In Balme, in the old village of Cornetti, along the Rio Paschiet we find Villa Teja, a
historical holiday residence built in 1880 for the Turin banker Vincenzo Teja, modelled on traditional Swiss mountain chalets. Since then the ownership of the villa has been transmitted through the generations following an all-female descent that continues today. Mrs Eugenia has inherited the legacy of the house and its history of over a century, undertaking a careful restoration and renovation that has made it a cozy place to stay and relax for mountain lovers and a well-equipped starting point for hiking itineraries.
The house has three large and bright rooms located on the first floor which have balconies with panoramic views and a shared bathroom. All the rooms have retained the original wooden floors,
19th century furnishings and are equipped with a heating system.
Villa Teja does not offer this service. We suggest to have breakfast in the near Rifugio Les Montagnards.
A large garden equipped with deck chairs, a table and sun umbrella is available for guests.
An internal parking space is reserved for guests in addition to external parking places.
Guests who dedicate themselves to trekking will receive all the information they need about the territory and its hiking and mountaineering itineraries.
The villa has a welcoming lounge available on request for small events, meetings, workshops
(max. 20 people).
You will discover naturalistic places of authentic beauty from the "
La Gorgia" waterfall with its magnificent drop to the amazing scenery of Pian della Mussa.
The cradle of mountaineering, Balme is an ideal starting point for itineraries of every kind, from a leisurly walk to the most demanding climbing.
The Runcias stronghold, the 18th century Parish church of the Holy Trinity and the Chapel of the Shroud where, it is believed, the Holy Shroud was deposited.
Mountain Guides Ecomuseum
You will learn about the history of Balme from the first settlements, through the phenomenon of smuggling , up to the birth of modern mountaineering.
For sports lovers but also for those looking for fun in the open air the
possibilities range from snowshoeing and Nordic walking to walking on Tibetan bridges.
You can taste dairy products such as the "Toma di Lanzo" PDO cheese,
mountain butter and goat cheese called "Cevrin". Taste the "Torchetti" and "Paste 'd melia" biscuits
accompanied by a glass of Genepy liquor.
Anima, sii come la montagna:
che quando tutta la valle
è un grande lago di viola
e i tocchi delle campane vi affiorano
come bianche ninfee di suono,
lei sola, in alto, si tende
ad un muto colloquio col sole.