Masseria Calderisi, Puglia has reopened its doors, welcoming guests for its first full season. Launched in Spring 2021 as a newly revived, charming boutique hotel set amongst eight hectares of secluded olive and citrus groves in the Puglian countryside, this is the region’s latest farmhouse stay for couples and groups looking for a laid-back, authentic Italian escape, a stone’s throw from the Adriatic – offering the best of coast and country.
The renovated 17th century masseria is arranged around an expansive central piazza, hosting guests across 24 spacious rooms and suites – all with private terrace or garden. The original stable block was converted into five contemporary suites, lined by private patios and olive trees. Set away from the rest of the property, the secluded Il Fortino suite lies beside a private walled garden and pool, concealed among the estate’s ancient olive groves. Above the farmhouse, the Tower suite has access to a private rooftop terrace, with views to the Adriatic coast in the near distance. Whitewashed walls shelter the sunbathed, airy interiors throughout, where fresh linens, handmade furniture, and local ceramics create a luxurious yet relaxed space to unwind. The hotel’s design was overseen by owner Jutta von Braunmühl alongside a team of craftspeople, combining local materials with international touches and fabrics to create a welcoming, contemporary take on a traditional Puglian masseria.
Often referred to as ‘the farm of Italy’, Puglia has a strong agricultural heritage and is celebrated for its fresh produce. Open for breakfast and dinner, La Corte, serves contemporary Apullian feasts using the organic produce grown in the hotel’s gardens and groves, as well as mozzarella and organic beef sourced from nearby farms – with fish and seafood sourced directly from local fishermen. Mealtimes can be enjoyed inside the restaurant below the masseria’s vaulted ceiling, or outside on the pergola-shaded piazza. Chef Pietro Sgaramella bakes his own bread, cakes, and focaccia in the centuries old stone oven, along with freshly fired pizzas. As evening falls, aperitivi can be enjoyed on the Apero terrace with decorative lanterns and cosy cushioned corners, perfect for stargazing after-dark. Private, candlelit dinners can be arranged amid the olive or citrus groves or on secluded spot on the terrace.
For a slice of quintessential buzzy beach life, guests of the hotel have exclusive access to Calderisi Beach, a private strip of sand equipped with sun loungers and parasols, offering drinks and light bites. A complimentary ten-minute shuttle service operates to and from the hotel, and each room is stocked with a Calderisi beach bag and towels ready for trips to the coast. Back at the hotel, a dry-stone wall shelters an 18-metre pool, surrounded by tufa stone, chequered strips of grass, and sun loungers under the dappled shade of lemon and orange trees. Tables, chairs and umbrellas line the laid-back Gioia Pool Bar, where guests can enjoy lazy lunches of fresh salads, pizzas, pasta washed down with all-day cocktails and local wines to while away the afternoon below the Puglian sun.
During their stay guests are encouraged to immerse themselves and discover Puglia’s rich history and traditions. The Chef hosts pizza, parmigiana and pasta making classes followed by an al-fresco lunch, meanwhile budding oenophiles can savour the region’s finest bottles during a private wine and olive oil tasting. A private gastronomic cycle tour led by an expert guide will take guests to a nearby dairy farm, where traditional cheese-making can be observed and tasted afterwards, before stopping at an olive oil-making masseria and the coastal town of Savelletri to taste the catch of the day. Private boat trips can also be arranged and during peak season, the team will charter a converted fishing boat for up to 10 guests to cruise along the rugged cliffs and whitewashed towns of the coast, accompanied by apertivi. The hotel has two rescue donkeys who happily graze away alongside the resident chickens.
An intimate spa with a duo of treatment rooms offers all manner of full body massages, facials and Ayurvedic treatments, using exfoliating scrubs and organic products, as well as local olive oil and herbs from the garden. Relax the day away and savour the effects of the treatment, in the peaceful shade of the spa’s lemon grove. Complimentary rooftop yoga classes are held on the Moorish-style roof terrace or in the Moroccan tent – or hop on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles to explore the grounds and neighbouring farms and villages.
With the historic towns of Monopoli, Fasano and Ostuni within a 30-minute radius, and a protected national park an hour to the south, Masseria Calderisi is ideally located for exploring the rugged beauty and traditional culture for which Puglia is celebrated. A number of UNESCO protected sites are within easy reach from the masseria, including the trulli in the nearby town of Alberobello.
Masseria Calderisi is available to rent exclusively for weddings and parties of any size, for up to 60 guests. A 10 x 15 metre Moroccan-style tent is permanently pitched in the olive groves surrounding the masseria, for private events and a fully restored on-site chapel that overlooks the piazza can be used for ceremonies such as weddings and baptisms.
The masseria was built in 1658 and served as an olive oil producer for centuries. Today, 300 olive trees grow in the masseria’s grounds; the oldest trees have stood there for 700 years, predating the masseria itself. The olives are harvested each year to make oil, and the masseria is in the process of becoming a certified organic olive oil producer. An ancient olive mill, used to grind the estate’s olives for centuries, rests below ground.
An onsite boutique stocks elegant pieces from Italian designer brands such as Etro, Max Mara, Valentino, and Missoni, as well as ceramics made in the nearby town of Grottaglie. The boutique also sells products made at the Masseria including organic olive oil, fruit jam and taralli, a traditional Puglian snack.
Rates at Masseria Calderisi start from 300€ (approx. £250) per night on a B&B basis. Transfer times from Bari or Brindisi airport are 50 minutes and 40 minutes respectively and transfers can be arranged through the hotel. masseriacalderisi.com