The historic residence Lama dei Taveri

Built on one of the many so-called “blades” of Mediterranean flora found in the area and in a prime coastal position, Lama dei Taveri is a magnificent villa from the late 19th century, characterized by typical Nouveau Era elements, originally used as a summer house by the local noble Taveri family. Later, purchased by a local family of farming entrepreneurs, it was used as a masseria, that is to say, a country house where agricultural work took place. And so the rooms of the ground floor became used for the conservation of food and the storage of tools, while the lateral part of the building housed the animals. The Barnaba family, the current owners of the charming historic residence, has undertaken an ambitious renovation project to restore the structure, recreating the original atmosphere.

Organized into various apartments that once housed the master suites, Lama di Taveri will provide ultimate comfort for a real getaway. The furnishings combine a rustic style with elegance and sophistication, which will help you immerse yourself into the peace of the countryside without sacrificing any comforts. Cozy indoor spaces and ample outdoor areas, such as the pool and the alluring citrus gardens, are ideal for relaxation. Enjoy reading or pleasant walks, on which you can breathe the salty air of the extraordinary coastline even though you are immersed in the countryside most typical of this sun-kissed land.



The lama and the caves

Water carved grooves from karst limestone, run through the entire property. For centuries, runoff water has been creating this environment, which is now a place to rejuvenate the soul, between aromatic herbs and the sparkling green of the Mediterranean vegetation.

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Insights on the territory of the lama and the wild plants

The forms of the lama

Just as all of Puglia is engraved with these so-called lame (water grooves formed into the karst limestone, travelled for centuries by surfacae run-off), so is the Barnaba family property, in the Stomazzelli district, fortunately characterized by this marvelous and tipical landscape element. It is not a coincidence that this distinctive natural “symbol” which we brag about is correlated to the name of the old estate holders, the Taveri. This lama is shallow, short and winding (although spectacular), like all those spread along the Adriatic coast, and presents the typical “U” shape resulting from low walls and a large flat bottom. The waters that carved the lame now run underground and resurface from karst springs near to the sea or amidst the marine currents. The presence of water in the lame today, due to the ground permeability, is only found during heavy rains. On the Barnaba family properties, the sides of the lama aren’t particularly steep and they are articulated in large steps of varying heights. Furthermore, terracing can be seen, portions of ancient riverbeds are evidence of a period of little erosion, whilst the jumps between these are the result of periods of high erosion.

La Lama

Ideal for a walk

The bottom of the lama provides a broad flat area, suitable for cultivation, pasturing animals or enjoying a healthy walk. The weather conditions, the morphology, the presence of fertile soil in the bottom, and the karst grottoes along the tuffaceous sides of the lama, have always made these peculiar environments of the Monopoli countryside, as we find in many historical records, preferred places for settling. The numerous cave dwellings confirm this. They are, in part natural karst cave sites and in part excavated into the tuffaceous walls of the lama. The terraces are delineated by stone dry walls for the cultivation of orchards. Nearby fortified farmhouses and historic residences, with presses and stalls in caves, are found along the edges of the lama. Inside the lama are tracts where natural vegetation, characterized by native Mediterranean species can still be found, and tracts that are cultivated mostly for olives, vineyards and gardens.

Reacquainting with nature

Today they are dry and continue to channel water, above all during the “mene” (big heavy rains), which will transport loose material. Due to the natural depression, large plots of original natural landscape have survived. This has made it possible to identify two distinct types of natural environment and habitat: one “built”, localized in the flat area, the other “spontaneous” that extends into the natural depression and is characterized by the presence of native plant species such as carob, bay, brambles, holm oak, and Macedonian oak. Along the ridges, at the most dry and arid points grow honeysuckle, hawthorne, wild asparagus and more. There is no shortage of aromatic kitchen herbs such as thyme, mint, sage, rue and medicinal herbs such as borage and salsaparicina. There is also a variety of fauna. In fact, aside from animal species which easily adapt to changing environmental conditions, such as fox, frogs, and hedgehogs, the lama is also home to more interesting animals such as the weasel and marten. From the naturalist point of view, the land of the Barnaba family could be considered one of the most interesting areas in the province of Bari. Its natural biodiversity is an asset to be actively protected for the particular plants, which have disappeared elsewhere, but have remained here due to the lama’s unique conditions and certain parts, which are difficult to reach.

La Lama

An exhilarating dip in the turquoise sea, which is hard to leave


The apartments

Lama dei Taveri offers spacious apartments with tasteful country-style décor. The rooms of the main building of the farmhouse “the master’s suites” are decorated in Art Nouveau style, while the ground floor, converted from the old stalls, has kept intact the rustic atmosphere of the farm-work that used to take place here. Today, the spaces are decorated with antique tools and real images of rural life.

The indoor ambience

Aside from the apartments, guests have the opportunity to take advantage of other rooms in the house such as the antique “shed,” a room originally used for the preperation of conserves and housing the master’s horse.

The outdoor ambience

Guests have the pleasure of utilizing the large outdoor spaces for relaxation. From the large swimming pool you can enjoy either sea views or views of the intriguing lama, an ancient river bed in which it is possible to take a relaxing stroll between the ancient olive trees or become intoxicated by the sweet perfume of the citrus gardens. Traces of the ancient systems for collecting rainwater and irrigation are still intact, including the old palaccio – a stone basin for holding rainwater.

Alcune recensioni

Laura and her family are amazing. The flat is beautiful, so italian with a big kitchen, stone floors and wonderful summery decor. You can see a gorgeous sunset from the terrace also overlooking the very large pool. This is truly one of the best area’s I’ve visited in Italy and I cant wait to go back.
Anna Switz from US
This is the most wonderful place for vacation! This family owned place is so welcoming, charming, wonderfully furnished and well equipped. Our kids absolutely loved it, as there is a huge pool and a great outdoor area. Around the house there are all these olive trees, from which the family produces wonderful olive oil! We took so many bottles of olive oil home and don´t want to miss this oil anymore!
Dagmar John and Family from Germany
Ho trascorso 2 settimane alla Lama dei Taveri con la mia famiglia. I proprietari hanno sempre accolto ogni nostra richiesta con prontezza e cortesia facendoci sentire viziati.
Vito Totaro da Lussemburgo
Siamo appena tornati lasciandoci alle spalle una vacanza meravigliosa, grazie anche e soprattutto al soggiorno all’interno della villa che ha ampiamente superato ogni nostra aspettativa. Posto incantevole e di altri tempi, quello che si dice ‘sentirsi a casa’ e godere al 100% di tutto ciò che questo luogo ti offre, sia per gli spazi interni della casa, ristrutturata ed arredata con sobrietà ed estremo gusto, con stanze ampie ed ‘ariose’ (incantevole la cucina tipica ed i pavimenti in pietra), sia per gli spazi esterni, con la meravigliosa piscina e zona relax che ti fa dimenticare di qualsiasi stress…tutto ciò circondati da ulivi secolari ed a pochi minuti dal mare. Grazie anche ai proprietari ( il sig. vito e le 3 bellissime figlie) sempre molto discreti e generosi.
Mara Ferrari da Milano
Last year when we were at our wits end with the weather in the UK we booked ourselves 3 days in Ostuni and then a week at Laura’s fabulous farm. The welcome was warm and generous, with copious quantities of home grown produce and a wonderful pool. The area is fascinating and unspoilt, and we enjoyed it so muchThe terrace is the ‘piece de resistance’ with far reaching views and from where you can relax with a bottle of wine.
Francesca and Simon from UK