We needed a week of total relaxation in the sun, in beautiful, peaceful surroundings, and wonderful accomodation. We were not disappointed when we went to Masseria Impisi, on the Adriatic coast of Southern Italy. We stayed in one of the gorgeous, tasteful and extremely confortable self-catering villa's for two, converted from a 16C olive mill and farm. Leo had left in the firdge, a day's worth of gorgeous home produced food, local wine and home grown fruit, so we didn't have to go anywhere for the first day and a half! The combination of the beautiful apartment, with a balcony overlooking exquisite landscaped and scented gardens, wonderful scuptures made by David, with fruit you could pick for breakfast, totally unique and natural swimming pool, wonderful food, either got from the local town and market of Ostuni, great restaurants for all pockets, or that prepared by Leo who is one of the best cooksI have ever come across; made our holiday very special. Added to that, Leo, David and Aaron were incredible hosts, and such good company, giving us all the local knowledge, history and wisdom, which made our trip not only effortless, but very special. We felt very spoilt as every need was catered for. They even have a library packed with good reads where you can relax or watch one of the many films available.
We didn't hire a car as we really didn't want to travel about much, but Aaron, Leo's son, who normally does the cultural holidays, provided us with an extremely reasonably priced, taxi service when we needed it, which was perfect. On a couple of days we used their bicycles, of which they have plenty, to go to the local beaches which are very near. Again, wonderful swimming and relaxing on quiet beaches. On a cloudy day, on strong recommendation from Leo, we went by train from Ostuni to Lecce, an historical and aesthetically unique city, and well worth a visit. It was a relaxing 50 minute train journey, taking in the unique southern Italian countryside and costing only 5 euros return each. Talking of trains, the railway line runs not to close to Masseria, and you can occasionally hear the train, but it certainly doesn't disrupt the tranquililty of the place. Aaron had said if you do nothing else in Lecce, you must go to Museo Archeologico Faggiano. It was incredible. In one terraced house, archeologists and historians have uncovered and restored 2000 years of human history, all exposed to see and even touch. We spent a couple of hours there, and all for 3 euros! One of the best museums I have been to. We had a gorgoeus day, and chanced upon a truly authentic bohemium Italian restaurant for lunch.
I know at Masseria Impisi they do art and cultural holidays with catering included, which look inspirational and relaxing, and this is something we would like to do. We loved it so much, we are booked to go back next year. We found our nirvana. Kevin McCloud was right, Masseria Impisi is 'inspirational, timeless and beautiful'. Highly recommend. Nikki & Michael Loggin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Masseria Impisi offers accommodation in self-catering apartments at a restored olive farm and mill, near the sea and close to the historic city of Ostuni. There is a library/TV room and a laundry for guest use. The accommodation is surrounded by landscaped gardens dotted with sculptures and mosaics and olive groves. There is a pool from the limestone rock and there are free bicycles for exploration of the surrounding countryside. Produce from the estate includes our own olive oil and jams and preserves from our fruit trees. Our chickens give us free range eggs and our dog Daisy is happy to take you on local walks. We can help with sightseeing and information on places of interest and are always on hand to answer questions and ensure your stay is a happy one. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Il Collegio Ostuni, Italy - Puglia