Jared, an artist and interior designer, left London to find a slower pace of life and found his happy place in Puglia, purchasing Villa Itria. Together with his other half, Luigi, a former creative director at a fashion house, the villa has been lovingly renovated seamlessly, combining Apulian tradition with a very creative, design-forward approach. It’s an eclectic mix of antiques collected by Jared and Luigi’s great-grandmother’s furnishings, linen materials and designer pieces, all within a very neutral, calming palette. The villa sleeps six, with three double bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as two living rooms, an open plan kitchen and a second dining room, as well as a small indoor gym equipped with weights and a power rack. What sets this villa apart is the attention to detail in every space, including the soft cotton towels, linen bed covers and pomegranate-scented room diffusers. There are also various spaces, both indoors and out, to sit and read a book or drink a glass of wine. An abundance of fig trees, cacti and rosemary bushes adorn the garden whereas the pool below, lined by fichi d’india, the typical Apuglian cacti, is perfect for swimming a few lengths. Upon arrival, Luigi will be your point of reference, providing not only a very rich document with things to do and places to eat but will also organise, upon request, wine tasting, cooking classes, private chefs and personal trainers – your own personal, local concierge for a stress-free homestay.
Price: From £8,000 a week