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Luxury Masseria with Private Pool in Ceglie Messapica

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Masseria near Ceglie Messapica, Puglia, Italy - country location 1km to town

Masseria San Michele is a completely unique stone masseria, parts of which are medieval in origin. Tastefully restored the luxury four/five bedroom four bathroom property offers discerning guests the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Puglian lifestyle. It is situated at the end of an impressive drive in over 5 acres of grounds with extensive areas of gardens and olive trees. The beautiful large pool has covered cabanas on which to relax, a large covered dining area and external kitchen and barbeque. This unique property offers total privacy and seclusion but gives very easy access to the vibrant and charming Puglian town of Ceglie Messapica, famed for its restaurants. The house is comfortably and stylishly furnished and offers very spacious living areas and modern facilities. A veranda leads off the original 'cantina' of the house. The cantina is the heart of the house, where our guests like to congregate around the large dining table. One of the main highlights of the property is the beautiful garden, unique in the area with hundreds of varieties of mediterranean and dry garden plants. In the grounds are the grotto of San Michele, with historic frescoes. Private cook, olive oil and wine tasting, local guides and and cycling tours can arranged for you

Ian Campbell-Smith
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Portuguese, Italian
Calendar last updated:
10 May, 2017

About Ian Campbell-Smith

My name is Ian Campbell. 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 Brindisi area

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at San Michele in August 11. It's hard to imagine a more perfect base for a holiday in Puglia. The house has been sympathetically renovated to a high standard, offering chic, contemporary furnishings, a beautiful 'proper' sized pool with cool daybeds on which to enjoy a sundowner or two, and en-suites in every bedroom. The centuries old grotto in the grounds was fascinating and although you are in a peaceful spot, the village is just a few minutes drive and offers some of the best gastronomic experiences in Puglia. The owner has furnished this house not as a holiday home, but as a comfortable, stylish retreat where you feel relaxed and ready to chill from the moment you arrive. We explored the region far and wide over two weeks and came to the conclusion that we were staying in the best place, combining sightseeing and beach days with lazy afternoons by the pool and evenings barbecuing fantastic local food. We will be back!
Mar 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ceglie Messapica in Puglia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with circular shower, double sinks, stunning bath for two people, wc. En-suite bathrooms to bedrooms 2 and 3 have showers, stone sinks, wc. Large bathroom off rear reception room has shower, wc, stone sink.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/9 (4/5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Suite 1 king size bed, a separate sitting room with desk, printer/scanner and large en-suite with bathtub for two. Bedroom 2 and 3 both double rooms with stone vaulted ceiling and en-suites. Bedroom 4, tower room, is a twin with stone vaulted ceiling.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The house has thick stone walls and is cool in summer and warm in winter. All bedrooms have air conditioning. There is an open fireplace for cooler months, heating and firewood provided. Fast free WiFi access and printer. Outside: The beautiful large pool 13 x 6m reached by twin steps is surrounded by a large paved area with three tented cabanas for lounging. Further loungers and chairs. Poolside kitchen, BBQ and dining area. Covered veranda for alfresco dining near the house with seating for eight. Table tennis. Further BBQ. Wood fired pizza oven. The garden is exceptional for the area and is filled with colour and fragrance year round. The grounds are filled with Mediterranean and desert style plants. Many types of fruits and herbs to pick and enjoy. The natural grotto is a fascinating large limestone cave 60 metres deep with stone steps. It is a listed historical monument with frescoes dating back to the 8th century painted directly onto the walls of the cave. The cave was formally used as a church by Byzantine monks. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels, linen and pool/beach towels are provided and changed weekly. Weekly maid service is also included, more frequently by arrangement. Welcome pack of food and delicious local wine. Private cook and wine/olive oil/cycle tours by arrangement. Other: The 'cantina' is a stunning large stone vaulted room with double doors to outside. The room is 30 feet long with a table for 10 people. The kitchen and shady veranda are off the cantina.Poolside kitchen with BBQ and further dining area.


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Our escape to the Puglia tranquility !

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at this beautiful home in Puglia. What a delight it was to enter those gates again knowing what lay in store for us. The house description doesn't tell you of the unique experience of staying within these walls. It fed our souls & relaxed our hearts with emotions from the moment we arrived . A beautiful house set in rustic acres of land, ancient olive trees & the feel of time stood still. The delight on closing those big wooden gates behind us ,looking towards the Monastery & the bright blue pool surrounded with chamomile plants ,Cacti & lavender. Within the house is a cool beautifully furnished place to sit & relax & just take in the eclectic stylish carefully chosen furniture & pieces around the house. The crockery, glassware all the beautiful little touches that pleased our senses. Oh the the many times people must say I " wish this were mine !" It was ours for if only for a week ,every piece of of this wonderful house & land to wander. Every day to to eat alfresco ,cook , swim forage & smell the herbs. Every day we would walk the land & stroll around picking dried walnuts & fresh fruit taking in the smells & senses.We felt a million miles from our mad city lifestyle. Evenings eating out in local but for sure the best of Puglia restaurants, recommended by the owners. But for us we loved eating at home, shopping & choosing many local products as our holiday bounty. The choices for our all morning lazy breakfasts on the outside dining area shaded & a chance to see our surrounds froma different angle. Our late lunches when we moved to the pool area with its fantastic outdoor kitchen & shady dining area. Swimming, lazing & feasting our days away in such a rural setting. Yet 10 minutes to the town so we can shop for fresh bread, cakes & fruit each morning. We spent our days as if in a different life it was an experience of something special it gave us back time & a place to be simple & to chat & just to look around & feel something which we are always seeking on our vacations. Thank you Ian & Dimas for letting us be a part of your idyllic Puglia home.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spectacular Villa

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely stunning villa situated just outside a gorgeous little Italian town with food to dine for. Recommend to anybody, particularly families looking for a complete retreat

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic property in a superb location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Masseria San Michele, what a beautiful home among incredible surroundings. The house, gardens and pool were beyond our expectations, all in very good condition and well equipped with all your holiday essentials (down to every herb in the garden!). Conveniently located to explore Puglia, and excellent restaurants in arms reach. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 17
16 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
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for 7 nights
Summer 1
24 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
summer 2
8 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
summer 3
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
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Late Summer
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
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for 7 nights
Early Autumn
30 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50

Booking Notes:
A non-refundable deposit of 25% secures the booking. The reservation will be confirmed on receipt of the deposit. The balance must be paid in full, no later than 6 weeks before arrival. Euro or Sterling equivalent accepted. A security deposit of £400 is required and will be refunded by BACS to your bank on confirmation of satisfactory hand over. Welcome pack of local food and wine upon arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, but other days can be agreed out of peak seasons.

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