Included in your price: *1
6 days / 5 nights stay in our wonderful lodge
Access to the private park which comprises walking trails and rock gardens
Private pool, where guests can enjoy the sun and relax
Accommodation of your choice, airconditioning, private bathroom and kitchenette, with access to the sundeck
Full board, authentic Italian meals, prepared by our private Italian chef
Free access to the daily (holistic) program and activities
Visit to caves by boat (weather permits)
Visit to local micro brewery
Visit to local wine and oil producer
BBQ night with typical Puglian music (live) and dancing La Pizzica
One wine tasting and / or typical italian apperitivo
Unlimited (herbal) teas, coffee and water during the day, wine during meals
Access to our digital book library with more than 4000 ebooks (PDF) on holistic health and wellbeing
*1 Can vary per program, please contact your retreat lead
Food and drinks (the good stuff)
Since you are visiting Italy food is the very important part of your trip! The Italian way of having breakfast is to stop at the cafe and order a coffee along with a cornetto ripieno all'albicocca (a croissant filled with apricot jam delicious by the way). At home, most Italians would just have milk & coffee (caffelatte) with cookies for breakfast. Not to worry, we will cater for the international traveler and welcome you every morning with a rich buffet of fresh seasonal fruits and various hot and cold choices.
Lunch and dinner will be healthy, local and authentic Italian dishes, every day freshly prepared by our private chef Luca. All our menus are prepared with BIO dynamic or/and non GMO ingredients and whenever possible Luca invites you to join him for a shopping splurge to the local markets. If you are an early riser you can join Luca to the fish market, and help him pick the catch of the day. Luca says: '... It is my dream to share an authentic Italian experience with our guests, experiences that are deeply rooted in the authentic Italian life. Just like my grandmother (la nonna) used to say...'Sharing food and wines with loved ones ... these will be the moments to remember and even will trigger some nostalgia...'
During the day you will have access to unlimited (herbal) teas, coffee and water. Wine, in good Italian tradition, is being served during lunch and dinner and included in your price. If you, in any case, crave a Negroni Sbagliato, just ask for our cocktail menu (but please note that alcoholic drinks such as cocktails, beers, bottles of wine other than mentioned in our program are charged for additionally)
Any personal dietary requirements can be catered for (if possible) and are only upon request; please inform us / contact us before you make a booking.
Location and key features
Our 17th century mansion is located in the peaceful and very lovely south of Italy: Puglia. Far removed from the mass tourism, located near Poggiardo, in a small town in the heart of Salento. From the moment you enter through the large fences, you are struck by the tranquility and the history of the place.
The residence itself measures around 1,000 m2 and is surrounded by one hectare of park overlooking a very interesting archeological site. The two-story building opens with two monumental halls, one of which used to serve as an olive oil mill. The bedrooms, all decorated in a traditional and authentic feel, are situated on the first floor, with direct access to the sundeck. There is a large pool ( (6 x 12 m – 80/140cm deep) with sunbeds you can retreat to.
Few kilometers toward the southeast you find the most fascinating cliffs in the area, located between the seaside towns of Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme. Santa Cesarea Terme is known for the sulfurous water and its thermal baths. The mansion is only a short ride to the beautiful fine sandy beaches of Otranto and Leuca.
Our retreat program is focused around 'benessere' , which is italian for feeling well, being happy, relaxed and just live life as it should be. That does not necessarily mean being lazy though! We offer a wide range of activities, starting the day with a nice meditation. Followed by the daily program. Sufficient personal time so that you have enough time to enjoy the sunshine and a splash in the pool. The science of happiness states that you cannot achieve happiness if you do not share your qualities, your unique skills with others. So surely we will be looking out for yours during the week; during art class, guided walks, cooking pasta or during our excursions.
Additionally we offer massages, private sessions (coaching, meditation, yoga), a range of beauty treatments ( herbal and mud packing) at the nearby natural thermen. These options are upon request and against an additional charge. You can reserve your spot in the booking process or upon arrival..
Do you have something to celebrate? A special occasion? Just close your eyes... imagine yourself in a vaulted limestone cavern... can you hear the ocean, smell the saline air? Have a candlelit dinner there....
Please let us know and we can reserve your seat, make all the arrangements, so you can enjoy a splendid dinner in a fairytale setting.
The lodge has six rooms in total. The décor is cool and welcoming, typical of the local architecture and beautifully restored with respect for the history of the place. The rooms on the top floor all have a double bed and are outfitted with a kitchenette and en-suite bathroom. The bedrooms face an open solarium looking out to a beautiful private park. The rooms have 1 double bed or 1 double bed and 1 single bed. Towels and linnen will be provided for in your room. In addition we offer one suite to our clients, which can be rented against a fixed price by 1 to upto 4 persons. It has two double rooms, kitchenette, one private bathroom with shower, airconditioning and wifi.
Check in / out
Check-in is each monday from 11 am. Check-out is on Saturday till 11AM. Full Board starts with lunch or dinner on day of arrival, depending on your arrival time. Please contact us for extended stays.