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.
The history and stunning location of the masseria make it a very special place to stay.
Masseria del Vigneto
How would you describe Masseria del Vigneto in a nutshell?
It’s a beautifully restored farmhouse with outbuildings set in the stunningly unspoiled Canale Di Pirro. Guests at Masseria del Vigneto can enjoy a two-hectare private garden with a pool and tennis court, plus over 30 hectares of vineyards, pastureland and wooded hills.
What is the story behind Masseria del Vigneto, what was your inspiration to create it?
I knew about the masseria from visiting the area for over 10 years. Sitting in a prominent position in the valley and suffering from neglect, I knew it could be a stunning renovation project.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Masseria del Vigneto?
The farmhouse and outbuildings have all been completely and lovingly restored by Puglian craftsmen. The interiors have been designed to an incredibly high standard by my long-time collaborators — Anthony Filmer of Tully Filmer and James Waterworth of Thurstan Design.
To you personally, what is so special about Masseria del Vigneto?
The history of the building, its stunning location and the property’s access to nature (plus all of the amenities) make this a very special place to holiday.
What do you particularly like about this part of Puglia
The colours and contours of the Valley D’Itria are stunning. Horses and cows roam in its green pastures bordered by stone walls and Mediterranean oaks. It’s a landscape of pretty architecture, beautiful nature and charming local culture.
Masseria del Vigneto has 10 bedrooms, plus three kitchens, two indoor dining spaces, two spacious living rooms and at least five outdoor dining spaces.
When you first arrive, you enter through the front door into the main Cumersa building. On your left is a large living room with comfortable sofas and a minibar where all of the family and guests can gather. There is also a double bedroom with an ensuite on the ground floor of this building.
Walking through the Cumersa and across the courtyard connects to the kitchen and dining wing, with a rooftop dining terrace up a short flight of stairs. Alfresco dining can also be enjoyed in the courtyard.
On the upper level of the Cumersa building are two large double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and balcony access to the rooftop dining area. One of these upstairs bedrooms has its own living room with an original fireplace.
The nine trulli house five double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and are designed around a courtyard that was originally the cow stalls. Abridging the trulli is an arched, stone-ceilinged Long Room where you’ll find a kitchen, dining and living areas where all of the guests can hang out before, during and after meals. The Long Room has its own terrace for alfresco breakfasts and dining with stunning views over the valley.
Next to the Cumersa is the private, two-bedroom Garden Trulli Cottage. The master bedroom in the cottage has its own living room, a walk-in wardrobe, a fireplace and a roll-top bath. Next to this bedroom is a second bedroom with a living room, a fireplace and an ensuite bathroom with a shower. The cottage is the perfect hideaway for a bride to get prepared for her big day or the ideal space for a family with children to enjoy a home away from home.
Throughout the property are furnishings that are luxurious yet simple, with pale greys, greens and reds used to offset the gorgeous natural stone features. All of the original features have been meticulously retained and restored. Many of the walls are whitewashed, with the arched stone walls and ceilings sandblasted and left exposed. Natural stone materials and flooring give the interiors their Puglian character, warmth and charm.
The Cumersa (Main house): Home to the largest indoor common areas, kitchen and dining room, with four magnificent ensuite bedrooms, 2 on the ground floor (one of which is a Trullo and accessed off the courtyard), 2 on the first floor.
The Garden Trulli (Cottage): Perfect for a private secluded experience with its own private plunge pool, it has two double ensuite bedrooms, two living rooms and a kitchen.
The Masseriola: 4 double ensuite bedrooms, a quaint private courtyard, large indoor living room, kitchen and dining room. Three of the bedrooms are each built inside restored trulli and the fourth in a restored pagliaro. Two of the Trullo bedrooms are interconnecting and would be ideal for a family.
The Pagliaro suite is a large luxurious bedroom with its own living room. This living room has a sofabed and can be used for an additional bedroom, as a family suite.
Breakfast is prepared and laid out by housekeeping staff every morning while our chef prepares two additional meals each day that focus on Puglian cuisine and draw on local produce from the estate’s kitchen gardens. One meal will be prepared by the chef in advance (cold meats, salads, etc.) and will be left for guests by the housekeeping staff while the other meal the chef will be present for. Please note that a the chef has a day off on Wednesdays (housekeeping will still layout breakfast).
Picnic lunches can also be provided for taking to the beach or on excursions. A chef-prepared cooked breakfast is also available for an additional cost and alfresco dining can be set up in the gardens on request.
A morning maid service is provided between 9 am and 11 am each day, with an evening turn-down service between 7 pm and 8 pm.
The garden pool is 75 square metres, with a pergola for shade and alfresco lunches. Masseria del Vigneto uses solar energy for most of its energy needs and the pool is heated using efficient air source heat pumps. Our pool is heated to a stable 26/27 degrees, with this included in the price for stays during July and August. An additional charge applies outside of these months.
All groceries and drinks are paid separately (with a 10% handling charge) and an evening barman service can be arranged for a small fee. We provide a laundry service and dry cleaning can be carried out for a small service charge.
Tennis, yoga and fitness instructors can all be arranged (with clients billed directly), as can masseuses.
Guests staying at Masseria del Vigneto enjoy complimentary access to Giardini del Vigneto, a tranquil garden nearby, plus complimentary tickets to concerts held in its amphitheatre. These usually take place on weekend evenings and range from classical to opera and traditional music, with a small audience of 20 to 30 people. Guests can also enjoy a 30% discount at the Giardini del Vigneto farm shop, which sells organic olive oil, award-winning wines, handmade soaps, fresh lavender, honey and artisanal products from Puglia.
The beaches and lidos of Savelletri are 20 minutes away and those of Gallipoli are around 90 minutes. Lecce is 70 minutes by car. Visitors to Masseria del Vigneto often make use of the Ciclavia atop the Acquedotto Pugliese to explore the area by foot or by bicycle. There is paragliding close by in Fasano and horse riding can be arranged at nearby estates.
Of course, I would recommend visiting Alberobello, which is only five minutes drive from the property and Castellana Di Grotte, which is 15 minutes away.
Masseria del Vigneto is in the Canale Di Pirro, which is located between Selva di Fasano and Alberobello. The valley is a beautiful wine-growing area, with vineyards set across the valley floor and sloping sides. Tree-covered hills flank the valley. Masseria del Vigneto is only seven minutes by car from the historic centre of Alberobello and around 60 minutes from Bari Airport. Brindisi Airport is 50 minutes away while the Savelletri beaches and lidos can be reached in around 20 minutes.
There are several restaurants around three kilometres away in Cocolicchio. Alberobello has a wider selection of restaurants and supermarkets and is just eight kilometres away.
April and May are the best times to catch the spring blossoms on the cherry trees and the wildflowers in the meadows. In June, you can enjoy the summer weather without the crowds. By July and August, the beaches are full but the countryside remains un-rushed and the Valley D’Itria with its lower temperatures is green and lush. September is a beautiful time to enjoy the end of summer in Puglia while October is perfect for a school half-term break with the family.
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