A colonial villa set in the heart of a 100 acre organic olive grove within the Gargano national park, surrounded by the ancient Foresta Umbra but only 5 minutes drive to the nearest beach & dramatic coastline with many boat trips to explore the caves and nearby islands.
The Villa is curently converted into 3 sepereate apartments, but can easuily be restored into one grand house. It has beautiful original features like a large salon area for lounging and dining leading and a beautiful balcony with fantastic views across the oilve groves owned by the property. It has a well equipped kitchens, and a master bedroom with ensuite, along with other shower roooms and bedrooms to accomodate multiple guests.
The apartment and grounds have been restored to a very high standard and are well equipped for families to dine, lounge & play both indoors and out, with 24/7 internet access.
The bedrooms, balcony & terrace have breath-taking views over the estate which occupies Vallecoppa ‘the cup of the valley’, quite often at dusk you can see the family of wild boar descend from the forest to munch on the windfall apples in the orchard.
Things to do: During the summer season there are local restaurants, shops & bakery 5mins drive and the villa is equidistant from Peschici & Vieste 20 mins drive. A perfect area for watersports, fishing, diving, hiking and boat excursions. Enchanting historic centres in both Vieste & Peschici provide many excellent restaurants and a full assortment of shops.
During October, November & December try an adventurous excursion with a fantastic local chef, Mario runs Ristorante al Trabucco which has recently been awarded Best Seafood Restaurant in Puglia 2010 by the gourmet guide “LA PUGLIA E SERVITA”. The excursions vary and could be mushroom picking in the Foresta Umbra, fishing off the Trabucco (old wooden fishing platform jutting off a cliff) or visiting the local fruit & vegetable garden to pick your supper. You then join Mario in his kitchen to cook what you have picked or caught and enjoy with some carefully selected Puglian wine.
Puglia and The Gargano National Park: Puglia at its most fascinating and bold: all dramatic coastline, stunning beaches and ancient olive groves. The Vallecoppa estate is off the beaten track, the Gargano national park countryside is unspoilt and still a habitat for wild flowers, interesting birdlife and animals such as wild pigs, boar and deer.
The Gargano Peninsula is listed on an exclusive list of cultural heritage areas of Europe. Covering religion, arts, handicrafts, biology, zoology and folkloristic heritage. More than 300 specimens of orchids are found here, and more than 2000 zoological species are unique to the area.
During Spring & Autumn the climate is warm alike northern European summer temperature.
The Local Area: This area is reknowned for its numerous religious and cultural festivals: Vico has a St Valentino fiesta on the 14th Feb. Vieste has its main religious fiesta between 6th - 10th May, in honour of St Maria di Merino the local saint of the sea. The main procession is on the 9th May when you can follow the saint on her march from Vieste to the St Maria di Merino church 5 minutes from Vallecoppa. This is an all day event with a candle lit procession back to Vieste in the evening and a massive firework display to rival any new year celebration. Peschici has its main religious fiesta between 17th - 22nd July, in honour of St Elia also with several grand firework displays and fantastic party atmosphere.
The beach closest to Vallecoppa 'Spiagga Lunga' is the centre of watersports on the peninsular with many watersport centres open for all levels of expertise from the beginner to the expert in windsurfing and kitesurfing. This beach becomes a hive of activity in May & June.
The Vallecoppa Estate is a 100 acre olive grove and fruit orchard hidden within Puglia's beautiful Gargano National Park. Vallecoppa nestles between the ancient Umbra Forest and Adriatic Sea on the tip of the Gargano peninsular. The Business creates several types of award winning extra virgin olive oil and offers multiple active holiday rental opportunities.