You can lie back and take in the scenery and the sunshine from the terrace on a relaxing sun lounger by the pool, or cover up under a parasol with a good book. The Masseria is a typical Apulian farmhouse from the 1800's made out of white stone, creating a pleasant aesthetic amidst the large park like estate.
The estate is set back from the main road between Ceglie Messapica (3 km) and Ostuni (7 km) by around 100 metres so it quite remote and very peaceful. It is full of century old trees creating a really picturesque setting. The family that own it also live here in the main house and have since made many improvements which include adding a reception, a dining room and a large kitchen. There is a visitor's room which opens out on to a cosy courtyard with a huge olive tree and parasols and outdoor furniture.
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The owners have built a beautiful swimming pool with easy access even for small children with a really tasteful wooden sun terrace with sun loungers and parasols where you can while away the hours. From the terrace you have views of the olive groves, with big old trees which are artistic and reminiscent of sculptures!
The restaurant is located on the ground floor in an atmospheric room with high ceilings and stone walls. It serves traditional dishes based mainly on vegetables and pasta with good local bread and the robust local wine, and everything is as fresh as can be. For example the breakfast consists only of homemade products.
There are only a few rooms and all are tastefully furnished with beds made of cast iron and classic wooden furniture. All rooms have a television, a refrigerator, private bathroom / toilet, independent heating for the cold seasons. There are also rooms with a private porch and a kitchenette. Some rooms can accommodate up to four or five people.
The apartment we had (nr. 11) was really fine, small kitchen, super fine bathroom and private terrace.
The pool area was neatly arranged and the pool was great. The hosts seemed very uninterested, on the border of boredom.
The breakfast was under all sorts of criticism - boring bread and perspiring cheese, very small selection (cheese, bread, juice, cake and ham). In-Italia's website claimed that the breakfast was good and home made - it wasn't! We ate dinner at the farm once - it was OK - a bit expensive (about 900 SEK for 2 adults and one 8 year old).
The farm's placement was perfect! Close to everything we wanted to do and see, close to a lot of good places to eat.