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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Cookery school

    Spa and Turkish baths

    14-metre yacht

  • Kids will love

    Horse-riding centre

    Beach club

    The gardens

  • Don’t expect

    Super-polished luxury

    Private terraces

    Lavish bedrooms


An historic Pugliese farmhouse on the Adriatic coast, Masseria Torre Coccaro is a rustic Italian retreat for all generations. As adults relax in the subterranean spa or at the pool or beach club, juniors can be learning how to make pizza in the cookery school or having horse-riding lessons.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Masseria Torre Coccaro with us:

A complimentary massage in the spa for one person


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Masseria Torre Coccaro – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Need To Know






Double rooms from £203.57 (€227), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include a full breakfast. Children stay free in cots up to age two; extra beds (€90 a night for children aged 2–12, €150 for over-12s)  can be added to many rooms.


Seven-night minimum stay in August. Torre Coccaro’s beach club (open April to October) is a five-minute drive away, with a free shuttle service. The masseria is attached to a working organic farm.

At the hotel

Spa, swimming pools, gym, personal training, restaurants, bar, kids club, playground, beach club with watersports, golf course, 14-metre yacht to hire, botanical garden, DVD library, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, minibar and mini fridge, digital radio, DVD player, slippers.

Our favourite rooms

Superior Rooms and the Junior Suite are large enough to accommodate a family of four with ease, while Deluxe Junior Suites have a separate living room. All bedrooms are decorated in a traditional Puglian style with local furniture with traditional stone cladding.


The large outdoor pool is heated April to November (when there’s often a lifeguard there too), and it has a toddler-friendly sloping beach effect. There’s also a large Jacuzzi in the shade.


Sign up for massages (Ayurvedic, shiatsu, reflexology) as well as fresh-herb-infused Aveda treatments. In the spa there is an indoor plunge pool, whirlpool and eucalyptus-oil-enhanced Turkish bath, and for fitness enthusiasts, you can also take yoga or Tai Chi classes, or keep busy in the Technogym.


The hotel also operates a horse-riding centre, with ponies for smaller children, allowing guests to take trots along the beach or through the countryside.

Book ahead

Book babysitting (€20 an hour) and spa treatments at least two weeks ahead.

Food and drink

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Egnathia restaurant is set under the star-shaped vaults of the old stables and serves organic Puglian cuisine. The beach-club restaurant specialises in sushi and fish dishes. It may be the done thing now for most hotels and restaurants to shout about their local and seasonal ingredients, but if you are a stickler for decent provenance it doesn’t get more exciting than at this masseria which grows its own organic fruit and vegetables. Add to the menu Murgia lamb, Podolic beef, and the very best cheeses from close by: creamy burrata, canestrat and caciocavallo. When it comes to foraging they know just who to tap for porcini and cardoncelli mushrooms, wild asparagus and wood berries. Savelletri is the nearby fishing village where they snap up just-caught scampi and violte shrimps, red tuna, monkfish and local spiny lobsters.

Family fare

This is Italia: children are allowed in the restaurant for all meals, and while there isn’t a specific children’s menu, the kitchen will happily prepare specific meals on request, and is delighted to rustle up tasty child-friendly packed lunches, and can also heat up milk and baby food if you ask them too.

Hotel Bar

To sit by a fireplace under a vaulted ceiling, head to the towers; on a balmy evening, the garden terrace is delightful.

Last orders

Breakfast served from 7.30am–10.30am; lunch 12.30pm–2.30pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Under the pergola with a view of the pool.

  • Room service

    You can ring down for food from 7am until 1am. Ask for the same as what is being served in the restaurant, otherwise when that kitchen is closed a snack menu is on offer.


    If you are tempted to steal some of their Mediterranean cuisine secrets, the hotel runs a cookery school in the old stables and here guests can learn to make traditional local favourites: homemade pasta, prepare fish and meat from nearby farms, and most popular, how to make pizza using their firewood oven.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Masseria Torre Coccaro – has been selected and approved by parents.


The Mini Club is open in summer to over-threes.

Kids Club

During the summer season (1 June to 15 September), the Mini Club at this child-friendly hotel’s nearby beach is open 10am–1pm and 3pm–5pm and caters for children aged three to 10 years. It is fully staffed with babysitters. They will organise a game of beach volley, or book the kids canoeing, soccer or ceramic lessons.


Available for €20 an hour; book in advance.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Nappies • Formula • Baby food

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Toddler-proof toys • Sandpit • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Bikes to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Soccer •


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Things to do

With such great pools and a beach club open in summer, it’s tempting to spend time in the warmer months here  in or around water. And if you really want to do it in style, ask to borrow the yacht. For those seeking a little adrenaline kick, there is go-karting at the hotel, and quad bikes to borrow for a ride through the neighbouring fields. If you’re a family who likes to eat, there are plenty of chances to taste the local delights – just ask the hotel to steer you on your own foodie trail.

Hotel activities

Children have the hotel’s garden and the surrounding farmland (the Masseria is a working farm) to explore. There are bikes to borrow free of charge (but no baby seats), and the beach is close by. The hotel also has a private yacht for guests’ use on request. During summer, the Paradise for Children programme teaches young guests about the ecology of the local area. 

Sunny days

Horse-riding lessons can be arranged with ponies for smaller children to ride, and the chance to head into the countryside and along the beach. With rolling gardens on your doorstep and 700 rare plants to learn about, the hotel can give kids a tour of what’s in season and a botanical expert will teach them how to plant their own vegetable patches, and even let them pick a few things for a picnic. Go-kart racing can be organised at the hotel, or you can borrow one of their quad bikes to ride through the neighbouring fields and olive groves. Golfing is a few minutes away. The fee for the green is from €25 a person with the option to hire clubs, trolleys and a golf buggy. The region’s flat terrain is perfect for cycling: the gentle coastal route from Bari to Monopoli offers a taste of Puglia’s varied scenery. 

Rainy days

Learn how to make pizza on one of Masseria Coccaro’s cookery classes, and Chocolate Eggs at Easter time. Since Puglia produces around 70 per cent of Italy’s olive oil, visiting some of its sources can be a great excursion. The olive press of Il Frantolio di D’Amico Pietro near Cisternino (+39 080 444 4671; offers tours and tastings. With so many different varieties, it is worth knowing they all have their own unique flavour: cold-pressed extra-virgin oils in particular develop distinctive aromas and delicate fragrances. You can’t possibly visit Puglia without coping out the Itria Valley for a look at its distinctive circular dwellings: you’ll only find trulli, the beehive-shaped houses here, particularly around Alberobello.

And there's more…

Visit the ‘Forest of Shadows’ in the Parco Nazionale del Gargano, in northern Puglia, to see the last bit of ancient forest which once covered this region, and which is now only 1,000 hectares. Zoo Safari is only 5km away in Fasano ( The biggest of its kind in Italy you can drive around admiring lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes and other animals. There’s also an aquatic area with dolphins, sea lions and penguins, as well as a theme park with a log flume, rollercoasters, ghost trains and dodgem cars. A fantastic indoor playground is available at Play Planet at 19 Viale Aldo Moro in Monopoli (+39 080 4107756; If you fancy a market day experience head to Bari on the first Sunday of the month, Ostuni on the second, Martina Franca on the third and then, for the biggest of the lot, Lecce on the last Sunday. Best buys are antique ceramics and tapestries.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Taste typical Pugliese dishes served with Adriatic wines at Grotta Palazzese, at 59 via Narciso in Polignano (+39 080 424 0677). This sea cave has been used for entertaining since the Duc de Leto first converted the grotto into a hall in the 1700s.

Don't miss…

The Festival della Valle d’Itria: starting at the end of July this is three weeks of opera, classical and jazz performances in the picturesque town of Martina Franca (

Masseria Torre Coccaro offers a taste of southern Italy life and also a glimpse at its unique landscapes. Puglia also likes to lay it on thick when it comes to fun as a family. Sure there’s the searing southern Italian sun, and beaches within reach – but do your homework and you’ll find you have a lot of history and culture too. You can’t drive very far in Puglia without noticing trulli, the circular dwellings with beehive-shaped roofs unique to this region. There are also plenty of towns worth a visit include Ostuni, Bari, Polignano and Cisternino.

Nearby sister hotel Masseria Torre Maizza is a romantic spot for a meal. If you are in the mood to book a babysitter, head to Delle Palme for Asian-influenced Pugliese cuisine: this will mean treats such as sashimi of Adriatic red tuna with dill, fennel, pine nuts and raisins or red-prawn risotto with a wild mushroom sauce – creative dishes using local ingredients. The restaurant sticks to a ‘kilometre zero’ food-provenance policy too.

In the charming fishing village of Savelleti, where all the best seafood comes from, is Ristorante Maddalena on Piazza Roma (+39 080 4827967). Try and get a table on the water’s edge; perfect for all the family to enjoy a lunch or supper together among local families.

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Masseria Torre Coccaro
Contrada Coccaro 8, Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia, 72015
Hotel setting

Olive groves close to the coast


The nearest airports are Bari (served by BA and Ryanair) and Brindisi (served by Ryanair), both roughly an hour’s drive from Masseria Torre Coccaro. Alternatively, it’s 40 minutes by train to Fasano (transfer from the airport to the train station by bus).


The closest train station is 3 kilometres away, at Fasano, part of the Bologna-Roma-Bari-Lecce line. For information on Italian trains, see Trenitalia (


Masseria Torre Coccaro is an hour from Bari and 50 minutes from Brindisi; the nearest town is Fasano, which is 15 minutes away, and the famous dome trulli rooves of Alberobello are a 45-minute drive. From the motorway between Bari and Brindisi (the E55), take the Savelletri exit, and then follow the signs to Masseria.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Masseria Torre Coccaro – has been selected and approved by parents.

Subterranean spa with a rocky pool, cookery school in a 17th-century chapel, specially commissioned contemporary art, a private beach club and a motor yacht for charter – sounds like it’s one for the adults, hey? In fact as grown-up as this getaway is, this resort hotel which is a hop from the Adriatic is also super family-friendly. Parents can savour quality family time at this rural Pugliese retreat while feasting on la dolce vita. Many of the ingredients of the organic Mediterranean cuisine at the Egnathia restaurant have been picked from this working farm’s own lands. (Our top tip is to enjoy it all with a full-bodied Salice Salentino red wine.)

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Masseria Torre Coccaro in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The location, food, service, décor and beach club. The evidence of a local manager/owner on site made a real difference.

Don’t expect

A romantic break – there are lots of families with small children – or a deserted beach.

Rating: 4/10 stars