Villa Delle Ginestre – from good buy to holiday villa ready for rentals

from poolOne of the challenges of project managing the restoration of a holiday villa and then equipping it – is to keep, not only the owners, but also all future holiday makers, firmly at the forefront of your mind while making choices and decisions.

Outdoors spaces are important, and a shaded area for dining, an outdoors kitchen with gas rings, sink and barbecue and, space permitting, another shaded area for lounging, all add to the desirability of the rental. A pool is pretty much essential. Continue reading

Properties in Puglia – sea views

Buying a property with a sea view is a dream shared by many. If you are looking to buy in Puglia, however, where the clear turquoise sea enhances this view even further, there are a number of things you should … Continue reading

January news and special offers…

camera 109As I write this the weather is fairly cold and gray… at the moment it is 9 degrees centigrade, which is a good 5 degrees colder than it was last week. Friends in the U.K scoff when I moan about the cold, and it is true that even the winters here are relatively mild by Brirish standards, and very short. Soon it will be spring though, and I can’t wait!

The picture above was taken in early March a few years ago and swimming at the end of March is not unheard of – paddling definitely! Spring is one of my favourite seasons in Puglia (see why here ) and a great time to visit: blue skies and sunshine if you are lucky; perfect exploring weather, wild flowers everywhere and no crowds. Continue reading

A good buy in Puglia – a case study…

Villa Ginestre red

In May last year I booked a holiday villa for an Australian couple, who told me, once they had arrived, that they were also looking for a house to buy in the area. The challenge started there; everyone, including estate agents, moves rather slowly here unless pushed – and it took a few days to line up a selection of properties to view – with a bit of advance notice it would have been possible to arrange more viewings.

Once we started viewings it became clear to me that, in a lot of respects, Sue and Glenn were the ideal clients. Coming from a real estate background, they were able to see the potential in a selection of ‘unglamorous’ properties and ended up with a bargain, a four bedroomed villa, with a separate one bedroomed apartment, and spectacular views down over the valley. The location was also good, with a shop within walking distance, two pretty little towns within a 10 minute drive and the sea a further 10 minutes away. Continue reading