A stylish, newly built trulli house located near Lecce in Puglia which sleeps up to 10 in 5 formal bedrooms split between the main ‘Masseria’ building and a seperate ‘pajara’ annexe. With pool which can be heated, pizza oven and barbecue.
The house has been designed by a renowned Apulian architect using local stone and traditional techniques and it sits completely privately within 2 hectares of ancient olive trees.
The main villa houses a smart sitting room, a sleek modern kitchen with a large oak table. The dining room features an impressive open fireplace but with local ‘tufo’ stone. Both the kitchen and dining room open out to an internal courtyard and to lush lawns.
The 285 sq meter villa’s sleeping quarters include:
A master bedroom with four poster king sized bed, with en-suite bathroom with shower & TV
A twin /double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower
Two twin/double bedrooms sharing a spacious family bathroom with bathtub and seperate shower. The two rooms can be interconnecting. One Of the rooms has a TV and DVD player.
Another bedroom lies 30 meters from the main building, in an independant unit, built in a traditional trullo with flat roof shape. A twin/double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (with shower) and TV, this makes a perfect space for teenagers, a nanny or visiting guests.
Externally there are two shaded dining areas, one in the courtyard and another within the gardens. There is a also a roof terrace with stunning views of olive groves and white stone villages and on clear days the coast.
The villa is situated 800 metres (15 mins walk) from the town centre of Carpignano Salentino, an area near the town of Lecce. Carpignano Salentino has shops, banks, grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants. More restaurants ad bars can be found in Martano, 1.5km away. Meanwhile Lecce is an ancient and beautiful city is known as the ‘Florence of the south’ because of the ornate Baroque architecture. The buildings are created from the local stone, pietra leccese, which adds to the city’s luminosity and appeal. Lecce is a lively city, popular with Italians and non-Italians alike. It is usually buzzing with life even late into the night in autumn and winter whether it be a market, street theatre or just the evening passeggiata. Apart from the designer shops and great restaurants, there are stunning sights like the half buried Roman amphitheatre near piazza Sant’Oronzo. The Chiesa di Santa Croce with its richly decorated façade and rose window is worth a visit as is the town hall, the Palazzo del Governo next door. Along Corso Vittorio Emanuele 1 the Duomo, with its 210 foot bell tower, is considered one of the most important in the whole of Italy. Go along via Palmieri to see craftsmen working on the local stone. Don’t forget the Orto Botanico di Lecce – the Lecce Botanical Garden, located in via prov. Lecce-Monterone. It covers just over 5 acres and is under the auspices of the University of Lecce.
A short drive from the Masseria, Otranto is a popular destination for Italy’s jet set.
Among the must-see sights are the Duomo, dating back to the 11th century with some internal columns allegedly from a temple dedicated to Minerva which has been restored to its original form and the dramatic five-sided Castello Aragonese, which has cylindrical towers and a moat.
Nearby are a selection of beautiful white, white sandy beaches which gently roll out into the warm sea. Within 10 minutes drive of the villa are a selection including Sant’Andrea, Torre Dell’Orso, Baia degli Angeli, Marina di Pescoluse (also known as ‘Le Maldive’), Torre Vado, Porto Badisco, Punta Prosciutto. All offer free beaches and also ‘Bagni’ where you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas.