Masseria Il Carrubo
Both inside and out, Masseria Il Carrubo has been specifically designed to create a feeling of well-being and serenity. It is made up of a fabulous main villa, complete with its own tower, and an annex where three of the suites are found, making it ideal for groups of friends or multi generational families. The villa is wonderfully airy with white throughout and a stylish yet relaxed decor and furnishings.
Guests can start their days with breakfast on the outdoor terrace draped in gentle morning sunshine. As the heat rises, take a dip in the large pool before resting underneath the original canvas shaded areas. Much of your time is likely to be spent outdoors, as such there is a lovely outdoor living area and dining table, however, there is also an attractive indoor living room off of which is the well equipped kitchen where you can create delicious meals made with the abundant fresh ingredients of the region or hire a cook to do it for you!
Each suite has a beautiful living area, private bathroom, two TV's, independent access to pool and independent alarm and security system. They all have unique qualities like the Capitelli suite which has a large living area, a separate kitchen and a bedroom in the mezzanine and the Candelieri suite which is located in the tower and has its own terrace.
The Salento area occupies the tip of the heel of Italy. It has a spectacular coastline which you can explore aboard a 54ft private yacht docked in the nearby Gallipoli which can be rented for day trips. There are many fascinating sites to discover in the region, including the ancient city of Gallipoli as well as some of Italy’s most incredible beaches, before returning to your hidden luxurious oasis at the villa.
• A beautiful private garden surrounded by olive trees, pines and local vegetation
• Potted flowers and manicured hedges offer additional sophistication to the garden
• Gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside and to the sea
• A wonderfully serene ambiance thanks to its private location
• A large swimming pool
• Creative canvas shaded sitting areas
• Large terraces, an outdoor lounge and covered dining area
• Fenced and alarmed property
• The entire villa is air conditioned
• A comfortable open plan living and dining area with a fireplace
• A well-equipped main kitchen with a breakfast table
• Each suite is subdivided into at least two ambiences to offer comfort and privacy
• The suites all have spacious lounge areas equipped with luxurious leather sofas which convert into a bed
• All of the suites two flat screen TVs, one of 29 inches the other of 49 inch
• One suite has its own furnished private terrace with a seaview
• The suites in the annex have their own independent entrances
• The largest suite has a private kitchenette, double sink, shower and tub and double bed on mezzanine
• A suite in the ancient tower has its own fireplace
• Air Conditioning (independent heat/cold)
• Internet – WiFi throughout
• Small fitness room with treadmill, abdominal bench, step bench, fit ball
• Mini bar and safe in each suite
• Rooms and bathrooms have complete sets of towels, bathrobes, hairdryers, and bath set
• Italian linen sheets and cashmere throw for the winter
• Towels for the swimming pool
• Independent alarm and security system in each suite
Staff | Service included
• Air conditioning and WI-FI
• Weekly linen change
• Garden and pool maintenance
• Electric car charging station
Staff | Service on request
• Cooking class
• Wine and Oils Tasting
• Airport shuttle service
• Closest private and commercial airport Brindisi, 90 km, 1hour drive
• Nearest beaches in the Natural Reserve of Parco della Suina 10 km, 10 minutes driving
• Ugento 20 km, 20 minutes drive
• Porto Cesareo 35 km, 40 minutes drive
• Lecce 40 km, 30 minutes drive
• Leuca 45 km, 40 minutes drive
• Castro and Zinzilusa caves 50 km, 50 minutes drive
• Otranto 70 km, 50 minutes drive
• Ostuni 120 km, 1 hour and 20 minutes drive
Things to do
• Gallipolli’s old town is on a island connected by a causeway to the mainland. It has a relaxed, elegant vibe, some stunning churches, and a golden curve of sand right in the centre of town, plus many more along the surrounding coast. It was ruled by the Greeks for five centuries between 7th and 2nd century BC, but all signs of their existence were destroyed by the Romans and most of the architecture seen now is from the Middle Ages.
Other than leisurely walks along the city’s seafront walls, the most interesting thing to do in Gallipolli is visit Frantoio Ipogeo in Granafei Palace one of the 35 underground olive presses. It was first used in 1600, excavated by hand out of the soft rock, to make olive oil for lamps which was exported around the world. You can see the original equipment used for grinding and pressing the olives and get a sense of what it was like to work in this dark, damp cave. Blindfolded donkeys were used to work the olive mill and they lived down here with the workers who smoked weeds and carved little sculptures to distract themselves from the miserable conditions. Salento is the most beautiful part of Apulia, the hottest, the most sparkling and with the same old reality the Italian coastal scenery has to show the whole world.
• Ugento - The magnificent Caribbean beaches of Ugento with clear sea and shallow waters.
• Porto Cesareo - The popular seaside resort has an amazing 17 kilometers of golden beach facing an archipelago of low-lying islands that form a protected bay. The water is calm and clear. Porto Cesareo is also the home of a nature preserve that is a marine protected area rich in flora and fauna with very rare species. Underwater excursions allow for viewing of the unique coral formations, turtles, sea horses, and other marine life.
• Lecce, the Baroque city known as the Florence of the South. with its historical Baroque abodes awaiting to be discovered, its piazzas, old villages and hamlets. Its culinary specialities, pasticciotti (sweet pies filled with custard), rustici (savory pastries filled with mozzarella cheese and tomato), turcineddi (rolled meat similar to haggis) ciceri e tria (chickpeas with pieces of fried fresh pasta). The taranta (a local folk dance and festival) and the other marvellous and fascinating nights, reminders of a wise but simple rural culture, and marvellous popular beliefs. All of this by its very nature excites and warms the heart like a cheerful friendship, and by adding the quality and the care taken in the welcoming of tourists in recent years it has made this area, which is steeped in history and understanding one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
• Santa Maria Leuca, the town between two seas - Santa Maria di Leuca is the point of the peninsula's stiletto heel. The Greeks called it Leukos, meaning brilliant sun, while the Romans called it "the place at the end of the earth". Situated in the prime part of the Salento, Leuca is a paradise on a promontory between two seas.
• Castro - Situated on a hill overhanging the sea and is referred to as the "pearl of the Salento. The setting with turquoise skies, green hills, white washed buildings and sapphire water is captivating.
• The caves of Zinzulusa - A majestic opening in a sheer sea cliff near Castro welcomes you to the Zinzulusa Cave, one of Salento's most impressive karstic phenomena.
• Otranto has a stunning coastal location where you can combine morning visits to churches with an afternoon swimming in the clean, impossibly turquoise sea. It’s just 72 km from Albania and its location has resulted in many invasions, the worst of which was the Turkish siege in 1480 when they destroyed much of the city and tortured and killed its people. Otranto’s principal attraction is the Cathedral with its mosaic floor built in 1163-1165— it survived the Turkish invasion although parts of the Cathedral were destroyed. It’s one of the largest mosaics in Europe and covers the entire floor. Its central motif is the Tree of Life, supported at the base by elephants, a symbol of purity, with branches telling different pagan and biblical stories. Another tree near the front of the church depicts heaven on one side and grizzly scenes from hell on the other. In the chapel you can see the human remains of the 800 martyrs who resisted the Turkish invasion and refused to convert to Islam. The empty sockets of hundreds of skulls stare down at you in stark contrast to the beauty of the mosaic floor.
• Ostuni, La Città Bianca, the white city, is one of Puglia’s most beautiful cities, a tumble of white-washed buildings perched strategically atop a hill with views of the endless olive trees in the Valle d’Itria countryside, and the glimmering Adriatic Sea. The medieval walled city was built without a plan, and it shows. The web of streets is confusing, a maze of alleyways, staircases and arches. Buildings were built on top of each other, and the archways support the houses they connect, making up for the lack of strong foundations. You turn one way and find a dead end, another and get a glimpse of the sapphire sea. Puglia has seen a stream of invaders—Greeks, Romans, Goths, Byzantines, Normans—and the labyrinth of Ostuni is the perfect way to confuse the enemy. The stark white buildings are dazzling in the southern sun and are brightened by vivid green and blue wooden doors, pots of red geraniums and cacti. In the 17th century a plague killed millions in the area and infected houses were painted white by mixing limestone dust with water. Locals noticed that there was less illness around the white houses and attributed it to a miracle; most likely it was the antibacterial effect of the calcium carbonate. Nowadays the white houses attract tourists and the local government encourages everyone to repaint every two years by paying for half the cost.The main street in Ostuni is lined with boutiques and souvenir shops selling local olive oil and Salentino sandals, but the best way to experience the town is by diving down the narrow side streets and like the invaders once did, getting lost.
At Ostuni’s highest point you’ll find the Cathedral, built in the 15th century in the late Gothic style, rare in Puglia where most of the churches are austere Romanesque or ornate Baroque. Its graceful lines lead to the sky and there’s a magnificent rose window with Christ at the centre surrounded by 24 finely carved columns representing the hours of the day. Visite on a Saturday, Ostuni’s market day. It’s very much a local place—most tourists don’t make it here on the edge of town—and is foodie heaven. Browse the stalls of bulbous round cucumbers, fresh almonds in brine, dried figs, piles of walnuts, aromatic bunches of oregano, twin balls of caciocavallo cheese dangling from string, trays of snails, entire octopus, and mounds of vibrant red chiles, sweet and spicy, round, bell-shaped and long.
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