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The Owl House (La Casa Del Gufo) in Bernalda, near Matera, in Basilicata

Posti letto5
Camere da letto monolocale
Superficie 70 m²
Tipo di proprietà casa
Soggiorno minimo 3 Notti


Informazioni sulla proprietà

Restructured antique stone house in the old town, with 360-degree rooftop view

A small house on three levels, 70 square meters (about 630 square feet) plus two terrace levels with a 360 degree view of the town and the Ionian sea. Located on a quiet street with no through traffic, and ample parking on the nearby church piazza. Parking is free. The house was restored/ redone in 2014, and it displays traces of its long history, including an exposed original wall from the 1600's and floor from the early 1800's. Downstairs there is a bathroom with washing machine and shower, a fully-equipped kitchen, a living area with double sofa bed and digital television. Kitchen includes oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and tea kettle, as well as all necessary kitchen utensils. The small storage room contains shelves for storing luggage, an iron and ironing board, and an extra twin bed if needed. There is a mini split air conditioner for cooling or heating, and a small wood stove, but with walls that are many feet thick, the temperature is almost constant year round. Upstairs the loft area comprises a large bedroom space with queen bed, wardrobe, desk and credenza, and space for an extra twin bed, on request. The bedroom overlooks the downstairs area, but has black-out shades, as well as a folding screen which blocks light from the small balcony.

Upstairs from the bedroom there is a small terrace which has a private view of the church dome, which is exceptional when illuminated in the evening. The perfect place for a glass of good Aglianico! (Yes, the church tower has a bell which rings during the day, but again, with walls which are two feet thick it shouldn't be a problem.) Up again to the larger terrace area, where there is a 10 by 10 foot gazebo, barbeque, hose hook-up, and splendid views in every direction. Laundry dries incredibly fast up here. High speed internet is always available via wifi.

To make our guests feel welcome, we will be available to answer questions or help with ideas for day trips. We are happy to provide explanations of the local points of interest, including museums, restaurants, and archeological sites.

Maggiori dettagli

emails below:
Inserzionista dal 2015
Parla inglese, italiano
Tempo di risposta:
Entro un giorno
Tasso di risposta:
Ultimo aggiornamento del calendario:
19 giugno, 2018

Su emails below:

The Alianellis are a family of four: an Italian, an American, and two Italian-born dual citizen sons. Francesco was born in Bernalda, Sandra is from Austin, Texas, but has lived in Bernalda for 35 years. Sandra came to this area in 1982 to work on the excavations with the University of Texas, stayed on here, married and raised a family with her husband. They live right outside of Bernalda, on a few acres where they grow olives and wheat, tend to their animals, travel, and never have enough time to get everything done! Francesco has a beachfront business at Metaponto which is open during the summer, called the Lido Dei Gabbiani. More about that below. Sandra is an artist, doing painting drawing and ceramics, working in Italy and showing in galleries in the USA. " I have a blog about my life here and a gallery of work at: If you want to have an idea about the peculiarities of personality of the place, please read my blog!"

At Metaponto Lido: Beachfront business offering umbrella and sunbed rental, restaurant with daily offerings and plenty of delicious hand-made Italian gelato. Contact Francesco for further details, open May through September.

Lido Dei Gabbiani, viale Nettuno, Metaponto Lido (Matera).

emails below: acquistò questa casa nel 2012

Perché emails below: ha scelto Bernalda

We bought the little house with the intention of sharing it with people who wish to discover an area of Italy which is off the beaten path. We have totally restructured the inside, preserving historical details, and adding some unique tweaks. It is rather unique! The house is comfortable, quiet, and has its own personality. Francesco or Sandra should be available to help out guests if they need assistance or advice.

Basilicata, or Lucania as it was historically called, has many charms; one of the main ones being that tourists haven't really discovered it yet. So the experience of touring towns, restaurants and ancient ruins seems quite personal. Melfi, Venosa, Potenza, Gravina, Accettura, Pisticci, Maratea, etc. are all wonderful places to visit, and I always find that the road traveled to get there is at least as interesting as the towns. Matera, 22 miles away, has been chosen as a World Heritage Site and offers the most astounding views: it is a stone city, with a beehive of troglodyte dwellings burrowed into the tufo rock, and hidden Byzantine churches carved out of solid stone, their frescoes testifying to the struggles of early Christianity. "The Passion of the Christ," "King David" and "Ben Hur" were filmed in the Sassi of Matera. Tours of the city are recommended, and there are many small cafes as well as top-class restaurants and shops.

Magna Grecia was a bustling agricultural area which supplied wheat and timber to Greece during its heyday from 700 BC, when brisk trade consolidated the area as "larger Greece." It was as important as Greece itself and was the cultural and economic powerhouse of the time. Museums of the area display only a small part of what they possess. The area has a rich history which can be further discovered at the National Archeological Museum at Metaponto, or at the excavations at Metapontum, with its temples, theaters and necropoleis.

Che cosa rende questa casa unica?

Our house, which we called "La Casa del Gufo," or "The Owl House," is situated on a quiet street where there is little or no traffic. It originally comprised part of the monastery complex which occupied the area since before the middle ages, and has since seen modest modifications, but has been continuously occupied since that time. A castle (Norman, 11th century, restored by the Aragonese), and a church (built by Bernardino di Bernauda,1530) occupy the main piazza of the old town, which was originally protected by a wall encircling the houses. Inhabitants would work the fields during the day but return to the safety of the town at night, and they were protected from marauding invaders as well as malaria on their little hilltop.

The entrance to the house is in back of the church, around a quiet corner where cars rarely pass, and in fact most of the street is closed to traffic and too narrow for cars. Guests will find a newly-decorated whitewashed wall with a green door, adorned with handmade terracotta tiles and the owl, whence the name of the house, in its niche above. Quiet mornings are filled with voices, the smell of fresh laundry, and the church bell, and one can imagine having travelled back to a simpler time. A walk in the old town, Summer or Winter, in quiet streets with polished stone roads between whitewashed houses, is always a wonderful experience.

Bernalda recently has been "noticed" because of the opening of the Palazzo Margherita. It is a luxury hotel housed in a historic building, restored by Francis Ford Coppola, whose family originally came from Bernalda. I like to think that our little Owl House offers an alternative to the hotel, with its quiet location and personal appeal.

Many of the items displayed in the Museum at Metaponto were unearthed during my years with the University of Texas excavations. I (Sandra) also did many reconstructions of artifacts, as well as cranial remodeling of the ancient inhabitants.


Tipologia e caratteristiche casa in affitto in Bernalda, Italia

Tipo di casa:
  • casa
  • uso cucina
  • 70 m²
Regole della casa:
  • Occupazione max: 5
  • solo non fumatori ...
  • bambini ammessi ...
  • spiaggia
  • montagna
  • vicino al mare
  • paese
  • storico
  • attrazioni turistiche
  • aria condizionata ...
  • Asciugacapelli
  • accesso a Internet ...
  • ferro e asse da stiro
  • biancheria fornita ...
  • Living room
  • parcheggio
  • asciugamani inclusi
  • lavatrice
  • stufa a legna ...
  • macchina per caffè ...
  • Piatti e Posate
  • Cucina
  • microonde
  • forno
  • Spezie ...
  • frigorifero
  • piano cottura
  • tostapane
Per i pasti:
  • Sala da pranzo
  • sala da pranzo
  • posti a sedere per 4 persone
  • 1 bagno
  • Bagno 1 - Toilette , Box doccia , Bidet
Camere da letto :
  • - monolocale per 5 persone
  • Camera da letto 1 - 1 Letto matrimoniale , 1 Divano letto/futon , A fold-out bed is available upon request.
  • Libri
  • via satellite o cavo
  • tv
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Laguna/Pesca
  • Chiese
  • Foreste
  • Spettacoli teatrali
  • Porto turistico
  • Musei
  • Parco giochi
  • Ristoranti
  • Rovine
  • Parchi tematici
  • Parchi acquatici
  • Tour enologici
Attività di svago:
  • Beachcombing
  • Disco club
  • Turismo ecologico
  • equitazione
  • Pedalò
  • Percorsi panoramici
  • Visite turistiche
  • passeggiate
Servizi Locali e Aziende:
  • Bancomat/Banca
  • Babysitter
  • Centro fitness
  • Negozi di alimentari
  • Ospedale
  • Lavanderia a gettoni
  • Servizi medici
Sport e Attività ricreative:
  • ciclismo
  • pesca
  • Pesca d'acqua dolce
  • golf
  • Privilegi golf, opzionale
  • Escursionismo
  • caccia
  • Moto d'acqua
  • mountain bike
  • Pesca dal molo
  • vela
  • immersioni
  • sci
  • Pesca in laguna/baia
  • Pesca dalla spiaggia
  • nuoto
  • tennis
  • Gonfiabili da traino
  • windsurf


Eccezionale! 5/5 -
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The Owl House (La Casa Del Gufo) in Bernalda, near Matera, in Basilicata
valutazione media 5.0 basata su 6 recensioni

Perfetta in tutto

  • 5 of 5

Una settimana, coccolati da Francesco e da Sandra con la sua arte e sensibilità nei particolari.

Tutto perfetto,molto pulito,tutto funzionante, asciugamani, lenzuola, detersivi,stoviglie, spezie. Terrazza con lettini/sdraio e barbecue.

Posizione perfetta tra mare e entroterra, paesello da sogno e caratteristico, passeggiate mattutine per colazione e spesa tt a piedi perché vicino a l centro.

Dimenticato bambolotto della mia bimba, inviato a casa in una settimana.

Grazie a Francesco persona speciale.

Che dire i miei 2 ragazzi 10/12 anni vogliono tornare a Settembre:)

Noi appena possibile !

  • recensione inviata: 25-ago-2016
  • Data soggiorno: agosto 2016
  • Fonte: HomeAway
Risposta del proprietario: Grazie per le belle parole di apprezzamento.Spero ospitarvi nuovamente nella nostra casa. Francesco e Sandra.
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  • 5 of 5

Siamo stati in questo alloggio per una settimana, ma avremmo prolungato volentieri il nostro soggiorno perché siamo stati veramente molto bene. Ci siamo sentiti a nostro agio fin da subito, grazie alla premurosa accoglienza del signor Francesco che è stato un ospite particolarmente attento e cortese. Ci ha fornito dettagliate e precise informazioni su tutti gli aspetti relativi sia ai luoghi che alla casa. Essa è eccezionalmente bella e confortevole, arredata con buon gusto e corredata di tutto il necessario, di una pulizia impeccabile. Godibilissimi i terrazzi e la magnifica vista sulla piana, ottima la posizione centrale e tranquilla. E' stata una gradevole occasione di vivere in una realtà autentica e di coglierne lo spirito.

Laura e Sebastiano

  • recensione inviata: 17-set-2015
  • Data soggiorno: agosto 2015
  • Fonte: HomeAway
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casa bellissima in uno scenario sospeso nel tempo

  • 5 of 5

siamo stati in questa bellissima casa per una settimana e abbiamo potuto godere di tutte le comodità offerte dalla stessa e dai gentilissimi proprietari. L'appartamento, consegnatoci perfettamente pulito e riassestato, è ancora più bello di quanto si vede dalle foto e il terrazzino all'ultimo piano con vista sui tetti e sul campanile è impagabile, sia per un aperitivo al tramonto, sia per una cena a lume di candela.

Bernalda inoltre è un borgo molto bello e autentico che può costituire un'ottima base per visitare la Basilicata, una regione piena di paesaggi incantati e ancora esente dal turismo di massa.

La consiglierei senza alcun dubbio

  • recensione inviata: 24-ago-2015
  • Data soggiorno: luglio 2015
  • Fonte: HomeAway
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Basilicata da scoprire

  • 5 of 5

La casa del gufo è bellissima e confortevole;attrezzata di tutto sembra di stare a casa propria!Pulita e spaziosa,in 4 siamo stati molto comodi.Bernalda un luogo ameno dove ci si dimentica del tempo che passa,ma strategico per raggiungere le belle spiagge e la splendida Matera.Francesco il proprietario molto disponibile,ospitale e cortese.Abbiamo trascorso una favolosa vacanza con itinerari fuori dai luoghi comuni!Consigliatissima!!!

  • recensione inviata: 19-ago-2015
  • Data soggiorno: agosto 2015
  • Fonte: HomeAway
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Un accueil chaleureux et une maison agréable.

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons séjourné 3 jours dans la maison du hibou et nous avons beaucoup apprécié le cadre du village, authentique ainsi que la maison située dans la vieille ville de Bernalda qui est très agréable et confortable. Pour accéder à la terrasse, il faut grimper au 2ème étage et de là, on a une vue du clocher de l'église et au loin de la mer.

Le propriétaire nous a emmené dans le village pour nous montrer les commerces et lieux utiles et il se plie au quatre pour satisfaire au séjour de ses hôtes.

Le village se situe à une quinzaine de kms de la mer, à une cinquantaine de kms de la merveilleuse Matera, ainsi qu'à 60 kms des Dolomites.

  • recensione inviata: 4-ago-2016
  • Data soggiorno: luglio 2016
  • Fonte: Homelidays, del Gruppo HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent séjour dans la maison du hibou. Très agreable demeure avec tout le confort et un très bon accueil de la part de notre hôte. Nous la recommandons vivement !

  • recensione inviata: 30-lug-2016
  • Data soggiorno: luglio 2016
  • Fonte: HomeAway
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This area of Basilicata has many charms, one of the main ones being that tourists are less ubiquitous and the experience of discovering towns, restaurants and ancient ruins seems quite personal. Magna Grecia was a bustling area which supplied wheat and timber to Greece during its reign as leader of the world around 700 BC. The sheer quantity of archeological artifacts can be overwhelming, and the museums of the area display only a small part of what they possess. More recently Matera, 22 miles away, has been chosen as a World Heritage Site and offers an amazing stone city, with its beehive of cave dwellings and hidden frescoed Byzantine churches carved out of solid stone. Tours of the city are recommended, and there are many small cafes as well as top-class restaurants.

People who are looking for a change from the usual overcrowded museums and sights will adore exploring Basilicata. Bring your walking shoes and make sure to rent a car as well.


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We hope that our guests are aware that HomeAway has instituted "service fees" on rentals. As owners we are very unhappy with this "improvement" which adds a percentage to the reservation price and provides... something, I suppose, for the guests. The fee goes in its entirety to HomeAway. Last season all of our guests paid through bank transfer upon confirmation of their reservation. All were happy and satisfied with the arrangement, as were we. Please feel free to reserve in the way you, as guests, feel most comfortable. We are sure you will try to be well-informed on the policies of HomeAway and their associated businesses.
A welcome basket filled with local food items will be available, on request, for our guests to find upon their arrival. Please let us know if you will be requesting this item. Cost is an additional (one-time) 19 Euros.

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