Masseria Petrarolo is a beautifully restored 1689 fortified farmhouse in the heart of Puglia. Its secure courtyard and noble towers denote the region’s battle strewn history, but where once stood a stronghold against marauding Barbary pirates now stands an elegant family hideaway, teeming with narrative, begging to be explored. A luxury eight-bedroom villa with three kitchens, large living and dining areas, a wine room, orangery, hammam, two pools and endless gardens, situated amidst 30 hectares of picturesque farmland – Masseria Petrarolo is the perfect combination of opulent elegance and rustic wilderness.
Our fully staffed luxury farmhouse could not be more conveniently situated, 6km from the historic town of Monopoli, just a short drive from Bari and Brindisi, both of which are serviced by international airports. Masseria Petrarolo’s once strategic vantage point offers sweeping views of protected ancient olive groves and the captivating Adriatic Sea. Nestled amidst 30 hectares of productive organic farmland, the Petrarolo estate yields delicious fresh produce for guests daily, and is a wonderland of exploration for budding botanists. The beach is just 6km away – an adventurous walk or a leisurely drive – but why leave, when there is so much to experience at Masseria Petrarolo? The 17th century chapel, spectacular gardens, hammam and pools are bound to occupy your attention for days on end.
The poolhouse consists of two interconnecting rooms with wonderful uninterrupted views, covered terrace and outdoor kitchen, dining and lounging area.
Beyond the pool you will find the kids play area on the upper field including an excellent vantage point from atop the giant turtle.
The Masseria was a working farmhouse until the day this exciting restoration began. The ground floor rooms and what is now the Pool House were used for agricultural purposes, while the prior owners occupied the first floor rooms only. Masseria Petrarolo’s patrons saw the potential in this listed building, originally accessed via drawbridge, and enlisted the help of local craftsmen and international experts to turn it into something truly spectacular. Their sensitivity to the buildings unique legacy is evident in the features that have been maintained, such as the characterful cattle troughs in the drawing room, and the traditional chianche stonework throughout the estate. The journey from functioning farmhouse to luxury retreat was a celebration of local craftsmanship and building techniques. Experienced local architects Simone and Musa, London-based Tully Filmer and renowned interior designers Alexander Waterworth led the restoration, working together seamlessly to create a sanctuary of Old World charm. Alexander Waterworth’s attention to detail and signature style lend an air of modern refinement to the interiors, while the history of the site lives on in the Masseria’s stunning vaulted ceilings and 17th century chapel.
Masseria Petrarolo’s eight bedrooms sleep 16 in complete comfort, all with luxury ensuite bathrooms. Stately vaulted ceilings and expansive sea views combine with Alexander Waterworth interiors to stunning effect. The result? Eight private sanctuaries, each with a unique legacy, all full of rustic elegance and warmth. See the Bedrooms section for a full description of each of Masseria Petrarolo’s eight luxury suites.
Whether the moment calls for a banquet en famille, or a stolen afternoon of quiet time for two, there are shared spaces at Masseria Petrarolo to suit every need. The grand Trajan Dining Hall sits 20 for dinner and is a spectacular setting for celebratory feasts. The wooden beams and arrow slit windows lend a majestic air to this rustic, stately space. The light and airy first floor Family Kitchen is a charming place for casual dining. We are also blessed with many stunning places to dine al fresco. Please see Dining for more information. In meditative moments the cool air of the 17th century chapel provides refreshing respite from the Puglia heat. As does Masseria Petrarolo’s well-stocked library, a source of hours of entertainment for a curious mind. The Dante Drawing Room has vaulted ceilings, an open fireplace, inviting sofas and views of the Agrumeto Citrus Grove, making it the perfect place for an afternoon of comfort and contemplation. Our state-of-the-art sound system and projector can be set up in the Drawing Room, or in the Garden for a starlit cinema experience.