France: Corsica

Southern Corsica

Wine regions of Ajaccio, Sartène, Figari and Porto-Vecchio
By Tom Fiorina

This Guide was last updated on 18 July 2013
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Ferme-Auberge A Pignata

Address: Route du Pianu, 20170 Levie
Tel: 04 95 78 41 90  Fax: 04 95 78 46 03
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 41:42:44N (41.71234)    Longitude: 9:6:10E (9.10268) 

At 850m altitude and in the middle of the mountainous Alta Rocca region, A Pignata is a secluded and discrete hideaway. Favoured by famous French media personalities who arrive by helicopter (to avoid the riff-raff and the windy Corsican roads), this luxurious hotel-restaurant is the private domain of the Rocca-Serra family. The Rocca-Serras have been here perhaps as far back as Cucuruzzu, a nearby, fortified Bronze Age site (see ‘Other Attractions’). Built out of granite stone block, A Pignata is more a grand house than a farm. The rooms are located on terraces above a large restaurant where you can dine on authentic family fare, including charcuterie made from pigs that roam the 7ha property and cheese prepared from the milk of the Rocca-Serra’s sheep. There’s also a covered, heated pool, horseback riding, and breathtaking views of the nearby mountains.

Useful information: Rooms: €115-€225 including breakfast. Menu: €45. Half-board terms available, see website. Closed early November - mid March. English spoken.

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