sleeps 8/9: 4 Bedrooms/Shower Rooms en suite, Kitchen/Dining Room, Sitting Room
- english, italian
About Tina Crowther
I have lived in Yorkshire all my life and married a Yorkshire man, Tony, a partner in his family's Colne Valley textile business. In my forties, I started up a travel agency specialising in selling ski holidays nationally and later, having built up a substantial business, sold it and became the UK marketing and PR representative of SKI USA, an organisation representing 40 top US ski resorts. We retired to a small village north of Harrogate a little over 12 years ago.
Tina Crowther purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Tina Crowther chose Carpignano Salentino
A sailing accident in 2004 brought my husband Tony and I to Puglia. Our sailing yacht had been capsized by a freak wave off the coast of Calabria and was brought to Taranto, on the west coast of Puglia, for repairs. So it was on visits to see how the repair work was going that we first encountered Puglia, and the Salento peninsula in particular. We quickly fell in love with the region and subsequently with a ruined Tower Masseria, which we found whilst exploring the Salento region. We loved it so much that, even though we didn't speak any Italian and we knew little of restoration work, we decided to buy and restore it! The last recorded owner of the Masseria was a Knight of Malta and. as far as we know, the house hadn't been lived in, until 2007, for the previous 300 years. Much of the stone from the house walls and roof had been stolen over the centuries which meant we were purchasing, more or less, a ruin, Not speaking Italian and neither our architect nor any of our builders speaking any English, the first thing we had to do was study and try to learn the language as fast as we could. Needless to say, there were many ups and downs as we tried to communicate with our building team, but throughout we managed to keep our sense of humour and patience and, in the end, by the summer of 2007, we were rewarded with the house of our dreams and had an experience that was amongst the best of our lives. Profoundly sadly, Tony died in September 2009, very unexpectedly, whilst swimming from our sailing yacht in the sea off the southern Greek coast. I have kept the Masseria for this last 6 years largely because it is a place where I and my three children with their husbands, and wives and my 11 grandchildren, can spend time together and enjoy the beauty, the wonderful restoring peace and tranquility and fun of being at La Torre.
What makes this Villa unique
The opportunity of staying in an amazing historic building dating back over 1000 years - but with all the comforts and facilities needed for a 21st century luxury holiday. The coast and beaches are only 15 minutes by car, the area has many excellent restaurants and shops.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Secure - the swimming pool courtyard is gated.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Idyllic isolated villa
This is one of the nicest villas I have stayed in. The heart of it is a Norman watch tower, which has been sensitively restored and expanded. There are a series of courtyards, which create a feeling of space, a large swimming pool in another walled enclosure (not fenced, so not suitable for small children), and a sea of olive trees surrounding the villa. The kitchen is well provided with equipment, and the bedrooms are lovely, each with its own bathroom. A car is essential, and the islolated position means it is not suitable for someone who want to go to a nightclub every evening; but for everyone else it is wonderfully calm and relaxing, and well placed for trips to towns such as Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli.
My husband and three sons (21, 18 and 14) so enjoyed spending the week at Torre Pinta. It is a well loved and enchanting house with great facilities, especially the pool and ping pong table. It was so well equipped and we wanted for nothing.
We enjoyed various delicious meals as recommended, visited the beach a couple of times and the town of Lecce, which was very attractive.
We left with great memories of our family week in Puglia.
This is quite a magical place. Not many attract the "wow" expression by all & 5*s !
As a family of 6 we had a wonderful relaxing holiday at Torre Pinta. I'll let the stars do the talking !
Beautiful villa in a stunning setting and authentic Italian town and region.
One week was not enough to see and enjoy what the surrounding region has to offer and also relax and enjoy relaxing in the villa. Everything one could ask for. Great for 2 families. Beautifully furnished. Pool area was huge. We would love to come back and see more. Thanks to Tina for making her beautiful home available to be enjoyed by others.
I very much appreciate your lovely review of your stay at La Torre Masseria. I'd love to have you return for another stay if the opportunity ever arises.
The Perfect Holiday Villa
We have just returned from Torre Pinta and have have the most brilliant week. The Villa is best described as the most perfect holiday home. The building is a beautifully restored Masseria (farmhouse) with every mod-con you could wish for; set in a perfect location. The large pool is extremely well maintained and the seating area around it is spacious and perfect for both relaxing and eating as a family. Plus there are 3 other outside areas to relax in (or eat in) so you are spoilt for choice. We would highly recommend this wonderful property and hope to be returning there very soon.
Beautiful building in glorious countryside.
The listing description is accurate but the reality is even better than we'd been expecting. The masseria is a beautiful building. Restored to a very high standard, everywhere you look you see evidence of the care and thought that has gone into the work. It is a visual delight, constantly changing as the day advances and the sun moves around to the west. The interior is equally special. The place is clean and beautifully maintained.
We were there for two weeks in very high temperatures. Air conditioning is available for a daily charge but we never needed it. All the rooms have fans, which do a good job. The walls are incredibly thick which helps to keep the place cool in summer and warm in the winter. And throughout the day there is always somewhere to sit outside in comfort, in shade, often with a delightful breeze.
The swimming pool is magnificent. Very large, you really can swim properly in it. Again, very fresh and clean.
Wherever you are, outside, there are colourful shrubs, bushes and endless pots of brightly coloured flowers to delight the eye. These are looked after and watered in the cool of the early morning.
The masseria is surrounded by well-tended olive groves that stretch in every direction as far as the eye can see. The setting is very private and secluded, about three kilometres away from Carpignano, a very pleasant little town with a couple of good restaurants and an excellent and incredibly cheap supermarket.
There is masses of advice from the owner and from previous guests about what to do in the region and good places to eat. We enjoyed Otranto and the coastal road south from Otranto all the way to the "heel". Lecce was very special and only 30 minutes drive away. In fact we enjoyed Martano best of all, less than 15 minutes away. It's a really vibrant, busy little town with some lovely buildings, several excellent cafes and restaurants and a great atmosphere in the evenings.
Everywhere we went, in shops, restaurants or supermarkets, we met friendly, welcoming people in marked contrast to some of our experiences in other parts of Italy. The food in this area is delicious.
So it was a wonderful two weeks in an outstanding property which we unhesitatingly recommend. The masseria has a very special atmosphere. It is a real home and we felt privileged to have been able to enjoy it. We were sad to leave.
La Torre Masseria is located on the Salento peninsula in the southern-most part of Puglia. The masseria is situated in the heart of beautiful and ancient olive groves about 15 minutes by car from the nearest beaches of near-white sand. The Adriactic can be seen from the upper terrace and, on a clear day, Albania can be seen. The area is not at all hilly, so is perfect for cycling (although you have to take care not to get lost in the olive groves) and there are plenty of bikes of every size provided at La Torre. There also lovely walks including one along the cliffs going northwards from Torre del Orso.
The area is famous for its food, its beaches and for being relatively undiscovered by tourists (except in August when the Italians love to come to Puglia). For culture vultures, the architecture in Lecce and in the centre of almost every small town in the area is fantastic. Otranto and Lecce are the must-see towns with the Cathedrals in both being very special indeed.
There are many many excellent and inexpensive restaurants in the area (there is a book in the villa with recommendations), the local wines are also excellent and inexpensive - try the Primitivo and Negroamaro reds (although the more you pay, the better it's likely to be!). Fifteen minutes away in Torre del Orso is Dentoni's Ice cream emporium - it looks rather like an ocean liner and sits in a spectacular position looking over Torre del Orso's beautiful beach and it sells the very best of homemade Italian ice cream.