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La Scuderia

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  • Swimming pool
* Self-Catering Property in Racale, Puglia
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Not far from Gallipoli and sandy beaches, La Scuderia is a peach of a place, with only six villas and a stunning pool. Perfect for a relaxing holiday.

Once a country estate and stud farm, breeding pedigree horses, La Scuderia has been lovingly restored to provide charming self-catering accommodation in six villa-type apartments. The owner, Mario, is a lovely man, who is completely passionate about his property and determined to give his guests the best possible experience of the Salento. He does not live at La Scuderia, but may often be seen discreetly pottering about in his beloved garden or greeting the few horses he still has, in the fields and paddocks, below.

The rural location is ideal, with a small typical Salento town within a couple of kilometres and Gallipoli and its long stretches of sandy beaches less than 10km away. The small resort of Torre Suda, with its rocky shoreline, is less than 4km, with quite easy access off the rocks into the sea.

When you arrive, you are first struck by La Scuderia’s attractive natural looking gardens. Planting is profuse, but looks effortless and completely at one with this rustic, peaceful spot. In fact, it is so lovely that it has often been used as the set for rather glamorous fashion photo shoots.

The stunning pool is sculpted into the landscaping and forms the relaxing focal point of La Scuderia. It curves its way between secular olive trees, lush Mediterranean plants, native shrubs and sturdy dry stone walls. It is especially impressive at night, beautifully lit and romantic, a perfect spot for an evening rendezvous under the stars. There is ample sunbathing room around the pool, as well as elegant gazebo for shade.

The accommodation is really not villa, apartment nor villetta. With real skill and a feel for the traditional vernacular architecture, La Scuderia has been transformed into a small hamlet of stuccoed pajare-type buildings. The pajare are the typical stone houses of the Salento – the Salento’s trulli, if you like, with equally thick dry stone walls and sloping outside walls (no trulli cones though, of course). Anyway, the result at La Scuderia is a series of pathways, which take you through the “hamlet” to the more modern version of pajare, which make up the accommodation. Aware of the need for space for outdoor living, Mario has also ensured that each has its own terrace, with built-in barbecue and as much privacy as allows. They really are a delight.

Every pajara-villa at La Scuderia seems to have a window on nature, through glazed doors or windows, which look out onto the garden. Mario has aimed for a style, which is pleasingly rustic, a quite fashionable simplicity, which enhances the character. This is adorned with antique pieces, local artisan carpentry for doors, shutters and some of the furniture, and handmade mother-of-pearl tiles. The effect is stylishly simple and rather “Country Living”.

La Scuderia’s atmosphere is relaxed and laid-back. It’s great!

Review

“We always self cater and we’ve always been seeking perfection – well, we found it! It was great! We loved the stylish apartment and the lovely pool and it was so easy to visit places. We particularly liked Gallipoli, a charming place” Mike & Ellen, Hereford.

Price/Offers

*Offers subject to availability and terms and conditions.

January

  • Unavailable

February

  • Unavailable

March

  • Unavailable

April

  • Was £1,249
  • From £964

May

  • Was £1,355
  • From £1,069

June

  • Was £1,465
  • From £1,115

July

  • Was £1,631
  • From £1,195

August

  • Was £1,594
  • From £1,275

September

  • Was £1,249
  • From £960

October

  • Was £964
  • From £960

November

  • Unavailable

December

  • Unavailable

All prices are ‘from prices’ and can fluctuate during each month. All prices are subject to change/amendment. Prices are stated as per person, per week (based on 2 sharing, single supplements apply) and are inclusive of transfers. Flights can also be booked, allowing you to benefit from our ATOL protection.

Whilst weekly prices are shown, our holidays are tailor made and individual nights can be booked at many of our properties. Please call us or use the Enquire Now button above for our latest prices & availability.

Features

  • 2 pajara-type villas with two bedrooms & two shower rooms; dishwasher
  • 2 pajara-type villas with one bedroom & one shower room
  • 1 original detached pajara-type trullo with two connecting bedrooms & another small sleeping area; one inside shower room & one room with loo & basin on veranda; dishwasher
  • 1 pajara-type en-suite double bedroom only – no catering facilities
  • Air-conditioning and heating in all rooms and trulli except il trulletto
  • All pajare-villas have mosquito nets
  • All villas have a safe & hairdryer
  • High-chairs available on request
  • Swimming pool available all season, weather permitting
  • Pool hours 09:30-13:00 & 16:00-00:00; use in silence at other times
  • Pool & beach towels provided free of charge for Long Travel guests
  • Built-in barbecues in all except No.105
  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital Italian TV
  • Communal washing machine (No. 100 has it’s own washing machine)
  • Pets allowed, including La Scuderia’s own cats & kittens
  • Security deposit €200 to be paid on arrival & refunded on departure if all is in order
  • Prices include weekly clean and change of bed linen, bath & pool towels
  • Prices also include mid-week change of bed linen & bath towels
  • Extra cleaning on request, to be arranged and paid for locally 
  • Catering, with typical Puglia cuisine, usually possible to book and pay locally

Rooms

La Scuderia accommodation is really not villa, apartment nor villetta. With real skill and a feel for the traditional vernacular architecture, La Scuderia has been transformed into a small hamlet of stuccoed pajare-type buildings. For outdoor living, each (apart from No. 105) has its own terrace, with built-in barbecue and as much privacy as allows. They really are a delight.
 
The style is pleasingly rustic, a quite fashionable simplicity, which enhances the character. This is adorned with antique pieces, local artisan carpentry for doors, shutters and some of the furniture, and handmade mother-of-pearl tiles. The effect is stylishly simple and rather “Country Living”.
 
All (except 105) have kitchens with oven, hob, fridge-freezer, iron & ironing board, Italian TV, terrace with outside table & chairs, outside shower.
 
No. 101 & 102 (sleep up to 6)
One en-suite double bedroom, one twin/double bedroom & main shower room. Large living/dining room (possibility of 2 extra single beds) & kitchen area. Air-conditioning and fans in both bedrooms and in the living/dining room.
 
No. 103 & 104 (sleep up to 4)
One double bedroom & one shower room. Large living/dining room (small sofa-bed suitable only for children) & kitchen area. Air-conditioning and fans in the bedroom and in the living/dining room.
 
No. 105 (sleeps up to 2)
One bedroom & one shower room, without kitchen, but with a small area with fridge (no freezer) and small stove-type hob. Air-conditioning and fan in the bedroom.
 
No. 100 (sleeps up to 6)
Absolutely detached & quite separate from the other pajare, enjoying great privacy, in a part of the grounds next to the paddocks, this is an original pajara-cum-trullo, with very thick dry stone walls, masses of character and lots of outside space to itself. These buildings, by their very nature, usually remain naturally cool, but, in any case, there are climate control machines in the two main bedrooms and kitchen/dining room. No.100 is not over-furnished and is rustic and simple, with some amazing antique pieces.
 
The original layout of the pajara has been respected in its restoration, causing some inevitable compromises in how the rooms work, but nothing insurmountable. It is worth remembering that, in a Mediterranean summer, it is usually perfectly feasible to go outside to use shower rooms and other facilities, so, if bedrooms have doors to the outside, you will use them. You’ll see what I mean – read on!
 
The main door is into the large kitchen/dining room, which is the most impressive part of the pajara, oozing with original character, with the original fireplace (not used now), an antique woodburner (which still works), a massive stone sink with brass taps, a copper oven and 4-ringed hob and a mighty curved exposed stone wall. Off this, there is the small and simple shower room, with washing machine. 
 
A fascinatingly narrow and small corridor leads through the stone wall to a small room, with two single beds (can be made into double). There is an external door and this room also leads off to the double bedroom, which also has an external door. Off that room leads another narrow corridor to a tiny single room/sleeping area, with just a bed (another could be squeezed in, if needed). Honestly, this room might be acceptable for small children, but I really envisage it as storage space for suitcases and so on. The double bedroom’s external door gives easy access to a small room with loo and wash basin, on the verandah.
 
For me, No.100 is a conundrum. I love it for its location in the grounds, its privacy and its character – for me, the kitchen is special. However, it is only for folk, who love antique, traditional things and can work with the layout.

Location

Reviews

“We always self cater and we’ve always been seeking perfection – well, we found it! It was great! We loved the stylish apartment and the lovely pool and it was so easy to visit places. We particularly liked Gallipoli, a charming place” Mike & Ellen, Hereford.

Extra Information

Available Board Basis
Self-catered
Nearest Airport(s)
1 hr 30 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
Nearest Town: Racale
Places of Interest: Gallipoli, Lecce, Otranto, Santa Maria Di Leuca
Distance to Coast: 5km
Internet Access: Yes
Swimming Pool: Yes
Restaurant: No