Masseria Moroseta is a charming bed & breakfast with six rooms amongst a 5 hectares organic olive grove between the Mediterranean and the white town of Ostuni.
What was the inspiration behind Masseria Dagilupi and how did it all start?
We’re from Strasbourg but my father is part Italian, so I was always drawn to the country and we’d been to Puglia a few times on vacation. It was only two hours by plane but it felt like another world, with strong values around family, sharing and hospitality that I think are similar to Northern France.
I feel like we all live three lives - our childhood, then our working lives while raising children (which can be very stressful), then our retirement years where we get to live the way we really want and appreciate the rest of our life. Following a change in my husband’s work, we knew that we wanted to escape the pressures of the big city and embark on a new opportunity.
When we bought the old farmhouse, it had no electricity or running water and the restoration was not easy. Our initial intention was to create more rooms but we had to adapt to the history of the building. In the end, we decided that space = luxury, so we created fewer rooms (suites really) for guests to spread out. When you travel, you want to have a spacious room with flair, which is what we tried to achieve.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Masseria Dagilupi?
It’s peaceful, relaxing and quiet — all you can hear are the crickets chirping! The property is set in the middle of an olive grove, so you don’t hear any noise from the road or other people. We’re positioned in a very agricultural area and you have to follow a small road through the olive trees before the building suddenly appears. It’s somewhat of a hidden gem.
We’ve tried to retain as much of the old stone walls as possible but have given the house a contemporary flair, with a white, minimalistic design.