Apulia Calabria and Basilicata - Ceglie Messapica
Masseria Messapica – Ceglie Messapica - Apulia
7 Bedrooms – Pool
Location and Surrounding Area. What better way to immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle of Puglia than in this gorgeous masseria (traditional farmhouse) with its accompanying trulli in the heart of the magical Valle d'Itria? Masseria Messapica is located in the northern part of the stunning Salento area, known locally as the terra tra due mari, the land between two seas. It is almost equidistant from both the Adriatic coast and the Ionian coast, where you'll find plenty of pristine, sandy beaches; for example Campo Marino on the Ionian coast and the nature reserve at Torre Guaceto on the Adriatic coast. Ceglie Messapica is well-known for its gastronomic delights and is celebrated for its numerous, exceptionally good eateries, several of which are starred restaurants. The fresh fish and sea food are exquisite and the style of cooking is generally very simple, which brings out the wholesome, natural flavours of the locally grown produce. The olive oil in Puglia is arguably the best in the Italy and nothing beats the sheer, sublime, simplicity of a toasted tomato bruschetta with fresh olive oil drizzled over the top! The local wines are exquisite and are being increasingly noticed on international wine circuits.
The property is close to the baroque beauty of Martina Franca with its splendid artistic treasures, pretty little streets and magnificent buildings. There is plenty to do in the evenings; take your pick from the stylish wine bars or exceptional restaurants and let's not forget the Festival della Valle d'Itria, an annual opera festival held here in July/August. Nearby Cisternino, like Martina Franca, is marvellous example of an old-world town that has changed very little over the centuries. The historical centre is absolutely delightful with its whitewashed houses nestling along narrow streets and elegant piazzas that are perfect for an evening aperitif whilst watching the world go by. There are various buildings of notable architectural interest including the 13th century Norman-Swabian tower and statue of San Nicola and the 14th century Church of San Nicola to name but two.
The fabled white city (Città Bianca) of Ostuni is a must on anyone's destination list. It stands high on a plateau overlooking the Adriatic sea and you can spend hours getting lost in the maze of narrow lanes only to find yourself back at the cathedral at the top.
The Masseria Messapica is about three quarters of an hour from Brindisi international airport and an hour and a half from Bari international airport. It is a ten minute drive to Ceglie Messapica, half an hour to both Martina Franca and Ostuni, 45 minutes to the beach at the Torre Guaceto nature reserve and an hour to the beaches near Campo Marino.
The Property. Masseria Messapica generally sleeps up to 14 guests in luxurious accommodation spanning the main farmhouse and the adjacent trullo. The rooms are, however, so spacious that there is an extra, single sofa bed in each bedroom plus the trullo also has a double sofa bed so the property could comfortably sleep a total of 22 guests if required. There are six, prestigious suites in the main house and one in the trullo. The suites feature a private bathroom, vaulted ceilings, air conditioning, mosquito screens, a mini-bar, a safe, a hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and towels for the swimming pool. In addition, the trullo suite has a jacuzzi, a fireplace and private access to the swimming pool area.
Most of your stay here will probably be spent around the magnificent swimming pool and there are plenty of sun loungers for topping up your Italian-style suntan or simply relaxing in the shade. The picturesque views across the surrounding olive groves are guaranteed to help you slip into holiday mode. Or you could take a wander through the grounds and admire the immaculate, Mediterranean style gardens. A generous, continental breakfast is served daily in the dining room during the winter months and outside under the arches in the summer.
- 6 Double suites with private bathroom in the main house
- 1 Double suite with private bathroom and jacuzzi in the trullo
- Equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer, toaster
- Air conditioning
- SAT TV, stereo and DVD player
- Washing machine, iron and ironing board
- Mosquito screens
- Swimming pool
- Al fresco dining and BBQ
- Babysitting and kids play area
- Linens and towel provided
- Daily housekeeping
- Final cleaning
- Video surveillance and alarm system
- Small pets allowed
- Extra services on request: cookery classes, tennis, football, horse riding, chef, laundry, babysitting, airport transfers, boat, car, and bicycle rental, guided tours, scuba diving