Agriturismo Serragambetta Biologico - Castellana Grotte, Bari
Via Conversano, 204
70013 Castellana Grotte (Bari)
Type: Farmhouse accommodation Geographical Location: Hill Accommodations:
n°5 Apartment , n°1 Double bed room, n°1 4.beds room . Total Guests 31
Serragambetta lies on the south eastern hills of the Murge and is located between Castellana, noted for its caves, and Conversano, the City of the Counts. It is the land of Trulli houses, dry stone walls, ancient olive groves and red earth, of Masserias (traditional manor farms) and holiday homes. It was built as a summer residence around 1880 by Doctor Domenico Lanera. One hundred years later, its story as an organic farm holiday business began.
Accommodations and Services in Agriturismo Serragambetta Biologico
All accommodation whether room or apartment is equipped each with its own private bathroom. In the Torre, Stalle, Terrazzo and Zia Margherita apartments, crockery and cooking equipment for the kitchen is available for weekly stays.
We have cots available for small children and can provide child size mattresses and sheets but we prefer parents to bring their own blankets and small pillows. For bigger children who are likely to fall out of bed we have adjustable bed rails which can be slipped under the mattress.
External services: Barbecue, Rental Bikes, Car park, Park
Experiences: Cycle tourism, Trekking
AROUND THE HOUSE
Guests can also have an enjoyable day without even moving from Serragambetta. The garden is a welcoming and comfortable place where one can read, have a refreshing swim in the pool or even enjoy some fresh seasonal fruit plucked straight from the tree. You will discover that just picked almonds, figs and plums have a taste all of their own.
FOR YOUR CHILDREN
If, for adults, the countryside is in general synonymous with relaxation and tranquillity then for the smallest of us it is the kingdom for discovering nature and playing outdoors. Without doubt Serragambetta offers lots of stimuli for encouraging children's curiosity. The small wood, the garden and the large courtyard are places for games of all sorts. And there is often the opportunity to play with other children too.
Whether you are celebrating a birthday or a wedding Serragambetta is the ideal location for a banquet, offering a relaxed, family atmosphere in country surroundings. What is now the large and welcoming Banquet Room was in times past used for making wine.
WELLBEING - COUNTRY STYLE
The fact that you have chosen to take a farm holiday and that you are already enjoying the pleasures of healthy eating and the tranquillity of the countryside doesn't mean that you can't be struck unexpectedly with a desire for a relaxing and restorative massage. Don't despair, there is a remedy for everything! Remember you are in the country, not the North Pole! The garden is the ideal location for your country style spa session - all you have to do is agree with Rita the date, time and price. Rita is a real expert both in beauty and therapeutic massage.
Bikes are available for guests to use free of charge. Venturing out along the country lanes which surround Serragambetta and cycling through the olive groves lined with dry stone walls is a truly satisfying experience. And for the really fit why not take a bike ride right down to the sea! Once back, quench your thirst with a nice long drink made with our homemade sour cherry cordial.
INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC FARMING
Domenico is always happy when he is talking about organic farming. To anyone interested in the subject he is always ready to pass on his knowledge of the region and its agriculture. He not only knows everything there is to know about Puglia's red earth and how not to spoil it but he also holds the secrets of how to make his olive trees, vines and vegetable garden fertile and productive without the use of chemicals. And for Domenico what could be better than for everyone to share in his philosophy.
APUGLIAN COOKING LESSONS
Without doubt one of the best ways to experience the culture of a country is to get to know the secrets of its gastronomy. Serragambetta's cookery courses are based on traditional Puglian cuisine and are devised with this aim in mind. And, who best to introduce you to the tastes and colours of local cooking, but Zia Nina, Domenico's mother who used to appear regularly in 'Verde Mattina' on Italian TV.
On the other hand, speak to Domenico or Anna if you don't want to miss the chance to learn about making bread, pizza, focacce and biscotti which are baked in the wood fired oven. And don't be shy to ask for our recipes for jams, liqueurs and conserves or any of our other home made specialties.
The practical lessons in making orecchiette and fresh pasta which Nonna Rosa holds weekly at Serragambetta are not only a gastronomic event but a theatrical one as well. Certainly, you won't understand all the words that she uses (she was born at the beginning of the last century and therefore speaks in a Puglian dialect mingled with Italian) but, if you haven't pulled the knife in the right way on the “tavoliere” (a board for making pasta on), or turned the pasta over your finger to make the right shape, you will know simply by looking at her face: her gestures and expressiveness don't leave any room for doubts! At the end of the lesson after careful examination of the finished product and the manual dexterity of all the participants, Nonna Rosa ranks the offerings in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. When her satisfaction for the finished product reaches its peak, and it doesn't happen very often, she exclaims 'well done' and “very well done!!” In the meantime midday approaches and empty stomachs demand their reward for all the hard work. And so the orecchiette (whether pretty or just plain homely) all end up in the large pasta pot. A few minutes later they are on the table dressed with plenty of tomato “sugo” (sauce) basil and the local caccioricotta cheese satisfying the hunger of the tired out budding pasta chefs.
Where we are
Roads are not the only way to reach an interesting place they are in themselves interesting places. Therefore the first piece of advice that you will receive is “Don't hurry”. OK so perhaps you might see less but without doubt the places that you do come across will give you time to catch up, to get in contact with yourself and create an impression. This is, in short, Domenico's recommendation for the way to see “Le Puglie”. This is because Puglia comprises of at least three distinct parts and it is important to realise that these are not just defined by its administrative borders but also its geography and the history that has been played out within its confines.
So, depending on each person's interests and preferences the day's itinerary can be chosen - from a busy and culturally inspired visit to a town of artistic interest or a Romanesque cathedral to a more relaxing and refreshing day spent at one of the many seaside locations with their beaches and ports. And for those who love to walk or to go for a bike ride certainly there are no lack of longer or shorter routes depending on how far your legs can carry you and, of course, the weather.