About the countryside around Locorotondo you can rightly talk about fairytale landscape. Here, nestled on one of the highest hills of the Murgia plateau, there is the B&B Masseria Serralta. The appearance of the building of eighteenth-century, declared “of cultural interest” by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, it has remained faithful to the original architectural connotations thanks to a careful restoration carried out in full respect of the roots of a land like Valle d’Itria.
So Marta and Beniamino, the owners of this cozy place devoted to hospitality with high cummersa stern-looking and paunchy trulli transformed into four elegant and spacious suites, wanted it. “Our” suite was Nelly, a large room designed to accommodate three guests, with large living room overlooking the front of the farmhouse and a door window of the airy bedroom that leads into the back garden. In the suite Sandy, under the great arch of the alcove, it was derived a large kitchen available for those who wants to live their holiday in a free way and without timetables in the preparation of food, and a moss-green bathroom with large shower cascade. Maria is the most secluded and cozy suite, ideal for a couple: it overlooks a private courtyard and it is consisted of a bedroom and a comfortable living room, with a bathroom built in ancient barn where among mangers it was inserted a bathtub with a modern design. But the gem is the “trullo sovrano”, with two floors, housing the suite plus Amelia, with a living area and a bedroom on the ground floor connected with the upper one with a futuristic spiral staircase in tempered glass climbing high without burdening and masking the beautiful stone structure. The day room is connected to a trullo where today there is a modern kitchen that retains the old fireplace. Also the bathroom is “dug” in a trullo, bright and sunny thanks to yellow mosaic tiles that cover the walls.
The simple yet sophisticated furniture with colorful flashes of modernity and the appeal to tradition through the Apulian pottery lamps made in Grottaglie by Domenico Pinto, leading the host, from room to room, in an exciting journey that continues outside when the gaze focuses on the main building, high and impressive on the valley. And you can fully capture the charm that emanates from all that populates the rooms, which is caressed by light penetrating from the outside carries the scent of trees and meadows impregnated the Apulian sun.
The invitation to enjoy this quiet is completed by the beautiful swimming pool available to guests and in the morning, the delicious breakfast of pastries, tarts and homemade yogurt enriched with freshly picked fruit. In the small breakfast room we chat with Marta: remarkable that she studied in Genoa Environmental Sciences with marine address, but then she is nowadays in Locorotondo where there is the “waterfront” but overlooks the Valle d’Itria! We start our conversation with a smile that will not leave us all the time for talking and the visit to the farm with the ride on the roof between the cones of the trulli and the spectacular view all around. I can only imagine the face of all those who see the trulli for the first time, their eyes wide with wonder … There are many foreigners who choose Masseria Serralta for their holidays. Thanks also to Marta and Beniamino always ready to welcome with simplicity and with the right advice on how to live the area, one of the most beautiful in Italy.
Finally, Arturo: among all available space, inside and outside, and the caresses of Marta was glad to accompany us in this delightful stay, less happy the house cats!