Ostuni-De Michele’s farm holidays looks for the search of the identity of its territory.
The term ‘masseria’ means ‘farmhouse’, often fortified. It is very common in the South of Italy, especially in Apulia, in the territory of Ostuni, which is full of this kind of construction. Some time ago, the farmhouse was the expression of a geo-economic organization linked to the large landed estate. The ‘masserie’ in the territory of Ostuni were then large farms, often inhabited by the owners. Besides the vast rural construction also included the farmers’ homes, stables, stores and forage crops.
Ostuni-De Michele’s Farm Holidays is in the municipal district of Ostuni, sheltered by the hills of the upland of Salento, surrounded by centuries-old olive-trees. Ostuni-De Michele’s Farm Holidays, built in the second half of the nineteenth century, was the residence of its owners during the olives harvesting. At the same time, the owners raised a big herd of sheep which produced milk useful for curdling.
The Masseria Ostuni- De Michele has got the plan of the traditional Mediterranean agricultural courtyard farmhouse, with a fence in common, and a single central space (court or yard) , where the different entrances of the building overlook. Inside the courtyard there was the stable, the rabbit hutch, the hen house, the sheepfold. Other rooms were used to store work tools or to house the farmers. These rooms have been renovated and transformed carefully into cozy rooms, furnished simply in order to give guests the maximum comfort.
At present, the first floor of the farm is inhabited by its owners, De Michele’s family, which devotes itself , with passion and professionalism, to agricultural activities.
De Michele’s family decided to give hospitality to people , offering traditions, culture and testimony of a course shared by history and nature.
Ostuni-De Michele’s farmhouse has got a tasting room, furnished in a rustic style, in which guests, if they want, will taste the traditional specialities of the farm.