This 100 square metre, luxury, newly restored apartment in Monopoli occupies the top floor of an early 19th century aristocratic 'palazzo' in the heart of the 'centro storico' (the old town), and is reached via a wide stone communal staircase. Centrally located between the old fishing port, the San Carlo Castle and Piazza Palmieri it is ideal for those who who want to be in the heart of the action. Shops, bars and restaurants are on your doorstep whilst both the daily fruit, veg and fish market and the nearest beach are just a 5-minute stroll through the narrow, shady streets. The railway station, located in the new town 'il borgo' is a 15-minute walk. In the morning the town is busy with fisherman and shoppers but in the early afternoon the shutters go down and silence is sacred. In the evenings the town is buzzing again with people of all ages on their evening promenade; most of the restaurants don't stop serving till midnight for the locals who typically stay out until the early hours of the morning.
The apartment has been sympathetically restored by local craftsmen,and is tastefully furnished with quality fixtures and fittings. It is very spacious, light and airy with tiled floors, white stucco walls, some of which have exposed 'tufo' stone, high ceilings and large windows on four sides which, together with the thick stone walls, keep the flat cool in summer and warm in the winter. All the windows have internal shutters and there is central heating for the winter months. There is a large dining kitchen, a sitting room, 2 large double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, an ensuite shower room and a utility room. There is a 90 square metre private roof terrace with French doors from the largest bedroom and kitchen, and another communal terrace with sea view above the flat.
The sitting room has a large leather sofa, television, dvd player and ipod speakers. There is a selection of DVDs, CDs, books and guide books. A carved wooden cabinet houses board games and children's toys.
The main bedroom is particularly spacious with a large double bed (160 x 200 cm), bedside cabinets, a double wardrobe and chest of drawers. There is a small double sofabed (140 x 200 cm). French doors open onto the private roof terrace.
The main bedroom has an ensuite shower room with travertine marble lined walls, a large walk in shower, basin with cabinets above and below, and low level suspended WC and bidet.
The other bathroom is fully tiled and has a shower over the bath. It has a low level suspended wc and bidet and a mirrored cabinet over the sink.
The second bedroom has a large double iron bed (160 x 200 cms), fitted wardrobes, mahogany chest of drawers and bedside cabinets. This bedroom is at the opposite end of the flat from the other and just along the corridor from the bathroom, ensuring complete privacy if required.
The spacious kitchen/diner opens directly onto the private roof terrace. It is fully equipped with fridge and dishwasher and an electric oven and large gas hob which are set into the chimney. There is a kettle and toaster. The work surfaces are made of local Trani marble. There is a dining table and chairs to seat eight. The utility room has a second fridge with freezer, and washing machine. Constant hot water is supplied by the gas boiler.
The 900sqft sunny south-facing private terrace features a large covered area with teak table and chairs, adorned with bouganvillea, jasmine, geraniums and other typical local plants. Note, although the terrace is fully enclosed by railings we recommend young children should not be left unsupervised on the terrace.
There is also a second roof terrace above the apartment, access to which is shared with 2 other apartments. This is reached from the communal stairs. The terrace is extremely sunny and has views over the port. Again, for safety reasons young children should be supervised at all times on this terrace.