I should have written this review a long time ago but we have had a very busy year!
I discoverd La Miniera when I was looking for a romantic break with my husband. We hadn't even planned on travelling to Italyand discovered this wonderful place by chance. Although La Miniera is located close to towns & cities such as Ivrea and Turin and hypermarkets such as Carrefour are a short drive away, you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere - WONDERFUL!
A steep and winding lane leads you to the properties (you have the main house and the romantic cottage to choose from) amidst unspoilt woodland. This property was once a working mine and has been lovingly renovated by the owners. The romantic cottage is just that - romantic. With a log burner to cosy up to and a king-size bed suspended in the rafters all you need add is love and a bottle of Chianti.
You can take some lovely walks through the woodland and explore the remains of the long-since-gone mining community or simply sit on your private terrace listing to the mountain stream running behind the cottage.
Out and about, visit Turin and the mountains to the north.
I have just booked a return visit for us at the end of the year and am certain this will not be our last visit.
Easy access to the alps for skiers or snow lovers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- EnglishLa Miniera lays on a terrace looking onto the Dora Baltea Valley, offering a different stay in an environment full of historic memories, in Piedmont’s Canavese, few kms from the Aosta Valley and TorinoOur 40 hectares farm embraces the land of a former ancient iron ore mine, now completely disused. Nineteenth century buildings, once bound with the minerary production are now surrounded by meadows, gardens, fruit and vegetable orchards. Behind the buildings are green and woody hills, rich in minerary ruins, which lead to the old village of Brosso and to the mountain through a napoleonic mule track. Guests can stay a while in the former director’s house: a lovely villa with three rooms, each with bathroom. A wide kitchen is available for longer stays too. There is also a small romantic cottage near to the red stream coming out from one of the mine’s mouths. All the rooms, light and airy, furnished with old fashioned “grandmother furniture”,vary in size and in bed’s number. All around the green of gardens and woods, with their paths and small white roads, allows a quiet and relaxing break, perfect for gardening lovers and woodland walkers, and for those interested in simple walks, trekking, mountain biking, paragliding or winter sports. Guests looking for more historical, archaeological and cultural attractions or gourmands researching good foods and wines may find never-ending surprises. La Miniera prepares on sundays and festivities a rich amount of recipes of the Jewish-Italian tradition and of the Piedmonts tradition, all of them cooked with its own fruits, fresh eggs, vegetables and aromatics and with locally produced meat and cheese. A kosher halavì or vegetarian meal can be served on request. Preserves and jams are made with blueberries, figs, quince, raspberries, rhubarb, redberries, kiwi fruit, elderberries, wild peaches and chestnuts… During autumn, the woods give many kinds of wild mushrooms. It is possible to prepare wedding banquets here and to host meetings and small congresses in two large halls, in which are the ancient mine's maps.La Miniera is at the end of Via delle Miniere, surrounded by woods, upon the village of Calea, group of houses belonging to Lessolo, 8 km from Ivrea, 50km from Turin, 130km from Milan, 70km from Aosta and from Monte Bianco Tunnel.HOW TO GET HERE BY CAR: From the north, at Aosta take the A5 highway, exit at Quincinetto, follow direction to Tavagnasco, Quassolo, and Baio Dora. Turn right into Calea-Lessolo and follow road signs to Agriturismo La MinieraFrom the south: take the A5 highway Torino-Aosta, exit at Ivrea, take right to Ivrea, but follow road signs to Lessolo onto the n.69 road. Take second left to Calea-Lessolo.From Milan, take the A6 highway to Turin, at Santhià take the connection to the highway A5 to Aosta, exit Ivrea.RAILWAY CONNECTIONS: with Turin, Aosta, Milan, railway station at Ivrea. ... more less