55 sq m BEAUTIFUL cottage near Oria
Sleeps 2+2 the cottage can be extended
Lovely 3/4 acre garden full of fruit trees and olive trees
Private and secluded location with easy road access
Opportunity to renovate and modernise
Close to FAMOUS ORIA with all amneities
In a popular residential area, Italians and foreigners
30 minutes to the Adriatic and Ionian Seas
30 minutes to Brindisi international Airport
CHARMING cottage in BEAUTIFUL garden on 3/4 acre with 100 fruit & olive trees near FAMOUS historical town of Oria. Cottage of 60 sq m with open plan kitchen with vaulted ceiling and fire place, master bedroom, bathroom and living room/2nd bedroom. Large veranda. Stunning gate. Possible to extend and to install a swimming pool.
The entrance is from a country road with limited traffic and has stunning gate leading in to the cottage, built about 50 years ago.
The cottage of 55 sq m is habitable but needs some cosmetic work and modernisation can be done over time, with extension possibilities. The entrance is via a large covered veranda into the open plan kitchen with original star vaulted ceiling and fireplace; the master bedroom is to the left, the bathroom straight on and the living room to the right. It has terrace door leading out to the garden.
For any works to be undertaken CasaPuglia can assist in getting fixed price quotes from builders ad act as your local project manager.
Oria (or Uria in Latin) is a town and commune of 15.40 inhabitants in the province of Brindisi, in the Apulia region (southern Italy). Situated in a hilly terrain in the northern Salento, it received the title of city in 1951.
In classical times Oria was known also as Hyria or Hyrium, one of the principal Messapian cities. It is also renowned for having one of the oldest Jewish communities in Europe. Jewish scholarship in Oria included the study of philosophy, the Talmud, languages such as Greek and Latin, and medicine and natural sciences.
According to Herodotus, the foundation of Oria occurred when a group of Cretan wrecked along the coast of Salento. The Cretans chose the highest hill to build the city because from there they could well control the surrounding territory. They gave this city the name Hyria.
Since 1500 Oria suffered many sieges: we remember the fierce resistance against the Spaniards who were besieging the city. According to legend, Oria was saved by the patron St. Barsanofio and the value of all citizens. Inside the church of San Francesco di Paola you can admire a fifteenth-century statue of the saint patron of Oria.
The city was also home of Shabbethai Donnolo, one of the first Jewish writers born in Europe.
The historical centre is enclosed in a medieval city walls dating back to the end of the millennium. Due to the numerous destructions and reconstructions, the architecture has taken on a unique character that is close to that of the white Mediterranean cities.
The influence of the church was remarkable over the urban aspect of the city. The higher places were occupied and protected by religious buildings and all the aristocratic families.
If the rich possessed chapels, the people used to adorn their homes and streets with holy shrines in devotion to a particular saint or in memory of historical facts (i.e. in Via Quinto Mario Corrado where there are two shrines called “Matunneddi” (the Madonnas)).
The civil architecture (apart from the Castle, the gates, “il Sedile” and Torre Palomba) consists of palaces built on areas with difference in level as Palazzo Martini and Palazzo Schiroli (in Piazza D. Albanese), Palazzo Errico (in Corso Umberto I), Palazzo Mingolla (in Via R. Lombardi) and Palazzo Pepe-Milizia (in Via Cap. De Tommaso).
Oria is located on the highest hills in northern Salento giving it a dominant position on the surrounding plains; the highest hill is Colle del Vaglio (166 m), on whose top is built the castle.
The town is not so far from the route of the ancient Via Appia between Brindisi and Taranto; Oria is 35 km far from Taranto, 32 km from Brindisi and 45 km from Lecce.
The natural vegetation consists of olive groves and oaks alternated with stretches of Mediterranean scrub. Valleys are full of mushrooms, myrtle and carob trees.
The fauna is characterized by a great variety of species including hares, foxes, hedgehogs (protected species), hawks, robins, thrushes, blackbirds, bats and many owls (owl, horned owl and barn owl). Then you can find also several snails that represent one of the best gastronomic specialities.
Oria has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters.
ORIA is close to the other famous towns in this fantastic area of Italy: within half an hour or so you can reach the baroque towns of Francavilla Fontana, Manduria ( famous for its red wines), Grottaglie ( famous for Beautiful pottery) and Ceglie Messapica.
In Salento the coastline is fascinating and you can drive by car a few hours along the Adriatic cost line and passing many fine sea villages, like Otranto and Castro Marina. Contine to Santa Maria di Leuca and you are at the meeting of the two seas- the Adriatic and the Ionian.
In Sternatina and Martigignano to the south of Lecce antique Greek is still spoken by the villagers.
Maglie is like a mini Lecce and with many fine buildings. Muoro Leccese is smaller and also represent a small town/village with a fine architectural history. Cutrofiano popular for French holiday home ownership. Ruffano has many fine old buildings for sale, waiting to find new owners and to be restored. Surano has a small town center with very nice antique buildings for sale. Spongano again is a small village surrounded by olive grooves. Here you can see secluded great villas and country retreats owned by foreigners and families from North Italy who come to relax in rural Salento.
The cost from Santa Maria di Leuca to Gallipoli has many fine sandy beaches. The villages are perhaps not the prettiest but room for the beach life, pizzerias, restaurants and disco music summer time.
Santa Catarina well known also for its many fine villas in the area, some antique.
The sea outside of Porto Cesare further up the coast is probably the most beautiful and fantastic sunsets.
Every were inland in Salento you see the vineyards and olive trees. Salento is a big producer of wine and olive oil, you can buy 5 litres Extra Virgin oil for about EUR 35.
By air there is a choise of two international airports, served by Ryanair, Easyjet , BA and others, both easily reached; Nearby Brindisi in the south in approximately 30 minutes.
and Bari in the north by car on the motorway in approximately 1,5 hour.
Bari being the commercial capital city with 250 000 inhabitants offers the best shopping, a grand opera house, called the Petruzzelli teatro; a large medical city centre with many museums. Just north of Bari lies a little town called Giovinazzo a true gem, right by the sea. Further north is Molfetta Outlet, a famous shopping galleria and 20 minutes further is Traini, a sophisticated town with a beautiful half moon bay & marina. Continue north to Castel del Monte, which is the mystical castle built by Frederic II in the 14th Century.
Within a 2,5 hour drive to the North of Bari lies Gargano, the peninsula called the spur of the Italian boot. Gargano forms a large nature and wild life Reserve and offers hiking and scenic trips around the peninsula. From here there are daily boat trips to the small Tremiti islands.
The Italian lifestyle means many things but especially socialising; the home is used for sleeping and breakfasts, the Italians go out for enjoyments and dining. There are so much you can experience, like early morning markets in the small towns. music festivals, religious carnivals, the beach life, historical tours in the main towns, cooking classes, learning a bit Italian at language schools in Lecce, dining at the many country and sea side restaurants, night clubbing at the beach clubs of Capitolo.
As Apulia is a peninsula and surrounded by the two seas- the Adriatic in the north and the Ionic in the south – water sports dominate in the area; sailing, yachting, water skiing, kite surfing swimming & beach life. Golf is available with five good courses and San Domenico is world class (PGA 2014 Challenge Final). Tennis, horseback riding, hiking and bicycle tours are other options for the active minded. Squash clubs are located in Bari, Bitonto and other places.
Apulia has until recently been called the hidden treasure of Italy, unknown to most tourists who come & stay in Rome, Florence, Venice and at the Italian Riviera. However, all this is rapidly changing because of massive investments in the infrastructure, such as the improved motorways, enlarged airports and the introduction of low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet. The property prices are low in Apulia and low means value for money at bargain prices for the international buyers. We see more and more foreign visitors coming to Apulia and in our opinion investments will show good growth in value because of the increased demand. Also from north Italians as Apulia has become the most popular holiday destination for Italians. But rest assure, no tourist villages will ever be built because in Apulia the cost line is protected and people are against modern developments which do not fit into this historical landscape. Therefore, with increased demand for a fixed and limited number of properties prices are bound to rise.
Being south, Apulia has warmer weather than Northern Italy and even in the”winter months” of December to February the average number of sun hours per day is 4 and in June-August 10-11 sun hours per day! This means you can enjoy a long season of nice weather in Apulia. When you plan to buy a holiday home in Apulia think of that you will spend a lot more time outside than in the inside compared to at home. Therefore you will need plenty of terrace space, pergolas etc at your Apulian property and also cooking facilitates outside is very practical.
Firstly we are an English speaking agency based in the middle of Apulia with local experience and can guide you to get the right property at the right price for you.
Secondly we have personally inspected every property that we recommend to buy and do not list hundreds of properties but a smaller selection of properties which we believe offer good value to the buyer. In Apulia many properties are offered at unrealistic prices but we say no to sellers who want us to list properties for sale at silly prices.
We have many years of international property experience, including 10 years in London, and see investments in Apulia through an international perspective. We have been active in several EU property markets and specialise in property management to ensure well maintained property for growth in property value.
– acting for the buyer – and not for the seller – by searching the market for the right property, negotiate the price and give advise through the buying process leading to completion of the purchase
– property management; we look after your property when you are away and ensure it is in perfect condition when you arrive. We will prepare a maintenance plan for annual maintenance and repairs of you property, which is essential to maintain and increase the property’s value
– project management; we can act as you local representative and manage any renovation or refurbishment. We will also advise on any value added measures which could further enhance the capital growth of your property.
– lettings- we can assist you in the letting of you property and check in your tenants, deposit taking, checking out & inventory control.
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