Masseria Alchimia is a charming boutique hideaway located on the coast of Puglia, with just 10 beautifully designed self-catering holiday apartments.
The house sits on a cliff 22 metres above the sea. You feel as if you’re on your own island with nothing but the ocean in front of you.
The view of the ocean from the terrace and roof terrace is amazing.
Polignano a Mare is famous for the scenic setting but also for its many good restaurants.
All the restaurants, shops and sights are within easy walking distance.
You can walk to a small pebble beach or explore many beautiful beaches within only a short drive.
Who needs air conditioning when you can enjoy the refreshing breeze coming in from the ocean.
How would you describe Cliff House in a nutshell?
Cliff House is a stunning holiday rental set on the cliffs of Poligano a Mare in Puglia, southern Italy with incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea.
What is the history of the house? What was your inspiration to renovate it?
It has always been a dream of ours to buy a masseria, which is like a farmhouse in the region, so once we got the money we searched for the perfect place. Whenever we visited this area, we would always stay at a romantic hotel in Polignano a Mare that was next to an abandoned building. We had never thought that we would want to own a townhouse, but when we checked it out, we realized that it was destiny, even despite its bad state.
We didn’t have much experience in restoring something like it before, so we had to find the right team to help us. Its sensitive position on top of cliffs and the narrow street it is located on required most things to be done by hand. Including the time it took to get all the necessary permits, it took a total of three years to renovate the building.
Can you describe the interior design and the atmosphere of the rental?
We collaborated with our architect on materials and restored the house in the traditional Puglian style, making use of all kinds of different local techniques. We have designed it in a way where the stones stand out yet still look very rustic.
My husband and I were both in charge of the interior decoration and since we are close to Africa, it was important to have some of the spirit of African crafts and color included into the design. Together with Scandinavian influences and the original Puglian style, which is simple and essential, we were able to blend and complement notes from those three cultures.
As for the atmosphere, the most amazing feeling about the house is when you’re outside and look at the house itself. It looks typical of the area, but once you enter, there’s an immediate sense of awe. You have an amazing view of the sea right off the cliffs and due to the cellar full of water the house always stays cool, even during the hot summer months.
What’s so special about the house to you personally?
Even after 10 years of being here, every visit I still have the impression of how amazing it is, as if it’s the first time I’ve been there. You just don’t expect that when you view it from the outside. It’s very cozy inside and you can enjoy the terrace of the house even in the heat of summer because it stays shady.
I also love the feeling of isolation, which you get from facing the sea, when you see nothing besides nature and the wide ocean. Yet once you walk out of the main door, you are in a very busy town with lots of things to see and do.
What has been most rewarding about the whole experience?
We’ve never had somebody in the house that didn’t fall in love with the house. I’ve been amazed with how many people instantly connect with both the house and the area. It is for that reason that despite the long time it took to renovate the house, it’s been well worth it. We even decided to work on a new project now with the same team.
The ground floor of the house has a huge terrace, which is the perfect place to have breakfast or dinner while enjoying the spectacular views of the sea. Connected to the terrace is the kitchen with a concrete sink and tables that look like they’re made of stone. There is also one double bedroom, a bathroom, a dining room with stone floors and a living room with a fireplace on this floor.
On the second floor are two big double rooms. One is the master bedroom that faces the sea, which has its own big bathroom and a TV room. The other has a loft that can accommodate another two people. On the third floor is the roof terrace where we have a kitchenette and bathroom as well as six sunbeds and a small dipping pool. The house sits 22 meters above the sea, so you really get a sense of that natural world and feel you’re on your own isolated island from up there. It’s a million dollar view where you can have a candlelight dinner.
We offer each guest a welcome basket and we also stock the vacation rental with necessities such as wine, water, marmalade, olive oil, pasta, coffee and the like. We can arrange dinner on request made by local housewives creating amazing traditional plates or a private chef to prepare traditional meals of the region. And of course we can offer recommendations for restaurants and shopping in the area. We also have a cleaner who does a mid-week cleaning and does the laundry.
If our guests want to experience any of the surrounding towns, I would recommend renting a car. Monopoli with its beautiful harbor and town center is only 8 kilometers away. There is Bari in the north and in the south are Ostuni and Martina Franca, which is my favorite town in Puglia. It’s more decorative and has great markets.
About 10 kilometers south is Capitolo and other towns with nice beaches. Many of the beaches you have to pay to get into, but others are public with nice restaurants on the beach as well.
One thing I would also recommend is a day trip to Matera just outside Puglia, which is about an hour and a half drive. It is an amazing place that is on top of a mountain and all the houses and streets are like carved out of stone. Another sight to see is Castel del Monte, which is from the Middle Ages and only about 40 mins away from the house.
The house is located in Polignano a Mare, a beautiful small town in Puglia, southern Italy. The village itself is not too typical of Puglia because it was built on the cliffs, carved into them almost.
Within the old town is a small chapel on narrow streets, and people hanging out and relaxing. Even though the area always has a lot of visitors, there’s still a very authentic feel to the place.
Polignano a Mare offers many plays, literature events, and concerts. Basically the town can be very busy, and just when you think you’ve had too much stimulation, you walk into the house, close the door and feel like you’re in your own little world.
There’s a small pebble beach in the village where every night around 7pm people take a walk in their bedclothes down to it and look at the sea. Because of the freshwater flowing into this place, it is a very good spot to take a dip during the day as well.
In Puglia each season has its charm. From November to April there are more storms, which might not be ideal for some guests. But between April and October it is pretty perfect here. I can recommend visiting during any of those months.
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