THE VILLA MARTINA
Set in undulating countryside near the baroque treasures of mediaeval walled city Martina Franca, in the fashionable Valle d’Itria, the house is surrounded by 1.5 hectares (9 acres) of fully fenced woodland, parkland, ornamental garden and orchard. The building itself, with ten major rooms, covers 450 sq m, and has a flat roof of the same size, with extensive landscape views.
Originally a traditional farmhouse, the house has been extended and sympathetically modernized.
In the original section, featuring massive stone walls and two lofty trullis, accommodation consists of:
Four bedrooms with a further two optional bedrooms;
Two full modern bathrooms;
‘Salotto’ with grand piano;
Utility room with washing-machine;
In the modern section, there are:
A new rustic-style kitchen with all appliances and pizza oven;
An extensive, roofed verandah dining area which could be fully enclosed, measuring 10 x 7 m;
A separate spacious reception room with fireplace;
The Library: a double height, 15 x 9 m vaulted, marble-floored room with gallery and fireplace;
Wine cellar to house 400 bottles;
Shower-room and toilet;
Large workshop and timber store which could be converted to a garage.
The ornamental gardens are a particular feature of the property, including a cascading series of ponds pump-driven from a 150 cubic metre storage pond; a rose garden; an ornamental Roman temple; a stone rotonda with a statue of a nymph; fruit trees including figs, apples, plums, apricots, cherries, walnuts, hazel nuts, almonds, grapes, damsons, mulberries, peaches and olives. There has been extensive planting of mature trees and shrubs. Paved patio and roadway areas allow parking for at least 20 cars. Permission awaited for swimming-pool construction as pictured.
Internal and external services include:
Telephone and Internet;
Sky television service with a rooftop dish;
Artesian mains water;
Two gas-fired central heating boilers, each with 1,000 litre storage tank;
3,000 litre rooftop solar heating installation guaranteeing ample hot water at all times;
Automatic main gates with battery reserve;
Extensive external lighting;
Full security coverage with connection to local agency and police;
Massive underground rainwater-fed storage tank for garden purposes.
While the house is currently in use as a family residence, other possible uses include as a bed-and-breakfast, or as a function venue.