Tucked away within five acres of ancient olive groves, Masseria la Rosa is an oasis of calm. This handsome farmhouse is located in the remote 'heel of Italy's boot', Puglia, which is peppered with picturesque cottages, Baroque chapels and wild landscapes. Its location is enviable: the shops, bars and restaurants of nearby towns Carpignano and Martano are close by while the beautiful city of Lecce, the 'Florence of the south' and the lively port of Otranto are a short drive away.
Set in its own private estate and bordered by ancient olive groves, Masseria la Rosa is a stone farmhouse in Puglia. Located in Puglia, affectionately called 'the heel of Italy's boot', the area has a surprisingly international past, with Greek, Spanish and Norman influences.
The villa is centred around two courtyards, fashioned after 15th-century buildings featuring high vaulted ceilings. The main house, a beautiful building crafted in natural stone comprises three en-suite bedrooms while an annexe contains two additional bedrooms.
As you walk past the corridors in the courtyard, you'll notice regal glass black wrought iron lanterns dangling from the ceiling. Inside, the open plan living area has a shabby chic vibe: high vaulted stone ceilings and furnishings in modern shades of greys and creams, a rough hewn wooden dining table and artwork by local artists.
Glass doors in the sitting room open out onto the mosaic-tiled infinity pool. Bask in the sun on one of the loungers before diving in for a refreshing dip. For lunch, enjoy a feast at the outdoor BBQ. Or alternatively, our chef Anna Maria Chirone can come in to teach you how to whip up classic Apulian dishes in the privacy of your own home.
Head out to Cutrofiano to sample Puglia's other offerings. The region produces excellent wines, including some of the country's finest rosés. Stop at L'Astore Masseria, an enchanting 100-hectare agricultural estate. Visit the vineyards and the underground wine cellar before sampling canapés thoughtfully paired with the finest Italian wines.
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