Masseria Petrarolo

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Lido Bambù with its powdery sand beach: 7km (10 mins by car)
    Fantastic restaurants in Monopoli or Polignano a Mare: 10km (10 mins by car)
    Nature reserve Torre Guaceto with its beautiful beaches: 60km (40 mins by car)
    The beautiful towns of Ostuni, Alberobello, Cisternino and Lecce: 20-50 mins by car
  • Bari Airport (BRI): 65km (50 mins by car)
    Brindisi Airpprt (BDS): 75km (1h by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Exceptional villa with flawless service and attention to detail. You will have a wonderful time!
Grab a drink from one of the 5 kitchens and head to the heated rooftop pool for a sundwoner.
Immerse yourself in 30 hectares of olive groves, Mediterranean oak woods and lavender fields.

You need a car but you can also hire a chauffeur for the day or your entire trip.

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An introduction to Masseria Petrarolo

How would you describe Masseria Petrarolo in a nutshell?

Masseria Petrarolo is a fortified historic farmhouse turned luxury vacation rental on a 30-hectare estate and is now under the protection of the Italian Historical Buildings Department. It was originally built in the 1680s to protect the village families from attacks from the Saracens of North Africa.

We restored the house to a very contemporary standard to make it feel more luxurious which only adds to the grand feeling of the individual spaces in the villa.

What was your inspiration to buy a villa in Puglia and rent it out as a vacation home?

I had originally bought it as a family house, a long-term project that I could eventually retire in. I later decided to rent it out as a vacation home.

The inspiration for buying a house came when I was traveling through the Mediterranean on business and had the opportunity to become familiar with the area. As I sampled the food, the cooking, and the wine, it all just really clicked for me. I came back six months later, started to search for a house and found this one.

The previous owners hadn’t messed around with the fabric of the building, which was a real blessing because we were pretty much left with its original state. All of the ground floor space was originally built for animals and storage. We were able to utilize all of those rooms and turn them into residential living spaces.

Please tell us about the interior design of the villa.

We worked with a group of Italian architects who had experience with this type of building and space. Our personal friend and very talented young designer James Waterworth designed all of the furniture and lighting. With my guidance he was entirely responsible for the choice of materials and custom-made furniture, as well as the antiques. Masseria Petrarolo is a luxury vacation rental with a mix of contemporary furniture and antique pieces that sort of speak to the overall tune of the house.

To you personally, what is so special about staying at this particular vacation home?

I was lucky to spend a few months at Masseria Petrarolo last summer and found it to be a house with so many different places to enjoy. One of the greatest things about it is that many of the bedrooms have at least one element that makes them extraordinary. That could be an outdoor shower, a bath on the balcony overlooking the lemon grove, access to the hamam, dining on the rooftop, etc. In the four months of staying on vacation here I’d never gotten the sense that I’d done something too many times or that I’d been there before. There’s so much variety, it’s really a joy to be there.

What do you particularly like about this part of Italy?

Puglia’s charm is several-fold. Puglia is a fascinating area in terms of the different influences such as Norman, Greek, and also Albanian.

It faces south and is a very Mediterranean part of Italy. Puglia itself is very well run, especially compared to other parts of southern Italy, so it’s a prosperous and busy place, and growing faster than many other regions of Italy. There’s a real sense of life and vitality to this area. Restaurants are even open off-season.

From a visitor’s point of view, the historical aspect and style of the architecture combined with very good wines and a really strong type of distinctive cooking that fits well with contemporary palates makes it very appealing. Puglia is becoming discovered but not too much so that the towns still cater to Italians.

Valentino suite
Masseria Petrarolo
Rooftop pool
Roof terrace
Masseria Petrarolo property
Breakfast with ocean view
Masseria Petrarolo
Pool area
Poolside kitchen
Living room
Living room
Lapazaya Suite
Outside bathtub
Giordano suite
Gargano room
Gargano room views
Shower room
Lampascioni room
Dining room
Pizza oven
Courtyard dining
Tennis court
Tennis court
Lavender fields
The gardens
The gardens
Orange grove
Airstream and olive grove

Masseria Petrarolo rooms & rates

Masseria Petrarolo is a luxury vacation rental with nine bedrooms, the ninth being a bit smaller than the others. Eight of the rooms are double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. All rooms have air-conditioning and most have radiant floor heating. There’s a family kitchen on the top floor, a breakfast kitchen by the breakfast terrace, and a commercial kitchen, which the staff use. There’s also a kitchen out by the pool which is for poolside dining.

There’s a large living room with a fireplace at the villa, which is a very lovely place to hang out. The large dining room seats 20 comfortably in a very big oak-floored room with a large fireplace. A housekeeper’s apartment is connected to the vacation rental, but is separate.

People often say that despite being a big house, it has a very cozy feel to it, very warm and welcoming. It’s definitely styled and doesn’t feel like an average vacation home, but the design is not in any way austere or off-putting. It’s been put together in a very consistent way. All the pieces work well together.

  • Masseria Petrarolo for 18 people / 300 m²
    4636 / night
    • 3 Twin bedrooms
    • 6 Double bedrooms
    • 8 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 3 Kitchens
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 3 Baby cots (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Balcony
    • Fireplace
    • Sea view
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates are per week and include a morning maids service & evening turn-down service 8-9pm, full time Concierge service, shopping service - all groceries to be paid direct upon presentation of the receipts, plus 10% admin charge and a private chef preparing 2 meals a day (except Wednesdays), specializing in Puglian cooking style and using local produce.
Optional extras
Restored Airstream (sleeps 2 adults +2 children) addle. €1250-2500/week. Trullo Petrarolo, which sleeps up to 6, additional €3000-5500/week. Chef preparing 3 meals a day is an additional €500/week. Evening waiter/barman service. Laundry service. Heating of the small rooftop pool is included. Addle. charge for heating of the large pool (except July and August): June & Sept - €800/week; April & May - €1000/week; March & Oct - €1500/week; Rest of the Year - €2000/week.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. There are 3 cots and highchairs, as well as indoor and outdoor children’s tables and chairs. Babysitting is also available with prior notice.
Minimum stay
7 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Maid service
  • WiFi
  • Concierge service
  • Air conditioning
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fireplace
  • Babysitting on request
  • Garden
  • TV
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Music system
  • Toys for kids
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Steam room/Hamam
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

We have two pools, one large one in the garden next to the pool house, and a rooftop pool, which is the perfect space for grown-ups to hang out in a more lounge-style setting. There is a hammam, a wine room, a well-stocked library, an orangery and endless gardens, situated amidst 30 hectares of picturesque farmland that yields fresh produce for our guests daily, including our walled Kitchen Garden, where the villa's chef sources his organic fruit, vegetables and herbs.

We have an experienced private chef specialising in in local delicacies and items from our menu. Please note that the chef will have the evening off on Wednesdays (housekeeping will still lay out breakfast, and the chef will prepare a cold lunch with salads and meats etc in advance, but won't be present for lunch or evening meal).

We provide daily housekeeping, there are board games, a satellite TV and DVD player, and a wide selection of DVDs, state-of-the-art movie projector and sound system to set up a cinema experience and a comprehensive alarm and security system. We can also provide babysitting and a private chauffeur.

Please note that pool heating throughout the year of the small rooftop pool is included in the rental cost. For the large pool there is an additional weekly costs for for the pool heating.

Things to do in Puglia & Monopoli

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips

A day trip to Lecce, which is about a 50-minute drive, is fascinating for those interested in architecture. The trulli of the area as well as the world-class caves are fascinating to see as well. The hotel Masseria Torre Coccaro, which is about 25 mins away, has a fantastic underground spa built out of the natural caves that the farmers used to use.

We have our own tennis court. For anyone interested we can book people onto boats for yachting excursions. Our guests can also drive a little north to visit a Norman castle, which was built by Frederic II when he was ruling this part of Puglia. The San Dominica golf club is nearby too.

When the summer season hits, the Italian beaches fill up but on weekdays and out of season they’re less crowded. Kite surfers prefer to use Capitola beach for their training. It’s fairly empty all the way up to the big season beginning in July.

I found that there is enough that can be done at the villa without going elsewhere. There’s a lot to explore, two pools to hang out in, and so far most of our guests have been quite content to spend lots of time at our vacation home.

Masseria Petrarolo reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Masseria Petrarolo is a small heaven on earth!
We absolutely loved our stay!
The villa has been elegantly and tastefully renovated with respect to the history and tradition of the place.
The rooms are very spacious and beautifully decorated. Attention is paid to every little detail. We loved the outdoor showers and the shower with the big window facing the olive trees!
The property is impressive and invites you to explore different areas. The children loved the trampoline area and the ponies! The gardens have been amazingly landscaped but look so wild and natural at the same time! The pool is so inviting!
The location of the property near Monopoli made it a good starting point to visit the nearby beautiful towns and villages of Puglia!
What was really impressive and totally surpassed our expectations was the quality and level of service of the staff: a well-trained team willing to attend to all our needs during our stay!
We loved starting our day with a delightful breakfast set in the garden terrace!
A totally 5-star hotel experience!
We can't wait to return!
Anastasia P. (Greece)
stayed at Masseria Petrarolo in April 2024
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Superb in every way.
Kirk B.
stayed at Masseria Petrarolo in October 2021
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Very good (5), such a friendly and calm place. Had a very good time there.
Tim B. (Germany)
stayed at Masseria Petrarolo in October 2015

The location of Masseria Petrarolo

Masseria Petrarolo is located in the Puglian countryside surrounded by olive groves and vineyards at about 300 meters above sea level with a 160-degree view of the ocean.

The small town of Monopoli is six kilometers away, with a nice historical centre and everything you might need. We are about 15 mins from Capitolo beach with beachside restaurants and beach clubs that are a lot of fun in the summer.

Other towns, such as Alberobello, the historical town of trullis, is about 20 mins away. Cisternino, a hilltop town famous for its caves, is also close by. Ostuni is about 40 mins away, and we’re about an hour from Bari, which is where the Puglia airport is.

Further south from us, about a 40-minute drive, there’s a wonderful national park with a truly amazing beach.

When is the best time to visit Puglia?

During the summer you get all the glorious heat and sunshine that’s very typical of this part of southern Italy. With 300 days of sunshine per year the air conditioning at the house comes in quite handy.

The peak season in Puglia doesn’t have a sense of being crowded. The beaches are the only places where you’ll notice that it’s busy. For guests who like to stay away from crowds I can ensure them that they won’t be bothered by any of the business at the villa.

In spring, there are beautiful wildflowers in the fields. In fall, there’s a traditional festival at my house in September with a religious ceremony and a candlelit procession from the chapel in the house down to the Madonna. It’s a combination of a religious and a local community event, with food and the whole deal. It’s remarkably charming to be there during that time.