In the spring and the autumn we still have lovely hot days but the evening can be quite chilly. Adding a conservatory or an enclosed pergola gives your guests the ideal outside seating space even when the weather is cooler.
This it Trullo Selva Piccolo in the countryside near Martina Franca about 10 minutes from Locorotondo and Alberobello. If you are interested in staying there then you can contact the owner directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Checking a couple of properties today before new guests arrive. This it Trullo Selva Grande in the countryside near Martina Franca about 10 minutes from Locorotondo and Alberobello. If you are interested in staying there then you can contact the owner directly at email@example.com
Villa Azzura is another property we manage which is tucked away in its own grounds with private pool and is perfect for groups of up to 8 adults. For more details contact the owner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our latest pool is underway. We have three starting starting over the next couple of weeks so fingers crossed for this lovely weather to continue.
I have just had a call from someone looking at purchasing a property near Alberobello and interested in adding a swimming pool. They had been told by the estate agent that they didn't need planning permission for an above ground pool which is simply not the case, you almost certainly do. There are even areas where you need planning for the pool below. Please please, always speak with an independent geometra to check the exact situation at the property you are interested in buying.
Weed matting and gravel down, irrigation in place, waiting for some feature rocks and then planting in the spring using indigenous water wise plants that will flower throughout the holiday season. Minimal maintenance when the guests are here, restricted to the area around the pool and house and not using huge amounts of water.
As with land, a large garden can end up being costly not only in completion but also for its future maintenance. There are several different issues to take into consideration. Firstly, a large complicated garden will need a lot of maintenance which will not only be costly but will also mean the gardener spends more time at your property while your guests are there enjoying their holidays. Secondly, water usage is a huge issue here which can prove costly especially if you have water delivered by tanker and you have chosen to go for large areas of grass. If the property has its own well then this reduces the cost of the water but these can be very costly to have installed. Unless you have a large budget and aren’t worried about future costs then it may be worth thinking about keeping the gardens to a minimum, around the property itself as well as outdoor seating areas and of course the pool. Use water wise, popular indigenous plants with areas of gravel, wood chip, pebbles and stone, for ground cover to help reduce water usage and reduce maintenance when your guests are using your property.
When buying property here it is very tempting purchase a whole chunk of land to go with it as land here is very cheap, but it may be a good idea to think twice before doing so. It is a lovely idea to own your own Olive grove with the dream of producing your own olive oil especially as the vendor knows someone who will look after the land for you completely free as long as he can have a percentage of the Olive oil for his services. Almost sounds to good to be true doesn’t it. While these arrangements do exist in many circumstances they don’t last and can often cause problems if you want to change the arrangements at a later date. There is also a law here that if someone works the land for a certain number of years they can stake a legal claim to it so be careful. Land needs looking after and that will cost money and will not really add anything to the rental potential of your property and will obviously eat into your profits. Offering your guests the opportunity to wander through 10,000 square mtrs of Olive grove or Oak forest sounds nice but in reality they won’t, especially in the heat of the summer. Yes, you will be able to produce some wonderful olive oil but the costs involved in this means that it is far cheaper to go and buy a few litres from the frantoia rather than making your own but even if you don’t want to harvest the olives the trees will still need to be pruned and the land around them maintained especially as we are now in the days of xyella.
Obviously, if your budget is huge, money is no object or you are looking to create an agriturismo style property then go ahead, there is plenty of land available.
Adding a conservatory or an enclosed pergola gives your quests some outside space to sit in during the cooler spring and winter evenings. It also means they can enjoy the outdoor space even when the weather is cold or wet which is very welcome as trulli can be quite dark inside when the sun isn't shining.
Chris at Puglia Pools has been maintaining pools in the region for over 9 years after spending 25 years in Customer Service back in the UK. Both Puglia Pools and Perfect Puglia are family run businesses by Chris and Graham with their respective partners Alison and Hayley.