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I Gelsi

Puglia, Italy

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A carefully restored trullo, this is a lovely villa in the heart of Puglia’s Valle d’Itria hills. With excellent staff and additional service on request, it offers contemporary comfort in a timeless setting.

In brief

  • Stylish design
  • Upgrade to breakfast and cook service
  • Excellent staff

About the villa

A fabulous example of the region’s multi-coned trulli houses, I Gelsi is top to toe in exposed stone, from pale-toned flag floors, to walls a metre thick, broad arches in beautifully vaulted bedrooms, and cleverly designed shower rooms, utilising nooks and crannies as handy storage shelves. Though all this keeps the house naturally cool, nothing is left to chance at the much loved and well-designed villa, so under floor cooling takes its place among a list of contemporary facilities, which includes WiFi and an iPad; and the house is furnished to a high standard throughout. All guest rooms have en suite bath or shower room, most are flexibly furnished for twin or double use, and there is a barrel-arched  twin room accessed from an upper terrace.  Within the grounds are several areas for lounging and dining, in sunshine or shade; an outside kitchen for lunches al fresco; and a brand new heatable swimming pool. Other enhancements include a new elegant iron gazebo with extended shading capacity installed by the main building now offering more shading capacity and sliding panels that can me moved based on the individual preference. The property also offers optional upgrades for those who would prefer additional service. These upgrades start from daily maid service, breakfast service or a combination of both. Upgrade to full service of resident cook and housekeeper is also available. Pricing for the upgrades available on request.  I Gelsi is just 4km from amenities in Alberobello, with several small towns within 20km, and a trio of beaches within 30km.

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Villa details



  • Sitting room with dining area opening to terrace
  • Small Kitchen
  • Master (king size) double bedroom (L'Agave) with bathroom en suite with twin basins (accessed through small kitchen ), opens to terrace
  • Double (king size) bedroom (Il Fico) with shower room en suite
  • Double bedroom (Il Melograno) with bed on mezzanine and shower room below
  • Double bedroom (Il Carciofo) with shower room en suite (external access only from terrace)
  • Further large kitchen (exterior access only, also suitable for cookery lessons)


  • Twin bedroom accessed via external staircase and first floor terrace (low walls), (limited space and headroom only suitable for teenagers or young adults) with compact shower room en suite


Children's Facilities

  • Cot and highchair
  • Children's plates and cutlery
  • Steriliser
  • Bed guards
  • Stair gates

Cooking Outdoors

  • Outdoor kitchen with hob, preparation area and sink


  • WiFi
  • Smart TV
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Selection of books

Keeping Cool

  • Under floor cooling throughout
  • Air - conditioning throughout

Kitchen Essentials

  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Coffee machine
  • Nespresso machine
  • Wine fridge

Private Pool

  • 11m x 5m
  • 1.20m deep
  • Built-in steps
  • The pool is open from the first Saturday in April to the last Saturday in October.
  • Heatable on request at additional cost

Something Special

  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom amenities

Villa Essentials

  • Washing Machine
  • Hairdryers For All Bathrooms
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Safe
  • Underfloor Heating Included

Service & Staffing


  • Welcome pack
  • Maid service 4 hours per day 2 day(s) per week


  • Cook service
  • Cooking classes for adults and children
  • Cycling tours
  • Visits to vineyards
  • Massage/beauty therapist
  • Airport transfer
  • Upgraded service available: daily maid service, breakfast service, breakfast service and daily maid service, fully staffed: cook, housekeeper and concierge. Prices available on request.
  • Pool heating

Important Information

All bedrooms on the ground floor can be made up as twin or double. Please confirm on booking. 2 extra beds can be added to the master bedroom. 

CV Representative

An English speaking CV Representative in Italy will visit during your stay. Contact details will be sent with your travel documents.


Arrival between 16:00 .  Departure by 10:00

For arrivals between 19:00 - 23:00 and on a Sunday, a late arrival fee of €100 will be charged, payable in cash on arrival.

 No arrivals after 23:00 and before 09:00 hrs the following day.


Please refer to the Health & Safety pages on this website.



  • San Domenico Golf 25km


  • Supermarket 3km
  • Further amenities 4km Alberobello
  • Locorotondo 6.7km
  • Martina Franca 13.3 km
  • Cisternino 18km


  • Savelletri 25km
  • Torre Canne 29km
  • Capitolo (Monopoli) 27km


  • Bari 73km
  • Brindisi 72km

Places of Interest

  • Monopoli 23km
  • Ostuni 30km
  • Polignano a Mare 30km
  • Lecce 111km
  • Castel del Monte 120km
About the area


Average weather

Italy’s sun-kissed south is remote and quiet, with a gorgeous coastline and perfect summer weather that make relaxing in your villa that teeny bit better. Go beyond the lazy villa days, and this southern beauty has a wealth of culture and history that’s just waiting to be explored. Towns here are UNESCO-listed and its tiny trulli houses are world-famous. Discover an olive-tree studded countryside, relax in rural masserias, admire mysterious works of architecture and spend every day indulging in the most simple, but soul-stirring, food.


Please note that there is a European tourist tax payable on arrival. Further details will be advised prior to arrival.

Having a barbecue in Italy is one of the best ways to cook your food but you may find that due to long drought periods in high season barbecuing may be restricted in some areas. You will be informed if this happens by your house staff or local representative.


CV Villas is happy to book flights for our customers on scheduled, chartered or low cost airlines from London and regional UK airports. Please ask for details.


Car hire can be pre-booked through CV Villas with collection at the airport.