Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Primaore is a small, friendly typical Italian village and is within walking distance to local shop and bar. The house is comfortable and spacious with four good sized bedrooms. It is an excellent base for those who enjoy the outdoor life ie. walking, hiking, climbing, cycling, golfing, horse riding and in winter skiing and snowboarding, or for those who just want to relax and enjoy the scenery with a glass or two of wine on the patio or in the private garden.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Spezia 85 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Parma 85 km, Nearest railway: Reggio Emilia 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house has a large living room with radiator and additional wood burner. There are two comfy settees, colour TV, DVD player and radio/cassette/cd player (DVDs and CDs provided). Cards and board games are also provided along with a selection of reading books and audio books. The kitchen has a 4 ring gas oven, double sink and fridge freezer. There is additional seating for four in the kitchen.
The light and airy dining room seats 6 but you can use the chairs from the kitchen to seat 10 (plus high chair). Again the room enjoys south facing views of the mountains . There is a fourth bedroom on the ground floor with double bed and wardrobe/drawer space.
On the first floor there are two spacious twin bedrooms with built in wardrobes and drawer space. There is a cot and double bed in the third bedroom with wardrobes and drawer space. The bathroom has overbath shower , bidet and toilet and also a washing machine. Additonal drawer space is available on the landing area.
There is a large laundry area next to the bathroom with clothes airer, iron and ironing board. The house has central heating with radiator in all rooms. The garage is accessed both internally and externally but unfortunately is not suitable for larger vehicles and people carriers due to a low roof and narrow road which leads to the house but there are places for parking in the village.
All bedding, towels and heating is included in the price.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside there is a patio area and an enclosed south facing garden. A barbecue is provided for those who enjoy eating al fresco. Enjoy the evening sun with a glass or two of chilled wine in quiet yet beautiful surroundings and if you're lucky you may even catch sight of the many Roe deer, wild boar , badgers, falcons and even Golden Eagles which can be found in the surrounding area.
Although the house has no swimming pool, there is an excellent open air pool in Villa Minozzo - 20 min drive - open June to September. Toano also has an open air pool open during the summer which is approx 35 min drive and there is onother in Castelnuovo ne Monte - 30min. La Spezia resort is approx 85km drive away. The Cinque Terre is also within driving distance and there is an Aquapark near Reggio and the A1 Autostrada.
The Emilia Romagna region
Emilia Romagna is like Pandora's box waiting to be opened and all it's contents discovered. Known as the 'Food Kitchen' of the North, taste the gastronomical delights of ham from Parma. Wine, cheese, olives and local grown fruits all to tempt the palate; balsamic vinegar from Modena and the famous Spaghetti bolognese from Bologna, Emilia's capital
The summers here are hot and sunny and in winter there is lots of snow making it the ideal location for both summer and winter holidays. For the adventurous, there are numerous ski resorts which cater for beginners and professionals alike.
The jagged Appenine peaks mark the border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna and in the centre of these peaks is the magnificent sandstone plateau of the Bismantova - a must for climbing enthusiasts.
The ancient town of Modena, home to Ferrara, Maserati and Lamborghini, is a must for all car enthusiasts. It is also famous for its Balsamic vinegar. Other places to visit are the Duomo of Modena – a world heritage site and outstanding example of European Romanesque style, the 87metre tall Gothic bell tower called La Ghirlandina and many other museums and galleries.
Golfers will delight in the Modena Golf and Country Club (75km approx) which is spread over 100 hectares and built following a design by the German Champion Bernhard Langar.
Why not take a drive down to La Spezia or Viareggio and soak up the summer sun lazing on the beach or stroll along the promenade with a gelati. Take advantage of the location and visit Parma, a medieval city surrounded by beautiful countryside with its stunning collection of great buildings and fine architecture.
Parma is best known for its Parma ham and cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano). Sights worth a visit in Parma are the Baptistery of Parma which houses some important sculptures, the famous opera theatre (Teatro Regio) or the museum dedicated to Arturo Toscanini, the famous orchestra conductor, in his former house.
Bologna, famous for Bolognese sauce and the capital city of Emilia Romagna, boasts Europe’s oldest existing university founded in 1088. Named as the European Cultural Capital in 2000 it has great shopping, fine architecture and museums, pretty gardens, churches and fabulous food. Although most of the attractions are near Piazza Maggiore, why not climb the Torre Degle Asinelli for superb views of the city or visit the Strada Maggiore in the medieval town centre, the seven churches of San Stefano, Neptune’s fountain or the university with it’s 16th century art museum.
Florence is the home of the Renaissance and filled with unrivalled art and architecture such as the famous Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and the Uffizi Gallery. Famous for the likes of Michelangelo, Donatello, Boticelli and Raphael, Florence is also the home to Michelangelo’s David. Stop off for a cappuccino at one of the many charming cafes or try one of the fine restaurants whilst admiring the architectural splendour.
Located over the Tuscan border, Pisa is renowned for its imposing Leaning Tower which was nearly lost forever until 2000 when its subsidence and ever-increasing tilt was halted. Although over 800 year old, the Leaning Tower still continues to draw the crowds along with the Duomo and Baptistry next door. For the art lovers it’s worth checking out the National Museum with its 12th to 17th century artwork, the Gothic Church of Santa Maria della Spina and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
Although Primaore is only a small hamlet located inside 'Il Parco del Gigante', there are lots of places of interest to visit locally. The medieval village of Sologno built along a ridge looks like a two horse town but hidden away are tiny cobble streets and squares leading to the top of the ridge with amazing views. Sologno holds a wine festival in early October. In fact, every year there are festivals held throughout the area for the new wines and for the chestnut and mushroom season. There's even a competition to see which couple have the biggest noses!
Castelnuovo nel Monte is the largest town with hospital, shops, supermarkets (Co-op/Sigma) and a theatre/cinema. Market day in Castelnuovo is Monday, ideal for the bargainhunters.
Market day in Villa Monozzo is every Thursday or, for something different, why not visit the cheese making factory in Minozzo - but get there early!
For lovers of markets there is a big Sunday market in Traversetolo on the way to Parma. Well worth the drive if you fancy spending your Sunday morning browsing through market stalls. There is one special stall where you can buy 5ltr bottles of wine - bianco or rosso, sweet or dry for 10 euro.
Take a walk alongside the River Secchia to Poiana and visit it's waterfall with healing qualities.
Nearby, (10 mins) Ligonchio has excellent restaurants and on the road to Ligonchio, stop off at the Fontana della Raggiola, on the left, for a rest and sample the cold but fresh spring water from the mountain. Local villagers are known to fill their bottles of water from here - and it's free!
Further on from Ligonchio is the pretty little village of Ospitaletto with its ski resort, a mixture of vibrant colours in summer adorn the gardens and window boxes.
As you drive on towards Tuscany stop off at the beautiful Oasi Naturali in Garfagnana. The lake is fed from an aquaduct which carries water from the mountain. With a bar and eating area, you can have a picnic or just stroll around the waters edge or through the woodlands.
Sillano is another pretty village in Garfagnana well worth a visit as you drive further down into Tuscany.
Nearer home, visit Bismantova, a magnificent sandstone plateau which is even mentioned in Dante's Inferno. Access is by paths leading from the hamlet of Pavoni di Castelnuovo ne Monte or a 20 minute walk up the stoney pathway from the Benedictine hermitage and you're on the top of the plateau, where the 360 degree views are brilliant so don't forget the camera or camcorder. Sensible footwear is a must (not like my toe post sandals!). Bismantova is also an excellent place for climbers with a flair for more daring challenges with roughly fifty routes and climbing variants.
You will find a horse riding stable in nearby Febbio. Treks into the surrounding woodlands can be booked or for beginners, you can ride around the arena for approx 5 euros with one of the helpers. Lagho Calamone at Monte Ventassa is another attraction with many walks and tracks and also boasts an excellent riding school.
For those who enjoy leisurely driving, why not head for Ligonchio, stop for a cappucino at Il Faro's then make your way out to Cinquecerre. Following a short stroll round the little town, make for Busana and Cerverezza then further out on the road to Castelnuovo, the bell factory to see the variety of bells on display - you'll be amazed at the size and designs of some of the bells. Continue on towards Castelnuovo and back home via Bismantova - a round trip of scenery and stop offs to discover some of the secrets of this area.
Walkers, bikers, cyclists will be able to take advantage of the spectacular mountain scenery and winding roads with many marked walking routes in the area. With its beautiful scenery the area is a painter's paradise.
Carpineti is a mere 30 minute drive to visit the Castello di Carpineti. The Castelli of Canossa, Bardi and Torrevecchia are all within easy driving distance and are wonderful reminders of Italy's immense history.
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