* TRAVEL *
As you drive down an old country road lined with century old olive trees, you will come to Masseria Moroseta, a white stone house standing proudly on a ridge overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the nearby town of Ostuni. Built with local materials and using traditional techniques, its modern architecture was influenced by the great estates of the Puglian countryside. Surrounded by five hectares of organic olive groves, the farmhouse is an enclave of tranquility and rural simplicity.
The region is famous for its olive oil and wine, making it a must-see for travelling foodies. The farmhouse is surrounded centuries-old olive trees that make some of the best oil in the area, which you’re welcome to taste and take home with you. Besides your standard amenities, there’s massages, a spa, a personal chef upon request, as well as a yoga course all available during your stay.
The two picturesque swimming pools are a lovely alternative if taking a dip in the nearby ocean isn’t what you fancy. Lounging seems to be the done pastime among Masseria Moroseta’s stylish guests with its peaceful surrounds making it the perfect place to chill, and chill hard.
Villa Cardo is a 4 bedroom house designed by Studio Andrew Trotter, who designed Masseria Moroseta. Like the masseria, Villa Cardo has been built with local materials and using traditional methods of building, to ensure the Pugliese vernacular shines through, keeping the building light, airy and cool in the summer. Downstairs there is a cinema room with adjoining Turkish bath.
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The 2 double villas and two suites, accessed via the central courtyard, feature chalk-white walls, limestone floors and shuttered French doors opening onto secluded outdoor areas. Furnishings are spare and rustic – all weathered wood, tarnished metals, and rumpled linens and cottons (not a frill or flounce in sight). Bathrooms have vintage marble sinks, open showers with salvaged copper pipes and fittings, and lashings of hot, high-pressure water.
All rooms come with air-conditioning/heating, safety deposit box and free Wi-Fi. There are no televisions or minibars; instead, convivial gatherings in the lounge.