Terra Alpina - a hidden gem in the Aosta Valley
Image courtesy of Richard Wignall
Terra Alpina is a former farmhouse that was completely rebuilt and converted to six luxurious holiday apartments in 2007/2008. Whether you are looking for a ski apartment or a base for a summer holiday in the Aosta Valley, Terra Alpina offers a uniquely stylish and comfortable home-from-home.
It sits 200 metres above the road to the St. Bernard tunnel, close to the village of Gignod and is equidistant between the centre of Aosta and the Swiss border (under 20 minutes in either direction). It is very convenient for the ski resorts of Pila and Crevacol and is in easy driving distance of Courmayeur, La Thuile, Verbier and Cervinia - see winter sports for more information.
Even by the standards of the Alps, the views are spectacular. From north to south there is a 30 km panorama across the Aosta Valley surrounded by dramatic Alpine peaks and, with 1.5 acres of garden, there are plenty of vantage points from which to enjoy the views. It sits at an altitude of 1,300 metres, so the environment is extremely lush in summer and relatively mild in winter. While moderate winter snow is normal, heavy blizzards are not common at this altitude.
The holiday apartments at Terra Alpina are equally suitable for winter or summer use. In winter, there are a number of ski resorts nearby and in summer, there is a huge variety of activities, from golf to white water rafting. The one thing that almost all our summer guests talk about is the fantastic selection of walking and hiking paths in this part of the Aosta Valley - see summer.
If you are planning a family ski holiday with friends, Terra Alpina is ideal. Up to four families can stay at once and the prices are far lower than taking a catered chalet. One group who stayed recently reckoned they collectively saved £2,500 by taking all apartments. For friends who do not ski, Aosta has more facilities for non-skiers than probably any other resort - see the city of Aosta.
P.S. All images on this page really are of Terra-Alpina
Finally, there is the original feature on Terra Alpina in the Sunday Times, December 10, 2008
The strange Alpine weather of spring 2013
We visit some of the local vineyards
The property is currently closed while the COVID-19 pandemic is managed. We hope to open up in Summer all being well and look forward to welcoming guests again.
Looking forward to another great year in the mountains!
A very busy summer at Terra Alpina comes to a close and we look forward to a great winter skiing season. All three owner couples are now at Terra planning for next year and discussing how to improve the property. Thanks to all guests for your positive and constructive comments about your holidays here over the past year. We always welcome your feedback and will act on it where we can to improve your stay here in the future. Most recently we have widened the parking area and turning space. Our plans for next year include extending the seating areas in the garden with more tables and chairs and loungers.
Flats 1 & 2 have now been merged into a single apartment which is no longer available for rent. The remaining four apartments remain available and continue to be popular as ever. Great snow this season.