Masseria Francescani

Puglia , Italy

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  • Elegant Masseria in Southern Puglia
  • Beautifully renovated and elegantly appointed
  • Delightful garden and pool terrace
  • Exclusive restaurant
  • Short drive to Lecce and Adriatic beaches

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Puglia is a place with a rich and varied history that pre-dates all known civilisations. It hides its treasures within the ancient walls of its historic towns and villages and despite boasting a vast 800km of coastline, even the beaches reveal themselves slowly here. So Masseria Francescani should come as no surprise. Yet within the walls of this elegant hotel near Lecce, lies an extraordinary oasis of beauty and elegant sophistication that’s quite astonishing.

In a labour of love lasting several years, its innovative young owners have transformed Masseria Francescani into an unashamedly romantic haven, where nine beautifully refurbished suites enjoy the luxury of the hotel’s spacious grounds and exclusive restaurant. And the setting is perfect; just a 10-minute drive from magnificent Lecce (the jewel in the crown of Puglia’s baroque period) and a 5-minute drive from the Adriatic Coast, there is both culture and recreation on the doorstep, enough to rival anywhere in Italy.

The owners’ passion for this restoration is evident at every turn – and it’s an undeniably ambitious endeavour. The vaulted communal areas have a wonderfully palatial feel, where the integrity of the building and the beauty of the natural stone are allowed to take centre stage. The impressive suites are effortlessly grand, yet in perfect harmony with the building’s humbler origins, exuding an understated warmth and simplicity alongside their more extravagant features. For the ultimate indulgence, choose one of the deluxe suites; at over 45 square metres they come complete with sunken whirlpool bath (think plunge pool dimensions), mezzanine seating area, Netflix TV and delightful private garden.

Daily breakfast is included, whilst lunches and evening meals may be requested in advance. Served in the masseria’s spectacular dining area or outside on the pretty terrace overlooking the gardens, you can be assured that the ingredients are fresh, locally sourced and lovingly prepared. And room service here, or indeed poolside service, has a rather innovative approach. Arriving guests are given private access to a WhatsApp group with the on-call staff who will endeavour to meet your heart’s desire throughout your stay, ensuring the service here is both professional and personal, individual and accessible.

Masseria Francescani is a place for dreamers, explorers and romantics. It welcomes a discerning crowd attracted to the prolific art and music scene in Lecce, the region’s magnificent food and its blissfully unfussy beaches. You might spot the odd A-Lister in search of a discreet Salentine base too, but at its heart, Massetia Francescani is for anyone who appreciates the finer things that Puglia has to offer.

Good to know…

Flexible stays are available (minimum three nights). For a blissful twin-centre holiday and a chance to discover more of Puglia, why not combine a visit to Masseria Francescani with a stay at one of our hotels or villas in northern Puglia. 

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  • Restored Masseria with nine suites accessed via the main house or courtyard. 


  • Classic Rooms - Tabacchi & Terra
  • Superior Rooms - Guardania 1& Guardiania 2
  • Suites - Colonia 1& Colonia 4
  • Deluxe Suites - Colonia 2 & Colonia 3
  • Presidential Suite

For further details please use our Suites tab


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • TV and Netflix in all suites
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Simpson pool towels
  • Restaurant serving lunch and dinner
  • Dining terrace
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Room service available
  • Swimming pool 13m x 4.3m (depth 1.2m) with hydromassage jets
  • Beautiful gardens

Please note... children under 12 are not accepted at Masseria Francescani


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Access times

  • Check in time – 5pm
  • Check out time – 11am


  • Torre Chianca (bar/restaurant/mini-market)7min drive
  • Adriatic Coast beaches 5min drive
  • Lecce 10min drive
  • Brindisi airport 50min drive
  • Bari airport 2hr drive


This property is priced on an accommodation-only basis. To view details of recommended flights please click here.

Car hire

We are happy to arrange your car hire in Italy; please click here to view options and prices. All hire cars booked with us include: 

  • Fully inclusive insurance, with zero excess*
  • Free additional driver

For further information regarding travel arrangements click here.

* For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.

I called Simpson needing a holiday to wow for a 50th birthday present. Sarah Barnes, my travel consultant, was excellent, gave good personalised advice and was really very helpful. Sarah gave me 3/4 options all suitable but with subtle differences. I opted for Masseria Francescani. Couldn't have been more pleased with the choice. I have been really impressed by Simpson, they offer a good product at reasonable prices and the customer service is fantastic. Well done, keep it up.

Mr Dan Wilson, September 2023

Our choice of Italian properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.


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    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

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There’s a different side of Italy to discover on a holiday in Puglia – the land of the trulli, ancient olive groves and historic towns that take you on a journey from Byzantine to Baroque. And then there are the countless beaches and beach clubs that capture the diversity of this absorbing destination: unspoilt, unpretentious and full of creative flair, where the generosity of the locals is matched by the excellence of its cuisine.

To complete the picture, explore our collection of handpicked villas, and Partner Hotels to fully immerse yourself in the local culture.

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