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“Wonderful holiday in beautiful Ostuni”
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Casa Tavani
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Woking, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful holiday in beautiful Ostuni”
Reviewed 6 August 2011

We spent 10 days in Ostuni at the end of June to the beginning of July and had a lovely stay in L'Alcova. The apartment is very stylishly presented and has an excellent range of facilities. TV, Oven, fridge, beautiful mosquito nets over the bed and all very nicely decked out in Tim and Angela's impeccable style. The balcony is a nice addition to L'Alcova as we found it rather to nice to come back from a hard days sunbathing at the beach to come back to the apartment and have a nice glass of Prosecco on the balcony. I could almost be back there now...!

Ostuni is a very pleasant town with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. Our favourite (although) a little expense was Porta Nova which had beautiful food and the nicest red wine I've had to date! I would also recommend hiring a car. Once you've got to grips with the big game of bluff that is Italian driving then it really does enhance your trip. A sat nav would also be advisable as it did make finding the beaches and getting around town a lot easier.

Ostuni is a beautiful place and Casa Tavani simply unbeatable for style, uniqueness and location. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 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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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Cardiff Wales
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

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.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Aarhus, Denmark
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Reviewed 4 January 2011

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

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Guildford
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Reviewed 4 December 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!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 November 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.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Walton on Thames
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Reviewed 14 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.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa Tavani
Address: Via Giuditta Tavani Arquati 8, 72017, Ostuni, Italy
Region: Italy > Puglia > Province of Brindisi > Ostuni
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 67 Speciality Lodging in Ostuni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Town centre self-catering apartments in picturesque residential area. Only two minutes walk from bars, shops, and restaurants in lovely medieval Ostuni. Ten minutes drive from beaches. Four bright apartments in a beautiful 18th century traditional stone house, some with vaulted ceilings. Available for holiday rental throughout year (min. two days). Ideal for couples and small groups. Air conditioning, central heating, TV, DVD all bed linen and towels provided. ... more   less 
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Casa Tavani Ostuni, Italy - Puglia

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