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
I adored and adore Masseria Fumarola. It’s so authentic and peaceful. Everyone was so helpful and simply wonderful from my warm greeting by Vittorio to Luanas help and terrific recommendations. Thank you to Marina for the most delicious breakfast and to the entire staff for the lovely sit down dinner ! I loved loved loved this little slice of heaven in Puglia. The pool is as refreshing as it is beautiful . I can’t wait to return
We were fortunate enough to stay at Masseria Fumarola whilst travelling through Puglia. What an incredible place. The rooms were unique, clean and comfortable. The property managers Vittorio and Luana were amazing. They both went over and above to make sure we had a fantastic stay. I can’t recommend this masseria more highly. I’ve traveled the world but never experienced such amazing hospitality.
This has to be up there with the best hotels me and my wife have ever stayed in. Masseria Fumerola has everything you could possibly want from a countryside Puglian retreat. The grounds are incredibly beautiful, there are dozens of fresh herbs/shrubs/trees that give off the most wonderful smells (think rosemary, bay, citrus, heather and sage to name a few. The food is simple and great with a tomato focaccia at breakfast that would be part of our last meal on earth for sure. We were offered the opportunity of a typical Puglian dinner for all the guests one evening which we highly recommend!
The owners and staff are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and just so very accommodating. The rooms are magical; a real mix of old and new styles. The pool area is perfection, the wines made on site are very special and the location really is spot on for a bit of road tripping around the local towns and general area.
We leave today travelling north but can absolutely 100% guarantee that we will be back here again. 3 nights could easily have been a week and hopefully will be just that next year! We just can’t recommend this place highly enough.
Thank you so much and we wish you every success in the future Masseria Fumarola!
Will and Kasia (London)
This hotel is amazing. It is set in the most beautiful surroundings and you feel like you are in the true Italian countryside set away from the real world in pure peace and quiet. Luana and Vittorio were amazing. The hotel felt like a real Italian family run affair. The breakfast and dinner were delicious and we were made to feel so welcome we didn’t want to leave.
> Gorgeous masseria tastefully restored by the current owners whose grandmother owned the original farm.
> Delightful choice of spacious rooms and suites in original trullis (trullo?) and other outbuildings, beautifully furnished.
Beautiful pool and kitchen garden.
> Whilst dinner not available every night, this gives you the opportunity to visit the beautiful white hill town of baroque Martina Franca with its winding alleyways and great choice of restaurants. Do not leave without trying the gelato!
> Other reviews bemoan the fact there is no pool bar service but they are missing the point; if you’re the type of person who is happy to lay in the sunshine by the beautiful pool, surrounded by vineyards, smelling jasmine and rosemary on the breeze, listening to birdsong under the shade of a cherry tree watching swallows dive across the surface, then you’ve hit the jackpot!
> Finally, hosts Juana and Vittorio made our stay, they were fun, charming and the icing on the cake.