A sun-drenched tranquil oasis with delightful hosts, Cinzia and Oliviero, heart-felt hospitality, carefully prepared, home-grown, delicious food and very comfortable accommodation with charming touches.
We had a wonderful 10 days and left with new friends and the determination to return. We stayed in the Magia apartment - which was ideal for our group of 3 adults and 1 teenager. The kitchen was well-equipped and we were able to prepare a meal on couple of evenings with the fresh local produce and also to enjoy cooked food from the "Tavola Calda" in the nearby town, Santa Maria al Bagno. Sitting outside sipping crisp wine amidst the lavender bushes and olive and fig trees, with the cool evening breeze was fantastic.
We also had a peek at one of the other apartments: Benvenuto, which is particularly beautiful and suitable for a small family. Each accommodation has its own private outdoor area so the gardens and pool can be readily enjoyed.
The location is very convenient with only short trips to the must-see towns, beaches and parks. Galatina, recommended by Oliviero, was a small and particularly lovely town, and Lecce was as stunning as expected.
The nearest town Santa Maria al Bagnio is also very pretty with its own intimate beach, good restaurants and several gelaterie well- positioned to take advantage of the beautiful coastal view.
The peace and cool of the garden and pool offered a very welcoming place to relax and return to, after days out.
Cinzia and Oliviero could not have been more thoughtful and hospitable in their wish to have us feel at home and enjoy every aspect of this unique place they are justifiably proud of. They were ready with suggestions and recommendations for restaurants and sights to see, ensuring we took the opportunity to taste the tempting regional food with Cinzia providing scrumptious home-made tarts, jams and breads for breakfast which we looked forward to each day! We were also able to enjoy her delicious cooking for dinner by arrangement. Grazie Mille Cinzia and Oliviero!
A very special place and experience which we all loved.