Masseria Alchimia: the perfect union between past and present

Simplicity and magic in Caroline Groszer's small Apulian refuge

by Malcolm Clark
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A manor farm transformed by Caroline Groszer into a guest house. Masseria Alchimia is a small refuge on the Apulian Adriatic coast which blends the charm of a 17th century hermitage with a contemporary style. It is here, where the centuries-old olive trees and the Mediterranean shrub provide the backdrop, that the force and the energy of nature are almost palpable.

The manor is made up of 10 studio apartments, all different in terms of their size, shape and layout with independent entrances, a private terrace or directly overlooking the garden, furnished with a selection of cult design pieces.

"The main theme of this recovery is the perfect union between past and present, a desire for simplicity and magic which is created with a series of inspirations: cult design furnishings, poetic lights in the garden, creative wall-lights of an Apulian designer, designer bathrooms, natural thread textiles with a mixture of warm colours...all according to ecological principles, preserving the existing trees and employing the solar energy".

Immersed in an enchanting landscape, Masseria Alchimia tells of the harmonious dialogue between nature and architecture, a unique and genuine place where you can spend time.

The manor farm is in continual conversation between art and design and also becomes an unconventional cultural space where almost chance meetings are created between a work of art and a travel enthusiast who can stay in various kinds of rooms, in continual movement, led by curiosity and by emotion. The manor farm provides Italian and international artists (photographers, painters, designers, sculptors, landscapers) with their own internal and external spaces rented on a time basis where they can exhibit a work of art, a photograph, an installation or a sculpture...

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    Masseria Alchimia

    Fasano / Italy / 2008