Masseria near Ceglie Messapica, Puglia, Italy - country location 1km to town
- english, portuguese, italian
About Ian Campbell-Smith
I am often in Italy for my work and I originally wanted to find a small trullo to restore for myself and family to enjoy quiet holidays together.When I saw this grand house at the end of its long private drive I fell in love immediately, and despite being three times the size of a trullo and probably much more money than I could afford I set my heart on it. Because of its listed status and much bureaucracy I had to wait the best part of a year until the house was finally ours. One and a half years and much stress and hard work later the huge project to restore the house, un-lived in for thirty years, was completed. Now I consider this my true home, the locals my friends and I delight in being able to share the house with others.
Ian Campbell-Smith purchased this House in 2005
Why Ian Campbell-Smith chose Ceglie Messapica
I love this area of Italy for its simplicity and friendly, open hearted people. It is no wonder the Italians themselves choose this particular area of Puglia for their own summer holidays: fantastic weather, great fresh local food and produce and a choice of beautiful beaches with sparklingly clear water.
What makes this House unique
For me, it is a privilege to own this unique property and I often have to pinch myself to think how lucky I am! I love the sense of history attached to the house and the fact that I am only the present custodian. How lucky too that we are under five minutes drive to the town if we have forgotten to buy something or need to go to the bank, and yet from the roof terrace it is clear we are really in the country, surrounded by what seems like thousands of olive trees as far as the eye can see. Our guests have genuinely enjoyed staying in this amazing house, and always comment about the amazing pool and the day beds on which to laze the day away.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Our group of six adults (3 couples) thoroughly enjoyed our idyllic week at this beautiful masseria! It is spacious, comfortable and visually stunning, with lovely areas both indoors and out for gathering. The property is quiet, yet well-situated for day trips to nearby towns. The collection of books and reference materials was impressive, and Maria was attentive and helpful. This property exceeded our expectations.
Lovely villa for a family holiday and to celebrate daughter’s birthday
The house is quite something, the long approach to the wisteria-covered courtyard gives way to a beautiful and unique property.
Magical week in Puglia
We spent a week at this lovely, private stone residence amidst beautiful vegetation, olive trees, stone walls and an herbal scented path full of flowers and diverse plants leading to a gorgeous pool. The location is within minutes of a very charming, culinary-oriented town and not far from many others that should be visited. There are many places to sit and enjoy the property or to dine outdoors. The residence is historic, full of character and charm, but with every convenience and comfort. The owner supplies a fabulous collection of very helpful information regarding nearby restaurants, towns to visit and beaches. The gracious caretaker, Maria, is readily available for any questions or requests that may arise. In particular, she arranged for two fantastic dinners of typical pugliese dishes to be served at the house for us. One of the most satisfying and memorable trips I have ever taken.
Prachtig huis, mooie tuin en vriendelijke eigenaar
Met 6 volwassenen en 2 kinderen hebben we de herfstvakantie gevierd in het prachtige huis van Ian. Het huis is comfortabel en mooi ingericht. Ian heette ons welkom( er stond een welgevuld welkomspakket klaar). De huisbewaarster, Maria, was ook vriendelijk en reageerde snel op onze vragen.We hebben een heerlijke week gehad in Puglia , mede door het mooie huis! Veel dank aan Ian !
Beautiful space with incredible charm
We spent a week at Masseria San Michele this summer. The home is exquisite with breath taking beautifully kept grounds. The grotto is something my family will never forget. Maria met us at the house and was incredibly gracious and available by text whenever we had a question or need. One evening her lovely mother cooked for us and it was a feast. We spend a lot of time in Italy but this was our first trip to Puglia and we were struck by the stark beauty and the generosity of the people. We can't wait to return.
The Adriatic coast is 25 minutes drive where there is a wide choice of beaches, from secluded coves with aquamarine waters to long sandy beaches backed by dunes. Some beaches provide facilities that make them perfect for families. The Ionian coast is around 30 minutes drive on the other side of the peninsula. There you will find mile upon mile of stunning white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
Brindisi airport is 30 minutes and Bari airport is 1 hour 10 minutes. Both are served by Ryanair as well as Alitalia/Air One which offers comfortable and reasonably priced flights from the UK with short connections in Rome or Milan. EasyJet and BA flies directly to Bari (1 hour 10 minutes) from London Gatwick. A hire car is recommended so that you can explore the delightful area surrounding the house.
The medieval town of Ceglie Messapica is 2km (5 minutes) where there all amenities from delightful restaurants and stores serving and selling locally grown and raised products; supermarkets; banks and many festivals during the summer. Nearby and within easy driving distance of the property are many fascinating towns such as Ostuni, the White City; Alberobello a Unesco site famed for its trulli dwellings; Martina Franca a sophisticated Baroque town and Lecce, the 'Florence of the South'.
Puglia offers a taste of a simple life that has been forgotten in our frenetic times, with an easy going charm that is making this once quiet peninsula a firm favourite for holiday makers. The relaxed way of life here combined with the abundant fresh local food makes a holiday here both calming and memorable.
Ceglie Messapica is a charming small town of white washed houses and narrow streets located in the province of Brindisi, on the edge of the Valle Itria, famous for its Trullis. The captivating landscape here is typical of the area: dry-stone walls, olive groves, vineyards, and woods with ancient oaks.
Puglia is considered one of the best places to eat in Italy by the Italians, and Ceglie Messapica is considered one of the best places to eat in Puglia! There are many restaurants in Ceglie from simple trattoria to Michelin starred affairs. Many of them will offer some version of what is known as 'Cucina Povera', literally 'poor cooking' derived from a time when the residents of this area of Italy had to make do with simple ingredients and transform them into something more than the sum of its parts.
Restaurants and bars, shops supermarkets and banks are all within 5 minutes drive. Riding facilities nearby. Sailboat rental available nearby as well as yacht charter in Taranto. Many local markets. Fascinating festivals to enjoy during the balmy summer evenings. Enchanting Baroque towns and fairy tale trulli dwellings. Tasting sessions at local vineyards where ever more appreciated wines are produced.