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Luxury Masseria with Private Pool in Ceglie Messapica



Updated: 22-Sep-2016
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

  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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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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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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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Brindisi at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Ceglie Messapica at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Brindisi at 45 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ceglie Messapica at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Ceglie Messapica at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Torre Pozzelle at 20 Kilometres Car: necessary


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'.

Further Details:

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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 17
16 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
13 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • house


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Location Type

  • rural


  • 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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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.

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