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Villa Cardo, a dreamy holiday home in Puglia

August 30, 2019
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Villa Cardo, a dreamy holiday home in Puglia

A dreamy holiday home in Puglia (Italy).

Designed for a couple who wanted a peaceful summer retreat, Villa Cardo is a four-bedroom dwelling located amidst olive groves in the village of Carovigno and inspired by local architecture: Studio Andrew Trotter modelled the residence on traditional cubic houses and used local construction techniques to make the building light and airy.

Consequently, to reduce its dependence on air conditioning or heating, Villa Cardo has been contructed from the local sandstone called Tufo (that has a high thermal mass) and features typical vaulted ceilings and cut-outs in the facades designed to cool the houses.

Finished with a chalky-white paint, the house includes four bedrooms and large entertainment areas, including a basement cinema room, living room and large dining room; there are also a TV room alongside a bathroom and a Turkish bath with an outdoor shower.

In addition, the master bedroom has its own veranda that looks out over the sea, a private garden and an outdoor bath and shower.

Each room is simple and basic: local limestone floors are dressed with a mix of vintage furniture teamed with Ghost sofas by Gervasoni, dining chairs by Fredericia and lamps by Flos and Santa Cole; the bathrooms and kitchen are lined with a bespoke terrazzo finish by Huguet Mallorca.

Then, a small century-old outbuilding that was formerly used to store the tools and the olives has been transformed into a separate bathroom and guest house that can accommodate two people: it sits opposite the main house behind a linear pool and an outdoor kitchen, sheltered by a bamboo canopy and provided with a wood-fired oven, dining terrace, sofa, and sun beds.

Let yourself relax in a total white paradise.

Photography is by Salva Lopez.