Masseria Specchia

Puglia , Italy

Part of the Simpson Exclusive collection

The most luxurious of our villas include a dedicated pre-departure booking service to arrange all the indulgent essentials before you travel, from private chefs to spa treatments – and while you’re away, your personal Concierge will be on hand to add the finishing touches.
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  • Stunning Simpson Exclusive
  • Understated luxury
  • Huge grounds
  • Set in beautiful Salento
  • Beaches 5min drive
  • Lecce 5km

Whilst Puglia might be having a bit of a moment, Salento still remains largely off the visitor radar, despite hosting some of the best beaches in the whole of Italy. We were drawn to the far south by its special combination of fine sand, turquoise water and richly historic towns, and the discovery of Masseria Specchia soon convinced us that our instincts were spot on.

This is a firmly traditional area, where agriculture is easily as important as tourism, and which makes properties like this one even more of a special find. The masseria is blissfully tranquil, nestled beneath a huge Puglian sky where the views and space feel endless. It’s an oasis of low-key, perfectly tuned luxury, with masses of room to spread out and relax or gather together over a glass of fine Puglian wine. There are four, large, en-suite bedrooms offering hotel-style comfort, plus a very large living space and kitchen. The grounds are vast, encircled by a traditional dry-stone wall and dotted with Mediterranean trees and bushes. Here you’ll also find a shady dining pergola, barbecue area, your private swimming pool for long lazy days and lots of space for younger ones to play.

The wider Salento area beckons from the doorstep, with beaches within a five-minute drive and lovely Lecce just five kilometres away. This elegant Baroque town is the cultural hub of the region, with an architectural heritage spanning two and a half millennia. If you know your cupolas from your colonnades then this is holiday heaven, and for those who prefer to simply wander and wonder, Lecce invites you to explore, eat and experience this most atmospheric of cities with all of your senses. And for insider tips, who better to help than the owners of the masseria who live unobtrusively behind the house and are happy to suggest local excursions and days out if desired.

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  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 8)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan dining/kitchen/living room; opens out to garden
  • Kitchen includes full hob, oven, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee-maker; opens out to garden
  • WC
  • Living area includes Smart TV
  • Bedroom 1 - Master bedroom (190cm) with en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 - Twin bedroom ( 2 x 90cm beds that can be converted to double on request) with en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 3 - Twin bedroom ( 2 x 90cm beds that can be converted to double on request) with en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 4 - Twin bedroom ( 2 x 90cm beds that can be converted to double on request) with en-suite shower room and open plan living area with double sofa bed and kitchenette. Accessed by separate entrance to rest of property.


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioning 
  • Washing machine 
  • Large garden with lawn and Mediterranean shrubs and vegetable garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor dining area with shade
  • Outdoor football table
  • Private chlorine swimming pool 8m x 5m (depth 1.30m – 1.30m)
  • Covered parking area with rechargeable car port on-site
  • Cleaning 3 times a week
  • Twice weekly linen change
  • A daily tourist tax applies for the first two weeks of your stay only, which means that an average of €1.50 per person (12+ years) may be charged. This should be paid in cash to your villa owner during your stay.

Additional services available on request, payable locally

  • Professional in-villa massage
  • Meals cooked to order by the owner/host Claudia

Simpson family extras

  • Complimentary cot and highchair available
  • Family favourite range of toys and games, suitable for ages 5-11
  • Car seats and booster seats can be provided at a supplement, subject to availability
  • To pre-book any of our family extras please call 020 8392 5747


  • 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 – 4:00 - 8:00pm
  • Check out time – 10:00am


  • Beach (Lido Mancarelle) 10min drive
  • Beach (San Cataldo/Le Cesine) 15min drive
  • Restaurant/taverna (San Cataldo/Lecce) 15min drive
  • Basic shops/supermarket (San Cataldo/Lecce) 15min drive
  • Boat hire (San Foca) 15min drive
  • Bike hire (Lecca) 15min drive
  • Airports (Brindisi/Bari) 45min drive/2hours 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.

We have had the most amazing holiday in this beautiful villa. Thank you for looking after us so well, and all the lovely treats, so kind of you. Massive thanks to Barbara for all her help and advice to make our holiday so enjoyable. We will miss Manolo so much, we enjoyed his daily visits. We would love to come back one day.

The Pestell family, September 2023

The Masseria Specchia is a lovely holiday house, very beautifully furnished and well equipped. The owner Claudia was kind giving us little food treats. Claudia also cooked dinner for us one night which was delicious. Barbara, the house manager, was extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend Masseria Specchia.

Mrs Louise Bowman, September 2023

We have had a lovely week in this beautiful house. Delicious dinner cooked for us by Claudia, and we have been very well looked after by Barbra and Deepak. Many thanks.

The Bowman family, September 2023

A truly special villa which made our holiday. Extremely spacious, cleaning 3 times per week and first class facilities, would highly recommend.

Mr Nicholas Pestell, August 2023

We had the most amazing stay! Thank you so much for all the great hospitality. Love the house. Everything was just perfect. We are going to miss it.

Pedraza & Weissman families, July 2023

We really enjoyed our stay, the house is beautiful with the perfect pool area.

The Brown family, July 2023

Our first time to Puglia. So much to enjoy. The villa is beautiful and we made good use of the pool. We loved wandering through the streets of all the local towns. Thank you to Claudio for all the little surprise gifts and thanks to Francesco, Ketty and Barbara for helping us to book restaurants. We have been on Simply and Simpson holidays since 1992 and they have never disappointed.

Reed and Buckley families, July 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.

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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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