The History of Podere40
Podere40 is located in Pittuini district, 5 km from Leverano and just 2 km from Porto Cesareo, an ancient fishing village and a charming seaside resort renowned for its beautiful white sand beaches, amazing sea bottoms and crystal clear sea water. If you love cliffs you can not miss the wonderful Porto Selvaggio Bay in the neighbourhood.
After World War II the Italian Government enacted the so called “Riforma Agraria”, a land reform establishing the rules for the expropriation and splitting of some large estates into small farms in order to increase small farming possessions. However the reform was not successful, so in the 1950s and 1960s a lot of small landowners, after realizing that their small farms were not profitable, decided to emigrate and deserted their land possessions.
PODERE40 belonged to Masseria Pittuini and was involved in the land reform of the territory of Nardò. Just some years ago Marco and Catia, the present owners, bought it. Despite its state of decay, it was love at first sight with their strong desire to renovate the old building and see their children grow up in touch with nature in an ancient farmhouse.
Their long hotel experience in welcoming people from all over the world and making them feel at home is one of the points of strength of Podere40 where “you do arrive as guests and leave as friends”
Podere 40, the atmosphere of a farmhouse, the appeal of life based on biological rhythms, seasons, slow rhythms, personal needs governed by an eco-friendly attitude. These ideas have guided the renovation of the ruins. We tried to maintain the original charm of past times always keeping in mind the final effect for our guests,
We chose poor types of wood, worn out and whitewashed, with milky white effects that remind one of lime and various shades of clay for light and shadow effects.