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Summer Hideaway near our favorite city in Puglia, the ancient city of Lecce

Close to Lecce in the tiny village of Porta Rudiae stands this stunning, historic Villa. Once built as a Summer Palazzo for a rich Leccesse family to entertain and have a good time. Over time the villa fell into disrepair and when the current owners found it, it was not more than a ruin. One of the last remaining historic summer villas in the area was brought back to life by the award-winning architect Heidi Locher and her husband Jim. They have done an incredible job in restoring it to its former glory but at the same time putting it firmly into the 21st century. 

They have created a place based on the same values it was built back in the day, a place for entertaining and having a good time. Most importantly it is a place where the whole family (who lives all over the world) comes together, to connect, relax and enjoy the calmness and serenity of life in Puglia. 


The space

The Villa is now modern, spacious, and light.  There is an impressive collection of contemporary art and photography as well as iconic designer furnishings. The home is a beautiful blend of contemporary design and classic Puglian styling. 

As you enter the Villa through the impressive front door you step into the comfortable living room which is connected to a separate TV and family TV and a separate music room that offers plenty of space and has a Sonos music system, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and a DVD collection, perfect for late night movies.

The spacious kitchen is a perfect space for cooking and entertaining. It has a large kitchen island made from local marble, that seats at least 12. 

Five double bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, sleeps 10 adults. Two of the five bedrooms feature mezzanine floors above, ideal for older children. There are two single beds on one of the mezzanine floors giving a total capacity of 12 people.

The outdoor space is also stunning. The villa is set on hectares of Olive and Citrus groves, with spacious terras for outdoor entertaining. The garden has many shady spots across multiple terraces, with lots of lounge chairs for soaking up the Puglian sun, reading a book, or doing some yoga.  The large, heated swimming pool (14m x 4m) is located next to the house and you can relax on one of the 10 sun loungers here.


The Area

The extensive gardens with their oak woods, olive trees, and citrus trees are a beautiful and serene place for a morning stroll. Within 10 minute drive or a 30-minute walk, you find our favorite city; Lecce. It is truly a gem for everyone who is into architecture: elegant cathedrals and beautiful Baroque palaces, all built from Pietra Leccese, the local creamy-white limestone. 

Puglia and particularly Lecce are famous for their excellent cuisine. Lecce is renowned for its cucina povera, which literally means ‘poor cuisine’. It refers to the tasty home cooking of local rural families who make the most out of seasonal and local products. The best vegetables are combined with seafood direct from the Ionian Sea. The city offers superb restaurants (up to Michelin-star quality). 

That brings us to the other great part, the beaches of Puglia. only a 20-minute drive from the Villa you find stunning sandy beaches that even rival those of the Caribbean. There are wonderful places to swim or relax at beachside bars or seafood restaurants on either coast.


Extra services

Private chef, Yoga teacher, massage, Cooking classes, Shopping services. 


Extra info

*The house is only rented out in summer from 24 June - 9 September 


Plinius loves

The creative energy in the house is full of amazing and unique pieces of art 

The spacious feeling throughout the whole house with large ceilings, open spaces, and lots of natural light

The location, only a 10-minute drive to beautiful Baroque city Lecce and a 20-minute drive to Caribbean-style beaches 

The local cuisine and the many great restaurants and foods available

The serenity of the place in between the Olive and Citrus groves


Nearest airport  

Brindisi (45 mins) |  Bari (2 hours).

Prices & availability


After the booking request is received we will confirm the availability and total price with the owner. You will then receive a confirmation and the total amount of your booking by email. A deposit of 30% of the reservation sum is requested upon confirmation (within 48 hours). The remainder must be paid no later than 60 days before the start of your stay. When booking within 60 days, the total reservation sum must be paid immediately. In case of cancellation more than 60 days before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned*. In case of cancellation within 60 days, no refund will take place. *Applies to most properties, but not all. We therefore recommend cancellation insurance.

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Prices 2023 | Price transparency: Plinius is completely transparent about the prices, we do not charge a booking fee or add any additional charges. 

*The house is only rented out in summer from 24 June - 9 September 

Summer season: Min. stay 5 nights | €1407 per night

Included in the price: 

Cleaning two times a week, or once when booked only five days

Gas | Electricity | Water 


Additional costs:

Security Deposit: € 500  The deposit will be fully refunded upon departure when there is no damage/other issues

End-of-stay cleaning €200

Tourist Tax 

Extra Information: 

*The house is only rented out in summer from 24 June - 9 September 



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