It is a gem of a boutique hotel, this 19th century stone house high in the village of Ano Pedina, meticulously restored by architect-owner Christos, lovingly decorated by his wife Sophia and expertly run by their son Alexis. Everything from the architectural design of Primoula and the selection of furniture, to the smallest decorative touches, is done in a charming ‘country style’, with a lot of attention to detail. It all looks fresh, cosy and inviting. Romantic bedrooms and suites, some opening directly on to the lovely courtyard terrace, all have different colour schemes and furniture. You may sleep in a canopied, an old-style wooden or antique brass bed, or simply on a mattress on a wooden sleeping plateau. You can opt for a cosy double room (ask for one with a fireplace if you come in the winter) or book a fairy-tale cute cottage with a sitting room and kitchenette downstairs, a bedroom in an open loft, and a private terrace outside. All are exquisite, full of character and well maintained. In the main building, the sitting room is warm and inviting, and the dining room is charming and elegant. Outside, there are terraces, lots of potted flowers and (right in front of the sauna) a wooden hot tub with views!
I was amazed by the care that has gone into the comfort and styling of the bedrooms and cottages of Guesthouse Primoula. They are utterly cosy, elegant and romantic. Very, very inviting!
The parking has space for a maximum of four cars, so when the hotel is full you may have to walk the last bit. The use of the spa facilities is not included in the room rate.
5 double rooms
2 rooms for up to 3 persons
4 cottages for up to 5 or 6 persons
En-suite bathroom (shower)
Television with DVD player
Mini-bar, water boiler and coffee machine in the superior rooms and cottages
One room has wheelchair access
Sitting room with a fireplace
Small library (books & movies)
Small spa: sauna, hamam, Jacuzzi
Breakfast at Primoula is served from 8 am to midday. When the hotel is more or less full, you can help yourself from a buffet, otherwise a procession of bread, croissants, (village) eggs, fresh juice, pites, cake, homemade marmalade and spoon-sweets will be brought to your table. Primoula does not have a restaurant, but home-cooked meals are served for dinner on request.
Children are welcome at Primoula Country Hotel and Spa, and the cottages are very convenient for families with one or two children. You could also ask for adjacent rooms in the main building, but keep in mind that all rooms have double beds. Cots are available on request. The surroundings of Ano Pedina are wonderful for active family holidays. Older kids and teenagers will definitely enjoy walking through the gorge, swimming in the rock pools in the mountains, rafting in the Voidomatis River, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Walking and Hiking
Follow the trails and discover the local villages, rivers and old stone bridges, gorges, rock pools, mountains and lakes. The hotel organises half-day walks starting in the village of Vitsa, and a guide of Trekking Hellas can take you on a one-day trek through the Vikos Gorge.
Lots of scope for outdoor action. Sign up with Trekking Hellas for mountain biking and rafting on the Voidamatos River or ask Alexis about possibilities for horseback riding, paragliding, canyoning, archery and Jeep ‘safaris’.
Definitely spend a day exploring the northern Zagorohoria – Vikos, Aristi, Megalo Papigo, Mikro Papigo – and walk to the rock pools near Mikro Papigo (in the summer, great for a dip!). You would need more than a day to visit all villages in the central part of Zagori; definitely don’t miss Dilofo, Koukouli, Kapesovo and Kipi. Monodendri attracts a few too many visitors to my taste, but is worth seeing anyway.
Primoula Country Hotel and Spa is in Ano Pedina, a pretty mountain village, one of the Zagorohoria, situated on a plateau at an altitude of nearly 1000 m. It does not attract as many visitors as some of the better known villages in the area, and has a pleasantly laid-back, rural ambience. The guesthouse enjoys a prime location high up in the village – the views are fantastic.
From Ioannina, take the road in the direction of the airport and then Konitsa. Turn right about 13 km after the airport towards Tsepelovo (20 m after the iron footbridge). After 11 km, rather than turning right towards Tsepelovo, continue straight in the direction of Ano Pedina. Take the road into the village, and turn left up the hill into the narrow road across the church. Primoula Country Hotel and Spa is at the end on your right.