New to southern Italy is Masseria Petrarolo (www.masseriapetrarolo.com; from €12,000 per week) near Monopoli in Puglia. This 17th-century farmhouse, nestled in 35 acres of olive groves and wildflower meadows a 10-minute drive from the sea, has been renovated over the past four years.
Flooded with light, the masseria, which sleeps 16 in eight double rooms, has a cool, contemporary vibe, but the Puglian bones remain, including in the private chef’s repertoire of local cuisine. Design details include stone, plaster and Turkish and Moorish antiques, the defining feature being the rooftop pool reached by a candlelit exterior staircase. There’s also a second outdoor pool with a separate pool house sleeping four, making this ideal for two families holidaying together.