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19th century buildings of an ancient iron mine, among wooded hills - Romantic cottage

Bedrooms Studio
Space 409 sq. ft.
Property type chalet



Romantic cottage

Cute ground floor little chalet, once it was the house where miners went to have their meals and a short rest. Now it has been restored as a comfortable stay for a couple or a little family. Inside you can find a unique woody big room with a short stair taking to an interesting pensile large double bed like a nest. A single bed and a cot complete the night corner; a sofa is placed next to a cast iron wood heater to give more romantic atmosphere. There is also a cooking corner with all the stuff to cook your own meals and a round table. Bathroom completes the unit. Behind it, a little red stream runs down the mountain, taking exit from a mine’s mouth. In front of the cottage table and chairs allow to enjoy the sun, the gardens and a beautiful panorama on the valley.

About the property

La Miniera

The former headquarters of a completely derelict iron-ore mine, which dates from Roman times, with the 40 hectares woodland have been completely transformed in a garden of Eden during last 20 years. The 19th century buildings have been converted into a restaurant and guest rooms, while a smaller house in the garden is now a romantic cottage. In the wide, lush garden, which has been established with surprising success on top of the old mine debris, live now a large amount of plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables, while in the woods wild fungi and berries are picked to find their way into seasonal menus, based on interesting Jewish-Italian or Piedmont's cooking. There are shady terraces, ruins to explore in the old mine's enchanting world: forges, ancient mill's stone wheels, galleries, abandoned villages, Napoleonic mule tracks... Lovers of wildlife, geologists, archaeologists, mycologists, artists and sportsmen will find a new world for their interests and passions.

From La Miniera it is possible to start a very interesting tour to visit Jewish Piedmont and its 16 restored ancient synagogues and sites of jewish memory, beginning from Ivrea' Synagogue through Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Carmagnola, Casale Monferrato, Cherasco, Cuneo, Mondovì, Saluzzo, Torino and Vercelli.

There are many ancient castles in Aosta Valley and in Canavese. Many trails to do trekking are very easy to reach over the hills and the mountains all around.

Turin with its restored downtown, palaces, museums and shops is 50 km far from La Miniera.

More Details

Roberta Anau
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, Hebrew
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

Available Rentals


  • People can manage their own meals in the cottage or book breakfast at a rate of 6 Euros or more each ( it depends on which kind of breakfast). It is possible to book lunch or dinner, mainly on week ends or to have a good tray of foods It is possible to book lunch or dinner in advance. Meal 's prices vary from 24 to 32 Euros, drinks exclusive. The cottage costs 80,00 Euros for two people and 90,00 for three people. One week is 500,00 Euros for two people, 550,00 for three, but two weeks cost 900, three weeks 1200,00 and so on.


Lessolo Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 409 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Studio flat - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed
  • Perfect for two people, but suitable also for a small family looking for a quiet stay.
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We are pet's lovers. We have our own, for this reason we wish to know dog's sex and age, to manage with ours. The cottage is a ground floor house, without barriers, set aside from noise, in a quiet green part of the property, with many archaeological remains from mine's past.


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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Caselle (Torino)
Nearest Ferry
160 Kilometres
Savona or Genova
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
A5 Highway
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
On Sundays in the same compound or weekly in Ivrea
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Car: necessary

La Miniera is located 50 km north of Turin, near the community of Lessolo, in the hamlet of Calea. It lays on a wide terrace on the right hillside of the Dora Baltea river, near the town of Ivrea, in Canavese, few km from Aosta Valley and from Biella, well known town for its wool factories, with easy access by A5 motorway from Aosta or Turin or by A4 motorway from Milan. In the neighbourhood you can find many enchanting lakes, among them Lake Sirio and Lake of Viverone. Ivrea is famous for its Carnival and the battle with oranges. Turin with its palaces, castles, museums, old cake and chocolate shops and bars, its new buildings for 2006 Olympic Games is just round the corner. Skiing areas are very easy to reach. The main thing people can do is to live some days among nature sounds and colours, listening to the streams roar, jay's sneer, owl's night songs, watching fire-flies sparkling in the dark, finding out boar’s tracks or simply to walk among the woods.

Other Activities: Hiking, guided visits to the old mine's structures.

Ski: There are many ski places in Aosta Valley: Gressoney La Trinité or Saint Jean, Val d'Ayas with Champoluc and Antagnod and many others.


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