Mas­se­ria Mo­ro­se­ta.


The Mas­se­ria Mo­ro­se­ta is just 10 mi­nutes from Os­tu­ni, a sea­side re­sort in the re­gion of Apu­lia. On one side it faces the Adria­tic coast, while the other looks out on­to a bu­co­lic land­scape of vines and olive trees. The im­ma­cu­late rooms de­co­ra­ted with a ‘less is more’ vibe fea­ture in­di­vi­dual pa­tios and the gues­thouse serves lo­cal­ly sour­ced food that’s to die for. In ad­di­tion, a spec­ta­cu­lar, po­li­shed concrete above ground pool pro­vides the per­fect fi­ni­shing touch ma­king this the ideal ge­ta­way des­ti­na­tion for ci­ty- dwel­lers loo­king for a short break in Ita­ly.

Car­lo Lan­zi­ni had al­ways dreamt of one day ope­ning a gues­thouse where he could in­vite his friends and fa­mi­ly to come and stay. At first, he had set his sights on Nardò and its sur­roun­ding area in the south of Apu­lia, un­til that is he dis­co­ve­red Os­tu­ni by chance while dri­ving around. As soon as he saw “La Cit­tà Bian­ca”, it was love at first sight. He spent a year loo­king for the right place be­fore, in 2012,co­ming across a “mas­se­ria” (a tra­di­tio­nal farm­house) set on five hec­tares of land plan­ted with hun­dre­dyear-old olive trees and boas­ting views of the sea. Four years la­ter the Mas­se­ria Mo­ro­se­ta is now open. The project is al­so the sto­ry of two friends, of Car­lo and An­drew Trot­ter, the En­glish edi­tor of li­fe­style ma­ga­zine Open­house. Their friend­ship star­ted some twen­ty or so years ago ago when they met in Lon­don, where Car­lo was stu­dying ci­ne­ma at Cen­tral Saint Mar­tins. An­drew had of­ten ac­com­pa­nied Car­lo on his trips to find the per­fect country home, so it was on­ly na­tu­ral that he of­fe­red his ser­vices, af­ter all he had trai­ned as an in­ter­ior de­si­gner. And that was that. It was ‘bye bye’ to the ori­gi­nal buil­ding (that was just a bit too 70s) and ‘hel­lo’ to a new, mi­ni­mal, all-white construc­tion fa­cing the sea, in which eve­ry lit­tle de­tail was set off to per­fec­tion. To build the vaul­ted cei­lings and thick walls (nee­ded to keep the oc­cu­pants nice and co­ol, even on the hot­test day) An­drew cal­led upon the ser­vices of lo­cal artisans and their wealth of tra­di­tio­nal know-how in wor­king with na­tu­ral ma­te­rials. The re­sult is so im­pres­sive that you could al­most think you were loo­king at an age-old farm­house!

At the Mas­se­ria Mo­ro­se­ta sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty is key and the gues­thouse’s so­lar pa­nels and well-thought out in­su­la­tion make it 80 % ener­gy self-suf­fi­cient. Four be­drooms and two suites with pri­vate pa­tios are set to each side of a cour­tyard plan­ted with fruit trees. There is a big li­ving-di­ning room, a kit­chen with a large com­mu­nal table where break­fast is ser­ved (fresh fruit juice, gra­no­la, ba­na­na bread, orange fruit sa­lad, ome­lette with herbs and cla­fou­tis… all of which are ho­me­made), as well as a hot tub, ham­mam and sau­na in an ad­ja­cent buil­ding. Th­ree times a week, Car­lo or­ga­nises din­ners for all his guests and in­vites Gior­gia Gog­gi to come and co­ok at the “mas­se­ria”. The young Ita­lian chef works ex­clu­si­ve­ly with lo­cal in­gre­dients, some of which come from the farm it­self, to make her crea­tive, lo­ca­vore-friend­ly dishes, which are ser­ved on lo­ve­ly ce­ra­mic ta­ble­ware made in the near­by vil­lage of Grot­ta­glie. Should you want to buy some unique pieces just ask Car­lo. He al­so sells ex­tra vir­gin olive oil pro­du­ced on site, as well as other pro­ducts, and is a mine of in­for­ma­tion on other places to find that spe­cial so­me­thing, no­ta­bly ce­ra­mics from Grot­ta­glie or pieces from his fa­vou­rite an­tique dea­ler in Os­tu­ni.

Just 25 mi­nutes from Brin­di­si air­port, the Mas­se­ria Mo­ro­se­ta is a great base from which to vi­sit the sur­roun­ding sites of na­tu­ral beau­ty: Os­tu­ni of course and its pic­tu­resque old- town over­loo­ked by San­ta Ma­ria As­sun­ta ca­the­dral; Al­be­ro­bel­lo, a vil­lage fa­mous for its “trul­li”, tra­di­tio­nal co­ni­cal-roo­fed lit­tle buil­dings with whi­te­wa­shed stone walls; Mar­ti­na Fran­ca, which is known for its ba­roque ba­si­li­ca de­di­ca­ted to Mar­tin de Tours; and the town of Po­li­gna­no a Mare per­ched on top of limestone cliffs. And back from your wan­de­rings, what bet­ter than to sim­ply re­lax on the pa­tio or in the pool amid­st the olive trees, or en­joy a treat­ment in the well­being centre with its hot tub, ham­mam and sau­na. Un­less you pre­fer a lei­su­re­ly bike ride through the olive trees along the paths that wind around the “mas­se­ria”.

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