This exquisitely restored townhouse offers the perfect stay for guests who seek culture and history, as well as comfort and sophistication, in an authentic Salentine setting
Casa Salento is a magnificent 17th century palazzo in a quiet village in the heart of Puglia. Its enviable location means guests can shop and dine with ease while also having access to the immense beauty and wilderness of the Salentine peninsula and its two coastlines.
The property was recently bought and renovated by a distinguished architectural practice. Soaring vaulted ceilings, lime plaster walls, terrazzo tiles and historic details and décor have been lovingly restored to offer an authentic stay fit for 21stcentury discerning guests.
As much as could be saved of the house was, including the beautiful floors, some of the 400-year-old doors, chairs, beds, a glass-fronted bookcase full of books, some of the kitchen units and characterful old portraits. Even a little desk that sat below an arched niche at just the right height has been brought back to life with the lightest of touches.
Layers of paint were stripped from the building’s façade to reveal the beautiful pietra leccese stone and new external doors were created by artisan woodworkers from Lecce. All the rooms have lime plaster walls in gloriously slubby colours that complement the Pugliese surroundings, while draped linen adds depth and texture. A careful edit of modern pieces has been included, including furniture from Jesús Blasco, jute rugs from Armadillo and Co, and even three exquisite paintings by Eleanor Herbosch that were created for the house using soil from under the floors of the living room.
The house is spacious with a living room, media room, kitchen, dining room and garden room on the ground floor and three en-suite double bedrooms on the upper floor, accessed by the steps in the courtyard. While guests will be wowed by the building and its restoration as well as the art and furniture, it’s also a house for holidaying in, with its garden and neat plunge pool, chilled atmosphere and connection with the incredible landscape, towns, villages and coastline that surround it.