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Beautifully restored 16th Century farmhouse with large private pool

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious 5 bedroom/ 5 bathroom, luxury country house, sleeps 10

Recently restored 5 bedroom/5 bathroom 16th century farmhouse, with large enclosed swimming pool and covered terrace perfect for al fresco dining Italian style. Ideal for families and groups. Located in a peaceful, rural setting just 5 minutes outside Castellana Grotte, a lovely old town with a weekly market and many excellent restaurants for dining out open all year round. Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and cherry orchards, this lovingly restored spacious property provides total privacy yet is within easy reach of the local historical towns and major tourist attractions providing plenty to see and do in the evenings.

A spacious L shaped living area with vaulted ceiling, open fire and comfortable seating for 10, 5 bedrooms/ 5 bathrooms, separate dining room, modern fully fitted kitchen, private ‘Roman’ style swimming pool with surrounding patio, and large covered dining terrace with table and chairs together with brick built BBQ, free Wifi, makes this stunning property ideal for families or groups.

This beautiful rambling property has been has been lovingly renovated to perfectly combine traditional details with luxury, maintaining many original features in addition to luxury facilities to ensure maximum comfort during your stay. The extensive L shaped living area, with ‘Masseria’ style stone flooring has two comfortable seating areas with four modern settees, writing tables, and flat screen plasma satellite television & DVD. The décor is unique with interesting ethnic art and artefacts from around the world, tasteful Moroccan rugs, atmospheric lighting, exquisite wall art and mirrors creating an ambience of luxury and comfort. There is a large open fireplace for cosy evenings in the cooler months.

Leading off the living room is a spacious dining room with a traditional hand crafted wooden table which comfortably seats twelve and rustic furnishings in keeping with a Masseria of this era. There is a second access to the dining room suitable for wheelchairs. The large modern airy kitchen is well equipped with double oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, and big American style fridge. The expansive granite worktops and under counter cupboards provide adequate storage for a large family or group.

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Property Manager
Julian Harvard
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Six of us have just come back from an idyllic early September break at the Masseria. We fell in love with this beautifully restored building, with its cool, honey-coloured stone walls, high arched ceilings and whitewashed exterior. Mature olive and almond groves add to the feeling that it's been there forever, with a couple of (currently unoccupied) trulli more or less the only other buildings in sight.

Pretty much everything else about the place is new - all the mod cons you'd expect of a high-end villa, but also beautiful furnishings and artefacts from around the world giving it a sophisticated yet homely feel. There was plenty of space for all of us to have our privacy, with room to spare (the Masseria accommodates nine with ease) and more bathrooms than we knew what to do with.

The pool is huge, with a comfortable seating/eating area and plenty of loungers, perfect for cooling off after a day trip, or nursing a beer and watching the sun go down.

Some great restaurants a short drive away, but do take up Darren and Donatella - the English/Italian couple who look after the place - on their offer of an evening learning how to cook Puglian-style. We had a fabulous evening, well lubricated with their own vineyard's excellent wine and their own olive oil.

All in all, this is a brilliant place to use as a base to explore this relatively unknown part of Italy, or just to lap up the sun, the food, and the peace and quiet.
Sep 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Castellana Grotte in Metropolitan City of Bari

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , ensuite to master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , on 1st floor, shared with bedroom 2 and 3
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , ensuite to bedroom on ground floor
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , ensuite to disabled bedroom on ground floor
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ground floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - Romantic 4 poster bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , adequate room to put in 3rd single bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , large single room with panoramic views
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , ground floor, with direct access to pool and garden
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , ground floor with disabled access to pool and garden
  • On the ground floor there are two double en-suite bedrooms, one with disabled access and a shower/ WC suitable for wheelchair users. Each ground floor bedroom has direct access to the garden and pool area. There is an additional shower/utility room with WC and washing machine. Upstairs is just as stylish and unique. Each of the bedrooms has been beautifully decorated in a rustic yet luxurious style, and every room boasts access to an upper terrace with panoramic views of the stunning surrounding countryside. They are quirky and modern, some with unique features such as arched ceilings and ancient fireplaces. The master ensuite is romantically themed with a four poster bed with drapes, matching wardrobe, chest of drawers, and bureau. Two further bedrooms- a light and airy triple and spacious single complete the sleeping accommodation.
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 9 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside, the space is thoughtfully designed to provide long lazy hours of relaxation in the Puglia sunshine. The large enclosed ‘Roman style’ swimming pool & sun bathing terrace is surrounded on one side by a beautifully tended Mediterranean garden planted with cacti, citrus trees and flowering shrubs and on the other by an olive grove creating total privacy. The large covered dining area , overlooking the pool and therefore enabling children to be supervised at all time, provides a perfect escape from the mid-day sun or for eating mouth-watering fresh food from the BBQ. There is secure parking for several cars with lockable gates. For a special occasion we can arrange for meals to be cooked onsite by Darren & Donatella, who look after the house and live locally. if you would like to try your hand at preparing a traditional Pugliese meal yourself, Darren and Donatella would be delighted to provide a fun filled cookery lesson onsite. Please enquire regarding prices.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Beautifully restored 16th Century farmhouse with large private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our party of six adults had a most enjoyable stay at Masseria Casalicchio over the first week of October 2016, not least because of the attentions of the caretakers, Donatella and Darren - Donatella offering a spectacular buffet meal, from fresh local produce, on the evening of our arrival, and Darren providing invaluable help during a medical emergency.

The handsome barrel-vaulted farmhouse preserves a basic 16th-century structure in combination with a thoroughly modernised, spacious, and comfortable interior. Being some distance from main roads, set among a landscape of seemingly limitless olives groves (and with its own large swimming pool), the house is totally quiet - sounds of nature apart - and entirely safe for young children.

It had been our intention to visit notable cities and towns such as Brindisi, Lecce, Taranto, and Matera, but found, in the event, that there was an abundance of attractive places closer at hand and suitable for half-day excursions: Conversano, Locorotondo, Martina France, Ostuni, and, on the coast, Bari, Polignano a Mare, and Monopoli.

All in all, Masseria Casalicchio and its locality can be warmly recommended, both for families and for groups of adults.

William Mathew

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The best holiday

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location in a very quiet olive farm. Very spacious villa, ideal for 2 families.

Kitchen very well equipped.

Pool clean and pretty big.

Very nice outside area for evening meals.

Very good communication with Darren.

I fully recommend this place for relaxing holiday

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Mayfield, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Excellent in all ways and we found it as described

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse has been thoughtfully and comfortably restored. It sits amongst fields of vines and olives only a short drive from Castellano and supermarket etc. The coast is about 20 minutes away. There is great attention to detail - breakfast was provided and Daz and Donatella couldn't have been more welcoming and kind. They provided us with an amazing meal on arrival that our children still talk about.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxation and Comfort at Masseria Casalicchio

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the Masseria, a family party of six adults. The Masseria is set in the midst of olive groves and vineyards, quiet and secluded. It has been beautifully restored with all the facilities that you could require, super comfortable beds and a colourful garden with lemon trees, oleanders and agapanthus, all in flower. There is a large outside shaded area with tables and chairs and a splendid pool very carefully maintained by Darren.

On arrival we were met and guided to the Masseria by Darren, who with his wife Donatella produced the most delicious, home cooked meal of authentic local fare; a wonderful way to start our holiday. Darren was very easy to contact and full of useful suggestions of good local restaurants, markets and other places to visit. In particular, on his suggestion, we had a day out at Torre Guacheto, an unspoilt nature reserve with an endless curved sandy beach, beautiful swimming and walking. Other highlights were the local medieval town of Conversano, the seaside resort of Polignano a Mare and the partly excavated ruins at Egnazia.

The Masseria is rural and very quiet, an ideal restorative after busy city life, with lazy, sunny days of swimming and reading in a beautiful setting. Darren and his wife were very thoughtful and kind and added greatly to the pleasure of our stay. Two of the party have coeliac disease and Darren and Dona could not have been more helpful in providing delicious food they could eat safely and suggesting local, "coeliac friendly" restaurants. We were very grateful for their understanding and efforts.

We all had an excellent time at Masseria Casalicchio and could not recommend it more highly.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Masseria Casalicchio was absolutely faultless. It was the perfect holiday home. As a party of 8 we had a fantastic family holiday-it's great for families with very young children as we have. The masseria was spotless, well equipped, comfortable and spacious. Darren and Donatella were very hospitable and always available with advise and recommendations for things to do in the local area. The meal they prepared for us was out of this world and plentiful! We had enough leftovers to feed us all for days afterwards! If anyone is hesitant in booking don't be. You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great home absolutely perfect for large groups

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of this beautiful vacation home aren't able to convey just how thoughtful the design and decorating of this restored farmhouse truly are. The owners clearly invested both time and money to make Masseria Casalicchio a true oasis in southern Italy. The property location provides complete tranquility, but with very convenient access to nearby towns that have all manner of resources needed by travelers. It's also within easy driving distance for numerous day trips in and around Puglia. Would highly recommend allowing the caretakers (both delightful people) to prepare dinner for you early in your stay; the food was delicious and bountiful - we had leftovers for days. Our group of 14 people had ample room to congregate both indoors and outdoors, yet allowed us to retire to our separate spaces when needed. The five star rating is well deserved!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
57 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Castellana Grotte
Nearest Ferry
57 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Castellana Grotte
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Castellana Grotte
Nearest Beach
18 Kilometres
Adriatic coast
Car: necessary

Masseria Casalicchio is in close proximity to many of Puglia’s famous hilltop towns, each with their own character and historical centres quite unspoilt by new development. Within 5 minutes is Castellana Grotte, a beautiful market town with banks, supermarkets, restaurants and the world famous caves, arguably the most beautiful in Europe. The ancient town of Conversano, steeped in history with a medieval castle dating from Norman times is just 15 minutes and Putignano, a lively ‘buzzing’ town with an abundance of eateries and shops is an easy 15 minutes in the other direction. Within easy reach is the ‘must see’ town of Alberobello a UNESCO heritage site and fascinating place to explore the trulli, the conical shaped houses unique to Puglia. Nearby is Polignano al Mare, a spectacular seaside town built on limestone cliffs and the spectacular circular town of Locorotondo, famous for white wine. The coast is approximately 18km away, with some lovely beaches and coves and for the gourmand, fresh fish and seafood restaurants are in plentiful supply. Other local towns worthy of a visit are Martina Franca, an elegant baroque town that hosts Puglia’s famous outdoor musical festival, and the ‘”White City’ Ostuni with its whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. Slightly further afield, but still within an hour and a half is Lecce, known as the Florence of the South and Matera, the World Heritage Site of the ‘Sassi Caves’ where 'The Passion of the Christ ' was filmed, can be visited in a day trip.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Castellana Grotte, Puglia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
26 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 6 Night Deal
12 Aug 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High Season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
23 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Normal changeover day is Saturday arriving after 4pm & departing by 10 am – more flexible in low season
Additional charges; Gas for central heating outside peak season (if required) £150 per week; Longer term winter rental available between November and March.
EXTRA SERVICES: if you are travelling with young babies we can order in nappies, food and milk in advance of your stay.

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