We recommend: Masseria Lamacoppa is a 17th-century manor house turned secluded contemporary villa. Sleeping up to eight, its interior is decorated with an eclectic mix of art and furniture that gives it a real edge over other local properties (rumour has it the property's guest book boasts some illustrious names). All the comforts you'd expect of a luxury villa are here, plus some you wouldn't - such as a dedicated gym and hammam. Make the most of the grounds, which include a walled courtyard filled with lemon trees, olive groves and acres of well-tended lawn to loll on.

X-factor: The pool is truly stunning, with a black lining and a swimmable channel that leads off into a huge, but very stylish, whirlpool bath.

Masseria Lamacoppa in National Geographic, March-April 2011 | Think Puglia



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