Vivacious Jane Shaw is a potter, textile designer and former teacher, who gives tailormade courses in her workshop. She has carried out extensive works on her house, at the heart of which is a delightful little trullo... it's a lovely vibrant place in which to live and work. There are just two rooms in the guest wing (let to one party) with a private bathroom between. The bedrooms are charming – terracotta floors, a Deco bed from Naples, her daughter's artwork, garden views – and have a happy, homely feel. Guests are also free to relax in Jane's large sitting room with its sofas and wood-burner. You breakfast – lavishly – in the wonderfully lofty kitchen, with three skylights and a wall of wood-framed glass. This overlooks the garden, a work in progress... so far Jane has planted oranges and lemons alongside 40 established olive trees, a goat-shaped piece of driftwood and a small hexagonal plunge pool for bobbing about. There's also an outdoor eating area, all mismatched wooden furniture and lanterns – lovely.
- Alastair Sawday's Review
We have just returned from a lovely week in Puglia and stayed at the wonderful Vivificante property.
Jane is a fabulous host and helped make our week as enjoyable as she possibly could! We are a family of four with two young children and hence being able to keep them interested and active is important. Jane was a great help with ideas for days out. The pool at the property is shallow so was perfect for our girls. Jane’s garden is beautifully kept with plenty of areas to play and relax. We also had a meal cooked by Jane on our final night which was a nice treat, it was fantastic. We look forward to returning, ciao!
- Malachy, Liverpool, UK, August 2016
Visited as a group of 4 last year and received a warm welcome. It is a very friendly place and near to many restaurants but also secluded enough to be quiet and peaceful in the evenings. It is also an excellent location for visiting most of Puglia.
- Vivienne, Doncaster, UK, October 2015
It is such a lottery booking a B&B on line but this year we really turned up trumps. Vivificante is in a quiet bit of countryside not far from the hill town Ceglie-Messápica, (great shopping, restaurants, markets and old winding streets).
One enters first into the cool, almost hobbit like interior of an old trullo, and then, behind that Jane has developed an entirely peaceful spacious dwelling surrounded by an artistic garden made up of wild flowers, cactus plants, stone circles, sculptures and of course olive trees.
Very comfortable room, delicious breakfasts and our own little private pool! We thoroughly recommend staying at Vivificante.
- Liz & Michael Dunne, June 2015
Jane has created an inviting place to stay in a romantic area of Puglia. She is an artist and her home is decorated with her wonderful pieces. Our rooms were comfortable and clean. Jane is knowledgeable of things to do and places to eat and she was able to send us to some nearby restaurants where we had great meals. We plan to return next year and will stay with Jane if possible.
- Nancy & Mike, US, October 2014
We had a wonderful 9 days at Jane’s lovely house. It was relaxed, friendly and comfortable. The pool and gardens are delightful and we picked our own fresh figs for breakfast! Jane was welcoming and so helpful. She sent us off to restaurants and beaches we would not have found without her.
We felt we were staying with a friend rather than a hostess. Cannot recommend Vivificante highly enough!
- Sheila & Frederico, September 2014
We visited Jane’s interesting Trullo house early in the season and we were not disappointed. We were pointed in the right direction for places to see and eat, all of which were well researched and worthwhile. Jane really put herself out to ensure that we had a good time and was most helpful with a local garage sorting out a problem with our hire car. The pottery was a bonus and great fun. She is a talented potter and helped us to produce something worthy of keeping! Interesting area and good central location.
- Frances & Robert, March 2014
We stayed at Vivificante for the whole of our 10 day visit and had a fantastic time. Jane worked tirelessly everyday to ensure that we could do the things that we had planned, including making sure that my pots were fired and glazed ready for the trip home. She is an authentic member of the community with lots of Italian friends and a real expert on the local, food, restaurants, and the most interesting places to visit. We were so relaxed at the end of our stay that we missed the plane home, but not to worry as Jane there with advice that we needed to solve the problem!
We would visit again.
- Pat & Bob Barber, UK, July 2012
We spent a memorable week with Jane. She is a most encouraging and supportive teacher and we spent a truly enjoyable and productive day under her tuition throwing and turning pots. I personally gained the precious gift of confidence from Jane in my ability to throw pots, something that I had lacked before spending the day in her studio. She provided us with a lunch of the best lasagne any of us had ever tasted. Jane is a mine of information on food and the local area. The evening she booked for us at a fish restaurant was a first class culinary experience we will never forget. Jane is a most generous and fun host and this approach is reflected in the relaxing and beautiful accommodation and gardens she has created at Vivificante.
- Georgina, UK, May 2011
Vivificante is a delightful place in a fascinating and as yet uncommercialised part of Italy. The house and garden are comfortable and relaxing, with al fresco breakfasts, lots of shady areas to lounge around in, and a plunge pool and bocce court for more energetic moments. Jane is a most welcoming host. She clearly loves the area and has a wealth of local knowledge that she is very ready to share with her guests. On her recommendation, we visited and thoroughly enjoyed small towns, beaches and restaurants that the average tourist would be unlikely to find. If you are looking for a relaxed, informal, but stylish and very comfortable place to stay in an interesting part of southern Italy, Vivificante is definitely worth a visit.
- Martin, UK, September 2010
We had a wonderful five days at Vivificante. Jane is a great hostess, and a brilliant guide to the local area - her tips on restaurants and beaches sent us to lovely places we would never have found on our own. The house and garden are beautiful and homely - breakfast on the terrace and a lazy morning by the plunge pool were some of our favourite parts of our stay. I defy anyone to visit and not feel vivified!
- Sarah & Stevie, UK, September 2010
We had a wonderful week-long stay in Vivificante over Easter. The house is both laid back and stylish, comfortable and full of character, with lots of thoughtful touches. We were very well looked after – nice, leisurely breakfasts, books to read, helpful suggestions on what to do and where to go, etc. We felt very much at home in such a relaxed atmosphere. Our hostess Jane was friendly and gracious, and made us feel welcome straight away. The location in the countryside was perfect for us and there is a lot to see in the surrounding area. We highly recommend this place.
- Caragh & Eugene, Spain, March 2010
Our stay with you was an experience I will never forget. Your warm personality made us feel so welcome and the experience of staying in a trullo was very special but best of all was the potting lesson. I have always hankered to throw a pot or two and under your experienced guidance produced two pots of which I am very proud
- Lizzie & Jonathan, Derbyshire, September 2009
The house is a work of art in itself…
- Mary, Southampton, May 2009
The morning we spent in the pottery was one of my holiday highlights.
- Alison, UK, June 2008
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