A Corner of Paradise
In the heart of the Gargano, a remote and little known region of Italy, Tenuta Villa Oleandro is set 100m above sea level, amid an ocean of olives. Perched half way up a hillside, on a series of lovely terraces, the property enjoys views over a valley of silvery green olive groves, verdant carob and fig trees and fragrant pine woodlands. An oasis of tranquillity, a haven of peace and quiet; yet the rest of the world is not so far away. Only a few kilometres separate us from the beach at Calenella Bay and the towns of Vico del Gargano, San Menaio, Rodi Garganico and Peschici.
Casale In The Sun
Built during the 1920’s, though the heart of it is much older, we bought the vaulted casale, or torretta (little castle) as it’s known to some locally, in 2003 and have worked hard to bring the property back to its former glory. In a sad state of total abandonment and disrepair, the roof host to a small copse of trees and shrubs, the house was only a very few years away from total collapse. After 2 years of loving, patient and, at times exceedingly stressful, re-building, restoration, renovation and extension, it is now ready to show itself off to the rest of the world.
Gargano, Puglia, Italy
The Gargano, known as Italy’s spur, is a veritable limestone island of mountains between 600m and 1,000m high. Its very inaccessibility and total independence from the Apennines and the rest of Italy determined its characteristics and traditions. With 200km of unspoilt rugged coastline, including beautiful sandy beaches, pebbly bays, rocky coves, sand dunes, sheer cliffs, caves and magnificent sea stacks - natural works of art and architecture sculpted by sea, wind and rain - the Tremiti Islands and record numbers of orchid species are jewels in the Gargano crown.
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