This country inn is renowned for it’s 7 course dinners of local specialties. It’s a charming place with a wonderful view of distant mountains and we were in a stone annex off the reception with a little terrace and two chairs. However, despite it’s expense, there were a number of omissions or inconveniences that you don’t expect in a luxury inn, however rustic. There was a nice bathroom with tiled shower and vessel sink, but no where to hang a towel, no door on the shower, no shampoo or lotion, just liquid soap, no a/c, no minibar refrigerator, no hair dryer (unless you ask for one, and they charge 5E to use a beach towel for their indoor pool. There was a lovely terracotta tile floor and an antique daybed, besides the king bed. Our door lock didn't work on sliding glass door but a handyman was called to fix it.
We were in the mood for a walk, so drove about 5-10 minutes to an archeological site,Cucuruzzu and Capula, to see stone ruins from the Bronze Age. The best part was walking through a “Tolkienesque” shady forest of ancient gnarly Oak strewn with huge mossy boulders to get to the Cucuruzzu fortress, a round stone chambered tower, with it’s commanding views. Luckily, while we were exploring the one covered chamber, it started to rain. So, of all the places we could’ve been in this open air museum, we stayed dry during the brief shower. I should’ve brought my hiking stick because it was a lot of climbing up and down over rocks and uneven surfaces. Capula was a medieval ruin. We spent two hours there and rushed back to clean up for our gourmet feast.
The set menu dinner was served in a charming, rustic dining room. It began with a delicious pumpkin soup with chestnuts, then canneloni with broochiu...excellent! Then a very tender and flavorful roasted lamb, (accompanied by a great Clos Colombo Red), then a green salad and a dry ewe cheese with homemade fig jam, a bowl with oranges and apples, and finally, a white creamy pudding with carmelized sugar (similar to creme brulee)....way too much to eat! Luckily, we didn’t have to drive anywhere and could waddle back to our room.
The stone restaurant building is lovely set off with lots of flowers.
An extended continental breakfast included chocolate cake (yum) and was served in an open-sided building overlooking the Alta Rocca.
- Also Known As:
- A Pignata Levie, Corsica