Century-old olive trees like proud sentinels of days gone by when Greeks and Norman crossed swords and cultures, when viceroys and Bourbons shared lands and countryside, create an enchanting siege on the historic Tenuta Monacelli farmhouse. 10 km from the Baroque jubilee of Lecce, one kilometer from the Salento towers that sighted pirates and Saracen and now overlook snow white beaches and crystal blue waters, the holiday farm, restaurant, pool, olive grove... The acres of countryside that surround the Tenuta Monacelli are dedicated by the owners to olive, vegetable and fruit cultivation, typical of the Apulia region. Farm crops are later transformed into delicious and traditional Salento culinary products by the farmhouse's kitchens that Tenuta Monacelli guests have the privilege of sampling and purchasing. Cold pressed olives in the farm's mill makes extra virgin olive oil flavored with various velvety, spicy or fruity notes, honey, jellies, wine, cookies and olive oil for cosmetics (scrub, cream, shampoo, bath soap, etc.): a stay at the Tenuta Monacelli gives you the chance to sample the multitude of Apulian delicacies offered by the Tenuta in one of the Salento farmhouses most appreciated for its culinary specialties.
12 charming and enchanting rooms, recovered from the historic farmhouse structure and expertly renovated to enhance the ambiance with superior comfort and services, make the Tenuta Monacelli, one of the best-loved holiday farms near Lecce. Austerely elegant, typical of Salento farmhouses, the Tenuta rooms are available in classic versions and suites an comfortably accommodate up to four guests. Each room has a private bath with shower or tub, hairdryer and complementary beauty kit, and delightful view of the farmhouse atrium; TV, mini-bar, safe and air conditioning complete room amenities.
The pride of the Tenuta Monacelli is the Rifugio del Re restaurant, the site of convivial farmhouse gatherings. At lunch or dinner, typical Salento and Apulian meals are prepared by the chef with recipes expertly reclaiming the historical tradition and re-elaborated to please the modern palate along with Italian cuisine and international digressions to satisfy those who choose the Tenuta Monacelli from the hotels in Lecce as their vacation site among Salento farmhouses. Quality and fresh ingredients ensure the restaurant's success. The extra virgin olive oil and other Tenuta products, including organic, play a leading role in every recipe and on the tables where oil accompanies every meal with velvety or intense notes. Wines are passionately and knowingly selected by the owner for the wine list of well-known and fresh new reds and whites to accompany meals, appetizers or dessert.
In Apulia, in the Salento countryside, in the heart of an extraordinary century-old olive grove estate, one kilometer from the sandy white beaches in Casalabate where the clear blue sea laps the coast dotted with ancient lookout towers protecting the land from pirates and the Saracen, 10 kilometers from the triumphant Baroque city of Lecce, the Tenuta Monacelli is one of the most elegant holiday farms in Lecce and one of the most traditional farmhouses in Salento. The Tenuta Monacelli grounds and surroundings are a fresco of the authentic Salento. Olive trees, stone walls, villages and outposts populated by the Greeks and Norman, knights and crusaders, barons and viceroys; abbeys from forgotten times, artistic and Christian votive chapels; uncontaminated nature and rare landscapes, protected by nature parks: all close to one of the most beautiful seas in Italy and the Mediterranean, just nearby the Tenuta Monacelli.