Prov.le Veglie-Monteruga Km 7,5, Veglie 73010 Veglie (Lecce)
Just 8 km (5 miles) from the Ionian coast-line in Salento, where the blue sea acts as background to age-old olive trees and luxuriant vineyards, Casa Porcara is surrounded by an organically cultivated fertile land. It consists of 15 Bed-rooms, welcoming catering halls and a very spacious structure conducive to educational activities and in particular the study of the surrounding architecture and rural landscape.
This is a typical farm-house in Southern Italy. It was built around the XV century on the remains of a medieval hamlet within a holm-oak expanse, where pigs (hence the name Casa Porcara) lived in a wild state.
It has kept its original look thanks to restoration works, converting stables and haylofts in lovely restaurant halls and the former living quarters of the farmer in comfortable lodgings. Two apartments, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor, each have a " cooking corner" and two bed-rooms with bath & shower "en suite". Two other apartments, both consisting of two bed-rooms with bath-room for the disabled, overlook a vast courtyard covered by a pergola. A TV Lounge complete with a large fire-place is there for the perfect ending to a relaxing day.
In the welcoming Restaurant halls you can sample typical local cuisine, consisting mainly of fresh, organically grown produce of the establishment, which covers an area of 60 hectares (150 acres), with products ranging from an olive grove to fruit orchards, various vegetables and sowable land.
An educational Farm-house, promoting agricultural and environmental resources, it houses a Centre for the Study of Architecture and Rural Landscape, with a Meeting Room, an Exhibition Room and Tuition Courses on "Flora" typical to the Mediterranean countryside.
North-West of Lecce, in the part of the "Salento Peninsula" where the 3 provinces that once formed the Terra d'Otranto meet. Here once stretched the "Great Forest of Oria", through which an ancient road-axis connected Taranto with Nardò and Gallipoli leading to the Cape of Leuca and touching important Messapic towns on the way.
Numerous works of reclamation through the centuries have transformed the land into a fertile spread of allotments where vine-growing and olive-growing are a flourishing industry. Indeed, olive-oil and wine are typical local produce.
There are also stretches of bush where one can still detect the natural strong scent of wild plants like thyme, mastic tree, myrtle and rosemary.
The "Marsh of the Count" and the "Marsh of the Captain", next to the coastal dunes between Taranto and Porto Cesareo, create a remarkably interesting natural environment. A rural landscape clustered with fortified farm-houses and coast-line turrets. This is the "Land of Arneo", once the stage of many battles over a piece of land, but also a point where civilizations met. The Messapi (ancient people inhabiting Apulia), the Romans and the Byzantines all left their mark here. Remains of the Messapic civilization are to be found in Manduria, a town 20 km (12 miles) from Casa Porcara. Crypts with fresco paintings dating back to the Byzantine epoch can be viewed in nearby Veglie (Crypt of the Madonna della Favana) and around Nardò (Crypt of S. Anthony Abbot).
Inform the agriturismo of any animals at the time of booking.
Owners will be held responsible for damage to property and persons.
Up to 80
Set menu + └ la carte
We are staying in this property for 10 days ... typical farm Salento 20 minutes from the sea, easily accessible.
Cosy quadruple room, with large spaces and outdoor courtyard. Excellent breakfast with the addition of homemade cakes, various biscuits and frise with cherry tomatoes from the garden. We dined for more nights in the courtyard outside the restaurant, with adjacent lounge / relax area where you can enjoy a typical dessert or a liqueur made by them ... also present a small playground for children.
Excellent cuisine with the possibility to dine a la carte or to choose the menu for only 20 euros provides three tastes of vegetables cooked divinamemte, a first (different day), a second with side dish, fruit, water and wine (I recommend the rosé) ... what about ... excellent value for money.
Our compliments to all the staff ... starting with the owner / chef, her husband always very professional, Valentina who is present every morning at breakfast with useful tips on events and places, the staff of the restaurant and especially Dante who served us with professionalism, attention but especially in an original way.
We recommend it.
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At the friendly couple Diego and Lucia we had a great time.
Diego is hospitable and helpful and can tell you where the beautiful places, villages and beaches are.
We stayed in the large and clean apartment in the former tobacco house.
This is equipped with a complete kitchen (we wanted to cook).
But... After having eaten once in the restaurant and enjoying Lucia's cooking, we were so excited that we did this every night.
Thus we have been able to enjoy the authentic Italian cuisine with fresh ingredients from their own soil.
We warmly recommend this address.
We'd love to come back here again.
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It was our first time at Casa Porcara; my wife, me and my dog. A week of this end of May. The weather, unfortunately, was not very good. Lucia and Diego, with their courtesy and kindness, were able to cheer us up.
And that welcome that makes you feel at home when you get there. A real farm immersed in a large area of cultivated land. With a "story" behind it and an extremely vital present. This is thanks to the environment and the wonderful people who run the farm. The Salento is magical. The two moments, breakfast and dinner, opened and closed the day beyond all expectations. Local cuisine, local products, expertly offered. Quality, variety, typical flavours of a great "cuisine".
A further thank you to Diego, for how he manages to immediately create the right family atmosphere. I've been back home for a few days, but I already miss the nice conversations with him. To complete the picture, their magnificent children, Anna and Daniele. Nice, nice, smart.
Casa Porcara, goodbye!
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Please to meet you, my name is Diego and I am 45 years old.
In this photo I am with my wife, Lucia
I have been doing this job for 10 years along with my wife.
We take care of: we cook for the guests, we welcome the guests, we take care of the crops.
I decided to manage an agriturismo because to keep the family business alive
According to the guests, the best thing about our agriturismo is the warm family welcome.