The Castle

The Elvira Estate

The Elvira estate covers a whopping 37 acres of exclusive private woodland, olive groves, citrus groves, and incredible Italian gardens.

The Castle and the Castle Cottage offer six individually styled and designed suites that can welcome a maximum of 13 guests. There are two stunning stone-clad pools and a large jacuzzi, all set in incredible Italian gardens that extend to a large, green, tranquil yoga and meditation area.

An on-site restaurant specialises in authentic home-cooked Pugliese cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The castle also has a private cinema, a private dining room for special occasions, and a superb roof terrace bar that opens every evening for you to witness the spectacular Salento sunsets.

Sleeping quarters

You will find elegant historical surroundings fused with discreet contemporary amenities in each of the six deluxe individually styled and designed guest suites. Each suite boasts super king-sized ‘Arketipo’ beds with aloe vera- infused pocket-sprung mattresses, hypo-allogenic pillows, pure linen bedding, plush oversized Egyptian cotton towels, and Sicilian organic bath and shower products by ‘Ortigia.’ The en-suite bathrooms have powerful rainfall showers, solid brass IB Rubinetti bathroom fittings, and oversized hand-carved Carrara marble bathtubs in the executive and superior executive suites. You will also find phone charging pads, Marshall Speakers with Bluetooth connectivity, and discrete mirror TVs with Apple TV connectivity and multi-app download capability.

Living quarters

The Castle’s large 100m2 salon is the perfect social meeting point, or a welcoming space to lounge on one of the cozy sofas, read a good book, play backgammon, or simply enjoy the incredible art works on the walls. Guests often give impromptu performances on the stunning Beckstein Grand piano, sometimes playing to an audience or just playing for their own enjoyment. The beautiful private dining room can be reserved for private dining experiences for up to 12 guests; it is a wonderful opportunity for guests who would like to celebrate a special occasion away from the main restaurant. Our super comfortable private cinema offers connectivity to your personal film media accounts and also has Computer Mirroring capability. The cinema is furnished with Timothy Oulton sofas, possibly the most comfortable sofas in the world. The Castle’s four floors are all accessed by a red glass- lined elevator, and it travels from the cozy private cinema up to the castle rooftop cocktail bar.

The Elvira Pools

Our 70m2 stone-clad infinity pool is nestled within the exquisite Italian gardens just a few steps down from the Castle. The pools terraces and gardens have numerous comfy oversized sun beds, each sitting under stunning antique shaded gazebos, swinging Globo chairs, and hammocks are set up in many of the other different shady areas. You can listen to your own personal playlists by connecting to the Wi-Fi-enabled Sonance external sound system. There is a second flooded solarium pool which is the perfect spot to cool your feet in the shallow, tranquil waters, sit in one of the immersed Neptune chairs and enjoy a crisp glass of vino bianco. The shallow pool also houses our large jacuzzi with sunken stone seating, you will probably never want to leave.

The Location

Castle Elvira sits on top of the St. Elia Ridge (named after the historically significant St Elia convent), on Via Andrano, also named by the locals “the Vale of Health”, due to the belief that the air in St Elia is the freshest air in Salento and that it has health-giving properties. Lecce (The Florence of the South) is only 15 minutes from the castle, and there is easy access to both coastlines, the Ionian Sea (20 minutes) and the Adriatic sea (10 Minutes). In fact, in this very central Pugliese location, you will have access to Ostuni and its surrounding villages, Otranto, Gallipoli, Nardo, Manduria, and many other beautiful, famous cities and towns. Brindisi airport is just 30 minutes away, and Bari airport is one hour and 45 minutes away.

Tower Elvira

Should you require extra accommodation, our sister residence at Tower Elvira will allow you to increase occupancy to up to 20 guests. Tower Elvira offers the same castle luxury in its four stunning suites, with private gardens or rooftop and a 40m2 heated pool, set amongst olive and citrus groves. Please ask us for more details, or visit the Tower Elvira website via the link below.

The service

Within the 65m2 enfilade ground floor salons guests will find both sociable seating areas and quiet reading nooks, a beautifully designed 1902 Beckstein grand piano for musical events and expansive views of the gardens. The dining room presents a more formal setting for meals, while guests are welcome to partake in a more family-style experience in the informal dining area or choose from one of terraces on which to enjoy al fresco dining. The castle’s four floors can be accessed by a red glass lined elevator, travelling from the cosy private cinema on the lower ground level up to the rooftop terrace for Aperitif and panoramic views of the open countryside.

Tower Elvira-our Sister

Tower Elvira is the castle’s sister residence in the immediate vicinity of the castle. The tower offers the same super luxury and quality as the castle in four other incredibly unique suites. The tower has a stunning heated pool and a beautiful landscape full of cacti and olive, lemon, and orange trees. You could easily consider the tower as a way to increase your accommodation options at the castle, increasing the total occupancy to 23 guests. Please follow the link to discover more.