What an amazing farmhouse!
The 18th century Masseria Cimino located in the region of Puglia, Italy is an ancient dwelling built a few feet away from the blue Adriatic sea. This elegant dwelling enjoys the vicinity to the archeological site where the Ancient Roman city of Egnatia ruins, 6th century B.C., were discovered. Some of the walls of the farmhouse Cimino are the same walls of the town Egnatia carrying the signs of ancient Rome.
Masseria Cimino as it is called in Italian was the house of workers and occasionally the residence of the landowner. It is set on a rough land surrounded by century old olive trees and vegetable orchards, but inside I found an ensemble of elegant finesse.
A sense of tranquility envelops the bedrooms cocooned in ancient white stucco tuff stones. At night, the flicker of scented candles changes the mood. Every nooks and cranny assumes a warm glow, the walls show the crinkle and the imperfections of the stones, the perfume of lemons comes in the rooms through the soft blow of a Mediterranean wind.
There is a bold simplicity in the interior of this Masseria, many contrasts of texture, wood, wrought iron, brass and wicker become docile next to the softness of pure cotton, linens and organza fabrics. It amazes me to see old pliers, wagon wheels, cow bells, flour sieve, all reminiscence of agriculture, hanging on the walls and how good they feel at home in elegance.
All the interiors are rigorously cream color, even linens, bedding and tablecloths in the restaurant are cream/white colors, the green of the aloe plants scattered around and the rusty metals of the accessories ground the rooms to a perfection. I absolutely adore the heavy thick stone sinks in bathrooms, the old transparent glass bottles with a rubber seal and the washboard in lieu of towel hangers. What a plunge in the past!
This is a true Mediterranean style without pretence, kept natural in the usage of stones and material that have recreated the inviting atmosphere of a slower life of the past and where I tasted the most earthy and satisfying food from the surrounding orchards presented with a beautiful artistry.
In 2001, on the land surrounding the Masseria, the San Domenico Golf Club was built, with spectacular 18 hole professional golf course overlooking the sea.
I will return here with pleasure, to decompress in simplicity.
Lot of care went into the preservation of original architectural features, building materials and colors of this old farmhouse. A great care went into my wellbeing while I was their guest. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Italian Interior Designer in business since 1990. Being Italian born and raised, Valentina’s design work has been influenced by Classicism and stylish, timeless designs. She will create your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away your comfort. She loves to restore old homes, historic dwellings and she focuses on remodeling. She is the author of three books available on