A fantastical place where lush nature meets careful building preservation (on top of an ancient cave settlement) and wonderfully eccentric design. At every turn: recycled bric-à-brac and old farm pieces; beautiful Lecce stone floors and whitewashed tufo limestone; mood lighting, hidden gardens, secret pathways… It’s a family affair: the Monteneves live on the estate, where craftsmen also ply their trades, and son Giuliano is your dynamic host, keen that you enjoy Puglia: magical Locorotondo for the best white wine, Polignano a Mare for a fish lunch with a view… Cool, individual bedrooms – hand-made furniture, hand-stitched lace, billowing drapes, white fireplaces, generous armchairs – are to each side of the imposing main villa with doors straight to the garden and paths to the grand, oval salt water pool, the sea beyond. Breakfasts are a superb spread – try beetroot biscuits – in the highly decorated, white cavern or outside under the pergola. There’s a guest kitchen and whimsical poolside structure – great for parties of all sorts. The honeymoon suite is memorable too, as is the antique painted wagon collection!