This is a very beautiful, carefully renovated old grain store which is subject to further work and extension using the family's stone quarry. Each of the six, comfortably-sized rooms, is immaculate and cleverly designed with background lighting, 'fretwork' stone niches and illuminated stone jars providing a warm atmosphere. A great deal of thought has been used to create this environment.
Around the walls are various prints referring to the building's history and adjoining the breakfast room is a very pleasant courtyard which we used as the weather was so good. As you would expect in Puglia, the breakfasts are fantastic – the quality of food, drinks and presentation is superb – and who would have thought of 'olive' jam or 'apple' marmalade – unbelievable and wonderful.
But in addition of these lovely surroundings and the wonderful places we visited on this three night visit, the real highlight was meeting the warm, charming and friendly owners – Consuelo, her brother Giovanni and younger sister Martina. Fortunately, with our limited Italian, they wanted the opportunity to practice their English. We also met their charming mother, Alba, who came around to meet us and even offered to take my car parking fine, fill in the paper work and pay the fine at the local post office. Presumably, I'm the only person to read the charging period '9:00 – 2:00' as meaning 2:00pm in the afternoon. Ah well, we still have great memories – many thanks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering rooms, vaulted ceilings and walls of local stone, the Court of Barns is located in the center of Maglie, 20 km from the Adriatic Sea and 30 km from the Ionian Sea. All spacious, air-conditioned and elegantly furnished, the rooms feature a private hot tub and a private bathroom with shower and bidet. Every day we serve a typical Italian breakfast of hot drinks, sweet baked goods, and upon request, salty snacks. There is a large garden with outdoor furniture. The Court of Lofts is a 30-minute drive from Lecce, 25 km from Bear Tower and a 35-minute drive from Gallipoli. B & Bs: 6 rooms ... more less
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