“Style on a budget: rustic guesthouse goes eco-modern among the forests and frosted mountains north of ravishing Lake Ledro”
The 17 rooms are spread across 3 types: Bio, Eco and Traditional. As the name suggests, the latter are more rustic, with a Heidi look, pine furniture and folksy checks reflecting their place in the older, original part of the building. The others are clean-cut and contemporary, and are the best ones to go for if you want the full-on design hotel experience.
The only Bio Room, a slightly more expensive mini-suite, is a fraction larger and has a lounge area with a sofa. But otherwise Bio and Eco Rooms share the same features and style: light and spacious, with kingsize platform beds, white linen, wooden floors, funky modern furniture, and full-height glass doors leading onto a balcony. The clean neutral palette is cheered by the odd dash of colour - perhaps a big canvas of abstract art (some painted by Andrea), red designer chairs or lime-green patio furniture.
All rooms have satellite TV, a minibar, a free internet connection and heating. We loved the nifty bathroom pods, space-age cubicles of misted glass housing a wet-room shower and a basin, set in the corner of each Eco and Bio Room. The loos are accessed via the shower, and have a separate door. Traditional Rooms have showers and/or bathtubs.
Most guests opt for half-board, which includes a continental breakfast buffet, an afternoon snack and a rustic-Italian 4-course table d’hôte dinner. Meals are served in a bright, functional dining room with views of the garden.
A typical dinner menu might include cold hors d’oeuvres (like prosciutto with melon), followed by a choice of 3 starters (risotto with mascarpone and green pepper, for example, or lasagna al forno), a choice of 3 main courses (perhaps grilled trout or veal with salami), and a selection of desserts or fresh fruit. Everything is made in-house, often from ingredients grown on the hotel’s own land.
If you want more choice, you can dine à la carte in the hotel's restaurant, a glass-fronted space with smart monochrome décor - rather incongruous in this otherwise quiet backwater. And thanks to a quirk of village life, the food is unusual, too: the Zoppirolli family (Andrea’s maternal relatives), along with most of the local population, were sent to Czechoslovakia during the First World War. Those who returned a few years later brought an Eastern European flavour to the regional cuisine, and this is the place to try it out.
Typical dishes include gnocchi Boemi, a kind of steamed gnocchi made from bread dough stuffed with prunes and served with sugar, cinnamon and butter, and gnocchi alle erbette, made with stale bread and wild spinach and served with cheese and caramelised onion. The adventurous might go for deer chops in blueberry sauce and dark chocolate; the more conventional, lamb cooked in aromatic herbs. Either way, it's an interesting culinary experience.
The hotel has a good wine list, and a small bar where you can sit and have a drink.
If you prefer to dine out, be warned that there is nothing much (other than basic bar food) this side of Pieve di Ledro. For recommendations further afield, ask at reception.
Children are very welcome, and there's a lovely playroom with books and games, as well as an outdoor pool and mountain bikes to borrow. Kids under 3 can stay in their parents' room for free, and rollaway beds and cots are available on request.
Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking