For a wonderfully relaxing holiday under the southern Italian sun, its hard to beat this beautifully restored 18th-century masseria (fortified farmhouse). The property is situated in quiet countryside, surrounded by olive and almond groves and just a short drive from sandy beaches, making it one of the most alluring of Puglia villa rentals. In 2011 the Sunday Times listed it as one of the 100 hottest villas in Europe.
Within this tranquil setting, the large swimming pool and patio area are perfect for lazy summer days, followed by magnificent sunset views and balmy evenings. Indulge in long leisurely meals in the tranquil dining area or al fresco on the attractive, shady verandah with its limestone table. Outdoors, there is also a large barbecue area, and dry stone walls and outbuildings add to the historic appeal.
Arranged across two floors, the character of the old masseria is in evidence throughout the stone-walled interior. Period details such as the original torch holders and livestock feeding troughs are juxtaposed with high-quality modern furnishings to stunning effect.
A spiral staircase leads to the three bedrooms, each with spectacular vaulted stone ceilings and a scattering of antiques. The master bedroom features French windows leading onto a balcony. Top quality fittings continue the luxurious theme in the stone-colored bathrooms.
Its just ten minutes by car to Ostuni a lovely medieval hill town, with whitewashed buildings and charming restaurants. The regional gastronomic center of Ceglie Messapica and old town of Cisternino are just 20 minutes away. And then there are the beaches for which Puglia is renowned: youll find plenty of enticing options along both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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