Stay in a Puglian castle restored by two London creatives

Set in 85 acres of citrus and olive groves, Castle Elvira had been abandoned for a century when club owner Steve Riseley and creative director Harvey B-Brown discovered it in 2018. Over four years they transformed the rotting honey-colored ruins into a showpiece with vaulted ceilings and sweeping marble staircases.

Working with architects Filotico & Partners of nearby Lecce, Puglia, they meticulously adjusted chipped tile floors, repaired leaded windows, replaced crown molding and restored frescoed ceilings. New upholstered furniture and antiques complement the interior’s original muted jewel tones.

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Last summer, the couple opened Elvira as a luxury four-bedroom residence with bathrooms featuring standing Rubinetti faucets and carved marble tubs. Communal areas include two dining rooms, a bar, a cinema and a rooftop terrace overlooking St. Elijah Ridge, all decorated with artwork from B-Brown’s anthology Adored and Adorned and a carefully curated selection of contemporary paintings and photography. In the piano bar, guests can play a melody on the Beckstein grand piano from 1902.

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Ancillary rooms on the property — including an 18th-century cloister tower — provide en-suite rooms for additional guests. And the gardens feature a new 70 square meter pool surrounded by cypress and palm trees.

Prices start at €424 per night for a small suite in the main house.

Photography: Mark Cocksedge

Photography: Mark Cocksedge

Photography: Rei Moon

Photography: Mark Cocksedge

Photography: Rei Moon

Photography: Mark Cocksedge

Photography: Mark Cocksedge

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