Within an estate of about one hundred and thirty hectares and, in the countryside of Manduria, the Farm House Imperial , originally belonging to the rich and powerful family of the Imperiali. It is located in a smooth landscape which gently rolls towards the enchanting Ionian sea, amongst endless olive groves, vineyards and Mediterranean thicket. With strong respect for its ancient architecture, the Masseria has today become a unique farmhouse which unites its strong agricultural identity with refined hospitality.
Guests benefit from an exclusive privacy in the suites obtained from the old sheepfolds or in the little houses, all of which include a living room, fireplace, air conditioning, mini-bar, and a private garden, where, upon request, a romantic dinner can be served. You can enjoy moments of intimate relaxation in the wellness centre or in the private swimming pool in the Mediterranean style garden, read a book in the shade of a single fig tree or be massaged in the oasis of prickly pears.
Whatever your choice, the entirety of the day will be characterized by the slow rhythm of the countryside.
The morning starts with an abundant breakfast, the jams will naturally be the ones that you yourself have seen prepared from our fruit, as will be the pastries and sweets and the typical “ciambella” cakes, fresh from the oven, prepared with local free range eggs and our own wheat.
For lunch, you can ask for a basket with our local “friselle” – seasoned with the sweet tomatoes of the vegetable garden and a savoury, fruity olive oil – as well as seasonal fresh fruit and local cheeses. Once back from the sea you can rest in the fresh and shady gardens, away from the heat.
The dinner is served: the guests sit around the long tables, soon becoming a single group, where common interests are discovered and advice on various excursions shared. The buffet allows the freedom of eating as much as wished, and the various dishes will satisfy all tastes.All dishes are prepared following ancient recipes using a careful choice of fresh ingredients, which will have been grown on our land or nearby.