"Neat simplicity is our motto", say Angeli and Christian, proud owners of Casa Santo Stefano, who, together with their dedicated team, create a feel-good atmosphere. Today's hotel used to be part of a monastery and is over 300 years old. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the stylishly renovated Ticino houses radiate a very special ambience. Swiss Homeland Security describes the Casa Santo Stefano as one of the most beautiful hotels in Switzerland.
The rooms are very different in size and style and range from small and cozy to large and flooded with light. There is something for every need. The bright loggias, the open fireplaces and a wonderful terrace with grape pergola invite you to linger. In the morning, guests enjoy freshly baked bread and braid with numerous homemade jams for breakfast: pure enjoyment.
In the hotel there is the possibility to be pampered by massage therapists. In addition to numerous yoga seminars, the hotel also offers Qi Gong, Shiatsu, Coaching, Pilates and hiking courses.
The Casa Santo Stefano is surrounded by many small natural stone alleys and is located on the edge of the historic center of Miglieglia, a typical Ticino village in an almost untouched nature in the heart of Malcantone. The special attraction of the so-called “chestnut country” Malcantone is the height difference in a small space. Guests have the choice between swimming in one of the numerous lakes, hiking through the gentle hilly landscape and wildly romantic forests or in the high mountains on dreamy mountain tops. Model airplane and paragliding as well as tandem paragliding are possible on Monte Lema, which can be reached directly from the village by gondola.
For children and adults, the nearby rock pool and the «al Maglio» waterfall are pure joy. Connoisseurs can visit tastings in numerous nearby wine cellars. The location of the hotel is ideal for excursions to northern Italian cities such as Como, Varese and Milano or strolling and shopping under arcades in beautiful Lugano. There is also a lot to offer culturally, such as the old hammer mill of Aranno or the gold mine and the gold mine museum in Sessa.
If you like, you can take a look backstage on our blog. By the way, we also featured this accommodation in Five places in winter. You can find the hosts' favourite recipe to try in the kitchen whispers.
|Single room||from75 €|
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ArchitectureIn the last century the building was inhabited by a family of doctors in seven generations, after which it was used as a summer home by a Swedish family for 30 years. It was converted into a hotel 30 years ago and now Angeli and Christian Wehrli have been the sole owners for 23 years. The conversion to a hotel was carried out by a bioarchitect and accordingly the renovation was "gentle", which means that the old structure of the house was preserved and supplemented with old and modern materials and details. For example, metal windows were used in the old, partly open window arches and bathrooms were installed in all rooms. The decor is deliberately kept simple, mostly with antique wooden furniture (partly from old monasteries or rusticis from the distant valleys) combined with modern details. Most rooms are still equipped with the original red terracotta stones. All rooms have light blue curtains and bed linen. The walls are painted white and the seminar room has an oiled chestnut wood floor. The rooms are very different in size and orientation and the spectrum ranges from simple and simple to small and cozy, special and sweet, too large and flooded with light.
FoodFor groups and seminars of 10 guests or more, simple and exclusively vegetarian meals are offered at the hotel. At breakfast, home-made braids and bread are offered, lots of homemade jams, cheese from the various farmers and alpine farmers, various nuts and the typical Swiss Bircher muesli. There is a wide range of cakes such as lemon cake, protein cake, brownies, heavenly chocolate cake. On the breakfast table, guests are pampered with innumerable jams, such as rhubarb and elderflower jam, grape jam (made from their own grapes), raspberry passion fruit jam and banana-grapefruit jam.
Well-BeingIn the hotel there is the possibility to book various relaxation massages, foot and head reflex massages, connective tissue massages and now also Bach flower consultations with qualified massage therapists. In addition to numerous yoga seminars, Qi Gong and Shiatsu courses are also offered, as well as coaching, Pilates and guided hikes.
|Single room||from75 €|
|Double room||from130 €|
Casa Santo Stefano is about a 30-minute drive from Lugano (16 km). You drive a good 2 hours (155 km) from Chur, just under 3 hours (215 km) from Zurich and 3.5 hours (289 km) from Bern. The closest airports are Lugano-Agno (12 km) and Milan (73 km).
It takes around 1 hour by bus and train from the train station in Lugano to Miglieglia. First by S-Bahn to Lamone-Cadempino, then by bus (No. 423) to Miglieglia. The bus stop is only 100 meters from the hotel.
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