Detailed villa description
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.