Smile :-)

Tomorrow is World Smile Day. Sometimes all it takes to make your day better is a smile. Small acts of kindness can bring a bright smile to someone who has otherwise had a terrible day and can change everything that follows. For this reason today I’ll make some soap bars which I want to send to 5 people, on December 1st, so that they receive this gift just in time for Christmas.

Today is International Coffee Day. Coffee yes, but how? Among the millions of ways to use coffee, I’m going to use the coffee grounds from my morning coffee in one of the soaps. Since not everyone loves coffee, I’ll also be making Rooibos tea soap.

I love to get postcards and letters sent through regular mail so if you want to have
a chance of receiving two of these soaps, all you need to do is send me a postcard or a letter on World Post Day – October 9th.

On November 3rd we’ll announce on FB who the 5 winners are, drawn from all those who have send a postcard/letter to the following address: J. Noorland, Via Brindisi 6, 72019 San Vito dei Normanni (Br) – including the sender’s address.

Daily Special of today 29th August 2020

For all those who book today, 29 August 2020, the lamia during the period of October 2020 – March 2021 (for at least one week) there will be a 50% discount on the rental fee (costst for electricity and gas excluded). But that is not all. Today is our wedding anniversary and if you, with your booking, can guess how many years we are married we will add an extra 10% discount.

This means that you can have a discount of up to 60% on the Lamia Pellegrino rental fee.

P.S.: In the event that it will be necessary to cancel the holiday due to a Covid-19 lockdown, the deposit made will be refunded as we have done this year with guests unable to come due to the coronavirus. More info here.

Daily Special – I’m going on vacation and I’m bringing …

… a board game! What kind of games do you most enjoy, board games, card games, or maybe video games? It is always fun to play a game! Generation upon generation agree, playing games is a great way to just kick back, relax and have some fun with your family of friends.

When was the last time you sat down with your friends or family for an evening of carefree fun? If you can’t even really remember, that means it is time to do just that, and doing so during your holiday in the winter season is the perfect occasion.

Only today, August 28, 2020: if you book a stay between December 2020 and March 2021 and bring us a board game on the day of arrival, we will give you a 30% discount on the cost of staying in the lamia. Beside that we’ll invite you and some of our friends during your stay to play the boardgame you brought us. And we won’t forget one of the most important things: food! We’ll light the outdoor wood oven for a fantastic focaccia.

P.S.: In the event that it will be necessary to cancel the holiday due to a Covid-19 lockdown, the deposit made will be refunded as we have done this year with guests unable to come due to the coronavirus. More info here.

Daily Special – Valentine’s Day in December

Traveling is an inalienable part of romance, spending quality time with your loved one, exploring fascinating places and cultures and enjoying fine cuisine, or just lying back and soaking up the sun. Book your next vacation and give yourself and your special someone an unforgettable vacation.

For those who decide to book a Valentine’s Day holiday today 25 August 2020, for a stay of at least one week in December, January, February or March, a unique-in-the-world handmade olive wood jewelery box awaits on the day of arrival.

Daily Special – the Negroamaro

Autumn is the perfect season to explore Puglia if you are a wine lover and prefer to be out and about in mild temperatures. Therefore October and November are the months dedicated to food and wine tours.

The Primitivo di Manduria and the Negroamaro are two wines from Puglia known both nationally and internationally.

The Primitivo di Manduria is a DOC wine and the vineyards of origin are those of the area of the province of Taranto, and in particular in the area surrounding the town of Manduria.

The Negroamaro on the other hand is produced in Salento and is famous for being a red grape variety grown almost exclusively on the territory of the Puglia Region.

If you book today, 26 August 2020, our lamia for a week in the months of October/November 2020 or April/May 2021, you will find a bottle of local red wine waiting for you upon arrival. But that’s not all, during your stay we will also organize a wine tasting at a local wine shop.

Daily Special – I’m going on vacation and I’m bringing …

… a book! Holidays are the perfect time to read more books, on average Europeans bring 6 with them on vacation! Did you know that reading is a great form of relaxation? Reading a book acts as an anti-stress, improves memory and, in addition to concentration, trains the ability to think analytically. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

So leave some space in your suitcase for these travel companions, because if you book your holiday, today 25 August 2020, for a stay during the months of March, April or May 2021 and bring us a book * on the day of arrival, you will receive a 20% discount on the cost of the stay. And if you deliver the book to us in the week of World Book Day (April 23, 2021), we’ll give you an extra 10% discount.

* books we would like to read someday 😉 : Crime books such as: “All the Rage” by Cara Hunter, “Found” by Erin Kinsley,  “I Am Watching You” by Teresa Driscoll, “Home Truths” by Susan Lewis, “The Olive Branch” by Jo Thomas. Cookbooks such as: “The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure” by Hairy Bikers, “Magnolia Table”, “Magnolia Table, Volume 2” and “Magnolia Kitchen” by Joanna Gaines. Travelbooks like: “Soul of the Heel” by Scott Bergstein 

Daily Special, Rudolph the reindeer

Last year we started making Santa’s reindeer. They have been such a success, that we have made some more on request. This year we will be making reindeer too, and one of these reindeer can become yours!

Those who book our lamia today, August 24, 2020, for a week’s stay in the period from November 15, 2020 to December 20, 2020, can take home one of these handmade wooden Christmas reindeer *.

The price of the stay per week in that period is € 140.00 excluding electricity and gas costs.

* only one reindeer per booking

Daily Special of August 23, 2020 – extra dark chocolate

We love to eat extra dark chocolate. Only today, 23 August 2020: if you book our lamia you will have a 10% discount on your stay if you come on holiday from 3 October 2020 to 14 November 2020 and bring us two chocolate bars on the day of arrival.

In Puglia, October is a month with pleasant weather, therefore perfect for holidays and discovering the scenic, cultural, monumental and gastronomic wonders. Temperatures are still above 20 degrees and you can still swim in the beautiful waters of the beaches of Penna Grossa which borders the protected oasis of Torre Guaceto.


The cost for a week’s stay in the lamia in the months of October/November normally is € 240.00 (excluding gas/electricity). Using today’s “Daily Special” the cost will be 216.00 euros (excluding gas/electricity).

A banana plant in a forest full of olive trees

Finally our banana plant has found the right spot to grow: in between 2 olive trees, sheltered from the wind but in full sun. It did take us a while finding the best place  but now that we found it, the banana is growing fast. Normally it takes about 9 months to grow up and produce a bunch of bananas. What about that? This would mean next year we’ll be having some bananas 🙂 . As they do best when planted in groups rather than as single specimens hopefully around the base of this one, soon we’ll see some little baby plants pop-up. 

This way Tarzan & Jane of Pellegrino can swing through their jungle of banana plants and olive trees harvesting the bananas necessary for preparing a delicious banana bread 😉 


  • 220 grams of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 140 grams of sugar
  • 10 grams of vanilla sugar
  • 115 grams of butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 225 grams of mashed very ripe bananas
  • 80 grams of Nutella
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder


    • To get into the right jungle mood, first put on some Tarzan music 😉 

  • Heat the oven to 175°C. Grease a 23 x 12.5-cm loaf pan with butter or line with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the mashed bananas and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture until combined.  Do not overmix.
  • In a bowl mix half of the cake batter together with the Nutella.
  • Spoon the plain batter and Nutella batter alternately into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 50 minutes. Test whether the bread is cooked, when a cake tester comes out clean the banana bread is cooked. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then remove the loaf from the pan and set on the wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!

We can’t wait to welcome our guests!

Given the exceptional circumstances we currently face, we have developed a COVID-19 security plan to ensure your stay is as safe and stress-free as ever. We have maintained the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene throughout our lamia. Another preventive measure we have adopted is to leave the lamia empty for 72 hours between one guest and another.

Book with confidence

Guests may have doubts about booking their holidays, which is why we are offering more flexibility on all bookings made directly to us via email, phone or WhatsApp. For these bookings the following applies:

In the event that it will be necessary to cancel the holiday due to a Covid-19 lockdown, the deposit made will be refunded as we have done this year with guests unable to come due to the coronavirus.

If the bookings have been made through booking sites, please contact them directly.

Puglia has long been a favorite summer destination for travelers

Italy’s southern regions, including Puglia, have largely escaped the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope it stays that way. For this reason, the President of the Puglia Region has issued an Ordinance requiring that anyone entering Puglia from another part of Italy or abroad must fill out an online form. More details on these regulations are available on the Puglia Region website.