Il Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, Marittima di Diso
Marittima di Diso
Tel: 44 7736 362 328
Concierge.com's insider take:
Greek-born Athena McAlpine and her husband, Lord Alistair, the (very) British Conservative Party treasurer during the Thatcher era, made a highly unpredictable career choice in 2003 by opening this extraordinary haute bed-and-breakfast in a 15th-century convent half an hour south of Lecce. It is like no other B&B you'll ever encounter. If you score one of the nine rooms, you'll gain access not only to the entire propertyno room is off-limitsbut also to Lord McAlpine's museum of a collection, focusing on textiles and primitive and folk art from multiple sources (Australian Aboriginal, West African, Indonesian, Indian, Panamanian, you name it). And you can take "museum" literally, since much of this is rare as dodo eggs. Pieces are strewn liberally and artfully around the place according to Athena's artistic eye. One room contains another McAlpine collection: the library, with 14 tons of books. Included in the rates are breakfast, laundry service, and superb Euro-modern (as opposed to Puglian) lunches, garnished with the fruit of yet another McAlpine collection: the wine cellar. Some of the beds could sleep a family of six, yet all are made up in precious linens from Lecce; a few volumes are thoughtfully piled on the night table. Despite its well-connected hosts, this haven is emphatically not for wired peoplethere are no TVs, phones, or newspapers, and definitely no WiFi.