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Travelers looking for a designer holiday home in Italy will love this white stone bed and breakfast, perched on a ridge overlooking the sea. It’s not only strikingly designed, but it’s located in an organic olive grove near the famously picturesque town of Ostuni. It has six generously-sized rooms, and sleeps 14 comfortably.
The owner of this property near the Italian town of Ostuni wanted a modern building that wouldn’t feel out of place among the ancient olive trees that surround it. To this end, he recruited designer Andrew Trotter to blend the traditional architecture of local masserie with contemporary minimalism. The result is a bed and breakfast that blends old with new – elegant lines with natural elements and rural simplicity. Recycled local sandstone, tufo, has been used throughout, and each room has a vaulted ceiling, with thick, cooling walls.
The structure is built around a central courtyard, and a lovely feature of the property is the high-walled private gardens filled with orange trees (on the left hand side of the house) and private terraces with views of the olive grove (on the right). There are many communal spaces that encourage community, including the living room, veranda, outdoor kitchen and barbecue, spa, gym and large pool. However, if you’re looking for solitude, there are plenty of cosy nooks too, both inside and out. The property puts eco-design front and center, with recycled insulation that cuts back on the need for both air-conditioning and heating, windows that allow cross-ventilation, and solar panels that provide enough electricity and heat for the whole building.
The land, and other local growers, provide much of the organic produce that guests are offered for breakfast and at the communal table. There is also a 200-year-old stone oven that’s perfect for roasting locally-raised meats and fresh fish.
If you’re looking for a holiday home in Italy, this is one of the finest.
Air conditioning, heating, parking, fireplaces in suites, safe boxes, and organic body wash and shampoo in ensuite bathrooms.
The masseria is located in the heart of Puglia, only 3km from the impossibly pretty white town of Ostuni. There are several beaches, such as Torre Guacetto, within easy reach, as well as the historic towns of Cisternino, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Lecce, and Polignano al Mare. The owners can help with restaurant bookings, visits to local workshops, and much more.
Ostuni, Italy. Nearest airport: Brindisi (15 minutes), Bari (one hour).
BEST TIME TO VISIT
March to November. Visit in October for the hotel’s olive harvest.
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|Rooms / Houses||4 double rooms and 2 suites|
|Accommodate||Sleeps 14 guests|
|Restaurant / self catering||Breakfast is provided from 8:30-10:30am; communal table for dinner.|
|Bed Type||6 kings; suites have additional day beds|
|Pet Friendly||No pets|
|View||Private gardens, as well as views across the olive groves to the sea|
|Rates||Double rooms from €90-160 per night; suites from €160-200 per night.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights in high season|
Deposit: 30% advanced payment is required to secure the booking, which is refundable 7 days notice before arrival.
In high season, there is a minimum stay of 3 nights.
From October 2016, there will be a spa on site.
Rooms are cleaned daily, if left free by 11am. Sheets are changed every 3 days or upon request; towels are changed daily.
Spa will be opened in November
1. Cancellations more than 21 days prior to arrival - Full Refund less 10% handling charges.
2. Cancellations between 21 and 7 days prior to arrival - 50% refund.
3. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to arrival and No Shows - No refund.
|DAILY RATES||COMFORT ROOMS||SUITES|
7 January to 18 April
30 October to 22 December
19 April to 30 June
18 September to 29 October
1 July to 17 September
23 December to 6 January
Third person in suite (older than 4 years old) is charged at €30 per day extra. A 20% discount is offered for a double room used by a single person.