While approaching Santa Lorica Farmhouse a Sassetta (LI) your breath has already changed its rhythm: thanks to the green areas you have crossed while you were getting near here, thanks to the fresh air that has been caressing your face, all the muscular tensions have disappeared and you’re already looking forward to visiting this place that, for many reasons, we would describe as enchanted.
Santa Lorica Farmhouse, Sassetta (LI)
Santa Lorica Farmhouse, Sassetta (LI)
Here they are, Elena and Leonardo, the agritourism managers: they appear from under the porch of the main building, welcoming us. They have been together since 2004, have three children and love countryside life and natural food.
Your passion became your job: how did you leap?
“We have always been attracted to the genuine tastes and ingredients that form the foundation of our cooking tradition. However, as Elena tells us, while this was a good starting point, it was not enough on its own.
For 13 years, we managed a private facility for a group of Canadian investors The experience we gained during that time gave us the push we needed to open our place. However, since arriving here in 2019, we have been learning new things day after day, and it has been a beautiful experience.”
Let’s focus on learning, Leonardo: here, while enjoying a holiday and doing sport, your guests can do many activities, can’t they?
“Yes, of course: the educational garden is always much loved and in some periods of the year we organise courses and workshops on various topics connected to land and food, for example, olive growing and grafting (March), agroforestry (from April to September), sourdough and natural leavening. For many of our guests, it’s a special way to have some days off without lazing around.”
As well as relaxing and regenerating, which are the main sport activities one can do during a holiday here at Santa Lorica?
“All our guests can enjoy our swimming pool, in the middle of our beautiful park and with a unique view of the countryside and on Sassetta, the nearest village. Moreover, you can take part in a yoga or fitness lessons (upon request) or rent an e-bike to visit the hillyareas around here.
Our position is also convenient for wonderful trekking tours, suitable for any level of preparation. We’re in touch with an experienced guide who can take you around if you wish to organise a full-day walk.”
What is the best season to visit you?
“June and September are the best months, both for the weather and for the lower turnout, which makes it possible to enjoy greater peace and tranquillity. Of course, you don’t risk crowds in high season, either: this is a genuine, rural farmhouse, even spartan somehow, but always authentic, and our beloved guests know it. We’re much loved by families with children and we’re often welcoming group holidays because we allow spending quality time with those you love.”
And what do we eat after a long day of sports and outdoor activities?
“The best you could have is what we’ll cook for you: local, traditional recipes we prepare with the products we grow on our farm. A true zero miles experience!”
Do your guests like the kind of holiday they can have here?
Yes, we really feel that people need places like this: they crave the taste of the genuine ingredients we use in our kitchen, without chemicals or artificial flavourings or enhancers.
There’s a growing interest in seeing with your own eyes how our favourite foods arrive on the table. The surprise of many and the satisfaction of everyone make it clear for us, day by day, that we’re doing the right thing.”
We could easily stay here for much longer, but it’s time to bid farewell to Elena and Leonardo. We want to thank them for welcoming us into their project and world. Before we leave, there is one final delightful surprise to discover: a small shop stocked with all the farm’s products. Guests can purchase these items after their stay, which is a wonderful way to celebrate their connection with the land and extend the enjoyment of their holiday
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Brief Description of the property: 1 bedrooms with private bathroom, sleeping about 25
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Santa Lorica Farmhouse
Via Pian delle Vigne