Our stay of the week – Masseria Grieco, Puglia

Surrounded by the velvety hills of the Valle d’Itria, Masseria Grieco’s pale gold stone gleams in the Apulian sun. The restored farmhouse is the perfect setting for romance, with charming bedrooms to hole up in, a picturesque swimming pool for leisurely dips while admiring the views and a traditional restaurant for dinners à deux. There’s a reason why it’s a popular wedding destination: under the sparkling stars and inky black sky of this unspoilt region in the very south of Italy, it’s hard not to fall in love with Masseria Grieco.

Great care has been taken to ensure that the masseria’s original features remain: expect cool stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and conical roofs characteristic of the area – even the food served up in the restaurant has its roots in nonna’s kitchen. Amid the graceful arches and grand staircases of this little patch of paradise in Puglia, you’ll discover a place where time appears to stand still.

Your well-being is well taken care of here: the swimming pool makes a relaxing spot to enjoy a refreshing dip while overlooking the beautiful countryside. After sunset, it is lit by warm lights and takes on a particularly romantic atmosphere. A study in Italian country-chic, the restored rustic bedrooms are just as idyllic and incorporate plenty of original features, from ancient stone walls to high, vaulted ceilings. The interiors are complemented by traditional furniture and a palette of soothing natural colours.

While it’s tempting to find your favourite nook and stay within the cossetting confines of the hotel, the region brims with beautiful towns to explore and glorious countryside to discover. Spend a morning shopping at Ostuni’s open-air markets, hire bikes to pedal around the trulli houses of Alberobello or book a table in one of Martina Franca’s backstreet restaurants to taste the slow food revolution for yourself.

We’re offering a stay in a Superior room or Junior suite from £52 per person, per night, including breakfast and perks.

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