House | 5 bedrooms | 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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Polignano al Mare 18 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bari (Palese) 45 km, Nearest railway: Castellana Grotte 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 3 En suites and 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
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.
|Further details outdoors|
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.
EXTRA SERVICES: if you are travelling with young babies we can order in nappies, food and milk in advance of your stay. We can also arrange for a grocery pack to be available upon arrival.
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 for any of the above services.
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.
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12 Sep 2014
The Masseria Casalicchio is a really special place, the perfect holiday home for a large group. There were 10 of us across 4 generations and we had a truly memorable stay – swimming in the magnifice… More
14 Oct 2013
"Peaceful retreat in the Valle d'Itria"
Beautiful farmhouse set amidst vineyards and olive groves. Location is great for exploring Puglia. We did day trips to Grottaglie, Lecce and Ostuni. Easy to explore all the towns in Valle d'itria… More
We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Masseria Casalicchio and that Darren and Donatella looked after you well. They are a treasure and are always on hand to help clients. Maybe you will visit us again.
10 Oct 2013
"Even better the second time!"
Having had a wonderful family holiday at the Masseria in August 2012, we returned in August 2013 and fell in love with the house and the area all over again! This time we were with another family to … More
23 Sep 2013
"Fantastic place to rent with friends and children"
We were a party of 8 adults and 5 kids for which this masseria was perfectly suited. Whilst being a large party there was plenty of space for us all. The masseria has been very tastefully restored and… More
15 Nov 2012
"A fantastic, spacious villa, tucked in between beautiful olive groves"
The Masseria was a beautiful house set in the most picturesque olive groves. It was private, tucked down a long driveway, but not isolated. It was only a 5 minute drive to the nearest town which had p… More
9 Nov 2012
"Ticked every box for us"
We are two married couples in our sixties who wanted to tour Puglia. This villa was perfect for our first visit to the area and we were met on arrival by the caretaker who couldn't have been mor… More
14 Oct 2012
"A beautifully restored historic building in a peaceful rural setting and with a fabulous pool!"
I stayed at the masseria for a week in early October (it was warm enough to eat outside and to use the pool). I understand that the restoration of this historic, listed farmhouse has only recently b… More
2 Oct 2012
"The best holiday house I have ever stayed in"
Set in a beautiful, rural, location but close enough to visit many places of interest, this extraordinary house felt like a luxurious treat. It has been decorated in such a thoughtful and classy way t… More
19 Sep 2012
"A perfect holiday destination in the heart of the unspoilt Puglian countryside."
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.
11 Sep 2012
"The perfect family holiday"
We had a wonderful family holiday at Masseria Cassalichio. The house is beautiful and spacious and the large pool is perfect for children of all ages. The location is very peaceful and pretty but with numerous beautiful towns and some excellent private beaches just a short drive away (a car is essential).
There are some excellent restaurants in the different towns which we visited, although we also made very good use of the large brick barbeque at the house.
There are also many places to visit nearby (when we could tear ourselves away from the house and pool) including a small dinosaur park and a large safari park and funfair.
I would thoroughly recommend the property and we are already looking forward to a return visit.
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