An historic farmhouse surrounded by olive groves
Masseria Brancati is a historic Puglia farmhouse, which is located in a stunning area of olive groves that is near the provincial road between Ostuni and Rosa Marina. Many of the olive trees on this grove and in the surrounding groves of the Agrarian Reserve of the area are up to a thousand years old, in a location that is within easy reach of local towns and the coast.
The bed and breakfast welcomes guests to a variety of rooms and apartments, which offer tasteful accommodation, which allows visitors to enjoy the wonderful surroundings in this lovely part of Italy. The rooms and apartments feature all of the modern facilities you would expect, and have been decorated in a fashion that is sympathetic and highlights the long history of the farmhouse, making for wonderful accommodation in the Italian countryside.
The farmhouse also offers guided tours of the olive groves and the traditional farming equipment that has been preserved in a small museum on the site. The first dwellings on the site date from the eleventh century, and the underground olive mill is even older, which gives visitors a real idea of the kind of work and growing techniques that have been used here for centuries.
Experience an olive oil with a centenary tradition
It was a grey, rainy day when we visited Masseria Brancati but the grounds were still as lovely as anyone could imagine. A beautiful bed and breakfast surrounded by olive trees makes for the perfect afternoon, especially when some are thousands of years old – some so old they are considered natural monuments. It is almost unbelievable how much these trees would have been through over the years and yet they have survived.
Some of the olive trees are so large that they cannot support their own weight and need help with inventive propping tools. Although the sky was dark the weather held out long enough for us so that we could wander around the olive grove and with one of the oldest trees we were challenged to find what appeared to be little animals that had formed through knots and growth in the tree. Of course this was left up to our imagination but it was a fun activity.
As the rain started to lightly fall we headed back to the Masseria for a tour of the building, which dates back to medieval times so we could visit an underground portion of the building, which was once used as an olive mill. We were able to walk around and really feel what it must have been like to make olive oil in this manner.
However, time has changed and the museum portion of the site shares all of the tools of the olive mill and how they have changed over the years. It is incredible that they have been able to preserve this very important history. But perhaps the most fun aspect of the afternoon was the olive oil tasting. The current owners, the Rodio family, have been making olive oil here for many generations and it was a special treat to learn about the various kinds of olive oils and taste their differences. Of the three kinds we tried I could not decide which one I liked the most so I decided to buy all three and bring them back with me to Canada.