Masseria Il Frantoio

S.S. 16 Km 874,Ostuni,Italy

  • Experience World-class Service at Masseria Il Frantoio

    Masseria Il Frantoio is an organic farm set in the countryside of Puglia, a 10-minute drive from Ostuni and the sea. It offers free parking, rustic rooms, and excellent regional cuisine. Il Frantoio is surrounded by citrus gardens and olive groves and features an original mill of the 15th century, still producing quality olive oil. Rooms are located in the main building, a bright white structure of the 19th century. Common areas and rooms are decorated with antiques, and the Masseria even has a library with more than 1500 books, and a free internet point. Parasols and sun loungers are available at a partner nearby beach. Masseria Il Frantoio’s homely restaurant offers set menus of typical regional specialities. Meals are served in the pretty inner courtyard.

    Amenities

    • Airport Shuttle
    • Fitness Facility
    • Internet
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Laundry Services
    • Television
    • Non Smoking
    • Bar
    • Business Center
    • Breakfast
    • Childcare Service
  • reviews

    • Romantic dining under the stars.

      5.0
      Reviewed 26 August 2019

      Although there are accommodations here, we just came for tour and dinner. The pre-dinner tour highlighted the old olive groves, the organic gardens, the olive press, the history of the home, the reason for no mosquitoes, the history of the region and a wine tasting. It set the stage for the special dinner to come. Tables are set in the courtyard with lovely lights strung across and romantic table settings. Each course is hand selected each day based on the freshest ingredients available. Wine is paired with each of the seven courses - each so beautifully presented, even then pickiest of eaters is willing to have a taste. The service is slow paced, personal, and attentive. The evening was intentionally long and lovely. It is just what you picture when you think of dining under the stars in the Italian countryside. Be sure to make reservations. And although the portions are generous and plentiful, dinner starts late. So if you have children, or are adjusting to the Italian dinner schedule, consider a small late afternoon snack. It is a bit of a drive outside of town - so be sure to have the driver pace on the wine pairings. It was truly a lovely evening, setting and experience. Dont miss it if you are in the Ostuni area.

      ziggy_camp
    • Amazing meal but some things to note

      4.0
      Reviewed 19 August 2019

      This place is an adorable masseria with an incredible setting. They start a tour at 8pm, which to be honest would have been better closer to 7pm since they start 20 minutes late and its pitch dark by the time youre walking around with nothing much to see (and youre starving). Be prepared to be here for 3 hours - its 8 courses (but really six - one being bread and sauce and one being a small salad). They were all really delicious (especially the pasta). Be sure to purchase some of the sauce to bring or ship home - unreal. The one point that took away from the experience is that they seated the Italians in one area, further back in the restaurant near the gardens where the tables are much more spread out. All of the English speakers were crammed together with tables practically on top of each other near the front. One of the nice parts of being in Italy is not having to listen to other tourists conversations. Mixing us together would have been nice, especially since it felt as though we were given different treatment from the Italians. Left with mixed emotions on this one! Food 5 stars but overall experience more of a 3.

      Astetts
    • Really poor

      1.0
      Reviewed 18 August 2019

      Lonely Planet had listed Il Frantoio as 'Our Pick'. The edition was a few years old but we thought it must still be good. I called up and reserved a table. The booking process was very formal with the person at the other end of the phone, reading out what we had booked as if it was a set of terms and conditions. We asked if they could help us with transport and they said they could organise it with their friendly taxi driver. By UK standards, it did not appear particularly cheap at Euro 30 for two people for a 7km return journey but we thought it was worth it to have the comfort of a direct ride. What was not mentioned was there were other pick ups along the way and the driver was making Euro 80 for two 7km journeys. He could have made more if he had been able to fill the remaining seats in the van. When the taxi arrived at the electronic gates, the driver gave the names of the people they were dropping off via an intercom system. The gates were opened, the van parked up and the driver pointed in the direction of the way we needed to go. You walk into a vast courtyard. There is no one to welcome you. You are just left standing there thinking "what do you do now?". I heard Fred Sirieix being interviewed the other day. For anyone who does not know him, he has become a bit of a celebrity in the UK but his background is as the Maitre'd of Michelin starred restaurants. Front of house is his life. He was saying what a skill front of house was and how you need to "See, Smile, Say Hello". That is see the customer before they see you, smile at the customer before they smile at you and say hello before they speak to you. He said it was the foundation of any good restaurant because people want to feel welcome. At Il Farantoio there was no welcome. There was nothing. What you did hear were lots of English speaking voices and that's when I started to have my doubts. Was this just an expensive version of the package holiday all you can eat banqueting night? We made our way to the bar and grabbed a pre-dinner drink. A little while after, they announced that dinner was served. At this point everyone had to go around all of the tables (and there were lots of them) finding the one with theirr name on. Once again, there was no service. As for the food, it was the worst meal that we ate all week in Ostuni and we ate out every night. Of the eight dishes, nothing was memorable apart from what I think was the main dish of Swordfish. I have enjoyed swordfish in Italy in the past but this was the worst fish I have ever eaten in my life. Neither of us managed more than two mouthfuls. The wines were average. So Euro 70 per head plus Euro 15 per head for the taxi. Save your money and enjoy two or three good meals in Ostuni or wherever you are staying.

      Hayestravellers
    • INteresting

      5.0
      Reviewed 07 August 2019

      This masseria is truly a working farm with some very unique features. The pool area is wonderful and they have all different nooks and crannies to explore. The staff is wonderful and the breakfast was fabulous. We had a wonderful experience.

      fleamo
    • Rare and wonderful evening

      5.0
      Reviewed 27 July 2019

      We had a celebratory dinner this week in this elegant and warm setting with wisteria climbing the walls. The locally sourced food and bio local wine were memorable. Served with care and love. Thanks!!!

      Toneier

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