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Masseria Giulio | Holiday Apartments Francavilla Fontana, Puglia, swimming pool, garden, Salento, Italian escape, hidden oasis, holiday house, Southern Italy, room with a view, masserie

Welcome to Masseria Giulio

Masseria Giulio (officially Masseria Don Giulio, named after the local priest - Don Giulio Palmieri -who constructed the property) is listed as a regionally important historic building dating from at least the early 17th Century. It spent its first 200 years as a religious retreat serving as a chapel and as a religious retreat for nuns (and later monks) from Naples. In around 1800 it was sold into private ownership and became a working Masseria (fortified farmhouse similar to a manor house in the UK).  However, in the mid 1980s, the Masseria was abandoned and started to fall into disrepair.  We bought the property in 2013 and have lovingly restored into our family home with five adjoining holiday apartments.
Our ambition is to provide a real escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, in this amazing part of Italy blessed with fantastic history, culture, weather, food and wine.
Living full time in Italy (our children are at the local school) means that we are ideally suited to helping make the most of your stay in Puglia. We can help with visiting the "must see" local tourist sites but we can also point out some hidden gems that will help you unearth some of the additional delights that this region has to offer but that don't feature in many guidebooks.

"Some properties just match your expectations, some come short and some just blow you away. Ian's beautiful property is the blow you away kind."

The Apartments

Masseria Giulio comprises five self-contained apartments that have been converted from the old stables, barns, stores and animal shelters of the farmhouse in order to provide stylish, quality accommodation designed to allow our guests to relax and unwind. All the apartments face towards the internal walled 'farmyard', whilst four apartments also have a rear patio looking out over our grove of around 30 olive trees.

Some of our surroundings...




"A fabulous base to explore the magic of Puglia!"