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 is the story behind Tre Bacili, what was your inspiration to create it?
I live in Milan but come from an aristocratic family, Bacile di Castiglione, that was once of high value in the village of Spongano. So I wanted to do something that would give me satisfaction and create employment in the area. My parents didn’t own anything in the village, so I decided to buy three houses, built in the late 18th and 19th century, and transform them into a boutique property.
I wanted to create something completely different from other properties in the area, most of which feature a typical Salento style. But as managing hotels is not my background, I didn’t have the skills or knowledge. So I hired a consultant who runs several properties and has managed important hotels in the past.
I wanted to restore the houses’ architectural details and add in all of the comforts and technology that we could, such as underfloor heating and security cameras. We designed the mansion with environmental sustainability in mind, so there are no single-use plastics (guests receive a refillable steel water bottle when they arrive) and we collaborate with a toiletries company that uses local olive oil.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Tre Bacili?
Everything speaks of an old mansion. Many people say that it’s far from home but it feels like home. The property surrounds the oldest church in the village and is very private. You can stay within Tre Bacili all day and enjoy complete quiet. While we offer some hotel services, we are not a hotel and most guests say that it feels like they are staying in a family house.
Most of the rooms feature high ceilings and are very simple in their design, with not a lot of things on the walls or the tables. That being said, we do have artwork in all of the rooms and in the common areas, as well as a mural about the seasons in Salento. I also commissioned the artist to paint the interior of the swimming pool black with Greek-inspired drawings and tiles. Adjacent to the swimming pool is a small garden with 3 lemon trees and 5 fragrant white wisteria.