A double bedroom close to the kids room.  The stylish quad room is perfect for kids.  Another view of the quad room.  The original well gives an idea of the history of Villa Elia.  One of the lovely balconies of Villa Elia.  The stylish stairs leading to...(ph.Massimo Listri)  .. the other bedroom on the first floor.  The bathroom  The bedroom in the small tower.  The billiard room.  The second living room on the ground floor.  Attention to detail....  The pool and the house.   The pergola is perfect for an afternoon siesta.  Villa Elia's grounds seen from the roof terrace.  One of the many relaxing corners of the garden.  Another outside dining area....  ...with BBQ and wood-burning oven perfect for baking pizzas.  What remains of the old chapel!  Perfumed rosemary, lavander and sage bushes at the end of the citrus garden.  The impressive main entrance.(ph.Massimo Listri)  (ph.Massimo Listri)  (ph.Massimo Listri)  (ph.Massimo Listri)  Arrival at Villa Elia is via the surrounding olive groves.  The fortified walls and the harbour of Gallipoli.  Sublime artistry on the facade of Lecce's cathedral.  Approaching one of the many beaches just south of Gallipoli.  Marina di Pescoluse south of Gallipoli is a heaven for beach lovers.  Balelido, on the beach at Torre Mozza.  The impressive cliffs of south-eastern Puglia.

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.

"What did we most enjoy about Puglia? The beautiful villa! A wonderful place!" Manfred Rechberger, Germany, June 2014

“A divine 18th-century home that mixes antique and midcentury, high and low, collectible and common in a way that only well traveled Italians so effortlessly can…” Sophy Roberts, Departures Magazine, September 2010

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:
Telegraph Magazine, 11th April 2015 >>
Case & Country, August 2014 >>
Vogue Germany Art & Travel supplement, June 2014 >>
Ocean Home Magazine, April-May 2014
Life PR, 14 February 2014 >>
Poder Joyce Pascowitch, February 2014 >>
Country & Town House, March 2014 >>
The, August 2013>>
Austin Monthly Magazine, August 2013>>
Condé Nast Traveller Online>>
Junior magazine, April 2013>>
Italian Home, by Massimo Listri, first published 28 August 2012 >>
Financial Times, 31st March, 2012 >>
Voyager Magazine, September 2011 >>
Architectural Digest, July 2011 >>
Financial Times How To Spend It, March 2011 >>
Condé Nast Traveller February, 2011 >>
Departures, September 2010 >>
Ville & Giardini >>


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 
Doubles 5 Stereo 
Twins 0 Home cinema 
Double/Twins 1 Wine cellar 
Singles 1 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
Quadruples 1 iPod docking station 
Bathrooms 9 Barbecue 
... of which en suite 6 Wood-burning pizza oven 
Daily cleaning * Billiards 
Cook  Table football 
Pizza chef  Bicycles 
Breakfast preparation  Private Parking 
Pool (LxW in metres) **18x5 Think Puglia local support 24/7 
Hammam  Shopping service 
Air Conditioning *** Masseur 
Open fireplace  Yoga instructor 
Washing machine  Cookery classes 
Dishwasher  Wine-tasting 
Microwave oven 

=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.
***except in single room and common areas
****includes Sky Sport.

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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.

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

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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."

Manfred Rechberger, Germany, 14 June 2014
"What did we most enjoy about Puglia? The beautiful villa! A wonderful place!"

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Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10

Bedrooms: 8
Sleeps: 17
26 Dec - 02 Jan:     € 7,160 € 9,430
03 Jan - 27 Mar:     € 5,730 € 7,650
28 Mar - 22 May:     € 7,160 € 9,090
23 May - 26 Jun:     € 7,880 € 10,690
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29 Aug - 25 Sep:     € 7,880 € 10,690
26 Sep - 30 Oct:     € 7,160 € 9,090
31 Oct - 18 Dec:     € 5,730 € 7,650
19 Dec - 01 Jan:     € 7,160 € 9,090
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