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Villa Magnolia

Listed under Best Hotels in Puglia, Italy.

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Villa Magnolia is a Noble Villa dating back to the 18th-century, the smallest luxury Boutique Hotel/Retreat in Puglia. It is set within a generous 4 hectares of land full of ancient olive trees and almond groves in the heart of Puglia.

ABC News has rated the villa as one of the top 10 eco-vacation hot spots for 2009!

Eco-sustainability is at the heart of life at the Villa. A wind turbine capable of producing 13kw of electricity supports the operation of the Villa and supplies the national grid with excess capacity. The domestic hot water is generated from solar thermal panels. Rainwater is collected and stored to supply the house and the beautiful Roman style salt water swimming pool and sunken Jacuzzi in the 'Temple', an area for total relaxation. The salt water eliminates the typical harsh pool chemical cocktails and red eyes while providing an overall beneficial experience.As guests arrive and are shown their rooms and facilities, they become familiar with the environmentally friendly features. The philosophy of the Villa is to provide a tranquil, beautiful experience with minimum impact on the environment. Their experience here hopefully will linger with them as they return home.

Furniture in the bedrooms was sourced from Italian antique dealers, all tiles and fittings that needed replacing were sourced locally. The 2+ year restoration of the structures used local labor incorporating materials and techniques that were likely to have been used when the villa was first built. Exterior and the original interior wall finishes were hand applied using locally processed materials that absorb carbon dioxide during the curing process. While at the Villa guests are encouraged to wander through the fruit trees, vineyard and vegetable garden to sample vine ripened organic vegetables and fruits. With over 90 ancient olive trees they have an abundant supply of delicious 100% organic extra virgin olive oil.

Accommodation

Villa Magnolia has 4 very spacious rooms with high vaulted ceilings. The bedrooms are filled with beautiful period furniture from the 1800's. Luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen and the softest pillows encourage a relaxing, comfortable sleep. Each bedroom has a modern en-suite bathroom with sky-lighted walk-in wet rooms and hydro jet shower. Organic soaps and products are used in all of the rooms. Each room has air conditioning.

Activities

In the grounds of Villa Magnolia there is a gorgeous roman-style salt water swimming pool with temple and sunken Jacuzzi. Comfortable loungers provide a relaxing environment to soak up the southern Italian sun and view the intense blue of the Puglian sky. The raised temple area surrounded by the ancient olive trees provides a tranquil setting for a variety of massage therapies, these can also be arranged in the privacy of the guest's room. Yoga courses are also available (pre-booking required) as are authentic southern Italian cooking courses (April, May, September and October). Mountain bikes are available to tour the area for guests.

Dining

On the estate of Villa Magnolia only organic produce is grown; courgettes, aubergine, peppers, tomatoes, grapes, oranges & lemons etc, and of course delicious extra virgin olive oil. Dinner at the villa is optional and guests will be presented with the evenings set menu in the morning to give them the choice. All home cooked food is produced using local organic and fresh seasonal produce. Pizza making evenings are held once a week, and guests are invited to configure their own, pizza's are then baked in our wood fired oven.

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