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Lama di Luna, Italy

Posted by Richard Hammond at 06:57 on Saturday 30 September 2006

The stunning stone exterior of  Lama di LunaThe stunning stone exterior of Lama di LunaNow is the time to go to southern Italy's Adriatic coast - the crowds have gone, the sea is still warm and the mild weather is perfect for exploring the low inland hills. Lama di Luna is the unlikeliest of green getaways; it's a huge, renovated 18th-century working farm near Andria, 70km from Puglia, just above the heel of Italy. The fortified building was once home to 26 "tenant farmer" families, and although 40 chimneys still line the gravelled courtyard, the computer-controlled heating is powered by 48 solar panels that make use of all that blissful southern Italian sun.

Nine of the estate's rooms have been converted into large, en suite guestrooms - each with a snug fireplace, and there's one apartment for four. Sleep in unbleached cotton sheets, wash with pure olive soap and tuck into an organic breakfast on a terrace overlooking olive, cherry and almond groves and the coast. Occasionally, evening meals are available or you can make your own pizzas in the large old stone oven, but within walking distance is one of the region's best restaurants where you can feast on 20 mini dishes of meat, fish and pasta for €35-€40pp, including house wine.

Apr-Dec a double room at Lama di Luna costs from €130 B&B a night and an apartment for 4 from €160 B&B, incl. free use of bikes (i-escape.com, 020-7652 4625).

This article, by Richard Hammond, was first published in the Guardian

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