“Sixteenth-century mansion in a central yet quiet corner of this beautiful Baroque city, with elegant rooms around a shady courtyard”
Owners Marco and Marta’s attention to detail is apparent from the moment you walk in, from the array of Marco’s homemade cakes and biscuits, to the beautiful, pale patterned tiles that he rescued from a 17th-century palazzo in order to decorate steps throughout the guesthouse. There are lots of luxe touches, such as handmade welcome chocolates, surround-sound radio and rainfall showers. But, despite the high-end fittings, Mantatelurè is laid-back and informal; perfect for couples who like intimate, luxurious, characterful places to stay. The graceful building centres on a courtyard garden, with sunbeds, tables and chairs, as well as a hot tub that guests can book for their personal use. There’s plenty to see and do in Lecce, plus you’re well situated for exploring Puglia, particularly Salento and the Valle d’Itria.
- Great for couples, with a grown-up atmosphere, romantic rooms, and a hot tub in the courtyard where you can sip prosecco
- Lecce is an enchanting, historic city full of mesmerising architecture, plus it's within easy reach of the coast and the area's famous trulli settlements
- Fantastic breakfasts with lots of local and homemade produce, and apartments for those who wish to self-cater
- A beautiful old building, gracefully converted, in a picturesque, quiet neighbourhood
- Special little touches, from the candles lining the outdoor steps after dark to the charging stations in each room
- Reception is not open all day - this is a guesthouse and won’t suit those who like 24-hour room service
- Apartment guests can take breakfast or self-cater, although the latter requires a sizeable security deposit
- No children under 11 are accepted
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- Boutique guesthouse
- 6 rooms + 2 apartments
- Breakfast only (+ self-catering apartments)
- Ages 11+ only
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
- Dance lessons
Mantatelurè has 6 beautiful rooms, all decorated in pale, soothing colours and sharing an elegant, individual aesthetic that mixes local ceramics with Indian antiques. There are also 2 apartments on the first floor (no lift).
The 2 Deluxe Rooms are light and bright, with high arched ceilings. One is a cool-blue double, the other is a twin with sculptural glass lamps from Naples resembling a bunch of shining white chillies. The same arched ceilings can be found in the Suite, where a dramatic white-painted, carved headboard takes centre stage. There's also an ensuite with a sizeable bathtub and a lounge room with a single sofabed.
Junior Suites share an identical layout, with large double beds and mezzanine lounges reached via spiral staircases. One has windows opening onto a quiet street, while the second has a window onto the inner courtyard. They can interconnect if required.
The Deluxe Suite is the most lavish of them all - it even has its own separate entrance. There’s a contemporary white four-poster bed, backed by a terracotta-painted wall. Behind the wall lies the pièce de résistance: a tempting Jacuzzi bathtub. There’s a lounge room as well, with a single sofabed and a tall window opening onto the quiet street outside.
The 2 Apartments are similarly chic; decorated in terracotta-patterned tiles, both have a double bedroom, 2 large TVs (one in the bedroom, one in the living room) and a kitchenette - the only difference is that the Apartment Deluxe is slightly larger and has direct access to the communal terrace.
All the rooms, suites and apartments have flatscreen TVs, air-conditioning, WiFi, safes, and tea-making kit; rooms and suites also have surround-sound radio at the touch of a button and a charging station (for phones, iPads, etc). Linen is gleaming white. Bathrooms have rainfall showers and Etro toiletries.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Safe box
Breakfast is served either outside in the sunny, spacious courtyard garden, or in the interior atrium. The food is laid out on a central table so you can select, buffet-style. And what a spread. Most of the cakes are homemade by Marco, the owner, including Italian specialities such as crostata (jam tart), while croissants and the local favourite, pasticiotti (custard-filled pastries), are brought in freshly made from a local bakery. There are lots of nice touches: you can try the local friselle (dried bread rolls), which you dip in water to soften and then top with tomatoes, olive oil and a little salt - delicious.
If you’re staying in an apartment, you can choose to have breakfast (served on your private balcony or inside) or self-cater, and pay a different rate accordingly. There are shops nearby and you get a slick little set-up with an oven, hob, sink, fridge and all the usual ceramics and glassware.
Lecce has plenty of good options for dining out and staff will advise on local eateries. Don’t miss a visit to Café Alvino on Piazza di Sant’Oronzo to try the local rustici (cheese and tomato puffs) or orzo, the hot chicory drink that the Leccese like to take in the afternoon instead of coffee.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Explore Lecce, visiting this lovely golden-stone city’s main sights, which include the cathedral and its piazza, amazing Baroque churches such as the Basilica Santa Croce, and the Roman amphitheatre
- Explore the towns nearby in Puglia, particularly the hilltop towns of Alberobello (famed for its trulli), Cisternino, Ostuni, Martina Franca and Locorotondo in the Valle d’Itria
- Take a cookery course, explore local markets, visit a local olive-oil producer to taste the olive oil and head to a local wine producer to taste the wine, all with local cookery school Stile Mediterraneo
- Take a guided tour of the city, head off on an excursion along the coast, or unwind with a spa treatment - any of which can be organised by Mantatelurè
- Learn to dance the pizzica (traditional local dance). Lessons are regularly held at the guesthouse on Fridays (subject to demand)
- Relax on Mantatelurè’s roof terrace or in the courtyard, where you can have a glass of prosecco in the hot tub or lie back on the sunbeds
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Dance lessons
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting