With few tourists and a wealth of charming attractions, Puglia is a hot destination for 2014. And the best places to stay are the masserias, or converted farmhouses.
Best for the soul: Masseria Curti Vecchi
The original stonework here has been restored to provide the perfect backdrop to modern luxuries such as a pool, an outdoor cinema, a well-stocked wine cellar and bikes for exploring the countryside and nearby town, Lecce.
Best for vistas: Masseria Cisterna Rossa
Panoramic views over ancient olive groves from its rooftop terraces set this place apart, as does its organic vegetable garden, orchard, pool, alfresco dining area and wood-burning pizza oven.
Best for luxury: Masseria Lamacoppa
High ceilings and décor mix traditional with modern twists and all is designed to indulge - gym, pool, pizza oven, 12-person hot tub and hammam. The two buildings sleep 17, but can be booked separately for groups of six or 11.