Born out of love for the land sky and all things wonderfully simple, Massaria Moroseta is a glorious Italian escape that offers refuge to the weary and is environmentally conscious too. As you approach this dreamy Italian hideaway you’ll be welcomed by an old country road lined with olive trees until you catch sight of a white stone house on a ridge overlooking the Adriatic sea and nearby Ostuni.
Built using local materials and traditional techniques, Masseria Moroseta is surrounded by five hectares of organic olive groves and is a fusion of modern architecture with influences of the great Puglian estates.
The design of Masseria Moroseta has been made with extreme care to prevent damage and look after the environment. The hotel has one-meter-thick walls with eco-friendly recycled insulation, meaning that very little air-conditioning is needed event at hottest times of the year, and on the same note, very little heating is required in the winter.
The living space has cross ventilation windows, which means it needs no air-conditioning at all. Solar panels provide enough electricity and heat for the whole building, and we have our own water supply for our organic farm. All materials used in the construction are locally sourced, as were all the tradesmen used on the site.
To keep things simple Masseria Moroseta has three styles of room to choose from in the main building. The classic rooms are 24 sqm and offer a king size bed, bathroom, large private outdoor spaces – some of them including a private garden and some, a private terrace that overlooks the fields beyond. The suites are 45 sqm and offer king sized beds, large bathroom, private living room and either a garden or terrace.
The property that surrounds the farmhouse has more than 650 centuries-old olive trees which they produce their own ‘Vecchia Scuola’ extra virgin olive oil which is cold pressed and available to guests and clientele. The oil is also used in the range of ecological beauty products and is combined with essences of the aromatic herbs from the nearby countryside.
Experiences at Masseria Moroseta includes Yoga courses which you can join in the mornings or at sunset, natural mediterranean cooking lessons and evening meditation experience will also be organised upon request.
Cooking classes are also available to join during low and mid-season and are a fantastic way to fully immerse yourself in Puglian cuisine. Inspired by Apulian and Mediterranean cuisine (with a little discretion for creativity of course) the team uses exclusively organic and local raw ingredients.
The cooking courses at Masseria Moroseta are personalised to the individual or for groups of no more than size people and are only available to guests of the Masseria. Courses last roughly three hours, you can find out more here.
Moroseta Villas is a new project inspired by Masseria Moroseta. There’s four villas to choose from in total each with its own individual character. Two of our favourites are the Villa Castellucio and Villa Cardo. Villa Cardo (pictured above) is a four bedroom house designed by Studio Andrew Trotter – the same designer as Masseria Moroseta.
Built using local materials and traditional methods of building, it has been carefully and thoughtfully created to be light, airy and cool in the warmer summer months. It even has a cinema room and Turkish bath. The sea is just a 4.5 mile drive away and the closest town is Carovigno. Book your stay here.
Villa Castellucio (pictured above) is a beautifully restored villa set within 5 acres of olive groves that just oozes rural Puglian charm. Careful restoration of the interior has cleverly preserved the historic atmosphere that’s both charming and relaxed.
Also designed by Studio Andrew Trotter, the villa sleeps six guests and offers a terrace that leads out to a large swimming pool and sunbathing space. Book your stay here.
The architectural and interior design genius behind Masseria is Andrew Trotter. Owner Carlo Lanzini had a vision that the building wouldn’t feel out of place amongst the olive trees and so a mixture of modern and minimal architecture was designed and made using local materials.
To put the space into perspective, the Masseria entrance is the only opening in the frontal wall a stronghold toward enemies that gives no suggestion as to what is beyond. Once inside, the Masseria is built around the courtyard. There are three rooms on either side which, many years ago, would have been the stables.
The living quarters are in front, divided by a central staircase to the roof. As you approach the large windowed entrance to the living room, you glimpse on the left your first sights of the olive trees, pool and the sea beyond.
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Images: Salva Lopez