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Review 2694: ItalyBy.com, Masseria San Martino

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Review by katecoleman from MA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

1bed/1bath apartment near Pezze de Greco, Puglia


When

March 2007, 1 week

Location

The apartment was located in a restored masseria in a country setting. It was located just a few minutes from a small town, Pezze di Greco, in Puglia. Very quiet and beautiful, with views of the Adriatic from our terrace, surrounded by acres of olive trees.

Nearby Amenities

A car was needed to get to Pezze di Greco for shopping. This is a small town that has not yet been "globalized" - no chain stores, a separate shop for everything, all family owned. There are two wonderful butchers, a bakery, a cheese store, several places for produce and a small "supermarket." Also a number of nice bars.

A few minutes away in Fasano, there are large supermarkets, including superstore Emmezeta (warning! overwhelming!), Internet cafes, etc.

The House/Apartment

The masseria is about 450 years hold and perfectly restored by the owners. Everything was in beautiful shape, from the gardens to the apartments. Our apartment was on the second floor above the breakfast room, with a huge terrace. The apartment was spacious and nicely appointed, there are a total of 16 apartments on the property, spread over several buildings.

You can view the masseria directly: Masseria San Martino.

Garden

Our terrace was gorgeous, with views of olive trees and the Adriatic, which was for just our apartment. There is also a big pool with a large sitting area.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

We had the smallest apartment, with a combined living room/kitchen and found it very comfortable - there was a small sofa, a table and chairs and a hutch. The furniture was in very good condition and very comfortable. The apartment was absolutely spotless. It retains the very traditional stonework of the original masseria.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bedroom was very large, with a queen size bed, very comfortable and firm, a big armoire for clothing, shelves, chairs and a small TV.

Kitchen

The kitchen was small but very usable - I made dinner each night we were there (but one) and breakfast every day. No oven, small fridge, range, sink, nice plates, glassware, basic implements. I enjoyed cooking there. The other apartments have larger kitchens.

Problems or Bonuses

Many nice surprises - this was a beautiful, peaceful, friendly and welcoming spot.

The olive oil that is made here is awesome - organic and wonderful. We bought as much as we could carry home.

Lovely trails through the olive groves to walk or bike. Beautiful gardens.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The warmth and friendliness of the owners, John and Connie, was outstanding. Connie discovered it was my birthday and invited us to their home for dinner, including cake and prosecco!

Every day they were available for suggestions on where to go, directions to various places, and lots of stories about growing up in the area and restoring the masseria.

Prices range from 80- 130 per night depending on accomodation and season. We consider it a great value.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Would absolutely stay here again - I think next time we will go in the summer and enjoy the huge pool parties that occur quite often. I would highly recommend this place, it is a great place to relax and enjoy a still traditional part of Italy.

Things to do in this area

There is a lot to see nearby - Ostuni is just 16 km, Alberobello, Cisternino and Martina Franca are all pleasant drives. The ruins of Egnazia, which were fascinating, are just a few minutes away. Lecce, Taranto, Trani and Matera are all day trips. Nearby Fasano has Zoosafari, which is great for kids.

Great pizza at Gli Archi, in Pezze di Greco.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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