A true oasis of peace and quiet is what we would call it, and we think quite rightly so – Masseria Gianferrante, one of the oldest fortified masserias in the southern Salento. Not a single detail on these rambling premises lush with plants near the small town of Ugento has been left to chance.
When Yvonne and Antonio took over the old estate to restore it bit by bit with love and care, they had a concept in mind which they have realized – an eco certified enterprise and Agriturismo, where sustainability plays the leading role.
The Masseria houses altogether nine apartments. The olive grove which stretches beyond the strong walls is tended and cared for with great love. Of course, the home-made, excellent olive oil is an ingredient of the Masseria’s cuisine.
Inside the walls, the setting is dominated by the square 12th century defense tower. Located near the sea, these masserias often used to serve military purposes and as a protection against Saracen attacks. Today the tower houses the breakfast room where you are served a buffet for breakfast.
By the way, the masserias are special to Apulia and, just like the trulli, found only in this part of Italy.
And, speaking of the sea: It is only ca. 3.5 km from Masseria Gianferrante. The so-called Riva di Ugento with its gently sloping, fine sandy beaches counts among the by far most beautiful coastal sections on the Ionian Sea.
Small, charming apartment Mandorlo is the accommodation we have chosen exclusively for your stay at Masseria Gianferrante. The holiday apartment which includes a room with double bed and kitchenette as well as a bathroom with shower cabin, WC and bidet borders on the estate’s orange orchard. In former times, the rooms used to serve as sleeping areas for the day laborers.
The small private terrace in front of the apartment’s entrance is furnished with a table and chairs. Relax in the shade of the pergola, surrounded by the sweet fragrance of fresh oranges and blooming jasmine, and let Salento country life take over.
The light solid wooden furniture in the kitchenette and the sleeping area were hand-crafted by the landlord. Antonio is a very talented and skilled craftsman and has put his heart and soul into the Masseria; he has even won an award for the „MattraTata“ he designed (a worktable for making fresh pasta and the like).
The lovely kitchenette is equipped with a gas stove including range hood, a refrigerator, an Italian coffee maker and other appliances necessary for daily cooking. Apartment Mandorlo includes fly screens in the windows, air conditioning with integrated heating and WIFI.
Interior design and furnishing might change from time to time, because Antonio and Yvonne have put up a permanent art exhibition in the holiday apartments and the tower, which means that if one or the other lovely object on the walls is sold, a new one takes its place.
Everything on the premises of the Masseria has its special place and is there for the guests to use – they should really feel at home.
The vegetable and herb garden, which is divided into quite a number of square patches by low dry stone walls, is found in central location. Its layout corresponds exactly to the agricultural units used in the Salento in former times. Even the old threshing floor in its center has been preserved. A bit apart, across from the stables, lies the Masseria’s fruit orchard.
Yvonne and Antonio are members of the network for biodiversity „Biodiversità Puglia“, which is committed to preserving old types of Apulian herbs and vegetables. At the Masseria, you can, for example, harvest Regina tomatoes, which were grown in the Salento as early as the 19th century.
Around the defense tower, you find theme gardens dedicated to the four elements. As we stroll along, we pass waving grasses in the garden of the air/wind (Giardino dell’Aria), radiant blue irises in the garden of the water (Giardino dell’Acqua), fiery red bignonias in the garden of the fire (Giardino del Fuoco) and finally, in the garden of the earth (Giardino della Terra), spontaneously growing myrtle, mastic tree, rosemary and Helichrysum.
Preserving local agricultural traditions as well as realizing and living sustainability and environmental protection are of central importance at Masseria Gianferrante and are set great value upon by Antonio and Yvonne. They keep strictly to the Zero Waste movement, draw the largest part of electric energy from solar panels; they have even installed a wastewater treatment plant (constructed wetland) so that wastewater can be reused for watering the premises, which is very significant in view of the partly dry summers in Apulia.
Shopping facilities and supermarkets are found at Ugento, about 4 km from the Masseria. Bars and restaurants are also found at the seaside, at the towns of Torre Mozza (ca. 5 km) and Torre San Giovanni (ca. 10 km) with their wonderful, light sandy beaches.
More often than not, authentic Apulian cuisine waits to be discovered in 'inconspicuous' towns like Specchia or Acquarica del Capo, where Trattoria La Grande Abbuffata (Acquarica) or Trattoria La Bettola are absolutely worth stopping by in the evening.
Nearest train station: Presicce-Acquarica (ca. 8 km)
The exact address and the information about the details of your journey are included in the booking confirmation.
|Rental period||Holiday apt. Mandorlo (2 pers.)|
|28.07.18 - 25.08.18||Holiday apt. Mandorlo (2 pers.) 140 EUR|
|25.08.18 - 01.09.18||Holiday apt. Mandorlo (2 pers.) 130 EUR|
|01.09.18 - 15.09.18||Holiday apt. Mandorlo (2 pers.) 120 EUR|
Prices for apartment Mandorlo (2 persons) are valid per day and include Italian-type breakfast, bed linen, towels and daily cleaning. Change of towels every 4 days, change of bed linen once per week.
Minimum stay: 3 days; during travel period 28.07.-25.08.2018 1 week (during this period arrival and departure only on Saturdays).
Additional bed: free for children up to 6 years; otherwise 15 Euro/day.
Short-term bookings as of 15 days before the day of arrival: In this case your credit card number is needed as security for the Masseria.