Attractive country home in the peaceful and charming countryside of Puglia.
The property sits hidden in a secluded area where many historic Trulli can be found in fields of olive trees, often the ground is just a red sea of poppies, the entire area as far as you can see from the property then resembles a wonderful and very pretty parkland.
The property consists of two buildings and 18,000 sqm of mature olive groves, more is available adjacent to the house, The main house is a fully renovated Trullo with Lamia. The Trullo opposite has been restored to builder's finish ("al grezzo") and provides an additional two double bedrooms (one with en suite) and a kitchen.
The main house (70 m2) has a Trullo cone where the bathroom is situated and a barrel vaulted ceiling in the double bedroom (where the pictures show a king size bed currently), at present the lamia part of the house functions as a living room / kitchenette and there is also a single bedroom which would be an ideal study room..
Absolutely everything has been renewed in the main house, including all new bespoke double glazed doors and windows. The main house has also had its Chianche stone roof restored and all joints freshly sealed. Decoration inside is conservative and in keeping with the age of the house, there are nice touches such as exposed stonework, a good sized fireplace with log burning stove and wall niche's too.
Outside there is a restored full size walk-in Pizza Oven, fully functional, used also as a wine cantina and a handy larder room as well as for storing wood for the log burning stove, as it is a quite large dry stone structure, easily the size of another double bedroom.
There is an additional tool store / deposito with water supply and drainage, ideal for a utility room. The space formed by the shape of the deposito and the arched wall outside becomes a courtyard for outside breakfasting in the shade.
The main house has its own solar energy system, providing sufficient to run our twin tub washing machine, gas central heating, fridge, TV/sat/DVD, the alarm system, all internal and external lighting as well as pumping water from the well for the bathroom and kitchen. The system is very efficient owing to the use of the highest quality components and best of all there are NO BILLS at all. Since it has been so good, the owners did not require to be connected to mains electricity, but if you do prefer to connect to the grid (or use it as a backup) there is a written quote to connect to a meter at the perimeter of the land for less than 900 euros you can then either ask for a pole in the garden or lay the cable underground.
The access is by a short country gravel road just off a minor tarmac lane leading to San Michele, the traffic is mostly tractors or occasional cars, but they cannot be heard from the house. Closest inhabited property is over 300 metres away, but cannot be seen owing to the slight land gradient.
The area has some very impressive historic Trulli being restored nearby, which will only serve to enhance the property value once completed. The nearest town is San Michele Salentino, about ten mins by car with very nice and friendly bars, cafes, supermarkets, etc. Brindisi airport is 30mins, beaches are 30 mins, tourism has not blighted the region, and only 45 mins away is the White City of Ostuni. The region is popular with walkers, cyclist and horse riders, there are nearby equestrian centres and riding schools, wine tasting and cookery activities are also popular.
Leading through the impressive entrance onto the driveway there is approx 100 metres of private gravel drive lined with Cyprus trees, at the end of which the drive leads two different ways to access the main house and the trullo to restore, which face each other about 80 metres apart. The layout of the buildings is, in our opinion almost unique and lends itself to huge potential once properly landscaped.
Work is continuing in the large private garden, there is a gazebo / BBQ pergola under construction and the owners await permission for a 9 x 5 metre swimming pool and have put up a frame pool to cool off in the heat. Once the swimming pool is installed, the gravel path and gazebo will join the pool area, with an additional path from the historic trullo opposite. Ornamental olive trees surround the pool area creating a wonderfully calming atmosphere.
The Trullo to restore (60 m2) is a single cone trullo with a barrel vaulted ceiling inside, it was originally intended to use this as bed and breakfast guest accommodation. The area does have many successful bed and breakfast Trulli so the idea will work and generate sufficient income to make the property self sufficient when combined with the sale of olives, the EU farming contribution and the sale of wood from pruning the trees.
Offered at a competetive price, this is an opportunity for the lucky new owner to live in an impressive and very pretty Trullo in an attractive area, with a large piece of land and highly productive olive groves, situated in a secluded parkland setting with the chance to be not only self sufficient by operating a bed and breakfast business, but with the added satisfaction of being Eco friendly by consuming no on-grid energy and growing all your own fruit and vegetables too.
NOTE 1: The work on the extension is under way and will also include provision of a 9x5 swimming pool. Once completed, the current price the price will be increased to 265,000 Euros to reflect the completed work.
NOTE 2: the owners have informally agreed with the neighbouring landowner to purchase his olive groves, which will add another 30 per cent to the existing land making a total of about 26,000 m2. It would then be simpler to fence all around the property and this adds to the EU farming contribution as well as a larger olive harvest and the opportunity to build more habitable area/garage/trullo extension etc. according to the land index.
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What is the EU contribution for production of olives
The current owners receive 1,200 euros per annum from EU contribution to supporting local agricultural activities.
Is the EU contributionavailable to new owners
The current owners are registered with the local Azienda Agricole - which just requires the owners ID and address. The rights to submit payment requests is stipulated on the deeds and would be transferred to the new owner.
What income is there from sale of olives
The harvest varies but on average the owners expect 2,000 to 3,000 Euros from olive sales.
What additional income is there from sale of wood
If the trees are pruned back the wood can be sold, approx 800 Euros for the 4 particelli (land parcels) with olive trees. However, if they are all pruned there will be no harvest the following year, so they are pruned on a rotation basis.
Who carries out the work for harvesting
To harvest the olives and prune the trees the current owners use a local man who does all the work and then pays back the difference once he sells the wood and olives.