Masseria Gelso Bianco is a real farmhouse that has been lovingly restored to create a stunning holiday home as well as an outstanding retreat. The Masseria is neither hotel nor bed & breakfast but a country home that blends both rustic and contemporary style and offers the unique experience of living in a trullo, found only in the area of Puglia.
There are four double bedrooms and one single room, all with private enormous bathrooms and each named after "a" vegetation found in the Pugliese landscape: the Agave, the Artichoke (il carciofo), the Fig (il fico), the Pomegranate (il melograno) and the Prickly Pear (il fico d'india). Each room is slightly different with its own sense of design, layout and precious decor.
L'Agave is our master suite set in the center of the property with its own large trulli cones. With several stunning arches the room is spacious and the bathroom includes double sinks and an incredible full bathtub. From this room you can have a private access to the main living room and center of the property as well as to the second cozy kitchen for the morning breakfast.
Il Carciofo is a comfortable junior suite set next to the main kitchen with a richly colored bathroom and a super large glass shower.
Il Fico is set adjacent to the communal living room and has the largest bathroom on the property (just as big as the entire bedroom).
Il Melograno is a loft space also attached to the main living room. The bed sits in the loft in a Trullo in the oldest cone of the whole property while an easy set of stairs led to the bathroom and foyer below.
Il Fico d'India is a smaller room with a divan bed on the top deck of the Masseria with spectacular views over the entire property and the town of Alberobello and a pretty lovely outdoor area almost suspended up in the sky; this is a glorious space for irresistible wine sessions at sunset.
Please note that two (Il Carciofo and Il Fico d'India) of the five bedrooms open out onto the patio rather than inside the house while the other three are connected all together inside the house.
The property features also 6 bathrooms (one for each bedroom plus one connected to the main kitchen) and 2 kitchens one of which is a fully equipped food laboratory which used as an international kitchen and cooking class (private to the guests).
Because we believe that you are carrying serious expectations in regards to the gastronomy of the region we have selected some local cooks and chefs! In fact local mamas would be immediately available to arrange an unforgettable dining experiences in the most authentic and stylish way as well as conducting engaging and well-structured cooking classes for everyone on site! This is your time to relax and our responsibility to pamper you.
If you are interested in any of our quite sophisticated culinary immersions, please let us know and I'll be delighted to provide you with additional information.
Of course this is Southern Italy and you should really spend most of your time "al fresco" exploring the gorgeous countryside as well as relaxing and indulging within the spacious and comfortable outdoor spaces. Please make sure to jump in the stunning 11mt long pool which we will heat for you in the chilly days!
Oh, how extraordinary is to sit among hundred years old olive trees to read your books or spend some peaceful time with your dear ones! Also, if there is any fruit in season don't miss the chance to collect so much bounciness.
The Masseria features iconic elements of local architecture, including 11 trulli cones (such a rare thing for a property) and throughout the restoration process, every detail has been given careful attention creating an atmosphere that is reflective of the region and refined in its design, what a beauty!
The property is located only 3 km from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello with restaurants, markets, bar and shops only a few minutes away. We can be reached in approx 1 hour from both international airports of Bari or Brindisi. Also please know that the property is located only 20 minutes driving from the sea which means that you can set yourself in a the most tranquil setting and away from any traffic or congested area along the shores.
Puglia is also about immersing yourselves in the local life. Let us seduce you with the opportunity of having access to a wide range of additional services and adventures that we have top range aluminum and/or carbon bikes can be available and delivered to the property for the time of your holiday so that you can wonder around in total freedom while enjoying the poetry of the pristine countryside that surrounds the Masseria. Also we can arrange fantastic wine sessions at the property with a certified sommelier as well as Olive Oil Massage sessions to be enjoyed among the olive trees.
Furthermore we would recommend not to miss the chance to have one of the local ladies (extraordinary cooks) from the nearest town come over and prepare an elegant and fresh morning breakfast to start the day with the right energy (at an additional fee of 100,00/day).
Our rates include all linens and towels, a 2 weekly maiden service for the entire property (additional daily services can be quoted on request), free Wi-Fi throughout the property, an Apple IPAD for the daily and complementary concierge service that will be available for you without any hesitation.
Damage Deposit 750 € per stay Fees for additional guests may apply.
The prices are per week and include the weekly gardening, all water consumption, electricity, 1 Puglia TCI map, a 45 minute area briefing, all linens and towels, a welcome basket, pool cleaning and maintenance but does not include the heating when requested (200 Euros/week). A safe deposit of 750€ is requested at the arrival. Pets are allowed with an extra safe deposit of 500€...Read more
Masseria Gelso Bianco - your farmhouse in Puglia! Martina Franca, Puglia, Italy
Additional Location Information
Only 3 km from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello Masseria Gelso Bianco has an idyllic countryside location, surrounded by olive groves and can be reached in approx 1 hour from the airports of Bari or Brindisi.
More About This Location
Nearest airport: 30 Nearest train station: 2 Nearest ferry port: 50 Car is recommended
Last updated on February 17, 2015
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Left on 08/06/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Michael
Masseria Gelso Bianco is a little piece of Heaven on earth. The moment I arrived, I immediately felt the stress of life being lifted off of me. Antonello and the entire staff made me feel not only at home but like family. My room was immaculate and very cozy. I had the room with the loft. Loved it... The Masseria was in a perfect location for relaxing and enjoying the countryside of Puglia.
I have to admit, I am not a long distance biker but the biking was just right for me. Of course, I felt compelled to bike after eating all that wonderful food LOL. If the biking became to difficult or a problem arose, someone was there with the van to pick you up or assist you.
Speaking of food, Chef Laura is fantastic. She is not only a wonderful chef but quite the patient teacher. I like to think I am pretty good in the kitchen, but Chef Laura taught me some new ways of cooking with a Puglian flare.
I have been to Italy before but never Puglia. The history, food, wine and the people are definitely enough for a return trip. I would highly recommend Masseria Gelso Bianco and Southern Visions.
Left on 07/27/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The Gelso Bianco is a combination of luxury and peace. It is a fantastic place. Our vacation was wonderful and I strongly recommend this to tourists who would like to visit the region for the first time.
Left on 09/29/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Top villa with all the necessary luxury you need... All very spacious, very nice bathrooms all ensuite ... Outside area very relaxing and calm... spacious with great swimmingpool! Ideally situated villa to explore the region... close to the sea and beaches ... nice cities ... Restaurants and shops nearby !! Do not hesitate to come and spend your holidays here !!
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Recommended for: Friends, Tourists, Families w teenagers, Families w children, Romantic, Luxury
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Left on 09/07/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We had a fantastic week at Il Gelso Bianco!! The Masseria with its trulli has been restored to a very high standard and it is confortable, quite and well located. We enjoyed the produce from the vegetable garden and the fuit trees all at our disposal. Antonello and Laura are the perfect host and made our stay more fun with their recommendations of places to visit and eat. The area has many charming little villages to visit: Alberobello, Cisternino, Fasano, Ostuni, etc and the country site with its many olive trees is beautifull. We can't wait to go back to enjoy a cookery week with Laura!.
Spectacular, relaxing, well-organized, delicious and lovely
Left on 07/14/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Britta
Antonello and Laura made this experience special and unforgettable. Gelso Bianco has been beautifully restored and this area in Puglia is beautiful. Biking, Cooking and Relaxing rounded out the stay nicely, The accommodations and food were terrific. I would return many times.
a tranquil beautiful spot yet with lots to do with the family
Left on 07/05/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | karla
The owner makes this lovely tranquil villa extra fun. He went out of his way to fulfill our every wish. We biked on peaceful roads, we had cooking classes, we had meals prepared with local cuisine in the villa and yet we also had time to create our own dinners. The setting is divine and the local people make this a perfect Italian getaway. Nearby are little fishing towns, fabulous restaurants overlooking the sea, and a wonderful ambiance that made you forget all your worries.There is not one thing we woukld say was missing at Gelso Bianco
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