Hi there! I trust you all had a good long weekend (if there was one where you are)? Mine was just as sunny, relaxing and indulgent as a long weekend should be, with a lot of park-lounging, coffee-having and film-watching, and a bit of work thrown in, as well. Happily this week is a short one for me, as I’m off to Glasgow tomorrow evening for the weekend.
Before then, however, I wanted to share the final instalment of my Puglia Travelogue series. Remember Ostuni? Well, my sister and I weren’t staying in the town itself, but rather a ten-minute drive outside it, at the beautiful Masseria Il Frantoio.
What’s a masseria, you might well be asking. The term is traditionally used to denote an ancient farm or country house, often set within a working farm. Many masserie now operate as agroturismo, and have accommodation for a limited number of guests, as well as top-notch restaurants. But a regular hotel this is not; staying at the Masseria Il Frantoio felt like staying at the home of my Italian great-aunt (were I lucky enough to have such a thing), so relaxed and welcoming it was.
So, what do you do at a masseria? You eat, much and well. On the afternoon of our arrival, my sister and I enjoyed a five-course lunch of organic, homegrown and homemade food, complete with a bottle of local wine. You also explore. From biking through the olive groves and exploring the house, gardens and outbuildings, we got to know our temporary home pretty well. But mostly, you relax. Seated in the warm and shaded courtyard of the masseria, book in hand, while the wind tickles the ancient trees which surround you, it’s the easiest thing in the world.
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