Welcome at Villa Lavanda

Located in the rolling Apulian countryside, Villa Lavanda is the perfect starting point to explore the region. I am Jenny, your Dutch hostess and living in Apulia since April 1997. That means that I can tell you a lot about the region.

I have made an Information book about Apulia with excursions that are possible from Villa Lavanda: special excursions, the most beautiful beaches and the recommended restaurants. You don’t have to prepare, because my book is going to be your guide in Apulia.

With us a delicious extensive breakfast, sweet and savory, use of bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer and beach towels etc. This so that you have to take less luggage from home. Look here for all included services.

I would like to welcome you to this beautiful part of Italy.

Arrivederci in Puglia!

Would you already like to have a sample of the atmosphere, then look here.

 

Villa Lavanda the Rooms

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Of course you can always contact us or send a Whatsapp message.

availability click here if you are looking for a B&B Room.

 

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You can let me know your breakfast wishes in advance. Breakfast is different every day. You can choose from coffee or tea, in season there is freshly squeezed orange juice from nearby citrus groves and out of season there is water with lemon slices. Further fresh fruit, eggs prepared in various ways, bread and cornetti, yogurt and breakfast cereals, homemade marmalades, cheese and cold cuts. Usually breakfast is served on the covered porch. It is a nice starting point for your day here in Apulia. Are you a vegetarian or do you have a diet?  Please indicate in the breakfast form

Breakfast is the moment I would like to hear how you were last day and what the plans are for this day. Of course, you can always contact me for help with your plans. If your return flight is very early or you have an early trip, you can also ask me (if made known in time) to make a take-away breakfast for you.

 

Collaboration with the neighbours

 

Agriturismo Masseria La Mandra

 

We have 3 double rooms. 2 with a bed of 1.60 x 2.00, one with extra bed of 0.90 x 2.00 and one with a bed of 1.40 x 2.00.  If you are with a larger group, this is possible in cooperation with the neighbors located 150 meters from here on the same private road. If there is no more availability or not enough rooms available, I can ask my grandson Pierre who manages the bookings there.

The Agriturismo restaurant of Masseria La Mandra of my daughter Dita and her husband Giuseppe is 150 meters from B&B Villa Lavanda. Like all Agriturismi, it is not open continuously, for the moment for Sunday Lunches and will be open more often in the summer than in the winter months. This gives you the opportunity to go out for dinner on foot and everyone to have a drink. In spring to the end of June and from the end of August to the end of October, on Thursdays and sometimes also on Tuesdays, they welcome a group of American cyclists who have a healthy menu for lunch (without pasta) with lots of antipasti.  On request, you can also have lunch at La Mandra on those days with the same menu. Of course, you will then be seated separately from the group.

Diets such as gluten-free, vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan can be taken into account both here and in the restaurant. It is useful to report this in advance.

Why book with Villa Lavanda

If you book directly with us, you will receive an increasing discount over the entire duration from 3 nights. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with a drink to recover from traveling and every day starts with a fantastic breakfast on the covered porch. I have been living in Apulia since 1997 and can therefore tell you a lot about the region. In your room you will find my information book about Apulia with the nicest places, the beaches on the Adriatic and Ionian Sea and the recommended restaurants. There is now also a separate guide for vegetarian and vegan restaurants outside the regular one with recommended restaurants in Noci and the surrounding area.  If you want to buy a house in Apulia , I can also help you from searching to the deed at the notary.

Many activities and excursions can be booked in the region.

My topper is and remains the excursion dolphin watching from Taranto. Keep in mind that you have to book this in advance, because there is a lot of interest in it.

Centrally located

As you can see on the map below, Villa Lavanda is very centrally located. An hour’s drive from Bari airport and very easy to find. From Brindisi Airport half an hour longer. Sometimes the shorter route to  the departing airport from your starting point makes this still interesting. Very easy to drive for excursions are Bari, Taranto, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli and all the beaches south of it, Ostuni, Alberobello, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica and many other interesting places. Matera only 45 min. from departure here and also Martina Franca and the Itrie Valley very easy to reach. Alberobello at 17 km. and Locorotondo is also very close from there. Before departure, download the map of Apulia in your phone or navigation and already enter B&B Villa Lavanda in Noci and you will get here without stress. You always need a rental car in Apulia, not only with us, but in general. For a recommendation for the best car rental comparison site, see the bottom of this page.

Cycling in Apulia

We have bikes for rent, but only for those who stay with us and rent 2 bikes from us for at least 2 days and order them in advance. In case you only want to cycle and do not rent a car we can pick you up at the train station in Gioia del Colle or the bogey train in Noci and in Noci there is also a man who rents out cars at reasonable prices, even without a credit card.  It is in itself quite possible to explore the area by bike, the distances you can reach are of course less, but you also go to places where others do not come. Pre-ordering is absolutely necessary and in the months of July and August not possible because it is too hot to cycle. In terms of meals, you can then do lunch on the way and buy something for dinner on the way or eat at the Agriturismo on days they are open.

 

News from B&B Villa Lavanda and from the region:

 

Apulia B&B Adults only

For several years now, B&B Villa Lavanda has been Adults Only. With this we guarantee the tranquility of our guests and now all guests are at least 18 years old.  This unless a family books all 3 rooms.

 

 

 

Your dream home in Apulia?

On this page some examples of houses that are now for sale and with which you can realize a considerable increase in value. Look here.

The latest trend: now that house prices are sky-high elsewhere sell your house there and for the difference between mortgage and selling price buy a house here without a mortgage. Almost everyone can now work online and that makes it a viable option for working people to do your work in the Netherlands,  Belgium, UK or elsewhere from Apulia.

Of course, you can also buy a house for the holidays, alone or together with others. If you want to rent it out in periods when you do not stay there yourself, you can realize an extra piece of income. This yields a lot more than putting your money in the bank and soon also a piece of extra pension or the place where you will spend your retired life.

Book your stay before March 1 and get an early bird discount:

If you book directly with us in the period up to February 29 of the coming year for at least 7 nights in the following year, you can benefit an etra discount of 5%.

 

Polignano A Mare:

 

Polignano A Mare

During this year’s visit from Ireland, we also went to Polignano A Mare. Still enough tourists to give it a lively atmosphere, but quiet enough to enjoy it. There were still (around October 24) plenty of people swimming in the bay and we ate a delicious pizza outside on a terrace.

Autumn in Puglia: quieter on the beaches and in tourist places. Swimming in the sea until the end of October, an ideal time to look for your dream home too!

 

 

The Marta Museum in Taranto:

 

Een fantastic Archaeological museum with mainly finds from the time of the Great Greek Empire.

 

Archeological Museum Marta TarantoYou can spend the whole day there and they stay open between lunch breaks. In the busier months you have to book a time slot online, which was not necessary now. As beautiful as it is, after a few hours you get hungry, very hungry actually and we didn’t want to walk too far for it. The grandsons had chosen a rather unsightly pizzeria 70 meters from the museum. Tables outside without rugs and all rather bare. Asked a lady who had a shop almost next door if there wasn’t something better in the immediate vicinity. No, she said, you’re eating a delicious pizza there. Well with that plastic cutlery I soon cut a few teeth from the fork and so you eat your pizza better the Italian way: just take the 4 parts in your hands and fold them slightly towards each other. That works much better. We had 4 pizzas, 2 small beers and 2 water and spent 25 euros together and the pizzas were really delicious!

 

 

 

 

Museo Marta Taranto Greek period

 

Hiking in Apulia

 

Hiking in Apulia

Beautiful pictures of hiking opportunities nearby. I am busy with the site and not an experienced hiker. If you are those experienced hiker(s) and birdwatchers, please report to Villa Lavanda. You get a 40% discount on your stay on condition that you write a piece for the website about the various possibilities of hiking and birdwatching and a guide for the hikers.

 

 

 

Matera a magnificent City!

 

Matera een juweel van een stad

This beautiful old city is only a 45 minute drive from Villa Lavanda and will be very popular this year because this city was European Capital of Culture in 2019. Matera is really worth a day of your holiday with its cave houses, old churches and frescoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the link below you get the best comparison site for car rental, SUNNY CARS. I chose this one because it offers better conditions than others. Save this link, you can also use it in the future and the big advantage is that you don’t have to go through everything again or suddenly have a large deductible!

 

Renting a car for your holiday in Italy

If you want to rent a car for your holiday in Italy, it is wise to do so on time. A nice early bird discount is not the only reason.

Arranging a rental car before you go on holiday is always a good idea. This will help you avoid long queues upon arrival.

Did you know that

You can easily see the total price of your chosen rental car in the booking system? To do this, click on the plus sign next to the price. Any one-way costs and the deposit costs are made transparent here. Costs to be paid on site. Avoid surprises and always check the total price. Arrange everything at your convenience from home and then don’t let yourself be talked into taking additional services at the airport. No need!

What you do need to pay attention to is the maximum of your credit card.  If this is not so high and you need a little more during your holiday, ask your credit card issuer to temporarily increase your limit during the holiday.

The fact that Sunny’s service does not stop with the rental car, but with the Smart Delay service goes one step further. If you register your flight in Sunny2go, you will get free access to a VIP Airport lounge in the event of a flight delay of at least 1 hour. That’s how relaxed we all want to get in, right?

Another relaxed service: the Online Check-in! Some rental companies include this service, but if not, it’s a tip to add it to your rental car. For only 2 tenners you fill in your details at home and the rental contract is ready when you pick up the rental car. All you have to do is sign and then enjoy those unlimited kilometers.

Link to Sunnycars

If you don’t have a credit card, you can still rent a car:

You must then choose Service Package No Guarantee:

Autohuur Villa Lavanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

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