Locanda degli Elfi Albergo Diffuso

Canosio, Cuneo

High in the Alps: a hamlet-hotel (half board) and a walkers’ paradise, where the living is easy and the meals are delicious


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


After a day’s hiking (order a packed lunch) in the hills of wild Maira (one of the Alps’ undiscovered valleys), you return to a rustic atmospheric barn and a hearty Piedmontese meal – served with local beers and wines of which they have 100 labels.

The rooms at the locanda (two with kitchenettes) are scattered throughout the hamlet of Preit (hence the ‘albergo diffuso’). Preit lies in the woods at the end of the valley, a stone’s throw from France, immersed in nature and legend. (You can imagine seeing ‘elfi’ around every corner… the place is well named.)

Spring brings cuckoos, ibex and wild flowers. Hike, bike, wild swim and climb, or canoe in the Stura valley. In winter the snow is deep, so set off on snowshoes with the hotel guide. Eighteen routes start from Preit alone – and there’s a spa in the cellar for when you return.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking in this beautiful valley
  • The stunning scenery of Valle Maira
  • The food cooked with passion (and even vegan options)
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You should know

  • It’s remote - the nearest town is a 45-minute drive
  • The point of coming is to be active for most of the day
  • There are steps everywhere


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
3 November - 1 February, 23 April- 30 May.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast and dinner included.


Nightly price
from €148
Singles €85-€100. Extra bed/sofabed available €50-€60 per person per night.
1 Triple
From €200
2 Quadruples
From €260
1 Suite for 2
From €150
3 Twin/doubles
From €148


This valley was quite a discovery and I could have listened to the owner's stories about the fascinating history of the area all day. Locanda degli Elfi gives you the opportunity to experience life in a lovely mountain village immersed in nature, but with all modern comforts.

Paola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

In winter, Preit di Canosio is the Maira Valley's focal point for snow mountaineering and cross-country skiing; the hotel provides a tour guide. In summer the activities are limitless, from high-altitude bathing in Lago Nero to skirting the dramatic La Meja. Find dinosaur prints on the Gardetta plateau; drop down to lush meadows for cows and bells. The owners have tickets for the late Gothic Castello della Manta (60km) which they restored. It's worth the trip for its extraordinary frescoes.

Local points of interest from Jennie Comollo

  • We offer ideas and recommend daily trips of discovery into a world of history, sports and elicious cuisine. Chiappera, Marmora, Elva, even as far as Manta Castle and Saluzzo will charme you and a day out spent in Cuneo is not to be missed.
  • Our medieval houses were renovated and are very comfortable, though Preit is at an altitude of 1575 . The Gardetta plain is one of the most interesting areas in the Maira valley for hiking, climbing, MTB and Ski Touring E-bike rental available.
  • The Occitan paths will lead you to discover an untouched part of Piedmont, with incredible food, dynosaur prints and fossiles, medieval churches and round-columned stone houses, flora and fauna to satisfy the most exacting visitors with many rare species
  • The Monday market in Dronero is a must if you wish to purchase some local cheeses, visit the town and have a bustling day out. However the Maira valley is a network of paths to be regenerated in a tranquil stunning landscape.
  • You are just a couple of hours away from Montecarlo and the Mediterranean. You can ask us to combine a Holiday for you to another albergo diffuso or to a hotel along the coast. Piedmont is a window, from peaks with stunning views to the Mediterranean.
  • Our small spa grotto is available every day, pamper yourself with wellness and massage. Try our local draught beer or relax on the terrace: everything conjures images of well-being! If you travel on a budget we offer posto tappa for 57€ ask for details!


Jennie Comollo

In 2003, Jennie and her husband opened one of the very first ‘alberghi diffusi’, designed to revitalise neglected hamlets across Italy. Since then they have won the Lega Ambiente Oscar for their environmental efforts and been applauded for their hospitality by the Touring Club Italiano. They and their staff are wonderfully welcoming.