Concierge.com's insider take:
Built by the Knights of Malta in the 15th century and now owned by a family of olive oil producers, this good-value masseria's dozen rooms (mostly suites) are worthy of any shelter mag. The shapely stone arches are not always whitewashed (sometimes they're plum- or tan-washed), and witty details abound: a woolly mini sheep on a stone shelf; a black-sheeted bed on an ocher-daubed stone platform; a stack of twigs propped against a wall; table lights fashioned from terra-cotta amphorae; swaths of organza drapes. Still, there are enough cast-iron granny bedsteads, antique walnut armoires, and wood-framed mirrors to keep things easily this side of whimsy. Rooms have no TVs, but they do have air-conditioning and minibars. An outdoor whirlpool bath has been placed in the middle of an ancient walled garden of mandarin oranges, and the landscaped pool is surrounded by canopied day beds for serious recharging of the mind and body. There's a charming bar area, and a simple dinner based on local specialties is served here for guests Monday through Saturdaya boon in view of the remote location.
Closed November until the week before Easter.
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