Detailed villa description
Inside: accommodation at Terrarossa is spread over three buildings: a day house, a night house and an original trullo. As the name might suggest, the day house, which is the closest to the pool, is where you will spend most of your waking hours when not by the pool. Large sliding glass doors lead from a shaded terrace into a voluminous and airy open-plan space hosting a kitchen-diner and a sitting area, off which is a double-twin bedroom and an adjacent shower room. Polished concrete floors, designer furniture, quality fittings, an array of windows large and small, and a superb kitchen all combine to create a thoroughly relaxing contemporary atmosphere.
The night house is located on the opposite side of the pool from the day house and accommodates two of the property’s four bedrooms. If you book Terrarossa at the two bedroom price, these are the bedrooms that will be made available to you. Similar in its cubic, angular, contemporary architecture to its diurnal sister, but partially clad in creamy local stone, the night house is also accessed via a shady terrace. One enters a kitchen-diner, which, while smaller than the main kitchen, is perfectly equipped for whipping up and eating breakfast or light lunches. The presence of a TV and built-in sofas in this room mean that it may also be used as a second living area. A little hallway off the kitchen-diner leads to two lovely double-twin bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room and access, via glass doors, to little private terraces overlooking the gardens.
Situated about 20m from the night house is the beautifully restored trullo, home to a charming suite comprising a small sitting area, a double bedroom and an en-suite shower room.
Outside: the extensive grounds of Terrarossa are planted with an archetypally Puglian mix of whispering olive trees, aromatic plants, flowering shrubs and prickly pear cacti. Crisscrossing the reddish soil from which the property takes its name, are a series dry stone walls and paths linking the three houses. At centre stage is a large expanse of verdant lawn and the splendid pool, which comes with beach-effect shallow end, decking, shower and solarium. Each house has its own attractive al fresco area: the day house boasts a shady pool-view terrace with barbecue, furnished elegantly with a large dining table and a suite of easy chairs; the night house’s wrap-around terrace offers a variety of areas equipped for lounging and dining in style; the trullo has a little umbrella-shaded al fresco sitting area. Back at the night house, an external flight of steps leads up to a super-panoramic roof terrace from which one may survey the grounds, the surrounding countryside and, in the distance, the Adriatic Sea. Finally, if all that were not enough, to one side of the swimming pool is the fabulous fire pit, flanked on either side by a mix of built-in, well-cushioned, sofas and designer chairs. Convivial evenings spent here, accompanied by a soothing soundtrack of gently chirruping cicadas, are the stuff that memories are made of. If, on arrival, you've never heard of l'arte del dolce far niente - the art of sweet idleness - by the time you leave Terrarossa, you'll be an expert.