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Masse­ria il tabac­chi­fi­cio, Puglia

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Turn­ing the bar­rel-vaulted in­te­ri­ors of a 1930s to­bacco pro­cess­ing plant in Diso, Puglia, into a lux­u­ri­ous six-bed­room bou­tique lodge now seems some­thing of a no-brainer, but full ku­dos to its own­ers – an Ital­ian diplo­mat and his Viet­namese life­style blog­ger wife – for recog­nis­ing the build­ing’s po­ten­tial. Lecce-based ar­chi­tect Raf­faele Cen­tonze ex­e­cuted a sen­si­tive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the build­ing and the grounds, the lat­ter stylishly land­scaped with sil­ver olive trees and dry stone walls. The bright rooms are lined with pol­ished con­crete and re­cy­cled tim­ber, and dec­o­rated with vin­tage pieces col­lected by the own­ers on their trav­els. In high sum­mer, a gar­den lap-pool and the clear wa­ters of nearby Cas­tro Ma­rina are a de­light, though the lodge loses none of its charms in win­ter as guests re­treat in­doors for home-cooked meals and a bi­jou cin­ema. Daven Wu Diso, Puglia, tel: 44.20 7377 8518 (UK), the­think­ing­trav­eller.com. Rates: from €8,600 per week

LEVEL BEST Left, the Masse­ria Il Tabac­chi­fi­cio’s din­ing room, with white­washed walls, domed ceil­ings, chairs by Eero Saari­nen and Verner Pan­ton, and in­dus­trial-style light­ing

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