Detailed villa description
Inside: accommodation is spread over two floors and has been restored and refurbished to a very high level. The ground floor is home to a superb, hi-spec country kitchen, complete with range and double-sized, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that lead out to one of the al fresco dining areas. From the kitchen one accesses the open-plan living and dining area, furnished with comfortable sofas, a dining table seating eight and an impressive original fireplace. A doorway from the living area leads down a few steps to, on the left and accessed through a curtain, a twin bedroom perfect for children and on the right through a door, a spacious double bedroom with original tiled flooring. These two rooms share an elegant modern shower room. Closed off from the living area, these room make a perfect suite for a family wanting to be close to each other. Another doorway by the dining area accesses two double-twin bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, the other with an adjacent bathroom with tub and shower attachment.
On the first floor, accessed by an external staircase, is a suite comprising an open plan kitchenette with single sofa bed (which could be prepared on request for a small supplement) a shower room, a bathroom and a spacious double-twin bedroom that opens onto a large panoramic terrace.
Outside: Lo Iazzu's outdoor areas are perfectly designed for those who love an al fresco lifestyle. Top of the bill is certainly the panoramic, 28-metre, d-shaped infinity pool, which is ideal both for those wishing to do some real swimming and, thanks to the beach-effect shallow end, for young children who like paddling. The pool area is also equipped with a changing room and bathroom. A large expanse of perfectly paved terraces and luscious green lawns surround the pool on three sides, part of which is given over to a shady dining area with barbecue on hand. The grounds continue all round the house, offering a variety of al fresco dining and lounging possibilities, including a breakfast table outside the kitchen and a Mediterranean pine-shaded area complete with wood-fired pizza oven. Views take in the gently rolling surrounding countryside and, to one side, the impressive original masseria, occasionally occupied by the discreet, helpful owners of Lo Iazzu. Below the pool are some natural grottoes where massages can be arranged and, a little further down at the bottom of the valley, a small lake.
For those who love walking or mountain-biking, two paths lead directly from the property to the Bosco delle Pianelle (a hill-top oak forest that stretches all the way to Martina Franca) and to the Gravina, a natural canyon that leads to the rural village Massafra passing by natural caves, religious and Paleo-Christian settlements (Grotta del Mago Greguro) and unspoilt countryside.