Happy [Weekend] + The Masseria Cimino Hotel

 
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith

Happy Weekend! I hope that you have had a great week few weeks. Hard to believe it is May 1 today! This year is continuing to fly by!

Today I only have one link to share and it's a big one - lots of images! Last year during the Caravan Travel Photography Course we spent three days staying at the Masseria Cimino Hotel for the food styling and interior photography part of the course (to which I've only focused on the interior and exterior images in this post).

We were lucky enough to have the Masseria to ourselves, free to capture the interior and surrounds to our hearts content.

Explaining what it was like to stay at this hotel has been hard to put into words. Amongst the expansive gardens, olive groves, and a beautiful green golf course, it was a surreal experience - I hope you can get a bit of a sense of what it was like from my images.

I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

 
Masseria Cimino Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith

Originally a farmhouse and tower that was built in the 1700's, the Masseria Cimino Hotel is located on the coast of Puglia near ruins of the Ancient Roman City of Egnatia, with stone from the Ancient City walls used in its construction. Since then, much has changed. It has gone from what was a working farmhouse to a luxury boutique hotel, complete with an 18 hole golf course. However, architecturally, many of it's original features have been preserved to retain its proud history. The stone walls still even show markings from it's early beginnings.

Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith

My room pictured above, was located at the front of the property, it was a lovely big room with more than enough space for one. High curved ceilings, lots of morning light and crisp linen draped over the corners of the four poster bed - I was totally spoilt. I wanted to curl up in front of the fireplace opposite the bed and never leave. On the other side of the bed the wall was adorned with old farming objects, wardrobes with plenty of hanging space and fluffy white bathrobes. Fluffy white bathrobes!

I opened the door to the bathroom and it just exuded calm. I could have spent hours under the rain shower just admiring the copper taps and grey stone walls. Heaven.

Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith

The main reception area pictured above and dining areas felt relaxed, open and airy. A small bar and lounge area also sit just off reception, each space defined by its details, decorated thoughtfully, a tribute to it's agricultural history.

Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith

The lounge and pool area sit privately in the middle of the property.

Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith

Every room, had it's own unique details. From vases filled with olive branches, old picture frames, to objects hung on walls or placed beautifully on shelves.

Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith
Masseria Cimino Hotel Puglia Italy 2014 / Renae Smith

I wanted to desperately hit the pause button.

It was such an amazing opportunity to photograph and a perfect place to escape to with your loved one or a group of close friends for a special occasion!