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.
How would you describe Villa Puglia in a nutshell?
A modern take on traditional Puglian life. Villa Puglia is a former farmhouse restored to its original beauty with a very authentic and modern design. Everything about the villa was carefully thought out in terms of the design and our guests’ needs. Villa Puglia is a luxurious, spacious and exceptionally comfortable house set amongst its own grove of ancient olive and almond trees in the Puglian countryside. It has been decorated with love for design and an eye for detail by meshing the old with the new. It’s a luxury design villa that offers inside and outside living at its best!
What was the inspiration behind Villa Puglia and how did it all start?
We’re both from the Netherlands but have been living outside of the country for many years. When we met in Aberdeen we immediately clicked — we had the same goals, wishes, and passion. One of us is from a design background and the other grew up in the hospitality world, so our skills perfectly complemented one another.
We had this idea to find a house in an idyllic location that felt isolated (without being too isolated) and that would be spacious enough for families or groups of friends to stay together. We’ve both moved houses a lot, so we were inspired to create a wonderful place that was our own while catering to the higher end of the holiday rental market. Originally the idea began in Spain, then later moved to Puglia and within 2.5 years, we had realized it.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Villa Puglia?
There’s a little bit of Scandinavian influence and a homely atmosphere, coupled with a boutique hotel feel. Rather than high architecture, it’s a really liveable design. It feels like your home but better!
Is Villa Puglia best suited for couples, families? What’s your policy on kids?
We both have young kids and it’s perfect for families - there are baby beds, kids’ cutlery, everything you need. But it’s also ideal for groups of friends or families with older children. We’ve noticed that a lot of our guests come from a creative background (architects, photographers, designers), so we feel that it attracts people who are looking for something special and appreciate the attention to detail.
To you personally, what is so special about Villa Puglia?
Villa Puglia is absolutely the perfect combination of great design and guests' needs. We used the traditional charm as a springboard for the creation of a perfectly designed modern holiday home with a boutique hotel feel. The result is a beautiful villa excellent for both in- and outdoor living. It is all about making the very most of the time spent with family and friends or a romantic getaway.