After a whole year of work, a wine cellar, a stable, a kitchen, a bedroom, a hay loft and an attic have been transformed into a comfortable Maison with an old-style feel, using natural wood and stone in the ancient tradition of the Aosta Valley. Six comfortable rooms whose names evoke their original purpose; a place to rediscover inner peace.

The Maison is located in the ancient village of Maè, set in the magnificent Ayas Valley, which at 1100metres above sea level is considered by many to be Europe’s most beautiful. It faces a fabulous view of the Castle of Graines, and is surrounded by the peaks of Mont Nery and the Dame de Challand, and countless Alpine huts, farmsteads and mountain lakes.

Walking, mountain biking and horse-riding routes ranging from easy to medium-difficult lead down the valley towards Verres, among chestnut and broad-leaved woods around the ruins of Villam castle, its lake and natural waterfalls, or up the valley towards the former gold quartz mine at Bechax, on trails that follow medieval irrigation channels through coniferous forests all the way up to the majestic glaciers at the foot of Monte Rosa.

For fishing enthusiasts there’s the option of catch and release in the Casinò reserve of the Evançon river at Challand Saint Anselme. In winter, visitors to Alesax can try ice climbing on a 120-metre waterfall; a few kilometres away in Brusson are some of the best cross-country ski pistes in Europe, the venue for world championships; at Palasinax there’s downhill and cross-country skiing and a Snowpark for old and young alike; more downhill skiing at the Col di Joux, an Alpine plateau with views of Mont Blanc; and, towards Champoluc, the largest downhill ski complex in the Alps, with over 190 km of pistes and links with the adjacent valleys of Gressoney and Alagna, plus plenty of fabulous options for lovers of ski mountaineering.

An agreement is in place with the brand new Monterosaterme Wellness Centre, for visitors seeking total wellness and relaxation.