We had a wonderful 2 weeks
We have a wonderful 2 weeks at the lovely Villa Ponderosa,
highlights have included At least 2 swims a day in the beautiful
salt water pool! Several walks along the Acquedotto Pugliese (turn
left out of the gates and at the end of the track you can take the
path in either direction). Eating out at Sale n Pepe (just next
door to Bar Galante and an easy walk at night - with a torch!) and
Bina Ristorante in Locorotondo (beautiful town). Food and service
were great. Eating in (a lot). Found a butchers in Martina Franca
called Antichi Sapori (great meats), a fishmongers in Locorotondo
and the Saturday market in Martina Franca for fruit and veg (also
on Wednesday). Thanks to Barbara for the recommendations. We've
been really impressed with the villa (we ended up spending A LOT of
time here). It is really well equipped and we couldn't fault
anything. Great showers, excellent idea to have two fridges and the
air-con was a blessing. Barbara thanks for your top tips on
restaurants, markets, parking and for your warm welcome!
Stephen and AmandaSep 2020
Even better than the photos!
We had a wonderful 2 weeks at Villa Ponderosa. The villa is
immaculate, very well equipped and extremely comfortable. The
surrounding countryside/views are beautiful. We enjoyed splitting
our time between exploring the local area and lazing by the pool.
The walk along the old aqueduct was really lovely. Barbara and
Brian were so helpful and friendly and we especially appreciated
the restaurant recommendations and the help with reservations. The
service we had from Jacqui and Sheree before we travelled was also
excellent especially with all the uncertainty about travelling this
year. We hope to be back soon!
Michael CollinsAug 2020
Fabulous villa & pool in a beautiful spot
This is a top notch 2 bedroom villa with a fabulous pool area in
a countryside location with beautiful views.
It was spotlessly clean on arrival and had everything we needed
for a 2 week holiday. We enjoyed exploring the nearby towns either
daytime for markets or in the evenings for food. Each town was
different, with something different to experience. Beach was an
easy 20-30 minutes drive. A car is essential. As is mosquito
Puglia Holiday Rentals offered the best customer service of any
villa rental we have ever stayed both before we arrived (with
property info/directions etc) whilst we were there. Check in/out
was seamless. A brilliant holiday all round, we'll be back!
Lovely villa in great location
We had a very happy week at Villa Ponderosa. The villa worked
well for our children, 3 and 18 months, having not had a villa
holiday with young children I was apprehensive but the space worked
well, and the pool was great, the 18m old spent a lot of happy
hours on the steps!
The outside space was great and the views are breath-taking. The
villa itself was super clean and very well appointed.
Jackie and Sheree was so helpful with my questions prior to our
arrival and provided everything we needed for the kids. The
location is great to visit Ceglie, Martina Franca and
The local shop and restaurant were great too. Highly recommend
this villa to all!
Thank you Jackie and Sheree.
Stunning Villa, memorable holiday... we will be back!
Jackie was really helpful with the booking and very
knowledgeable of the local area and all it has to offer. The villa
is quite simply stunning. A big pool, a great outdoor area
overlooking the countryside and a large shaded seating and dining
area with a beast of a BBQ! The are numerous towns within 20 mins
drive which was great for exploring the local area but not feeling
like you have to sit in a car for hours. There is a historic
viaduct which has been converted into a walking/cycling route 2
minutes walk away from the villa with spectacular views. The villa
itself was large, clean, fitted to a high standard and had all the
basic amenities; olive oil/coffee/spices etc. We will definitely be
returning to the villa as it ticks all the boxes. Thank you
Megan AthertonJul 2019
Totally perfect villa in a beautiful location
This villa is utterly fantastic.
It is hard to write something original after all the other
reviews but they are all true and Villa Ponderosa is just
wonderful. It has all been so well thought through...the quality of
the workmanship, the design that is bright and airy and modern yet
sits so beautifully and authentically in its hillside location.
Inside is immaculate, tastefully furnished and comfortable and
perfectly equipped. The outside space is just stunning. We spent so
much time in the lovely pool, relaxed for hours on the comfortable
sofas, reading or just never tiring of the beautiful views in every
The local Bar Galante was visited each day for lovely breakfast
pastries and we bought many supplies from the amazingly equipped
shop attached, including home cooked Italian dishes and brilliant
deli products. It is just minutes by car and literally only a mile
away, a lovely 15 minute stroll. The pizzeria too, Sale e Pepe, was
great and very welcoming.
Our favourite towns were within easy reach, Martina Franca,
Locorotondo, Cisternino, Ostuni and the gorgeous coast all so
accessible from the villa. We also took advantage of some of the
extras offered by PHR. Lucrezia came to cook us a fabulous Italian
meal...she was just so friendly and happily explained the many
different dishes and ingredients. And there were MANY dishes! A
brilliant experience that we all enjoyed. Also a good trip was had
to the olive oil experience in Martina Franca. An extremely
interesting and thorough tour which we all enjoyed.
We cannot recommend this beautiful villa and PHR highly enough.
We have rented a few in the area over the years and this is by far
the best for quality and location. We were there for ten glorious
days and had the surprise of a mid stay clean which was a real
The team do a brilliant job, as does the pool chap who came
regularly to ensure the pool was always sparkling. Jackie and
Sheree look after a lot of properties yet their attention to
detail, knowledge of those properties and indeed the whole area is
second to none. They answer emails almost by return, no matter what
time you send them and make their guests so welcome. They are so
good at what they do and we will certainly recommend them to
anybody visiting this beautiful part of Italy. A truly memorable
holiday, thank you both.
Amanda HoskinsJun 2019
Spent a very relaxing 10 days at Villa Ponderosa. Left there feeling refreshed and well rested. The villa had everything we needed and we especially enjoyed being able to cook outside. Views were stunning, we enjoyed many beautiful sunsets whilst enjoying the local wine! The villa was very clean and comfortable.
Jackie and Sheree were always at the end of the phone if needed with help and advice, and came to the rescue with plug in insect repellents when we suffered from mosquito bites, which was at the beginning of September. If you intend going at this time of year be prepared! They organised a cook to come to the villa to cook a meal which we all enjoyed.
Jackie did ask if we could think of anything which the Villa could benefit from, and we did forget to mention this at the time but maybe some board games and a pack of cards would have been nice.
Puglia is a beautiful place and we would definitely like to return again one day. We would be very happy to stay in Villa Ponderosa again.
Michael and Vivienne De BarrSep 2018
This was our second visit to Ponderosa and was every bit as good as the first.
The villa is perfect. It is spotlessly clean. We had a mid-stay clean which was very thorough indeed. We met the cleaners twice - they worked really hard and were lovely.
Jackie and Sheree were really helpful before and during our stay.
We took a small torch with us this time, which mean that we could walk back from Sale e Pepe after dinner having enjoyed some of their lovely (and very reasonable) food and wine and would recommend doing the same. The walk takes between 15 and 20 mins and is mostly along a very quiet road and cycle track.
The best bit, though, is the stunning position of this villa and the view ... it is amazing!
Gary and JoAug 2018
Stunning Villa, fantastic location, will definitely be back !
Villa Ponderosa is perfect. The outside space and pool is amazing. Very comfortable sitting and dining furniture, amazing views and sunsets, what more do you want. !! The house is also very comfortable and well designed. The location is great , secluded yet next too lovely hill top towns which you can see from the terrace of the villa. Jackie and Sheree were really helpful and made us feel very welcome. One of the best villas I have stayed in.
Fran PitcherAug 2018
A perfect holiday retreat
Villa Ponderosa is an absolutely perfect spot to fully unwind and recharge your batteries. The location is stunning, with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and nearby towns. The sunsets are spectacular, and we really miss them. Inside, the villa is furnished and finished to a real top spec, with the most comfortable bed I have slept in anywhere. It really is a wonderful villa and I am so grateful to Jackie for pointing it out to us when we were last in Puglia a couple of years ago. When we come back, we will definitely be staying here again. We just loved it. Fabulous pool, and the outdoor seating area is fantastic.
Jackie and Sheree are great. Friendly and helpful, they do everything they can to make your stay as good as it can be. I cannot recommend highly enough.
Kathryn WignallJul 2018
Fantastic Villa, Fantastic service and fantastic vistas
A huge "THANK YOU" for being able to stay in this amazing villa.
Sheree kindly met us and welcomed us into Villa Ponderosa. She went through everything thoroughly for us, so we knew exactly everything we needed to. There was a lovely welcome pack provided, this was very much appreciated.
Jackie kindly recommended the yacht experience with Greg, this was fantastic and was definitely my favourite day. She also recommended a trip to I Pastini for the wine tasting experience. All the wines we tasted were fab and all organic! This was fabulous and with no heavy sell from the owner, the prices are all very good and the shipping cost so good, you will certainly want to take advantage of that.
We also treated ourselves to the dinner experience, this is when Lucrezia came to the villa and cooked an authentic Puglian dinner for us. It was amazing, the beautiful food just kept coming, as did the wine. We didn't have to do a thing, just sit back and sip wine and enjoy the views. She even cleaned up! A big recommendation!
We have just had a wonderful week and can't wait to return next year.
I have to thank both Jackie & Sheree for their very kind help with the dilemma we had, of our flights home being cancelled. Without their kind help and our agents back in the UK, we would have to have spent days trying to organise and this would have impacted on our holiday. We are all so grateful
10 out of 10 for everything!
We will all be recommending Puglia Holiday Rentals to our friends and family.
Carol, Andy and CliveSep 2017
A wonderful holiday in a lovely villa
The villa is beautifully situated with stunning views and a large pool. It is extremely well appointed and the Nespresso machine was a great bonus. It was lovely to be able to walk to the local shop and buy bread and croissants every day. We also went to a very good pizza restaurant within walking distance. We enjoyed sightseeing in many of the lovely towns in the area. Jackie and the rest of the team were brilliant. We hope to return to beautiful Puglia soon and would definitely use the company again.
D & J LomasSep 2017
We had such a wonderful week in the Villa Ponderosa. Both the interior and exterior of the property are super equipped and so lovely. My husband particularly enjoyed the fab BBQ and trying out new things to grill! Our daughters (3 and 6 years) had so much fun in the pool and playing in the large garden.
We were sad to leave and really hope to go back again!
This was a relaxing quiet family friendly space.
Such a full well thought out welcome pack, a lovely surprise on our arrival! Comfortable relaxing zones in the outside space! Our daughters loved the hammock and the round pod seat ! Really comfortable beds and very effective air conditioning. Would definitely consider staying again!
Jane and alac pengellyAug 2017
We spent a week at Villa Ponderosa in July. As other reviewers have said, the views are stunning. I would never tire of waking up to that scenery or watching the sun go down there.
You are a little off the beaten track, but that's what we liked about it. There are cycle and walking paths beside the property which we used once or twice. You could walk to the shop in Galante in about 20 mins.
Air conditioning in the bedrooms is fabulous - efficient and quiet. Kitchen is well equipped. The gas BBQ was the best we'd ever used. Everything is clean and well kept.
The only very slight negative is that the 'infinity' pool is tree lined - so not really living up to its name. But you can appreciate the views from everywhere other than the pool so it wasn't a big deal.
The service from PHR was fabulous both on booking and in Puglia.
I would highly recommend Villa Ponderosa for a high quality away from it all holiday.
Amazing Villa in a beautiful area.
The Villa exceeded our expectations and was even more perfect then the pictures show. The home is modern and equipped with everything you could need. It is very clean and has all the comforts of home. The outdoor space was the best part of the property. The pool is large and has very comfortable loungers, the views and sunsets leave you speechless!! We enjoyed all our meals outside under the pergola and made good use of the outdoor gourmet grill. The area the home is situated in is charming and you have so many towns you can visit within a short drive. It is the perfect vacation spot! Many thanks to Jackie and Sheree for all your help is organizing our excursions and making our vacation so memorable. They are very professional and attentive to any needs you may have. 10 out of 10!!
Nancy A.Jul 2017
Jewel of a villa
My friends and I are from Canada and we just spent a lovely week at the Villa Ponderosa. It was very well appointed with all the amenities to make it our home away from home. Clearly the owners and management have put a lot of thought and care to make it so. The premises were immaculate and the added touch of wine and some food upon our arrival was a very nice touch. Would totally recommend it and will try to come back again soon!
Amazing views, great location for walking. lovely house
We had a brilliant stay at Villa Ponderosa. On arrival we were greeted with delicious local wine and the most wonderful views not fully appreciated on booking.
The villa was fantastic for us and our 21 month old. He adored the pool and lots of open space to explore as did we.
A short walk to the local shop 'Galante' for coffee, pasticiotto and freshly baked bread was brilliant.
Overall, we will look forward to booking again.
Rebecca AshardSep 2016
The house and grounds are beautiful, finished to the highest of standards
We have just arrived back home to rainy Scotland after having a wonderful holiday in Puglia at Villa Ponderosa. The sun was so bright there, the house was so perfect for our needs that although it rains now, it hardly matters.
We were late in arriving and missed the chance to pick up some groceries so Jackie, unsolicited, made a dash for provisions so there we were well taken care of even before we arrived.
The house and grounds are beautiful, finished to the highest of standards. The kitchen was well appointed and had everything we needed to make our meals (my husband is a serious cook, so was delighted with the set-up).
We even enjoyed an evening with dinner prepared by the very lovely Lucrezia, who made local specialities and guided us through what we were eating. It was a real treat. It was a very comfortable fit for our family (two sons, aged 20 and 14) and although the inside communal living space was not huge, it didn’t matter at all as we spent most of time outside.
The pool is a perfect size (10m x 4m), and not to deep which was fine for us as were are not serious swimmers. The fragrant lavender growing around the pool and the outdoor shower was a stroke of genius. We relaxed in the shaded lounging space or ate at the large outdoor table, also mercifully under shade, almost exclusively. The professional grill was in use almost each evening!
Villa Ponderosa was a lovely holiday home and the combination of being off the beaten path and private as well as luxurious was just what the doctor ordered for our family.
Sara PintoJul 2016