The former home of sisters Arianna and Patrizia’s grandmother, this tufo-stone farmhouse has been converted into a retreat both relaxing and authentic. Wrapped in olive groves, it’s close to Salento’s dreamy beaches but away from the touristy bustle. Its stark, dignified appearance hints at its stripped back interior; cool, white rooms in the former ground-floor work spaces are sparse and simple, with tiled floors, plaster walls and high, vaulted ceilings. The minimal furnishings – some their grandmother’s – are traditional, giving rooms a peaceful rusticity: think embroidered bedcovers, wooden chests, baroque-framed mirrors. Bathrooms are simple yet stylish, some with slipper baths. Each room opens onto the patio where breakfast is served, a delicious assortment of Patrizia’s cakes and pastries. Patrizia lives upstairs and will rustle up aperitivos; dinner, too, if you ask. She speaks little English but is keen to share tips for exploring the region: hidden beaches, historic Otranto, Salento’s undiscovered villages. Evenings are for sitting in the simple, herb-scented garden beneath its fairylight-hung olive trees.