First of all a belated Happy New Year to everyone reading this!
I fully intended to get this newsletter out at least a week ago, but have been very busy with people coming over to look at property to buy. Now is certainly a good time to buy in Puglia, but it is also an excellent time to book a holiday, particularly if you live in the U.K. The euro is at a six year low against the pound, something which may change after the Greek Elections, according to a currency broker I spoke to recently. However, wherever you live, and whatever happens to the Euro, now is still a good time to book as we have some early booking discounts for you….
If you fancy a spring break, and I think spring is one of the loveliest times in Puglia (see why here), bear in mind that many villa owners, agencies, bed and breakfasts and hotels here are still very geared up to the Italian market. Traditionally Italians take their holidays in August and school holidays are also vary geared up to the summer months with very short Easter holidays and no half terms. For this reason spring prices (even Easter and May) are often at least 50% lower than the summer months, often more. Do get in touch if you would like advice about where to stay, and what to see with no strings attached (see below)…
For July and August availability is changing very fast, and some villas, in particular are almost fully booked, but there is still some availability left.
One of the reasons why this newsletter was delayed is that the motto here in Puglia is very much ‘domani si pensa’ or ‘we will deal with that tomorrow’… Add to that Christmas holidays which continue until at least the 7th of January and the outcome is that I am still waiting for special offers from many hotels, and for photos for a number of villas new on the market this year. I will include these offers in the February newsletter…
Custom made holidays
As always I am happy to suggest accommodation, give you the low down on any accommodation you may be considering (if I know it) and make suggestions, including itineraries, based on your requirements. This is a free service, inasmuch as I will always be able to get you the lowest published prices and it won’t cost you anything but I do ask that you then book your accommodation through me (then paying the hotel or villa directly) as absolutely anywhere you choose to stay will then pay me a commission.
New for this year
I am organizing a series of ‘Puglia taster’ trips for those considering buying property in the area. These will consist of short stays in different areas, with organized excursions and meals and with escorted private trips to view properties taking place in free time. There will also be informal seminars on buying property here for those that want them. Obviously these trips will be equally suitable for those just wishing to explore Puglia. Dates and programs will be published shortly – if you would like further information just send me an email with ‘taster trips’ as the subject line
Special offers for 2015 – for all holidays booked,and deposit paid, by February 14th
Villas (click on the name for more pictures, description and prices)
20% off holidays (excluding July and August) for the following villas: Trulli Vista, Trulli Annina, Casa di Anna. 10% off July holidays in the same villas
10% off holidays (excluding July and August) in Trulli Favola
Masseria Zambardo – 10% off Self catering Apartments with pool (use of spa and restaurant at Masseria Incantalupi which belongs to the same family)
Masseria Incantalupi –10 % off
For further details or availability of any of the above email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0039 3337911030. Skype by prior arrangement.