"You’re much better off renting a villa as we did – try The Thinking Traveller collection (thethinkingtraveller.com), which provides luxury villa rentals in Puglia, Sicily and the Ionian Islands. We stayed at Trullo Pinnacolo, a stylish modern villa designed by French architect Fabrice Bejjani and only completed last year. It’s pretty remote, and you have to trundle down rough country lanes lined with dry stone walls (akin to those you’d find in Yorkshire) in order to find it. But find it you will – The Thinking Traveller made sure of that, providing us with detailed instructions with accompanying photos so that we find our way to the high electric gates easily and punch in the security code, holding our breaths as they swing open before us for the first time.
"We needn’t have worried; Trullo Pinnacolo is stunning. Built into a hill, the round trullo provides the apex of this stylish modern villa, which drops down in stages to the striking black mosaic tiled pool of the slickly designed terrace overlooking the rolling olive groves typical of the region. Cool and contemporary, it’s packed with all the creature comforts you could possibly want – design-led interiors, six sophisticated ensuite doubles, a daily maid service, Sky TV, two outdoor eating areas and that all-important barbeque (hence the quest to find the lighter).
"It’s easy to see that it’s been a labour of love for Bejjani, transforming the traditional trullo into a contemporary conversion. These iconic trulli are a familiar sight in the region, conical limestone buildings scattered across the Puglian countryside."