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“Stylish white home in the white city”
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Ostuni, Province of Brindisi, Puglia

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“Stylish white home in the white city”
Reviewed 30 April 2011 for a stay in April 2011

Tim and Angela Devlin have prior experience of transforming the shell of a potentially stunning building into a stunning home. Some years ago they bought a church in Norfolk and, with the help of their set designer daughter, performed a magical sleight of hand, with the installation of a wooden mezzanine, that conserved, yet showcased, all the original features - the vaulted roof and full length windows - that had first taken their eye. As a result they experienced the same "wow" factor each day they lived there there that they noted on the faces of first time guests to their home. The same vision that helped them see the potential of a decommissioned church as a home, allowed them to see the potential of a new home for themselves in Puglia, in the heel of southern Italy - a third floor apartment, reached by steep stone steps, whose high vaulted brick ceilings lead to a rooftop terrace that overlooks the white hilltop town of city of Ostuni and the Adriatic 7km beyond. Their former home - La Terrazza - is now a home from home for travellers who, I can attest, leave the stress of their journey at the top of the stairs as they step into the light, airy, stone-floored apartment with its white walls, white distressed furniture and mosquito nets draped over a deep, freestanding bedroom bath and low double bed. Their welcome pack is a mini guide book of "things to do" and "how tos" in Ostuni and the surrounding Puglia region, written by the experienced PRs they are. When you tire of reading it, there are ample books and DVDs to fill your evenings - or you can simply drink in the view, Our children John-Paul and Jasmine, 21 and 15 respectively, stayed in L'Alcova, a similarly beautifully appointed, self-catering, cosy two bed apartment with balcony on the floor below which crucially, for young adults their age, like La Terrazza, had wi-fi to ensure they were never out of contact too long with their friends.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
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lithom
Cardiff Wales
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous!!”
Reviewed 25 February 2011 for a stay in August 2010

Me and my partner Chris stayed here for two weeks. From the moment we arrived in Ostuni Angela and Tim could not have been more helpful. Tim even came to meet us to show us where to park the car. L'Alcova, along with their others houses (we had a tour!) are absolutely beautiful, and Angela (a fellow Welsh girl!) and Tim are fantastic. They very kindly invited us to their house for a drink where we met some of their British and Italian friends.
I'm very late adding this review, but you really must go and stay with the Devlins!
FABULOUS.

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rithaj
Aarhus, Denmark
1 review
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“Casa Esmeralda - a charming italian spot”
Reviewed 4 January 2011 for a stay in October 2010
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We stayed at Casa Esmeralda for a week and what a great holiday.
The apartment was a little treasure where there was everything you needed.
The best was yet the outdoor facilities. Balcones to the narrow street where you could keep up with life in the charming Italian city. And most of all the large roof terrace where you could see all the way to the sea.
We had rented a car and after a few days we found a place where we could park just 50 meters away. Driving a car in the narrow streets were a bit of a challenge, but fun.
It is one of the best holidays we had.
Thanks to the nice Host Angela and Tim.
We very much hope to come back again

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HelenMyer...
Guildford
1 review
“Outstanding!”
Reviewed 4 December 2010 for a stay in April 2010

I spent an absolutely DELIGHTFUL few days in L'Alcova, which is exactly as described on the website. Ostuni is a fantastic place to stay .. beautiful in itself, but also conveniently situated near fast roads to anywhere you want to go in this fascinating region ... Angela and Tim are superb hosts ... they have thought of so many little details which make you feel instantly 'at home' in tastefullyu decorated surroundings.. enough food bits to get you going at the start of your stay ... cosy, speedy heating if needed ... local information about where to go and what to do .. but above all, a really friendly weclome! And yes, we really DID get to know the Italian neighbours! GRAZIE! Will definitely return!

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LizzieN
England
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“La Terrazza - you couldn't ask for more”
Reviewed 7 November 2010 for a stay in October 2010

Just adding to other glowing reports of La Terrazza.....a beautifully spacious apartment in the heart of a lovely hilltop town. We weren't especially lucky with the weather, though still were able to appreciate the wonderful situation and fabulous views from the roof terrace.

Got around a little to Lecce (highly recommended) and Otranto and also to Cisternino and Locorotondo. Found lovely places to eat in Ostuni - try the semifreddo at Al Chiostro, it's wonderful!

Driving back to Bari, we made a detour into Polignano al Mare which is a very pretty seaside town and we had a very good meal at Trattoria della Nonna.

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grothWalt...
Walton on Thames
2 reviews
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“Casa Esmerelda Ostuni”
Reviewed 14 October 2010 for a stay in October 2010

had a wonderful week, good weather, food, location and most of all an absolutely charming apartment! We will be recomending it to all our friends. Tim and Angela absolutely lovely couple who made everything so easy and comfortable for us.

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jhdfran
Bath
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14 reviews
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“Terrazza Apartment Marvellous; Ostuni a Wonderland”
Reviewed 5 October 2010 for a stay in October 2010

Tim and Angela are hosts par excellence (don't know Italian which would be more appropriate!) and this apartment, with the best rooftop views in Ostuni, really rather special, delightfully furnished and stocked with everything one could require. Just returned after week's stay, where being there was really 'a home from home'. Utterly comfortable and in the setting of a spectacular white hill-city riddled with atmospheric old, narrow streets and splendid restaurants, with a cathedral topping everything supplying views to the sea 6 miles distant. Highly recommended!

Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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