Villa Regina is an old villa that was built around the mid-eighteenth century, on the spectacular Ionian coast, 100 metres from the Porto Selvaggio natural park; the sea is 10 minutes on foot through a pine forest on the cliffs. The villa is 1 km from the centre of Santa Caterina di Nardò (a splendid beach town not yet exploited by mass tourism) and about 2 km from the Lecce- Santa Maria di Leuca motorway, from where you can quickly reach every point of the Salento. It is possible to rent a boat for up to 9 people from the small harbour at Santa Caterina, just one km away, to go to small coves to swim in crystal clear, turquoise water.
The villa is located in an area called “Cenate” which is characterized by lush vegetation and its historic Moresque villas, dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. These historic villas are the old summer residences of noble families of the area and most are still used for this purpose today. The scenery is unforgettable, especially the enchanting roads to the seashore. Guided tours of these historic villas are available. Nardò is the closest big town, famous for the Baroque architecture in the old town centre. Galatina is another important town nearby, notable for the enchanting Saint Catherine’s Cathedral which features a noble’s villa with a private patio, a fenced orangerie, a colonnade with a traditional well and a small church with frescoes.
The villa is located in a 30000 square metres of parkland with olive trees, fruit trees, a pine forest and a swimming pool, a tennis court, a soccer field and parking space. A wine cellar with selected local and national wines is also available to our guests.
Nearby, there is:
- a riding stable where horse riding tours in the pine forest and along the cliffs can be arranged
- a scuba diving center where equipment can be rented
- Santa Caterina harbour where boats can be rented for day cruises, also to the nearby centres of Gallipoli, Porto Cesareo, S. Isidoro etc.
This completely restored property features:
- A main building: First floor (available only upon request) and Ground Floor (Types D)
- 2 guest houses (Type A)
- 1 guest house (Type B)
- 1 guest house (Type C)
These apartments each have: a fridge, an oven, a TV set, wi-fi and air conditioning (No air conditioning in one of the Guest houses named Type A(pi)). The furniture was chosen paying maximum attention to detail.
The equipment includes kitchenware, bathroom and kitchen towels and bed sheets, changed every week (for each extra change of towels and sheets requested, there is an additional charge of 15,00 euros).
The guesthouse "Type D" is located on a small courtyard featuring an impressive door leading onto an internal staircase to the first floor. It consists of two double bedrooms, one with private bathroom (without shower) and independent access onto the courtyard; a large living room with sofas and armchairs, a bedroom with 2 single sofa-beds, a large and elegant bathroom with shower, a large, well-equipped, traditional kitchen, a dining room, and a pergola outside overlooking a spacious garden with barbecue and stone benches (on the opposite side of the square). This garden is shady and well-furnished with tables and chairs to be used as an extension of the living space, for dining outside. This is area is at the full disposition of our guests to relax in private. There is also an outside laundry facility and a changing room with shower.
The weekly price includes electricity, water, gas and bed and bath linen. Each additional set of bed or bath linen is provided at the extra cost of € 15,00. No swimming pool towels provided. The price does not include the final cleaning fee amounting to € 60,00 and the cost of the central heating. The swimming pool is open to use from May 17 to September 27. Please know that, as provided by the law, the payment of the tourist tax will be required.
• Porto Selvaggio, naturalistic park with rocky coves and small beaches with pebbles: 0,9 km; (3,6 km from the villa beautiful beach club with restaurant and night lounge bar called "LITOS")
• Santa Caterina, rocky coves with flat rocks with easy access to the sea and small sandy beach: 2 km;
• Santa Maria al Bagno, sandy beach: 6 km;
• Lido Conchiglie/Rivabella, big and large sandy beach: 7/8 km;
• Sant’Isidoro big sandy beach: 10 km
Shopping facilities: 1 km
Restaurants: 1,4 km
Santa Maria di Leuca (de Finibus Terrae): 64 km
Otranto (a beautiful town with a renowned Cathedral): 60 km
Lecce (the Baroque Capital): 44 km
Gallipoli (the last outpost of Magna Grecia): 15 km
Brindisi (airport): 82 km
Bari (airport): 203 km
The weekly price includes electricity, water, gas and bed and bath linen. Each additional set of bed or bath linen is provided at the extra cost of € 15,00. No swimming pool towels provided. The price does not include the final cleaning fee amounting to € 60,00 and the cost of the central heating. The swimming pool is open to use from May 17 to September 27.
Please know that, as provided by the law, a € 1,00 tourist tax is due per person per day, for a maximum of 15 consecutive days. Children under 10 y.o. and disabled people are exempt.