Jay Nagley

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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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FLAT 3

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2 bedroom apartments, sleeping six,in the mountains above the city of Aosta

Terra Alpina is a 19th century farmhouse that was completely rebuilt in 2007-2008 and converted into six luxury apartments. The apartments are between 66 and 100 m2 each and all feature excellent bathrooms (many with en-suite) and kitchens. All apartments overlook hte valley and have either a balcony or a small private garden, together with shared access to a communal garden of 1.5 acres. Even by the standards of the Alps, the views are spectacular. Terra Alpina is located above the village of Gignod, 15 minutes drive from the city of Aosta in the direction of Switzerland. In winter, it is convenient for the major ski resorts of Pila (20 minutes), Courmayeur and La Thuile (45 minutes) and Cervina, Monte Rosa and Verbier (all under one hour). In summer, it is surrounded by beautiful walking country (the major hiking route from western Italy to Switzerland passes 300 metres from Terra Alpina), it is two kilometres from a nine hole golf club and many other outdoor activities are close by.

Local attractions: Aosta is an extremely historic city, with more Roman remains than any city outside Rome itself, including much of its original city walls. Aosta has always been the principal gateway between Italy and France, so there are numerous beautiful castles, such as Forte di Bard.

In the city centre, the pedestrianised main street, has endless shops and cafes and also links many of the Roman ruins with the main square, Piazza Chanoux.

During the summer holidays, there are performances, sound and light exhibitions and concerts in the Roman ruins (five minutes walk from Piazza Chanoux). There are also concerts in the many castles in the Aosta Valley, and frequent festivals of local arts and crafts including some beautiful wood carvings.

There are also carnivals that go back hundreds of years, food and wine festivals which demonstrate the cuisine of the Aosta Valley and organised adventures, such as winter hiking (complete with snow shoes).

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Details for Flat 3 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom

Flat 3 benefits from a spectacular, south-facing conservatory which provides fabulous views of the mountains - it is even possible to see right over the valley to the resort of Pila. It also has one double-bedroom and two large sofabeds in the combined lounge/dining area. As well as the conservatory, it has a balcony overlooking the valley. The lounge/conservatory gives a huge open-plan living space which is larger than the entire ground area of many entire holiday apartments. The south-facing conservatory also opens directly on to the garden, while the east-facing lounge opens up on to a first-floor balcony.
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome

Jay Nagley

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Hi! We are Jay and Maria and we bought Terra Alpina as a derelict farmhouse in late 2006.

Jay: I am British. I grew up near Liverpool and now live in London. Most of my work is related to the car industry - I am a car anorak of long standing.

Maria: I was born on the island of Rhodes in Greece and now divide my time between Athens, London and Greece. My main job is designing and making hand-made gold and silver jewellery - my website is www.mariafrantzi.com. I am also a Canadian-qualified ski instructor.

Jay and Maria: We went on our first ski holiday together in 2000 and on our second holiday decided that we wanted to get seriously into skiing. After a few years, we decided we wanted a place in the Alps, and a year's searching led us to Terra Alpina.

We started renting apartments in 2009 and things have gone very well. We have made friends aroung the world with people who have come to stay and we now have many returning visitors. We already have quite a few people who have been back three times (including a couple that had their honeymoon in Terra Alpina). Currently, we think the record is four visits from two separate families.

The most common comment we hear is that people are slightly worried that Terra Alpina will not look as good in reality as it does in the photographs. When they arrive, they are delighted to find it looks bettter - thanks to fact we are not great photographers.

We have never had an argument with any of our visitors, and we always listen carefully to their suggestions. In the last couple of years, in responce to their comments, we have doubled the size of the private parking area, by excavating part of the hillside. This year, we have added hairdryers, wireless internet and reclining charis in the garden.

Jay Nagley purchased this apartment in 2006

We wanted a place in the Alps and we chose Italy rather than Switzerland or France mainly because the atmosphere is so much more relaxed.

When we saw Terra Alpina on the internet, the estate agent said it had already been sold. A few days later, he said the sale had fallen through and he could show us the outside, but he had already given the keys back.

One walk aroung the outside and we decided to buy it. We didn't see the inside, but we assumed it was totally derelict. When we did eventually see it, it was a lot worse than that!

We bought it mainly for the view. Of all the places we saw in the Alps over more than a year of searching, nothing else had views that even came close.

Spectacular in the winter and lush in the summer, we are still slightly shocked every time we arrive after a few weeks away. Getting out of the car in the car park and looking at the panorama is still an amazing buzz.

Jay: I have been lucky enough to stay in some very posh Alpine hotels on business in Austria and Switzerland, but I haven't been in one whose views are equal to Terra Alpina.

When we started the rebuild of Terra Alpina, our intention was to create interiors that would do justice to the outside of the building and the setting. We used local craftsmen who worked to an extremely high standard.

We wanted to provide accommodation that had all the benefits of a traditional chalet (wood burning stoves, great views, a warm atmosphere), but with a modern twist. The interiors are light and airy - we did not want the pine cladding and the dark woods of so many Alpine places.

We were also determined that each room should be a decent size. Anyone who has stayed in a purpose-built French ski resort will know what we mean. We could have squeezed in a lot more bedrooms, but we wanted apartments that we would be delighted to stay in.

Obviously, we love skiing in the winter, but it is also a fantastic location in the summer - something we had not originally anticipated. It is high enough to avoid the humidity of Milan or Turin, but still warm - on sunny days, the temperature is normally in the high twenties (or high seventies in old money). The mountains around are groaning with fruit trees: you can pick as many cherries as you can carry from the local paths, and there are plenty of strawberries, raspberries growing wild all around. We used to go hiking in Switzerland in the summer, but the Aosta Valley is every bit as beautiful and the paths are a lot quieter.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Map

Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Turin
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Aosta
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Aosta is on the A5 motorway to Turin and Milan
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
13 Kilometres
Pila is the closest large resort
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
There is a very pretty 9 hole golf course nearby
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
There isi an excellent new restaurant on our road
Car: necessary

Gignod is 15 minutes from the city of Aosta. Aosta has more Roman ruins than any city in Europe outside Rome, and has been the gateway to the Alps for 2000 years. It is full of historic buildings as well as great shops and restaurants.

Gignod itself is on the main road to Switzerland, the St. Bernard Pass. Terra Alpina is surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks and has plenty of amenities for summer holidays. There is great walking, mountain biking, a local golf course plus white water rafting close to Aosta.

In winter, the closest major ski resort is Pila, 20 minutes away, but there are five other international resorts within one hour, from Verbier to Courmayeur. There are also small local resorts such as Crevacol, within 20 minutes drive, that give you the chance to sample the charms of skiing way from the crowds. It is also possible to ski from Switzerland (Super St. Bernard) back into Italy - a spectacular and little-known run.

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Gignod Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
mid season
Jul 5 2014 - Jul 25 2014
7 night minimum stay
€675
 
 
high season
Jul 26 2014 - Aug 15 2014
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
 
mid season
Aug 16 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
€675
 
 
September
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 5 2014
7 night minimum stay
€500
 
 
off peak
Sep 6 2014 - Dec 19 2014
7 night minimum stay
€450
 
 
Christmas
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
 
New Year
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
€800
 
 
winter
Jan 3 2015 - Feb 13 2015
7 night minimum stay
€450
 
 
half term
Feb 14 2015 - Feb 20 2015
7 night minimum stay
€550
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee 0
Notes Rates are for two people per apartment and are inclusive of all charges (cleaning electricity etc.). Additional guests are charged at 30 euros per person. The only additional cost is a returnable damage deposit of 150 euros which we return when we have checked the apartment at the end of the stay.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Gignod Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 74 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • The bathroom is luxuriously appointed with a large bath and a very high-quality shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The main bedroom has a double bed and a built-in wardrobe along the length of one wall. It has a south-facing window and is conveniently positioned next to the bathroom. The lounge/conservatory area has two large double sofabeds which are very comfortable four up to four people. There is also a very attractive wood-burning stove in addition to the central heating.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • churches
  • museums
  • ruins
  • autumn foliage
  • recreation center
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • skiing
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • tennis
  • golf
  • swimming
  • mountaineering
Notes:
Flat 3 has a large kitchen/dining area which has access to the large balcony. It also links to the conservatory which has two large sofabeds and opens out directly into the garden. Please note: the prices quoted are based on two people. There is an additional charge of 30 euros per person per booking to cover additional cleaning and laundry.
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