The antique farmhouse (Italian "Cascina") from the 16th century is picturesquely situated in the hilly landscape between Lake Lugano and Lake Como. Immersed in a beautiful park with olive trees, fruit and vegetable garden, beehives and magnificent flower beds. The natural pool and the wooden sauna invite you to relax. Letting your gaze wander over this particularly beautiful landscape while relaxing is pure relaxation.
Samuel, his mother Ruth and his wife Mimma started renovating and transforming the old farm over fifteen years ago to preserve the beautiful building and its history and create a place for like-minded people. With a lot of effort and patience, a sustainable energy and water supply was integrated into the old walls. The four double rooms and the family suite are generously furnished with light textiles, old terracotta floors, chestnut beams and timeless wooden furniture.
Love definitely goes through the stomach here. The extensive breakfast with fresh eggs and fruit, sourdough bread, vegan croissants, homemade honey and homemade hazelnut cream is freshly prepared every day and can be eaten either on your own terrace or by the fireplace in the dining room. If you don't want to do without the good products in the evening, you can order antipasti, hot dishes and wine. The dishes are seasonally inspired and are cooked with the herbs and vegetables from the garden. Among other things, five different types of tomatoes for the caprese, the herbs for the pesto and the figs for the cheese accompaniment grow here. Afterwards you can help yourself in the "Honesty Bar" and end the evening in the garden in wonderful silence.
ArchitectureThe building, which is over 350 years old, was renovated by the previous owners in the 1970s. The structures and materials were of such high quality that the family was able to focus on sustainable techniques when renovating in 2006. In some cases, the same craftsmen and carpenters were called in again for the conversion.
FoodThe majority of the products used grow in the garden, supplemented by many homemade and local products. Twenty beehives stand on the site. Pasta, bread and fair coffee come from the nearby village. Olives, figs, wild garlic, berries, walnuts and mushrooms also grow on the premises. There is no buffet to prepare the guests' food precisely and if there is anything left over, either something delicious is cooked from the leftovers or the chickens get the leftovers. You can read some of the family recipes on Samuel's blog. For example the fermented carrots.
Samuel's family supports various local projects and sustainable startups, such as a young fair trade coffee company and a company that wants to modernize beekeeping with technical support.
EnvironmentThere is a constructed wetland for water and the rainwater is collected so that no drinking water has to be wasted for flushing the toilet, for example. The hot water is heated by solar power. The heating is fired with leftover wood. Of course, the waste is separated, composted and recycled. There is no plastic and there is enough tap water for the guests. A charging station for e-cars is available, as well as some e-bikes for guests to easily explore the hilly landscape.
Almost touching the border with Switzerland, and tucked into the hills between Lake Como and Lugano, Cascina Rodiani is a delightful 500-year-old stone-house B&B. Swap lake views for Alpine mountain vistas, wander around the wildflower-filled grounds of the former farm estate and sink into a bean bag and finish that book. Bedrooms feature high ceilings and giant windows, and are crammed with refurbished furniture that you’ll long to take home. Cherry-red valances and oriental rugs add splashes of colour.
From Como it takes about 20 minutes to reach Cascina Rodiani (12 km). It takes a good hour (54 km) from Milan, just under 3.5 hours (314 km) from Venice, around 2 hours from Turin, around 3 hours from Zurich (235 km) and from Munich it takes just under 5, 5 hours (449km). The exact address can be found on the website.
The nearest train stations are in Chiasso (CH) and Como (IT). From Como there is a bus connection (bus number 75) to Drezzo. The bus stop is about a 15-minute walk from the Cascina. On request it is possible to be picked up from one of the train stations. The cost of the transfer is 20 euros.
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