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Courtyard and garden
10 minutes from beach
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Palazzo Guglielmo is a charming boutique hotel hidden away behind massive wooden doors in the small village of Vignacastrisi, Puglia, just a couple of miles from the Adriatic coastline.
As yet untouched by tourism, this sleepy village with its friendly cafes and quiet streets gives you an authentic taste of Puglia. Once past the palazzo doors, you find yourself in an enchanting courtyard flanked by pastel stonework which leads you into the hotel's colourful garden filled with palm trees, tropical flowers, roses and secret reading spots.
The interiors are impressive with traditional features of the area including thick stone walls, polished marble floors and high vaulted ceilings giving a wonderful feeling of space and light and a feeling of luxury that is becoming more difficult to find in small hotels.
This village gem really does pack a punch with a 10m swimming pool, restaurant, bar and spa; not bad for a 13 room hotel!
During the warmer months we love taking breakfast by the pool; expect frothy cappuccinos, homemade cakes, cookies, seasonal fruit and eggs & bacon Italian style.
Palazzo Guglielmo's restaurant Casa dell'Angelo is open for lunch and dinner every day and specializes in traditional Apulian dishes using seasonal and local produce, all organic where possible.
Within 5 minutes walk from the hotel we recommend La Stua, a delightful trattoria, and pizzeria, or Mustafa which serves rustic food and is less than 15 minutes walk.
What we loved...
Palazzo Guglielmo was one of those places that really grew on us - so much so, we left already planning our return visit. Wonderful host Mauro was on hand with excellent recommendations and the nearby coastline offered some of favourite swimming spots. We loved the restaurant for its simplicity and impressive list of local wines - all of which were really reasonably priced. There's just a lovely energy to the place - making it impossible not to relax.
- Roxane, Chic Retreats Editor
The 11 rooms & suites and 2 apartments all feature white washed walls, traditional stone or tiled floors and an abundance of light.
The fully-furnished Moroccan roof terrace is the place to go to admire the view and enjoy an aperitif whilst the sun sets. You might also like to take a dip in the hot tub before relaxing on some of the large cushions. Due to the thick stone walls, the Palazzo is wonderfully cool inside and there are several sitting rooms to retreat to from the midday sun. Alternatively, pick a shaded spot in the garden full of the smell of the geraniums and roses.
Where grains, wines and olives were once stored is now the hotel spa; the ancient cellar is now a cocooning retreat where you can come to the steam room, emotional shower or hot tub, followed by a pampering treatment. A visit to Puglia is all about the sea, sun and beaches which have crystal clear waters, clifftop views and pretty coves to explore.
Often compared to the Caribbean, the beaches in Puglia are some of the best in Europe. The most famous beaches are those of Gallipoli and Porto Cesareo on the west coast of Salento which has long stretches of sandy beach with bars and restaurants nearby. For pretty rocky bays head south to Torre dell'Orso, Castro, Tricase and Santa Maria di Leuca which all have stunning sea views, white stretches of sand and delightful coves.
A hire car is recommended or perhaps you might prefer to take a boat trip and discover some of the caves that are not reachable on foot. Those of you who are divers can book a diving trip and if you want to learn then the hotel can arrange scuba diving courses with experienced and certified instructors.
How to get there
From Brindisi Airport to Palazzo Guglielmo:
Follow the signs towards Brindisi Tangenziale- Lecce- Taranto". Driving along the road SS16/ E55 follow the signs to Lecce. After about 40km, before entering Lecce, turn right following signs to "Tangenziale Ovest/ Gallipoli". Follow Tangenziale Ovest for about 10km, then take exit 11B to "Santa Maria di Leuca/ Maglie". When you get to Maglie, head towards Santa Maria di Leuca until you see signs to "Castro- Santa Cesarea- Poggiardo". Follow the road for about 15km. After Poggiardo, at the traffic lights, go staight on towards Castro. Follow this road until you find the exit Vignacastrisi. The hotel is in the main square, in front of the church.
The nearest airport is Brindisi Airport, a one-hour drive (Approximately 95.2km distance).
Free parking is available.