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The Orangery Retreat

Via Luciano Manara 12, 75028 Tursi Italy
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nqchicky61 wrote a review Jun 2020
Moranbah, Australia18 contributions8 helpful votes
I am so grateful I stumbled across this amazing place on the internet! I was wanting something special as my birthday was on Mother’s Day this year. We met Martine at a lovely bar in Tursi and shared a drink then she showed us the way up the mountain to this ancient village. As we entered through the arched terrace I was so excited! But when Martine swung open the courtyard door It took my breath away - the styling and decorating is incredible. Entering the apartment I felt like I was in a fairytale - this lovely rustic place was more than I was expecting! Did I mention the views???
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
CorinnaBsWorld wrote a review Jun 2019
Phoenix, Arizona83 contributions61 helpful votes
I just had the most amazing vacation at the Orangerie Retreat in La Rabatana, Basilicata! This place is incredible. I stayed in the Mandarine, a 1000 year old building that is as beautiful as it is old. The thought and attention to detail in this apartment are just incredible. Make sure to have Martine show you the “before” photos when you stay here, you will be even more astounded at what she has created! The views from the apartment are spectacular - it is impossible not to fall in love with it. We packed so much into this vacation, from visiting abandoned churches and convents, to 6th century BC Greek ruins, to going to the abandoned town of Craco, to enjoying languid days at the exquisite local beaches. The local cuisine is fabulous, as is the local wine. Martine made sure the calendar was as full as we wanted it to be, with really cool things to see and do. Evenings were spent with glasses of wine enjoyed either in the candlelit Arab archway or taking in the nighttime view from the opposite balcony, which is also stunningly beautiful. I loved that Tursi and La Rabatana are very low tourist places. I didn’t see a single tour bus while there. Everything was so authentic, it was easy to feel a part of the local life and have a completely different travel experience. I am looking forward to a return trip, hopefully sooner rather than later. When you read the guest book you will see that everyone else is too! It’s hard to imagine not coming back here - Martine is just wonderful and this place is an absolute treasure. I feel so lucky to have found it ❤️
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nikki Taylor wrote a review Jun 2019
16 contributions1 helpful vote
I have stayed at The Orangery Retreat 3 times as I keep being drawn back to its rustic and classic beauty and also due to the host Martine. Each time I have stayed, Martine has thoroughly spoiled us with her outstanding cooking using all local produce. The way she has designed & restored these beautiful apartments creates the most cosy & romantic atmosphere, surrounded by rustic Italian architecture, you feel like you're in a time gone by. Highly recommend!!
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Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Janet Shreeve wrote a review Jun 2019
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Wonderful stay with Martine at The Mandarine. Beautiful location and totally relaxing. Fabulous host who was really helpful with ideas is places to visit. Views are beautiful from the Mandarine with Rabatana full of history and atmosphere.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
Candace96 wrote a review Nov 2017
Salt Spring Island, Canada20 contributions32 helpful votes
From the moment I received Martine's email, I knew this was going to be a spectacular experience, and it was ! The Bergamot Suite was luscious and practical. Goodies to eat in the fridge, wines to choose from, central heating (!) and a huge cast iron claw foot tub, surrounded by candles. A full kitchen and comfortable bed completes this lovely space. This is a place to sit and read, relax and count your lucky stars! The view from the patio and terrace is something out of this world. Tursi was so welcoming and very close to The Badlands, as well as the coast. If you're in this part of the world, do not miss this opportunity to stay at the Orangery! Thanks Martine for all the thoughtful touches and making my stay so memorable!
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Martine G, Owner at The Orangery Retreat
Responded 17 Nov 2017
Dearest Candace,it was simply a pleasure to meet you and to share my little paradise with you. Am so pleased you found every thing you needed and felt coddled and comfortable. My aim when creating The Orangery was a space to relax and reflect in, to read,to chill without outside influences. As you say the views are spectacular and timeless which helps put our frenetic lives into perspective. Looking forward to welcoming you here again for more exploring. Thank you
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Orangery Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to The Orangery Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Sanctuary of Our Lady Queen of Anglona (0.2 km), Rabatana (1.1 km), and Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore (0.3 km).
What are some restaurants close to The Orangery Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Palazzo dei Poeti, I Percorsi Sensoriali, and Pasticceria Eden.
Is The Orangery Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Tursi.
Are there any historical sites close to The Orangery Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Castello di Tursi (0.3 km).