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Baita 1697Italy and Islands

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Baita 1697 is a luxury 17th century Piedmontese farmhouse lovingly restored by the owner and acclaimed interior designer. Baita 1697 has even been featured in Architectural Digest (AD) - the crème de la crème of international interior magazines. The lodge is situated in the heart of an old hamlet, convenient to all the facilities of Sestriere. The 2006 Winter Olympics were held in the area, which led to substantial investment in the infrastructure for winter sports.


For Kids

  • Cots, highchairs and a baby bouncer are already in the chalet for your use.
  • There is also two all-terrain buggies for walking around the hamlet with the little ones.
  • The local ski instructor will come up to the chalet and collect the kids for ski school.
  • Kids will love the kids bunk room - a sleepover every night!
  • If you ask for a transfer from the airport through us we will ensure that there are car seats in the car for the children.
  • There is an international film library for popcorn and a movie after a long day of skiing.
  • The local restaurant just a few minutes’ walk away often has a bouncy castle or kids entertainment out in front during the winter season.
  • There are sledges in the chalet to use if the kids don’t fancy skiing for a day or you as another form of transport around the village!
  • In the summer “Villaggio kinka –pragelato” offers a combination of adventure and sporting activities for teenagers down to the very young. Swimming, go karting, tennis, trampolining, mini golf, horse riding, rock climbing, football, volleyball and archery and including an extensive play facility and a chalet restaurant/bar. (5 minute drive or a delightful 30 min walk along the river from the lodge).

For Adults

  • The lodge is within a 3 minutes stroll of the cable car to 400km of downhill Olympic piste, known as 'The Milky Way’ (with a downhill return to the lodge door).
  • Again only a few minutes away is the heli-ski launch pad – Italy is one of the few places where you can still partake in this sport in Europe.
  • A three minute walk away is the chair lift to a local best-kept secret: 50km of pristine downhill skiing and the Olympic cross-country piste in renowned Val Troncea National park.
  • The Olympic cross-country skiing course is two minutes’ walk from the house, and there is also a cross-country track that goes all the way through the beautiful Val Troncea National Park, the entrance to which is 200m from the house.
  • For more varied skiing take the cable car (100m from the lodge) to the heart of the 400km of piste slopes that cover Cesana, Claviere, Sansicario, Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere (plus Montgenevre on the French side of the border); collectively known as The Milky Way, or the Via Lattea. You can ski for days and never do the same run twice!
  • There is ski rental & an English-speaking ski instructor (offering kids pick-up service) 2 minutes’ walk away. The ski instructor is available from hourly up to week long private hire with children pick up service. There are also various ski schools in neighbouring Sestriere.
  • Babysitting can be arranged prior to your holiday – again please just ask.
  • As this is self-catering if you would like a Private Chef for the duration of your stay then a selection of chefs trained by Jamie Oliver and other renowned chefs are available with prior notice.
  • A local car hire company can organise airport transfers in 9 seater minivans and deliver rental cars to the house (inclusive of snow tyres, which can be difficult to get at Milan airport and not available at Turin airport).
  • The fridge can be stocked with a range of local delicacies and also the usual staples. Sommelier selected wine and Champagne can also be preordered and replenished during your stay.
  • For warm snug feet in the morning the drying room has underfloor heating for storage of all ski gear and an adjacent laundry room.
  • There is an international film and music library, and WiFi & iPod docking stations throughout.
  • Chill out all together in the extremely spacious communal living space with wood-burning open fire.
  • Indulge after a say on the slopes and go up to the mountain-view roof terrace where you can soak in the 8-person wooden hot tub.
  • For non-skiers, there is a lovely piste-side chalet close to the cable car’s upper station which serves coffee, food, wine etc….and has a terrace which is a real sun trap. It is great for meeting up with the skiers for lunch.
  • In summer, the valley in which the lodge is situated is a haven for outdoor activities: hiking and mountain biking in the National Park (including extreme uphill/downhill), horse riding, tennis and golf at a challenging course (first tee 2 minutes away from the lodge), angling in the rivers and lakes nearby and the opportunity to enjoy the area's excellent food and wine.


Baita 1697 sleeps 12 adults and 6 kids in 5 master en-suites, a media room with a double bed and a kids’ dorm which sleeps 6. The whole of the converted farmhouse has been fully furnished to a truly luxurious standard. Bedrooms have custom made Egyptian cotton bed sheets and bathrooms have underfloor heating, top of the range fittings and salon standard hair dryers.

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This is a self-catering or catered chalet. Please let us know on enquiry which you would prefer.

if you choose the self-catering option you will find on arrival at the chalet a lasagne or something similar to feed the whole party so you don’t have to worry about cooking when you first get there along with a selection of top class wines. This is included in the price. There is also a daily cleaning service. 

You can also just ask us if there is something you want to be brought in for you beforehand and this can be arranged. If you would like the wine replenishing just leave the bottles out in the morning with a note – wine delivery instead of milk!

If you choose self-catering you will not be lost for somewhere to eat after a days’ skiing. There are some excellent restaurants in the village, within walking distance, featuring Italian-French fusion, Fondue/Raclette, Cafe, and “Italy’s best pizza restaurant" - winner 2008. 
If you would like to opt for the catered option the fully catered includes a continental breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4 course dinner. It includes house wines (the house wines are the Soritec and Bricco campi for reds and the Arneis and the Langhe Chardonnay for the whites) , a local beer which has won multiple awards (Menebrea), local digestives, spirits and mixers. There is a kids’ menu too. There are others on the wine list that guests can request and pay for as an additional extra. 

The chalet can also on request offer a second option which would include breakfast, afternoon tea and a more casual buffet dinner and this package would exclude alcohol. 




Sestriere and the surrounding ski area that makes up the Milky Way need no introduction as they are already famous as having been the site of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Skiing here is suitable for all levels of skiers.

The Pure Ski company operate a heli skiing service from the village only a few minutes walk from the ski lodge. From here they take you to the high remote and wild parts of the Italian Alps.

The 2006 winter olympic cross country event was centred on Pattemouche, the hamlet where the lodge is located and the olympic trails all begin and end here. The trails mainly traverse the Val Troncea National Park. 

The ever increasing popularity of 'raquette di sci' is also catered for both in the village and the wider ski area. Equipment is available to rent in the rental shop close to the lodge or throughout the villages of the Milky Way.

The skidoo track runs along the back of the village up to Borgata di Sestriere taking in some wonderful scenery on the way. Skidoos can also be used for transporting non skiers to mountain restaurants above Sestriere to join the rest of the party and bring skiers back down, after dark, directly to the lodge. Torch descent with an instructor can also be arranged.

There is an ice skating rink at the bottom of the slopes in Sestriere, popular throughout the day and into the evening.

Local walking and hiking in one of Italy's most beautiful nature reserves - The Val Troncea National Park, with its entrance 2 minutes from the lodge. It caters for all standards of walker and hiker and there are a variety of restaurants in and around the National Park.

Road mountain cycling (along the local route of the Giro d'Italia and the 'Tour de France') and mountain biking within the National Park.

Within 2 mins walk of Baita 1697 is the first tee of a challenging 9 hole golf course. Driving range and lessons available. Within easy reach there is an 18 hole golf course at Sestriere and another challenging golf course at Claviere.

Horse riding is readily available locally with shorter excursions along the river bank or longer treks up the Val Troncea National Park being a favourite summer pass time. For children tuition is available from Villaggio Kinka in Pragelato village itself. 

Sestriere plays host to a number of classic car rallies and exhibitions during the summer season, including the famous Monte Carlo to Sestriere veteran car rally.

Apart from enjoying the local wine, Piedmont is home to two of the world’s most famous wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. Wine tasting and private tours of the various vineyards can be arranged and for the enthusiastic there are also grappa distilleries in the area.

Turin (Gran Balon - last sunday of every month) , Briancon (medieval market), Pinerolo (food market in main square every Wednesday morning) 


Top Tips

The nearest airport is Turin which is about 90 minutes away. The other option is Milan which is about 2 and a half hours away. If you would like a pick up at the airport this can be arranged. Please just ask.



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