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Perched on a hill and overlooking the rugged, green landscape of Puglia that stretches out to the sparkling waters of the Adriatic, this masseria is certainly not lacking in pride. And for good reason - it traversed the centuries and lived a thousand lives before being reborn with a new set of finery. The property dazzles with whiteness, as if to express its joy in still basking under the sun, surrounded by olive trees in the middle of these farm lands which celebrate nature and the work of men. With a touch of insolence, the masseria chose a resolutely contemporary interior, where works of art and designer furniture form a radical contrast that is nevertheless respectful. The magic of this comfortable alchemy creates a dreamy, restful atmosphere.
When I first arrived in Puglia, I fell in love with it. I was drawn to the infinite olive trees, the authentic, little towns, the delicious food and last but not least, the warmth and friendliness of the locals. It was love at first sight.
The masserias of Puglia are fortified farmhouses in the middle of agricultural land surrounded by olive trees and generally date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. They are closely linked to the history of peasant culture. These large rural estates used to house the owners and their employees. The Masseria Alchimia is therefore a historic property. The few openings and windows facing outwards are surmounted by the so called "Caditoie", openings placed on the perimeter walls of the roof. The old mansion house has recently been converted into a little hideaway featuring just 10 studios. They differ in size, shape and layout and each have an independent entrance - some have a private terrace whilst others open directly onto the garden.
Masseria Alchimia was originally a monastery inhabited by nuns. During the course of its history, the house was sold from farmer to farmer and was known as "Tenuta Logurgo". In 2007, I bought the property and carried out extensive restoration works. As a Swiss native who has lived in Germany but has a love for Italy, I added a touch of Northern "clear-headedness" to the rustic interiors of the traditional house. I chose vintage furniture, design classics, and contemporary pieces and set them against the warm colours and textures of rural Puglia, deliberately giving Alchimia an unconventional feel that turned it into a retreat that is as chic as it is idyllic.
The masseria is a non conventional cultural space, where creativity is inspired by emotions. Design and art meet with travellers. The rooms are furnished with a selection of design classics and offer deep, warm combinations of colours and materials. Our guests spend their holidays in rooms furnished with contemporary art pieces which are always unique and continuously changing thanks to a collaboration with an art gallery. This is all surrounded by the wonderful Mediterranean nature. Eco friendly, we use solar energy, control water consumption and provide recycling facilities to offer 'eco-conscious' travellers a valid option. Our mission is to offer a stylish house with a magic combination of privacy, rural elegance, Swiss sensitivity and Italian charm.
Located in an authentic setting in the heart of Fasano, Silvè is a restaurant that offers simple yet delicious cuisine that is typical of Puglia. The charismatic owner, Silvestro, always gives a warm welcome! From the top of Ostuni, you can admire the sea and the beautiful nature surrounding the town. Just a twenty minute walk from our house is Masseria Lamapecora, a local cheese producer that offers the best mozzarella and ricotta (as well as other products). In the centre of Polignano a Mare, you can find the studio of artist and designer Peppino Campanella whose work focuses on light - a unique experience. Velletri is the best pastry shop in Fasano and won't disappoint those with a sweet tooth. Our personal "My Puglia" guide will help you find out more.
The Masseria Alchimia can host weddings and receptions for up to two hundred people. The property has different reception and celebration spaces to offer. The shady olive garden with a sea view is perfect for ceremonies and dinner. The panoramic terrace with a view over the entire property is perfect for receptions, dinner and the dessert buffet. A wild rocky area surrounded by nature and accessible via a bridge is the perfect place to party until the early hours of the morning. The on-site accommodation can accommodate twenty guests.