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“Just across the waters from Albania...an indulgence not to be missed”

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Relais Masseria Villa Cenci
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Cisternino
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 April 2014

You are six km from the sea,and a long watery stretch from Albania. Fly into Bari airport and wheel your way to the valley d'Itria. You are now trully in Trulli territory.with these buildings the most covetted accomodation in Apulia.

Villa Cenci is one of the loveliest Trulli hotels that we have experienced. its an old country estate that's been restored tastefully,in addition to fielding nine rooms in Trulli,as well as the main complex of rooms and suites. White circular pointy roofs painted white with windows outlined in lavender colour.
This property is not short of land.there are 32 acres of natural beauty,boasting a glorious view from the pool. the fruit and vegetables grown on the land provide the organic staples for the cuisine was served opposite our trulli. The open-air breakfast is legendary,with lunch and dinners are traditional Apulian fare, Yum to the max. There is a little spa with sauna and hammam where we met and befriended a number of people.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

The second 'hotel' of my trip here in Italy. A beautiful estate in the country located near Cisternino. Beautiful rooms (both the truli and the superior room), great service and above all peace and quiet. The safe in the room was convenient. The breakfast existed out of a healthy buffet with typical Italian dishes. The lunch buffet is 25€, so a bit expensive, but totally worth it! The menu 30€ and that's four dishes. Delicious and fresh dishes!!!

Negative points: creaky beds and two busted lights, but the latter can be resolved when asked. Eating is not allowed in the room, but that's understandable. The television only had italian channels, when I expected at least bbc or cnn. No wifi in the rooms, but in the communal rooms. There were comfortable couches, but I prefer something more private.

All in all: highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank Stefanie02
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

It might need a certain "intelligence" to find it, as direction signs are a bit vague, but once you are in this tastefully restructured Masseria, with its quaint "trulli" rooms, with their lavander colored windows, and fragrant lavander bushes you will be grateful, truly grateful, that you have chosen it. The cristal clear pool, the lush gardens, the very yummy breakfast with freshly cut fruit and warm baked quiches and focaccia bread ( a brunch, really), the helpful suggestions by the charming owner, the possibility of an authentic country cooking dinner by the pool, all of this and more will make you want to return. And I will, for sure.

Room Tip: Although the Trulli rooms are the most typical and charming option, the new aile has wonderfully coo...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

Villa Cenci is quietly situated in the country around Cisternino in the middle of the Puglia. An excellent place to start vists to the whole region. The breakfasts were superb , with an unbelievable choice and quality. We had a superior room with an extraordinary bath : almost 2m by 2m, could accept 4 people ...? Marvellous gardens and a great swimming pool

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

After an endless research looking for a nice and relaxing place where to spend 2 or 3 days I came across Relais Masseria Villa Cenci and booked trough Tripadvisor facility a 2 nights stay. Apparently the server had overbooked the place but the owner Mrs. Bianco really tryed hard and managed to reshuffle the all lot. With great pleasure for us she managed to fit the 7 of us in. Thank you very much indeed Sig.ra Bianco. The place is a bit hard to find but once there it is worth every minute spent asking for directions (pugliesi people are very friendly by the way). The masseria and trulli have been fantastically restored and rooms are nice, spacious, nicely furnished and very welcoming. The grounds, the swimming pool, the buildings are delightful. Service is top class and staff, especially waiters are incredibly accommodating. One special mention goes to Vito who amongst the others, assisted us in everything and helped a lot by organizing with just short notice an unforgettable dinner party for 18pax for my birthday. Food was also divine (compliments to the chef) and breakfast buffet rich of delights and local produces. Highly recommended!

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

The hotel is situated in a nice area. The rooms, pool etc. are widely spread and give a nice atmosphere. The rooms are OK in terms of price value - they actually look better than they are (e.g. the shower looks great but doesn't work like expected - but not an issue).
The main problem of the hotels is clearly, that they have a very missconstructed and lound pool cleaning system. The system starts at 11:00 and finishes at 17:00. The sound is like the one of a car waiting in front of a red light. The noise kills the silence, the song of birds etc.
So if you like to hang at the pool and like it quitet, don't go there.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

It's not easy to find Relais Masseria Villa Cenci: ride from Cisternino in the direction of Ceglie Messapica and you will find a narrow street on your right-hand side that leads you to the hotel.

A masseria is a farm house and this one exists of different buildings that all have their own characteritics. We were the only guests staying in the hotel and got a room in the villa itself. In fact our hotel room consisted of three rooms: a bedroom, a bathroom and a spacious sitting area.

Make sure to wonder around on the property. They have lots of nice sitting areas, a bar with a beautiful fireplace and we even found a house chapel. The former cowsheds are authentic Puglian trulli and are also converted into rooms. They have a big pool that is perfect for relaxation.

Breakfast was incredible with freshly squized orange juice, home-made cake, local cheese and bread with tomato and mozarella. The waiter excused himself because he was unable to find us a Belgian newspaper and only found a French one.

We

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Strada Prov.le per Ceglie Messapica | Loc. Cisternino Contrada Carperi, 72014 Cisternino, Italy
Region: Italy > Puglia > Province of Brindisi > Cisternino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Cisternino
Price Range: £132 - £290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Relais Masseria Villa Cenci 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Property was renovated. A few km from Ostuni and Alberobello and the beach. 20 elegant guest rooms in "Trulli"/"Lamie" (old rural architectural style) with bathroom, TV, hairdryer, minibar, safe and A/C. Some feature large stone bathtubs. 3 suites in the main Villa. Swimming pool on great lawn and Mediterranean park. Restaurant offers typical Apulian dishes and homegrown products. Wifi Internet, massage, beauty services, laundry. ... more   less 
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