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Introduction, Tenuta del Barco
The Tenuta del Barco (the Barco estate) gets its name from an ancient dry wall, or “BARCO”, the handicraft of master wall builders. Little remains of the old fold, used over the centuries to provide a temporary haven for herds of sheep and goats, only the portion enclosing the farm’s pine grove. Just a few hundred meters from the wild sand dunes of the Salento coastline, there’s a 17th-century farming village, the Masseria Porvica, right in the center of the Tenuta; from here one can reach the natural, public beach and the Ionian Sea in just a few minutes by bicycle. Guests may also use the bathing establishment facilities and the Tenuta’s attended parking lots, located along the Ionian beach.
The more than one hundred hectares of the Tenuta del Barco have always been used for growing wine grapes (the Malvasia Nera and Negromare grape varieties on the Tenuta produce prestigious appellation wines), table grapes, olives for oil, durum wheat, melons and tomatoes. There are also some replanted areas dedicated to preserving native hardwood species and typical Mediterranean shrubbery and low trees, not to mention the pasture lands for sheep and goats.
By reservation only, the Tenuta del Barco offers lodging and dining in seven residences that open onto the courtyard of the farm-house; in the old days they were used for storing grain or as stalls for the oxen.
Restored in authentic Mediterranean style, these residences feature traditional vaulted ceilings made of Carparino slate and simple, rustic furnishings. They have one or two rooms and all come with a cooking nook and private bath facilities with accommodations for the handicapped. In older times the residences were used to store cereals and as stables for oxen, from which they fondly take their names. Carefully renovated with the utmost respect paid to the Mediterranean tradition, the residences are characterised by sober, stylish design.
Details, Tenuta del Barco
The Tenuta also has a fully equipped conference room for business meetings and receptions etc. Masseria Porvica, the farmhouse located in the heart of the Tenuta, is a particularly interesting and prestigious location for all sorts of business events. It boasts two large rooms fully equipped for conferences and functions.
All this makes Tenuta del Barco the ideal place for guaranteeing concentration and discretion, aspects which those organizing business events ought not to overlook.
Tenuta del Barco also features five pine-built cottages nestling in a cool pine grove.
For the exclusive pleasure of its guests, the Tenuta features a tennis court, a five-a-side soccer field and a jogging course. Bicycles may be rented for reaching the sea by way of old sheep-tracks. Those keen on riding can go in for superb horse-riding excursions to the beach, following age-old tracks that wind through gorges in the estate.
At the Locanda del Barco restaurant, which offers typical Apulian cuisine, guests can have lunch or evening meal. The Tenuta provides free access to the beach with use of a beach umbrella and sun lounger. Guests can also enjoy free use of a five-a-side football pitch and tennis court, as well as pay-for facilities that include superb horse-riding excursions along the beach and through gorges in the Tenuta, mountain bike hire for reaching the beach via age-old sheep-tracks and organized tours of the main places of cultural-historical interest.
Pay-for facilities (including drinks during meals or from the bar, bicycle hire, etc) used by guests are totally computer-managed, with a system of magnetic card swipe machines that guarantees guests the utmost transparency and allows them to enjoy the Tenuta and its facilities without having to carry money on their person.
Easy to reach, Tenuta del Barco is an ideal base for other trips to discover the delights of Salento.
Suggested trips include Alberobello and Locorotondo with its characteristic Trulli, the distinctive homes of the inhabitants of the Murge plateau, Gallipoli with its medieval settlement rising up on a little island jutting into the Ionian Sea, the famous Castel del Monte castle built by Frederick II, the Grottoes of Castellana, the largest and most spectacular caves in Italy, and the picturesque, gleaming whitewashed towns of Ostuni, Trani, and Otranto to name but a few, or Grottaglie with its typical ceramic district and Martina Franca.
Transportation is available to and from the Taranto Central train station (35 km) and to and from the Airport of Brindisi (55 km) or Bari (100 km).
It’s very easy to get to the Masseria Porvica: it is located just 50 km from the A14 motorway Taranto tollgate; from there, proceed just up to the outskirts of Taranto and then follow the signs for Grottaglie (regional highway 7 TA-BR). Take the S. Giorgio Jonico exit and follow regional highway 7ter in the direction of Pulsano or Lizzano.
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