You only have to glance at social media right now to realise that Italy is where all your friends have disappeared to. Puglia and its coastal surrounds are perhaps the worst culprits of all – we can hardly look at Instagram without seeing another happy adventurer enjoying the beautiful landscapes, architectural treasures and decadent dining on offer. So today we are taking a little digital escapism in the form of the beautiful Casa degli Monti, a holiday home ideally located between two seas and a field of ancient olive tries in Southern Italy.
The property owners discovered Puglia almost 10 years ago, and quickly fell in love with its charm. “For us, it brings all of Italy’s best qualities together” they say. Located just 5km from the sea, 10km from the Torre Guaceto National Park and about 10km from Ostuni, Casa degli Monti is within easy distance of activities for just about everyone – beaches, olive groves, architectural sites and charming local villages – and of course, the locandas, trattorias and pizzerias that provide the best of pugliese culture. Given its prime position, Casa degli Monti offers a relaxed yet sophisticated base to return to (or luxuriate in), with numerous indoor-outdoor spaces, generous communal spaces and an infinity pool to take in the spectacular views of the coast and the ancient olive woods that surround the property.
Designed by Bolognese architect Luca Zanaroli (who also made the furniture and lighting), the home exudes an assured simplicity; no pretension or obnoxious details, just the essential elements to create a comfortable yet stylish stay. In addition to Zanaroli’s design, the home features many antique handicrafts and works from Scandinavian and Italian furniture designers. Each detail at Casa degli Monti has been thoughtfully included in the guest experience, right down to the olive oil that is produced from the neighbouring olive groves. While the personality of the home is apparent in its reverence to the surrounding environment, natural material palette and locally-sourced details, it also invites guests to create their own traditions and experiences. As the owners say, “it is an ideal starting point for exploring a region with a strong temperament and admirable resistance to change”.
“We offer what we ourselves enjoy and rarely find elsewhere when we travel; a great simplicity in a very natural environment with what we hope is the perfect amount of comfort” say Casa degli Monti’s owners – and we think they’ve certainly achieved that with this charming accommodation concept. If you’re seeking a true taste of la dolce vita, Casa degli Monti should top of your must-stay list.
Read more about the property or book a stay here.