A mountain cottage with view on Chiavenna-Lake Como and St. Moritz are close by

A mountain cottage with view on Chiavenna-Lake Como and St. Moritz are close by

Valentina

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1 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

It is my summer house, a small stone cottage in the ancient hamlet of Sant Antonio di Albareda, (900 mt ) on the Italian side of the Swiss Alps. The tiny village has typical stone and wood lodges and is nestled among chestnut woods. It has breathtaking views on the valley below, Valchiavenna (valley of Chiavenna, 15 mins drive), which leads to Engadina and St Moritz (45 mins and 1 h drive east ) and Lake Como (30 mins drive to the Lake tip south). A car is needed to get to Sant'antonio, along the mountain road which winds up through the vineyards and chestnut woods.

The house is like a peaceful retreat after a day immersed in nature on the Engadina Lakes of Maloja and Sils, or a visit to St. Moritz with its VIPs' life and shops or after a boat excursion on Lake Como with its enchanting villages (Bellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo) and their villas. You may as well decide to spend the day in the historic town of Chiavenna below. Here you can visit its Renaissance Palaces (Salis, Vertemate..), museums (Tesoro, Bottonera Mill..) or simply stroll around its streets lined by ancient houses looking onto river Mera and its squares with their ollar stone fountains. Local food and wine are excellent.

I have always gone to Sant'Antonio in summer and when I needed peace and silence: to study, to relax and enjoy nature, to think.....Whenever I wanted to plunge back into life I just had to take my car and drive to Chiavenna, where I could find people, shops, culture and good food.

The house has been recently renovated though preserving the typical stone and wood exterior. The interior has been refurbished with simple but good taste. The comforts are essential, There is an open space which serves as living room and kitchen; a small bedroom with two bunk beds (plus the sofa in the living that can be converted into a double bed); a small red bathroom with wash basin, bidet and a shower. There is a small garden at the side of the house where you can sit in the sun and read or have breakfast.... The cottage has has its own garage. Extra facilities can be arranged.

The nearest villages - with all shops - are Mese and Gordona at the foot of the mountain (10 mins drive). Here you can find food stores, pharmacies, banks, a laundry. It takes 15 mins by car to go to Chiavenna where you can find a wider choice of shops and a shopping centre (Iperal).

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Who we are

  1. My name is Valentina. I live in Piuro, 5 mins from Chiavenna and 10 from the Swiss border. I am married to Fabrizio and we have a son Lorenzo who is 12. We have ...3 furry siblings as well: Anubi our dog, and Felix and Minnie our cats.
    I am a teacher of English Language at Bertacchi Miiddle School in Chiavenna, whereas Fabrizio is an electrician by trade at the power plant in Mese. Lorenzo attends a local school.
    We are a united family: we do a lot of things together. We love hiking in the mountains with our dog, watching James Bond films together, cooking new recipes ....and eating the (sometimes) unforseen results of this beautiful hobby. But we have different interests too. I love reading books in English (Donna Leon's novels are my favourite at the moment), travelling and meeting new people/cultures. I am also interested in immigration from our valley to the USA and Australia. My family likes travelling too but they area bit lazier on the 'organizing' side, I suppose. Fabrizio is very good at creating, making and fixing things in his 'lab' downstairs; Lorenzo loves playing football, playing with Lego and watching history programmes on TV or his ipad. He is engaged in cake design at the moment...

    For all these reasons we would be happy to get to know the families who will stay at our mountain house We would like to spend some time with them and show them around the area. This only if they are willing too, of course. We are open to simultaneous swaps as well.

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The cottage is set at the side of the village. It is the last house by the narrow mountain road so it is undisturbed but at the same time one of the few served by the same road (little traffic on it, for Sant Antonio is the last inhabited hamlet on that side of the mountain). Being close to the road means that you can unload the car and put the shopping and your things directly into the house, without having to carry them through the village where the rest of the houses are and which are accessed only by a mountain path.
Being Sant Antonio a village for vacation now, not all the houses are inhabited. So there are virtually no close neighbours. , .The few ones are reserved but friendly and helpful, especially Walter who lives in the big stone house after mine. Either he or his wife are there all summer long.

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