Castellana Grotte

  • 10 Sleeps
  • 5  Bedrooms
  • 3  Bathrooms

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About the Villa

Contemporary design meets traditional trullo at this country retreat with pool near Polignano a Mare.

With its far-reaching views across the gently undulating countryside, a garden of whispering olive trees, Zen-inspired interiors and a pulse-slowing infinity pool, Montaltini invites repose. After a couple of days of resting, however, you might like to take advantage of the property's strategic location and explore the area, from the beaches and towns of the Adriatic coast to the manifold charms of the Valle d'Itria.

"We adored Montaltini and the staff were wonderful, amazing. We enjoyed everything about our holiday and will highly recommend you." Megan Haslop, New Zealand, July 2019

Montaltini in the press:
Absolutely Mama, February 2018

Internet Connections Explained


All The Thinking Traveller's villas have some kind of Internet facility and, where possible, we try to ensure that this is an ADSL broadband Wi-Fi connection.

However, some rural areas and those far from the main towns and cities have not yet been connected to the high-speed broadband network. Therefore, in some of our villas we offer an alternative type of connection (specified in the amenities table of each individual villa page). 

Please note that although we work very hard to provide reliable internet service at our villas, these services are potentially erratic and can fail due to network failures completely out of our control. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss of connection due to such network failures.

Here is some information about the most common connection types:

ADSL Broadband

This is by far the fastest and most reliable connection type available and uses traditional copper wires. In the UK, ADSL is most commonly referred to as broadband. It is suitable for most surfing requirements. Generally an ADSL line is only available within two miles of a telephone exchange, so in rural or more remote areas it usually not available.

An ADSL Internet connection in a villa can then be distributed using a Wi-Fi router, allowing a wireless connection with one or more device, or by a cable, which can be plugged into most laptops.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with an ADSL broadband connection.

3G WiFi Internet routers

In some of our villas, 3G Wi-Fi Internet connections are provided by a small router unit that uses the 3G mobile network, similar to that used by many mobile phones. The unit receives the signal and retransmits it wirelessly making it possible for a few devices to connect at the same time. 3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them (i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the entire villa) and so the best connection will be within close range of the unit, usually in the same room.

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

Please note that 3G Wi-Fi is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Guests are requested not to download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL connection. 


Mobile Broadband Internet Dongles/Keys

Dongles, or Internet keys, can be slotted into a USB port on your computer and use a data SIM card to connect to a 3G or other data network, normally supplied by mobile phone networks. At the villas where this is provided, clients are usually requested to buy their own data SIM card and top up as they go (details of where and how to purchase one are provided in the House Guide you will receive before departure).

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL conection. 

WiMAX / Satellite connections

WiMAX and satellite Internet connections have performance levels similar to cabled ADSL hi-speed Internet connections. Wi-Fi access within the property is provided by a special modem-router. WiMAX and Satellite connections are present in our villas when there is no normal cabled broadband infrastructure in the area (still quite common in more remote areas). These kind of connections may be affected by atmospheric conditions, however, so we cannot guarantee that the signal will be as constant as cabled connections. The connection speed of this type connection in our Ionian Island villas is a little slower and comes with a limit of Mbs, so guests are requested not to download large files, stream films or use Skype to make calls.

Connecting to the Internet abroad using your smartphone or tablet (roaming)

As of June 2017, there are no roaming charges for EU citizens (with an EU provider) travelling within the EU. 

If you are travelling from outside the EU and wish to use your smartphone or tablet while on holiday, here are a few tips for cutting down on foreign data-roaming charges:

The first thing to do is to check with your provider to see if there are any special deals available (there's usually something on offer). You should also make sure your phone is unlocked (you can ask your operator to do this) if you wish to buy a foreign SIM card while you're away.

If there are no suitable deals available from your operator (and your phone/tablet has been unlocked), we recommend you buy a local prepaid data SIM card (details of where and how can be found in your House Guide). It might also be useful to bring a cheap handset, put your UK SIM into the cheap handset and the local data SIM into your smartphone, so that any data you access will be charged at the local rate. If you do buy a local SIM, most smart phones can then be used to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing data access for up to five devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Finally, when abroad, switch off 3G, switch off ‘data roaming’ on iPhones or switch the priority to Wi-Fi rather than 3G on Symbian devices, thus avoiding charges when your phone attempts to access emails.



  • Accommodates (max)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  3
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  12x4
  • Air conditioning ¹
  • Underfloor heating ²
  • Safe 
  • Wine cellar 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • TV 
  • DVD player 
  • 3G Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • Babysitter 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ in the bedrooms of the main house only
² in the main house only


Inside: accommodation at Montaltini is spread over a contemporary main house and a lovingly restored trullo. The former is L-shaped and has been conceived to echo certain architectural features of the trullo, not least the white-bordered honey-coloured stone walls perforated by small windows. These aspects are subtly juxtaposed with modern elements including the dark wood cladding and large sliding glass doors of the central section. The main entrance takes one into an open-concept space at the right angle of the L, comprising a living area and a kitchen-diner. The living area is furnished with leather and steel armchairs and a sofa gathered around a fireplace, which is part of a horizontal recess hewn from the wall. The stylish U-shaped kitchen is topped by a luminous skylight and serves a long dining table looking out over the grounds. The wings of the L are given over to two separate sleeping quarters, each comprising a double bedroom, a double-twin bedroom and a shared shower room. Each bedroom has its own access to the surrounding gardens and a shaded sitting area. Smooth polished concrete floors and a zen-inspired minimalist palette of greys and browns run throughout the main house, making for a very restful, serene ambience. The trullo, which is situated about 20m across the gardens from the main house, has three distinct cone-topped rooms. The central cone at the entrance is furnished with a divan bed and provides access to the other cones, one on each side. The first hosts a double bedroom while the other is divided between a bathroom with WC and sink and an open (i.e. there is no door) shower room with sunken shower.

Outside: the grounds of Montaltini are a classic synthesis of Puglian country living with a modernist touch. Sun-baked earth, planted with age-old olive and almond trees, is criss-crossed by white concrete paths connecting the two houses and a series of terraces. Dry-stone walls delimit the property and aromatic Mediterranean plants and shrubs scent the air. Accessed from the living area of the main house is a polished concrete terrace, furnished with easy chairs. At one end of the house is a great outdoor kitchen with barbecue, sink and work counters. A few steps away along one of the paths is the dreamy, well-shaded al fresco dining and lounge area, which overlooks the pool. The tempting infinity pool is bordered by wooden decking and sink-in sunloungers and offers wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. All the bedrooms in the main house have their own external access and shady sitting areas, as does the trullo.


Think About

The main house's two distinct sleeping wings and the separate trullo make Montaltini ideally suited for two families or even two couples holidaying together.

Montaltini features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers great views while in the pool. There is a drop of the infinity side so precautions should be taken here. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

If you book Montaltini at the 2-bedroom price, one bedroom wing, comprising a double and a double-twin and a shared shower room will be prepared for you. If you book Montaltini at the 4-bedroom price, all the bedrooms in the main house will be prepared for you. Only if you book the full property (sleeping max. 10) will the trullo be made available for your use.

Depending on the direction of the wind, the road running between Castellana Grotte and Conversano, which is 500m away, may occasionally be heard in certain areas of the grounds (though not from inside).