Tower Elvira, Castle Elvira’s Sister Residence, Opens in Puglia

Tower Elvira has opened in Puglia following a restoration project. Providing luxury hospitality and bespoke experiences across four suites within an 18th-century tower and ancient masseria. Set on St. Elia Ridge, the historic lookout tower offers views of citrus groves, private parkland, a 430-square-foot swimming pool with colonnaded sunloungers and sister residence, Castle Elvira.

Owner Steve Riseley employed a team of local architects and artisans to assist in the restoration of the two historic structures and surrounding gardens. Whilst the suites are equipped with the latest technology and contemporary design details, Riseley has ensured these details are hidden amongst a mix of antique furnishings and design elements. All rooms sport curated artworks, including a selection of new pieces by resident artist Harvey B-Brown.

Now home to two guest suites, the tower was originally built in the 18th century and is likely to have been created as the lookout tower for the Saint Elia Monastery. The suites has star-vaulted ceilings, and the en-suite bathrooms have rainfall showers and luxury fittings. The Park Suite offers a sunken bath and the Top Suite has a hand-carved sandstone bath on the private terrace.

The ancient masseria has two en-suite bedrooms that can accommodate up to five guests. Good to know: Each suite has a private garden with barbecues. Additionally, the suites have a two-person, hand-carved sandstone bathtubs within the private garden (Agave Suite) or extra-large en-suite (Pepper Suite). The split-level Agave Suite, with its own lounge area with open fireplace, can accommodate up to three guests.

Tower Elvira’s sister residence, Castle Elvira, accommodates 12 guests in six suites. Castle Elvira is located in the immediate vicinity of the Tower and offers the same luxury across its suites with private salons, living and dining rooms, a roof terrace, a heated 753-square-foot swimming pool and 37 acres of private parkland and gardens.

Riseley has invested in the preservation and potential cure of the estate’s 500 olive trees, suffering the ravages of formidable Xylella bacterial disease which has hit the entire region, destroying thousands of trees. This new scientific effort is showing great promise and could potentially save some of Puglia’s most ancient trees. Additionally, Riseley and his team have put huge efforts into the revival of the 50-tree citrus orchard, with its lemons, limes and mandarins.

The team at Tower Elvira will be at hand for all guests’ needs. They will assist guests in creating customized experiences such as culinary classes, portrait experiences and parties.

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