White Cube

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Restaurants and shops: In walking distance
    Closest beach (rocky): 20 minutes walking
    Sandy beaches: 7km (10 mins by car)
    Baroque city of Lecce: 65km (1h by car)
  • Brindisi Airport (BDS): 115km (1h 30 mins by car)
    Bari Airport (BRI): 230km (2h 30 min by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Great restaurants, shops and the breathtaking coast are all within walking distance from the villa.

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An introduction to White Cube

Please describe White Cube in a nutshell.

White Cube is an intimate space that’s open to its surroundings. It’s unique in that you have your own privacy and a garden while being in the historic centre of a medieval village in this wonderful unspoiled part of Puglia.

What is the story and inspiration behind White Cube?

I’ve known Puglia for a long time as I used to come here when I was younger. It’s less developed than other parts of Italy and open, with a sense of freedom. So we decided that it was the ideal place to gather in the summer months with our friends and family who are spread all over Europe.

The original block of land we found was not enormous and there were challenges in trying to get the design brief exactly right. We knew that we wanted five bedrooms and six bathrooms, as well as big, open spaces. But everything else with the design happened spontaneously. I’d describe the architecture as timeless. White Cube fits perfectly into its surroundings without being too subdued — it has character.

How would you describe the atmosphere at White Cube?

Sometimes when I’m on the tower rooftop and the sun is setting over the old village, I can hear the church bell ringing, the voices of kids playing, and the seagulls — it feels like being in Tunisia or Morocco.

White Cube
Outside dining
Pool area
Pool area
Outside dining area
Outside dining area
Outside dining area
Pool views
Living room
Kitchen and living area
Master bedroom
Kids room
Kids room
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 4
Outside dining
Outside dining
Play area
Outside kitchen and play area
Outside kitchen and play area
White Cube
Gagliano del Capo
Gagliano del Capo
Courtyard and pool
White Cube
White Cube
White Cube at night

White Cube rooms & rates

White Cube is comprised of two blocks. The main block features the open-plan kitchen and living room, with two enormous sliding doors that disappear into the walls. It feels like there is no boundary between the inside and outside, giving the space a sense of freedom. The tower rises above and houses two bedrooms topped by a roof terrace. There’s another roof terrace above the living room that’s lower in height but still elevated enough to enjoy the surroundings.

In the other block is the master bedroom and two smaller bedrooms, so, potentially, you could comfortably accommodate two families (and a nanny), with each enjoying their own privacy. Each of the bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom and there is an additional guest bathroom.

In the courtyard is a swimming pool, a football table, outdoor furnishings, as well as a barbecue area. There’s also an additional garden with an Orangerie behind the tower.

Main house Open plan kitchen with gas hob and dishwasher. Living area with built-in sofas, a gas fireplace and a dining area Master king-size bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower and bathtub Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower. Roof terrace

Tower 2 twin bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms with shower 1 double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower and direct access to the roof terrace

Courtyard Beautiful courtyard with a swimming pool (8 x 3 m), terrace, dining table

Garden Dining table + barbecue

Laundry area Wash machine Tumble dryer

  • White Cube for 10 people / 250 m²
    917 / night
    • 2 Twin bedrooms
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 4 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include linen and towels, light cleaning 5 days per week for 2 hours per day including general maintenance of the swimming pool and garden, change of towels on a Wednesday, change of sheets and light cleaning on a Saturday (for 2+ weeks bookings only), electricity (up to 300 KW per week), final cleaning and WiFi.
Optional extras
Available on request: private chef, babysitting, groceries on arrival, airport transfers, and extra housekeeping.
Extra charges
Electricity up to 300 KW per week is included in the rate. Any consumption exceeding 300 KW will be charged at €0,40 per KW and deducted from the security deposit 400 Euros hospitality fee will be added for a four-night visit; this won’t be charged for a longer stay.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. A baby cot is available free of charge.
Minimum stay
1 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • BBQ area

We have a lady who manages the property and will stop by each day to make sure everything is okay and provides a linen change service. On request, we can organise a chef to come and prepare meals at the property. Extra cleaning is also available for a surcharge.

At the property is a book where we list all of the activities that are possible in the area, such as horse riding and kite surfing, as well as providing restaurant recommendations.

Please note that we have installed a 13kw photovoltaic system which will allow more control of the electricity bills.

Things to do in Puglia & Gagliano del Capo

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Horseback riding
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips

The coastline is very beautiful, with lots of different beaches to explore. Just five minutes’ drive from White Cube is a rocky cove with several umbrellas and an amazing restaurant. The water is incredible and you can watch the locals diving off the rocks. Around 15 minutes away is Tricase Porto, which is a special place with just a few villas. Lido Marinelli is more popular with tourists and has great infrastructure and food while on the other side of the peninsula is Lido Elite — a beautiful beach that offers plenty of privacy and amazing food. It’s important to keep in mind that Basso Salento is very popular and the beaches can get crowded. So if you want the privacy of a beach resort, you need to book in advance.

Away from the coast, some of the historic villages are also worth exploring, such as Specchia and Galatina, which has been nicknamed “Little Lecce” for its Baroque architecture. I’d also recommend Otranto, which has an incredible history associated with its Ottoman invasion. On the other side of the coast is Gallipoli and Lecce is definitely worth visiting for many reasons.

The location of White Cube

White Cube is located in the town of Gagliano del Capo on the Basso Salento — a peninsula that’s almost a region of its own. It’s surrounded by water and feels like being on an island, with both coastlines reachable within 15 to 20 minutes by car. The coastlines are very different from one another. On the eastern side are rocky coves and crystal clear waters that are ideal for swimming and diving. For me, this is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy. On the other side, you’ll find white, sandy beaches, which are beautiful but often more crowded. There are several beach resorts here that are perfect for families with kids as they have all the facilities you need.

Lecce is the biggest city in the region and is around an hour away while Santa Maria di Leuca is just 10 minutes’ drive. One of the hippest hotels in the world, Palazzo Daniele, is just around the corner from White Cube and there are great restaurants within walking distance of the property. In the welcome brochure, we also list some amazing restaurants that are just a short drive from the property.

When is the best time to visit Puglia?

August can be very crowded but it becomes much less intense in June and July. September is also very beautiful.