The property

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A rare opportunity to acquire an authentic, fine 17th Masseria palazzo with private church, exquisite mosaic pool in the beautiful Salento di Puglia countryside close to the stunning medieval town of Oria. Set in 2 acres of breathtakingly beautiful orange, lemon, olive and fig groves within an ancient dry stone walled garden, guaranteeing the ultimate privacy.
  • ​A magnificent palatial home.
  • Genuine 17th century, historic manor house with wonderful original features including beautiful private church used for weddings and concerts.
  • ​Beautifully restored with new kitchens and bathrooms throughout and tastefully furnished with antique chandeliers, 4 poster beds, sofas, plus gas central heating and private artesian well with pump.
  • 3 independent apartments, 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 kitchens, 3 receptions. Sleeps 21 guests. Master reception 33x15'
  • living accommodation circa 600m2, land 9000m2
  • Highly desirable location, just 2 miles from medieval Oria and equidistant to stunning Ionian and Adriatic coastline beaches.
  • Not to be confused with modern reproduction 'Masserias'
  • Low overheads. Huge refurbishment and modernisation investment has been put in to this beautiful building. Low running costs.
  • New pool and pump
  • Turnkey property. Fully furnished
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  • ​​Masseria Terra di Marina translates as 'Masseria of the sea bed'. The contrada (region) is also called Contrada Terra di Marina. It was so named as this area was once the sea bed. Indeed when we were excavating to build, much of the waste was soft golden sand and we unearthed countless shell fossils.

  • ​​'Il Cuore' sleeps 11 in 4 bedrooms plus large kitchen, 2 bathrooms and ballroom.

  • 'Il Piccolo Paradiso' sleeps 6 in 2 bedrooms plus kitchen, bathroom and living room.

  • The honeymoon suite is a magnificent studio apartment sleeping up to 4.

​​The Masseria has been lovingly restored and sympathetically furnished throughout. Nearly all rooms have high star vaulted ceilings complemented by majestic antique chandeliers. Some rooms have original 17th century stone patterned flooring (stunning!) and we have restored the cuore flooring with reproduction 'Lecce stone' flooring. All kitchens and bathrooms are either new or refurbished and electrical circuits are all in good order.

Running Costs

You have to see this incredible home to appreciate how beautifully it is constructed with volte a stelle ceilings and stone terraces. It is very solid and well built. Fixed running costs are very affordable, less than £3,000 per year in general. The exterior is whitewashed once a year at a cost of around 800 euro. A local farmer maintains the land for 600 euro and council property tax is around 1600 euro. The home is to be sold with all furnishings and the current owner is happy to advise on lettings and events contacts

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'Il cuore' (the heart) of the Masseria has:
Bedroom 1 - 6.45mx5.65m Beautiful original tiled flooring, volte a stella (star vaulted) ceilings, doors to front courtyard and to ballroom. King sized antique wooden bed, large radiator (gch). Period chandelier.
Bedroom 2 - 5.62m x 5.45m Beautiful original tiled flooring, volte a stella ceiling, large window to courtyard, door to ballroom, king size 4 poster bed, large radiator (gch). Period chandelier.
Bedroom 3 - 5.10m x 3.80m Lecce stone style flooring, volte a stella ceiling, window overooking olive grove avenue, large radiator (gch), king size 4 poster bed. Period chandelier.
Bedroom 4 - 10.3m x 3.75m dormitory style , 4 single beds, could easily be made into 2 bedrooms if this suited.. Double volte a stella ceilings, doors to hall, doors to inner courtyard. Contemporary chandeliers and Lecce stone style flooring.
Ballroom - 10.6m x 5.75m Magnificent double star vaulted ceilings and domed alcove to bedroom 2. Period chandeliers, large stone fireplace, radiators (gch), TV arial (TV, DVD, video), Large L sofa, Dining table seats 12, doors to bed 1, bed 2 and hall, Lecce stone style floor with stone mosaic inserts.
Hall - 10.3m x 1.65m volte a stella ceiling, stone style floor, large period chandelier, large wooden bookcase with glass doors, sofa area. Doors to inner courtyard, ballroom, bedroom 4 and kitchen.
Kitchen - 5m x 5m Newly fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, electric hob and gas oven, seating area and lots of storage units. Fully equipped and ready to go. Period chandelier and Lecce stone style flooring. Door to bathroom 2, corridor, hall and window overlooking olive grove avenue.
+ 2 bathrooms (containing jacuzzi bathtub, 2 showers, 2 sinks and 2 toilets.)
'Il Piccolo Paradiso' (the little Paradise) is a self contained villetta across the courtyard from the main body of the Masseria, adjacent to the secret garden and pool area. It has:
Bedroom 1 - 4.75mx3.50m  Volte a stella (star vaulted) ceilings, chandelier, King sized 4 poster bed, antique style wsh stand, windows to inner courtyard, door to living room. Large radiator (gch).
Bedroom 2 - 4.81m x 3.82m Volte a stella ceiling, large window to pool area, doors to bathroom and kitchen, 3 single beds, large radiator (gch). chandelier.
Living Room - 3.38m x 4.56m Sofa bed, large bookcase, TV arial (TV, DVD, Video), chandelier, radiator (gch), doors to bed 1, inner courtyard and kitchen.
Kitchen - 3.35m x 4.53m Fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, electric hob and gas oven, dining table and seating area for 6 and lots of storage units. Fully equipped and ready to go.  Doors to bedroom 2, corridor, living room and private courtyard.
Bathroom 1 - 3.4m x3.4m Bathroom with walk in shower, WC, basin and bidet. Door to bedroom 2, window to private courtyard, radiator
Private enclosed courtyard  -  with dining area for 6, overlooking citrus groves. BBQ area and sink.
All windows have mosquito blinds and persiana or shutter blinds.
'The Honeymoon Suite' (La Luna da Miele) is a breathtakingly beautiful open plan apartment that comprises the whole of the first floor of the Masseria. Tall windows overlook the immaculate vineyards to the front of the property with far raching views to the castle in Oria.
The main room is 11m x 5.7m. To one end is a magnificent stone fireplace, to the other end is a brand new fitted kitchen with washing machine, gas oven, electric hob, fridge, freezer and large storage units. There is a dining table with seating for 5. The room is divided by a sofa seating area. To the other end is the sleeping area with large 4 poster king size bed and 2 single beds. The apartment has majestic very high double volta a stella ceilings, a huge period chandelier and is named the Honeymoon Suite as it is a wonderful romantic space. There is one bathroom with shower unit, WC, bidet and basin and washing machine. This has a door to the kitchen area and windows overlooking the private roof terrace.
Private enclosed roof terrace, leading to two other roof terraces all the way to the pool area  -  with dining area for 4, overlooking citrus groves. BBQ area.
All windows have mosquito blinds and persiana or shutter blinds.

Outbuildings and Garages

The main apartments of the Masseria are all fully restored but there are extensive outbuildings and garages that offer tremendous potential for further apartments or workshop buildings.
The two garages both have wonderful volte a stella ceilings and could be made into wonderful living accommodation. One is 10.75 x 6.60m (big enough for a generous apartment). The other is 5m x 5.57m.
There are 4 other outbuildings that could be developed around the courtyard and pool area. The possibilities are endless.

Gardens, Courtyards and Swimming Pool

The Masseria is set in the most idyllic countryside. The grounds stretch to over 2 acres. To the side is a delightful avenue of olive trees which yield the most delicious oil you have ever tasted! To the other side is an orchard of peach, plum and fig trees. To the front is the most immaculate and beautifully kept vineyard we have ever seen. This is not ours but we enjoy the view! There is a large courtyard to the front of the Masseria which leads to the private church. This courtyard has wonderful trees and flowers surrounding it. It leads to the wonderful vaulted inner atrium which in turn leads to the very large inner courtyard. This has a large dining area and barbecue and doors to the 3 apartments. It also has wonderful mature trees. An inner secret tunnel leads to the secret walled garden that house our magnificent swimming pool. This is 10m x 6m and is hand crafted with beautiful mosaic. It is brand new with brand new pumps and motors etc. It is surrounded by the ancient walls with a garden area with citrus fruits and prickly pears. There is extensive seating and a pool bathroom. At the other end of the inner courtyard is the magnificent walled citrus groves. These are the main part of our land. We have dozens of types of orange, lemon, lime, mandarins, clementines and avocados - all organically farmed, and irrigated via our private artesian well. There are 2 further wells on this part of the land and a delightful fish pond. This is one of the most idyllic places I know of on planet earth!

Our Private Church

The beautiful church is situated at the front, to the side of the Masseria. It  used to hold weekly services for residents of the Contrada Terra di Marina. More recently it was used just for Saint day celebrations. We use it for private concerts and weddings, and just a place to sit and meditate. It is fully furnished with alter, icons and pews and is a beautiful spiritual area. 5.52 x 5.67m
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