by William Henry Davies
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
Relax Puglia Limited values its beneficial alliance with home owners, suppliers and personnel. Together we inspire travelers, like us, from around the world, to the southernmost region of Italy, in Puglia, because it is magical, fascinating and unforgettable.
Selecting one of our holiday homes and using our enhanced company services; empowers and promotes Puglia’s growth in an environment of sustainable tourism. The integrity of Puglia’s culture, wine and culinary heritage, traditions and customs are conserved with mutual blessing.
Fourteen years ago, travelling alone, I, Colleen Boot of British origin, landed at Bari airport via France, where I lived at the time; when Bari Karol Wojtyła was just a hub for local traffic and the car hire centre was a portacabin next door; I was heading in the general direction of Alberobello, for a long weekend. Perhaps because Puglia is naturally seductive, fascinating and alluring; a place where it is still possible to lose yourself in; that I was so enamored.
Less than a year later, I transferred mind, body and soul to Ostuni, Puglia. Networking was challenging to say the least, as was the language barrier. However, with a little time and more luck, I found some freelance work, doing simple translations for a real estate agency with internationally based clients and from there I slowly built up my contacts and portfolio of services.
Armed with a new found vocabulary of building and housing terms, I began assisting clients in restoration projects, taking them through building regulations and architectural demands. An exhilarating and challenging period. Good grounding for the Project Management* days ahead and a lesson on how to get ahead in a Masculine environment.
The boom in real estate investment assisted the growth in demand for the annual house and rental management services too. Owners assets entrusted into my hands, our hands at Relax Puglia, to meet the challenges of annual maintenance requirements, inherited administration issues*, land and gardening upkeep, bureaucratic requirements and contractual hiatuses. In 2013, Relax Puglia added holiday villa rentals, to compliment the portfolio of services.
Maintaining personal contact with our guests is important to me. I am fortunate to have a friendly, constructive team, who are available throughout our guests’ holiday period to organize activities and services and deal timely with any issues.
All our properties are supplied with guides of the Area and the Property. Equally we can help you with bespoke tours, in-house chef, restaurant bookings, shopping and wine delivery, in-house massage, taxi and airport transfers.
The rental listing is carefully selected, properties offered by owners who have nurtured and sought to achieve a surprise for their guests; accommodation that goes beyond somewhere to lay one’s hat.
My belief is that holiday homes should be a place to be felt and experienced with emotions and made one’s own, a place that becomes a part of us, stays with us, when the holiday has ended. A place that takes a niche in our thoughts and beckons us to return.
Puglia is a slow growth holiday destination, where culture and traditions are proudly present. We are thrilled to be a part of its awakening and I wholeheartedly, hope our guests become as enamored with Puglia as I did fourteen years ago; of course, I do not expect you to come and live here! 😉