Masseria Celentano Relais & Agriturismo is on the Alto Tavoliere delle Puglie (Apulia), an enormous plain that was well known even in Roman times. Within easy reach are the towns of Lucera and Troia, respectively 30 and 45 minutes away, with their vestiges of the Romanic art that flourished under the Normans, Frederick II and the Angevins; the Sanctuary of St Michael the Archangel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a mere hour’s drive away, while the lovely town of Pietramontecorvino, one of the most beautiful of Italy, can be reached in half an hour.
Masseria Celentano is a traditional farmhouse typical of Apulia: centuries-old olive trees and vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see are outlined by whitewashed dry stone walls; its crop-yielding fields are integral to the landscape of the Alto Tavoliere and its buildings and manufacts, from the feeding troughs, the big brick fireplace and wood kitchen stove, to the ever attractive chapel, are all in harmony with the ancient rural history of the area. Guests can enjoy the large outdoor pool and dine alfresco around its perimeter in the summer; they can relax in the communal area, retiring to a sofa with a good book or in front of the panoramic TV, and use Wi-Fi anywhere in the farmhouse. But Masseria Celentano reaches out, beyond its walls; in fact it has easy access to the Gargano’s sea and the owners have a sailing boat for those with a love for navigating, while wine lovers are bound to find the renowned “Alberto Longo Cellar” in Lucera very attractive.
Masseria Celentano has 5 large rooms, each of them named after a wine of the Cellar and furnished with antiques in the style of 19th-century Apulia; light pours through big windows and some rooms have a terrace. Meals are prepared in the farmhouse kitchen with great care and attention to ingredients: fresh or oil-preserved vegetables from the kitchen garden, meat and cured meat products from the animals reared on the farm, handmade pasta and traditional cheeses are among its delicious offerings.