Wines and olive oils from the estate, local breads, pasta and cheeses – the generous welcome sets the tone for your stay. Victoria and Giuseppe, an Anglo-Italian couple, combine the best of English and Italian hospitality – gentle, warm, easy – reflected in their handsome creamy stone and green-shuttered masseria. The apartments, each with private entrance and terrace, are spread across the main house and two cottages. Elegant and airy, with creamy tiled floors, white walls and handsome chestnut fittings, rooms are decorated with modern furniture and old family pieces. Dotted with family photographs, Victoria’s paintings, pretty fabrics and objects collected from travels, there’s a gentle country-house feel, a home from home. The first floor apartment wows you with a fleet of French windows and a vast terrace. Kitchens are light and modern, equipped to please the serious cook. Masses to do: beaches, Gallipoli, the harbours of Tricase and Santa Maria di Leuca… or just make the most of the pretty walled gardens and the pool. The owners are happy to leave you alone or have a chat over a glass of wine.