The Loft Apartment – all you need to know

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The Loft Apartment at Borgata Malpertus

Welcome to The Loft Apartment –  owned by an Australian couple, Lisa and Salvatore (Sam), who came to Northern Italy with their children to follow a dream of a simpler life.

The Loft Apartment has been created within a centuries old working Borgata (tiny hamlet) in the mountains of Northern Italy at the foot of the Alps. The over all feel is relaxed and friendly a perfect ‘home base’ for exploring the Valley Pellice in Piedmont and surrounding towns.

Creating a rural escape for those yearning for a simpler existence.

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The Neighborhood

The Borgata is located at the foot of the Alps, a place where you will feel like you have stepped back in time. This is definitely a place where you can relax ‘get away from it all’, enjoy pristine, rural surroundings, hiking and even a dip in the river, and a delicious meal in one of the village restaurants is a must.

A perfect spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the tourist trail, although with plenty of opportunity to venture to sights in Turin or even into France for the day.

Borgata Malpertus

As we are living in a working Borgata dating back to the 1600’s you will need to have some sturdy shoes and will certainly be interacting with nature. Horses, cows, goats, sheep all pass by our house as the livestock is moved to summer grazing.
We usually keep chickens and rabbits, and have a veggie garden and you are welcome to pick something fresh to include with your meals.

How to Find Us

Borgata Malpertus is located in Piedmont, in the township of Bobbio Pellice. Our closest large city and airport is Turin which is around an hours drive from us. If you are without a car, we can provide a pick-up service from the airport and train stations, upon request (costs apply).

Once your booking is complete we will give you further directions and we are always home when you arrive so can come out to meet you and help with luggage if needed.

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Arrive as ‘Guests’ leave as friends

We offer a warm, personal welcome and give tips and recommendations and answer all of your questions. Our house is connected to the apartment, and we are here for any questions, or guidance you may need.
We love meeting new people and we will be here to greet you and show you around when you arrive. (We respect your privacy during your stay but are also available should you need us for anything). We have two children, a friendly dog and currently five cats (that live outside).
Check out our ‘Testimonials’ page here.

Getting Around

It’s very easy to get around, we have a bus that comes to our local village and can take you right through the Valley. Visit Torre Pellice on Friday mornings for the market, Pinerolo is on the bus line and has a train station that can connect you to Turin.

It’s also an easy walk (2kms) to our local village Bobbio Pellice which has coffee shops, grocery store, butcher, pharmacy and a small market on Tuesdays.

It’s also possible to be in France for a day trip, we often do this through the summer and it’s wonderful.

Other Things to Note

Your apartment is ready by 2 pm at the very latest, but you are welcome before that to leave bags. Check-out time is 12:00pm (noon)

Will we have our own Key?

Yes – you will have a key to your Apartment, please note a small replacement fee will be charged if lost.

Do you provide breakfast?

We provide breakfast the first morning of your stay, you can also find fresh breakfast-breads or pastries from the small stores in our village. We also provide complimentary bottled water and if our chickens are obliging fresh eggs in your fridge.

Do you have tea and coffee making facilities?

Yes – your apartment is self catering so we have tea and coffee making facilities this includes; kettle, 4 mugs and teaspoons, Italian coffee and percolator,  tea bags, sugar and milk. If you find you need more then just pop in for a top up.

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Do you provide toiletries?

The Loft Apartment comes with a liquid soap dispenser, in the bathroom. We also provide a combination shampoo / conditioner and a Shower Gel. Don’t worry if you do forget something, our local village has everything you may need to purchase.

Do you provide hairdryers and irons?

Yes – an iron and hairdryer are stored in the laundry cupboard and a small ironing board is kept in your wardrobe.  We provide a shared bathroom adjacent to your apartment. You will be given priority and have your own cabinet and space for your toiletries.

Do you provide towels?

Yes – the Loft Apartment comes with a set of fresh white towels (bath and hand).  If you need more then please ask. We don’t provide face cloths as part of our towel set.

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Do you have parking?

Yes -we have a parking space for you, please don’t drive down into the Borgata. We will come out to meet you if you call from the village as you drive up or send you images showing where to park.

Do you have WiFi?

Yes – we have free WiFi and an LCD smart flat screen TV in the apartment.

Do you have luggage room facilities?

We are happy to hold your luggage at our home if needed.

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What languages are spoken ?

Both Sam and our daughter Carina are fluent in English and Italian.

The locals speak many languages including Italian, French, Piemontese, and the local dialect called Patwah. In our nearest village you’ll find some people speak English, the true joy of getting away from the beaten track is conversing in ‘broken Italian’ and using a lot of pointing.

We do have a number of international visitors to the village volunteering with a local group and the owner of the local Trattoria is originally from England and has lived in the village for almost thirty years. We are quite a multicultural Valley and visitors are wecomed.

Bring along a basic phrase book and a big smile.


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Can you tell us about possible Day Trips?

We are happy to offer suggestions on easy day trips including crossing the border into France. Feel free to ask us where to go to eat, shop or enjoy some history, mountain walks and some local atmosphere.

Can you help us with our own Property search?

Yes of course,  and there is nothing we love more than helping others create an Italian lifestyle where ever that may be. Sam has helped a number of clients with all things Property and you can find out more here.


Contribution per night is 60 euro (inclusive of up to four people) during July and August and 53 euro at other times.

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