A star-shaped stone pinnacle towers above the roof of a Trullo that stood for so long as a lonely, greyed-out guardian of the hill. After years of neglect and countless changes of ownership the latest owners took the step to give the old Trullo a new life and meaning, and some company too, adding four new cone-shaped stone roofs, under which a tastefully decorated home has been crafted.
Beyond the entrance door, a lounge/living area with fireplace welcomes you in. A large stone arch frames the sight of a cosy yet efficiently organized kitchen/dining area.
Most of the furniture and deco have been meticulously chosen to tell the story of the Apulian territory and its people. They have been sourced in antique markets or with the help of knowledgeable local dealers and artisans. Yet the owners could not resist the temptation of throwing an original Danish leather sofa and arm chair from the 60’s into the mix.
The main bathroom is generous and hosts a gorgeous shower with cocciopesto rendered walls.
In the master bedroom, a drawer chest from the 40s and two reclaimed industrial lights go hand in hand with the predominantly natural and pastel tones of the room. Good sized windows and doors throughout the newly added Trulli mean that the rooms are flooded with light.
The stone belly of the old trullo (which is rumoured to be at least 300 years old) hosts an atmospheric second bedroom with an adjacent alcove (formerly the “kitchen”, now a place to read and relax). Ensuite is another bathroom which boasts some beautiful cement tiles and completes the simple yet intriguing layout of this holiday home.
Right in front of the Trullo, a self-contained area tiled with ancient stone slabs (chianche) makes for a perfect aperitivo spot at sundown or the first cup of coffee in the morning. Next to it, a large gazebo shelters the outside dining table where you can enjoy your meals as well as wonderful views onto the opposite hills carpeted with olive trees.
At the back of the Trullo, a passage leads you past an impressive Indian Fig and into the swimming pool area, where a wooden gazebo and some umbrellas provide for the shade you need during the Apulian summer, backdropped by the lush green of a wooded area. Throughout the year in that very spot you can soak in truly gorgeous sunsets.
One hectare of land surrounds the Trullo, the upper part is terraced and hosts olive and almond trees, the lower part is meadow-like and is home to an impressive variety of wild flowers in spring.
Trullo Lentisco blends together tradition, individualism, comfort and respect for nature and the local culture. It is indeed a place you might not want to leave so easily.