What We Love
- The cone-shaped hut-like structures are typical of the region
- Spacious guestrooms with fireplaces and vaulted ceilings
- A lovely pool area encircled by olive trees
What To Know
- Meals feature organic produce from the hotel’s vegetable garden and are served in the farm’s former manger hall
- Free WiFi
- The hotel is 50 miles from Bari Airport and 40 miles from Brindisi Airport
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on a 19th-century farm and surrounded by olive groves and chestnut trees, Masseria Fumarola is a collection of sparkling white trulli buildings. These hut-like structures are typical of the region and are made of dry stone topped with pointed roofs that call to mind (well, some minds) Madonna’s conical bras from her Blond Ambition years. The converted trulli serve as guestrooms and feature lofty stone arches, limestone floors and antique wrought iron furnishings. Meals take place in the farm’s former manger hall or alfresco under the stars.
Bed and Bath
Once used as field shelters and storehouses, the trulli have been beautifully refurbished into 14 guest suites that respect their architectural ancestry. While stone floors and domed ceilings remain, the owners have created spacious and soothing suites that incorporate plenty of rustic-chic decor, such as wrought iron bedframes and traditional wooden furniture, including some antique pieces. All are outfitted with flat-screen TVs and fireplaces, and some feature sunken sleeping areas. En suite bathrooms come with separate Jacuzzi tubs and showers.
As if Masseria Fumarola were a grand country house, meals are served by a staff dressed in old-fashioned maid uniforms. Menus, which are set, feature organic produce from the hotel’s vegetable garden as well as local cheeses and artisanal salumi. There’s a large pool surrounded by white canvas chairs perfect for tanning under the hot Apulian sun, and olive and chestnut trees just beyond, laced with walking paths.
In the Area
Rent one of the property’s bikes and set out to explore the rolling, trulli-dotted countryside. Stop at Martina Franca, a 14th-century town 2.5 miles away where you can shop for fine Italian linens in chic little boutiques and visit the Baroque Basilica di San Martino. Head to the town of Ostuni, famous for its whitewashed houses and staircases that lead up tiny streets. The nearest white sand beach is a 40-minute drive away, in Savelletri, where you can rent a sun bed or dine on calamari at one of the many restaurants that line the promenade.
How to Get There
My boyfriend and I stayed here for three nights on a road trip around Puglia. The hotel itself is in very pretty setting and the rooms are a good size and cosy. The Masseria is also in a great location only a five minute drive from the beautiful Martina Franca and other neighbouring towns we liked (Cisternino and Alberobello). A must visit restaurant is Metha, the food and service is absolutely amazing and not too expensive!
The only improvements I would like to see to Masseria Fumarola is a pool bar or somewhere to get drinks by the pool and a kettle in the room to make a hot drink (otherwise have to keep asking reception to make you one).
Overall I would stay here if I was on a first time visit to puglia and wanted to explore the neighbouring towns!
Its amazing to me just how on the nose the previous reviews of this place were. First of all, Tizana and Francesca were wonderful...very helpful and welcoming. The did everything they could...which is part of the problem (ill get to this later). Location is great to explore some wonderful towns (though it is 40 minutes from the sea) and the Masseria itself is well kept and beautiful. Staying in a Trullo was a neat experience. Breakfast was simple but tasty and fresh.
However as reviewer already pointed out, being there really was like walking on eggshells. While having breakfast even my 6 year old daughter pointed out how quiet all the other guests were. This was a little stressful with young children and frankly I do not recommend this hotel for families with young children. No one made us feel uncomfortable directly, though i did get the sense a few times as if we were ruining their chill (its not just us loud and obnoxious Americans as it was a Brit that felt this way too in the earlier review).
No minimum length of stay required in August was nice (some of the higher end properties nearby require 5 or 7 night stays).
Its not a true family run masseria as the owners live elsewhere. The staff is very helpful and extremely hardworking. The flip side of this is that the place is understaffed. We had a bit of trouble one evening in Ostuni (30 minutes away and called the hotel at 10pm but no one answered which could have been a problem if not for the kindness of a local gelato shop clerk. Its not a luxury resort (its probably fairly priced) though turndown service would have been nice and, as other reviewers have mentioned, drink service at the pool.
This masseria is just ten minutes by car from Martina Franca. Set amidst vineyards, with lots of outdoor seating and places to relax, it’s a great location for a restful break. Our room was excellent, with good aircon and an outdoor terrace, good bathroom facilities and a comfortable bed. The wifi was very slow, but that’s not unexpected in the middle of the Italian countryside and not the fault of the property. The pool is pretty and there is a nice area for sun bathing. There were a couple of things that we felt they could do better, given that this is a top priced place to stay. First, they could provide tea and coffee facilities somewhere, or even a kettle in the room, as it’s not possible just to pop into a bar nearby to get it for yourself. We could probably have asked someone to get it for us, but there was only one person on reception and we didn’t ask. Second, a lot of the breakfast items simply ran out and weren’t replenished - if the pastries were gone, then they weren’t replaced. Guests learned to come early to breakfast before the food choices ran out. On the other hand, the staff were very pleasant, especially Tiziana. The masseria puts on a buffet dinner a couple of times a week, which is absolutely terrific with home cooking that makes you feel you’re visiting an Italian’s friend’s house. At 25 euros a head we thought this was a bargain. Many of the guests seemed to be visiting to spend time in the sun and by the pool; for those interested in seeing the countryside, the masseria is less than two hours from Matera, about 45 minutes from Taranto, and hour and a half from Bari airport and just half an hour from Locorotondo. It’s a great base for exploring this part of Puglia.
We love masseria fumarola! Always a welcome. Beautiful rooms. Simple breakfasts with choice of homemade cakes and jams, great coffee. Gorgeous pool and quietly tucked away from so many lovely villages and local towns to visit. Can’t recommend highly enough for peace and simplicity.
High standing hotel. It will be the opportunity to have breakfast in un trullo, a typical countryside house of this central area of Puglia.
Your room was built with local stones in a little house with all the confort.
There is also a nice swimming-pool. Nature around is beautiful.