We recently spent three nights in a deluxe room at this charming property on the Ionian side of the Salento peninsula. Having made three visits to Puglia in recent years, we've stayed at a number of masserie hotels and Don Cirillo is now among our favorites. The gardens..dotted with citrus, fig, olive, carob trees and lush with rosemary hedges..are worthy of the cover of a garden magazine. Our room was spacious, with both bed and daybed, as well as an outdoor terrace appointed with a plush white-slipcovered outdoor sofa.
Although the literature indicates limited hours for check-in and reception, the manager, Linda, is available throughout the day, always ready with suggestions on day trips, beaches, and restaurants. She is charming, fluent in English and we found her to be a tremendous asset! (There are many good restaurants within a 30-minute drive, and a number of these are situated within a 15 minute drive). Beaches on this side of the peninsula tend to be more sandy than those on the Adriatic side; there are both free public beaches and private lidos within an easy drive. The hotel provides beach towels. (I would recommend bringing water shoes for guests planning to visit the rocky Adriatic coastline).
Guest rooms are spacious examples of "rustic chic" that would not be out of place in the pages of Elle Decor--smooth concrete floors with hand-loomed throw rugs, distressed wood furnishings, four-poster beds draped with white netting. One omission is the lack of bedside reading lamps, but Linda kindly lent her personal lamp for the duration of our stay.
Wireless internet is available outside guest rooms, but we found connections to be spotty.
Breakfast is good enough, but I would have liked to have fresh juice instead of canned, and perhaps additional local fruit or cheeses.
The swimming pool is too small for serious swimming, but the secluded pool area invites relaxing.
In sum, Don Cirillo is a lovely property that I would recommend to visitors eager to explore the scenic landscapes of the Salento.
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- Also Known As:
- Masseria Don Cirillo Italy/Ugento, Puglia