Casa Olivetta came about when Collette Dinnigan, an Australian Fashion / Interior Designer, and husband Bradley Cocks, entrepreneur and founder of brand experience and social consultancy company Goodtrip Pt, fell in love with Puglia on their first visit in 2016. They rented a house and stumbled upon Casa Olivetta, a 500 year-old farmhouse surrounded by olive trees. Colette wanted to find and restore a ruin and loved Casa Olivetta’s dry stone walls, old finishes, and stone wall terracing the property.
Just like that, Colette and Bradley started their Puglia adventure: a two year journey of renovations and research of antiques / handmade artisan items to make their new property come alive. Collette, beautifully created her own interpretation of the Puglia aesthetic. Click here for a few of Brad & Colette’s local recommendations!
How did this jaw dropping masseria come about? In the words of Katherine Price Mondadori Price, the woman behind Masseria Lamacoppa:
“Our search for the perfect holiday home began in the early 90s. We were looking for destination that was easily reachable from our home base in Milan for occasional weekend escapes, short breaks, and potentially longer vacations – when we weren’t travelling the world.
The boys in our family were always dreaming of a treehouse and hide out where they could safely keep their quickly growing collection of turtles and goldfish that they often won at amusement parks.
Passionate collectors of art, books and interior decor, we were also hoping to find a space that could encapsulate years of travel, study, and personal passions; a place where we could call ‘home’ away from home.
Our search brought us to the gates of Masseria Lamacoppa, an abandoned 73-acre estate left untouched for decades with overgrown woodland that stretched into the horizon, protected cork trees, an old church and farmhouse, practically in shambles.
We fell in love with the endless ways we could work the land, live in the masseria and enjoy the outdoor living spaces all year round.
Inside the home is ample space for every guest, a place to read, write, meditate, enjoy late night chats and never-ending lunches – particularly around the holidays and during the summer. We have worked hard to carefully balance nature’s majestic riches – the lemon grove, corn fields, olive trees – with those of our lifelong travels. Inside are antique elements, authentic Moroccan tapestries, rare book collections, and an eclectic collection of artwork spanning centuries. Every room is different, just like each of us in the family. You’ll find nuances of our personal story and we invite you to find the corner that feels like home. You might just discover something new about yourself.
You’ll find food for the soul here, too. Our team will prepare home cooked dishes following Apulian traditions with occasional twists and turns to remind you that the rest of the world is never too far away. Ingredients are sourced from our organic garden and fields, including our own olive oil, marmalade, tomato sauce, herbs and spices.
We are very proud of the home we have built and continue to dream up new ways of living in it; in fact we often brainstorm at the pool house in the shade of the gazebo, by the outdoor pool that so many friends coin “the Lamacoppa lake.”
Masseria Lamacoppa has undergone tender loving restoration with great efforts to restore the estate to its natural form, a work that has taken years and which we continue to undertake. The masseria is now a showcase of fine Apulian living, where health, comfort and connecting to nature are a quotidian standard.”
Puglia has been a holiday destination for Costantino Affuso and Paolo Badesco for years; more precisely the Itria Valley, an uncontaminated landscape of red earth, dotted with centuries-old olive trees from which the ancient villages of Ostuni, Martina Franca, Ceglie Messapica, Cisternino, Locorotondo have sprung up. Many of their friends had chosen this strip of land to build their second home, if anything, in a trullo, exactly as it happened to Costantino and Paolo. When they visited the property that would later become Trullo Cappero they were immediately enamoured with the two cones with respective alcoves. The land hosts 60 olive trees and several fruit trees (mainly figs… our passion). In addition to renovating the pre-existing buildings an extension created a so-called ‘lamia’ structure which houses the living area. The property is completed with a plastered masonry swimming pool in the Apulian spirit.