Tiny Trullo

Esther Jacobs – the NO EXCUSES LADY: speaker, author, digital nomad

On a whim, I bought a plot of an olive orchard in Puglia, southern Italy, at the start of 2020. The 10,000m2 plot of land has 48 centuries-old olive trees, plus a number of almond, fig, and other fruit trees. There is also a more than 200-year-old mini-house, a perfect example of a traditional ‘Trullo’, which is only found in this region. I built a modern ‘tiny house’ next to it, ideal for vacation or remote work.

My Tiny Trullo land is an oasis of peace and nature. I fell in love immediately and embarked on this new adventure. Would you like to enjoy it with me?

Oh no! The deadly Xylella bacteria has arrived on my land. Is there anything we can do?

Order a bottle of olive oil

Indulge yourself with a bottle of freshly pressed organic ‘Tiny Trullo’ olive oil.

*** The 2022 harvest is SOLD OUT! Below you can pre-order for the 2023 harvest ***

Last year I witnessed my very first olive harvest, on my own land. What an experience! So now I have some beautiful cans of delicious organic virgin olive oil.

Like most Dutch people I had never tasted real fresh olive oil. From olives that were still hanging on the trees four hours earlier. The color is golden-green, the taste is fresh, grassy, ​​fruity, and creamy at the same time. Puglia is known worldwide for the best olive oil and now that I have tasted the best of the best, I will never want anything else.

It’s not just me being an enthusiast; also objectively this is the purest oil. The PH value of the oil turns out to be only 0.3%! (FYI: for extra virgin oil this value can be between 0.2% and 0.8%, virgin olive oil goes up to 2%, so my oil is almost the lowest possible percentage).

By ordering my oil, you support my trees so they can continue to produce this unique olive oil. Plus you facilitate that this first pressing (normally not available outside of Italy) is also available in the Netherlands, directly from the source.

My trees produce 240 liters max per year. The last harvest sold out pretty quickly. So you can already register for the waitlist for the next harvest in november by ordering below.

The oil comes in a beautiful can of 1 or 3 liters. You can pick them up at my favorite cafe on Haarlemmerplein in Amsterdam: I will offer you a nice cup of coffee when you do, or have it delivered to any address in The Netherlands for only €6,95.

1 liter €25 (pick up in A’dam)
1 liter €25 + 6,95 shipping in NL
3 liter €60 (pick up in a’dam)
3 liter €60 + 6,95 shipping in NL

Adopt an olive tree

Wouldn’t it be special if one of these ancient olive trees was yours?

Adopting and naming an olive tree is also a great gift!

Read moving adoption stories, from corporate sponsorships to memorials for deceased loved ones.

With your support, I can maintain the orchard with respect for the trees, so that they can continue to produce that delicious pure olive oil.

As a thank you, you will receive a 5-liter can of Tiny Trullo Extra Extra Virgin olive oil from ‘your’ tree every year.

Even if the total harvest is disappointing, you are guaranteed to get your oil.

I also make a small ‘artwork’ from local stones with your name (or the name of the person you dedicate the tree to) next to the tree and send you a photo.

The trees are pruned once every three years. I will have a cutting board made from a beautiful branch of your tree, which you will receive at home.

View all olive trees that are still available here and make your choice. Which tree appeals to you?

PS. Adoption is a yearly subscription. You can cancel any time. For continuity, it would be nice if you want to adopt your tree 3 years or longer. 🙏

Adoption: €150 / year

Stay at Tiny Trullo

TinyTrullo is ready for your stay! To experience life in Puglia, I am also organizing a Workation Village Italy in April 2023. Want to join?

Join me for an adventure!

Check out the details.

Will you be one of the first to book a week’s holiday in my ‘Tiny Trullo’? Check out the Airbnb listing for photos and availability; if you book directly with me, you will receive a 20% discount…

My land is an oasis of peace and nature, only 10-15 minutes from the surrounding three villages (including the famous white village of Ostuni), 20 minutes from the sea, 20 mins from Brindisi airport, and just over an hour from Bari airport.

Puglia is known for its olive oil. It is becoming increasingly popular due to the beautiful landscape, the good weather, the authentic villages, the nice people, and of course the delicious food.

My dream was to create a place where visitors can take a ‘time-out’ from their busy lives. Whether it’s a holiday with the family, a week away with friends, remote work, silent meditation, or a writing week, my ‘Tiny Trullo’ is the place where that is possible.

These past years the existing Trullo has been renovated and transformed into a romantic bedroom with a fireplace. The old pizza oven has been turned into a beautiful room. In addition, I have built a tiny-house, plus an outdoor kitchen and outdoor shower. There are three fireplaces, a modern kitchen with a large dining table, a modern bathroom, a yoga/meditation area, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor shower, and a fire pit to relax. It can host a total of 6 people.

The Puglia region can also use our help. The region is originally very poor and – especially now – times are very difficult. So when you stay here and visit villages, eat out and go on excursions, you support the locals. For this same reason, I only hire locals for construction, maintenance, cleaning, and other projects.

Everything is ready for your stay. Check out the listing for photos and availability. Let me know if you are interested and I will give you a 20% discount for booking directly with me.


“The oil tastes divine! And the container is so beautiful. Prepared with care, that is very clear.”


Dr. Frodo Gaymans

“Spicy and creamy.  Delicious!”

Dr. Frodo Gaymans

Audrea van Poppelen

“This is pure magic. This is a life elixir, a medicine, wow!”

Audrea van Poppelen

Save my olive trees, part 2

When I found out that the olive trees on my TinyTrullo land are infected with the deadly Xylella virus, I wrote this blog, hoping I could find a solution. Many people responded with concern, others came up with possible solutions, and some helped by adopting an olive tree. Those adoptions help to finance the various experiments.

Save my olive trees

When I bought my olive grove in Puglia, I had of course heard the stories about the deadly bacterium Xylella, which has already killed all olive trees in the south of Italy. But everyone in my area said/hoped that things wouldn’t turn bad, that the deadly disease would not reach our part of Puglia, or that a solution would soon been found. So I did what all the locals did, and did not think about Xylella; instead I just enjoyed my beautiful, centuries old trees.

  • La dolce vita in Italy - Inspiration shot November 2020

How it all began

Can you remember the exact moment you fell in love? I do! In this blog, I will share how it all started... On February 16th, 2020, I bought an olive orchard in Puglia, southern Italy, on a whim. The 6,500m2 plot of land has 24 ancient olive trees, as well as several almond, fig, and other fruit trees. There is also a mini-house that is more than 200 years old, a traditional 'Trullo,' a type of dwelling unique to this region. This oasis of peace and nature is a special gift to myself after a long series of disappointments.

  • La dolce vita in Italy - Inspiration shot November 2020

My first olive harvest

When I bought the plot of the olive orchard I was told that the first week of November I would need to harvest my olives. I found out there were two choices: either harvesting by hand, using a kind of ‘shading rakes’ (which would take up to three days), or using the faster option (only three hours): a machine that shakes the trees. I really wanted to respect my centuries-old trees, and shaking did not sound attractive, but I did not have much time. Plus my neighbor, who advises me, recommended using the shaking machine, which he also uses for his own harvest “It won’t damage the trees too much, promised”. Still, with a heavy heart, I came to watch the men work, and the trees shake…

  • La dolce vita in Italy - Inspiration shot November 2020

La dolce vita in Italy – Inspiration shot November 2020

I was in two minds about sharing travel stories during times of Corona, but I have chosen to continue living my life - with the necessary restrictions and precautions, of course - and to look for opportunities, adventures, and experiences. I want to share these with you because it is up to you whether you want to enjoy yourself (from home, while traveling, perhaps even in lockdown or quarantine?) or whether you focus on the limitations, which naturally we all feel.