We spent 7 nights (2 families: 4 adults 4 children ages 9,10,14,16) at Masseria Cervarolo in July 2012. The place has everything you could wish for: Lovely, beautifully restored rooms (we had two Juior Suites - great!), an always attentive staff who manages to be relaxed and effective at the same time, and a truly wonderful, huge pool, which by far is the largest we have seen in Italy, France and Spain on our summer holidays (as this place only has 19 rooms, the pool area or the pool itself never felt crowded.)
The Cervarolo has a small pool bar which serves a limited variety of freshly squeezed drinks, ice cream and snacks, there's a small table tennis room, there's a sweet dog named Leo - and there's even a marvellously restored chapel at the Masseria dating from 1798.
The Cervarolo serves basic Puglian food (light meals for lunch at 15 Euros and hearty 4-5 coursed meals for dinner at 30 Euros/20Euros for children). This isn't precisely Michelin-starred food, but nonetheless basic, no-nonsense food cooked with a nice and unprententious feeling with 100% use of local harvest and ingredients.
When we stayed at Cervarolo there were a few events going on: live music with a band that played Puglian traditional music, a session where you could learn to make soap from olive oil and also a cooking lesson (our 10 year-old daughter made this film about the cooking lesson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-IykKRruus&feature=g-all-u ) .
One little thing that might turn some people off is the chill out music which accompanies the Cervarolo's guest's visits to the pool. The playlists are actually quite laid back and gentle- but after 7 days we could predict the next tune in line - or perhaps use just a little bit of silence.
This doesn't alter the fact that the owner Teo and his lovely family are the most warm and welcoming hosts.
The real secret behind this beautiful place is perhaps the overall exquisite sense of detail virtually everywhere at the estate. This and the laidback atmosphere at Cervarolo makes our stay here one of our best holiday stays ever.
This place isn't exactly cheap, but it isn't really expensive either - and in terms of value for money, the Masseria Cervarolo might be one of the safest bets you'll find in Puglia.
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- Also Known As:
- Masseria Cervarolo Ostuni, Italy - Puglia