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.
With about 800 kilometers of coastline, Puglia has some of Italy’s most unforgettable beaches, from Polignano a Mare to Monopoli, and from Otranto to Gallipoli.
Masseria della Croce
How would you describe Masseria della Croce in a nutshell?
Masseria della Croce is a luxury vacation villa rental in Puglia, Italy, immersed in unspoiled nature, 15 mins from the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean and near many interesting sights like Murgia dei Trulli, Valle d’Itria and Salento.
The Masseria enjoys a spacious parlor with a warm fireplace, living room, study, dining room, full kitchen, four suites and four baths. All rooms overlook the courtyard, beautifully landscaped gardens and a marvelous heated swimming pool.
Please tell us a bit about the history of the Masseria.
The history of the Masseria dates back to the 17th century, during which the Knights of Malta and Benedictine monks stayed here.
The renovation to turn the building into a vacation villa, which begun in the mid 90s, took place with respect of the formal and structural elements of the Masseria, perfectly integrating the original features with the refined decor and furniture throughout.
How would you describe the atmosphere at the Masseria?
Puglia is an extraordinary place to be discovered and explored and yet we have had some guests who simply weren’t able to leave the Masseria once they got settled in. Here things seem to move a bit more slowly than in your previous reality.
Being at the edge of the pool is like a spiritual retreat. At the Masseria you will find harmony.
Every suite is special in its own way. All of the elegantly dressed suites offer beautiful views of the surrounding nature, allowing yourself to be pleasantly awoken by the melody of the rooster as the first rays of sun find their way through the shutters. One suite even features an intimate and relaxing Jacuzzi.
One of the many remaining original features, the embrasure, found in the walls of one of the upper floor suites reminds us of times in which enemies were repelled from above, by a bath of hot oil.
Masseria della Croce would like to treat its guests to a unique and delightful vacation with an absolute attention to service. No wish is left unrealised.
Our services include a private chef who will indulge any request and would be delighted to prepare you one of our typical Pugliese specialties, or offer a private traditional cooking class for those keen to learn cooking some of the best dishes in the world.
Butler, baby-sitter, personal trainer or dry cleaning services are available upon request, we can even organise special excursions, a hired driver or a private boat.
The food and wine are certainly the most beautiful gifts of this part of Italy. Our cuisine boasts many simple recipes and authentic wines which you can discover with guided visits to the local wine cellars and vineyards.
Puglia is the most easterly region of Italy, known for its blue sea and beautiful beaches. With about 800 kilometers of coastline, it is ideal for a beach vacation and has some of Italy’s most unforgettable beaches, from Polignano a Mare to Monopoli, from Otranto to Gallipoli.
There’s a little place that few know about just an hour away by car. It’s called Torre Guaceto and is a natural marine reserve protected by the WWF. It’s a must-visit with perfectly serene places and little coves where sea turtles breed. It’s a feast for your eyes and for your heart.
We also have an 18-hole golf course surrounded by olive trees and sea, just a short distance away from the Masseria.
According to National Geographic and Lonely Planet, Puglia is one of the most beautiful regions of the world. The countryside surrounding the Masseria is distinctively rich and captivating. Unforgettable beauty and delights await you.
The Masseria is located in the heart of Puglia and within easy reach many of the most beloved Italian hamlets including Alberobello (5 mins away), Polignano a mare (10 mins), Ostuni (40 mins), Matera (50 mins), Otranto (90 mins) and Gallipoli (90 mins).
For the New York Times ‘Winter is prime in Puglia’. The American newspaper recommends its readers to ‘travel to the heel of Italy off-season in order to discover the slower, cosier, more welcoming side’. Or rather visit the back country, its quiet farms and products like burrata mozzarella, fava beans, wine and above all, olive oil.
As they say ‘Puglia is radiant in the summer, captivating in the spring, sublime in the autumn and cosy in the winter’. A region which knows how to amaze and to fascinate in every season of the year.
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