A masseria, or country house, is a good place to stay on a vacation in Puglia. Masseria lodging ranges from rustic to luxurious and each is unique. They're often working farms producing olive oil, wine, or produce in scenic countryside settings. See What is a Masseria?
Here is a selection of top masseria lodging in Puglia or Apulia. I have stayed in, eaten at, or visited each of them (the ones I've stayed in are listed first). These masserie are on the Masseria coast, between Bari and Brindisi or on the Salento Peninsula south of Lecce. See our Puglia map.
Masseria Marzalossa, the first farm house in Puglia to receive a permit to provide lodging, is classified as a charming hotel. Each room is unique and the buildings, once housing workers during the olive harvest, are surrounded by beatufiul gardens. During spring the scent of fragrant orange, lemon, and jasmine blossoms fills the air. There's a swimming pool, restaurant, rooftop terrace, and nicely furnished sitting areas both indoors and out. I had a very pleasant stay here.
Tenuta del Barco is on the Salento Peninsula near the Ionian Coast with its own private beach a short distance away and a fantastic restaurant. The old farm house has been converted into one and two bedroom apartments clustered around the coutyard or you can stay in a room in one of the cottages in the pine wood. Organic vegetables and fruit for use in their restaurant, olive oil, and very good wine are produced on the masseria. They're currently working on a visitors center for their winery.
Masseria Montelauro is two kilometers from the seaside town of Otranto on the Salento Peninsula. The masseria has a swimming pool, outdoor and indoor sitting areas, and a restaurant. Cooking classes can be arranged for guests, I participated in one and it was lots of fun (and the food turned out good, too). I stayed at Montelauro and had dinner in the restaurant where they serve typical food of Puglia.
Masseria li Menuli, also called Masseria Helios, is a small self-catering property for two to eight people. The masseria is a working farm that produces its own wine and has vineyards, gardens and small swimming pool. Although it's an independent house, the owner lives on site and is very enthusiastic about sharing the best of the region with his guests. Li Menuli is 3 kilometers from the town of Manduria on the Salento Peninsula. Here's a video of Masseria li Mennuli in spring.
Masseria Selvaggi, set in olive groves and vineyards, is next to Masseria li Menuli. The helpful owner makes stained glass and has a studio on site where guests make a stained glass piece to take home. Self-catering accomodations are in apartments with kitchen, private bath, and vaulted stone ceilings typical of the region. Outside there's a patio, garden, and small pool nestled in the rocks.The masseria is 3 kilometers from the town of Manduria.
Masseria Cimino is an 18th century fortified farm house and tower on a rustic-looking estate surrounded by wildflowers, catus, olive groves, and vegetable gardens. There are fifteen comfortable-looking rooms, a cozy lounge and restaurant decorated with old farming implements, a swimming pool, and nice outdoor sitting area. Original architectural features and colors of the house were preserved during restoration. It's close to the sea, San Domenico golf course, and the archeological site of Egnazia.
Masseria San Domenico is a spacious luxury resort with 49 rooms, a golf course overlooking the sea, spa, beautiful swimming pool, and excellent restaurant (where I ate dinner). This is the most luxorious masseria I visited. San Domenico produces its own olive oil and still has an old olive press.
Masseria Torre Coccoro is a five-star luxury resort with spa, swimming pool, restaurant, a nine-hole golf course, and private beach. Some rooms and suites have private swimming pool or jacuzzi, fireplace, sea views, or private terrace or garden. Torre Coccaro has cooking courses for guests to learn to make typical dishes of Puglia. I participated in a cooking course followed by a fantastic lunch in the restaurant which included dishes we made in class. The grounds are beautiful but I didn't see any of the rooms.
Masseria Alchimia has ten self-catering, independent studios with modern furnishings in a fairly isolated setting one kilometer from the town of Fassano. Massages, bike rentals, and use of beach facilities can be arranged. There is a family suite for four and most of the accommodations have a basic kitchenette and terrace or patio. There is no swimming pool but one of the suites has an outside tub and there's a small playground for the children.