Palazzo Gentile is a charming palazzo in the heart of an authentic Puglian village not far from some of the most beautiful sandy beaches of all of Italy.
Masseria Tenuta Potenti is more than just a place to spend your holiday. It is a way to escape from stressful daily life, meet nature and recalibrate your senses.
Close to some of the most beautiful beaches of Puglia, Maria Grazia and her team will show you their favourites.
Restaurant serving homemade and fresh produce from the farm and local producers.
You need a car to discover all that Puglia has to offer.
How would you describe Tenuta Potenti in a nutshell?
The masseria is housed in a sixteenth century building and is immersed in nature between the blue sea and the open horizon in Puglia, Italy. It is the perfect holiday hideaway where body and soul can regenerate.
The building is flanked by the original outhouses that have been converted into simple, but chic guest accommodations. The whitewashed walls of the old farmhouse reflect the incredible light of southern Italy and compliment the stark Mediterranean landscape. We serve home-made food and freshly baked breads and cakes, treating our guests to the best of Italian traditional cuisine in a friendly and informal environment.
What was your motivation to open Tenuta Potenti?
My parents grew up in Puglia, met each other and got married there. After a while they moved to Milan for work and although they were both happy there, they were looking for a place to reconnect to their beloved home region during their holidays. They looked for a special place, ideally a masseria, with its own story and retaining its original features. After a long search they finally found this place and refurbished it.
Please tell us a bit about the architecture and the interior design.
My mum has very good taste in interiors. She decided to respect the local style and traditions and puts flowers and dried herbs everywhere around in the masseria. She also likes to re-use old furniture, hand-painted tiles, our family’s ceramic and other bits she gets in various antique markets.
To you personally, what is so special about the masseria?
Masseria Tenuta Potenti is more than just a place to spend your holiday. It is a way to escape from stressful daily life, meet nature and re-calibrate your senses.
What do you particularly like about this region of Italy?
The wild and unspoiled nature here in Puglia, the sea, the hospitality and kindness of the local people and of course the exceptional quality of the food and wine.
The 23 hotel rooms and apartments each have their own fireplace and private patio overlooking the lush gardens full of flowers and fruit trees and the swimming pool.
Double room with a queen bed.
The Suite has two rooms, a bedroom with a queen bed and a living room that can accommodate up to two extra beds for children.
The Suite SUperior has two rooms, one with the queen bed and the other one with 2 beds for the children and a private garden (ca. 70 sqm). The rooms are connected.
Suite Superior Deluxe is composed of a bedroom and a bathroom with bathtub.
The Tower features two rooms with a private bathroom each, a large living room and a private terrace.
All food at Tenuta Potenti is homemade and fresh. We harvest the vegetables in the morning and prepare them the very same day. Every morning we create a menu of our own products and fresh fish, as well as the wines from our vineyards.
For us the secret is not only the freshness of the products, but the love for the kitchen and the respect for the old recipes of our tradition.
Hotel guests are welcome to take part in our Mediterranean cooking classes, making homemade bread, taralli, friselle and orecchiette using seasonal vegetables from our gardens.
We also organise monthly yoga retreats and offer Ayurveda massages. My mom also loves to show our guests the hidden places of Puglia – the most beautiful beaches and the best places to get to know the real Puglian countryside and culture.
I would recommend to visit the natural reserves of Salina dei Monaci and Palude del Conte as well as the many beautiful historic towns in the area.
One of the most beautiful towns is Lecce with its splendid baroque churches and monuments. Then there are also Taranto with its archeological museum, Matera with its cave houses, Le Valle D'Itria with its 'trulli', the white city of Ostuni, Grottaglie with its famous ceramics, Oria with its beautiful castle, as well as Salento, Martina Franca, Cisternino and Gallipoli.
My mum loves to accompany our guests to the hidden spots and show them the real Puglian countryside and culture.
The sixteenth century Masseria originally belonged to the powerful family of the Imperiali. It lies in an estate of about one hundred hectares near the historic town of Manduria among endless fields of olive trees and vineyards, only about five kilometres from the sea with its endless dunes of golden sand.
Every period has its own magical atmosphere, but personally I love the quiet of May, the colours of June when the dunes around the seaside are completely violet, the warm winds of July and the music and the pizzica dances of the festivals in August.
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