Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish all our Wonderful Guests and Guests to be A Blissfull Holiday Season and  A Prosperous Year Ahead!

Instead of Christmas cards and gifts this year we have given a little something to those in greater need than any of us, through UNICEF.

Gåvobevis Karl

Gåvobevis Domherre

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Hope to see you in 2015!

Linda, Rita & The Dogs


Good Memories…

… are often created at Villa Ottilia when we get a group of people together! To see new friendships flourish, old friendships spring back to life or love grow stronger is like magic to us.  All our guests have made a choice to spend their valuable time-off here. A choice that we greatly appreciate and honor, by doing everything we can to make sure you return home with a bouqet of memories.
These are some photos which resemble great memories for us and many more!

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If you want more quick bits of Villa Ottilia this is the place:
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Road Trip Salento

A couple of days ago the family packed ourselves in the little Opel and took off to round the “heel of the boot”.
Oria-Otranto via Brindisi/Lecce just to avoid small towns and roads didn’t offer any surprises. As we reached Otranto we parked in one of the big parking lots and strolled down to the harbor. Enjoyed a Pistacchio Gelato and coffee.

Otranto

Otranto

We planned to lay on the beach for a while but it was packed and not too appealing so we strolled through the old town and Cathedral.

Cathedral of Otranto

Cathedral of Otranto

 

Beautiful Murials

Beautiful Murials

 

More Beautiful Murials

More Beautiful Murials

...and more...

…and more…

Incredible Ceiling

Incredible Ceiling

Mosaic Flooring to die for...

Mosaic Flooring to die for…

Skulls & bones of 800 Otranto habitants...

Skulls & bones of 800 Otranto habitants…

Then we got back in the car and continued down the coast. Not very easy to find the right way, but after twisting and turning a bit we got onto SP87 to SP358 and stayed on it all the way passing all these lovely places:

Porto Badisco, not much happening there but quaint...  We continued!

Porto Badisco, not much happening there but quaint… We continued!

The back of an AMAZING mansion in Santa Cesarea Terme

The back of an AMAZING mansion in Santa Cesarea Terme

 

The front...

The front…

Santa Cesarea Terme, a place to return to!!!

Santa Cesarea Terme, a place to return to!!!

This place seemed to offer th best view and hopefully the best food....  Great anticipation....

This place seemed to offer the best view and hopefully the best food…. Great anticipation….

Bigger than ours, but now we know what to look forward too!  Or maybe it requires stunning views to grow this massively?

Bigger than ours, but now we know what to look forward too! Or maybe it requires stunning views to grow this massively?

View from our table

View from our table

My View!

My View!

Castro Mansion

Castro Mansion

 

Castro Marina

Castro Marina

The most amazing view of the trip! Ciolo I'll be back!

The most amazing view of the trip! Ciolo I’ll be back!

 

Quite a walk for a dip, but seems worth it! Ciolo

Quite a walk for a dip, but seems worth it! Ciolo

 

Santa Maria di Leuca, the southern most tip of Italy and our goal for the trip.  Delivered!!!

Santa Maria di Leuca, the southern most tip of Italy and our goal for the trip. Delivered!!!

This foto doesn't do justice to the amount of gorgeous mansions here, but as a driver I had to focus on the road instead....  Therefor only this...

This foto doesn’t do justice to the amount of gorgeous mansions here, but as a driver I had to focus on the road instead…. Therefor only this…

We turned back and drove via Gallipoli on the way home, just passing the outskirts as we were all sightseed out! But do we recommend the trip highly!!!

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Birthday Celebration at Villa Ottilia

Right now we have a V.I.P guest, my dad! He turned 70 yesterday and despite some recent serious health issues I think he was a true champion, celebrating all day and the final was of course on the dance floor!

Dad & Aunt

Dad & Aunt


Birthday Lunch

Birthday Lunch


Cooling off

Cooling off


Spritz mingle, pre dinner

Spritz mingle, pre dinner


Party

Party


Dance

Dance


Dance...

Dance…


Dance...

Dance…


Thank You all for yesterday, it was a memorable day for us!

Isabel Marant Shoes

The last 3 weeks in pictures….

Blogging in the midst of summer is not so easy as a B&B owner, luckily! We feel so blessed for having such great guests, wouldn’t wanna change the way Villa Ottilia has turned out to be! A great mix of new guests, returning guests & friends.
This week we’re giving all our attention to one guest, which means that we have a little bit of blooging time available 🙂
Here it goes:

Big clean up in the herbal zone!

Big clean up in the herbal zone!


Wonder when these ghost looking packages of herbs will be done?

Wonder when these ghost looking packages of herbs will be done?


Across the olive groves and wineyards, just a stone throw away we enjoyed a progressive"Carmen" which took us through the Opera and Masseria Terra Marina all at once.

Across the olive groves and wineyards, just a stone throw away we enjoyed a progressive”Carmen” which took us through the Opera and Masseria Terra Marina all at once.

Thank You, to all the wonderful performers!!

Thank You, to all the wonderful performers!!


Oria Jazz 2014, in the Piazza in front of the Basilica.

Oria Jazz 2014, in the Piazza in front of the Basilica.

What a back drop, dramatic to say the least.

What a back drop, dramatic to say the least.


Some Mid Season Maintenance

Some Mid Season Maintenance

Living in Puglia requires yearly refreshing!

Living in Puglia requires yearly refreshing!


When the plums are ripe, you better get to them immediately or else it is all on the ground...

When the plums are ripe, you better get to them immediately or else it is all on the ground…

This time marmelade making with lemon & ginger

This time marmelade making with lemon & ginger


Plums, plums, plums...  Three liters of Plum Saunce should get us through the winter and all the dumpling making planned! Might use some for a pork roast as well...

Plums, plums, plums… Three liters of Plum Saunce should get us through the winter and all the dumpling making planned! Might use some for a pork roast as well…

That’s it for today folks, we’ll be back with some party photos next week surely as we are celebrating a 1944 birthday boy for the whole week!!!


Puglia Summer

Busy days has passed and busy days ahead but a quick trip to the beach with a stop at Tutti Frutti was a must do, a very enjoyable must do!

Doesn't get much better than this!

Doesn’t get much better than this!

A Seafood lovers dream

A Seafood lovers dream

I love this pasta, love....

I love this pasta, love….


Loquat, Nespola, Mispel…

Got up bright and early yesterday to get my fruits picked before sun would heat them up too much, no risk for that as I instead got drenched in the early morning rain… Anyway, cleaning Nespola in order to make marmelade is quite a task, I think it took me just under 4 hours to clean enough fruit to get me 2,6kg…

Nespole picked

Nespole picked


Nespole cooking

Nespole cooking


We are now offering quite a selection of ecological goodies at V.O. All very locally produced and the latest addition is the home made variety of soaps made by Francesca and sold here. I have been using a lavender scrub for about a week now, liking it a lot!
Marmelades, wines, soaps & oils all ecological and locally produced!!!

Marmelades, wines, soaps & oils all ecological and locally produced!!!


Close up of the lovely soaps!

Close up of the lovely soaps!


A pie day!

As a follow up of yesterdays blogg, we made a Rhubarb pie today:

Rhubarb Pie w Ice Cream

Rhubarb Pie w Ice Cream


I guess by beeing caught up in using the seasonal harvest we made an Asparagus pie with shrimps and Feta cheese:
Asparagus Pie

Asparagus Pie

Buonanotte Tutti!


Dear Delivery from the North of Sweden

We’ve tried several times to grow “Rhubarb” here, with no luck. Knowing that a garden-lover was about to arrive I very nicely asked if a couple of stems would fit in her suit case. They did!! Tomorrow Rhubarb pie with vanilla ice cream, Rossi are you coming? 🙂

Västerbottens Folkblad & Rhubarbs

Västerbottens Folkblad & Rhubarbs


We also got “the real version” of a newspaper that we were mentioned in recently, front page foto was a surprise to me! Cool!
Our “BIG” project is ready, we are super happy with the result:
Project ready!

Project ready!