A farmhouse turned luxury vacation rental, Masseria Petrarolo in Puglia combines rustic warmth with elegance. Nine bedrooms in the villa and pool house are set in olive and citrus groves.
How would you describe Casa Boccadoro in a nutshell?
It’s a really peaceful place, set in one hectare of olive trees. I love the surroundings and the landscape. It’s at the same time remote and easy to reach by car.
When I was searching for a place, I wanted it to be easily reachable but also offer a lot of privacy. It has been designed so that you can socialise with your family and friends but each room has its own space. This was an important point for me. That’s why I kept the three buildings — the main house, the trullo (originally used for olive storage) and the lamietta.
What is the story behind Casa Boccadoro, what was your inspiration to create it?
I fell in love with Puglia on my first trip here 15 years ago and decided to search for a place in Ostuni because it’s really central. I didn’t want to build a new house — I wanted something historic and with the Puglian architecture I really like.
During the restoration, I tried to retain the property’s Puglian essence by using only local materials while adding modern elements.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Casa Boccadoro?
I worked as a model for many years but I am passionate about design and created Casa Boccadoro as I wanted it. For the project, I collaborated with two local architects and the restoration took two years to complete. In the beginning, there was no electricity or gas.
I really wanted there to be contact with the surrounding nature. So in the bathrooms, there are big windows so you can shower overlooking the olive and lemon trees. The outside areas are really private, so you have space for yourself, and the garden is filled with plants from the region.
To you personally, what is so special about Casa Boccadoro?
For me, it is a little paradise. I’ve designed it exactly how I like it and think it is the perfect holiday house for vacations. The huge garden means you have privacy and there are lots of nice places to relax with friends and family. If you like the Mediterranean spirit, Puglia and nature, you will like Casa Boccadoro.