We stayed in the Bella Baita, having found it through Tripadvisors. It is situated in the Italian Alps. You follow a serpentine road and then arrive at the Baita (country house, cabin). The view from the terrace and the rooms is absolutly stunning - you see alps, the valley, snow covered mountain tops and green trees. We were there in spring, a lovely time to visit - still a bit chilly in the mornings, but we were lucky with sun.
We did excursions to the small villages nearby, scattered around the valley and up the mountainsides.
One benefit with staying at b&b:s is that you can take advantage of the locals knowledge of good restaurants, things to see and do. We had some great sightseeing and ate scrumptiously.
The breakfast at the Baita was great! Homemade bread, different locally produced juices - like apple juice by regional producers - and to finish off we got pastry. I actually believe we all gained weight in Italy.
We also took a cooking course with the two chefs that own the b&b. It was a great experience that the whole family enjoyed - two teenagers rolled away at the pasta dough, filled with nettles! and ricotta, and served with a sause of artichoks. The only problem was that we really couldn't do justice to all the good food we cooked - since there was simply too much! We normally just have one "piatti" and here there were two as well as cotornis and desert. It's a pity we couldn't finish of the pie we baked with pasta frollo, pears and ricotta...
The cooking class started at the local market, were we where introduced to different regional specialities.
I recomend this place for those wanting a relaxing holiday, perhaps taking walks or visiting local villages - and especially those interested in cooking.
There is no restaurant at the Baita - but you can order dinner in advance and then get great Italian food, eating with the owners of the b&b.
There is a kitchen for the use of guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small inn, 57km (30 miles) SW of Turin in the mountains. We offer a balance of mountain activities and day excursions whilst enjoying the culinary delights of this region. All levels of walking, climbing, and cycling are just outside your door. We offer small custom "Cooking Together" sessions as well. Whether you are looking for relaxation or activities of Val Chisone, our peaceful alpine surroundings make Bella Baita the perfect choice. ... more less