This stunning ranch style boutique hotel in the south of Italy is an absolute gem. I say ranch style because you are greeted by a driveway bordered by cacti and olive trees, while donkeys and horses graze in the bordering field. Masseria Prosperi is so much more than a ranch. Originally a historic farm building, this hotel has been lovingly restored to create a chic and stylish retreat.
Walls are painted in shades of whites and creams. An uber modern lap pool sits outside edged by slatted loungers. Inside, a similarly stylish saline pool is available. This pool, which comes complete with Jacuzzi, hydro bikes, steam room and massage room, is separated from the main hall by a glass wall. The main hall is somewhat like a family room and is used for banquets with a dining room, kitchen. This means that on the pool side you can dive in and swim and on the lounge side you can dive into white bean bags alongside a roaring fire while looking out at the pool.
The hotel owners have done a brilliant job mixing a slick whitewashed finish with historic pieces of old sink and restored wooden furniture. Outside, even the lawns have a stylish whitewashed wall border making this hotel a delight on the eyes and completely unlike any farm I have seen in England!
So to the details, the rooms are poetic. Each pays it’s respect to the local, rural past. Every one housing authentic and reinvented furnishings. White walls and sheets make these unique and restored pieces stand out. They look special with the backdrop of this very clean and modern setting.
Masseria Prosperi is also the home to donkeys, horses, goats and geese and you can horse-ride to the lakes or at the beach (during the winter). Friendly dogs and cats, also owned by the farm, further enhance your this rural experience – no farm is complete without a loving dog welcoming you indoors and a cat wanting to purr on your lap.
Masseria Prosperi was built in the shelter of a strikingly rich coastline. The soil is rich, the vegetation verdant and the hotel enjoys a view down to the Balkans and across the sea which is simply breathtaking. Whatever the season, these beaches are unforgettable. Walk, ride or bike race in between the pine trees, or try getting blown away by a kite surf.
Masseria Prosperi is just 10 minutes from Otranto; 40 minutes from Lecce and the station; 80 km from Brindisi airport (1 hour) and 180 km from Bari airport (2 hours). To fully explore the entire area it can be worth renting a car or the hotel supplies complimentary bikes for more local expeditions.
This is a boutique hotel created with love. It is just the kind of place we like to reccomend. Unique, bespoke, special – you wont find anything else like it. Welcome home.
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