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Like the “Stanza Rosa”, the “Stanza Azzurra” has star and barrel vaulted ceilings and thick walls covered with many layers of whitewash. These typical features keep the room naturally cool and fresh, ideal for our guests providing a cool shelter from the summer heat. It has a large, stylishly furnished bedroom, a small kitchen and a bathroom with a shower. Like the “Stanza Rosa” the “Stanza Azzurra” is linked to an outdoor area for total, perfect relaxation. As required this room can be booked as a Bed and Breakfast (with or without breakfast) or as an selfcatering apartment.

The B&B room “Stanza Rosa” has been developed in spaces dating from 1768. In the past these constructions were used as sheep-pens, barns, stables, followed by the governor’s mansion. Characteristic features are the star and barrel vaulted ceilings that still have hundreds of layers of whitewash that have been put on over the centuries. It has a large bedroom with elegant, antique furniture, a small kitchen and a bathroom with a shower. Outside, you can lounge under the marvellous bougainvillea and a banana tree on comfortable garden chairs.
As required the room can be booked as a Bed and Breakfast (with or without breakfast) or as an selfcatering apartment.

The apartment is ideal for a family of 4 people. It features an entranceway, living room with a double sofa bed, a bedroom with king size bed, bathroom and a kitchen with all modern appliances.

The guests can also make use of the communal areas, such as the courtyard, the citrus orchard and the gardens as well the extended olive groves where you can admire the monumental olive tree trunks, some of the biggest and most beautiful in the world.

Within the ancient Apulian olive trees surrounding Ostuni, rises up one of the oldest masseria farmhouses. This masseria, called Masseria Brancati, dates back to the early Medieval period or even to the Roman one, which existence is evidenced by a very old underground olive mill.
The noble Brancati family, which comes from the region of Veneto, arrived in Ostuni in the fourth century to buy olive groves, to produce olive oil and then to trade it on the Genovese and Venetian markets.
The masseria was listed in the aristocracy register until this register disappeared at the beginning of the seventeenth century. About the fifteenth century the Brancati family contributed for the growth of the masseria by building other constructions above and around the underground olive mill. These structures were used as habitations, stables and barns and later the family constructed high walls that fortified the site. The walls were provided with walkways, gun ports and a tower which is currently incorporated in the living quarters which were enlarged between the XVIII and the XIX century.

In 1768 a chapel was built next to the main structure by the Piscopo family. Inside, a perfectly preserved, rococo style altar made of soft stone can be seen. The facade of the mansion, with its three ways and refined mouldings, dates back to the seventeenth century. The upper floor was finished in the eighteenth century by the masserias' owner Don Domenico Rodio in a neoclassic style.
At the beginning of the 1800s, the Rodio family took over the masseria from the Piscopo family and in 1880 they had a new olive mill with grinding stones, built in front of the main structure. Currently in this building, which houses the Museum dedicated to olive oil farming culture, the perfectly preserved mill stones are kept.

Nowadays, after six generations, the Rodio family produces extra virgin olive oil and they also have opened the masseria’s doors to host their guests from all over the world (the original living quarters have been transformed into three accommodations, leaving the other structures and its architectonic features unaltered). Guided tours, including a tasting of the olive oil, are organized and mini courses on the characteristics of the oil are held.

 

 

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     contrada Brancati
     72017 Ostuni (Br)
     tel. +39 377 3577188
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