Stunning period villa for sale near Lecce, Puglia. Situated in the Valle della Cuppa, the location of Lecce's most prestigious rural real estate, the property consists of a 15th century Masseria which was converted into a Georgian style villa at the end of the 18th century. As such, the property features two distinct and complementing personalities; a journey from pre-renaissance rustic charm to belle époque elegance set in the heart of Apulia. Surrounded by 15 hectares of agricultural land that includes an extensive historic olive grove and a 300m long antique pine tree-lined drive. T he villa has been restored and re - imagined by the acclaimed international architecture practice, Puglia Estates and has featured in several interior design and architecture publications, as well as being the topic of two documentaries. The main body of the Villa spreads across 607 sqm to the ground floor, whilst the first floor is 365sqm surrounded by 261 sqm of terraces with uninterrupted breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The ground floor consists of a recently restored entertaining space encased in spectacular vaulted ceilings and a crushed marble floor. Three fully restored bedrooms including a converted 15th century chapel and three bathrooms are ready to welcome guests, while three other bedrooms and bathrooms are ready for restoration. The completely restored first floor is made up of another three bedrooms, three bathrooms, three lounges, a formal dining room and a large eat - in kitchen. All the rooms have been immaculately restored, maintaining their original 19th century crushed marble mosaic flooring and triple height vaulted ceilings. Outside of the house there are two independent buildings that could be restored to provide a minimum of four other bedrooms and living space and permissions have been submitted for a 16m by 8m swimming pool. The property is double glazed throughout, has completely new electric and plumbing systems and all the property's energy is provided by photovoltaic panels which are completely hidden from view on the roof of the main building. Viewing is essential to grasp the beauty and scope of this truly unique historic estate.