— How would you describe your vacation home in a few words?
— Cliff House terrace
— What is the history of the house? What was your inspiration to renovate it?
We didn’t have much experience in restoring something like it before, so we had to find the right team to help us. Its sensitive position on top of cliffs and the narrow street it is located on required most things to be done by hand. Including the time it took to get all the necessary permits, it took a total of three years to renovate the building.”
— View of Polignano a Mare
— Can you describe the interior design and the atmosphere of the rental?
My husband and I were both in charge of the interior decoration and since we are close to Africa, it was important to have some of the spirit of African crafts and color included into the design. Together with Scandinavian influences and the original Puglian style, which is simple and essential, we were able to blend and complement notes from those three cultures.
As for the atmosphere, the most amazing feeling about the house is when you’re outside and look at the house itself. It looks typical of the area, but once you enter, there’s an immediate sense of awe. You have an amazing view of the sea right off the cliffs and due to the cellar full of water the house always stays cool, even during the hot summer months.”
— Please tell us about the different rooms and facilities of the home.
On the second floor are two big double rooms. One is the master bedroom that faces the sea, which has its own big bathroom and a TV room. The other has a loft that can accommodate another two people. On the third floor is the roof terrace where we have a kitchenette and bathroom as well as six sunbeds and a small dipping pool. The house sits 22 meters above the sea, so you really get a sense of that natural world and feel you’re on your own isolated island from up there. It’s a million dollar view where you can have a candlelight dinner.”
— Main terrace
— Do you offer your guests any other services?
— What’s so special about the house to you personally?
I also love the feeling of isolation, which you get from facing the sea, when you see nothing besides nature and the wide open ocean. Yet once you walk out of the main door, you are in a very busy town with lots of things to see and do.”