Masseria Moroseta, Puglia

The Puglia aesthetic is made for Instagram, and nowhere more so than Masseria Moroseta, the stunning, minimalist bed & breakfast, found on the outskirts of Ostuni. This area of Southern Italy is blessed with magical light year-round and beautiful white architecture, making it a lovely European destination to travel to out of season. I visited at the end of September, a blissful mini-break to enjoy a few last rays of sunshine before the cold British winter.

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Masseria Moroseta opened this year, a quiet rural sanctuary and base for visitors wishing to explore the area. The building was designed by Andrew Trotter, who spent 3 years perfecting this elegant retreat. The white stone farmhouse is modern in decor and feel, but traditional in design, using local materials and techniques to ensure the building fits with the surroundings. Set amongst 5 hectares of organic olive trees (some of which are up to 500 years old), with a view of the distant sea.

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Everything is set around the central courtyard, a salon and veranda offer a comfortable shelter from the sun, while a discreet white staircase leads to the roof terrace, the perfect place for a sunset aperitif. There is an outdoor kitchen and BBQ for al fresco dining and I imagine the large pool with deckchairs is a popular place in the heat of the summer months… I loved sitting here with a Aperol Spritz.

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The 6 rooms and suites and chic and stylish, pared-back luxury and a cool environment to spend time in. Where possible old-fashioned light fittings and vintage bathroom doors have been added in to add character and charm. These thoughtful additions contrast with the fresh contemporary furniture and materials used throughout. The bathroom was small but effective, with a powerful rain shower and homemade Italian toiletries.

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Breakfast is served each morning on the communal veranda. We were pleased to find a feast of regional fruit and cakes, yoghurt and cereal at the table accompanied with coffee and freshly made smoothies. Before there was time to be full, just-out-the-pan creamy scrambled eggs arrived with delicious roasted vegetables and toast.

I fell in love with this peaceful Puglia masseria, and found it very difficult to leave. With the destination of southern Italy rising in popularity rapidly, and Instagram filling up with photos of this picture-perfect farmhouse… I urge you to book before everyone else does!

More information and book a room here.

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