Primoula Country Hotel & Spa
The area of Zagori, with its stone-built houses, abundant nature and age-old traditions, is like no other place in Greece. In its midst lies the picturesque little village of Ano Pedina, home to the Primoula Country Hotel & Spa, a delightful boutique property that will enchant you in a myriad of ways.
To put it simply, this 4-star guesthouse – restored from an old mansion – is gorgeous. Outstanding stone and wood architecture, a richly impressive Greek breakfast, the feeling of being in a wealthy traditional mountain home, a green philosophy, an intimate spa (hydromassage, Jacuzzi and sauna) and the surrounding nature all conspire to ensure that you can't go wrong in staying here. Noteworthy too are the flower-filled courtyards and garden of the property itself, set in a paradise location that you're going to love exploring.
Your eco gateway to the rest of Zagori
Primoula lies in an idyllic village not far from gorgeous natural attractions such as the Voidomatis River, Arachthos River and the Voikos Gorge. Picturesque villages such as Konitsa, Papingo, Kipi and Monodendri are waiting to be discovered with their old stone bridges, historic houses and enchanting monasteries.
Ecotourism activities abound. The property offers hiking enthusiasts a hiking excursion that starts from the village of Vitsa to a stunning oak forest, over an old stone bridge and towards Dilofo overlooking the Vikos Gorge. There are many nature companies that offer activities such as rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, paragliding and canyoning that you can book through the hotel.
Mountain cuisine beyond compare
You're going to love starting your day with a rich certified 'Greek Breakfast' featuring local products such as free-range eggs, sublime local honey, true Greek yoghurt, homemade jams, aromatic mountain herbs, fresh butter and tasty regional cheeses. Mountainous bounty such as chestnuts, pecans and berries are also on offer, many of which end up in delicious preserves, cakes, pies and sweets. Moreover Primoula has an estate closer to the coast of Epirus where it gets its supplies of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables such as peaches, apples quince, oranges, tomatoes and olives. No wonder the region of Epirus is known for its savory pies and delicacies.
For lunch and dinner, your gracious hosts will be more than happy to point you to some of the local 'tavernas' in the area that serve truly authentic Epirus food. You'll undoubtedly find a variety of starters, savory pies and salads followed by stews or free-range meats cooked slowly to release their flavors. Pass by a bakery or sweet shop in the larger villages to take some delicious desserts.
Comforts, tradition and a green outlook
The refurbished stone building remains very traditional and historic, from the furniture to the architecture, yet hides all the modern comforts you need in its seven cozy rooms and four two-floor suites. Satellite TV, wifi internet, room service, DVD player, and hair dryers are in all the rooms, while some accommodation features premium ecological mattresses and fireplaces for those who want a real first-class country feel.
The green philosophy of Primoula is an admirable one, having adopted an energy saving system, the use of renewable energy sources, green detergents, energy-efficient lighting, recycling practices, composting, and a towel/linen reuse program. The property values using local products as much as possible and encouraging eco-friendly outdoor activities. In sum, this is one of the best places to stay in when you're in Zagori as it combines tradition, comfort, sustainable development and eco-friendliness. We highly recommend it for its beauty and warm hospitality, but also for the values it espouses.