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Casa Mandorlina Reviews

Steve & family – August 2013

Having holidayed in other parts of Italy before we were keen to discover a new area.

Casa Mandorlina proved to be the perfect base for this. Location wise, we felt secluded enough to really relax, surrounded by olive and almond trees (the kids particularly enjoyed collecting figs from a nearby tree), yet were only a short drive to Ostuni – a gem of a city that really comes alive from 9pm.

With beautiful architecture, great restaurants and a local market on Saturdays thats not to be missed.

We were also well placed to explore the rest of the sites of Puglia and managed to find a good balance between exploring the nearby towns (for us) and the lovely nearby beaches (for the kids!).

The villa itself is bristling with character yet well renovated equipped with everything you could think of to make your stay enjoyable.

I was initially concerned that the living area would be too small but it was absolutely fine for our family of four. On top of that we spent most of our time on the very generous sized terrace while the kids thoroughly enjoyed the pool which, although was fairly small, was perfect for cooling down.

Our days were spent exploring in the mornings and chilling out/cooling down in the afternoons – bliss!

The owners, Wendy & Louis, went to great lengths to make our stay comfortable, with masses of great local advice. The welcome pack was very appreciated – as was the cold prosecco in the fridge on our arrival!

It was also nice to know Francesco, who looks after the villa and pool, was just a few minutes away if we need anything. All in all a wonderful family holiday and we hope to return soon.

One word of advice though: hire a car and make sure you get excess waiver insurance from a third party – roads are narrow! A £16 insurance saved us over £200.


J&A – August 2013

Beautiful setting for a relaxing holiday, ideal location, wonderful neighbours!”

Casa Mandorlina is a cleverly converted building, offering very comfortable accommodation for six people.

The location, a few miles from Ostuni, is quiet the house is surrounded by an open area with mature fig trees providing an excellent treat for breakfast, but it is not isolated and the neighbouring family is particularly friendly and helpful.

Ostuni and the other small towns in the area are charming with plenty of shops and cafes.

The villa owners can provide invaluable suggestions for really good restaurants offering traditional Puglian food.
The kitchen area is small but functional and the villa is well-furnished with some lovely creative touches.
There are a number of beaches a short drive from the villa.

There is a really good pay beach adjacent to a nature reserve which was busy but not overcrowded even in high summer.

We visited a number of the local towns and also more touristy areas like Alberobello, but we also really enjoyed sunbathing on the terraced flat roof of the villa, eating lazy lunches sitting on the veranda and we made good use of the small pool.

We hope to stay again before too long.


Shamira & friends –  July 2014

The location of the Trullo is a little remote and you need a car.

The positive of this means the location is very peaceful, not over-developed with lovely views. T

he Trullo has been renovated to a high standard and is very clean, comfortable and well stocked with everything you need. The photos don’t do it justice.

Wendy was kind enough to leave the fridge stocked with various goodies like alcohol and chocolate. We (2 couples) had a great stay and we would recommend staying here to friends.

The standard of the refurbishment-very comfortable and clean. Well thought-out and stocked.

The pool is a great feature in the heat.

 A fan/ air-con in the bedrooms would be a good addition. Otherwise it’s pretty much perfect!


N & S – August 2014

“Peaceful spot, excellent accommodation, good restaurants abound!”

Good flight with Ryanair to/from Bari/Brindisi, car hire at airport very convenient.

Route supplied from airport to the villa where everything was spotless.

Accommodation was excellent, good showers, hot water and cooking facilities.

We enjoyed the pool and the surrounding garden.

Plenty of places to visit within easy driving distance, and lots of good shopping close by.
Definitely on our agenda for a further visit.


Denis & family – August 2015

Dès la réservation, nous avons été très souvent en relation avec Wendy, qui nous a donné énormément de conseils et de précisions sur la maison et les curiosités des environs.

La maison est conforme aux descriptions et très agréable car située dans un environnement très calme.

Elle est très bien équipée.

Accueil remarquable avec un relais sur place pour nous expliquer le fonctionnement un frigidaire rempli idéal quand on arrive et un petit cadeau.

Donc globalement très satisfait.

Denis loved le calme, l’indépendance, la piscine, tout l’équipement

 Des volets ou des rideaux occultant dans la petite chambre.

 La piscine est hors-sol

From the moment we made the reservation, we were very often in touch with Wendy, who gave us a lot of advice and details about the house and the sights in the area.

The house conforms to the descriptions and is very pleasant because it is located in a very quiet environment.

It is very well equipped.

Remarkable welcome with a relay on site to explain how it works, an ideal filled fridge when you arrive and a small gift. So overall very satisfied.

Denis loved the calm, independence, the swimming pool, all the equipment.

Shutters or blackout curtains in the small bedroom would be an improvement.

The pool is above ground.


Naomi C August 2016

Wonderful place to relax and as a centre for beach and sightseeing.

We had a lovely stay, comfortable and with everything we needed.

Could sit in the shade under the veranda, sunbathe and then have a dip in the pool to cool off.

Delightful sitting watching the sunset over the olive trees.

In great position for visiting historic Italian towns with great sightseeing and food!

Also easy to get to great beaches.

Didn’t want to come home!


SANDRA & friends – September 2017

Tolles Haus, sehr netter und zuvorkommende Vermieter!

Das Haus ist in einem tollen Zustand und super ausgestattet, es ist viel schöner als auf den Fotos.

Der Verwalter war immer zu erreichen und sehr nett und hilfsbereit, wenn er auch nur italienisch spricht. Trotzdem hat man sich verstanden 😉

Der Kontakt zu den Vermietern war einmalig, obwohl wir uns bei der Buchung um einen Tag vertan haben (wir waren einen Tag zu spät), konnten wir unseren Aufenthalt um diesen Tag ohne Folgekosten verlängern.

Vielen Dank dafür!

Tipp: Die schönen Keramikschalen im Haus kann man in Grottaglie kaufen!

Wir würden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen, es war sehr schön in der Casa Mandorlina.

Great house, very nice and accommodating landlord!

The house is in a great condition and super equipped, it is much nicer than in the photos.

The manager was always reachable and very nice and helpful when he speaks only Italian. Nevertheless, one understood.

The contact with the landlords was unique, although we at the booking for a day (we were a day too late) one day too late, we could extend our stay at this day without any costs. Thanks a lot for this!

Tip: The beautiful ceramic dishes in the house can be bought in Grottaglie!

We would definitely return, it was very nice in the Casa Mandorlina.


Nicola & family – August 2018

Es war unser-ich traue mich sagen – bisher erholsamster Urlaub!

Ein wunderschiner Platz zum “Batterie aufladen”.

Die Unterkunft in perfektern und sauberen Zustand und – so etwas haben wir noch nirgendserlebt – alles ist corhanden.

Man braucht nur die Badesachen einpacken und an nichts anderes denken!

Sehr nette Gastgeber, welche bis ins kleinste Detail alles geplant und zur Verfugung gestellt haben, damit einem an nichts manfelt und man sich gleich wohl fuhlt.

Ein sehr netter und warmer Empfang von Francesco (Person vorort), der imeer da ist, wenn man ihn braucht.

Wir konnen diese Adresse nur warmstens weiterempflehlen!!

Und wir sind uns sicher, dass wir wiederkommen 🙂 !!!

Einfach perfekt fur einen Familienurlaub, um wieder Zeit und Raum fur “Familie” zu finden.

Vielen herzlichen Dank fur diesen schonen Urlaub!

Liebe Grusse an Alle.

It was our – let me say – so far relaxing holiday!

A beautiful place to “charge the battery”.

The accommodation in perfect and clean condition and – something we have never experienced before – everything is available.

All you have to do is pack the bathing suit and do not think about anything else!

Very nice hosts, which have planned everything down to the smallest detail and made available, so that one lacks nothing and you feel right at home.

A very nice and warm welcome from Francesco (person on the spot) who is always there when you need him.

We highly recomment this address!!

And we are sure that we will come back 🙂 !!!

Simply perfect for a family vacation to regain time and space for “family”.

Thank you very much for this nice holiday!

Greetings to all.


Viviana – July 2018

Our stay was splendid!

Relaxation, cleanliness, hospitality!

Thanks to Wendy, Louis and Francesco for their welcome and availability.

Casa Mandorlina is beautiful in all respects. We hope to return!



Nicole e Jean – July/August 2019

Nous avons passe de tres agreables vacances dans la maison de Wendy et Louis.

L’accueil y a ete chaleureux et lorsque nous avons eu de petits soucis, ils ont ete tres reactifs.

Nous pouvons vous recommander cet endroit sans hesiter.

We had a very nice holiday in Wendy and Louis’s house.

The welcome was warm and when we had small problems, they were very responsive.

We can recommend this place without hesitation.

Antonella’s Review 14-23/8/20

Superb typical Puglia accommodation, very well located between Ostuni and Cisternino.

The house is very clean and the host is precise in every detail.

I recommend a stay in this place, for us it was a really nice holiday immersed in the Itria Valley.

Very satisfying experience.

Stupendo alloggio tipico della Puglia, posizionato molto bene tra Ostuni e cisternino.

La casa molto pulita e l’host preciso in ogni dettaglio.

Consiglio il soggiorno in questo posto, per noi è stata davvero una bella vacanza immersi nella valle d’itria.

Esperienza molto soddisfacente.

Maria & Adam’s Review 2-12/8/20

Beautiful villa/Trulli in a beautiful scenic setting

Located away from the main road on hill overlooking the Contrada.

This villa is very tranquil, clean and well equipped.

The owners Wendy and Louis send you lots of information from how to get there in a very detailed instructions, to everything the villa has.

It is well equipped and you’re looked after by Bob and a Helga from Belgium who look after the place when the owners are not around.

Nothing was too much trouble and Louis contacted us to make sure we had no complaints.

A personal touch.

There is detailed information of nearby area of fabulous Ostuni and surrounding places, to beaches to explore, supermarkets and restaurants.

My husband and I are building a Trullo not far from here and having to work while we sorted out our own business Casa Mandorlina suited our needs, with WIFI and comfortable accommodation that meant after a hard day we could relax.

Listening to the sounds of the countryside and people in other villas enjoying their evenings this is a lovely place to stay.

You will feel right at home the moment you are here and I highly recommend staying.

A car is a must and go explore.

Thanks Wendy and a Louis for letting us enjoy your 2nd home and being there when we needed questions answered.

Regards Maria



Wendy and Louis Bernardelle