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Beautifully restored 16th Century farmhouse with large private pool

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 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
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2018

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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • 14 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.


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Beautifully restored 16th Century farmhouse with large private pool
average rating of 4.888889 based on 23 reviews

Clean and comfortable in a good location

  • 4 of 5

Smart and comfy .Well equipped . In a quiet spot .

Great pool .

The caretaker was very helpful and friendly indeed.

Appreciated the welcome basket !

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful house and a great pool. Every detail is considered for a comfortable & relaxing stay.

  • 5 of 5

We had a a lovely time, and it was a pleasure to stay here. The house and pool were wonderful, and our families were very happy to while away the hours at the property - so much so that we rarely ventured out! There were lots of different spaces to enable quieter moments , and the sunset from the upstairs terrace is seriously impressive! The owners have thought of everything, and have a great taste - they were also very flexible with our complicated accommodation requirements! We were well looked after by Darren and Donatella who were supportive, friendly, informative but unobtrusive hosts. The location was ideal for short trips to interesting places. You need a car, though - a little more information in the blurb about exact location would be helpful, as we thought we may have been able to walk into Castellana - which wasn't really an option. This didn't stop us from having a thouroughly enjoyable time though. We would not hesitate to recommend the property to others - but don't all rush to book , now - we'd like to be able to go back at some point!!!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Great house

  • 4 of 5

There were 10 of us and we just fit in - 3 children had to share a room but Daz (the caretaker) did offer us an additional bed in the living area.

This house is very clean, peaceful with a really nice pool and beautiful views from the upstairs veranda. All the bedrooms are lovely and it was good to have the anti-insect screens on the windows and doors The kitchen is very well equipped and the welcome breakfast pack is not only useful but also very good and well thought through.

The house is in a great location- many interesting places to visit within a short drive (Craco is a must, just don't do the tour- too long), Matera, Ostuni, Lecce and the nice beaches.

Downsides: Don't expect to get any Wifi as the signal is extremely weak and does not extend beyond the living room. Also, there was confusion about check in and check out times. The contract says check in after 3pm. Daz (the caretaker) emailled to say that we could not check in until after 5pm as the house would not be ready. I suggested that we arrive after 3 and stay around the pool and out of the way. But, he basically said "no". So, we arrived after 5pm and I asked about the temperature of the pool and he said "Its great, I had a swim this afternoon and it was lovely!". In short, we had been pre-longing our arrival and waiting whilst he had a swim. Check out was just as confusing - It was meant to be at 10am. Donatella arrived with her crew to clean the house at 9am. We did not find it relaxing having 3 women bustling through the house or hovering nearby with cleaning stuff for an hour as we were trying to enjoy the last few minutes of our holiday and pack up. These times should be made clearer in the contract.

Having said all of that, it is a wonderful house- well thought out , easy to use and in a very accessible area of Puglia.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A bit of heaven in Italy

  • 5 of 5

This house is truly amazing. We were a party of 9. Mothers and daughters, a married couple and the rest singles and we all had our own space to go to when or if we needed to get away. The house is centrally located and we could get to most of the towns that we wanted to visit within 30 minutes, but like another reviewer stated....the best evenings consisted of everybody gathering outside by the pool, having dinner and drinks.

So much fun. Couldn't have been better.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely fantastic everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

Tranquil and hosts Donatello and Darren couldn't do enough for us. Experienced expert Italian cooking by Donatello on two occasions. One a full meal for 5 and buffet for 35 would definitely recommend. The Sutcliffe wedding party.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well prepared, beautiful all round. Clean, quiet, everything we needed. Pool unheated but lovely.

  • 5 of 5

Darren and donatella couldnt have been more helpful. Beautifully converted but watch your head on some doors!! Welcome pack was very welcome. Local restaurants were all good. Obviously need a car. Cherries from their own orchard were delicious. Would return.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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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:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Shoulder Season
5 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Season
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nightly Rate
14 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Season
22 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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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