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Trullo Fantese

Restored trullo in Puglia

The original structure of Trullo Fantese was part of a complex of very unusual trulli rarely seen in the Puglian countryside around Cisternino. The construction belonged to a large family that also owned the Masseria Fantese, a huge cluster of trulli that once served as a farm for the production of grain, oil, fodder, vegetables and the rearing of livestock; it was a real hub for the production of foodstuffs, dating back three centuries. In fact, the cones of the trulli, used to store provisions, are enormous in size and differ from the shapes and sizes typical of other trulli in the area. Their features include an opening at the top of the cone that was once filled with stores of grain and other cereals. The client only purchased part of the original construction, leaving the part that was not for sale unrestored.
The result is an extraordinary holiday home in Puglia, converted from old farm buildings with a complex of five large trulli. The restoration was carried out to the highest standards of workmanship and with a sympathetic reconstruction; in addition to the resealing of the cones to make them waterproof, it included the removal of the original plaster, the repointing of the joints and the sandblasting of all the internal and external walls made of local stone, hand built three centuries ago.
This beautiful restored trullo has all the amenities required by our client: doors from every room open out onto the inner courtyard where you can sit under an expansive fig tree. A separate utility room with sink and washing machine is located outside the house. There are three covered gazebos overlooking the hills towards Martina Franca and Locorotondo across the Valle D’Itria, where guests can eat by the pool. A stone path winds down to the pool, 12 m x 4 m, with steps for easy access. There are olive, walnut and fig trees in the field around the pool, and a landscaped garden with local, Mediterranean plants. The parking area is shaded by a canopy of trees. The walls and floors are constructed from local stone and underfloor heating is provided for winter rentals.

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