The name Masseria Palombara derives from the ancient tower dovecot which with its imposing sculptural presence keeps alive the past of this farm immersed in the countryside of Oria (https://www.cittameridiane.it/en/on-the-hills-of-oria/), renowned for the production of olive oil.
Holidays on the wave of emotions
Typical rural landscape since the Middle Ages, linked in particular to the feudal regimes, the tower of the masseria dates back to 1600 and has been restored in collaboration with the Superintendent of Fine Arts and Landscape. The work lasted two years and remains testimony to the great photos hung on the reception of the structure.
During the visit Angelo Lippolis, owner of the farm together with his wife Fabiola D’Antona, explains how 500 years of distance has been used the same constructive technique as when the tower was built for the breeding of pigeons producing guano, which was used as a natural fertilizer for soil fertilization.
The estate, owned by the D’Antona family since 1930, dates back to 1700 and was built as a grain collection and storage center as evidenced by the hub, among the largest we have ever seen!
What is today the Palombara Suite, with a secret garden with mini pool and whirlpool, is the oldest part dating to 1650, while the other rooms where the breakfast room spaces, the living room and the other twelve bedrooms were created all were built between 1700 and 1800. All the renovation was carried out with recovery work aimed at energy efficiency and light and hot water are guaranteed by solar panels. Essential and different from each other are the rooms, which have spacious and comfortable bathrooms.
Inside, the image is relaxed, the colors are very smooth and the furnishings clearly show the owner’s passion for the recovery of “already-lived” pieces. This is how Fabiola D’Antona, the hostess, wanted it as a reassuring haven that cuddles you.
The first cuddle was reserved to us just arrived from Blue, the house’s Labrador who greeted us shaking. Then, in the large salon that hosts the wine bar, Stefania Carlucci, Sommelier and Wine Woman who followed and advised Angelo and Fabiola in the selection of nectars for dinners and tastings in the tower of masseria.
Tarallucci, wine and talk made us feel at ease and at the same time made our curiosity grow on this “buen retiro” where dwelling and landscape are a set of cinemas. And its story could inspire a movie.
The entire masseria, in fact, including the tower that rises out of the walls, rises on an archaeological site crossed by a Roman carriageway whose trace is still visible, communicating with a navigable river and a masseria of time.
In the countryside around the tower, from which you can enjoy an unmistakable view of Oria, there are the remains of a Messapic quarry of 300 BC. Then also used by the Romans: the two epochs are distinguished by the different cut with which the stone was extracted. Also near a basilian blade, started but not finished, and a cistern.
So here it really seems to inhabit the story! But at the same time they are also assured of comfort and relaxation. After the walk you can decide to take care of yourself at the SPA, recently inaugurated with hammam, sauna and body treatments in the old vaulted rooms of the masseria.
Or have a swim in the salt-water pool, before dinning in the restaurant, only open to guests, where you can enjoy fresh and special dishes prepared according to the recipes that Fabiola recalls, especially at night, but linked to local and elaborate tradition with organic farm products.
The morning after breakfast is a real greedy surprise! Along with local fruit jams, tarts and various pastries, a ClubHouse is served, multilayer sandwich of bread and a filling that in a very delicate and balanced way vibrates between sweet and salty: the ingredients do not reveal them, you will have to guess them!
Then there’s all the time for a ride on the golf buggy to go to the discovery of part of the 100 hectare estate and to visit the restored farmhouses that are more distant from the central body of the farm. Guests also have a swimming pool here, along with a gym and a yoga classes bungalow, all surrounded by greenery and silence.
Masseria Palombara welcomes in the countryside between Oria and Manduria from 1 May to 30 November those who want to enjoy their holidays on the wave of emotions.
SP 57 Strada Provinciale per Manduria Km 2,5, Oria – Brindisi
Info: +39 0831 849784 – +39 335 301474