Trulli restoring in Ostuni
It was not easy to find a property in the countryside surrounding Ostuni and Cisternino that met the client’s expectations exactly. He was looking for a house that was completely enclosed by the natural landscape, protected from roads and prying eyes; above all, he wanted a property that retained the authentic character of Puglia’s rural houses, houses that are still lived in today by local farmers.
After considerable research and a number of visits to properties for sale, we found ourselves at Trullo Kasbah. When we arrived, the client immediately realised he had found his project. Without saying a word, he left me to do the talking and went off to explore the woods surrounding the property; I saw him disappear into the oak trees, holm oaks and shrubs typical of the Mediterranean maquis. When he reappeared, his smile told me he’d made his choice. This was to be his trullo.
Trullo Kasbah is an example of conservative trullo restoration. The design employed at this marvellous complex of historic trulli in Ostuni has created a dwelling with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, in addition to minor internal modifications and a small extension. The dry stone walls around the pool imitate the natural terraces of the surrounding area, reinforced by restoration that will gently dry out the surrounding subsoil. Particular attention has been paid to the use of traditional materials and building techniques in harmony with the historic characteristics of the existing structure. In restoring this large trullo and its various outbuildings immersed in the natural environment of the Ostuni landscape, it was important to retain the characteristics and shape of the original structure. In fact, it became a conservation project in the literal sense. The external layout, including a swimming pool, solarium and terracing, was integrated into the existing Mediterranean gardens, enhanced with dry stone walls and natural stone paving. We loved restoring this trullo and our client was delighted with the results.