Masseria Moroseta is the Eco-Friendly Vacation Spot of Our Dreams
Masseria Moroseta sits in nature with roots planted firmly in a five-hectare olive grove just outside of Ostuni, Italy. Owner Carlo created a sustainable, tranquil paradise in and around this rural country house.
By enlisting friend and architectural designer Andrew Trotter, Carlo’s project was built on a foundation of trust and a shared resolve to use traditional techniques taken from the region’s masserie for their modern vision.
Walls are one meter thick, using eco-friendly recycled insulation, whilst white tufo stone floors are complemented by vaulted ceilings. The result? The hottest days require almost no air-conditioning and the coldest demand very little heating. Cross ventilation windows in the living room ensure nothing else is required to regulate the temperature there. Heat and electricity for the whole building are both sufficiently provided using solar panels. Carlo and Andrew enlisted local tradesmen and used only locally found materials.
Masseria Moroseta produces its own olive oil (there are more than 600 olive trees on-site after all) and invites guests to see how it’s made. It’s important to remember that this is a farm as well as a guest house, complete with chickens, orto and on-site chef Giorgia serving up breakfast on colourful ceramic plates by the Fasano family. However Carlo maintains their B&B status to encourage an exploration of Puglian food, as there are so many well-priced restaurants based locally.
All six rooms, which have private outdoor spaces to relax in, are centered around a bright white courtyard which sometimes hosts long tables filled with more bright ceramics for special occasions and celebratory dinners. An ideal atmosphere for sweet gatherings and warm conversation.
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