Nature park Palude del Capitano between Nardó and Porto Cesareo used to be the domain of farmers and shepherds. An old estate as well as trulli and pajare (shepherds’ houses) scattered far across the landscape still bear witness today of the former settlement. Casa La Pajara used to be part of it, but now lies resplendent in the midst of gnarled olive trees on a fenced 10,000 m2 property.
The house is imbued with a special aura, simply by its conical architectural style and its impressive and at the same time elegant stone walls. But it can also be felt inside – the owning couple has considered every detail. Each piece of furniture, each object, each antique tells a story and is proof of the owners’ passion for the sea, for seafaring, art and architecture.
The real gem of this accommodation, however, is found hidden behind the house. There, in the midst of rocks, olive trees and fragrant macchia, lies a small, natural grotto which is fed by a subterranean river. So on (very) hot days you don't have to go far to cool off. You might think this is simply perfect, but, believe it or not, a small waterfall babbling down over the rocky wall of the 'bathing grotto' and creating, quite naturally, a pleasant holiday atmosphere tops it off.
Casa La Pajara includes the original, conical main house (the pajara) with flat roof and two adjoining buildings. Altogether 90 m² offer enough space for up to four persons to enjoy wonderful and relaxing holidays far from any hustle and bustle.
The holiday home has got two bedrooms, a bathroom, a large eat-in kitchen and a separate living room. The latter is furnished with a sofa, wicker furniture and TV. Two doors open onto the outdoor area – one onto the spacious terrace and one onto a screened-off area with grill and outdoor shower.
In the living room as well as in the adjacent double bedroom, you cannot but notice that passionate seafarers have been at work. Old ship’s wheels adorn the two rooms and remind you of how close to the sea you are.
In the bedroom, which is also called "La Stanza del Capitano" (captain’s room), you find further evidence of this passion for seafaring: ropes and a striking painting at the head of the double bed, which was painted specifically for this house by a friend, a renowned artist.
The second bedroom lies next to the kitchen in the original main house. By tradition, this room measured only a few square meters and was used as a shelter by the shepherds during their lunch break. The way it is designed and laid-out today you are sure to feel comfortable. You can arrange the two beds to form a double or push them apart.
While renovating the estate, the owners took great care to preserve the authentic, traditional charm of the building. Nevertheless, you need not do without modern comfort in the large eat-in kitchen with its elegant, well-appointed kitchen unit (incl. gas stove, refrigerator with freezer compartment, microwave, toaster, immersion blender, water boiler, dish washer). There's a fireplace in the kitchen, which, if used, warms up the whole house.
The bathroom, which is located in the rear part of Casa La Pajara, is divided into two areas – an area with washbasin, mirror and stone bathtub and an area with WC, bidet and shower cabin.
Furnishing of the holiday home also includes: washing machine, fans, air conditioning, children’s bed.
The spacious, furnished terrace behind the house is accessible from the kitchen and from the living room. It offers a view across the partly rocky premises, which are surrounded by a dry stone wall, towards the picturesque bathing grotto. While the water flows gently down the rocks and the sun bathes the small lake in sparkling green and blue, take it easy on the loungers and give in to the pleasures of your holidays in Apulia.
Parking: You can park your car on the fenced premises in front of the house.
Holiday home Casa La Pajara is only about 800 m from the sea and the white sandy beaches of Sant’Isidoro. At the small town, grocery stores, bars and restaurants are open during summer. Year-round shopping is possible at Nardó. The small Baroque town ca. 10 km from the holiday home is really worth a closer look.
Masseria Bellimonte, ca. 250 m off, is a former estate where you can buy excellent cheese and various other dairy products typical for the region.
Torre Uluzzo, about 5 km south of the holiday home, marks the beginning of nature oasis Porto Selvaggio with its fantastic rocky and sandy bays. It is also the place where an extraordinary discovery was made: The first Neanderthal, worldwide, and 40,000 year old traces of settlement were found in the grottos beneath the tower.
Important, please note: Due to the lay of the property, the rocky grounds around the bathing grotto, Casa La Pajara is not suitable for children under 10 years of age.
Nearest train station: Gallipoli (ca. 20 km)
Information about the town of Nardò and about regional park Porto Selvaggio
The exact address and the information about the details of your journey are included in the booking confirmation.
|Rental period||Holiday home (4 pers.)|
|14.10.23 - 31.12.23||Holiday home (4 pers.) 1.150 EUR|
|30.03.24 - 20.04.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 1.400 EUR|
|20.04.24 - 08.06.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 1.475 EUR|
|08.06.24 - 29.06.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 1.800 EUR|
|29.06.24 - 20.07.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 2.050 EUR|
|20.07.24 - 27.07.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 2.450 EUR|
|27.07.24 - 17.08.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 2.650 EUR|
|17.08.24 - 31.08.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 2.450 EUR|
|31.08.24 - 14.09.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 2.050 EUR|
|14.09.24 - 12.10.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 1.600 EUR|
|12.10.24 - 31.12.24||Holiday home (4 pers.) 1.400 EUR|
Prices are valid per week and for the number of persons given in brackets, bed linen, towels and final cleaning included.
Deposit: € 250 - due upon arrival
Minimum stay: 7 nights. In travel periods Oct. 14th - Dec. 23rd 2023 and Oct. 12th - Dec. 31st 2024 minimum stay is 4 nights (price per night: € 225). In travel period July 27th - Aug. 31st 2024 minimum stay is 14 nights. For bookings of 14 nights in this period there is a 5% discount.
Day of arrival & departure for 7-night stays: Saturday; during low season according to prior agreement
Internet upon request (please advise when booking): one Prepaid-SIM card (100 GB) free of charge; each further SIM card upon request and for a fee
Wood for the fireplace (during low season) and for the grill is provided free of charge.
Use of air conditioning: 80 kWh free of charge, use of more charged on site with € 0.60/ kWh