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A traditional Alpine farmhouse originally built in 1697, reconstructed in the 1840s and fully renovated in 2010, retaining many of the attractive features of the original building, while providing a modern and luxurious standard of living.  Located in the heart of a hamlet, offering stunning views of the mountains of Val Troncea.  Enjoy downhill skiing, as well as world-class cross-country skiing and other winter pursuits, all within 200 yards of the house.

 

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A traditional Alpine farmhouse which was originally built in 1697, and reconstructed in the 1840s, Baita 1697 (baita is the Italian word for a mountain dwelling) was fully renovated and modernised in 2010, retaining many of the attractive features of the original building, including the stunning stone vaulted ceiling in the sitting room, while providing a modern and luxurious standard of living.  Located in the heart of a hamlet, the terrace and roof terrace offer stunning views of the mountains lining the Val Troncea.  A choice of downhill skiing, as well as world-class cross-country skiing and other winter pursuits, are within 200 yards of the house.

Inside

Set over 3 floors, enjoying a  open-plan living and dining room under a stone vaulted ceiling. The glass table mounted on the roots of a tree from the nearby valley seats 8 comfortably, while the dining room table is a wonderfully ingenious design, expanding or contracting to seat 8 or 12 in a congenial square configuration.

The top floor is built around an open seating area with floor-to-ceiling windows, which opens out onto the roof terrace complete with hot tub, and the beautiful views up the valley. The sitting room and games room have open log fires, while the open area at the top of the house has a glass-fronted wooden stove.

A warm and cosy ski room with separate external access provides a comfortable start to the day, and a welcome place to shed wet clothes and boots upon return. All rooms have access to an extensive music database, while the sitting room and games room have TVs and surround sound, with access to a centralised library of hundreds of films and TV series, as well as satellite TV.

The decor is a very elegant take on rustic. With items such as a leather stitched felt patchwork carpet. The owner and interior designer has strived to keep elegance and warmth throughout, whilst maintaining the use of natural products indigenous to mountain climates.

Bedrooms

5 en suite double bedrooms spread over the upper two floors. Two of the large bedrooms have glass-fronted gas fires. The games room can serve as a 6th double bedroom and a delightful dorm for kids under the eaves, which sleeps a further six.  Each of the bedrooms has a TV with access to both the music and film database and in addition an ipod docking station.

Entertainment

The TV and music system available throughout the house has a tendency to make people anti-social, but it is amazing how conducive to good conversation a glass of bubbles in the hot tub perched on the roof terrace can be.  There is a selection of board games, and any number of places to retire to for a quiet game of backgammon or a more raucous game of Jenga.

Outside

There is a fireplace on the roof terrace, and a brazier on the garden terrace.

Location

The property is located 90 mins from Turin, on the SS23.

Train

The nearest station is Oulx, approx. 30 minutes away by car

Air

The nearest airport is Turins Caselle airport, approx. 90 minutes away; Milan Malpensa is approx. 2.5 hours away, while Milan Linate airport is approx. 3 hours away.  Airport transfers can be arranged on request.

Staff & Dining

The kitchen is adjacent and open to, but nicely separating the main living space. The kitchen is fully equipped with multiple ovens, a microwave oven and a steaming oven, along with gas hob.  Two fridge-freezers offer ample storage space, and the full range of pots and pans caters to all cooking needs.  Catering is flexible, from as simple as providing fresh bread and pastries in the morning to full half-board, with breakfast and dinner provided every day.

Wine can be provided from a list with a wide range of white wine, red wine and champagne, and access to the owners private cellar of quality Italian wines can be arranged for a more special occasion.  The owner has his wine spirits education trust certificate so the wines are meticulously chosen for quality price ratio.

The house is ideally situated within easy walking distance of five restaurants, which range from the local pizzeria voted best pizza in Italy to the traditional fondue experience, to finer dining under the vaults of a typical Piedmontese farm house which invariably ends up turning into a party with great music on offer. Not to mention the extensive wine lists on offer, which are dominated by wines from Piedmont, including the finest Barolos and Barbarescos.  The digestivi range from fiery grappa to the more traditional amaro to some of the local herbal mountain brews.

Daily cleaning.  Chefs and extra staff can also be arranged upon request. Additional flat available included in price,  within walking distance for nanny/helper/butler/chef

Please remember to ask about our concierge service which will take care of your every need…

Things to Do

A cable car into the heart of the Milky Way, 400km of diverse and high-quality skiing, is within 200 metres walk of the front door; equi-distant is a chair-lift to the smaller, but beautiful and un-cluttered, local ski area.

This also offers some of the best off-piste skiing in the area, taking in both open slopes and wooded tracks downhill.

The 2006 Winter Olympics cross-country skiing course is also within 200 metres, and the village where the house is situated is at the entrance to the Val Troncea National Park, which offers snow-shoeing trails that wind through beautiful scenery.

Other typical winter activities  skidoo-ing, heli-skiing etc  can be arranged easily, as can ski instructors who offer a door-to-door service. We have a superb instructor for young kids too.