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Relais Masseria Villa Cenci
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Cisternino
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 26, 2011

The hotel is situated in a nice area. The rooms, pool etc. are widely spread and give a nice atmosphere. The rooms are OK in terms of price value - they actually look better than they are (e.g. the shower looks great but doesn't work like expected - but not an issue).
The main problem of the hotels is clearly, that they have a very missconstructed and lound pool cleaning system. The system starts at 11:00 and finishes at 17:00. The sound is like the one of a car waiting in front of a red light. The noise kills the silence, the song of birds etc.
So if you like to hang at the pool and like it quitet, don't go there.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

It's not easy to find Relais Masseria Villa Cenci: ride from Cisternino in the direction of Ceglie Messapica and you will find a narrow street on your right-hand side that leads you to the hotel.

A masseria is a farm house and this one exists of different buildings that all have their own characteritics. We were the only guests staying in the hotel and got a room in the villa itself. In fact our hotel room consisted of three rooms: a bedroom, a bathroom and a spacious sitting area.

Make sure to wonder around on the property. They have lots of nice sitting areas, a bar with a beautiful fireplace and we even found a house chapel. The former cowsheds are authentic Puglian trulli and are also converted into rooms. They have a big pool that is perfect for relaxation.

Breakfast was incredible with freshly squized orange juice, home-made cake, local cheese and bread with tomato and mozarella. The waiter excused himself because he was unable to find us a Belgian newspaper and only found a French one.

We

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank hanssterkendries
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

The hotel is discreet and in good taste, the rooms large and comfortable, the swimming pool exceptionally wide and not crowded, and the position excellent for visiting the small towns of northern Apulia which are a delight.
The restaurant is banal, alas. No culinary heights, but decent pensione food.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank saintvalentine
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Reviewed October 16, 2010

This summer we were given a book great escapes Italy and came across Villa Cenci. After looking at those marvelous photos and visiting its website our appetite was more than just stimulated. We cherished the wish to visit the region of Puglia for a long time and spontaneously decided to spend a couple of days there (we live in Switzerland and are therefore very close to it). We booked five nights last September and were not disappointed; the photos we saw in the book and in the internet were absolutely identical with what we saw in reality. As we arrived at 10 pm it was a bit hard to find, being one mile outside of the village of Cisternino (on the route to Ceglie Messapica); we brought our own TomTom with us and arrived there without any major problems. Villa Cenci is a masseria, and not a hotel in the traditional sense with lots of staff; the Italian word masseria stands for large farm house. The grounds of Villa Cenci are isolated, large, very well maintained and peaceful. We booked a suite room, which was in the main building above the restaurant; I think there was only one additional suite room in that building. I didn’t see the other rooms, but they seemed to be very charming from the outside (they can be reached directly through the garden). Our room was spacious with a comfortable bed and a big bathroom. The room was simply furnished and was just perfect to give one’s mind a rest. The swimming pool was spectacular, although somewhat chilly as it was already end of September; it took me at least five minutes to start swimming in the morning mist before breakfast, but it was indeed a very refreshing start of the day.
Breakfast buffet was abundant with plenty of local fare, such as tartes, dry ham, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, fruits, juices, just to name a few. At breakfast they ask the guests whether they would stay for lunch or dinner as they will prepare a set menu. In some reviews I read, some guests thought this is a bit of an inconvenience to make a decision already in the morning, but we decided to dine there the first evening after touring the region for the whole day. We had no regrets and never left Villa Cenci in the evening. The menu consisted of four courses (antipasto, first course where to options were available, main course and a desert) for as little as 35 euros. The food was regional and couldn’t be fresher and more tasteful as the young and talented cook started to prepare the dinner sometimes in the afternoon. So it is not such a disadvantage to make a reservation for dinner already in the morning; it is rather like telling your mother that you will be coming home for dinner!
The location of Villa Cenci is very convenient for visiting the villages around it, e.g. Ostuni, Locorotondo, Alberobello, Martina Franca or Matera. We even drove down to Otranto and from there to the very end to Leuca and back via Gallipoli, but I must say it was not worth it after Otranto. We also drove to Castellana Grotte to see the caves, which was worthwhile as well, and from there went on to Polignano for lunch at the trattoria Chichibio, which as an unforgettable experience (just magnificent). The area of Villa Cenci is very green with uncountable olive trees (some seem to be hundreds of years old) and absolutely beautiful. It is not our intention to visit Puglia soon again, but if we decide to go, we definitely will stay at Villa Cenci again. It is not luxurious in the sense of expensive furniture and accessories; the luxury is its authenticity, uniqueness, unspoilt surroundings and warm-hearted staff and deserves to be rated with five points (not stars).

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

We loved this place. It's quite a sprawling complex set in beautiful, green grounds which are immaculately kept without feeling overly manicured. The hotel is made up of a collection of refurbished buildings, with the restaurant and some rooms in the old main building and some more rooms in the Trulli next door. We stayed in a Trullo which was spacious and very comfortable with a private patio out the back. There is also a generously sized pool with plenty of space for lounging. Service is courteous, efficient and unobtrusive. We had dinner once in the hotel restaurant, which is not going to win any awards, but is perfectly fine if you don't want to go anywhere else for an evening. They also do a very nice lunch buffet.

The location is perfect for sightseeing and going out in the area. The pretty town of Cisternino is just about in walking distance (c.25 minutes). It's not that pleasant walking along the main road, but it's doable if you want to have a drink in the evening and avoid driving.

Ostuni, Locorotondo, Alberobello and Martina Franca are all in short driving distance. Off the main road there are lots of small country lanes in the area which are perfect for cycling (there is a hire place in Cisternino).

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2010

Villa Cenci is a great place to stay and visit Puglia. Our accommodation was in a Trulli, the common areas had a luxurious ambience, there was a great selection of food available for breakfast. The pool is fantastic one of the largest I have seen in a hotel, but in May it was relatively cold. The advantage of visiting Puglia is not full of holiday makers and we were able to find deserted beaches (Torre San Gennaro) and good restaurants in small villages (Santa Sabina).

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank HappyJJ
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Reviewed November 10, 2009

"Villa Cenci is a beautiful masseria perched on a lush green grassy knoll in Cisterino. To describe Villa Cenci is to define "Country Elegance"!

We traveled to Puglia to explore this incredible Italian region, reputed for simplicity, ancient and natural beauty, the Negroamaro wines, and the Apulia pastas - orecchiette, cavetelli, and casareccia.

As a group of six long time and close friends, our memories of every discovery and experience will live in our hearts forever. Most especially our time at Villa Cenci.

The grounds were so green and vast, and the proximity lent incredible views of the city of Cisterino. Trees lined the grounds and seemed to dance in the Autumn breeze. Every evening they were lit, adding even more radiance to the clear starry nights. The decor can only be described as sophisticated, comfortable country elegance.

Villa Cenci is a serene haven to relax, to "just be", and situated perfectly to explore Ostuni, Cisterino, Martina Franca, Alberobello, and Locorotundo. It also served as a great home base for excursions to Matera and Lecce.

The beauty of the property, however, is also a reflection of its staff - the heart of Villa Cenci - Marinetta. Cinzia. Vito. Ilaria. Domenico (Ocho). Giovanni. Monica, etal. These individuals catered to our every need with genuine hospitality - warm and gracious, but not intrusive. As it was the low season, our group was the dominant party and we felt as though the staff became our extended Puglian family. Thank you to the amazing Villa Cenci staff. Each of you completes the circle that defines the true essence of Villa Cenci's beautiful uniqueness.

We hope that our travels will return us to the beauty and serenity of Villa Cenci one day."

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Strada Prov.le per Ceglie Messapica | Loc. Cisternino Contrada Carperi, 72014 Cisternino, Italy
Location: Italy > Puglia > Province of Brindisi > Cisternino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Cisternino
Price Range: $122 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Relais Masseria Villa Cenci 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Property was renovated. A few km from Ostuni and Alberobello and the beach. 20 elegant guest rooms in "Trulli"/"Lamie" (old rural architectural style) with bathroom, TV, hairdryer, minibar, safe and A/C. Some feature large stone bathtubs. 3 suites in the main Villa. Swimming pool on great lawn and Mediterranean park. Restaurant offers typical Apulian dishes and homegrown products. Wifi Internet, massage, beauty services, laundry. ... more   less 
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