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
The hotel is 50 miles from Bari Airport and 40 miles from Brindisi Airport
Parking on site
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Sleep in one of Puglia's iconic cone-shaped huts at this rustic farmhouse turned stylish trulli hotel
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.
SP 66 per Villa Castelli km 3.8
Martina Franca, Italy
How to Get There
Flights are available to Brindisi Airport (BDS) and Bari Airport (BRI) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from BDS, about 40 miles away, are approximately $118 per two people, each way, and transfers to/from BRI, about 50 miles away, are approximately $118 per two people, each way. Transfers can be arranged through the property.