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Masseria Due Torri
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We recently rented the 3 bedroom villa for 2 weeks. The villa is of a high standard, tastefully decorated and very well equipped. The bedrooms are airy, the beds very comfy and the linens and towels are of good quality. There is a lovely shady terrace for outdoor eating with a BBQ to hand. A welcome pack is provided - the essentials plus some of the owners home made delicious preserves. There is an honesty box setup where you can purchase wine, beer, olive oil and insect repellent - I think there may have been sunscreen as well...? I can recommend the red!
There is also a great pool, set amongst the beautiful grounds, which is shared with the B&B and apartment guests, with lots of shady nooks and crannies to retire to when the sun is at its height.
Near the pool is a separate outdoor kitchen and dining area - complete with sink, BBQ and pizza oven.
The owners, Doug and Elizabeth, were excellent hosts - very knowledgeable about the area and helpful with advice about what to see and do. They were very discreet - approachable when you had any questions - otherwise you were left to your own devices.
The villa is about 5 mins drive from Monopoli, the nearest town, but there are many beautiful places to visit within easy travelling distance. We did day trips to Alperabello, Ostuni and Lecce - we also visited the caves at Castellana - all well worth a visit. The old part of Monopoli is also well worth a stroll.
We tended to alternate our days with a sightseeing one and then one chilling out at the villa/pool. There is a butchers nearby that has an amazing BBQ set up in the evenings - great fun and very reasonable! Well worth checking out the details with Doug and Elizabeth.
My daughter and her partner joined us for a week and stayed in one of the B&B rooms which are in part of the original Masseria. The room was spacious and again tastefully decorated with separate shower room and walk in dressing room.
Doug provides a very competitively priced taxi service. We used him for airport transfers and evening trips into Monopoli - when we didn't want to drink and drive :-)
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would have no hesitation in recommending Masseria Due Torri to family and friends as an ideal base to explore this region.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Polly2312
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

Where to start. Masseria Due Torri is situated a little inland of Monopoli in Puglia - about 5 minutes drive in fact. The masseria provides B&B rooms, a self-contained apartment within the main building itself, and a separate villa a minute's walk away on the other side of the garden. It has a lovely big swimming pool (well over 10 metres long) with plenty of space and loungers around it for sunbathing, plus the occasional shady hammock to laze in and a swing or two for the kids (maybe not just kids) to play on.

We stayed in the apartment attached to the house. It's advertised as sleeping 2-4 as it includes a bedroom plus the lounge has 2 beds. There were only 2 of us so we didn't need the lounge beds although they were excellent for laying out on and reading in the evening if it got too cool outside (which it did in early June). There is plenty of space in this spotless apartment and, whilst there's no aircon, the ceilings are high and vaulted so it stays cool inside even when it's warm outside. The TV is typical of an Italian apartment - no UK Sky/Freeview, but there is free wifi if you need a weather forecast, email or the news.

The apartment and B&B rooms all had areas to eat out at and our apartment also benefited from having a BBQ (although we ate out every night - more reviews to come). The owners, Douglas and Elizabeth, offer a breakfast to apartment dwellers at an extra charge and we took it on the first morning. It was an excellent continental breakfast, including home made preserves which were delicious, and we got to chat to the owners about the masseria, the locality and more - over 2 hours of chat... So that was a great welcome to the area.

The owners also provide a welcome pack, the best I think we've sampled, which contains pretty much everything you could need at the start of a holiday (bar alcohol) so that a supermarket visit on day 1 wasn't required. Reasonably priced wine and beer is also available for purchase via an honesty box on the premises and we can vouch for the quality and value of the red wine that was available.

The owners are very ethusiastic, friendly and keen to help out - answering any questions and providing recommendations for restaurants, days out, etc. Douglas even helped out as I'd forgotten an obscure adaptor that I needed to work some of my kit - he produced a series of different adaptors and one of them did the job. Thanks!

The masseria itself is a small farm and you really feel part of the coutryside despite the fact that you're not that far from "civilisation". It's a fantastic place to completely relax in. It's also about 4 minutes drive to the east coast motorway and the railway station at Monopoli so connections to the various towns and sights of Puglia are excellent. All told it was a perfect spot to spend an early June holiday.

In summary, this is a place that we were sad to leave but which we look forward to returning to. We will recommend it to family and friends as an ideal place for a relaxing break in the Italian sunshine if you're looking for peace and quiet within a stone's throw of some fantastic Italian sightseeing.

Where to finish... We've come to the end of our first week's holiday, the following week is near Sorrento but this week has been so good that part of me feels as if the holiday has ended even though it's only halfway through!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Derek R
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

We stayed for 3 nights with Doug and Elisabeth in September.
We very much enjoyed our room at Masseria Due Torri. The area is very nice and there is so much to explore we only scratched the surface and will definitely be back and are looking forward staying at Due Torri again.
We really appreciated the chats over breakfast( very nice with warm cornetti and fruit and nuts from the garden) with super advise from Doug and Elisabeth about what to go and see.
We had a lovely time, thank you very much Elisabeth and Doug.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Monica K
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

Doug and Elizabeth are enthusiastic and knowledgeable hosts who helped us enjoy the best the area has to offer, all discussed over breakfast each morning, for us this was a real plus and advantage of B&B over hotels - we wouldn't have known about a fantastic fish fiesta in Polignano a Mare without a helpful tip-off.

The accommodation ticks all the boxes - well proportioned and comfortable, with a good sized pool and well located for exploring the local area. A coupe of good restaurants are a short drive away where you'll dine with the locals, at the local prices which are very reasonable e.g. 6 euro for a full sized, freshly baked pizza.

There's a good spread for breakfast (9am) including fruit, cheese, meat, yogurt, croissants, home made preserves, cereals and important for me, a good pot of tea with cold milk (it's a British thing).

We like many others will have seen the 'Rules, rules...' TripAdvisor review, clearly it's a matter of taste but it didn't put us off and I'm glad we chose to stay with Doug and Elizabeth. There are some guidelines in the guest information in the room but they're not spoken about and are sensible enough, if you have a bit of common sense they won't affect you.

Overall we had a lovely stay.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Citywurzel
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

We decided to spend a few days relaxing in the area after attending a wedding in nearby Matera and were pleasantly surprised overall.

The area is not set up for conventional seaside tourism but this has many benefits for independent travellers like us; it's cheaper, less crowded and more popular with Italians than anyone else. The property is located in an attractive rural location, 4km from the attractive working town of Monopoli, with sea views.

The Masseria is glowingly reviewed by Alastair Sawday and other Trip Advisor reviewers and they are all right. The comfort, facilities (pool especially) and quality of breakfast all provide great value. I would also add that the owners Doug and Elizabeth have made the property incredibly flexible in that B&B rooms can be incorporated into a self catering apartment to accommodate large groups. For reasonable charges, they will also arrange a number of activities from diving to cookery and provide a taxi and transfer service around the clock. Rooms are also well-stocked with fresh milk and reasonably-priced drinks.

Like other similar establish establishments, the masseria is a working farm and the loved home of its owners, which makes you feel like their guest - no room for anonymity here.

Room Tip: If you're staying as a B&B guest, ask for the room that has an incorporated en suite. If it is not available the other one is perfectly comfortable.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank bermondsey_traveller
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