After a bit of a challenging arrival (we definitely did not arrive the most efficient way) we were thrilled to see the lovely grounds of this family-run masseria with a stunning view over the sea in the distance. We accidentally arrived from the south, which gave us a chance to see the magnificent coastline between Otranto and Santa Cesaria Terme. You shouldn't miss this if you're in the area.
The hotel is really beautiful and cosy, thanks to an ever-present fire in both the lobby area and the magnificently restored dining room. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating. One night we found the dining room cool (after all, it was December!) so they set up a new table for us right in front the of the large fireplace.
The hiking from their doorstep is easy; the ocean is only about a thirty minute walk away. Worth a trip up to the tower for an amazing view of the coast-line.
The icing on the cake for us was an impromptu cooking lesson by Alessandro and Ricardo. They taught all six of us make and roll our own pasta; such fun!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a large garden, surrounded by olive trees, Masseria Panareo features an outdoor pool with panoramic views of the Pulia countryside. It offers free Wi-Fi and free parking.Rooms have a classic country style and many feature the vaulted ceilings typical of the region. All are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.The Panareo Masseria's restaurant serves regional and Italian dishes, made with fresh, local ingredients. Meals are accompanied by a range of wines.Located 8 km from the town of Otranto, this residence is a 40-minute drive from Lecce. ... more less
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