As always, let`s take a look at the map first: Ostuni – la citta bianca – is located about an hour’s drive south of Bari in the middle of the picturesque Southern Italian district of Puglia. The village sits on a hill and is one of those “real” Italian towns. Small alleys, shops and espresso bars, great restaurants (e.g. the Al Solito Posto, our favorite in the summer), Southern Italian flair – and only a 15 minute drive to the most beautiful beaches. In the summer, the locals just hop in their Fiat Cinquecentos and hit the neighborhood beaches, where the espresso only sets you back 1.20 Euro.
A little below the historic walls of Ostuni, on the way to the sea, you will find a huge nature reserve with olive groves and small unpaved paths. And smack in the middle of these olive trees, Danielle and Jean-Louis from Strasbourg made their personal dream come true. They own and run the new Masseria Dagilupi.
It’s a stunning space—an architect’s fantasy. At the moment, there are only three rooms total in the former olive oil mill that’s been painstakingly restored. For us, this is something of a dream discovery, like a small super-hideaway. And because the property is situated on a slope, you can also enjoy a view of the sea from the roof terraces.
Only one year ago, in 2019, the couple (the two speak four languages) opened the Masseria, which is surrounded by some 400 olive trees. No neighbors, no nothing. Just a white oasis with two lovely hosts, who – like us – are also big fans of Puglia. Since they have moved here some time ago, they already know the real insider tips (which they are happy to share with their guests).
The three rooms are nestled in different corners of the house so that each guest gets enough privacy. The suites come in sizes of 70, 50 and 35 square meters respectively. The largest, the Suite Ostuni, is located on the first floor of the Masseria and has its own roof terrace with a view of the sea. You can even enjoy it from the bedroom, which has been elegantly integrated into the former living room of the house. One of the most striking features of all the rooms so to speak: The peace and quiet they radiate.
Downstairs are the suites Ulivo with 50 square meters and the suite Limoni with 35 square meters. Even when it gets very hot in summer you are sheltered from the heat by thick walls. If that is not enough, well, then you just turn on the A/C.
The rooms come with kettle and espresso machine, there is water free of charge in the fridge. Extra brownie points: The finely selected care products from Grown Alchemist and especially the high-quality bed linen (from Society Limonta). Danielle says, it really took them a lot of research to find the right linens.
Danielle and Jean-Louis hail from France, so food is of rather great importance to them. In the morning a changing gourmet breakfast is served. There are fresh juices, fruits, prosciutto, pane, pretty much everything you can wish for. All homemade.
The area is one of the most interesting to visit: We recommend excursions to Lecce (50 min), Ceglie Messapica (15 min), Alberobello (40 mins) and Polignano a Mare (40 min). The beach clubs down by the water can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes. And for dinner, it is best to drive 5 minutes into the city.
There are direct connections to the airports of Bari and Brindisi, from there we recommend renting a car and keep it for your stay in Ostuni.
Suite Limoni 180 € in low season, 200 € mid season, 240 € high season. Suite Ulivo 200 €, 240 € and 290 €. Suite Ostuni 220 €, 290 € and 320 €.
Booking & Contacts
Contrada Lettiga snc
72017 Ostuni (BR)
+39 345 930 7998