The guest house Giardino Frannicola and its lush garden celebrate « farniente » and offer you an authentic stay in an old farmhouse heatedly restored. Once you enter the gate, a beautiful garden with apricots, plums, pears (and more) will welcome you. Each room had their own entrance and an access to the garden.
The restoration’s aim was to preserve the original structure, keeping the spaces layout, the high ceilings, the feeders for the horses, the wood-burning oven, etc. All the materials used are local: Lecce stone for the patios and Trani marble for the floors and bathrooms coatings. The original furniture of the "masseria" has been restored, including 19th century beds, and completed by unique pieces made by local tradespersons.
Italians love being together and know how to savour the little pleasures of everyday life. Like starting the day in good company, with a caffè Leccese accompanied by a pasticciotto straight out of the oven! We particularly like this intergenerational ritual and do not plan to deviate from it under any circumstances. We want our guests to join us in these instances because it's a unique opportunity in which they can immerse themselves in local culture, discovering the friendly and celebratory way of life here. This is why we offer coupons (€6,00 per night) to guests for coffee and sweet Italian treats in 3 pastry shops.
Depending on the season, our guests are also free to pick apricots, plums, pears, blackberries, figs, persimmon, pomegranates, oranges or clementines from the garden.
The guest house is first and foremost a great Franco-Italian love story—'a consequence of Erasmus' as Stefano likes to joke. Carried by a dream of more than 10 years and by the desire to live in contact with nature in a preserved environment, we wanted to restore Giardino Frannicola to its former glory, by opening a comfortable and restful place to the public. We hope to have transmitted our love of Puglia, this mysterious and wholesome region that invites travellers to take the time to slow down and cultivate the joy of living.