Antonio Augusto moved to Belgium with his family as a young boy, but he promised himself he would return to his native Puglia later in life. When his son, Raffaele Vetrugno, discovered an old farmhouse in the province of Lecce, he was able to fulfil his father’s dream – converting the country home into a wonderful hotel named after his father.
Careful restoration of the estate has created a tranquil, subtly luxurious boutique hotel. The interior and outdoor entertaining areas are filled with the best Belgian contemporary design, including an inspired combination of outdoor setting by Tribù.
‘Tribù’s style perfectly complements the contemporary design in the masseria and the authentic beauty of the old building. The luxury look and feel in the indoor and outdoor spaces are created with a mixture of Belgian design and contemporary art, which reflects the same refinement and attention to detail that the discreet luxury of Tribù stands for.’ – Raffaele Vetrugno, owner of the Masseria.
A masseria is a traditional fortified farmhouse. Belgian architect Valerie Van der Put was called in to transform the stone building into a nine-room boutique hotel and spa. The beautiful pool area is furnished with Tribù’s Kos teak sun lounges and lanterns for outdoor lighting beneath tall palm trees. The Tosca daybed and striking Pavilion daybed provide a relaxed setting for two people to dream the day away.
Tribù furniture looks equally at home inside the hotel, set against fresh white walls, polished stone and matte travertine marble floors. In the living room, the Tosca sofa and club chairs, Contour club chairs, outdoor poufs and T-table coffee table offer comfort and beautifully finished contemporary styling in subtle neutral shades.
The dining room brings the garden indoors with tall, exotic pot plants. Mood armchairs and Vis à Vis table echo the natural theme with warm teak and cocooning woven chair backrests.
The old wine cellar was converted into a minimal, peaceful spa - the ideal place to chill out on Vis à Vis sun lounge and unwind. The teak frames are highly durable and resistant to humidity, and the fabric cushion covers do not absorb essential oils, creams or perfumes.
Guests can book one room at Masseria Antonio Augusto or book the whole hotel for an intimate wedding, party or get together with family and friends, mixing style, comfort and discreet luxury.
Photography: Shari Ruzzi