Puglia takes on the family challenge
"On the edge of the beautiful medieval hill-town of Specchia, Villa Specchia sits in its own walled garden, which is bigger than our local park. Mostly on one level, with polished parquet floors and antique furniture, the inside is stunning. But the star of the show is the covered loggia, with a view across the grounds to the swimming pool and the weeping willows beyond. Oh, and the maid. Did I mention the maid, Cosimina, who made us dinner on our first night, breakfast every morning and cleaned as well?
"The very welcome presence of Cosimina transformed the villa experiences. Without the domestic baggage that comes with self-catering, we were free to concentrate on the important things, like lying under the shade of a willow tree reading, or wandering into town for a plate of antipasti and grilled meats from the little restaurant next to the butchers. Even, reluctantly, venturing out down the road to the sea, joining the throngs of Italian day-trippers diving from the rocky coast into the sparkling Adriatic...
"Think Puglia has around 30 villas all over Puglia and includes a 24 hour concierge service. They are also happy to arrange yachts and speedboats, wine delivery to the villa, in house cooks and cookery courses. In 2011 Think Puglia's big sister, Think Sicily was voted "Favourite Villa Rental Company in the World" by readers of Condé Nast Traveller."