Italian Alps self catering accommodation

Live the Alpine dolce vita from a beautiful mountain farmhouse with views to die for. Sit back, switch off & soak in the breathtaking Engadine valley from your very own balcony.
Italian Alps Lake Como St. Moritz Medieval villages Wildlife Three of the largest National parks in the Alps within easy reach Optional: walking, skiing, canoeing, swimming, Crotti (cave) restaurants, ice climbing, sleigh rides (in winter)
£360To£850 per week (sleeps 6)
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Engadina Valley, Lombardy, Italian AlpsSee map here
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Accommodation sleeps 6 people.
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Description of Italian Alps self catering accommodation

Welcome to our lovely three bedroom self catering holiday home in the Italian Alps, on the Swiss-Italian border. We are about halfway between Lake Como and St. Moritz, at the end of Engadina, a beautiful valley that gets 320 days of sunshine a year.

The house is perched in a medieval village on a sunny hillside just above Chiavenna with a splendid view over the mountains. We’re surrounded by some of the largest national parks in the Italian Alps, many areas of which contain protected wildlife including: golden eagles, ibex, bearded vultures, capercaillie and fire salamanders.

The region also has some of the most dramatic granite mountains in the Alps. From nearby Soglio you can see the north face of Pizzo Cengalo (a sheer granite wall over a kilometre high), the famous Piz Badile (where mountaineering legend Cassin pioneered routes) and the spires of the Sciora peaks.

We’re also close to an abundance of fine restaurants, mountain refuges and ‘crotti’ (cave restaurants), the ideal accompaniment to walking holidays in the Alps.

Winter holidays and skiing accommodation:

For those who love the mountains but don’t like big ‘commercial’ ski resorts, our self catering accommodation is ideal for a winter holiday. You can ski from nearby St Moritz and from the Italian resort of Madesimo as well as enjoying the traditional laid back ambience of a mountain village. This is a beautiful area in the winter and we have lots of suggestions as to where to explore, where to eat as well as lots of other lovely things to do away from the slopes.

Walking holidays in the Alps:

We have been pounding the footpaths for you and written detailed descriptions of the best walks in the area. Our guide includes a range of walks from strolls to strenuous hikes, suitable for each and every season.

Suggestions for winter or springtime:

Ski at Madesimo or enjoy a day in St Moritz.
Explore in Pianazzola and Chiavenna before walking up to Crotto Belvedere for lunch in a 'cave restaurant' in front of their roaring fire.
Take a wintery walk past the ice falls of Val Febbraro.
Visit the wildlife observation centre in Orobie National Park.
Lunch in Soglio (CH) and walk to the granite peaks in Val Bondasca .
Enjoy a day on Lake Como where you can wander through the narrow streets of Varenna, before having a lakeside pizza.

Suggestions for summer or autumn:

Walk around Pianazzola and Chiavenna and walk up to Crotto Belvedere for lunch.
Lunch in Soglio (CH) and a wander up Val Bondasca to see the dizzy granite peaks.
Spend a day in the Swiss National Parks looking for golden eagles and ibex.
Sign up for a spectacular day canyoning in Val Bodengo.
Spend a day on Lake Como by way of the car ferry from Bellano to Menaggio, and then wander around the lovely gardens of Villa Carlotta.

Italian Alps self catering accommodation details:

Log fire, central heating, CD player, kettle, iron, cooker, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dish washer, balcony / terrace area, 3 bedrooms (1 double, 2 twins, sleeps maximum of 6). Linen provided and highchair available.

Family friendly: we have made the house safe for families by installing safety gates at the tops of the staircases. We have a cot and a high chair for babies and small children. There are children’s toys and wooden puzzles in the house for guests to use. There is a CD and cassette player. We can also recommend family activities in the area.

Dog friendly: We are happy for guests to bring pets provided this has been agreed beforehand.


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Holiday information

Our top tip:
If hiring a car, consider a smaller vehicle which is better suited to the narrow mountain roads.
Room description:
1 double, 2 twins (sleeps 6) set in a beautifully restored 300 year-old farmhouse.
Bathroom, sitting room, balcony, kitchen (& utensils), log fire, washing machine etc. Family-friendly.
Self catering but in-house cooking can be arranged at a fee. Hypermarket and local deli's are easily accessible as are some fantastic local restaurants!
No Snow?
Casa dell'Ava is in a mountain village of Pianazzola which has about 50 houses in it and you will find more goats and chickens living there than snow cannons! People who come to stay here are generally looking for a winter holiday rather than specifically a skiing holiday, they will go winter walking, snow shoeing, etc. Natural snow falls from the beginning of December through to the end of March.


3 Reviews of Italian Alps self catering accommodation

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2019 by

The views from the house were absolutely breathtaking. Sipping coffee on the balcony and soaking up the beauty of the mountains and the valley below was good for the soul. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2014 by

One of the best places I have been - hope to come again. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2014 by

Our holiday with our family was very enjoyable. The house was clean and well maintained with mostly good facilities. Read full review

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Planet and people

With the help of local craftsmen, we have restored a traditional mountain home on the Swiss-Italian border. The walls are several feet thick and we even have granite slabs on our roof instead of tiles, however we also have double glazed windows, electricity from hydroelectricity and one of the most modern stoves available that uses recycled paper pellets to heat the house. We are the only guest house in the village and as well as buying and restoring the house, we employ local people to clean and cook. Close to the house are some of the largest National Parks in the Alps for you to enjoy. We help to support them by paying 5% of our income to Orobie National Park. We also participate and help organise voluntary work in the park, which is less common in Italy than it is in the UK. We will give you information to help get to know the mountains and the National Parks better: on our website and in the house. You can also visit the visitor centres of the parks and get involved in activities such as guided walks. We will help you to reduce your impact on the local area. To conserve water, you’ll find a shower (a good one!) in the house rather than a bath and toilets with reduced water flush. Split waste disposal is available in bins at the entrance to the village (paper, plastic, cardboard, glass) and further split waste disposal (organic, metal) is available 6 days a week in the local town. Our accommodation provides self catering holiday home in the Alps that allows you to relax and enjoy a responsible approach to holidaying.

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