Trullo Piccolo

  • Location: Countryside
    Alberobello for shops and restaurants: 3km (5 mins by car)
    Closest beach near Fasano: 25km (30 mins by car)
    Beautiful Ostuni or Monopoli on the coast: 30km (40 mins by car)
  • Bari Airport (BRI): 70km (1h by car)
    Brindisi Airport (BDS): 70km (1h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking

This is a great place for families with children – there are are two pools, bikes and plenty of space to run and play.

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An introduction to Trullo Piccolo

What is the story behind Trullo Piccolo?

I travel a lot for business and when I visit parts of the world that I like, I return with my family for the summer holidays. This is what happened with Puglia. I came for an architectural project and fell in love with the hospitality, the people. In Puglia, the food tasted better, the light was amazing. There were certain elements about the place that were important to us.

When we returned in 2006 with our young daughters, everyone loved it, so we started hunting for a property. Years later, a friend was getting married and I saw this derelict trullo up on the hill and mentioned that I would be interested to purchase the property if it was for sale. The owner happened to be in the group and a few months later, we bought it. In 2015, our building permit was approved and we finished work in 2016. We have been renting it out bit by bit ever since.

What was your inspiration as an architect and how would you describe the atmosphere?

I was inspired by the silence — you can hear your heartbeat in the evening — and the sky was full of stars. We live in London, so creating somewhere that puts you at peace with nature was important. I wanted to design something with simple lines but within the context of the place. Our guests love it because it is quite open — you can come with grandparents or a second family and spend time together while also having lots of privacy.

The property’s focal points are its olive trees and lavender, so we designed a glass kitchen where you feel like you are in the middle of a garden. Opposite the trulli we have the outdoor dining area and a small swimming pool that’s a favourite place for children.

When we received the building permit, we constructed a villa 20 metres from the existing trulli. This is a fully self-contained stone building that really blends into the setting. Inside is very contemporary, with lots of niches to display my wife’s sculptures. There is lots of natural light and it has been oriented so that it doesn’t overheat in summer and stays nice and cosy in the mid-season.

Pool area
Living area and kitchen
Living area
Living area
Dining area
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Bedroom in wooden building
Wooden building
Bathroom wooden building
Pool area
Stone villa
Stone villa and garden
Trullo
Trullo and garden
Coast

Trullo Piccolo rooms & rates

Set over 4 acres, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home has plenty of outdoor space. It includes 1 original small trullo, 1 wooden building (10m from the trullo), 1 stone building and 1 glass building (set away from them in the garden).

A 100-metre-long private road leads from the bottom of the property, with your destination visible at the top. It has been designed very geometrically and intentionally with the trulli on one side and the villa on the other.

You enter into the villa’s living room, which has been built the traditional way with large stone walls. The living room opens to the dining area, which is dominated by a contemporary Varenna kitchen with an island bench top made from Calcutta marble that has a golden, slightly olive green colour to it.

As you walk left towards the master bedroom, there is a huge floating fireplace set between two walls so you can see flames 360 degrees around. I put glazing on three sides of the fireplace and added two concertina doors that lead to the master bedroom. In the day, you can unfold the doors and connect to the living room, and in the evening, you can close the doors for privacy.

The master bedroom is very large with a curved-line bed and connects to a room for doing makeup, a laundry with a washer and dryer and the master bathroom. This bathroom has a couple of nice features — a shower with a skylight that makes you feel as though you are showering outdoors and a basin area that protrudes from the house so you can appreciate the garden while washing your hands.

From the kitchen/dining area is a corridor that takes you to a wooden-built house with a Scandinavian aesthetic. The corridor is surrounded by glass, so it feels as though you are walking through the garden, although you are completely covered.

In Puglia, they used to use a lot of wood for construction. But in the last 40 years, they stopped doing that and moved towards cement. So I decided to return to the region’s roots and build a wooden lodge where the second bedroom is. This is ideal for kids or a couple as the beds can be joined together. It also has an ensuite bathroom with a shower and skylight, as well as its own verandah that looks out onto the central gardens.

The third bedroom is in the trulli. Under one cone is the master bedroom and this is connected to a second cone with a double sofa bed that is ideal if you are staying with young children. This cone leads under a stone arch to a shower/toilet area that has been carved into the wall of the trulli.

The final bedroom is in another wooden building, which we call the suite and this is the preferred bedroom for teenagers as it is detached and independent. It has an identical design/size to the villa’s second bedroom but with a double bed. I purposely created rooms that were similar in size and with ensuites so nobody ends up with the “worst room”.

Good to know: The Trullo is 10m from the wood house, and there is 1 bedroom in each, plus 2 in the stone building. Everything is accessible from ground level. The swimming pool sits on an elevated area accessible only through a pool deck 1 meter above the ground level. It is not gated or heated but has a comfortable temperature June-October. There is an electronic gate to enter the property and some 100m of private road among olive trees. WiFi is available in every building (the trullo, the wood house and the glass house) and the Trullo and wood house are fully air-conditioned.

  • Trullo Piccolo for 8-10 people / 350 m²
    900 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 4 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 2 Living rooms
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include a welcome pack, mid-week cleaning (bed linen and towels change every 4 days) and final cleaning.
Optional extras
Available on request: cleaning & extra bed sheets (extra cleaning: €50/2hs; change of linen: €50/room); Private chef (dinner: €180 fixed fee + €35/person + €18/bottle of wine).
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. This is a great place for kids – there is plenty of space to run and play. Please note that bedrooms are split across 3 separate buildings and there are relatively few concessions for younger children. Younger children can sleep with their parents in the trullo on a double sofa bed. A crib and high chair are available.
Minimum stay
4 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Closed November to March

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Music system
  • Courtyard
  • Toys for kids
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

In front of the villa and trulli, we have the infinity swimming pool, which measures 12x3 metres and is 1.5 metres deep. It is surrounded by sun loungers and we provide towels for guests to use here, as well as towels that they can take to the beach. There’s also a secondary pool (7x3 metres and 1.1 metres deep) that is loved by children.

Aside from a check-in/check-out service and the final cleaning, a mid-week clean is also included in the rate. On request, we can organise massages and airport transfers, as well as full or half-day tours of the region. We provide seven mountain bikes for kids and three for adults, which are stored under the bamboo carport so guests can take them at their leisure. There are also plenty of outdoor areas and terraces where kids can play safely around the property.

We have a beautifully functioning pizza oven and a barbecue area (wood is supplied) and we can organise a chef to come to the property to prepare lunches and dinners. For breakfast, we recommend that she leaves fresh produce for the guests so they can have breakfast in privacy. Pizza nights and fish barbecues at Trullo Piccolo are always popular, as is the “mozzarella man” who makes cheese fresh in front of the guests.

At Trullo Piccolo, we are committed to sustainability and grow a lot of our own produce, with a vegetable garden where guests can eat as many tomatoes, aubergines and zucchinis as they like during their stay. I am always challenging guests to eat so much that there is nothing left for the next guests, but they never manage to do it!

Things to do in Puglia & Martina Franca

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

Firstly, I would recommend to walk the old villages, such as Alberobello, which is like a nativity with all its trulli. Martina Franca and Locorotondo are known for their white stone houses and hidden courtyards, with lots of little restaurants to discover.

The Valle d'Itria can be a paradise for mountain bikers, with lots of routes going up and down. You can ride for kilometres and kilometres. It’s also possible to go horseback riding and there’s a falconry centre nearby where they will train you to have the falcon flying back and forth. Around San Domenico are some beautiful golf courses where you can play between the olive groves with views of the Adriatic Sea.

Discovering the local food and culinary traditions is another highlight of any stay. It’s always a nice experience to pick produce fresh from the garden and prepare it with chefs at the property. If you’re interested in art, you can go to Lecce to explore its architecture and old churches. Puglia doesn’t have the rich artistic history of, say Sicily, but it’s the simplicity here that has caught many people’s imaginations. You don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s not overdone. That’s what we like.

I also think just being at the property is nice for families as a place to forget about work and discover the simple things in life. Although we have internet and Netflix both inside the buildings and out, it’s rare to have children glued to their iPads. More often, they are enjoying the outdoors.

There’s also something special about the light here. It has the quality of North Africa, deep and clean. It makes you feel more relaxed.

The location of Trullo Piccolo

Trullo Piccolo is located 70 kilometres (around an hour’s drive) from Bari Airport or Brindisi Airport in the middle of Valle d'Itria. It is in a nicely contoured tract of countryside with just a few scattered trulli and no modern construction visible from the property.

We are positioned between Alberobello, Martina Franca and Locorotondo, which (aside from Ostuni) are three of the most popular destinations in the region. Although we are technically within the borders of Martina Franca, we are much closer to Alberobello, which is just three kilometres away. It is reachable by bicycle in 10 minutes or by car in five. Locorotondo is 15 minutes’ drive from Trullo Piccolo while Monopoli and the Adriatic coastline are around 20 minutes away. You can be in Martina Franca in 15 minutes and Ostuni in around 35.

On the opposite coastline is San Marino, which is around 30 minutes’ drive from Trullo Piccolo, with lots of different options for beaches. When the wind is blowing on one side of the peninsula, it’s usually calm on the other, so you can find crystal clear waters somewhere. My favourite beach is Torre Guaceto, not far from Brindisi Airport. But we often go to Savelletri where there are beach bars serving seafood and kids clubs.

Along one of the country lanes near Trullo Piccolo, there is a restaurant (around 15 minutes’ walk away) but it’s better to have your own car for getting around.

When is the best time to visit Puglia?

Both May and September are gorgeous, with fewer tourists and it’s easy to find restaurants. June is the most popular month and early July is nice as it’s just starting to get warm but not yet overly hot. The end of July and August can be pleasantly hot.

April and October are more challenging in terms of weather. It can be paradise, but as the pools are not heated, it might be too cold to swim for some. There’s a big temperature difference during these months between the daytime and nighttime temperatures, which go between around 12 and 26 degrees Celsius. That being said, I have swum in the pool until the end of October. This is also a great month for harvesting olives!

Because Trullo Piccolo is on top of a little hill, we have nice views and it is well ventilated in the summer. In September/October, you’ll often wake to see fog blanketing the valley with just a few trulli sticking out and the sunrises are spectacular because of this effect. The fog always lifts by mid-morning and the days are mostly sunny.

We don’t rent the property out in the winter months.