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 Subbiano in a nutshell?
Villa Subbiano offers a truly authentic experience in the heart of rural Puglia. It’s set in a country villa that’s been beautifully restored using local materials, traditional building methods, and details. The result is a three-bedroom house that fits perfectly within the surrounding olive grove — a real Italian vernacular.
Please tell us about the interior design/architecture. How would you describe it?
The renovations were carried out by of our good friend Andrew Trotter (who designed Masseria Moroseta) and began from the ruins of a traditional lamia (farmhouse). It’s been given a modern edge while still maintaining its rustic, light and airy feel.
Bespoke kitchen benchtops and bathroom sinks were made from concrete and a fireplace was added to the back room. A new outdoor kitchen and alfresco seating areas were designed to take full advantage of the great weather and rural setting. We also added a long wall alongside the pool to give the feeling of an outdoor room, as well as more seclusion for swimmers.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Villa Subbiano?
During the restoration, we wanted to ensure that respect was given to the original heritage of the building while also adding serenity and comfort that defines traditional Puglian architecture. I feel that we’ve successfully preserved the historic atmosphere to give the space a charming and relaxing feel.
To you personally, what is so special about Villa Subbiano?
The best thing about Villa Subbiano is the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere — waking up with only the sounds of the birds and eating breakfast outside amongst the olive trees.
Is Villa Subbiano best suited for couples, families? What’s your policy on kids?
Families with children are welcome — there are three bedrooms, with a maximum capacity for six guests. We can also provide baby cots for children under three. However, pets are not allowed. It’s worth keeping in mind that the villa is on one story (there are no stairs), so can be accessible to those with limited mobility.