Masserie define the landscape of the Puglia region and reflect its turbulent history. Over the past decades many of the former farmsteads were transformed into exclusive guesthouses – as was the case for Masseria Antonio Augusto in Leverano close to the town of Lecce. Belgian architect Valerie van der Put took on the old farm and converted it into a romantic looking residence: The emphasis of the interior design is on sand colors like beige and white, silver gray and anthracite. Guests can take a seat beneath the spacious vaulted ceilings some of which were artfully painted by hand and enjoy the view of the garden from the window. "The Masseria should offer a balance between historical architecture and the luxury of a contemporary, minimalist lifestyle," says van der Put.
The comfortable cushions, the large and small table and the reclining areas outdoors are by the Belgian family firm Tribù, which is known for its outdoor furniture. However, the fact that the collections by Tribù need not only be used in outdoor spaces is proven say by the “Nomad poufs” and the “Tosca sofa” by Monica Armani as well as the “CTR Clubchair” by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, which are arranged to form a seating group in the lobby area. There is a light, aery feel to the braiding of the armchairs and sofas, which is encased in a knitted cover of textilene und polyolefine. The larger “T-Table” and side table "Drops" make elegant depositaries. With a top of glazed lavastone every “T-Table” is a one-off – and thanks to the sturdiness of the natural stone guests can place their drink glasses on it without worrying about staining.
The fact that the furniture coverings are not only ideally protected against stain but also the influences of wind and rain makes them an ideal choice for the spacious spa area of masseria Antonio Augusto: The teak “Vis à Vis” loungers by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga are perfect for resting on after a massage shower or indulging in one of the wellness applications offered in the Turkish bath. Each lounger comes with its own small, practical table. And after a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool where better to relax and look at the glittering water than on one of the roomy "Tosca" and "Pavilion" daybeds. In designing the "Pavilion" daybed in four-poster bed style, Monica Armani not only thought of UV-resistant cushions, but also for movable Sunvision cloth curtains that filter the sunlight without excluding it entirely. For those that prefer to remain alone and be close up to the pool the “Kos Lounger" by Studio Segers makes an excellent choice. And “Vis à Vis dining table” in teak and "Mood armchairs" by Wim Segers form a fitting combination for evening supper in the cozy courtyard. You only need to look at the ensemble beneath the green pergola to start dreaming of delightful long summer evenings.